The Artist’s Way Basic Principles, Redux

By shaper

One of the most valuable practices I’ve ever taken up was following the 12-week course of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I would recommend it to literally anyone, regardless of whether they consider themselves artists or not. One of the few criticisms I might have about it is the reliance on an anthropomorphized “creator” in much of the writing, which resembles, for me, the Judaeo-Christian God. While there’s nothing wrong with that – some of my best friends are Judaeo-Christian! – it doesn’t resonate well with me. Luckily, she invites people to re-write the principles and the “Artist’s Prayer” to suit your own beliefs. As mine are more in line with Soto Zen/Taoist practices, this is the version I created and use as a touchstone. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. There is…