artist’s way: week two

…Success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality.  The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.
–Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

To Feel Almost Paralyzed...
To Feel Almost Paralyzed… • 10in x 12in • Mixed media collage • Carly  Swenson • 2011

I thoroughly connected with this week’s chapter.  In the first week, I was unnecessarily hard on myself.  I felt like I was doing something wrong—my morning pages, my tasks. (The alternate lives task I found strangely difficult—I found myself constantly second-guessing my choices and over-thinking her potential reasoning behind the task.) However, within the first couple pages of the next chapter, my mind was eased and I felt myself relaxing into the concept of the course.  I suppose in over a decade of teaching The Artist’s Way, Cameron was able to anticipate my hesitation and slight anxiety from the first week, and quickly remedied those negative feelings early in week two.


Pain had become something much more valuable: experience.
–Julia Cameron,The Artist’s Way

I completely identified with Cameron’s explanation of crazymakers, and how these humans are a poisonous and destructive force to those around them.  My previous place of employment was an insanely toxic environment. Realizing she and others had also worked with that sort of intensely self-serving and manipulative type of person, gave me a sense of vindication.  Her accounts and criteria renewed my conviction in the decision to leave my decent-paying job, (with it’s office and retirement plan)—for the preservation of my sanity and happiness.  Immediately after leaving that job, my life started to calm, as I slowly began to emotionally recover, and regain a faith in people.

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