The Artists Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
By Julia Cameron
The Artists Way is a creativity workbook and spiritual journey book. Much like her “Right to Write” book, it has an essay followed by an assignment. They designed the assignments to help you open the flow of creativity in your life. You do one assignment per week and in the end, your life is more open to creative possibilities. I worked on the twelve-week program and found that some ideas of all the exercises are to permit yourself and practice creative thinking without judging. Sometimes this was very hard for me, while other times it was easy, just as you would expect. Nothing surprising. For me, week ten was the hardest “Recovering a Sense of Self Protection.” It was hard to admit that it was something that I would benefit from. For example, one idea is that saying no can be self-care, which I have a hard time saying, especially to my mother.
Overall, I found this book to be very helpful. I enjoyed the pampered feeling of some exercises. Just taking time for myself was luxurious, and it fed my creative soul and gave me confidence. I would recommend this book for anyone who is recovering from burn-out or who suffers from frequent writer’s block. This book is a joy to work with and I think you should give it a go. It’s a five-star reading workbook.