Written by Julia Cameron, who is not only a well-known author, but also a playwright, filmmaker, poet, and composer, The Artist’s Way has become one of the most popular self-help books ever published. Since its first publication in 1992, The Artist’s Way has taught countless people how to discover and recover latent or stifled creativity.
Cameron believes that “There’s no such thing as a non-creative person.” We are all creative, we just need to believe it! In fact, creative ideas come to us all the time, but it’s usually a lack of confidence or determination to see those ideas through.
The book helps us to deprogram from the idea that pursuing our artistic urges is a waste of time as well as other limiting beliefs, fears, and self-sabotaging tendencies. By following The Artist’s Way we replace these blockages with the idea that creative expression is natural, and learn how to cultivate more creative confidence and productivity. We develop more clarity and learn how to align our life to support our creative nature.
The Artist’s Way takes us on a 12-week journey to revisit places in our hearts that we may have forgotten and to discover new sources of inspiration. It is a practical guide that helps us achieve a greater connection with our inner selves and leads us into a heightened state of growth and personal expression. Cameron draws parallels between creativity and spirituality and helps us increase our capacity to draw on these energies and find more creative nourishment in our lives.
What if I’m Not an Artist?
It doesn’t matter if you don’t identify with being an “artist”, The Artist’s Way is helpful for people of any profession or background. Remember that creativity is not limited to the arts. We are creative in the way we do things in daily life, whether it is cooking, decorating our homes, planning our future, or developing our business. You will find that the exercises and guidance in the book can be applied to all facets of life including our personal life, spiritual development, and career.
How to Stay Committed During the 12 Weeks
Reading The Artist’s Way and following the 12 weeks of exercises is a commitment. In our busy lives, it often seems difficult to take time to nourish our creative spirit and it’s easy to fall off track. Most people find that joining a group not only helps them compete The Artist’s Way, but it also gives space to share ideas, inspiration, and get support with any challenges that may come up over the course of the 12 weeks.
If you are interested in doing The Artist’s Way in a group setting, consider attending my Artists Way Workshop Series. In this series, we utilize the transformative power of the Artist’s Way and also draw on activities and exercises from the Expressive Arts to help you fulfil your creative potential. If you do not see a current listing for the workshop series, please contact me to inquire when it will be offered again.