103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2003
As a professional writer and workshop leader who has lived by her words and her wit for twenty-five years, I approached this book with some degree of skepticism. (In the past, I found Cameron's books interesting, but not relevant to my concerns.)
Walking in this World, not only touched my spirit, it sparked my desire to write again after winning a book award left me termporarily burned out and off kilter.
Cameron's sections on how to overcome the internal and outside perils of success are sensitive and practical. I especially liked how she drew on examples from her own life and the lives of professional writers, musicians and artists to illustrate her points.
The most important thing I carried away from this book was the confirmation that there's nothing wrong with being versatile and multi-talented. Building a career, making a name in one genre or art form isn't the only option. If I'm called to write a novel or take up visual art, I can choose to do it and I'm not a quitter or crazy no matter what my upbringing or my agent say. I needed to hear that.
Art, music and writing schools don't teach this material. They should.
74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2006
Get this book if you are STUCK. Or even if you just need something new to inspire you in the wee hours... For me, it was like a tonic after a long period of not feeling very creative. After reading only the first few chapters, I realized that I WAS feeling creative, but I had definitely stifled my impulses. I read The Artist's Way years ago and loved it, but "poo-poohed" the morning pages (oh no! more work! who needs that! yuk...). Then, after reading the first chapter of Cameron's sequel, I got up one morning and sat, practically pouting in my pajamas with pen in hand. "Ha!" I thought, "I still won't have anything to say!" And then the stuff started pouring out in my scrawls. Then, toward the end of my three pages, I was using ALL CAPS to express repressed wishes and hopes. That same day I began to take action out of the energy and innate confidence, and believe it or not, things began to "happen." I continue to find the book very motivating in this very way...it makes me want to get on with things and stop hesitating. There is a bit of magic in doing what she proposes that is something that you won't be able to explain. And, this book is not only for artists--it is for anyone who wants to move forward. She emphasizes what we all know but may have forgotten...that the big begins with the small.
58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2003
For those who are new to the creative life or who need to get unblocked pronto, The Artist's Way is still the ultimate companion and guide. For those entrenched in the creative life, this mature sequel is excellent. Even those of us who seem to have creative careers can easily start spinning our wheels, getting stale, etc. That's where I was at when I started this book. I did the Artist's Way a couple of times and it was very helpful. The first sequel, The Vein of Gold, was fun to read but I didn't resonate with the exercises and examples. In Walking in this World, I feel that every chapter is a refreshing wake-up call of a different sort. Julia Cameron truly understands every nuance of the creative life. The tasks are simple, fun, but very revealing. I am mid-way through the course and already have found a renewed sense of energy and optimism, a very welcome respite during this horrible war with Iraq. The arts are and always will be important, for they define a culture. Without the arts and creative expression, we have no civilization. Thank you, Julia, for helping so many of us make this a more positive world through the creative arts.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2002
I am loving this book. I've "done" the Artist's Way several times, and each time I feel like I want to continue the journey. Finally, along comes the sequel, and so far so good. It has the same general feel as The Artist's Way, but with the benefit of more years teaching the principles. This is my favorite Julia Cameron title since The Right to Write. She has added many new exercises, and another basic task in addition to the Morning Pages and the Artist's Date. Overall, I'm finding this book is having a profound impact on my creative life, and I'm so glad to have another 12 weeks of Artist's Way experience. Highly recommended for everyone who loved The Artist's Way, and wants to continue the journey.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2002
Once again Julia Cameron has written a book that will inspire and comfort anyone in pursuit of a dream, creative or not.
I say that because I know that her books are often targetted to artists, however, I find them just as useful for anyone undertaking a new endeavor, for instance, an entreprenuer would greatly appreciate what she has to say about perserverance and moving forward despite fear or obstacles.
The book is broken into weekly 'sessions' which each have a focus or theme. In each section are guided excercises meant to help you explore the idea and used in conjunction with her famous 'Morning Pages' the book can be a great service to helping one focus and get to work on accomplishing a goal.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2006
One in the Artist's Way franchise, Cameron continues bolstering artists and their recovery through her frank descriptions of creative phases and her prescriptions of activity to work one's way through. these are the pages that bolstered me through the artescape year. it took me 12 months or more to wade through the 12 weeks of her walk, but to take one's time with this material is allowed. i continue to hold julia cameron in high regard--grateful for her work, her confessional nature, her experience with recovery, her commitment to allowing a great creator to work though her. i particularly like the words of other great creatives, celebrated in the margins of her own work through the decorative use of quotes. i found the chapter on dignity, the last chapter, to be particularly poignant--learning that all artists share a glass mountain phase of their creativity. learning i am not alone in my weird ways of hiding and fearing the "real" world when i come down off my creative highs. cameron's books are like candy to me--constant companions who keep me connected to a legacy of creativity. i am grateful for her anecdotes, her name dropping, her truth-telling. i receive tremendous benefit from my 10 year old morning pages habit--and have added artist dates and walks without adhering to them with any religiosity. i recognize, if taken as prescribed, these antidotes to depression would bolster me more equally throughout my days. i am honored to be a loyal reader of cameron's work--admiring the voice i hear on the page, claiming kinship with the author through how she echoes (or is it i who echoes her?) my own inspirational sentiment. i think it's hard to be an artist--and even harder not to be one. i am grateful for the accompaniment of cameron's artists' ways and walks.
