As I create, I am led.

Taking Ourself Playfully Serious

Week 1, Day 1 of The Artist's Way

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Today, let's acknowledge our critic within and begin to nurture our artist child by taking our creativity playfully seriously.

Shadow Artists

“One of our chief needs as creative beings is support.

As young artists, we need and want to be acknowledged for our attempts and efforts as well as for our achievements and triumphs.

Timid young artists, adding fears to their own, often give up their sunny dreams of artistic careers, settling into the twilight world of could-have-beens and regrets. There between the dream of action and the fear of failure, shadow artists are born.

Shadow artists are gravitating to the rightful trim but cannot get claim their birthright. Very often audacity, not talent, makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist—hiding in the shadows, afraid to step out and expose the dream to the light, fearful that it will then disintegrate to the touch.

Shadow artists often choose shadow careers—they close to the desired art, even parallel to it, but not the art itself.

In order to move from the realm of shadows into the light of creativity, shadow artists must learn to take themselves seriously. With gentle deliberate effort, they must nurture their artist child. Creativity is play, but for shadow artists, learning to allow themselves to play is hard work.”

(The Artist's Way, p. 25-29)

As I create, I am led.

As I create, I am led. (AFFIRMATION CARD)


Take a moment to tune in to your Critic.

If you need help, go ahead and start writing your morning pages … your Critic will soon chime in to question the validity of this, badger you for that, it will do whatever it can to prevent you from putting your thoughts on the paper. Poor thing that Critic, always reacting out of fear, it really does mean well.

Now, take a “blurt” from your Critic and convert it into a positive affirmation.

“An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so.”

– Shakti Gawain

What is one positive affirmation you've made for yourself?

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