On the Chama River
The ‘Sacred Circle Rules’ from The Artist’s Way (p.210):
Creativity flourishes in a place of safety and acceptance.
Creativity grows among friends, withers among enemies.
All creative ideas are children who deserve our protection.
All creative success requires creative failure.
Fulfilling our creativity is a sacred trust.
Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t make assumptions - Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always do your best - Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Violating someone’s creativity violates a sacred trust.
Creative feedback must support the creative child, never shame it.
Creative feedback must build on strengths never focus on weaknesses.
Success occurs in clusters and is born in generosity.
The good of another can never block our own.