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Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [Paperback]

Julia Cameron
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Jan. 25 2002 Inner Workbook
Asserting that creative expression is the natural direction of life, noted Hollywood screenwriter and director Julia Cameron presents an exciting method for artists to recover their creativity from limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, inattention, fear, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other forces that inhibit the creative process.

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With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practicing the exercises it contains.

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This program consists of segments from the author's book of the same name (Tarcher, 1992). She recommends two ongoing activities that will conquer blocks and self-destructive tendencies: morning pages and artist's dates. Morning pages are three pages of writing, performed daily, about anything at all. This exercise overcomes the writer's internal censor and makes writing habitual, she claims. The artist's date is a weekly block of two hours spent observing, experiencing, and sensing. The balance of the recording describes how the artist can overcome human tendencies such as jealousy, fear, and addiction. This abridgment leaves much to be desired. In her introduction, Cameron states that the audio is an interactive abridgment of her 12-week program. There is nothing interactive about it, however. The sound quality is poor, and the content is similar to the many available 12-step programs. In that sense, it is redundant and will appeal to a very small audience. Not recommended.?Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Ed. Lib.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great! March 4 2006
I really enjoyed this book, I have it for years, and I keep going back to it. If there is a time when I am too distracted with my life, and I feel that I am no longer in touch with my inner self, I start to read this book again, and do some of the exercises, and it truly helps. I think when one becomes very overloaded with work and family affairs, it is natural that one can become less creative. Reading this book and doing the exercises recommended, I found that I felt more concentrated in my work, and better all round. It is definatly a book that I recommend to anyone that could use some help in living for themselves as well as for everyone else.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reflection of self Nov. 2 2006
By Chris
I read and began working my way through this book a few years ago. Before I go on, let me first say I am somewhat of a skeptic. I think we all are to some degree though or we wouldn't need things like brand names to reassure us in our everyday lives.

It was no coincidence that my creativity began to transform like a tidal wave at the time I was working through this book. In fact, I had been supressing it so much through daily distractions that it was too much for me to handle at the time. My creativity has since reached a nice medium and I finally feel ready to bring this book back into the process.

I decided to read the other reviews for fun. I am not at all suprised that their is a lot of cynicism. Everything has an equal opposite, that is a fundamental law of nature. People are entitled to their opinions and there is no specific thing in this world that appeals to everyone.

I just find it ironic that one of the biggest stabs at this book is "well I shouldn't have to do exercises to be creative, I should be spending my time being creative instead." That point has some validity to it, but if that was the case than why did they turn to a book about creativity in the first place. Even the greatest artists cannot be inspired all the time and lose their path through life from time to time. On top of that, if you compare the art and architecture of the Roman times and music of the past to today, you can see a pattern of things becoming more and more formulated. We need inspiration at this point in evolution.

The other thing is people say 'where are the authors creditials? What else has she done?' If you took piano lessons from a recommended teacher, would you base their teaching skills on whether they have taught anyone famous before?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hokey -- but it works! Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Every time I pick up this book, I'm put off by the author's style -- it's so full of cutesy affectations, dumb little puns, and hokey metaphors repeated too many times -- the bad habits that good writing teachers steer their students away from. So it's hard for me to trust this person as a teacher of art-making, if writing is supposed to be her own art form and she does it so sloppily. Nevertheless, her course WORKS! Her style may rub you the wrong way, but the content is very effective. In the three years since I first read it and started doing the exercises, it's turned my creative life around, with astonishing results. So thank you, Julia Cameron, cutesy-wootsey prose and all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Do-it-Yourself Workshop April 18 2014
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I loved doing this workshop because I could do it in the privacy of my own home, and when it suited my schedule. Julia Cameron raises some very provocative questions and gives excellent guidance on how to become unblocked. Even though I was doing the work for reasons other than becoming creatively unblocked, I found it extremely helpful in getting me to look at things I may otherwise not have encountered.
The only issue I have with her book is her constant reference to the word "God". There has to be a better way to address that when writing to an audience that embraces everyone, not just believers in God.
I nonetheless found it a very helpful tool in getting to take a more introspective look at myself. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny Jan. 20 2014
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such a great book. If you are wanting to make a transition to being an artist, have a hard time calling yourself an artist or blocked as an artist, this is the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required to go with thE book Dec 15 2013
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It takes effort but using the workbook with the book takes you on a liberating self discovery to the positive creative energy within all of us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opinion of the book Artist's way Oct. 30 2013
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I was very pleased with the delivery of this book. Much quicker than expected and a brand new book well produced. It requires a fair degree of effort to follow the program but I am in my fourth week and believe it is having a positive impact on my attitude. I would not recommend it to someone who is seeking a quick fix to their problems. This is for the thinking person who is prepared to take the time for longterm self-betterment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am still "digesting" the book Oct. 28 2013
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Although this book very good, it is not one that can be read just once - like a novel. I find that I am going back over what I've read to try and put things in perspective. It is NOT what I would call "easy reading". There's nothing in it, so far, that I haven't heard before; it's just put together from the writer's point of view to enhance her message.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended on a Radio Show
I am an art college grad and former graphic artist looking for some inspiration to produce fine art. This didn't hit the mark for me.
Published 4 months ago by Cabinetman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition and great price.
Item was not received prior or on July 10th, but did receive it a couple days later. Very happy with the book, excellent condition - really it almost looks brand new. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Malice22
2.0 out of 5 stars Less religion more art please
Why oh why is it that every addict who recovers replaces the addiction with God. On no such level is the addict cured. If anything they are as addicted as they ever were. Read more
Published 13 months ago by NorthVan Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Unleash your creativity
Whether wanting to start writing a blog, getting back to your painting projects or needing a fresh perspective, the tips offered in this book help one to let go of old inhibiting... Read more
Published 15 months ago by NM
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Love Julia Cameron. I practice alot of the things she writes about in her book. I love everything about it. Thanks!:)
Published 19 months ago by Rachel Bulman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book!!
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is a classic. The author describes its essence when she says: "In 1978 I began teaching artists how to "unblock" and "get back on their feet"... Read more
Published on April 1 2011 by babesonbaystreet
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for leading a more self-actualized life
This book is about getting over blocks in one's creative output, but it's more than that. It's helpful to have someone to debrief with as you go through it, but in any case it... Read more
Published on March 20 2011 by F. J. Skene
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience the Journey
This course is a must for anyone who would like to explore their creativity, and expand their awareness of who they are in the creative process. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2009 by D. Oser
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