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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Pope McElvy: The Artist’s Way workshop changed my life.

Pope McElvy: The Artist’s Way workshop changed my life.

The Artist’s Way workshop has literally changed my life. In my youth I was an artist with my paintings hanging in many homes and I was a musician who played my own compositions for audiences, small and large. While living in Germany in the late 60’s, I performed my songs on national German television and Ed Ames, of the Ames Brothers, (if you know who they are, you are probably old, too) performed one of my songs on national German radio. In short, I loved to perform and share my music. This continued well into the 70’s, but somewhere along the way, I lost my enthusiasm for performing and slowly my creative juices atrophied to the point where I avoided any situation where I might be asked to play and sing. That was before the Artist’s Way workshop, but now I am fully engaged in sharing my God-given talents. I credit the inner work that is so much a part of the Artist’s Way program for my new direction at the ripe old age of 67. I feel that we all have our own unique talents and that we have a responsibility to share them with others. I know that I am a channel for the creative force of Father, Mother God, as we all are, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my gifts. The Artist’s Way program challenges us to release the creative force within us and to express ourselves fully without fear or reservation. I am so grateful for this program and for the wonderful facilitators, Mado and Anna, who so beautifully opened a loving and sensitive space for my growth as a creative being. I could not be more enthusiastic about The Artist’s Way workshop for anyone who is ready to discover and activate their creativity. We are creative beings at our core and our greatest joy comes from aligning with that aspect of ourselves. From that alignment and that connection we can create anything. Pope McElvy Asheville,...

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Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

This is the first time that we have ended a session and started another one the next week. It is bittersweet to conclude each session; so proud of the progress you all have made and yet sad that we won’t get to see each other as often. Our last meeting on Monday was followed by cake and peanuts provided by the effervescent E-Claire Hudson complete with thank you cards for each and every member of the group. How incredibly lovely (and incredibly Southern). At the same time I am in a flurry of registering new people, answering questions, keeping records. I notice that I am having to do less explaining of what our classes are all about. More people are simply registering without comment, and I attribute much of that to all the content we have added to this website. Tomorrow we will have a celebration to mark the transition of our current group from a facilitated format to an independent creative...

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