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Walking in This World Check In April 3, 2012

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Greetings fellow travelers,

This is week two check-in in “Walking in This World” by Julia Cameron. I was able to do 5 out 7 days writing my Morning Pages. I recently received some very bad news and I found myself shutting down and unable to write on the last days. I turned to outside help and they have been helping me work through it.

I did the Artist’s Date that Julia Cameron indicated in Task: Identify Your Identity on page 41 which states “Schedule an hour’s undivided time and take your adult self on some small walking adventure. Do not be surprised if many feelings and intutions and insights bubble to the surface during this Artist’s Date.” I ventured out from my home into the overcast day wearing my light coat. I walk with difficulty because of my physical handicap. I can only walk so long so I go to the nearest coffee shop to get a refreshment of Clementine soda, strawberry yogurt, and a glazed doughnut. I hadn’t had breakfast yet and I was hungry. I watched other people enjoying their coffee typing away in their keyboards. I ate quickly because I wanted to get out to walking again. I walked to a local store to find they were not open. I walked to a gym and watched people excercising on exercise machines. Wondering what their pool looked like. I walked as far as I could and finally sat down at a bus stop. I waved passed a bus that thought I might want to catch the bus which I didn’t. Just as I was sitting at the bus stop the sun finally broke through the clouds. It was beautiful to behold everything in glowing radiant sunlight. I miss the days when I could walk comfortably. I used to take very long walks in the past. Today, I am glad I could walk as much as I could during the hour. It felt good to be a part of the community.

In addition to Julia Cameron’s indicated Artist’s Date hour walk, I also did the recommended 20 minute walk. It was a short walk in my neighborhood where I had an appointment. Not as leisurely as the Artist’s Date’s hour walk because I was trying to make the appointment on time. It was a good walk though. Still wanting to take my camera on my walk to take pictures.

Issue of recovery was focusing on self care and security. I am glad I asked for help and I shared what went on with me this past week because of the bad news and how it impacts my ability to move forward. Strong feelings over the situation surfaced and I was able to get support from others and do extra self care to handle it all. The excellent self care portion of my creativity contract comes to mind right now.

Warm regards,
Buffy

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Signing the Creativity Contract

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       For me signing the Creativity Contract is most important part of “The Artist’s Way” or “Walking in This World” journey. While yes I am agreeing to use the tools, readings, tasks, and check-ins more importantly I am making a promise to myself to take excellent self care of myself. That I get proper amount of sleep, wholesome nourishing food, and gentle companionship are vital for my creative recovery journey.
I decorated my Creativity Contract and placed it near my computer desk where I can prominently see it. I like the colors because they’re so vibrant and alive. I selected this particular image because of several reasons. It reminded me of the story of Footprints in the Sand. The direction of the foot prints also makes me think of Creator walking towards me or that I am walking closer to myself get to know myself better.
Have you signed your creativity contract? Have you decorated your creative contract and made it your own? Have you hung up your creativity contract where you can see it and remind yourself of your commitment to yourself?

Buffy

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Walking in this World journey begins Monday March 19, 2012

Starting Mon March 19, 2012 we will be going through

Artist’s Way 2:”Walking In This World” by Julia Cameron.

Check Ins are weekly each Mondays

JOIN TODAY at The Artist’s Way Circle on Facebook!!

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Everyone will need to get their own copy of “Walking In This World” by Julia Cameron. Monday March 19 we begin week one together as a group. Then on the following Monday March 26 we as a group do the check in at the end of the chapter by posting check ins at the group site. We go week by week doing each week’s check in on Mondays. Throughout the week members can post questions, insights, and things to share.

Look forward to seeing you there,

Buffy

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Artist’s Way Check In: March 5, 2012

Greetings fellow travelers,

I took a test asking “Where you are at your creative spiritual journey” by soul artist Laura Hollick at http://www.soulartstudio.com/quiz.php?n=2 Laura Hollick is creator of Soul Art studio, a business devoted to guiding people to create their life and business as an expression of their creative spirit. When I took my test I received the result that I was being initated into my spiritual journey.

These are the questions and following with my answers.

  • How would you describe your life now? You feel deeply challenged and overwhelmed by everything that is happening right now.
  • What makes your heart sing? Being creative.
  • What are you most proud of? Experiencing spiritual depth.
  • What challenges you? Everything feels hard right now.
  • What is the transformation you are seeking? Transform struggling into thriving.
  • What is your view on money? I’m more focused on spiritual things.
  • What is your physical experience? I have so many health issues, I am afraid of what my body is doing.
  • How do you think people perceive you? They think I’m a mess.
  • What is your top priority now? Love
  • What is your top burning question? How am I going to survive this?

My test results are:

You are in the Initiation Stage of the Creative Spiritual Journey
Right now you are being initiated by your spirit to take a journey. Often Initiations come in disguise as something difficult, challenging, painful or traumatic. The reason spirit calls us in such dramatic ways is because it knows it needs something that will get our attention. The challenges you face today are opportunities to deepen your connection with your spirit. Now is the time to take a Creative Spiritual Journey to heal and transform into the person you are born to be.”

The recommendation is to Transform your Fears. The Initiation stage offers an opportunity to heal deep fears and inner wounds. Transforming your fears is critical to moving through the Initiation stage of the journey. It allows you to step into the life you are born to live. The Transform your Fears audio is designed to guide you through your fears and limiting beliefs so you can be who you dream of being.”

Well I do believe this quiz best sums up where I am at. I am currently going through health problems on the verge of starting a creative spiritual journey “Walking in This World” journey which is basically Artist’s Way 2 on Monday March 19 going to June 18, 2012. A synchronicity, I also have an oppotunity to faciltate a talking circle and the first day I was to begin I get a head cold and lose my voice. I need to take time to heal, rest, and dream. I slept so much I was unable to do a single Morning Page unfortunately since I slept well past the morning in order to heal.

I was able to take breaks doing my online puzzle game hunting down clues and playing memory games. So, far I have acquired a significant number of trophies. I completed a quest that rewarded me with a huge Gold Dragon that I feature on my estate. Looks like a large rummage sale though with all the awards and purchases I have placed on the grounds. lol

Recovery issues are about fears and patience. I love the idea of starting a new level of “Artist’s Way” journey through “Walking in This World” and facilitating the talking circle. Both are in line with my dreams and desires, but both take commitment and work. I have been feeling anxiety over startin new projects. I am the kind of person that is used to hiding. It takes a lot of me to muster the courage to rise to the occasion. I often find myself wanting to express myself fully but then I block myself. I want to tap the potential that is within me especially in the creative and spiritual areas of my life. I know fear is stopping me being fully who I am. I desire to be comfortable being seen who I am. I enjoy feeling my life has a purpose and the creative juices flowing. I want to shift my perspective to joy.

When fear shows up I feel like avoiding, lack of clarity, feeling tired, feeling overwhelmed, doubting whether I can do something, and worrying about how I’ll be perceived. I want to transform the fears that are keeping me stuck, to tap into my courage, to create a life that supports my dreams, to return to a flowing state once fear has struck, and to expand and evolve into my potential. But all of this takes patience such as handing over my fears to my higher power, letting go and letting God, and saying the serenity prayer. Slowly, I am learning the tools to deal with my fears and to take steps into prosperity.

I also took another Laura Hollick quiz that asked “What kind of creative spirit are you?” The response after the test was that I was a Spiritual leader. I looked back at the rest of my life and I have seen that spirituality is the richest area of my life that I enjoy exploring and I do see myself with leadership potential in this area. I know people have said to me that they could see me as a spiritual leader before I even took this quiz.

Two weeks to starting “Walking in this World.” Wednesday my second attempt at facilitating the talking circle.

Warm regards,
Buffy

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It begins…

Alright today is the official beginning of my 10th Artist’s Way. I already feel great energy surrounding and propeling me forward. I have been hitting the streams with powerful driving music and I find myself dancing through my entire house. I sure I am a sight to see. I am filled with enthusiasm and great rejuvenated hope.  I earned a brand new fresh Artist’s Way book. I am interested to see what my new insights I will notice as I begin to read this brand new book with a highlighter in hand. I am excited.

My face to face group has some really dear friends coming along for the ride. It’s awesome to be a part of such a powerful circle. If you don’t have a face to face circle yet seek one out. If you can’t find one try forming one. It’s a life altering experience.

This 10th Artist’s Way journey I am using the means to honor the memory of my Blackfoot artist friend Steve who committed suicide almost 10 years ago. I want to honor his memory by being the happy artist I know he would want me to be and to share the Artist’s Way with others. So in honor of  the charchoal drawings we made, the hours studying for art history together, and to Wings of Desire we watched Steve you inspired me. This Artist’s Way walk is for you Steve may your memory as an artist live on.

Alright coinciding with my 10th Artist’s Way journey is the writing of my 4th novel through the NaNoWriMo http://www.nanowrimo.org writing challenge for the month of November. It’s 50,000 words in less than 30 days in November.  My romance story is called Enigma. Kira gets a vision while smudging and her entire world is turned upside down as the Great Mystery begins to speak to her. What else will she find?

Help! My favorite NaNoWriMo writing buddy isn’t doing a novel for November.  I need NaNoWriMo writing buddies. Add me as azurebreeze at:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/248846

Buffy

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The Artist’s Way is a Path to Love.

Why do I walk the Artist’s Way? The fundamental and most simplistic answer for me is that it’s a path of love. It’s the relationship calling upon my Creator the Ultimate Artist to help me create. I found my sanity and self by doing the Artist’s Way. I tapped into my creative dreams and hopes. I begun to branch out and connect with others traveling the Artist’s Way. Along this journey I strengthened my relationship with other creative souls and encountered new creators along the way.

