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Floor Sample: A Creative Memoir
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Julia Cameron's exquisite writing in her memoir "Floor Sample" made me feel as if I too experienced her harrowing climb out of substance addictions and emotional breakdowns.
Her story shows how we can channel fragility into creativity and make the world a better place. In fact her 1992 bestseller "The Artists Way" helped me overcome my internal censors and lead to my writing a memoir.
Her recovery and discovery of a spiritual path via soul-searching, inventory and restitution in Alcoholics Anonymous AA is equally inspiring. She writes how she discovered she is not supposed to be judging--that she is in charge of the quantity and that the quality is up to God. She said her prose began to relax and straighten out when she responded to this new charitable agenda. She beautifully describes how in losing her sense of self as an "author" she gained a sense of self as a conduit. God became her new employer. She found that she wrote best when she was curious and receptive and empty of ego--when she wrote down what already existed.
Despite her pain, Cameron does not see her life as a tragedy but as fuel for her creativity and art. "Floor Sample" is a masterpiece that shows the redemptive power of the creative spirit.
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