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This newly revised and cleverly repackaged edition of Julia Cameron's classic Artist's Way Workbook shows readers how to cope with the real nitty-gritty of being a successful artist. With a new introduction and additional exercises aimed at identifying and managing the Archetypal figures that all artists must confront, Supplies offers powerful tools for overcoming artistic problems and obstacles. A quirky and brilliant roadmap for fulfilling your creative destiny against all odds, this is a must-have for any ...
This newly revised and cleverly repackaged edition of Julia Cameron's classic Artist's Way Workbook shows readers how to cope with the real nitty-gritty of being a successful artist. With a new introduction and additional exercises aimed at identifying and managing the Archetypal figures that all artists must confront, Supplies offers powerful tools for overcoming artistic problems and obstacles. A quirky and brilliant roadmap for fulfilling your creative destiny against all odds, this is a must-have for any aspiring or working artist.
The Arrow of Desire The Trickster Behind the Bull's Eye The Shadow Maker Strobe Light Clarity The Identified Patient Voice Monster in the Mirror The Grand Canyon of Doubt Alice in Wonderland The Fun House Wet-Blanket Matadors Shrinks Very Serious People Very Important People Experts How to Use the Telescope: Turn It Around The Lug-Bolt Mentality Fuse Lighters Booster Rockets Piggybackers Excess Baggage: The Art of Choosing Collaborators The Language Barrier Worrywarts Bad Fairies Bad-News Fairies Freelance Spiritual Advisers Gatekeepers The Montagues and the Capulets Game The Twitch, the Flu, the Deadly Disease You'll Kill Your Father (or Mother) if You Do That The Wall Angels Rocket Fuel God Is My Copilot Ground Control The Mentor's Good-Bye Mikey the Mad Mechanic The Desert The Black Gypsy and True North Fog Ice Friendly Fire Tokyo Rose Evade the Radar The Sky Is Not the Limit: The Celebrity Zone The Chorus of Woes The Tragedy Club The Goodies Before, During, and After Friends Your Baggy Corduroys and That Awful Sweater About Those Socks Flight Procedure
Posted September 12, 2010
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Fans of Julia Cameron's books on creativity may initially be shocked by Supplies: A Troubleshooting Guide For Creative Difficulties. Previous works by Cameron including The Artist's Way, The Right to Write, and The Sound of Paper are positive, inspirational, and filled with practical application. Supplies is equally as valuable to any collection of books on creativity. However, it explores the darker side of creative awakening, and it does so with sarcasm, humor, and real-life practical application as to how to blast away the demons that accompany success. Supplies combines humor with inspiration, and this side of Julia Cameron makes for a fun journey.
In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron provides a 12-week course that brings about creative awakening through spirituality. With such a major life transformation comes synchronicity and success as the universe welcomes its newest creative mind and provides opportunities for it to grow further. Along the way, as success is achieved, there are those who would do everything in their power to impede future achievement. These are the lost souls Cameron explores in Supplies.
From the jealous "Piggybackers" who latch onto the success of others to the fearful "Wet-Blanket Matadors" who attempt to cause confusion and doubt in the minds of those awakening to their creativity, Cameron provides journal exercises that explain exactly how to identify and dismantle each type of creative demon. Comparing the creative journey to a flight, Cameron explains that creative success will bring with it an array of personalities who feel threatened by those achieving their potential and purpose. "Bad Fairies" will be there to ask, "Who do you think you are?" And "The Black Gypsy" will appear to try to convince you that you're heading in the wrong direction.
Through all of the humor and sarcasm remain the fundamentals of Cameron's teachings and inspiration: God is the Great Creator, and if we are created in his image, then we are also meant to create. Her approach is spiritual rather than scientific, and so you should expect a lot of discussion of God's involvement in our creativity in Supplies. As is the case in her other books, Cameron recommends as medicine three pages of hand-written journal entries every morning, a weekly one-hour creatively inspirational solo event, and a 20-minute walk. These core tools in Cameron's arsenal of values are fundamental to her teachings, and it would not be a Cameron book without them.
Supplies is a small but powerful book, a must-have reality check that explores the negative aspects of creative success. It should be used in preparation, as a guidebook for how to deal with the difficulties that others will bring into our lives as we grow closer to finding meaning and purpose.
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