ARTIST’S WAY author Julia Cameron on her new book, THE PROSPEROUS HEART!
Julia Cameron has had a remarkable career, which in turn has given remarkable help to others. Herself an award-winning poet, playwright, and filmmaker, she has written thirty books, ranging from her widely-praised, hard-hitting crime novel The Dark Room to her volumes of children’s poems and prayers.
Despite her extensive film and theater credits, which include such diverse work as Miami Vice and the prize-winning romantic comedy God’s Will, which she both wrote and directed, Cameron is best known for her hugely successful works on creativity. The Artist’s Way has sold more than two million copies worldwide, and her follow-up bestsellers The Vein of Gold, Walking in this World and The Right to Write are likewise flagship books which are taught in universities, churches, human potential centers and even in tiny clusters deep in the jungles of Panama.
Citing creativity as an authentic spiritual path, Cameron’s work has been embraced by such diverse spiritual groups as Buddhists, Sufis, Roman Catholics, Church of Religious Science, and Unity with “quite a few British Wiccans thrown in.”
Below, you can read an interview with Julia on her new book, THE PROSPEROUS HEART.
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Your books, lectures, and workshops have founded a movement that has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams. How does The Prosperous Heart address the practical side of living a creative life?
When I teach, I consistently find that the most “loaded” topic for my students is money. I wanted to write a book that would give my students the tools to address their money issues directly while maintaining spiritual balance and an active creative life.
Creating a life of “enough” is one of the main themes of The Artist’s Way. What does “enough” mean?
So much of our mythology around money centers on the illusion that if we had “more,” we would be more comfortable and more able to access our creativity. But creativity and prosperity are spiritual matters, not fiscal ones. The tools of The Prosperous Heart help people to embrace the life that they actually have, where they often find that they already have “enough.”
In this difficult day and time, what can people do to find prosperity?
There are two very practical tools used by my students. The first one is Morning Pages, where they track their dreams, their disappointments, dreams and desires. The second tool is Counting, where they record money in and money out. We often find we are spending money in ways that do not serve us. As we work with these two consciousness-raising tools, we find ourselves spending along the lines of our true values. As a result, we feel we have “more.” We certainly have enough.
Did you set out to create a prosperity plan for yourself?
Yes. I have a personal prosperity plan. I know where my money goes, and how I can spend it more fruitfully. A prosperity plan is something fluid that may alter month to month.
Do you feel clutter plays a role in blocking creativity and prosperity?
Yes, absolutely. When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and “good, orderly direction” to enter.
As a novelist, playwright, songwriter, journalist, teacher, and poet, what are your favorite artistic venues?
I have to say that my favorite venue is whatever venue I’m working on at the time. Right now I’m working on a sequel to my novel, Mozart’s Ghost.