As we consolidate a core through our withdrawal process, we become more able to articulate our own boundaries, dreams, and authentic goals. Our personal flexibility increases while our malleability to the whims of others decreases. We experience a heightened sense of autonomy and possibility
No matter what your age or your lite path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.
the trick was always getting past the fear and onto the page
e tend to think, or at least fear, that creative dreams are egotistical, something that God wouldn’t approve of for us.
. If our mom or dad expressed doubt or disapproval for our creative dreams, we may project that same attitude onto a parental god. This thinking must be undone
I am suggesting you take the term creator quite literally. You are seeking to forge a creative alliance, artist-to-artist with the Great Creator.
we often resist what we most need.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us
Stop telling yourself, “It’s too late.” • Stop waiting until you make enough money to do something you’d really love. • Stop telling yourself, “It’s just my ego” whenever you yearn for a more creative life. • Stop telling yourself that dreams don’t matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible. • Stop fearing that your family and friends would think you crazy. • Stop telling yourself that creativity is a luxury and that you should be grateful for what you’ve got
this stuff eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days. Get it on the page
All that angry, whiny, petty stuff that you write down in the morning stands between you and your creativity.
he morning pages are the primary tool of creative recovery. As blocked artists, we tend to criticize ourselves mercilessly. Even if we look like functioning artists to the world, we feel we never do enough and what we do isn’t right. We are victims of our own internalized perfectionis
Make this a rule: always remember that your Censor’s negative opinions are not the truth. This takes practice. By spilling out of bed and straight onto the page every morning, you learn to evade the Censor. Because there is no wrong way to write the morning pages, the Censor’s opinion doesn’t count. Let your Censor rattle on. (And it will.) Just keep your hand moving across the page.
he point is to stop taking the Censor as the voice of reason and learn to hear it for the blocking device that it is. Morning pages will help you to do this.
est creative work gets done on the days when you feel that everything you’re doing is just plain junk. The morning pages will teach you to stop judging and just let yourself write.
“I can’t think of anything to write....” Do this until you have filled three pages. Do anything until you have filled three pages
Any original thought can look pretty dangerous to our Censor
Morning pages map our own interior. Without them, our dreams may remain terra incognita
It is very difficult to complain about a situation morning after morning, month after month, without being moved to constructive action. The pages lead us out of despair and into undreamed-of solutions
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