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Transform Your Life One Morning at a Time

Julia Cameron’s classic practice is much more powerful if you choose the right God.

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Rise and Sort of Shine

Rise and Sort of Shine by Jesse Zhang

Every morning, as close to waking as possible, write three pages about absolutely anything. These single-sided pages are handwritten, and for your eyes only. I suggest using 8.5 x 11-inch paper—anything smaller, and you will crimp your thoughts. Please do write by hand—it is not the same when we write on a device, even though we may feel we can go “faster.” I am often asked whether this must be done before coffee. As a coffee lover myself, I would never get between someone and their morning Joe. I would say, though, do not spend 45 minutes brewing the perfect cup. Get to the pages as quickly as possible. The faster you begin writing, the greater the effect of the pages will be.  Do not show these pages to loved ones or well-meaning friends. These pages are private, completely free, and strictly stream-of-consciousness. They perform a type of spiritual chiropractic; they clear us for the day ahead. They are not meant to be “writing” or even journaling, where we are more likely to explore a single topic in a structured fashion. Writing Morning Pages clears the psychic debris standing bet …

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron is an artist and author of more than 40 books, including The Artist’s Way and It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again (Tarcher/Perigee) from which this piece was adapted.


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