The Artists Way

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests getting Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way and starting her twelve week course in August to help bring more harmony to your everyday life.

Dawna Walter in her book New Leaf, New Life: How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Yourself says that no matter how many times you read the Artists Way by Julia Cameron it continues to comfort, uplift and inspire when the stresses and strains of daily life get to you and lists it as one of her must have books for the bedside.

Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way: A Course In Discovering And Recovering Your Creative Self is more than an amazing book, its a practical step by step instruction manual in tapping into your creativity. It is very involved and I want to give myself the best chance of success so I am going to rejig her twelve week course into a 12 month course and suggest that maybe you do the same.  It is quite a big ask to get all of her weekly activities done in a week, every week and in the past each time I have attempted to do this course I have failed to fit it in, got demoralised and quit. This time I am going to plan it much better.

August: Recovering A Sense of Safety

  • Morning Pages
  • Artist date: Five & Dime
  • Time Travel: three old enemies
  • Time travel: monster hall of fame horror story
  • Letter to the editor
  • Time travel: three old champions
  • Time travel: Thank you letter
  • Imaginary Lives
  • Affirmations & blurts
  • Artists date: 20 minute walk
  • Check in

September: Recovering A Sense Of Identity

  • Affirmative reading
  • Time management review
  • Safety circle
  • Enjoyment list & plan
  • Affirmations
  • Imaginary lives
  • Life pie
  • Ten tiny changes
  • Check in

October: Recovering A Sense Of Power

  • Detective work
  • Childhood excavation
  • Friend review
  • Artist brain activity
  • Discovering likes & admirations
  • Check in

November: Recovering A sense Of Integrity

  • Buried dreams exercise
  • Environment assessment
  • Time travel exercise
  • Life pie review
  • Artists prayer
  • Extended Artists date
  • Closet cleanout
  • Situation change
  • Media Deprivation
  • Check in

December: Recovering A Sense Of Possibility

  • The virtue trap quiz
  • Forbidden joys exercise
  • Wish list exercise
  • Five grievances
  • Image file
  • Imaginary lives
  • Time travel
  • Meanness
  • Wish List
  • Creative Blocks
  • Check in

January: Recovering A Sense Of Abundance

  • Counting exercise
  • Money madness exercise
  • Natural abundance exercise
  • Clearing exercise
  • Creation exercise
  • Communication exercise
  • Prosperity & acceptance
  • Check in

February: Recovering A Sense Of Connection

  • Jealousy Map exercise
  • Archaeology exercise
  • Create a poster
  • Stress break
  • Artist date: sacred space
  • Home scent
  • Dress up
  • Treat purchase
  • Collage
  • Five Favourites
  • Check in

March: Recovering A Sense Of Strength

  • Early patterning’s exercise
  • Goal search
  • Fantasy childhood
  • Colour exercise
  • Five naughty pleasures
  • Style search
  • Ideal day Plan
  • Check in

April: Recovering A Sense Of Compassion

  • Blasting blocks
  • Read your morning pages
  • Visualizing
  • Prioritizing
  • Creative U-turns
  • Check in

May: Recovering A Sense Of Self Protection

  • The workaholic assessment
  • Deadlines Exercise
  • Touchstones exercise
  • The awful truth exercise
  • Setting a bottom line
  • Check in

June: Recovering A Sense Of Autonomy

  • Basic principle meditation
  • Creativity notebook
  • Honest changes assessment
  • Nurturing exercise
  • Letter of encouragement
  • Examine spiritual beliefs
  • synchronicity assessment
  • Check in

July: Recovering A Sense Of Faith

  • Procrastination assessment
  • Revisit blurts and affirmations
  • Mend any mending
  • Re-pot plants
  • Create and start using a God Jar
  • Plan a creative project
  • Check in

Now to figure out how best to fit this in to my monthly goals plan and make it workable.





7 thoughts on “The Artists Way

  1. Wow, that’s so cool. I just started this course yesterday and loving it so far. And I’ve bought this book, by the way, inspired by your blogging about it. Can’t wait to read it.


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