Book of the Week: The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way – A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self.

This is one of the most special books I’ve ever read. And one of a select few that I will continue to re-read for ever and ever. You can read it as a book without doing any of the exercises and still take plenty away, but it’s very much a course, and the exercises are an act of creativity in themselves.
Examples include: 
Morning pages – 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing
Artist dates – e.g going to an exhibition
Writing letters to your past/future selves
Describing your imaginary lives
Writing lists: 20 things you enjoy doing, 20 pieces of clothing you dream of owning, 5 childhood accomplishments

The Artist’s Way (artist referring to the inner-artist in all of us, the writer, the performer, the photographer or interior designer) is a beautiful reminder that we are all inherently creative. We might not think of ourselves this way, but we were born to create. As children we’d play, explore, experiment, all without the restraints of judgment, self-criticism or fear of failure. Now as adults, laden with responsibilities and the burden of perfectionism, we cast our creative dreams aside, labelling them silly. 

This book is the nudge we all need to make time for ourselves, time for our inner-child to play. Cameron writes so passionately, arguing why we must not give up on the dreams we hold in our hearts. It’s lesson after lesson in how to heal after years of self-doubt, negative self-talk and inaction. It’s a kick up the bum-bum. – Both spiritually and practically. 
It’s an essential read.

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