- I am a channel for God’s creativity, and my work comes to good.
- My dreams come from God and God has the power to accomplish them.
- As I create and listen, I will be led.
- Creativity is the creator’s will for me.
- My creativity heals myself and others.
- I am allowed to nurture my artist.
- Through the use of a few simple tools, my creativity will flourish.
- Through the use of my creativity, I serve God.
- My creativity always leads me to truth and love.
- My creativity leads me to forgiveness and self-forgiveness.
- There is a divine plan of goodness for me.
- There is a divine plan of goodness for my work.
- As I listen to the creator within, I am led.
- As I listen to my creativity I am led to my creator.
- I am willing to create.
- I am willing to learn to let myself create.
- I am willing to let God create through me.
- I am willing to be of service through my creativity.
- I am willing to experience my creative energy.
- I am willing to use my creative talents.
- Every morning, set your clock one-half hour early; get up and write three pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness morning writing. Do not reread these pages or allow anyone else to read them. Ideally, stick these pages in a large manila envelope, or hide them somewhere. Welcome to the morning pages. They will change you.
This week, please be sure to work with your affirmations of choice and you blurt at the end of each day’s morning pages. Convert all blurts into positive affirmations.
- Take yourself on an artist date. You will do this every week for the duration of the course. A sample artist date: take five dollars and go to your local five-and-dimc. Buy silly things like gold stick-em stars, tiny dinosaurs, some postcards, sparkly sequins, glue, a kid’s scissors, crayons. You might give yourself a gold star on your envelope each day you write. Just for fun.
- Time Travel: List three old enemies of your creative self-worth. Please be as specific as possible in doing this exercise. Your historic monsters are the building blocks of your core negative beliefs. This is your monster hall of fame. More monsters will came to you as you work through your recovery. It is always necessary to acknowledge creative injuries and grieve them. Otherwise, they become creative scar tissue and block your growth.
- Time Travel: select and write out one horror story from your monster hall of fame. You do not need to write long or much, but do jot down whatever details come back to you-the room you were in, the way people looked at you, the way you felt, what your parent looked at you, the way you felt, what your parent said or didn’t say when you told about it. Include whatever rankles you about the incident: “And then I remember she gave me this real fakey smile and patted my head”
You may find it cathartic to draw a sketch of your old monster or to clip out an image that evokes the incident for you. Cartoon trashing your monster, or at least draw a nice red Xthrough it.
- Write a letter to the editor in your defense. Mail it to yourself.
- Time Travel: List three old champions of your creative self-worth. This is your hall of champions, those who wish you and your creativity well. Be specific. Every encouraging world counts. Even if you disbelieve a compliment, record it. It may well be true.
If you are stuck for compliments, go back through your time-travel log and look for positive memories. When, Where, and why did you feel good about yourself? Who gave you affirmation?
Additionally, you may wish to write the compliment out and decorate it.
- Time Travel: Select and write out one happy piece of encouragement. Write a thank-you letter. Mail it to yourself or to the long-lost mentor.
- Imaginary Lives: If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them? I would be a pilot, a cowhand, a physicist, a psychic, a monk. You might be a scuba diver, a cop, a writer of children’s books, a football player, a belly dancer, a painter, a performance artist, a history teacher, a painter, a performance artist, a history teacher, a healer, a coach, a scientist, a doctor, a Peace Corps worker, a psychologist, a fisherman, a minister, an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a sculptor, a lawyer, a painter, a computer hacker, a soap-opera star, a country singer, a rock-and-roll drummer. Whatever occurs to you, jot it down. Do not overthink this exercise.
The point of these lives is to have fun in them—more fun than you might be having in this one. Look over your list and select one. Then do it this week.
- In working with affirmations and blurts, very often injuries and monsters swim back to us. Add these to your list as they occur to you. Work with each blurt individually. Turn each negative into an affirmative positive.
- Take your artist for a walk, the two of you. A brisk twenty-minute walk can dramatically alter consciousness.
This Article is taken from The Artist’s Way
Written by Arshad. A