Thursday, July 31, 2008

An Excerpt From: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

In this wonderful book, which is truly a journey of self-discovery, Julia Cameron introduces ten Basic Principles of creativity in Chapter 1. Of the all-powerful basic principles Julia sets forth, there are times when some dominate my thoughts and actions more than others.

On my journey to awakening and releasing my personal inner-creativity all ten basic principles have meaning for me. However, three of the principles stand far and above the rest at this juncture of my evolution from somebody else's daughter, sister, wife, and mother to the creative artist that hibernates deep within my being.

The three principles that serve as my guiding light today are:
  1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
  2. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  3. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our destiny.
As I journey from living, breathing, and being for someone else, I gravitate toward the irrisistible light at the end of the tunnel and into the valley of creativity.

Source: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

© 2008 by Leona G. Shankle - All Rights Reserved ▪ Dell Girl Publishing


  1. Lin and I became close to one another while attending an "Artist's Wat" seminar held in the home of a friend of ours. It was a great experience!!

    Then Lin taught another seminar in her home on Julia Cameron's writings to another small group of women. I recommend it. The book is good on it's own, but when shared with other women who are searching to find expression for their creativity, it becomes cathartic, theraputic, and extremely motivating.

  2. You are so right. My daughter Jordyn and I took the journey together several years ago. It was very enlightening.

  3. i love her books. she's also written one on writing, can't think of the name but it's excellent too.

  4. Cameron's book is beautiful, I agree. First and last, I think she encourages each of us to give ourselves permission to be creative.


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