Notes about my cherished books and climbing out of the abyss.
If I were a good student and steward of all the literature I’ve been devouring over the last few years related to opening up to spirituality and creativity and Source, I would trust that a few simple and gentle steps could help me climb out of the abyss I fell into a few weeks ago. I did get jolted out of it when I was rightly guided, – no coincidence – and that’s kinda why I started this illustrated blog.
So, one day recently when I was sick of my malaise but still mired in it, I started to reach for one of my fav magazines or books about decor/design but “something” directed my hand back to a volume I hadn’t finished working in: Julia Cameron’s The Complete Artist’s Way trilogy including The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. I had left off reading a few months ago at Week 6 in Finding Water.
Amazed at first to discover that these chapters dealt with navigating through those inexplicable periods of depression that steal over many of us, then more excited as I read on because the strong urge to pick up this particular book, picking it up where I’d left off at the precise place where I meet myself now, is exactly what I needed (and exactly the confirmation (not coincidence, mind you) that the Universe sends you when you can’t seem to muster up some faith and trust that you will get through this, whatever “this” you are going through.
Last night I was thinking about the people along the Mississippi River, and others recently who have lost everything due to Mother Nature’s recent devastation on them, and what would I grab if I had some warning to evacuate my home? This works like counting sheep to get to sleep because I ticked off virtually all my belongings plus dog Ziggy before I drifted off.
Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of my favorite reading material (and eye candy) that I just couldn’t leave behind:
▪ Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd
▪ The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women; Gail McMeekin
▪ Writing Down the Bones; Natalie Goldberg
▪ A New Earth, and The Power of Now; Eckhart Tolle
▪ The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukov
▪ The Law of Attraction and other books by Abraham-Hicks
▪ The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama
▪ The Complete Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
▪ The Confident Creative; Cat Bennett
▪ All of Danny Gregory’s books about sketchbooks: Creative Matters, Creative License, and An Illustrated Life
▪ Living the Creative Life and Creative Time & Space, both by Rice (say “Ree-sa”) Freeman-Zachary
…..& a couple dozen exquisite tomes by today’s popular designers, stylists, photographers and bloggers of lifestyle & fashion: (I eliminated first names cuz this list is getting really long) Chalmers & Hanan, Bauwers & Campbell, Bartolucci & Kurzaj; Lemieux, Becker, Copestick & Treloar; Gillingham-Ryan, Williams, Line, Sorrell; Bird, Tryde & Newdick; plus those little Taschen books…and Selby, Rodic, Schuman, Larocca & Chessum. *whew*
…..and of course, books about my fav artists and oh, a few books on actual art-making plus a slew of magazines (beloved Domino mags and House & Garden have their very own stacks). And oh, yeah, binders of tear sheets, a couple devoted to decor and a couple just for art-making inspiration.
I am never, ever, bored. A little down in the dumps from time to time, but never bored. That reminds me: I miss artist Jane Cather’s website and blog, where has she gone? Her work always inspires me. It’s a blessed thing to be inspired.