Diem’s Blog #4 Juice up with Spiritual Electricity

Creativity is an experience–to my eye, a spiritual experience. It does not matter which way you think of it: creativity leading to spirituality or spirituality leading to creativity. In fact, I do not make a distinction between the two.

–JULIA CAMERON, The Artist’s Way Spiritual Electricity, The Basic Principles.

What the author, Miss Cameron, is asking me, the reader, is to take a leap of many faiths: to have faith in myself, to have faith in the Universe, especially in its creative force that’s vested itself inside me, with my life choice in being a writer and a story teller.

The part of the text of this section that strikes me most is that Miss Cameron’s process for recovery of creativity is like climbing a mountain– hence the very conical Mt. Fuji, or a snow-capped Mt. Mayon(?) at the cover the book. The Artist’s Way is a spiral path to the top, giving me a 360-degree of the vistas that my own Self and my World have to offer.Though I might encounter the same vistas during my ascent, the view changes with the heights I could reach later on.

And like any climb, it is fraught with frustrating slips and falls. It’s not going to be easy, warns Miss Cameron, and at times it could down-right painful. In her creativity classes she could have encountered resistance and defiance from students as they go through the process– the anger, the grief and the pain.

With the section titled as Spiritual Electricity, seems like I’m going through electroshock therapy for my artist id and ego.

Oh this is going to be so fun.

Diem’s Blog #3 About the Artist’s Way and the Author

When people ask me what I do, I usually answer, “I’m a writer-director and I teach these creativity workshops.”

This book is what I do. For a decade now, I have taught a spiritual workshop aimed at freeing people’s creativity

— JULIA CAMERON, From the Artist’s Way Introduction

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Lea Salonga: Etiquette for Theatergoers

Lea Salonga-Chien, the Filipina icon who paved the way for our talents’ renown on the global stage and music scene, laments the unruly and disrespectful behavior a student audience exhibited during a performance of Repertory Philippines’ production of “Little Women” last Saturday.

I wondered if the teachers or school advisers gave their kids a little lecture on basic theater etiquette. It seemed not. Or if that lecture was given, no one was listening.

— Lea Salonga-Chien, Singer-Actress.

In her latest piece in her Inquirer column “Backstory”, Ma’m Lea relates the insufferable experience and shares some basic theater etiquette, which applies to watching movies too.

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Diem’s Blog #2 Open a Book, open a Path

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”

• Confucius

I didn’t mope on my problem of being emotionally exhausted and spiritually discouraged by my chosen vocation. Instead, I spent quality time with my family which would often cheer me up, or at least distract me from facing an issue that I felt I was either helpless or clueless to solve.

On a sudden shopping trip with my girlfriend last Saturday, I went to my favorite bargain sale bookstore that never failed me in offering a treasure-tome about Writing or Filmmaking.

There I found something that a part of me, the Optimist part, would like to think as God-send to my present predicament.

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Diem’s Blog #1: Crossing a Bridge

“Bridges symbolize coming to an emotional junction… also symbols of compromise, trying to heal some differences.”

• Dream Dictionary, unclesirbobby.org.uk

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