Flush Your Psychic Sludge

An accumulation of daily bilge–worries, anger, resentment, self-loathing, and all the rest of it–can build up all too easily in our psyches. Here is a refreshing, novel way to flush it out. Interestingly enough, this technique is also a proven way to prime the pump of your creativity.

If you have ever longed for a more creative life, this simple step may be the key to getting started. Learn how to shed your psychic sludge and begin to live more creatively, here:

Cameron calls this technique Morning Pages.

Here is how it works. Every morning, take the time to sit down with paper and pen and write out anything that comes into your mind: your worries, your struggles, your boredom, your wondering why on earth this could possibly be of any help. No editing, no attempts at good spelling or grammar: all that matters is that you write three pages (at least–some of us need a lot more) of whatever is in the back (or the forefront) of your mind that keeps niggling away at you. Get it all out. If nothing comes to mind, write about the fact that you have nothing whatsoever to write about. Keep at it.

Soon, the accumulations of weeks, months, years will no longer be weighing you down with their energetic baggage. This is the key to setting it all aside so that you can be fresher, in the moment, open to possibility, and with a little clear space to foster creative ideas.

Try it. It really works.

Inspired by The Artistís Way, by Julia Cameron (Jeremy Tarcher, 2002). Join Cameron for her workshop at the Omega Institute, 9/15 - 9/17. For information go to www.eomega.org.

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Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

I love her book, but couldn't get beyond this page.....for now....still intending to

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog4 years ago

I'll definitely try this, can't wait actually - too much stuff running around in here and I haven't meditated in ages!

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie!

Michele Wilkinson

Interesting read.

Cheryl N.
Cheryl H.4 years ago

I tend to do this already, found it a great way to clear your mind on all levels, and a healthy way as well. Thanks for the article :]

Luke Keagy
Luke Keagy4 years ago

Ok, I'll try it!

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Lady Kaira
Lady Kaira4 years ago

very good article thank you

Janice P.
Janice P.5 years ago

I will give this a try. Since my mother's death, I have felt so heavily weighed down, that it is impairing my daily life. Perhaps this will help. If it does, I thank you.