An excerpt from “The Right to Write” by Julia Cameron
As we write, we are both describing and deciding the direction that our life is taking. As we become honest on the page about our likes and dislikes, our hopes and dreams, as we become willing to be clean, the murk of our life begins to settle and we see more deeply into our truth.
If I put it on the page, it is only a matter of time before I put it into practice. First I observe with more compassion and then I act with more compassion. First I feel my own vulnerability and then I have empathy for the vulnerability of others.
Writing centers us in ourselves and it moves us out from that center into the world around us. The "I" of the beholder, the hand that holds the pen, writes to get in touch-and touch is profoundly healing.
We write because something "touches" us. We write because we want to "touch" someone else. A lot of what frightens people about writing is the precise idea that once we put something on the page we are rendered vulnerable. There is truth to that, but the greater truth, for me, is that once I put something on the page I am also rendered a little less vulnerable.
Vulnerability requires that we contradict ourselves. It requires that we change our minds. It requires that our perspective shifts. Vulnerability, which is honesty's shy younger sister, is the part of ourselves that renders us capable of great art, art that enters and explores the heart.
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In her book, she begins each chapter with a title and ends it with an "Initiation Tool."
Today's exercise...in your quiet time and or sacred space, is to imagine "the unimaginable life" the life that might truly make you happy. It takes courage and vulnerability to admit and imagine our deeper dreams. The irony is that as we are able to envision and clarify for ourselves our deeper dreams, we seem to activate such dreams toward manifestation. Set the pen to page and begin to describe one day in your Ideal Life. Allow yourself to dream on the page.
She says after about forty-five minutes, turn your attention back to the life you have right now. Number from 1-25 and list the things you love and appreciate about your life as it is currently constituted.