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Julia Cameron
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What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.
When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors
open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.

   

I surrender my anxiety and my sense of urgency.  I allow God to guide me in the pacing of my life.  I open my heart to God's timing.  I release my deadlines, agendas, and stridency to the gentle yet often swift pacing of God.  As I open my heart to God's unfoldings, my heart attains peace.  As I relax into God's timing, my heart contains comfort.  As I allow God to set the tone and schedule of my days, I find myself in the right time and place, open and available to God's opportunities.

      
Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We may not know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs. Rather than being taught to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others. We are, in effect, trained to listen to others' versions of ourselves. We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else!
  
  
In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.
  
  
Leap, and the net will appear.
  
You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you.
   

I ask to be made beautiful like the trees are beautiful, each growing according to a unique plan. Lop off a limb and and the tree will accommodate its loss, still growing and still beautiful.  It is my hope to be able to flourish in a similar fashion, taking on the shape and dimensions that is intended for me.

     

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. . . 
As creative channels, we need to trust the darkness.

   

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Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.

   

Creativity requires faith.  Faith requires that we relinquish control.

   

We will experience the life we have the faith to experience.

   
    
Julia Cameron has had a remarkable career—and one which has in turn given remarkable help to others. Herself an award-winning poet, playwright, and filmmaker, she has written twenty-four books, ranging from her widely-praised, hard-hitting crime novel The Dark Room to her volumes of children's poems and prayers. Despite her extensive film and theatre credits, which include such diverse work as "Miami Vice" and the prize-winning romantic comedy "God's Will" which she both wrote and directed, Cameron is best known for her hugely successful works on creativity. The Artist's Way has sold over two million copies worldwide, her follow-up bestsellers The Vein of Gold, Walking in this World and The Right to Write are likewise flagship books which are taught in universities, churches, human potential centers and even in tiny clusters in the jungles of Panama.

Credited with having founded a new human potential movement which has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams, Cameron eschews the title "creativity expert," preferring to describe herself simply as an "artist." "Artists have always mentored, I just do it on a wider scale."

"My books are not creative theory," she explains. "They spring straight out of my own creative practice. In a sense, I am the floor sample of my own tool kit. When we are unblocked we can have remarkable and diverse adventures."

She knows whereof she speaks. A writer since the age of eighteen, Cameron has published highly praised short stories, award-winning essays and hard-hitting political journalism. Her credits range from Rolling Stone to The New York Times. As a teacher she has taught everywhere from The Smithsonian to Esalen, The New York Times to Northwestern University where she served as writer in residence in film.

(from her website at theartistsway.com) 

  

  

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