Tiziana Severse: Rediscovered the Love and Joy of Art

Tiziana Severse: Rediscovered the Love and Joy of Art

Two albums and one broken up band into my musical career, I felt frustrated, washed up, and certain that I would never amount to anything as a solo artist. The Artist Way course helped me get in touch with why I started making music in the first place; the joy and love of art. I’m about to start recording my first solo album and I know I wouldn’t be here without the work I was able to do in the class. It was amazing beyond...

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Nate Meltzer: Learned how to Access his Artistic Muse

Nate Meltzer: Learned how to Access his Artistic Muse

The Artist’s Way was a transformational experience for me. It has been a year since embarking on this journey, and in this time-frame I have reconnected with my creativity and have learned how to come into more direct contact with my artistic muse. I still do the morning pages every day, and continuously find them to be cleansing, meditative, and grounding. One of the most revelatory aspects of the course was relearning how to unflinchingly create, how to open myself up to channeling what comes without an eye to judgment or editing. This course can be beneficial for everyone, regardless of medium, background, age, or end-goal, and I highly recommend...

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Nick Andrea: Risky Transpersonal Magic

Nick Andrea: Risky Transpersonal Magic

Risky. “The Artist’s Way, yeah, that sounds interesting. I’ve been meaning to take it for some time,” said a painter friend whose studio I yesterday visited as part of my own artistic recovery. “Prepare to get your socks knocked off,” I replied. “You can’t throw yourself into this course without it shaking up your life.” Why? Because to be an artist is to be fully present. To be fully present is to acknowledge the truth. To acknowledge the truth is to leave no stone unturned, my shadow included. In other words, art entails facing my fears. Sensing this for years, I kept my creativity under wraps, like a small plant, barely watered and kept in a small pot on the far corner of a windowsill. I viewed creativity as something to do “when I had time” in the pursuit of happiness which I defined as, “making sure all the bases were covered.” You know, money, healthcare, and stuff. Through The Artist’s Way, however, I have begun to see that that creativity is not an adjunct to a fulfilling life. It is the foundation of it. My plant has started growing again, the exercises providing its essential water and nourishment, and at this point it’s threatening to burst open its tiny clay pot and make a mess all over the kitchen of my life. I had better repot it fast, preferably, in the garden outside where it can grow freely. Time will tell if I have done that successfully. Magic. I had been thinking for some days that I wanted to see my friend’s art studio. She had become the icon of “artist” to me because she works with traditional media, does it out of love, and endures financial insecurity and the judgments of a society that fundamentally doesn’t grok her lifestyle – all in the name of authenticity. So, I was driving to a bodywork appointment, yesterday, in a part of town I rarely frequent – the River Arts Disctrict. I still had about fifteen minutes before my appointment when I felt the urge to drive to the far end of the district. This made little sense to my mind since, as far as I knew, it was just empty warehouses down there. Nonetheless, I did it, coming nearly to the end when I encountered someone walking towards a building in the rain. Guess who it was? Yeah. That’s when I made the arrangements to see her studio after my appointment. Transpersonal. This path isn’t personal. It’s transpersonal. It beckons us towards a deeper intimacy with our true self, which is simultaneously within us and beyond us. It is the daemon of Elizabeth Gilbert, the muse of Mozart, the...

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Haiku

In this exercise, participants were asked to create haiku’s about their creative blocks. They chose blocks suggested by Julia Cameron in Chapter 10, or made up their own. They were asked to created 4 Haikus: 1: On the nature of their block, 2: Seeing their block with compassion, 3: Writing about their devotion/addiction to their block, 4: Making fun of it! Below are some of the poems created in our group meeting on 4/12/11. Enjoy! Sex by Leigh Bailey Withheld from myself in effort of improve chi channeled energy. Sensual touching Sine waves flowing toward me giving orgasm. Beside myself I, See the door opening for; pleasure seeking Hot words dripping sweat Down my forehead I regret Exchanging...

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Our Life Is a Work of Art–Thich Nhat Hanh

From the chapter titled “Our Life Is a Work of Art”: When we do not trouble ourselves about whether or not something is a work of art, if we just act in each moment with composure and mindfulness, each minute of our life is a work of art.  Even when we are not painting or writing, we are still creating.  We are pregnant with beauty, joy, and peace, and we are making life more beautiful for many people.  Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word “art”.  If we just act  with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don’t have to talk about it at all.  When we know how to be peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness.  Artistic expression will take place in one way or another, but the being is essential.  So we must go back to ourselves, and when we have joy and peace in ourselves, our creations of art will be quite natural, and they will serve the world in a positive...

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