Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Feeling lazy?

You might just be blocked.

And you might find an on-line group just the kick-start that you need. Femminista and I are still looking for a few people for our Vein of Gold group. This is an ideal group if you:

a. are an artist (painter, musician, writer, dancer) who has encountered obstacles in your work (and haven't we all) or
b. are not an artist, but would like to paint, play, write, or dance more in your daily life.

Fit into one of those categories? You might feel that you're just too worn out to commit to anything more in your life. You might feel that you're just lazy. But don't let those ideas prevent you for joining (at least don't let laziness). Here is some of the wisdom from Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way about "laziness":

One of the most important tasks in artistic recovery is learning to call things---and ourselves---by the right names. Most of us have spent years using the wrong names for our behaviors. We have wanted to create and we have been unable to create and we have called that inability laziness. This is not merely inaccurate. It is cruel. Accuracy and compassion serve us far better.

Blocked artists are not lazy. They are blocked.

Being blocked and being lazy are two different things. The blocked artist typically expends a great deal of energy---just not visibly. The blocked artist spends energy on self-hatred, on regret, on grief, and on jealousy. The blocked artist spends energy on self-doubt.

The blocked artist does not know how to begin with baby steps. Instead, the blocked artist thinks in terms of great big scary impossible tasks: a novel, a feature film, a one-person show, an opera. When these large tasks are not accomplished, or even
begun, the blocked artist calls that laziness.

Do not call the inability to start laziness. Call it fear.

Fear is the true name for what ails the blocked artist. It may be fear of failure or fear of success. Most frequently, it is fear of abandonment. This fear has roots in childhood reality. Most blocked artists tried to become artists against either their parents' good wishes or their parents' good judgment. For a youngster, this is quite a conflict. To go squarely against your parents' values means you'd better know what you're doing. you'd better not just be an artist. You better be a GREAT artist if you're going to hurt your parents so much.... (p. 152)
What will we do in the group?

We will work through Julia Cameron's Vein of Gold book together, but at our own pace.

What do you need in order to join? You will need a copy of her book, time to write your morning pages (15 minutes in the morning), and a little time to read, walk, and reflect.

What are the rules?

We will follow these rules for working in a sacred circle of creativity.