Abstract 8 FEB 2012
I am currently working my way through the book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julie Cameron. This week one of the task is to forego reading. Since reading could be and escape from life, or a way of blocking the creative aspect of our being.
Most of my reading is done in the evening after my wife and I go to bed. I’m a night owl and have been a shift worker all my life, so when Laura and I go to bed, I’m not sleepy and instead of tossing and turning for hours, or watching the idiot box, I elect to read after I write in my journal.
For the last three nights I have been coloring, first I did some Celtic Mandela from a kit I bought a few years ago. And then for the last two nights I worked on my abstract. I use to do something similar in my teens, just drew circles, lines and other shapes on a page and then color them in.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity is a self-help book by American author Julia Cameron, together with Mark Bryan. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. Correlation and emphasis is used by the author to show a connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection with God.
The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, which were felt to be new at the time of the publication, are said to have become a phenomenon and spawned into many meetups and support groups throughout the world. The group meetings are based on a 12 week creativity course designed for people to work through and gain Artistic inspiration, as outlined in the book. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence.