Many of us equate difficulty with virtue — and art with fooling around. Hard work is good. A terrible job must be building our moral fiber. Something — a talent for painting, say — that comes to us easily and seems compatible with us must be some sort of cheap trick, not to be taken seriously. On the one hand, we give lip service to the notion that God wants us to be happy, joyous and free. On the other hand, we secretly think that God wants us to be broke if we are going to be so decadent as to want to be artists. Do we have any proof at all for these ideas about God?
You may have noticed that this week’s post have a bit of a theme about what it means to take our life and our art seriously.
I read the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron around the time it was published back in 1992. It’s a book that changed my life by expanding my beliefs about work, art, spirituality and talent. I return to the exercises in that book every so often, and have been writing in a journal daily since the early 1990’s mostly because of that book.
I didn’t become an acclaimed artist by reading Julia Cameron’s book, but my life started to become a work of art from that point forward. I took her following words to heart from the Artist’s Way:
“Making art begins with making hay while the sun shines. It begins with getting into the now and enjoying your day. it begins with giving yourself some small treats and breaks. “This is extravagant but so is God” is a good attitude to take when treating your artist to small bribes and beauties. Remember you are the cheapskate, not God. As you expect God to be more generous, God will be able to be more generous to you.”
This approach changed my life for the better, so every so often I write about Julia Cameron’s ideas and books in case she they could help you too. I recommend the Artist’s Way and her follow-on books to any of you who are trying to write your destiny!
Are you generous with your inner and outer artist?
Do you believe that God or the Universe is extravagant and wants to share some of that extravagance with you?
Does God love and cherish artists?
- The Prosperous Heart: the next steps (iplanttheseeds.wordpress.com)
- Go Buy This Book: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (caitlincarrigan.wordpress.com