Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.

— Julia Cameron

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What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.

When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.

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Spirituality can release blocks, lead you to ideas, and make your life artful.

Sometimes when we pray for guidance, we're guided in unexpected directions. We may want a lofty answer and we get the intuition to clean our bedroom. It can seem so humble and picky and that you don't necessarily think of it spiritual guidance.

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I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something.

Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.

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Julia Cameron quote The creative process is a process of sur

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

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Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect.

When we are dealing with people's dreams - their visions, really - we are in the realm of the sacred. We are involved with forces and energies larger than our own. We are engaged in a sacred transaction of which we know only a little: the shadow, not the shape.

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It takes constant vigilance not to slip into negativity or simple apathy.

It takes courage to believe over any given period of time that we are getting better and not sliding into decline.

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Perfectionism is not a quest for the best.

It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.

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As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.

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Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.

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... success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.

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We tend to think being hard on ourselves will make us strong.

But it is cherishing ourselves that gives us strength

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Wherever you are is always the right place.

There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.

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In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.

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About Julia Cameron

Quotes 277 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

Procrastination is not Laziness", I tell him.

"It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.

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As we lose our vagueness about ourself, our values, our life situation, we become available to the moment. It is there, in the particular, that we contact the creative self. Art lies in the moment of encounter: we meet our truth and we meet ourselves; we meet ourselves and we meet our self-expression .

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Creativity is always a leap of faith.

You're faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.

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Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem.

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You are either losing your mind -- or gaining your soul.

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Because if you're trying to write and you have unlimited time, you can procrastinate an unlimited account, but if you have limited time, you rush to the page trying to get something down in the little bit of fragment of time that you have, and you may write a great deal that way.

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And [now] I think I’ll probably write a lot about birds.

My new house has a deck that wraps around my writing room; my writing room has many windows, and outside the windows I’ve hung bird feeders … for enticing different species. So I imagine I will be writing about that.

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"God does not give us more than we can handle," I am told but I wonder if God doesn't overestimate me just a little. Or perhaps, and this is likely, I underestimate God.

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At it's essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation.

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In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.

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The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

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Walk with me to the edge of the city, / Take off your shoes and feel the earth.

/ Remember who you are. You are a star. / A mountain, that fountain in the sun. / Your heart is the velvet cave / Where birds sing.

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In recovering from our creative blocks, it is necessary to go gently and slowly.

.. These are baby steps. Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves.

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In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.

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If you work on your creativity, you deepen your spirituality.

And if you work on your spirituality, you deepen your creativity.

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Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.

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Our moods and insights are transitory.

This current is a flow of grace moving us to our right livelihood, companions, destiny.

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Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.

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Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.

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When we stop playing God, God can play through us.

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I learned, when hit by loss, to ask the right question: "What next?" instead of "Why me?" . . . Whenever I am willing to ask "What is necessary next?" I have moved ahead. Whenever I have taken no for a final answer I have stalled and gotten stuck.

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Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.

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Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.

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Once we are willing to accept that anything worth doing might even be worth doing badly, our options widen.

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Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

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Being in the mood to write, like being in the mood to make love, is a luxury that isn't necessary in a long-term relationship. Just as the first caress can lead to a change of heart, the first sentence, however tentative and awkward, can lead to a desire to go just a little further.

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We imagine that if we had time we would quiet our more shallow selves and listen to a deeper flow of inspiration. Again, this is a myth that lets us off the hook - if I wait for enough time to listen, I don't have to listen now, I don't have to take responsibility for being available to what is trying to bubble up today.

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The creator made us creative. Our creativity is our gift from God. Our use of it is our gift to God. Accepting this bargain is the beginning of true self-acceptance.

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No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.

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Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

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Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite - getting something down.

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Fatigue can make it hard to have faith.

Too much busyness can make it hard to have faith. Too much of too little solitude can impact faith. For that matter, so can a bout of hunger or overwork, anything carried to an extreme. Faith thrives on routine. Look at any monastery and you will see that. Faith keeps on keeping on.

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Our tears prepare the ground for our future growth.

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The beginner's humility and openness lead to exploration.

Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.

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We need to bridge our sense of loneliness and disconnection with a sense of community and continuity even if we must manufacture it from our time on the Web and our use of calling cards to connect long distance. We must “log on” somewhere, and if it is only in cyberspace, that is still far better than nowhere at all. (264)

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Survival lies in sanity, and sanity lies in paying attention.

..the capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.

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Writing-and this is the big secret-wants to be written.

Writing loves a writer the way God loves a true devotee. Writing will fill your heart if you let it. It will fill your pages and help to fill your life.

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