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This review is from: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (Paperback)
This used to be trendy but is now long past that, which makes it easier to use, I think. The author sounds sincerely interested and experienced, not just a New Age lazyminded type. The book is a self-help manual with plenty of practical ideas and traditional writers/ artists' wisdom about the impossibility of creating anything much while paralysed with fear or else stuck in the humdrum. If you decide to devote a few hours each week for twelve weeks and do what the book recommends - mostly - you will probably find your creative self is happier, if only for the attention. I liked it and a year later am continuing with the morning pages, which is a discipline that seems to make me steadier and readier for life. I have since met two people who used it with excellent results and made life changes with which they are still pleased. One friend gave it up half way because she thought it was hippy-dippy nonsense and she did not like doing the morning pages because she felt she had nothing to say. I have a low dippiness threshold but just translated the odd bit of dippy language into Ms Sensible-speak and found the ideas mainly valuable. Occasionally I did just skip a bit - I am an atheist and the author doesn't make enough allowances for readers for whom the word 'spiritual' is not appealing. Obviously, you shouldn't take any book as infallible and any reader can pick the bits that are useful to them personally.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2014 22:31:26 BDT
I am thankful to have found your comment. I bought this book cheaply/used and it has yet to arrive. I did not realize by the description it was a religious book which had me concerned as I am also atheist. (Perhaps I should have read comments first.) I was hoping it would not be so overwhelmingly religious that it would be an uncomfortable read. I guess I can relax now.
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