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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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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Jim Biddle: More Present, Accepting, Heartfelt, and Joyous

Jim Biddle: More Present, Accepting, Heartfelt, and Joyous

Are you ready to embrace life fully? The Artist’s Way workshop is not just for artists.  As a physician, I recommend it to folks ready to activate some creative aspect of their life, to folks going thru a major life transition, and to folks who are just finally ready to embrace life more fully. The Artist’s Way workshop has helped me  to be not just more creative, but also more present, accepting, heartfelt, and joyous.  If you’re ready to let go of some old patterns of restriction, and open into deeper engagement with yourself, then sign up now. James Biddle MD Asheville,...

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Jenna Lindbo: One of the Best Investments I’ve Ever Made

Jenna Lindbo: One of the Best Investments I’ve Ever Made

One of the best investments I’ve ever made I first learned about the Artist’s Way through songwriting workshops, when time and time again people would refer to the infamous morning pages as a powerful tool for unlocking creativity and dismissing the inner critic. Like so many folks, I wound up with a copy of the book on my shelf, where it stayed for a few years, untouched by in large. Every now and again I would attempt to start the course by myself, only making it a few chapters in before abandoning the morning pages and the readings all together. When I heard about the Asheville group starting up in January, my heart leapt! I thought, with the support and accountability created through group process I just might be able to explore the course in its entirety. Indeed, I heard the still small voice saying “yes” and yet was reluctant to sign up because of financial reasons and the time commitment. I’m relieved that come the first day of the class I cast aside “sensibility” and triumphantly thought, I cannot afford not to do this. In retrospect, it’s somewhat frightening to think that I was ever debating it. I can certainly say that it was one of my best decisions in 2010 and by far and away one of the best investments I’ve ever made. A few weeks into the course I found myself wondering, how on earth have I had this book and never truly tapped into it?!? Within the reading I found true gems that helped me develop a better understanding of myself and illuminated desires and supportive practices to live a more authentic and creative life. Sharing in the experience with a group provided a space to reflect and learn through other people’s experiences as well. While it is very much a solo journey, the collective energy of our community created a sort of momentum that nurtured my development and supported me in taking the baby steps that led to leaps down the pathway of uncovering my dreams. I’m still amazed by the synchronicity and abundance that I experienced over the course of the 12 weeks, a chain reaction of sweet and subtle goodness that created unimaginable joy, completion of projects, life-altering experiences and unforeseen opportunities. For me the class served as an anchor point in my week, an invaluable time to get grounded, refocus, and prepare for take off. It’s not rocket science. There’s no surefire recipe or secret code. However, the Artist’s Way offers some key ingredients that helped me connect with something much larger than myself. It has truly been a spiritual journey and throughout the course I experienced a deep level of...

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