Words of inspiration from Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way”

May 2, 2016

I have multiple friends in my life who have been positively affected in big and small ways by the writing and exercises of Julia Cameron.  I have benefitted, too, dutifully writing Morning Pages, and I cherished seeing her in Boulder, CO on her book tour.  


We are creative beings, and she taps into that part of us that is often neglected because we’re Too Busy with all the Important Life Things.  She helps those artists and writers who are stuck in various ways reconnect and reignite the passion for their work.  She nudges those who don’t think of ourselves as particularly artful or creative that we indeed are, and by nurturing that in ourselves we enrich our lives and that of the world around us.  She gives us great words to live by whether in creative pursuits or not.


I came across quotes of hers in seemingly random places, and decided to compile and share some, for you and me, to remember that we indeed create all day long in various forms, and that we can transform a moment or a lifetime by attending to that part of us with more care and openness, love and light.  Some of them have nothing to do with creativity or art and are simply about life.  (Or, are they?)



“As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.”


“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.”


“We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.


We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.


We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”


“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”


“No matter what your age or your life 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.”


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


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.”

The Artist's Way is a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage home to the self.”  


“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”


“...pain is what it took to teach me to pay attention. 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. In the exact now, we are all, always, all right. I am breathing in and out. Realizing this, I began to notice that each moment was not without its beauty.”


“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”

“Basic Principles:


  1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
  1. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life -- including ourselves.
  1. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives.
  1. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  1. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  1. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
  1. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
  1. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  1. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
  1. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.”



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