Thursday, 12 November 2009

The Artist's Way - Week 12

RECOVERING A SENSE OF FAITH

Week Twelve has arrived!!!! It's hard to believe that I've been working through this journey for the past three months.........and it's been quite a journey at that.

In this last chapter, Julia reminds us that creativity requires faith and that we need to trust our own inner guidance. We must surrender ourselves to the creative process and not try to control it. We need to allow time for ideas to hatch rather than force them because forcing them will only lead to blocks.

Julia points out that when we feel blocked in one creative area, our inner guidance will lead us to be creative in another area. I found this definitely applied to my current situation where, lately, I seem to be drawn to knitting and crochet instead of painting. I need to trust that this is happening for a reason and it's possible that my inner artist just needs a vacation at this time. I am so appreciative of all the support and encouragement that I received from my wonderful readers when I expressed my frustrations. Thank you! This brings me to another point Julia makes and that is to move silently among those who doubt our creative capabilities and to voice our creative plans, or concerns, only among our allies. My blogger friends have certainly been wonderful allies during this phase of my creative journey.

In one of the tasks this week, Julia asked that we select a God/Source/Creator/Universe jar in which we can place our fears, worries, hopes, dreams, etc. When something concerns us, or we want something to manifest in our life, we simply place it in our Source jar and we can then remind ourselves that God/Source has got our back so we need not worry or fuss any more about it.

Anywhoo, for my birthday earlier this year, Aaron made me this beautiful Wish jar and I have decided to use it to hold/release all my dreams, wishes, and troubles. It's perfect!



I now continue my creative journey with a renewal of my commitment to doing my Morning Pages (which I love) daily and to try and do better at taking myself on weekly Artist Dates (I've been pretty dismal on that score). I would like to congratulate my fellow bloggers who also participated in The Artist's Way course and I wish them well on their continuing journeys. It's been a pleasure to work through the course with them by my side.

Love, light and peace

6 comments:

  1. Congrats on completing your journey.

    What a lovely wish jar :)

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  2. Wonderful summation, Serena :)

    And I *love* your wish jar! That is so beautiful, with the rocks cleverly embedded in the lid. You've reminded me I did not do this task, and it seems like an important one, so I will want to follow through.

    I kind of lost my energy a little at the end there, and it's no wonder to me you've gone to the needlework, as I have, too! It does seem to "knit up the raveled sleeve of care."

    I know whatever you create will be lovely and wonderful. You are a truly creative and talented soul.

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  3. It was so fun being on this journey with you. I love the wish jar what great idea. Oh also I hate altering too. I'd rather just start over again.

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  4. That is the absolute perfect jar to use! And the fact that it was a gift from a loved one--even better. :)

    Wow! Has it been 12 weeks already? Time has really gotten away from me lately--hehe! Congratulations on completeling the journey despite illnesses and storms. Remember--you deserve your artist's dates!! :) :)

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  5. Hi Serena,
    Well done on finishing your creative journey. It was so interesting to read another artists life and I know you were really open with your feelings.

    Do you have like minded people around you besides Michelle?
    Someone that you can bounce your painting ideas off?
    I'm sure you'll get your mojo back soon.
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  6. Serena, Everytime I come here I am inspired by your art. You have an ability to portray beauty. Enjoy your rest from painting. But knowing art....will call you back soon.
    :-)

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