Julia Cameron “Julia” to me. I’m a huge fan(atic) of Julia’s. I feel like I know her well enough to be on a first name basis because I own most of her books, I’ve read them, and I stalked her once. Last fall I bumped into her at Starbuck’s in Santa Fe. I stalked her for many blocks trying to get the courage to say HI to her. I just wanted her to know how much she means to me. Mercifully, I did not catch up to her.
Julia, since we didn’t get to chat that day, here are some snapshots of my Artist’s Altar.
The Sacred Creative Space that you helped me build.
“This haven can be a corner of a room, a nook under the stairs, even a window ledge. It is a reminder and an acknowledgement of that fact that our creator unfolds our creativity. Fill it with things that make you happy. Remember that your artist is fed by images. We need to unlearn our old notion that spirituality and sensuality don’t mix. An artist’s altar should be a sensory experience. ” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Julia, this is where I sit and read your books. And write my morning pages. And meditate. And by the way, thank you for the morning pages.
“Morning pages are a meditation, a practice that bring you to your creativity and your creator, God. In order to stay easily and happily creative, we need to stay spiritually centered. This is easier to do if we allow ourselves centering rituals. It is important that we devise these ourselves from the elements that feel holy and happy to us.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
I wanted to tell you about my holy and happy rituals.
“Many blocked creatives grew up in punitively religious homes. For us to stay happily and easily creative, we need to heal from this, becoming spiritually centered through creative rituals of our own. A spiritual room or a spiritual corner is an excellent way to do this.” Julia Cameron
Julia, I persevered and hired the handy “wo-man” to build my creative sanctuary. I honored myself by not waiting for someone to do it for me. My altar to my Creator is an antique cobblers bench. You would just love it!
“An artist’s altar should be a sensory experience. ” Julia Cameron
“We are meant to celebrate the good things of this earth. Pretty leaves, rocks, candles, sea treasures—all remind us of our creator.” Julia Cameron
Julia, I was dying to tell you about my altar stuff. Vintage button jar, my college sorority photo, silver barrette with our brand, turquoise beads and pearls, ocean coral, antique bobbins and spools, hand spun alpaca yarn, crystal doorknob, vintage batik. It’s my offering of gratitude.
“Remember, the artist child speaks the language of the soul…Your artist’s altar to the creator should be fun to look at, even silly. “
Card and pencil box from my baby girl, handmade Jamaican doll, vintage shears, deer antler found yesterday, favorite jewelry.
“Small rituals, self-devised, are good for the soul. All of these tactile, physical techniquesreinforce spiritual growth.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way.
Julia, I was going to tell you all about my little rituals of laying the fabric out and praying and meditating and waiting for my muse. Everything I learned from the The Artists Way.
Julia, when I stalked you that day in Santa Fe, I was going to say…… Thanks.
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