Editor’s Note: This is the 3rd installment of a weekly 13-part series. If you would like to join Jessica on her journey, we suggest getting hold of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity or checking out Cameron’s online video course. Best of luck!
My cat lacks a sense of boundaries. He walks across my laptop when I’m working. He makes a nest of paperwork – jumps on counter-tops and tables at the smell of food. He meows incessantly when I’m sleeping so that I’ll provide breakfast on his schedule. He’s a crazymaker.
Mr. Bojangles isn’t exactly the sort of Crazymaker that Julia Cameron discusses in Chapter 2 of The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Creativity, but his annoying meows would have provided the perfect soundtrack to back up the seemingly endless loop of distractions and thoughts of self-doubt that crept upon me last week. But she warned it would happen: “It’s important to remember that at first flush, going sane feels just like going crazy.” And it does.
Making progress sometimes looks like falling backward, but that’s because it’s an exercise in trust – knowing that if I take a leap, the Creator will have a net waiting to catch me or, build me wings to fly. In letting go of all that either distracts me, keeps the songs of self-doubt on repeat, or simply exists in a place where it does not belong, I trust the process of awakening my dormant Child Artist. I allow it to mature into the fullness of what it was always meant to be.
I’m realizing that this course isn’t just something to put up a blog post about every Monday for the next several weeks. This is recovery. This is life. This is worth safeguarding. Chapter 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity reminds readers to focus on responsibilities to ourselves, to nurture ourselves, to be open-minded, and to pay attention. For some of you, that may mean taking serious inventory of whom and what consumes your life and chuck whatever (or whomever) is dampening your creative spark. For me, it simply means making this course a priority and being OK with putting myself first.
If you’d like a little extra help in your own Artist’s Way journey, please also check out Julia Cameron’s online video course at juliacameronlive.com. If you’ve already taken the course, let me know if Week 2 was a challenge for you as well, and share any tools you used to help push through. I, for one, can use the tips! 😉
Read the first two posts in this series: