Lessons Learnt From Reading ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron

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look within

In a previous post we looked at the question what would you do if you lost everything and had to start again? In that post I shared a bit about my grief journey, based on a conversation I had with one of my teachers. Here is an extract from that post:

…After losing my brother, my life went a bit wonky. At the time I remember talking to one of my teachers about “life” and wondering how can I move on and make sense of the madness taking place. I wanted answers, yet no one could answer my questions in a way that made sense to me. I didn’t want theories and research answers about grief, all I wanted was peace and I wanted it now. I wanted to find a way to be at peace with my loss. My teacher said “look within, everything you need to know lays within”. At the time I didn’t know what he was talking about and struggled for many months with this unfamiliar concept.”

In today’s post I would like to share with you a little more about what it means to “look within”, how it relates to goal setting and achieving your goals and what happened to me when I started to “look within” I will offer a poem “look within” which, I hope illuminates this process.

Life is so rushed and busy that it is easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day and not allow time for your passions and desires to surface, which makes it harder to set goals and know what you are supposed to do. Looking within to rediscover your purpose and mission is all part of the goal setting cycle. Many people rush this part of the process, yet the clearer you are about your “why”, the easier it becomes for you to follow through on your goals and ambitions.

The Artist’s Way – My Saviour

During my early days of recovery, I drew great comfort and inspiration from a book recommended to me by one of my teachers – the book in question is The Artist’s Way – A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self” by Julia Cameron.

The Artist’s Way is one of those timeless masterpieces and I still use the inspirations and healing exercises from this book. If you haven’t seen this book I encourage you to seek it out.

The Artist’s Way, provides you with a simple framework to recover your creative self and rediscover your hidden talents. The exercises, affirmations and inspirations in the book were pivotal in enabling me to take the face baby steps to heal.

The Morning Pages

One of the exercises, which I religiously did, is called the Morning Pages; whereby you basically write three pages of uncensored writing. I chose to do this practice as part of my then newly found daily spiritual practice.

I would meditate, look within and connect with whatever thought, sensation or energy was residing in my being. One day, I woke up and wrote “look within”. I just wrote it. Uncensored. When I revisited the piece a few days later, I realised I had finally cracked it and now understood what my teacher had shared when he said “look within”

Have a read and see what you think

“Look Within

How do I become whole?
I ask of my Guide.

“look within” was his reply.

I stopped. Stared. Eyes wide open, mind racing.

“What do you mean? Look within? Where?”

“Inside” was the reply.
“Everything you need to know comes from within”.

Still, I stopped and stared.

I couldn’t understand, didn’t comprehend the simplicity of the reply.

Questions raced through my mind.

“Where?” “what?” “how? “ “inside?” “inside what?”

“inside yourself. Look within. Everything you need to know comes from within”.

Ok. This was going nowhere.

So I paused. Meditated. Stood still. Opened up and looked within.

Seasons passed. I still looked within.

The doubts subsided, the fears flew away

I became whole
I saw the beauty within.
I saw myself as I was supposed to be.
A guiding example of love, poetry in motion
A river overflowing, transcending anger, embracing fear and letting it go.

I saw myself as I was born to be

A gazelle, a gracious wonder living with harmony with you, with me and
with the wonders within.

So, I finally understood what my teacher meant all those years ago..look within. And since then, the more I keep looking within, the easier it becomes for me to trust my intuition, to ride the waves and know all is well.

That ‘process’ of looking within, of unearthing your hidden treasures and letting go..that is what “looking within” is all about. It’s all part of the process of reclaiming your beauty and moving towards your inner felt heart dreams.

So, if you are stuck, not sure what path to take yet know a path is there waiting for you and you want to do and be more, look within. Find a teacher, a guide or source of inspiration, take your time and with love, dedication and practice you will reconnect and rediscover your beauty within and, have the courage and strength of conviction to be who you were born to be.

What Next?

Gather pen and paper and start to write your Morning Pages.

I’d love to hear how you get on with your Morning Pages and moments of looking within as they unfold. Share your insights, thoughts and inspirations in the comment box below and if moved share this post by liking it on facebook or twittering it on Twitter.

I wish you a beautiful start to your day.

Thank you

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About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.


  1. Thanks Ntathu for sharing about how to find your inner wisdom and hidden treasures.

    A few years ago when I was going through my divorce, I discovered The Artists Way and 6 months of morning pages really helped me get through this tough time.

    I learnt that there was a path waiting for me – and what a path it turned out to be!
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