When I learned that we would proceed from “The Artist’s Way” book for the Birth Art course of Içsel Doğum, instead of that, I started to read again “Walking In This World”, which was written by Julia Cameron as a continuation to The Artist’s Way. I’m glad that I did! This book is divided into 12 weeks, such as the Artist’s Way, with Julia Cameron’s articles on art and creation processes, and exercises with many writing practices. I am currently at the 10th week.
When we are in love, we find our partners fascinating and ourselves with them. When we are in a creative recovery, we find ourselves fascinating. We fall in love with our own ideas, insights, inspirations, and impulses. We are interested by what we have to say and think. We feel alive, alert, and vibrant – and, if we don’t feel that way, we know it and resent it. Admitting those who leave us cold, we warm our own interests.
Take pen in hand and finish the following phrases as rapidly as you can:
- Among my friends, a “fuse lighter” who makes me feel creative and powerful is ________.
- Among my friends, a “wet blanket” who drains and dampens me is ________.
- Historically, a relationship that left me depleted from overcaretaking was ________.
- Realistically, a current relationship that leaves me feeling neutered is ________.
- My most reciprocal, mutually nurturing creative friendship is with ________.
Once you have sorted through your acquaintances and intimates for those who allow you to be fiery, ask yourself the same question: “Do I allow myself to have passion?” Take pen in hand and write yourself a love letter. Be as specific and as affectionate as you can imagine.