healing the creative within
In 1992, Julia Cameron wrote the book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. This site is a call and an offering to my fellow Helenians to engage in this journey together – reading the book (one chapter per week), doing the Morning Pages (every day), and gathering together for a couple of hours (once a week) to discuss, explore, and share our experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
You don’t have to be an artist or a writer – nor do you have to be religious or spiritual – to do The Artist’s Way. This is a personal journey of self-exploration which will likely lead to things far greater than labels or beliefs.
“The Artist’s Way is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within, whether a painter, poet, screenwriter, or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It’s about learning to pay attention.”
“Twenty-five years ago, I published The Artist’s Way, a book that I think of as a support kit for artists. Its popularity caught me by surprise. I thought I was writing a book for myself and a handful of friends. Instead, I wrote a book that spoke to millions. It had a central premise—we are all creative— and with the use of a few simple tools, we can all become more creative.
Creativity, I believed, was a spiritual practice. We had only to open ourselves up to the Great Creator working through us. We became channels for spiritual energy to enter the world. Writing, painting, dancing, acting—no matter what form our creativity took, the Great Creator caused us to flourish. And so, encounters like mine in the cafe became commonplace.
The sentence is always the same:
‘Your book changed my life.’
‘No,’ I often reply. ‘You changed your life.
You used the tools I laid out for you.'”