The Damsel In Dis Dress (elle_cosette) wrote in walkthenfly,
The Damsel In Dis Dress

The Artist's Date

We all know Morning Pages are the backbone of TAW. We've talked about affirmations.

The next thing is something called the Artist's Date. You are supposed to go on one of these once a week.

Here's a little from the book:

You may see clearly how morning pages could work yet find yourself highly dubious about something called an Artist's Date. I assure you, artist's date work, too.
Think of this combination of tools in terms of a radio receiver and transmitter. It is a two-step, two-directional process: out and then in. Doing your morning pages, you are sending--notifying yourself and the universe of your dreams;, dissatisfactions, hopes, Doing your artist date, you are receiving--opening yourself to insight, inspiration and guidance.

But what exactly is an artist date? An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. In its most primary form, the artist date is an excursion, a play date that you preplan and defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this artist date but you and your inner artist, aka your creative child.

If you think this sounds stupid or that you will never be able to afford the time, identify that reaction as resistance. You cannot afford not to find time for artist dates.

Commit yourself to a weekly artist's date, and then watch your killjoy side try to wriggle out of it. Watch how this sacred time gets easily encroached upon. Watch how the sacred time suddenly includes a third party. Learn to guard against these invasions.

One idea: go to an office supply store and buy some of those neato things you never let yourself buy...stickers, markers, a cool pen. Use them in your morning pages if you like.
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