Luxury Spending for Creatives

by Barbara Martin

in How to Tips

In good times as well as in bad, our beliefs about money can restrain our creativity. Do you, like many creative types, feel it is inevitable to be struggling and broke because we want to be an artist, actor, writer, musician, fill in the blank instead of working at a “real” job? Do you think God/Source/Spirit/the Universe wants you to be this way?

In the her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron asks us to reexamine our relationship with money, and says: “When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

Develop the Feeling of Abundance
Week six of the Artist’s Way program is all about money, both spending it and earning it. Cameron points out that for the “artistically anorectic – yearning to be creative and refusing to feed that hunger in ourselves so we become more and more focused on our deprivation—a little authentic luxury can go a long way… Because art is born in expansion, in a belief in sufficient supply, it is critical that we pamper ourselves for the sense of abundance it brings to us.”

Self-Care is Critical
This idea of pampering may sound self-indulgent, but the basis of her contention is that self-care is the bedrock requirement for empowering ourselves to make choices – such as choosing to support our creativity. In this sense, pampering or luxury does not necessarily mean the trappings we typically associate with monetary wealth such as the penthouse or the private jet.

The Luxury of Time and Energy
Instead, recognize that there are many kinds of luxury in life, including the luxuries of time and mental space. (Week 5 of The Artist’s Way program highlights that all too necessary and often begrudged downtime for creative people, that precious time for doing nothing and recharging your creativity.)

Private Luxuries for You Alone
There are many potential small, private joys in daily life. Think about what makes you happy day to day, small but significant pleasures to feed your soul. Cameron mentions such diverse small luxuries as the daily handful of fresh raspberries, the weekly music purchase, a new box of deluxe crayons.

The idea here is to spoil yourself in small but important ways that lead you to remember that there is abundance in the world, so that you can imagine yourself having luxury in your life, so that as we “acknowledge and invite what feels luxurious to us, we may indeed trigger an increased flow.”

Play Leads to Art
Once you regularly indulge yourself with the time to create, the space to create, and a few especially meaningful treats that are yours and yours alone (the raspberries, the crayons, the new music, a new journal) then you are able to begin exploring that wonderful paradox where creativity lives: “serious art is born from serious play.”

How do You Pamper Yourself?
Do you allow yourself these types of small pleasures? Or do you routinely and automatically choose to deprive yourself? Food for thought or your Morning Pages: Sometimes we might choose to deprive ourselves as an excuse to avoid being creative.

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