The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart

The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart

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By (author) Julia Cameron

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  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 300mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 22 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 0874778794
  • ISBN 13: 9780874778793
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 112,190

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In "The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, " Cameron again draws from her extensive artistic and teaching experience to lead readers toward ever-widening creative horizons. An extraordinary book of learning through doing, "The Vein of Gold" features inspiring teachings on the creative process and more than one hundred imaginative, involving, and energizing tasks. Each task involves the reader in "inner play, " leading to authentic growth, renewal, and healing.

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“For those seeking the wellspring of creativity, this book, like its predecessor, is a solid gold diving rod.” --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Praise for THE ARTIST'S WAY.... “THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within whether a painter, poet, screenwriter or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It’s about learning to pay attention.” --Anne Lamott, Mademoiselle   “The premise of the book is that creativity and spirituality are the same thing, they come from the same place. And we were created to use this life to express our individuality, and that over the course of a lifetime that gets beaten out of us. [THE ARTIST’S WAY] helped me put aside my fear and not worry about whether the record would be commercial.” --Grammy award-winning singer Kathy Mattea   “Julia Cameron brings creativity and spirituality together with the same kind of step-by-step wisdom that Edgar Cayce encouraged. The result is spiritual creativity as a consistent and nourishing part of daily life.” --Venture Inward   “I never knew I was a visual artist until I read Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY.” --Jannene Behl in Artist’s Magazine   “Julia Cameron’s landmark book THE ARTIST’S WAY helped me figure out who I really was as an adult, not so much as an artist but as a person. And award-winning journalist and poet, Cameron’s genius is that she doesn’t tell readers what they should do to achieve or who they should be—instead she creates a map for readers to start exploring these questions themselves.” --Michael F. Melcher, Law Practice magazine   “This is not a self-help book in the normative sense. It is simply a powerful book that can challenge one to move into an entirely different state of personal expression and growth.” --Nick Maddox, Deland Beacon   “THE ARTIST’S WAY (with its companion volume THE ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES JOURNAL) becomes a friend over time, not just a journal. Like a journal, it provokes spontaneous insights and solutions; beyond journaling, it establishes a process that is interactive and dynamic.” --Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D., San Diego Union-Tribune    “If you really want to supercharge your writing, I recommend that you get a copy of Julia Cameron’s book THE ARTIST’S WAY. I’m not a big fan of self-help books, but this book has changed my life for the better and restored my previously lagging creativity.” --Jeffrey Bairstow, Laser Focus World   “Working with the principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Cameron developed a three month program to recover creativity. THE ARTIST’S WAY shows how to tap into the higher power that connects human creativity and the creative energies of the universe.” --Mike Gossie, Scottsdale Tribune   “THE ARTIST’S WAY is the seminal book on the subject of creativity and an invaluable guide to living the artistic life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published in 1992, it is a provocative and inspiring work. Updated and expanded, it reframes THE ARTIST’S WAY for a new century.” --Branches of Light   “THE ARTIST’S WAY has sold over 3 million copies since its publication in 1992. Cameron still teaches it because there is sustained demand for its thoughtful, spiritual approach to unblocking and nurturing creativity. It is, dare we say, timeless.” --Nancy Colasurdo, FOXBusiness

Table of contents

The Vein of GoldAcknowledgments 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