It’s the love you find reaching out to the Great Creator who understands and accepts you as the artist that you are. You know those synchronicities? That’s Creator’s love guiding you and loving you some more. That’s the Universe that pays attention and actually listens to you. I strongly believe it was the Creator that lead me to the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron in the first place when I was sitting there sipping herbal tea at the Highwind Books in Milwaukee. That was no ordinary synchronicity seeing the Artist’s Way book sitting next to me. Waiting for me to open up to my destiny.

I started the Artist’s Way journey alone seeking love. I was suffering from mental illness symptoms. I had no one to really talk about my unfolding creative discoveries. I quietly read the chapters and completed my morning pages, artist’s dates, and tasks. To me self love is doing the morning pages and the artist’s dates. It’s the time spent nurturing yourself. I learned to rest on the page and fill the well. I began to do beadwork again. I brought out my heddle loom and began to bead fire colored stars along a blue background. A switch was turned back on in me as I woke up. I need to learn to love myself again as the bodaciously beautiful and creative soul that I truly am.

Once woken up my hopes and dreams began to emerge. Thanks to the Artist’s Way and the confidence that was emerging I unearthed my creative dreams of being artist. I dared to live my dreams feeling I had nothing else to live for once I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I enrolled myself in Drawing 101 at UW-Milwaukee. I hadn’t taken any drawing classes in middle school or high school so I was scared about the idea of pursing art on the college level. Would I be able to cut it artistically at the college level with no real background in drawing and painting? This is what I dared to uncover for myself. So I worked really hard in that drawing class trying to prove myself and take a chance on my artistic dream. I was told that I was drawing to small and to draw bigger. I did an extra credit sketch book which I lovingly selected pictures to draw telling a story of things I valued in my life. I was given an A in the class by the most gentle and supportive instructor I ever had. In honor of the confidence he built up in me that I am an artist I gave him the beaded head band of fire colored stars and blue background I made during my very first Artist’s Way journey. He later turned around and wrote me a glowing reference letter for a Native American art scholarship I applied for and gratefully won. With that scholarship I enrolled fulltime in the fine arts program specializing in drawing and painting. The Artist’s Way unlocked my dormant dream of being an artist and the love of that dream I had carried in my heart since childhood.

The foundation of support being able to get support first through Julia’s words, but also when I began to reach out to others on the Artist’s Way path finding fellow travelers was an ultimate source of love. I reached out to an online Artist’s Way support group to gain support and that encouraged me to create my own online Artist’s Way support group online 9 years ago and still going and growing now. I then connected with other members of the Artist’s Way journey in a Meetup Artist’s Way group in Milwaukee. Then I grew to facilitating 4 Artist’s Way Circles. I will be facilitating a fifth Artist’s Way Circle starting at Oct. 28, 2009. There have been so many times I learned so much about myself from these circles. So many insights. My Artist’s Way Circles led me closer to my artistic sister and my soul sister who are both in my circles. I found a current member of the Artist’s Way Circle because I was searching for Artist’s Way videos and uncovered his Artist’s Way video which led me to my favorite artist. someone who listened to my childhood, my creative creations, read my “Two Step” first draft in all it’s rawness. Meeting him was like soul recognition. Could it be possible for two artists to be the muse for each other? Is it possible that each spurs the creative juices of the other? I think it’s possible. I think in the Artist’s Way Circle we are the artists and muses for each other. That support that each creative soul yearns for. I have had so many people given me support and love as I shared parts of my creativity with them.

My vision was born from my experience of the Artist’s Way. I am Buffy a lover and a creator. I play with life. I am a child of the Creator. Creator is funny. I practice the healing arts. I am a writer, artist, singer, dancer, and more. I am a creator of true love.

My prayer for The Artist’s Way Circle is that Creator lead those who need to be here the most. That they find the love and support they need from our sacred space. That members are inspired by each other, grow, and prosper. So in time they can inspire others in their life through the act of living a creative life. May your Artist’s Way path be filled with love.

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Rejuvenation and NEW Artist’s Way journey

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Greetings Fellow Travelers,

It never ceases to amaze me, but whenever I finish a very transformative and intense Artist’s Way journey I get exhausted when I complete the journey. I just completed my 9th 12 week Artist’s Way journey and folks I am tired. But you know I am already dreaming of the new and 10th journey on Artist’s Way circle that I am starting for myself on Wed. Oct 28. I am interested in getting reacquainted with old Artist’s Way friends and of course meet new Artist’s Way friends. Feel free to start now if you so feel inclined. So I invite you to join me on a new Artist’s Way journey with me. I encourage you to ask your friends to join you and the rest of us as we begin. I am sure it will be quite a ride.

Right now I could use some support on recovering from an intense Artist’s Way journey. Any words of wisdom or articles would be much appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Buffy

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