The Vein of Gold

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In "The Vein of Gold", Julia Cameron, author of "The Artists Way" draws from her remarkable teaching experience to help readers reach out into ever-broadening creative horizons. She combines eloquent essays with playful and imaginative experiential exercises to make this a special book of learning-through-doing.

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Overview

In "The Vein of Gold", Julia Cameron, author of "The Artists Way" draws from her remarkable teaching experience to help readers reach out into ever-broadening creative horizons. She combines eloquent essays with playful and imaginative experiential exercises to make this a special book of learning-through-doing.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her bestselling The Artist's Way (1992), Cameron offered a 12-week program aimed at recovering one's creativity. Each chapter ended with exercises designed to help a reader glimpse his or her inner artist, which, Cameron said, had been buried alive under a mountain of negative conditioning. Now Cameron urges readers to go deeper still. As before, she urges them to write three daily "morning pages" of stream-of-consciousness prose and to take themselves on a weekly "artist's date," a solo outing designed to help them get better acquainted with their inner selves. But here, Cameron gives new emphasis to her advice about the value of a daily 20-minute walk: "The job of your adult self, for the course of this book, will be to walk your creative child back to health." All the exercises herefrom the considerable task of writing one's narrative history to doll-making; from creating collages representing difficult relationships and mulling over the common themes of favorite moviesare intended to make readers feel deeply. "A pilgrimage is a physical process," writes Cameron. "What this means is that the tools of The Vein of Gold will be more deeply felt, and therefore more deeply resisted, than the tools of The Artist's Way." The book is divided into "kingdoms"of sight, story, sound, attitude, relationship and spirituality. Each leads readers closer to their own "vein of gold"to that territory of experience and possibility that, Cameron says, is indelibly theirs. For those seeking the wellsprings of creativity, this book, like its predecessor, is a solid gold divining rod. 125,000 first printing; major ad/promo; BOMC and QPB featured alternates, One Spirit main selection; simultaneous Putnam Berkley audio; author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Coauthor of the best-selling The Artist's Way (Tarcher, 1992), Cameron here assists her readers in broadening their creativity by guiding them on a journey through seven kingdoms. Her analogy of mining for gold-mining for the heart of creativity-works very well. To stimulate creative energies while walking a path to emotional growth, Cameron suggests beginning with writing a morning meditation. Chapters on patience, courage, and spiritual gifts are all interesting, each chapter ending with a list of tasks to practice. Each page is festooned with a quote from a writer, artist, or spiritualist. A solid bibliography and discography round out this rich self-help guide to developing spiritual, creative lives.-Lisa S. Wise, EBSCO, Springfield, Va.
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Examining the creative process through more than 100 imaginative, involving, and energizing tasks, this book engages readers in "inner play," leading to authentic growth, renewal, and healing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874778793
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Inner Workbook Ser.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 660,946
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

The Vein of Gold Acknowledgments

Setting Out
In Your Backpack: The Basic Tools
Morning Pages
Why by Hand?
Task: Morning Pages
Artist Dates
Task: Do a Weekly Artist Date
Clusters: Your Traveling Companions
Task: Cluster List
Your Mode of Transportation: Walking
Task: Walk Daily
Task: Walk an Hour-Long Walk Weekly
Task: Walk Prayerfully

The Gateway: Entering the Imagic-Nation
Task: Manifesting—Enter Your Imagic-Nation
Creativity Commitment

The Kingdom of Story
The Narrative Time Line
Task: Filling in Notes
Task: Post a Sign on Your Mirror
Task: Contact Someone and Commit
Task: Do Your Narrative Time Line
Task: Filling in Blanks

"Cups": The Key to Self-Disclosure
Task: List Five Secrets
Task: Make a Narrative Time Line Photo Album for Yourself

Words Do It
Task: Alchemy—Converting Dross to Gold
Task: Post Your Golden Words Where You Can See Them
Task: Kill a Creative Monster
Task: Celebrate a Creative Champion

The Wizard of Words
Secret Selves
Task: Name Five Secret Selves
Task: What's in Those Closets?
Task: What Would Your Life be Like?

