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Title : The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart
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ISBN : 9780874778793
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart Reviews

  • Anne Ku
    2019-02-13 20:06

    I treated this book like the bible to open up my creativity once again. Years ago, nearly a decade ago, in London, I read The Artist's Way and religiously wrote my "morning pages" and followed the exercises.Now, having once again at another milestone in my life, I am forever grateful to discover this book among a collection of books for sale by an 86-year old retired artist who lives nearby. It was in pristine condition, and I begged to borrow it before she sold it. Every day, I sat down and wrote my "morning pages" and then read the book, against an invisible and imaginary deadline.Just a few months ago I suddenly consciously realised that I had lost my love for cooking. I stopped composing when I finished my 4-year study. Much to my chagrin, I had gone to conservatory precisely because I couldn't stop composing. I didn't look at the house I lived in as a home where the heart is but more like an obligation and I was the slave who owned it. I felt obliged to share the house instead of enjoying it alone. Today I am happy to report that I finished this wonderful book while waiting for two loaves of banana bread to finish baking. There was a time, in Houston, when I baked a loaf of bread every week. I am thus amazed --- that by freeing myself, deliberately trying NOT to be busy, so as to have time to read "The Vein of Gold " --- a title I first heard from my writing teacher, the prize winning novelist Ann de Graaf, as well as starting to write again. The Vein of Gold really is about freeing yourself and finding the creativity that lies within. As aptly subtitled: the vein of gold is a journey to your creative heart. Even a writer who has never known herself to be musical can finally compose a song -- "Avalon" music and lyrics by Julia Cameron. Perhaps a musician can finally write a novel.

  • RF
    2019-02-12 16:54

    Very inspiration - more like a workbook than a book. Creative ideas for exploring your creative heart... I found some great nuggets in this book. And plenty of inspiration.

  • Jean
    2019-02-03 14:01

    This book was a fascinating and enlightening one. It has many exercises and ideas to help a person bring out their inner creativity, in whatever their chosen field. It was also filled with famous or not so famous, but great quotes from well known people, about life, and their own searches for creatvity and expression. It's a book worth spending lots of time reading, and sadly, I didn't own it, so had to return it to the library. But I highly recommend it.

  • CharlotteWrenn
    2019-02-09 19:07

    Invaluable. Creativity is connected to Spirit is what I got from this book, which I thought I knew, haha. I go back over and over to this amazing book. Full of fabulous quotes and resources, too. Julia Cameron's exercises will change your life.

  • Cynthia Sillitoe
    2019-02-24 22:01

    While this has some excellent ideas, the program is not suitable for everyone. Part of it is taking long walks, building up to longer walks, and all this walking is supposed to be essential. Not only is it not feasible for me, but, as she goes on and on about the glory of the energy coming up from the ground and into your feet, I'm thinking "What if people don't have feet? What if they are paralyzed?" I guess this could be argued about The Artist's Way because some people have good excuses for not writing morning pages by if they have no hands? Ok, so I'm a literal thinker,'s been 15 years since I read this and I'm still irritated.

  • Lia
    2019-02-02 21:22

    This book was entirely worth it for the first few exercises. The ideas about the connection between walking and writing as well as the (rather intimidating) narrative timeline project both gave me more than I ever expected. I'm sure I'll come back to this book again and taste the next few exercises when the time is right.

  • Joni Fisher
    2019-01-27 19:58

    An astounding, eye-opening resource for writers, painters, and other creative types. This is like a field guide for artists on how to coax out their freshest, most unique concepts and to rein back the inner critic that hampers creativity in the early stages. I highly recommend this work.

  • Christine
    2019-02-17 15:08

    After working through The Artist's Way with a wonderful group of women, we decided to continue working together on Cameron's Vein of Gold. It's a project, but I'm setting aside time to work on the tasks and enjoy this spiritual journey.

  • Toby Neal
    2019-02-14 14:57

    Richer and deeper than Artist's Way. A fitting capstone.

  • Mary Rush
    2019-02-15 13:55

    This book is phenomenal. I read it when it first came out many years ago. I think many of us who read it at that time, had the same reaction to the beginning exercise of the "decades." We were still high on The Artist's Way. I don't think I'm alone that many of us never finished the book. I recently took it out of the library since I am now writing a book on creativity. It's a virtual feast of creativity wisdom and morsels... very tasty, even for a 5-minute inspirational pick-me-up at any time. Open to a random page. Read. It'll be the exact thing you needed at that very moment! I was sorry I had to return it to the library. I most likely will purchase it. I highly recommend it. Julia Cameron is the Queen of Creativity, hands down.

  • Sue
    2019-02-22 16:04

    This comes highly recommended by many, but I couldn't get into it at all. I like early morning writing and journaling, but no way can I manage three pages of longhand. I like walking, but not on my own, not for miles each day. The 'spiritual' side of this seems rather New Agey, and the writing rambles in a way that doesn't fit with my style or personality at all. After taking nearly three months to read just a handful of chapters, I tried dipping into it at random and couldn't find anything that was relevant or which I wanted to explore. So - unusually for me - I decided to give up on this book.

