The Artist’s Way – Morning Pages – Finding Your Creativity

I just listened to a lecture by Julie Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way,  speaking about Spiritual Creativity.

As human beings, like it or not, we are creative beings.

Do you think that health has anything to do with your creativity and your spiritual nature?

In a previous post, I mentioned the four key pillars of health: Mind State, Exercise, Diet and Sleep. (MEDS)

You are a creative being, my dear friends. 

I am a creative being, even though I don’t usually think of myself as such.

For most of us, we  usually don’t take the time or think we have time. We tend to squelch the artist within.

Answer these questions:

What did your mother think of art when you were growing up?

What did your father think of art when you were growing up?

What art forms did you practice as a child?

What art forms do you practice now?

It’s kind of a shock, isn’t it?

I hope the answers to these questions are instructive to you, as they were to me.

For me, I realized that art is severely neglected in my life. I can appreciate it when I see it. But I really don’t know much about it, but I am going to make a point of finding out more!

Morning Pages

Morning pages as discovered and taught by Julie Cameron are the means of unblocking spiritual creativity in your life. Here’ s the rules:

1. First thing in the morning, write 3 pages longhand every morning.

2. These are private for your eyes only, not to be shared with anyone.

3. You are free to write exactly what you feel. “I am tired. I am grumpy. I am scared.” Just let it go, let if flow. Usually the first page and a half turns out to be “the clearing”, then the 2nd half begins to have a golden guild to it.

Morning pages are three pages of writing (long hand) anything that comes to your head. Julia Cameron suggests that you make Morning Pages a practice that you keep every day while you are working through The Artist’s Way, and hopefully, beyond.
When I first read about Morning Pages, my first thoughts were…Everyday? 3 pages? Only by hand? She’s GOT to be kidding! What will I write about? The point to Morning Pages isn’t to write incredible, novel-quality prose. The writing you do in your Morning Pages may not even be suitable for a letter to a friend! It’s the little bits and pieces that run around in your head out of control. The words may not even piece together into full sentences. What you write doesn’t have to make sense to any person on the face of the planet — or even to yourself a few days later. It’s really a practice of clear and getting in touch with the essence of … you.  I invite you to start the practice!

More Exercises

1. If didn’t have to do it perfectly, I’d try…
(answer this sentence five times!)

2. List five things you absolutely love…

3. Once a week, go out by yourself and explore a new cuisine.

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