Written by: Melinda J. Irvine
In writing this piece, Melinda shared 10 inspiring quotes from Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” to help you on your spiritual path to higher creativity.
Every morning after waking I hand-write three pages of stream-of-consciousness type notes into my journal — The Morning Pages. They are a direct channel to my creativity, my writing and my very self. I first learned about them in Julia Cameron’s fabulous 12 week program: The Artist’s Way.
It is impossible to write morning pages for any extended period of time without coming into contact with an unexpected inner power. ~Julia Cameron
Anyone reading my Morning Pages (even me) might look at the words as an early morning rant, but they’re not supposed to sound clever or enlightening. The Morning Pages are merely the angry, nit-picky, whiny baggage standing between you and your creativity. I’ve learned to just keep writing and writing without editing or restraint until I fill three pages, then close the book and get on with my day.
Morning pages do get us to the other side: the other side of our fear, of our negativity, of our moods. Above all, they get us beyond our Censor. Beyond the reach of the Censor’s babble we find our own quiet centre, the place where we hear the still, small voice that is at once our creator’s and our own. ~Julia Cameron
Since beginning morning pages, I’ve begun a daily poetry practice, an almost daily blog, self-published two books of poetry, recommenced my freelance copy-writing business as well as set free new creative pursuits like colouring, drawing and découpe.
Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about … Say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe. ~ Jalai Ud-Din Rumi
For the first time in my life I consider myself to be an artist, a writer and a poet. I live my life every day now honouring that belief.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso
Even though it’s a 12 week program it took me more than a year and a half to complete all the activities; but at the beginning of the program I wrote and signed a contract promising to acknowledge, honour and unblock my creativity. I still have it.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I regained a belief in myself and recovered a sense of what was possible for me, I found myself letting go, writing more, blogging more and sharing more of my work.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ~Henry David Thoreau
Every time I feel myself getting stuck, blocked or frustrated I realise I have been neglecting the Morning Pages, maybe only writing half a page or skipping a few days. All those whiny, petty thoughts are back in my day instead of released and removed from my consciousness.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young
I think we are all guilty of living our life trying to get more money so we can do what we want — I certainly have been. Since I let that go and concentrate now on what I actually want and being who I really am, I find myself living with a greater sense of creative accomplishment as well as inner peace.
What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly. ~Shakti Gawain
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The essential element in nurturing our creativity lies in nurturing ourselves. Through self-nurturance we nurture our inner creation to the Great Creator. Through this connection our creativity will unfold. ~Julia Cameron
Meet the Author: Melinda J. Irvine
Melinda is an Australian freelance copywriter, poet and musician living between the Philippine Western Visayas and her home country. She enjoys blogging about her writing journey, haiku poetry and the power of giving.
You can find her at: http://melirvine.com.au/
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