Week Two: Reality

Another great session this week on the theme of Reality,a timely topic to be sure. Last week, we were collectively assigned to make a list of five  grounding activities and be prepared to report on one. I also asked the group to continue using their highlighter poem to highlight a half dozen ‘juicy bits’ of Chapter Two to read aloud to the group. Somehow reading silently and hearing brief excerpts read out loud is processed differently.

 

We started off session two with a check in of the three basic Artist Way tools. At Weeks 3,6,9 and 12 there will be incentive prizes to help keep us interested in keeping the interest and momentum of writing those three pages ofpreferabky first thing in the morning stream of consciousness writing. For five or more one chance is earned, for seven out of seven two chances are earned.

This book really has a wonderful selection of Divining Rods or tasks so after the tea break where we also enjoyed Billie’s strawberry rhubarb pie (a work of art in itself!) the group reconvened on the other deck to continue our session starting with writing and sharing our list of things and experienced we cherish. Cherish is such a great word, it just sounds like what out means. And yes, some of us of ‘a certain age’ even remember an oldie song called ‘Cherish.’ There are many, many things in our lives from the mundane to the magnificent fully deserving of our attention and worthy of cherishing whether they are of a transitory our a more permanent nature.

We wrapped up the session talking a bit about the next week and assigning the excellent Divining Rod whereby you are asked to write about yourself as the facinating character that you are. In my opinion this is an way to break through what I call the I AM barrier. Far to often either we say or we hear someone say, ‘Well,I really enjoy photography but I’m not really a photographer. Or I really like painting but I’m not really a painter and so on.’ The Artist Way is all about owning your truth about whatever form of written out visual or performing art that brings you joy and fulfillment. In the same vein, I don’t like to hear artists verbalize the belief that they write/paint/sculpt/take photos oe whatever but they don’t think what they do is worthy of being purchased by someone/anyone for yes…money.

Well, guess what? Some people still don’t ‘get’ Jackson Pollock or why the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has outsold all the Harry Porter books combined! But it is also true that both artists have earned a tremendous amount of money and one continues to do so even post mortem.

As usual the time flew by very quickly and it was time to go around the table to express a one word check out to convey our current state of mind be it content or appreciative or joyful.

Next theme? Support which is a very timely topic when thinking about and talking about and certainly appreciating the ‘believing mirrors’ in our lives. Even of we didn’t have them in our family of origin it’s not to late, never too late to have them in our lives right now and henceforth.

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