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”.
“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
“Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is available in both print and e book format from Amazon and all good online book stores.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk