In reading some of the comments everyone is contributing, there seems to be several people out there who have read and like Julia Cameron. In her book, THE ARTIST'S WAY, she talks about forming a Sacred Circle. She believes when we are dreaming our visions, we are in the realm of the sacred. She promotes groups of artists supporting and trusting one another.
This Sacred Circle invokes creativity and a creative force. I am sure several of us have been part of a group of women who made things happen. Women are powerful creatures because we multi-task better. The strength of women supporting one another can move mountains.
Julia has a great paragraph in the chapter that says, "As artists, we belong to an ancient and holy tribe. We are the carriers of the truth that spirit moves through us all. When we deal with one another, we are dealing not merely with our human personalities but also with the unseen but ever-present throng of ideas, visions, stories, poems, songs, sculptures, art-as-facts that crowd the temple of consciousness waiting their turn to be born."
I LOVE THAT! It is my vision that a Sacred Circle of friends, fellow artists, writers, creative types, form a bond and by their collective presence, they reflect and invoke the best from one another. Can you just think about some of the creative women we each have met via our blogs and how powerful and magical it has been? Who among us has not experienced more self confidence, higher creative thought, inspiration from the support and conversations with each other!
Another great paragraph, she states, "Success occurs in clusters, Drawing a Sacred Circle creates a sphere of safety and a center of attraction for our good. By filling this form faithfully, we draw to us the best. We draw the people we need. We attract the gifts we could best employ." For me, the pure
force she speaks of, does not include jealousy, gossip, anger, attitudes and those other catty forms of lower energy.
I am in the process of re-reading a very provocative book by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. entitled POWER VS FORCE, The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior. He basically explains how all the various human emotions have energy levels. How he has calibrated and tested people with kinesiology (study of muscles and their movements as applied to physical conditioning) and was "able to analyze the full spectrum of the levels of human consciousness from a range of 1 to 1000." It is so powerful, for example, to realize a low energy level of 20 is shame, and the higher level of 600 is peace. Just think how significant that knowledge could be in some one's life! Reading it, I actually had a "light bulb" moment. I could not believe if I understood what I had just read. How would that information change your life?
Even Hawkins says, "Art and love are man's greatest gifts to himself; and there can be no art without love. Art is always the making of the soul, the craft of a human being's touch--which can be corporeal or of the mind and spirit--so it has been since Neanderthal times, and so it will always be." He goes on to say, "When a person looks at something that has been handcrafted, he goes strong; when eh looks at reproduction, he goes weak." I think that is incredible!
What do you think? Do you have a Sacred Circle in your life? Do you know women you could join with and form a collective creative force? Do you believe you are stronger and more productive alone or within a group?