Monday, May 7, 2012

Books which have helped me Follow My Bliss

In preparing to teach my Follow Your Bliss class at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, I prepared a list of books I've found helpful to me as I've worked to do exactly what I feel led to do in the world and to make a living doing it.  I thought it might be a good thing to share.  I'm sure there are many other books I could include, but this is all I have in the studio right now!

Freeing the Creative Spirit: Drawing on the Power of Art to Tap the Magic and Wisdom Within by Adriana Diaz
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron
I Could Do Anything if I only knew what it was by Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith
The Purpose of Your Life Experiential Guide: The Proven Program to Help You Find Your Reason for Being by Carol Adrienne
Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch
Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions of Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Writing down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
True Work: The Sacred Dimension of Earning a Living by Justine Willis Toms and Michael Toms
Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting commitment to your Creativity by Ian Phillips
Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff

Two others a friend just recommended:
Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood by Marsha Sinetar
Also What Color is Your Parachute?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Susan,

    I just want to say thanks for this list. Through Amazon/Kindle, I was able to download free chapters of some of the titles I found interesting. I'll easily be able to purchase the full book when I narrow down my choices. High on the list so far is Free Play and Creative Visualization. Thanks again for sharing!