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Luna is taking a break from 43T. She will be back :)

Complete "The Artist's Way" (read all 5 entries…)
Checking in: Week 1 - Recovering a Sense of Safety

This check-in is a transcription/translation of the one I did last year.

My first “week” took me 16 days to accomplish, because it was until the end of the first week that I found about the tasks. Now I know I have to read the whole chapter at the beginning of the week.

Morning Pages
I wrote 11/16 morning pages. The experience of writing daily (or almost) has been revealing. The pages have allowed me to discard thoughts that have been circling my head.

Artist Date
I divided it in three sessions of knitting. That way, I could accomplish both my artist date and my abandoned knitting. I will continue knitting, but I’ll add another activity for my AD. The book does not state that I cannot have more than one AD a week ;)
It was curious to be knitting and be conscious that it was a date with my artist. They were brief dates because my hands started to numb after a little while. I am happy to have carried out this task and, especially, to fulfill myself.

Other Issues
A significant issue for my recovery has been to include watercolor vignettes in my daily pages. This has allowed me to see my “painter artist” within and to see that I do have an abandoned gift, but that it can flourish with a little push and letting it flow with this universal energy.

Some quotes taken from the author Julia Cameron
  • “It takes nurturing to make an artist.”
  • “Progress, not perfection.”
  • “In order to recover as an artist, you must be willing to be a bad artist. Give yourself permission to be a beginner.”
  • “But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano/act/paint/write a decent play? Yes… the same age you will be if you don’t.”
  • “If being an artist seems too good to be true to you, you will devise a price tag for it that strikes you as unpayable. Hence, you remain blocked.”
  • “It is audacity and not talent that moves an artist to center stage.”
  • “Affirmations help achieve a sense of safety and hope.”


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