The Artist’s Way: Week 7 – Recovering a Sense of Connection

The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self The Artist’s Way is a 12-week program designed by writer/director, Julia Cameron, to help develop creativity. The program is for creatives of all types, and has weekly exercises based on free writing, affirmations and regular excursions. Come with me as I take this 12-week course and see what I discover along the way.

Significant Personal Issues Make for a Challenging Week in The Artist’s Way

Sunday, 21st June 2020

As Cameron often points out, art and life are inextricably woven together, with events in our daily lives manifesting in works of art. But on a personal level, the title of this chapter holds great irony for me this week.

I read this chapter last Sunday, when my husband and I were staying in an alpine cabin. We had a relaxing break, driving through the winding mountain roads, dining in the cosy pub and warming ourselves by the log fire he built. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my husband had arranged accommodation in a share house close to the city. And today, one week to the day of our alpine holiday, we sat in our car in the underground carpark of the local Supermarket and he told me our marriage was over.

There was another significant event this week, not of connection, but rather, disconnection. The ultimate disconnection.

My son’s childhood friend passed away, and the funeral was this week. Due to COVID restrictions, I was not able to attend so I watched the live stream broadcast from the funeral home. My son had the honour of being pall bearer and I watched on the screen as he helped wheel his mate into the hearse. He was twenty-four years old.

It is after midnight, but even after several pointless conversations with my husband and ripping through an entire basket of ironing, I am still not ready for sleep. As I settle into bed in the spare room (my husband leaves next week), I tuck into Chapter 8 of The Artist’s Way.

The title of Week 8 is Discovering a Sense of Strength.

I think I’m going to need it.

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9 comments

I hope this new turn of events will give you all kinds of creative access and that it will turn out to have been a good thing after all. xoxox.

naomilisashippen

Thanks, Lisa. Everyone’s telling me I’m going to be a lot better off, and I’m already feeling it, in spite of everything. It’s certainly given me a lot of inspiration!

I think its difficult to find way to creativity when we are right in the middle of something.Hope things get better soon for you and this course helps you.

naomilisashippen

Thanks, Amrita, yes the course is really helping me. I thoroughly recommend it.

My heart breaks for you. I hope you can find solace in following The Artist’s Way during this difficult time. May you find strength and peace.

naomilisashippen

Thank you for your kind words, Kelsy, they help more than you know. Yes, The Artist’s Way is a great consolation at this time in guiding me to channel my turbulent feelings into more productive outlets.

Good luck with the new direction you’re heading in.

naomilisashippen

Thanks, Joanne. 😀

naomilisashippen

Thank you for your kind words, Joanne.

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