Week 2 of The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron focuses on the idea of having enough.
(As I mentioned last week, I’m doing a 12-week Artist’s Way course on prosperity. Catch up on Week 1.)
Cameron starts off the chapter by stating, “The opposite of prosperity is not poverty. It is anxiety.”
If this were Stuff You Should Know, this statement would be the fact of the podcast. And for me, if I’m not hitting that magic number in my bank account, I quickly slip into a state of anxiety.
It’s just part of my deal.
This chapter made me wonder if anxiety didn’t actually have to be part of my deal. So to yank out of anxiety, Cameron offers a few exercises, including to list twenty-five things you absolutely love.
- Following a TV series
- Yoga calm
- Road trips
- … and the list continued
Surprisingly, many of the items on my list were easy to achieve. I bought myself some tulips and lit a few candles, revisited my bursting-at-the-seams iPhoto library, put air in the basketball, caught up on House of Cards, and when Christophe suggested heading to the Badlands for a little road trip to see the famous Albertosaurus, well…
If the opposite of prosperity is anxiety, then I suppose the opposite of anxiety should be prosperity, which is a weird idea. I think the opposite of anxiety is having fun, and that was just what I was doing when focusing on my list… except when I saw that snake sign. Then I was back to anxiety.
Then there is the Counting, which is not fun.
In this course we must write down all the money that goes in and all the money that goes out. Cameron calls this Counting. What a pain, but two weeks in I was getting the hang of it. I noticed that I’m doing alright, financial speaking, certainly better than my anxiousness believes. And on one day I was up by thousands.
Ya, because last autumn I had to pull out of a few investments simply because I don’t live in that province anymore. They said it would take time to get the money into my account so I put it on the back burner of my mind. But there in Week 2 of this course, the money was deposited into my account.
And I did indeed feel prosperous.
Even though it was my money in the first place. Even though it was due to come back to me. It still felt like a magical surprise.
A friend of mine who started the course at the same time as me landed a new job by Week 2, significantly increasing her income and benefits.
So I wonder about the magic behind doing this course.
The last time I did an Artist’s Way course I ended up leaving corporate life in California for an artistic life in Paris. I went from single to married, from zero free time to loads of free time. So I can’t help but wonder what might shift as I do this new Artist’s Way course.
I guess we’ll find out together. Just like last time.
If you’ve had any interesting experiences with the course, share with the class in the Comments below.