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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Garbage Art: A Freeing Process!

Garbage Art: A Freeing Process!

Last night our latest group of artist way journeyers had great fun putting together what we call “garbage art”. We brought in all sorts of knicknacks, recyclables, old art supplies and other stuff we didn’t want and made fun and free pieces of expression. Try it yourself! Go around your house and collect stuff you’ve been wanting to get rid of or other types of trash that can be transformed and make something! We used glue and duct tape as our main modes of putting stuff together. More beautiful garbage...

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What has the Artist’s Way given me?

What has the Artist’s Way given me?

Recently, Mado and I were considering what the Artist’s Way has given us over the years. This was a great exercise for me, as the more I thought about it, the more I was amazed at how much I have learned and grown from this process. The first thing I thought of was it has given me the space to hear the creative voice. The tool of the morning pages has been a phenomenal aid in clearing out the static of old thoughts and habits that were holding me back from being creative. Next, it’s given me huge enthusiasm for the process of creativity. I can play now. I play often, and most importantly, I love to play creatively! Play is such an important aspect of creativity – it defeats the problem of perfectionism and lightens up our whole being! I am also receptive to being successful. Before this process, there were parts of myself working against me being totally successful. Lack of self-confidence in my talents and my creativity were the source of this problem. The Artist’s Way removed those false ideas and gave me the foundation to move forward with a smile and ability to meet challenges with anticipation and enthusiasm, not fear and self-doubt. It’s also had a great effect on my relationships, both personal and professional. I am calmer, happier, clearer, focused and centered (note: I am still human, so not all the time!). I am more able to admit my problems and then solve them! I also have a higher degree of skill in living in a world of compassion and kindness for myself and others. Lastly, I have gained the knowledge and skill to call myself a writer! I have found a love and lots of joy in writing that I have never had in my whole life. I can now say I am a writer by heart and that makes me smile, inside and out. What can The Artist’s Way bring you? Join our next session: You can register...

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Amazing Happenings in our Summer Session!

So I can’t believe its been almost 9 weeks already. The time has flown by and people are growing by leaps and bounds, finding creativity unblocked in amazing ways. I wanted to share my projects on our blog. Even as a facilitator, I find that I go through a new evolution of this growth with each group in a new and special way. This session I have created some amazing things and I want to share the pictures! I just finished a mural at the Asheville Community Yoga Center, the new FREE yoga center in town. www.ashevillecommunityyoga.com – check it out! To see the full album, click here:...

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