This is the third post in a series on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a book and a self-study program developed by Julia Cameron in the 1990s. Each week of the program is focused on a theme. In the post, I’ll be looking back on Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power. By the third week of doing The Artist’s Way, I had found a rhythm and was already starting to see some changes in the way I approached my creativity and expression.
I’m heading to New York City next month. I’m so excited to catch up with friends and see how things have changed over the past three years since I was there last. I lived in NYC for 13 years, from 1995 to 2008. I moved there to study architecture at The Cooper Union. Whenever I had a chance, I took elective courses in the art program. Photography was one of my favourite classes.
It can be tempting to focus on art or design as making a product, as a thing that gets made outside the self. Maybe you make something. Then perhaps it’s sold, or given away, or possibly it never leaves your studio or office. Or maybe the thing you’ve created is part of a more extensive process within a business and it loops into a larger network. There are benefits to not attaching too much meaning to objects and things we make. A sense of healthy detachment can allow balance and perspective.