Posted by: Beth | 2011/08/07

Week 1 – Recovering a Sense of Safety

“This week initiates your creative recovery. You may feel both giddy and defiant, hopeful and skeptical.  The readings, tasks, and exercises aim at allowing you to establish a sense of safety, which will enable you to explore your creativity with less fear.”  The Artist’s Date, Week 1

 This week we will continue to read the 10 Basic Principles, write our morning pages, and go on one Artist date.  But we will also move forward and read the chapter titled Week 1 – Recovering a Sense of Safety.  After you have read the chapter, speed-write through the exercises.  The exercises each week are critical.  So are the morning pages and the artist date.  You probably won’t have time to complete all of the other tasks in any given week.  Try to do about half.  Know that the rest are there for use when you are able to get back to them.  In choosing which half of the tasks to do, use two guidelines.  Pick those that appeal to you and those you strongly resist.  Leave the more neutral ones for later.  Just remember, in choosing, that we often resist what we most need.  In all, make a time commitment of about an hour a day.  (It doesn’t have to be all at one time!)  This modest commitment to using the tools can yield tremendous results within the twelve weeks of the course.  The same tools, used over a longer period, can alter the trajectory of a lifetime. 

 In working with this book, remember that The Artist’s Way is a spiral path.  You will circle through some of the issues over and over, each time at a different level.  There is no such thing as being done with an artistic life.  Frustrations and rewards exist at all levels on the path.  Our aim here is to find the trail, establish our footing, and begin the climb.  The creative vistas that open will quickly excite you.

 I will give you Sundays and Mondays to read the new chapter.  By Tuesday I hope we can begin to discuss what we read, and how we felt about it or how it spoke to us.  By Thursday I would like to discuss the tasks; which ones you chose to do and why.  Remember you are never required to share more than you feel comfortable sharing!  On Saturdays we will do check-ins.  This will enable us all to see how we are doing; and offer support and encouragement where needed.  You will do your personal, in-depth check-in in your morning-pages notebook.  Here you will do a more generalized check in.  Again, sharing only what you feel comfortable with.  I just found when I was quitting smoking that I was more likely to do something if I felt that I was accountable to someone.  Remember that this recovery is YOURS.  You will get out as much, or as little, as you put into it.

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