dusty corners  

slightly_sexy8 38F
361 posts
10/3/2005 3:38 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

dusty corners

what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.-ralph waldo emerson

i started reading a new book about discovering your creative self, called 'the artists way'. i don't think it means just creative in the traditional artistic sense but creative as in what it is that makes you who you are and making sure you are living up to all you can be. it sort of starts off talking about spirituality and how so many people live their entire lives saying things like "i could do that, if only..." or that their dreams don't matter or others come first or worrying about what their friends and family might think.. all those things i'm sure everyone thinks at some point about anything new they try or wish to try.

it seems to be suggesting that the first step is to write something it calls 'the morning pages'. it said three pages about anything you felt or saw or was on your mind. there's no wrong way of doing them, the important thing is just to do them.... writing anything and everything that comes to mind no matter how silly or stupid or weird it might seem. (actually sounds pretty much like my blog)

they aren't for reading or correcting but only for writing about what is on your mind. writing them no matter what your mood either. just committing yourself (they say for 8 weeks, just sticking them in an envelope and not reading them... and i haven't read past this bit so i don't know what you do with them then). doing it so you can see what is going on in the small corners of your mind and what your dreams and inner self might be.

i think i am going to try it. shall i start tomorrow? hmm. im sure there are some dusty corners in my mind. i think it would be interesting. would i like what i found? i am wondering though, should i read the whole book first so i know what i am committing myself too or should i just plunge in as usual and see what happens as i work my way through it? i guess i will see.

music - counting down the days, natalie imbruglia

Erik_Bloodaxe 56M

10/4/2005 2:03 am

Just go for it......the pages you have read have sparked something off in you. If you read the book you might get bored! So....start writing.

Some of us us are a bit dubious about New-Age books flooding the market. But, for whait its worth, I think writing, painting and music is a great way to release our creativity. I think is also it can be kind of therapy. I know I always feel more relaxed after I have written something - especially if it involves imagery and the release of emotions.

So, good luck. I look forward to reading about what you discover about yourself in a couple of month's time

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/4/2005 11:48 am

Fantastic book. I cannot recommend it too highly. Some of the stuff it demands of you can be quite challenging at times but ... well, the impact on ones life can be phenomenal.

I hope you get as much from it as I did

slightly_sexy8 38F
314 posts
10/5/2005 12:46 pm

thanks i'm going to start it.

Camille61 50M
15 posts
10/11/2005 2:18 pm

I took The Artists Way class at a local art school here in town and it revolutionized the way I am in my life now. I can't recommend it enough either... for anyone to take, no matter whether they've every written, drawn, painted, played music, anything. Since then, I've been to a writer's workshop, taken two acting classes, gone on auditions, am involved in a small indy film and am taking a new on-line "Personal Essay" writing class, which is much like journaling, but adding shape, plot and character to the stories of my life. I read The Artists Way years ago, and only got as far as The Morning Pages chapter, but it got me writing every day for years and I've never stopped. Now, having completed the entire course, in a class, it's one of the best things I've done in years. Good luck to you!

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