The Artist’s Way

Today’s excerpt from my memoir “Watching the Daisies- Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow”, recounts how I found my voice, after reading Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way”.

The Artist’s Way

“One of the many books I read around this time was Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” Julia suggested a series of writing and other creative exercises designed to unblock potential artists, writers, sculptors, film producers, therapists…

She also stressed the importance of making creative dates with ourselves, called Artist Dates.

Harriet Buchan is still remembered for the role she played in the Scottish detective drama Taggart. She played actor Mark Mc Manus’s wife Jean, who was wheelchair bound on screen. In reality, Harriet was once a music teacher, and is now a very skilled voice and sound workshop facilitator.

Harriet had come to Stirling to facilitate a workshop for me, before Healthworks had opened its doors. Our group had enjoyed two days of singing, chanting and playing a host of instruments, including Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, rain sticks, drums…

Thus, I decided to travel to Glasgow for a one-to-one consultation with Harriet, as part of my Artist Dates. One consultation led to another, and I continued to work with Harriet for nigh on a year.

During our sessions, I could see Harriet’s aura light up – it was filled with golden energy, which depicts wisdom. I felt very blessed to have Harriet’s help, and I blossomed. I had rarely sung since the death of my mum, and my singing voice grew stronger. My inner confidence soared as I relinquished the role of rescuer, which I had played throughout most of my life. I was now putting my own needs to the top of my list.”

Since these sessions with Harriet, I have joined a number of singing classes and attended more one-to-one sessions with other great music teachers. I have been singing in our church choir for more than 3 years, and singing continues to heal my wounds.

Have you read “The Artist’s Way” ?

Do you take yourself on Artist’s Dates ?

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.


  1. I haven’t read this book Brigid, but it sounds wonderful. I am a singer too, and last year I didn’t sing as much as usual due to my schedule. I was sick all winter! This year I’m going back to my a capella group that sings modern choral music and I am expecting a healthier, happier, more creative year.

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  2. Wonderful post, Brigid, and I’m so glad that your artist’s date rekindled your love of singing. I have read Cameron’s book and loved it. My first artist’s date was to going sailing on a tall ship! It was freezing cold but lots of fun.

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  3. I sing too in my church choir. I am an auto singer so when soprano hits a high note then I have to stretch to catch up… Lol. Music definitely has a role to play in healing. I like that idea about having am artist date.

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    • Its so nice to sing in a choir. I love going on Artists Dates. Today we had mass in the church graveyard to remember all our loved ones who have died. The sun was out and it was such a beautiful experience.Happy singing. 😄


  4. Brigid I am so happy for you! I bet you have a beautiful voice, and that you touch others with your creative heartfelt expression. What I particularly love is that you really took the step to get the support you were looking for = what a self-honoring thing to do. 💜 I am touched.

    My creativity leads me in many directions, that all seem to be connected to sharing the loving…. my poetry, my coaching practice, my videos, and even being with a partner who is highly creative. Anyway, thanks again!

    Sending you ever so much love Brigid

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  5. HI Brigid– my daughter read that book and was telling me about it! So glad it all resulted in your singing with the choir at church. That has to be a joy! Wish I could slip in on e Sunday and hear you all… hugs hugs!

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  6. Brigid, I use to sing in a church choir and high school choir as well. I have not in some time. My church in Arizona does not have a church choir. Also, I have not read this book, but I do like the idea of creating an artist date. I’ve tried to set time aside to write, but it can easily become second to all the priorities in life. We shouldn’t do that right. Lol.


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