Cinema Self
Task: Cinema Self
The Vein of Gold
Technique One: Favorite Films
Task: The Vein of Gold Quiz
Task: Binge Reading
Task: Grab-Bag Collage
Task: Matching
Task: Write Up Your Findings

Robert's Field Report
Breaking Camp

The Kingdom of Sight
Sight
Task: Time Capsule Collage
Task: Create a Treasure Map

Color
Task: "Fabricate" a More Colorful Life
Task: Speculate on a Different Spectrum: Try On Colors You "Never" Wear

Doll
Task: Make a Creativity Doll
Task: Make a Creativity Monster

Basic Black: The Mystique—and Mistake—of the Suffering Artist
Task: Dress as a Serious Artist
Task: Dress Like You Might Be Having Fun

Cracking
Task: Look at It This Way—On the One Hand . . . On the Other . . .
Task: Mirror, Mirror: Apply a Facial Mask
Task: Face It: Make a Power Mask

Breaking Camp

The Kingdom of Sound
Sound
Task: Sing a Spirit Song
Task: Lullaby
Task: Washing with Sound
Task: Forming a Sound Round
Task: Songlines

Silence
Task: Silence
Safety
Task: Building a Sound Shield
Task: A Sense of Safety
Task: Playing It Safe
Task: Expanding Your Light Through Sound

Breaking Camp

The Kingdom of Attitude
The Paydirt in Pay-tience
Task: Patience
Task: Use "Just a Little" Patience

Courage
Task: Dance a Power Dance
Baby Steps
Task: Playing House
Task: List Every Place You Have Ever Lived

Boredom
Task: Do Something That Has Been Done Before
Task: Oh, All Right! Make Something Unique

Time
Task: I Never Have Time to . . .
Task: I Never Take Time to . . .
Task: Stay Up Late and Read a Book
Task: A Stitch in Time

Containment
Task: Creative Snipers
Task: Believing Mirrors

Getting Current
Task: Getting Current
Task: Get Current in Your Household
Task: Get Current in Your Spiritual House

Breaking Camp

The Kingdom of Relationship
Equality
Task: Write a Positive Prayer
Task: Illuminate Your Prayer
Task: The Blame Game, Round One—Events

The Voluntary Victim
Task: The Blame Game, Round Two—People
Task: Play a Little

Where Does It Hurt?
Task: Taking Back Your Power
Task: Relationship Collage
Task: Abundance Collage
Task: Counting Coup
Task: Who's Got the Gold?

Batteries
Task: Assault on Being a Battery
Task: Write Your "Shadow Résumé"

Obsession
Task: Obsessions (Past Tense)
Task: Obsessions (Present Tense)
Task: Snap Out of It
Task: Get On with It

Breaking Camp

The Kingdom of Spirituality
Name That God
Task: Recall Your Childhood God
Task: Invent a Creativity God
Task: Invent a Creativity Totem

Guidance
Task: Clearing a Clearing
Task: Spend One Evening in Silence—of All Kinds
Task: Write a Spirituality Cup
Task: Create a Deck of Spirituality Cards

Spiritual Experience
Task: Open the Door
Task: It's a Wide World After All

Saying "Thank You"
Task: Accepting Gifts
Task: Synchronicity Notepad
Task: The God jar
Task: Accepting Help
Task: Watch Your Tongue
Task: Walk Prayerfully Daily

Breaking Camp

The Kingdom of Possibility
Passion
Task: Valentine to Your Past
Task: Valentine to Your Present
Task: List 100 Things That You, Personally, LOVE

Risk
Task: Taking Your Life into Your Own Hands
Ceilings
Task: Remembering the Possible Dreams
Task: Playing at Dreams
Task: I Trust Myself Dance

Breaking Camp
Tribal Rules
Artist's Tribal Rules
A Guide for Starting Creative Clusters
Artist's Way and Vein of Gold Glossary of Tools
Discography
"Pop"ography
Filmography
Bibliography
"Avalon"
Index

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