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Excerpted from The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart by Julia Cameron. Copyright 1996 by Julia Cameron. Excerpted by permission of Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.
 


"As we travel further and further into our own interiors, we will be taking the dross of our lives -- the disappointments, wounds, and burdens -- and we will make them into gold through the power of creativity."

Julia Cameron, Vein of Gold, Part 2

After all these years, I still find it exciting to catch a glimpse of gold. Finding our gold and mining it is what this book is about. Through alignment with this vein of gold, we are able to manifest our lives in a richer way. It is, however, less a matter of productivity than a matter of alchemy. Alchemy is a process of transformation.

At its essence, art is an alchemical process. By practicing art, by living artfully, we realize our vein of gold. What I refer to as "the vein of gold," Egyptians referred to as "the golden ray." It is the individual, indisputable, indestructible connection to the divine.

The vein of gold in every life is located in the heart of that life. The heart is the origin of creative impulses. If that heart has been wounded, it must be healed for our vein of gold to flow freely. That is why this book must be a pilgrimage of healing, a journey home to the self. As we travel further and further into our own interiors, we will be taking the dross of our lives -- the disappointments, wounds, and burdens -- and we will make them into gold through the power of creativity. All of our lives are already golden -- in potential -- if we are willing to do the necessary work of transformation.

The Artist's Way was a book of reunion and discovery: "Ah-hah! I do have inside me an artist, an inner youngster, who had been lost to me!" That artist self, the Creative Child, or Divine Child as it is called in spiritual tradition, had been stolen away. The recovery of that inner artist, like the recovery of a kidnapped, lost, or missing child, was a cause for great celebration. "I've got you back! I can barely believe it! Think of all the wonderful things we will be able to do together..." Those were heady and lovely feelings. This book is about putting those feelings into action.

If The Artist's Way was a book of discovery and reunion, The Vein of Gold is a book of healing and rehabilitation. "I've found you, but you've been beaten, battered, starved, malnourished, neglected, discounted, and disowned. I must restore you to health so we can have our adventures..."

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