94 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2002
First a caveat: I did not finish the book. So anyone who did and dismisses this critique may well be right to for that reason alone. Still, I have read several other Cameron books to the end, and I feel confident stating that most of her points in this book are simply reworked albeit very poetic descriptions of the ones in her books on living the writing life.
Those who have already incorporated such techniques as the Morning Pages, Artists' Dates, etc. into their life and found them to be beneficial, do not really need to read this new book, unless it is simply to enjoy Cameron's writing style, (though it's not for everybody). Those who are die hard atheists or agnostics may find her ideas about God hard to bypass in order to consider the others. Those who believe that the craft of writing is like any other craft, requiring serious effort AND innate talent in order to consistently do it well, may be insulted by Cameron's belief that virtually everyone can write well given time alone.
Anyway. Read the first chapter, and if it sounds familiar, put the book back on the shelf. If it sounds intriguing, by all means give it a try.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2006
I read and completed the exercises in THE ARTIST WAY about ten years ago--and it changed my life. I'm an admitted self-help junkie, but Julia Cameron goes way, way beyond the typical self-help hype. Her words resonate like a tuning fork against my sternum.
I read WALKING IN THIS WORLD curled up in a hotel room on a business trip and each night I would read her words and know that this was exactly what I needed, and at the time in my life when I was ready for the next leg of my journey. As a woman, an artist, and a writer, continuing to find my creativity is vital and Julia Cameron delivers yet again.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2003
This is an excellent, matured addition to the path of the Artist's Way. I'm using it extensively and have started a Yahoo group for people who are on this path. Come join us ...It really is a nice book, and is available for a good price , even though it's still hardcover! Grab it and get started, you won't regret it. Even if you haven't done The Artis't Way yet, you can start this one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
Walking In This World, the second in The Artist's Way Trilogy by creativity prophet Julia Cameron, brings more of her signature inspiration and activities focused on unblocking artists of all mediums: painters, writers, sculptors, musicians, and actors. Based in Cameron's philosophy that creativity is a divine and spiritual practice, the practitioner of the techniques in Walking In This World begins to see how creativity is inherent and healing. Humans, if created in the image of God (referred to by Cameron as The Great Creator), are obligated themselves to tap into a higher consciousness and bring about their own creations in service of others.
While The Artist's Way is strongly tailored toward beginners, those whose desires to be creative have somehow eluded them perhaps for years, this second installment assumes that the reader has achieved some level of creative practice. Although the artist has most likely not made a career of his or her art at this point, anyone attempting these exercises should be somewhat established in their own practice of their form of art. Cameron presents essays and exercises dealing with expanding creative horizons, identifying your own identity, evaluating your origins as an artist, and finding ways to use emotions such as anger as fuel for driving your creativity forward.
Taking a bolder, more direct approach in Walking In This World, Cameron deals plainly and bluntly with those individuals the artist may encounter along the way who will attempt to latch onto the budding artist, may not understand the creative personality, or may even attempt to sabotage certain creative endeavors. While still uplifting and motivational, Walking In This World explores the darker side of a life within the arts. Additionally, Cameron tackles topics of creative exhaustion, road blocks along the way, and how to experience resiliency from such negative experiences as worry, fear, restlessness, insecurity, self-pity, and doubt of one's own abilities. These essays are particularly powerful, and the tasks that accompany the essays are groundbreaking in their assistance in dealing with these difficult times.
Cameron is committed to her idea that creativity and art is a community event, and as was the case in The Artist's Way, she makes sound recommendations as to the types of people to both seek out and avoid when making a commitment to creativity. She refers to these people as "before, during, and after friends," and she explains how to balance receiving support while at the same time giving support to other budding artists whether they be in need of encouragement, praise, or a reality check.
In Walking In This World, Cameron daringly touches upon topics that could easily fall into the realm of the metaphysical. Those uncomfortable with teachings of higher consciousness, God, angels, psychics, and spirit guides may have some difficult accepting Cameron's premises. While not so direct in her explanation of these concepts and their influence on art, anyone familiar with the metaphysical sciences will recognize those elements here.