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Creative Journeys Start Here: Join the Chick Chat

6 Mar

The 4 Chicks Chat about Julia Cameron’s Walking in this World: The Practical Art of CreativityChapter 1: Discovering a Sense of Origin

The Chicks met at Eva’s pool to discuss the first chapter of their latest creativity guidebook, just like they did before with Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.  They’re videotaping their discussions of each chapter and posting them, so that you can be a virtual part of the discussion, too.

It takes the Chicks about a month to cover each chapter.  Here’s how it works:

  1. The 4 Chicks read a chapter.
  2. The Chicks meet and discuss the chapter.
  3. Over the next month or so, the Chicks do the tasks in the chapter and blog about it along the way.
  4. You’re invited to do the same and/or comment on the blog, sharing your own experiences and Chick Stories.

So join in as the 4 Chicks share their creative challenges, insecurities, learnings, joys, and above all, laughter.  And now, welcome to the first Chick Chat.

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

5 Mar

Wow, what a great day!   I had so much fun with the Chicks yesterday.  We just took a huge step forward – finally having our first meeting to discuss Chapter 1 of Walking in This World.  It felt so good.  It has been a few months since we finished The Artist’s Way, and I didn’t realize how much meeting to discuss it was helping me stay open to creativity, and feel so challenged and encouraged. 

Videoing our chat was actually fun, if a little intimidating.  We were kidding, of course, when we called it “The View”.  But it really did feel like our own show!  Can’t wait to see the video clip that comes out of it.  Or…maybe I can. I’m not too excited about seeing myself on video.  It’s out of my comfort zone.  I guess that is an important part of any creative endeavor, though, isn’t it?  Doing new things helps us see not only new things, but also see what already existed in a whole new way.

Time for Sleep

4 Mar

Julia Cameron has a Creativity Contract at the beginning of the book. It asks the seeker to commit–at least for the duration of going through the course–to “excellent self-care, adequate sleep, good food, and gentle companionship”.  In looking at this picture, it strikes me that I have a lot to learn from my son on this front, especially the sleeping part.  As you can see, Avery listens well when his body tells him he needs rest.  I, on the other hand, have gone to sleep between 1:00am-4:00am each night this past week.

That’s because all toddlers are hard-wired for excellent self-care.  They don’t try to fit these things into their busy lives; they DEMAND them.  And when you ignore their demands, they take matters into their own hands.

Cameron often refers to our inner artist as a child.  But when our artist-child acts out and we ignore it, it simply pouts and hides.  This might seem like an acceptable outcome (in both cases), but the risk is that those heart-warming bursts of creativity–like my son’s neck-squeezing hugs–go away.  And I’m realizing that I need them both to live.

So yes, Mommy is cranky and needs a really long TIME OUT, like eight hours uninterrupted.  Think I’ll go take it now.

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