Some of these toxins may present themselves in various ways such as eating habits, alcohol, emotional pain, sex, and work. Sometimes, people hold on to these to the point of abuse and it becomes a toxic situation causing creative blocks.
As with most of the chapters in The Artist's Way, I feel it's all to do with our fear of taking risks so we hang onto the familiar in what we perceive as safe and supposedly secure territory. As we move forward through the healing process, we are able to recognise the toxins/blocks for what they are and we realise that we can put our creative energies to better use.
In one of the tasks this week, Julia asked us to make a list of things we love - Happiness Touchstones. We then post the list somewhere to remind us that these are our own personal touchstones. A reminder that we can take time out to love and nurture ourselves. We ARE deserving creative beings.
(though I know there will be more that come to mind later)
My dog, Cody
Just kicking back and relaxing
Small, smooth river stones
Smell of rain
Animals, in general
Gypsy style skirts
Long, dangling earrings
Large hoop earrings
My Canon IXUS 80 camera
Long country drives
Walking in nature
Walks on the beach
Eating fish and chips by the sea
Browsing markets for handmade wares
Browsing book shops
Browsing art supply shops
Blues, greens, and purple colour combos
I also like orange, pink and red colour combos
Listening to music
Blogging and reading other blogs
Curry and rice (Indian or Thai)
Fried Mushrooms in garlic cream sauce
Fresh baked bread
Home-made apple pie
Devonshire Tea (scones with jam and whipped cream)
Bartlett's sherbet fountains
Home-made marshmallow squares coated with toasted coconut
Red Rock Deli sea salt potato chips
Samboy Barbecue potato chips
Did I go on my artist date? See above.
Did I experience any synchronicity? None.
Any issues significant to my creative recovery? I really need to create a better time management plan. I spend too much time at the computer and also watching DVDs.
WOW! Just two more weeks until the end of The Artist's Way course! I'm proud of myself for hanging in there despite battling sickness for the past four weeks. The good news is that I'm feeling much better as far as my chest infection goes.....the antibiotics finally kicked in. YAY! The bad news is that I've had migraines for the past two days. I just can't seem to win a trick lately. I'm staying positive though and I actually took some steps towards getting back to the studio. I made up fresh stay-wet palettes and refreshed the water jars a couple of days ago....and today, I cut up some blank mantra/affirmation cards as I plan on finishing the deck I started painting earlier this year. I've had an idea for another painting floating around in my head for a few weeks now so I hope to get some rough sketches drawn up for that soon too. Baby steps.........
Love, light and peace