Wanted to share a very thoughtful email that I received from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way. Hope you find this as helpful as I did!
Hi Adam –
Congratulations on completing The Artist’s Way, and thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. I would encourage you to be gentle with yourself, and to be patient. Creative recovery, like all natural processes, takes time. Allow the lava of your new creative self to harden over the Pompeii of your former creative blockage.
In the meantime, here are some additional tasks to help further your recovery. These are more advanced but I think you’ll find them infinitely rewarding.
I wish you, and your Artist, the very best of luck.
ADDITIONAL TASKS FOR THE ARTIST’S WAY
1. Get hit by a car. Think about abundance.
2. Let a homeless person live with you for a week. What changes do you notice in your home? In yourself? Be open to new sources of flow.
3. Buy a house.
4. Go to the beach. Lie down on your back and take a nap. Now turn over so your face is directly in the sand. What changes do you notice in your outlook?
5. Undergo major elective surgery – have a kidney transplant, donate a lobe of liver or lung, get your hip replaced, whatever speaks to you, it’s your journey!
6. List your favorite: dictator, breakfast cereal, cancer, disinfectant, toenail fungus, dog virus, cookie.
7. Think of someone who hurt you as a child. Send him or her a vaguely threatening postcard. Don’t sign it. Wear gloves to avoid fingerprints. Hint: this exercise makes a great Artist’s Date!
8. Re-read the Basic Principles. Write your own Basic Principles. Write a story explaining how you discovered your Basic Principles in the wilderness after receiving a message from your God. Publish the story online. Form a 501(c)(3) organization to collect donations from followers of your new cult. Venmo 10% of the income to @juliacameron.
9. Hit a pedestrian with your car. Now take a look at your wardrobe. Any ratty old items you’re finally ready to part with?
10. Ask a police officer for directions. When he answers, tell him he’s wrong. Do you feel like baking anything?
11. Break into a neighbor’s home. Find a pair of underwear and put them on. His or her’s, either is fine! Used is better. Move a personal item slightly so the owner can’t be certain if it was that way before. Tell no one.
12. Volunteer for jury duty. When the judge speaks to you, begin crying uncontrollably and berate him for never even having met the child you have together. (This exercise is actually even more effective for men!)
13. Draw a picture of the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. Make five copies. Tape one on the wall opposite your toilet, one on the ceiling above your bed, one under the rearview mirror of your car and another in the center of your computer monitor. Finally, make one the background on your phone. Do you feel like baking anything?
14. Take a nude photograph of yourself in front of a mirror in an unflattering pose. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may want to meditate on this experience in your morning pages.
15. Write out your credit card number, social security number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name. Text them to me at 310-876-2940. This is a great time for a week of reading deprivation.
16. Gentrify a neighborhood. Practice saying “Yes!” to your Artist.
17. Watch “The Kissing Booth” on Netflix. Did you understand it?
18. Look around your living space. Is there an old houseplant or pet or relative you’ve been dying to get rid of? Clear space for the new You.