So the thirty day talisman challenge actually taught me a lot. First, it taught me to trust my inner creator. It taught me to express my inner child. It reminded me to find joy in stolen moments. It reminded me to find pleasure in the act of creating. It forced me to take some time for myself each day. It was also a reminder of how much I enjoy playing with paint, watercolor, colored pencils, markers, pens, etc… I have decided to continue on by making sure I give myself at least one creative day per month to enjoy drawing or painting something. In January I’ll continue with it weekly because I find it’s the best Artist’s date for me. That’s another one of those Artist’s Way workshop exercises that I’m finding nourishes me.
The morning pages are great because I’m getting a lot down, but the actual art challenges my creativity in a different way. I don’t have to pretend to be perfect or even good. I don’t expect myself to be. And there’s a great deal of freedom in doing something like art, for pure pleasure.
It does seem to be translating over to the writing and it’s keeping me from holding back as much as I was before. I finally feel that “clench” releasing and resulting in a
So which one was my favorite talisman? Aesthetically this was my favorite:
However, the one that really held the most meaning for me was this one:
I think 30 days of creativity outside your normal medium is an exercise I’m going to start recommending for all creatively inclined magicians who feel stuck. It’s really transforming. I’ve watched other magicians do similar exercises and I’m curious how they felt about the results. If you’re one of those magicians, and you want to share, feel free to post in the comments.