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Showing Up

I learned to turn my creativity into the only God I could believe in-- the God of creativity. I learned to get out of the way and let that creative force work through me. I learned to just show up at the page and write down what I heard. I didn't have to be in the "mood," I didn't have to take my emotional temperature. I simply wrote. No negotiations-- good, bad?-- none of my business. I wasn't doing it. By resigning as the self-conscious author, I wrote freely.

5 Comments on "Showing Up"

  1. Perfect way to start a writing day. Thank you.

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    Julia… am delighted to be back ‘in touch’… as my journey with you began in Vancouver, BC,
    Canada, at your personal appearance & presentation of The Artist’s Way, circa 1995. I am once again with my copy of same… purchased on that day! …from saudi with love, helena

  3. Thank you. I am personally much more comfortable with this definition of God than the omnipotent God who micromanages my life and is the source of all good … and by implication all not good.

  4. This should be every creative persons mantra. 🙂

  5. As a blocked creative, I turned to the only mentor that has ever spoken to my creative heart… You. I decided to dig out my Artists Way and begin again, as I have done 2 other times over these past 18 years. You would think that, after 49 journals of morning pages, I would have “got the gist” by now! The problem was one that could only be sorted by your video comments about the morning pages. I needed to vent, and the pages has become, over time “The well”; a source to go dipping for ideas; another tool for inspiration rather than a place to vent. They had become just another creative thing that ‘had to be good’. (They had earned this by the way. I would say 80 percent of my art is done on ‘the page.’ Thank you!
    P.S. I have given dozens of your books over the years. Many lives have been changed from health care executives to many artists. You and your book changed many lives, mostly mine.

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