If you want to write, or paint, or create, then fill your well, says Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way. (I’m paraphrasing). You’ve got to be filled up and nourished in order to do your work. Nourishing and recovering your creativity can also be a source of healing.
In other words: this book might be an essential resource for you when you need to CONSISTENTLY make things out of your imagination — whether that’s for your business, your platform, or a painting — without getting blocked or burning out.
Creativity is who we are.
It’s our fuel and our power.
Creativity belongs to all of us, not just professional artists.
But it’s probably important to interrogate the notion that you are NOT an artist.
A lot of us opt out of being artists because we think that’s not who we are or because of a fear that we won’t be able to make a livelihood.
Which is how many of us become a “Shadow Artist” (and a shadow of ourselves).
According to Cameron, a ‘shadow artist’ is someone who wants to be an artist or a creator of some kind, but instead makes a profession out of facilitating the work they’re obsessed with. So a woman who yearns to direct movies will become a producer. A person who wants to be a sculptor will become the administrator of an arts collective. A writer will become a teacher. A fashion designer will work be a sales person in a textiles company. We facilitate and administer and make it possible for other people to do the work we want to do.
That hit me like a thunder bolt. I recognize this life choice — in my own career and MANY of my clients’ and colleagues’. We get drawn into a successful career supporting the art that **we** should be making.
Epiphany after epiphany — plus lots of creativity-generating practices to get unblocked and into flow — is what this book is all about. I wish I’d read it a thousand years ago.
(I also wrote about it here).
If you could use more creative fuel in your life so you can bring the ideas in your head into the world, I think this book might be for you, too.