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Reflections on The Artist's Way — Week 4: Recovering a Sense of Integrity

This is the fourth 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 this post, I’ll be looking back on Week 4: Recovering a Sense of Integrity. Over the past few months, I’ve sensed a bit of stubbornness, a general disinterest in pretending things are fine with me when they are not.

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Self-Expression Is Inevitable

‘Work is self-expression. We must not think of self-expression as something we may do or something we may not do. Self-expression is inevitable. In your work, in the way you do your work and in the results of your work, your self is expressed.’ —Agnes Martin, Abstract Impressionist Painter

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Nurturing Creative Expression

I talk about sharing art to Instagram, connecting with old friends, and seeking out places where I can express my creativity. Like yesterday, I’m having a little trouble getting started because I keep starting, and then stopping, and starting and stopping.  I’m starting to share more art related stuff to my Instagram account, which has been really cool. It’s been nice because friends of mine that knew me as someone who makes art years ago are kind of popping up and saying “oh, it’s nice to see you making art” and “I miss you”, and all this good stuff. So, in lots of ways, it’s reconnecting me with people I haven’t spoken to in a while. But it’s making me...

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