Surrender

10 07 2012

By Julia Indigo/@juliaindigo

 

Consciousness instigates shifts in outer reality. Recognizing that I have the power to change my world by changing my thinking, I set for myself a gentle vigilance toward negative thoughts. I surrender into the deeper flow of life rather than willfully forcing artificial solutions. Rather than imagine that my yearnings are self-centered or counter to the flow of life, I practice simply blossoming in the faith that I attract what I need simply by following and blessing my true nature.

From Prayers to the Great Creator: Prayers and Declarations for a Meaningful Life by Julia Cameron

Ah yes, the work of Julia Cameron. I found The Artist’s Way¬†years ago, back when I thought that the artist in me wanted to be a visual artist. I dutifully did the Morning Pages, that morning thought-dump that was supposed to free one’s inner artist to be the happy, productive, fulfilled artist that I was.

It didn’t work that way for me. It ended up being a journal of despair – mental masturbation of the worst sort. At least it didn’t leave me in a worse state than when I started. I ditched that journal years ago.

Which is not to say that Morning Pages aren’t valuable for a lot of folks. I also learned a lot about myself doing the Artist’s Way course, stuff that I don’t share publicly. I don’t share it privately, for that matter, either!

I think that Cameron is a marvel, and back in the day the above quote was something that moved me. It still does, today. It’s message is something that I’m still learning. I love that phrase “a gentle vigilance”. It’s all about being kind to one’s Self. I hope to achieve that one day.

How do you talk to yourself? Are you kind to yourself when you mess up? Are you at peace with yourself? Do you hold unsustainable ideals for yourself? Let me know in the comments, and we’ll talk!

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4 responses

10 07 2012
Karen McFarland

What a beautiful picture! Thanks for the mental vacation.
Do I hold myself accountable? Well of course. Am I hard on myself. Used to be. In recent years I’ve lighten up a bit. Got to enjoy life. No one’s perfect. I take it one day at a time. :)

11 07 2012
Julia Indigo

You’re welcome, Karen!
I’m really getting into the ‘let’s celebrate and ENJOY our time together’, after being terminally hard on myself.

Thanks for commenting!

10 07 2012
sheilapierson

Love the quote and the image – I’m terribly hard on myself – something I’m working on.

11 07 2012
Julia Indigo

Hi Sheila,
It’s hard to stop riding one’s self, isn’t it?
Took me forever to simply recognize that I was *doing* that.
Thanks for commenting. :)

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