Julia Cameron writes that “we are meant to midwife dreams for one another.” 1 Getting creative support, having a “protective ring“, 2 or circle, is often “the difference between success and failure, between hope and despair.” 3 She outlines the following principles for such a circle: 4
- 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.
- 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.
1 Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self, p. 205.
2 Ibid., p. 206.
3 Ibid., p. 207.
4 Ibid., pp. 210–211.