  • Rouzy
    2019-02-13 18:11

    I love some of her exercises of exploring and understanding yourself. I think i rewrote a few notes about the morning writing and daily walks, but other than that most of her advises i have already done and experienced. It was a reminder of all the things that i have completed in various stages of my life. Would recommend for new artists or those that have inspiration/creativity blocks.

  • Asel Narmanbetova
    2019-01-24 22:14

    Джулия Кэмерон стала для меня творческим наставником на расстоянии. Каждое слово, фраза или упражнение открывают новые, неизведанные области души. Советую всем, кто уже на половину выбрался из творческого тупика, но все еще нуждается в поддержке.

  • N.N. Light
    2019-02-02 13:58

    Are you a writer/artist looking for some inspiration? Look no further than this book. It continues where The Artist's Way leaves off and is more like a workshop than a book. I read this when it came out and I re-read it every year. Cameron lights the path to enlightenment and your creativity is just waiting to be unleashed.Disclaimer: I bought the paperback copy when it came out from a bookstore.My Rating: 5+ stars

  • Nastya Filchenko
    2019-01-29 16:58

    Немало эзотерики, но прочитать стоит всем, кто хочет раскрыться, успокоить свое эго и наконец посвятить себя тому, чего так долго хотелось.

  • Meghan
    2019-01-30 21:12

    Nice companion to The Artist's Way

  • Florence Lyon
    2019-01-31 17:20

    The Vein of Gold is a wonderful refresher of the tools and techniques used in The Artist's Way. It is a delightful, packed validation for embracing your creativity, nurturing your shy inner child. I admit I didn't do most of the exercises though but have bookmarked pages of sections that really spoke to me.

  • JoAnn
    2019-02-09 17:04

    I'm re reading again!!

  • Teri Temme
    2019-02-06 20:59

    Much like her book, "The Artist's Way" this one appeared just when I needed it. I love doing my Morning Pages and my 20 minutes walks everyday - I have found so many cool things in my new neighborhood just by taking that small time out of my day to explore. The exercises are quite extensive, but I think definitely worth the effort. If you crave more space in your life read one of her books and do the exercises. They work miracles :)

  • AggroFemme
    2019-02-19 14:00

    I didn't finish it, but it has a lot of neat introspective activities I'd like to try when I'm not busy with other stuff. I guess I'll hold off on rating it until I finish it. The morning pages thing is very productive, and I only did it once. Some of the other activities (something about scripting a not-too-detailed biography) kinda scare me, both because of what might come up and the time involved.

  • Elina
    2019-02-15 14:13

    Some good reminders and advise like walking daily, but like others have commented, it isn't nearly as good as The Artist's Way.The religious stuff seemed somehow more blatant in this one, and as an atheist, I really disliked that side of the book. With The Artist's Way I could more easily just skip in my mind all the talk about God.Also I think the book is less well constructed - too many quotes, and it seems like very long stream of consciousness.

  • Nick Duretta
    2019-02-15 15:04

    There are a lot of good ideas and constructive advice in here for "the artist in us all," but it comes across as something of a new-age smorgasborg that had me rolling my eyes more than once. Julia herself seems to have roamed all over the world as her muse has called her. Would that we all had that luxury!

  • Patricia Brooks
    2019-01-26 14:10

    Vein of Gold is another top-notch Julia book and I am thoroughly enjoying my reading of it and doing the tasks. It seems any of her work fits me and I stick with it too the end - and this is a big book, but I have no doubt I will finish it because it is well written and entices me to come back to it each night to take on another chapter or two and look for the new task of the day.

  • Orna Ross
    2019-01-27 20:01

    The best of Cameron's invitations to the creative way, I think, though less well known than The Artist's Way, I think the analysis here is deeper and the exercises more profoundly transforming. The lists of music movies etc at the end are worth the price. A New Age ambient cornucopia.

  • Amanda Patterson
    2019-02-06 22:16

    It's an interesting take on writing.I'm not really one for hugging trees and trying to find your voice.A lot of her advice eludes me.You can be taught to write better than you do. You can't be taught to find your voice.Writing is hard work. That's all.

  • kate
    2019-01-28 16:54

    in the process of reading, great quotes and I'm working with the ideas. I'm also reading the artist's way - I'm in a malignant environment write right rite now but the books have a lot of alternative approaches to that environment.

  • Hollybeth
    2019-01-26 18:04

    I recommend this to anyone looking to embrace and/or cultivate their creativity. Filled with inspiring quotes and suggestions for further readings and inspiration. For me it was a good follow-up to reading The Artist's Way.

  • Jackson
    2019-02-08 14:08

    Julia Cameron's books always take me several months to get through because the essays are so thoughtful and amazing that I need time to digest them. An excellent blend of creativity and spirituality.

  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    2019-01-29 16:56

    Cameron's books are very popular but I just didn't click with her technique. As someone who journals daily, having an additional assignment -- the morning pages -- was cumbersome. Her connection with the rich and famous was off-putting as well.

  • Carmen Turner
    2019-01-25 16:01

    I adore Julia Cameron, because she understands the angst and issues we artists face creatively, pyschologically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Nevertheless, she prods and prompts us to reach for our highest artistic goals.