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Week 01: Walking in This World by Julia Cameron | The Artist’s Way

Quotes from Julia Cameron’s Walking in This World – Week 01:

1. “Instead of thinking about conquering an art form, think instead of kissing it hello, wooing it, exploring it in small, enticing steps. How many of us have burned through promising relationships by moving too swiftly? How many of us have burned out in new creative ventures by setting goals too high? Most of us.”

2. “When we do not act in the direction of our dreams, we are only “dreaming.” Dreams have a will-o’-the-wisp quality. Dreams coupled with the firm intention to manifest them take on a steely reality. Our dreams come true when we are true to them. Reality contains the word “real.” We begin to “reel” in our dreams when we toss out the baited hook of intention. When we shift our inner statement from “I’d love to” to “I’m going to,” we shift out of victim and into adventurer. When we know that we “will,” then we couple the power of our will with the power of future events. In this sense, what we “will do” becomes what “will happen.” To prove this to ourselves, we need to couple the largeness of our dream with the small, concrete, and do-able “next right thing.” As we take the next small step, the bigger steps move a notch closer to us, downsizing as they move. If we keep on taking small enough next steps and therefore keep chipping away and miniaturizing what we like to call “huge” risks, by the time the risk actually gets to our door, it, too, is simply the next right thing, small and do-able and significant but non-dramatic. Many of us falter, thinking that in order to begin a creative work we must know precisely how to finish it and, beyond that, to insure its reception in the world. We are, in effect, asking for a guarantee of our success before we have taken the single most important step necessary to insure it. That step is commitment.”

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3. “If you conceptualize launching a project, you begin to understand the issue of overthinking. Think of your project as “the arrow of desire.” Imagine yourself eyeing the bull’s-eye, pulling back the bow—and then thinking about it. Worrying about it. Considering whether you are aiming exactly right or whether you should be a smidgen higher or lower. Your arm begins to get tired. Then your aim begins to get shaky. If you manage to finally shoot the arrow, it does not sail with confidence and strength. You have that in your vacillation about exactly how you should shoot. In short, you have mistaken beginning something with ending something. You have wanted a finality that is earned over time and not won ahead of time as a guarantee. You have denied the process of making art because you are so focused on the product: Will this be a bull’s-eye? We forget that intention is what creates direction. If we aim with the eye of our heart—“That I desire to do”—then we aim truly and well. “Desire,” that much-maligned word, is actually the best guide for our creative compass. Horseback riders who jump the Grand Prix fences of terrifying heights talk of “throwing their heart” over the fence so their horse jumps after it. We must do the same.”

4. “Commit to make something you love and you will find that the needed supplies come to hand. You must “catch” them when they do. A free studio for recording. Use of an editing bank. A windfall of costumes from your aunt’s attic. A church space newly renovated and looking for a worthy cause, like your embryonic theater company. Our creative energy triggers a creative response.”

5. “When we make art for the sake of making art, we tend eventually to make money. Money is energy, and it follows the path we lay down for it. When we commit that we will do something, the finances that allow us to do it follow. Our committed intention attracts supply. This is spiritual law, if not what we are taught to believe. Money is really a codified form of power. Often we think we need X amount of money to attain Y space, but what we really need is the space itself. Intention creates power, often as money, sometimes as access. Art triggers abundance, but it triggers it in diverse forms. Our cash flow may not immediately increase, but our opportunity flow will increase. So will many benevolent coincidences or synchronicities that will enrich our lives and our art if we let them. Receptivity is key, and that key unlocks the treasure chest.”

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6. “We all need a window for the imagination. We need a time and a place to stare out the window at the snow. On a day like today, with a great black crow flapping through the dark limbs, it is easy to see how Poe could write his Raven, mere blocks from here, staring at the same snow and some dark bird, a century ago. Artists have stared out of windows and into their souls for a very long time. It is something in the staring-out that enables us to do the looking-in. We forget that. So often we try to gird ourselves to face a harsh and difficult world when we might instead gentle both ourselves and our world just by slowing down.”

Exercises From Julia Cameron’s Walking in This World – Week 01:

20 Small Creative Actions I COULD Take:

1. Make origami + hang in my room.

2. Note down the mutton stew recipe.

3. Write down the poems I recently read and loved in my red journal.

4. Go to the river ghats and take some photos on my phone.

5. Do the Nat-Geo Explorer course I signed up for.

6. Make a cabbage soup with mushroom.

7. Give away every outfit I even slightly dislike.

8. Download my Wynk account and recover the songs that were once my favourite.

9. Buy + wear a new ornament.

10. Do some pages from Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist Journal.

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11. Complete the painting on my almirah.

12. Watch some clouds or sunsets.

13. Make something out of the colorful clay that I have.

14. Collect flowers + dry them.

15. Sew with threads on a photo-print.

16. Make a blind portrait contour series.

17. Take a different route to the railway station from my house.

18. Read some poems by Rilke.

19. Dance to a song.

20. Draw 10 circles and transform them into something in 3minutes.

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10 Positive Adjectives To Describe Myself And A Personal Ad Using The Terms Listed

1. Intelligent

2. Creative

3. Funny

4. Caring

5. Innovative

6. Kind

7. Resilient

8. Generous

9. Curious

10. Supportive

Personal Ad: “Experience the generosity of a kind, curious and caring artist.”