Book Club – The Artist’s Way – First Meeting

11 May
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher C...

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We had our first meeting for our new Book Club/Discussion Group. We are reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, our Creative Cluster group, as Julia likes to call them. And I hope we will be a Creative Cluster. That sounds so appealing to me.  The hope that our collective creative energies will enrich each of us, and help us learn more about ourselves. Our first meeting was just an introduction to each other and to the book. There were seven of us, with several more who were unable to attend this first meeting. Plus all of you following along here on the blog! I truly hope everyone can find some way to share and contribute each week, because I know we will all benefit from more input. Our separate experiences and ideas truly can inspire and help each other.

We talked about the schedule (which is posted on the schedule page) as I do have to miss a few weeks. On those weeks I have to miss, we will just have extra time for that particular chapter. For instance, I already have to miss next week. So we will have 2 weeks to complete Chapter 1. Which is probably a good idea for the start of the book – to help us get used to what we are doing and taking our time getting into the new routine and rhythm.

We each spent a few moments talking about whether or not we had read the book before and also what we hoped to get out of this group. Answers ranged from being more focused, to wanting to write more, to the desire to expand our creative repertoire, to just being more aware of the creativity that is in each of us. A few of us had completed the book and the exercises and morning pages before, but some of the group had not. It is all new for them. A great mix of people.

We discussed doing the Morning Pages, which are a must! Morning Pages are 3 hand-written pages of writing, done every single morning, first thing every day. A “brain drain” as the book describes it. Just writing anything that you want – even if you just write “I don’t know what to write in my morning pages” over and over again, until you fill the 3 pages. They are a daily requirement, a sort of daily meditation if you will. You can write your dreams, your shopping list, your ideas for a book, your argument with your husband, anything at all! You just have to do it every day. This is the hard part for a lot of people. But do it anyway. You aren’t sharing these with anyone. You aren’t even reading them yourself until later in the book. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to write anything important or profound. You don’t even have to write legibly. Just write 3 pages every single morning.

Then you need to have an Artist Date every week. A date with yourself and you alone. No spouse, no kids, no best friends, no book club outing. Just you. Take yourself on a creatively inspired Artist Date. Once a week. What can you do? Go to a museum or an art gallery. Take a walk in the park. Read an art magazine. Take your camera and photograph your city. Sip some tea on your front porch and watch the birds. Do something that inspires you and feeds your creativity and lets you be part of that creative energy that is everywhere you look, open yourself up and just be a sponge. What can you think of to do for your artist date? I’d love to hear your stories about your own Artist Date.

Each chapter has a theme, and then tasks to do. We are now reading Chapter 1 – Recovering a Sense of Safety. Work on this chapter this week (actually you have 2 weeks for Chapter 1).

This week initiates your creative recovery. You may feel both giddy and defiant, hopeful and skeptical. The readings, tasks, and exercises aim at allowing you to establish a sense of safety, which will enable you to explore your creativity with less fear.

Ah, Fear, with a capital F. That is the big word for most of us. The one that causes us anguish and worry and stress. This week we are going to look at that Fear and start to learn a little bit about ourselves. That is what this book is all about – learning about ourselves. Finding our way to our creative self. Letting go of our fears. Embracing who we are and accepting it. Are you ready for this? I know I am.

If you haven’t read the Introduction and the Basic Principles yet, please do so. Then follow along and read Chapter 1 and do the tasks this week. Remember to do your morning pages and go on your artist date. And share with us what you do and what you learn and how you are feeling.  I’m very happy and excited to share this journey, and I hope you will be part of our Creative Cluster.


9 Responses to “Book Club – The Artist’s Way – First Meeting”

  1. Sonja Milojevic May 11, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I am looking forward to read more about this, even though I don’t have the book. But I know that I will learn something from your posts. 🙂


    • Deb Prewitt May 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      You can do the morning pages and artist date even without having the book on hand to read.


  2. Krystyna Rawicz May 12, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Would love to be part of this long distance. I can’t see a “follow” button on your blog?


    • Deb Prewitt May 12, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      I’d love to have you follow along and share what you learn. If you keep scrolling to the very bottom of the blog there is a email subscription sign up button. 🙂


  3. Shantelle Latreese May 19, 2012 at 12:00 am #
    I’m going to give it another shot this weekend. I really want to conquer this challenge, conquer myself rather..


    • Deb Prewitt May 19, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Welcome aboard Shantelle. And good luck with your challenging yourself.



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