Welcome to my series of articles about Julia Cameron’s book, Walking in This World. Week Seven is about Discovering a Sense of Momentum. I post an article each Wednesday as I work my way through the book.
The first section of the reading in Week 7 is about the creative flow. As I read I was amazed. I think Julia has been reading my mind. She said, “Most artists get blocked not because they have too few ideas but because they have too many.” Our creative flow goes berserk. We get overwhelmed with all the ideas. We panic and then freeze. At this point we are blocked.
Been there, done that many times over. I have so many ideas, I don’t know what to work on. I flit from one idea to another. I can’t focus. I can’t decide which creative idea is better. My mind won’t stop. So, I do nothing.
Julia uses a 12 Step thought, “Easy does it!” as advice. Taking baby steps can help relieve the pressure felt. Julia suggests quieting your mind by siphoning off the overflow. Some ways to do that are taking a walk, writing a letter, cleaning a closet, vacuuming, or writing in your journal. Funny. Right before I read Week Seven, I went on a cleaning frenzy straightening my art room, vacuuming, and scrubbing the bathtub and toilet. I guess I had a sixth sense about what I needed. Plus, having a clean house is refreshing to the soul.
The third part of the reading talks about having creative breakthroughs which are referred to as “strobe-light clarity”. As artists we will have breakthroughs in our creativity, our lives, and our relationships. These breakthroughs may feel like breakdowns. Julia suggests taking your time to absorb and grow accustomed to new ideas, new concepts. These moments of clarity may point you in a completely different area of creativity or may give you insight in projects that need to be combined.
Anyone have a problem with finishing projects? This is discussed in Week Seven also. I have many unfinished projects. I hope I’m not the only one. I have several unfinished paintings and drawings, slacks that need hemming, slides to be scanned and categorized on the computer, a photo journal half done, and more. Having unfinished items takes away from the flow of creative energy. The reason we should finish these projects is to get an inflow of new creative energy. I believe I will try to follow Julia’s advice and try to knock a few of these off the list. Maybe I will see with “new eyes” and be able to determine the direction my creativity needs to take.
Next week: Week Eight – Discovering a Sense of Discernment.
My other articles about Walking in This World:
Week One – Discovering a Sense of Origin
Week Two – Discovering a Sense of Proportion
Week Three – Discovering a Sense of Perspective
Week Four – Discovering a Sense of Adventure
Week Five – Discovering a Sense of Personal Territory
Week Six – Discovering a Sense of Boundaries
Week Eight – Discovering a Sense of Discernment
Week Nine – Discovering a Sence of Resiliency
Week Ten – Discovering a Sense of Camaraderie
Week Eleven – Discovering a Sense of Authenticity
Week Twelve – Discovering a Sense of Dignity
I wish all my faithful readers and visitors a wonderful Thanksgiving. May the holiday be filled with love, joy and peace. May you be blessed with new energy in your artwork, relationships and health. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you through this blog. Take care and come back soon.