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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.
 


"The tools of this book are rigorous, albeit playful. They require commitment and engagement."

Julia Cameron, Vein of Gold, Part 4

It is, of course, my hope, that you will choose to work -- and play -- with these tools. If you do, you will reclaim your keys to the creative gifts locked within you. You will discover that the keys have been yours all along. This means, of course, that it is not my place to name you an artist. Such power would be lovely, but it does not reside with me. You are the one who must name yourself. You are the one who must seek -- and claim -- your creative destiny. No one can do that for you, but you can do it for yourself.

"This doesnít make sense. Itís not productive. This is like kindergarten. What does all of this craft have to do with art?"

These whispered doubts are like the trolls who hide under the bridge in fairy tales so that the traveler is afraid to pass.

"Where is this getting me? This is a waste of my valuable time!" the skeptic will protest when presented with a spiritual tool such as walking. "I just donít get this!"

This is not a book that can be "gotten" by reading it. This book cannot be read and evaluated any more than India or Bangkok or Jerusalem can be experienced without going there. A travel book is a travel book. I am asking you to take the journey instead. The tools of this book are rigorous, albeit playful. They require commitment and engagement. In other words, this is not a book of creative theories. It is a book of creative practices. Again, these tools cannot be read and evaluated, they must be worked.

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