Creativity and inspiration to speak my truth: Meeting Julia Cameron, Robert Holden & Hay House!
“Our words are friends:” a sentence that seems so profound when gifted from a major wellbeing author. These were the words written to me by my inspiration: Julia Cameron – the author of my favourite book, ‘The Artist’s Way’ – when I met her at the Hay House Writers’ Workshop in Bristol City Hall this weekend. I’m totally humbled to think that the reason I have followed my path is partly down to her ‘Morning Pages’ – at least it’s definitely why I trained as a Homeopath!
An event that takes place around the globe, this event itself was, ironically what Julia would describe as my very own ‘Artist’s Date’ with myself – a treat for me to open up to my creative potential and set my ideas in motion. It is a workshop to inspire up-and-coming authors, particularly in the health, wellbeing and self-help category, which Hay House is reputed for. I’ve been waiting for this event for over a year, truly excited at what opportunities lay in store, and about what knowledge I would gain. I have to say: I wasn’t disappointed!
Filled with information – including gems from best selling author, Robert Holden – on how to structure your writing, write book proposals, how to get noticed and other gems about how to ‘keep on keeping on’ when the going gets tough; when you don’t know what qualifies you to call yourself a ‘Writer’ (writing, obviously), when you fail, when you feel inadequate for not having what society might deem as a ‘proper job’ or when you’re just at a loss as to which direction to take next – it was a learning experience that I couldn’t have asked for more from.
Writers tend to be self-critical perfectionists, you see. So, what was really special as part of this weekend was how Julia took us through an exercise to find our ‘Believing Mirrors’ – or our supporters. These are people who reflect back our positive potential and power, rather than add to our own internal critique. We had to give feedback to each other about what we got from each of our stories – and it was a beautiful exercise… My feedback was that I was ‘inspirational, fresh, brave, pure and healthy.’ These are words I absolutely couldn’t have even wished for as they are exactly what I aim to be, so I was humbled that people saw this in me. If you’re reading, Believing Mirrors, thank you!
This made me think, stuff like this isn’t only applicable to writers but to life itself; we all need supporters. So, my question to my readers is this: who are YOUR believers? Who inspires you? How can you choose more of that in your life? Food for thought, perhaps…
Anyway, I’ve been a fan of Julia Cameron’s for a long time so it was an absolute privilege to meet her for my initiation into the ‘writer’s life’:
Wellbeing Writer – aka Nicole – with Julia Cameron & Reid Tracey
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The story that I will be writing about is one of recovery from chronic illness and journeying through unsuppression to find my truth so, if you resonate with that, please do keep an eye on my blog, instagram, facebook, and twitter to follow my journey and get insights into how to transform your life.
Thank you, Hay House, for a truly wonderful weekend – and please, do keep an eye out for my ‘Wellbeing Writer’ book proposal… Coming to an inbox near you, very soon…
Nicole Barton – Wellbeing Writer
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