Good Day Creative Comrades,
I write to you on this cloudy day from the borough of Kings. My journey to unleash more of my imagination has led me back The Artist’s Way, by Julie Cameron. Someone gave it to me as a gift many moons ago. I have attempted to read it twice. I’m hoping this time will stick.
The first tool introduced is the ritual of “The Morning Pages.” Now, this is the only practice that I have kept since first reading the book. Some may call it “journaling” or “free writing.” In her book, Cameron asks us to write three pages every morning before we start our day. The pages need not be coherent or cohesive. She asks that you just write.
I enjoy the morning pages because they allow me to get all the junk in my head out before I tackle my tasks. “Worrying about the job, the laundry, the funny knock in the car, the weird look in your lover’s eye–this stuff eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days. Get it on the page.”
In rereading the chapter on morning pages I was reminded of another benefit. The morning pages give me a chance to diminish any negativity circling around like a shark in my head. Cameron calls it “The Censor.” You may call it the devil, bad karma, the voice of your overbearing mother–whatever it is–it needs to shut the hell up.
We laugh at Charlie’s Sheen’s arrogant rants and scoff at the ever-increasing ego of Mr. West. But some of us could use a healthy dose of self-confidence. For me the morning pages have become a part of my morning pep rally. After prayer and devotion, I turn on a playlist specially designed to get me hype about me! My dreams, my goals, my talents are celebrated while any negative thoughts are smacked across the face with refute.
It takes about 15 minutes to finish the pages. Then sometimes, I just sit still and daydream about all the things I want to accomplish today or five years from now. I have some great quotes and scriptures scribbled down that I read to myself until they are memorized. It may seem a bit tedious or forced, but for me it’s the best part of waking up. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.
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Sincerely, confidently and cheerfully,