The Artist’s Way- End of the Week Chapter 6- Abundance Found?

I have come to the end of Chapter 6 and the halfway point for the Artist Way 12 chapter experience.  Interesting that this Chapter has to do with creative blocks with money-$$$$$. I ended up asking -do we all have creative blocks with money? Do other people struggle with this concept of abundance in life? My perceptions on how others live overwhelm my own reality. I have come to the conclusion that I loved not having to worry about where money would come from. My parents were very generous and took care of all their kids needs- we went to great schools and they set us up for a great life.  The next step was handing over the reigns to me to take care of myself and I have come to realize that I have always questioned my ability to be affluent.  Then knowing this, I have tried to channel the mantra- “Money comes easily and frequently.” couple with we shall always have enough!  But it was harder to look at my desire to be paid for my gifts rather than what I have defined as the legitimate profession that I have chosen.  I acknowledge that I have a block in the ability to make a living doing what I love to do using my creative talents. Why? It is true that I have been taught as child that there are certain professions that make money and others are just hobbies- then I look around for role models that are making a good living in creative careers flourishing! I get this- just how do I change this way of thinking- AHhh the challenge lies there!  I live a good life and I am so grateful for this life, but I see the blocks- challenged to go back to my passions and follow through because I hit a wall of limited possibiity that only happens in my mind. Right?

So I have gone through the tasks this week with a renewed interest- Feeling a lot of anxiety which generally means to me that this is an important chapter to really delve into and think about- ahh the anxiety! the fear! the obstacles! All because of green energy and the validation that comes with it ! The author of the Artist Way stated that this week may feel volatile and she was not kidding!!!

One task was creativity- suggests that you bake something!

So my daughter bought a book called Tina Cocolina – the Queen of cupcakes and we set out to make cupcakes-Image

She suggests that this activity enables other areas of artistic creativity- it was fun! My daughter was really excited and I decided to take her on a creative expedition- we went back to Color me Mine to paint and it was a great day!

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I am still experiencing a large block to return to my book- I am a little overwhelmed by the anxiety that it will be a failure and how very self-centered of me to think that my life story is important or could be important to others- so I stalled. But then again I read a beautiful quote by Iyanla Vanzant on facebook as follows:

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Something that I needed to hear- now to figure out how to be productive again- I did sit down and clarified my thoughts and immediate dreams- this has got to help somewhat! 

Another task has you going back to the Basic Principles of the Artist Way- set out as follows:

  • Creativity is the natural order of life.  Life is energy: pure creative energy.
  • There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
  • When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
  • We are, ourselves, creations.  And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  • Creativity is God’s gift to us.  Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  • The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
  • When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
  • As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  • It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
  • Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.  As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.   {Basic Principles, page 3***I am highlighting the ones that are particularly relevant to me- it is supposed to revitalize the program for me! I highlighted 3- and it is very interesting what comes up- I feel that if good things happen for me and I move toward my divinity – bad things will happen as well- I lost my mother! I know this may not be logic, but it is an identified fear. If things go well, when will the bottom fall out- what will I lose? Why do I feel this way if God wants abundance for us?

Another task has you looking at any new flow in your life?  I had a lot of good things happen this week- and lots and lots of synchronicity!!! I would think of someone and see them. I would be reminded of someone and they would call. The connections were uncanny.  Things came through that had been pending for quite some time. Both in professional accomplishments and financial.  I got discounts- coupons- practicing accepting freebies- I even played the lottery- won some money but lost more. Still blocked in that regard I think- perhaps scared of what decisions I would have to make if I did win!! It is something to think about!

It tells you to add to your image file of what you would do if money was no object- certainly pay off all debt and I took a photo of a property that I want to buy to add to our home:) That one just feels like it is going to happen!  I would also love a two week stint at a spa that focused on teaching nutrition, cooking, fitness and mental well being- I would love to go with a friend and have a wonderful spiritual awakening!!! 2 on the list!!! travel – i have lots of plans for travel- also I would love to have more money in savings so that we would not have to worry about paying the bills! I am not worries:)

The artist date I am stating that it is going to a Farmer’s Market- although i did not go alone I did go for the first time and it was eye opening- not sure if I liked it very much but a good experience. I made a deal with myself to Discover Miami! learn more about the place where I live. Also, I enjoyed organizing my dreams so that I can have more focus! Open to all the abundance little by little- hopefully more and more- fully open! It is true that God has given us all the talents to enjoy the greatness of the abundance that is life.  I just need to visualize what i want open my eyes and open my arms to accept it fully! I will be working on the lottery as I go forward! Becoming more and more a person of substance! Yay!

Looking forward to continuing the journey!!! God bless! And remember the soul is going to get what it comes here to get! Be open that!Image

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