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Julia Cameron

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About the Author

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than three decades. She is the author of more than thirty books, including such bestselling works on the creative process as The Artist’s WayWalking in This World, and Finding Water. Also a novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television, including an episode of Miami Vice, which featured Miles Davis, and Elvis and the Beauty Queen, which starred Don Johnson. She was a writer on such movies as Taxi DriverNew York, New York, and The Last Waltz. She wrote, produced, and directed the award-winning independent feature film God’s Will, which premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was selected by the London Film Festival, the Munich International Film Festival, and the Women in Film Festival, among others. In addition to making films, Cameron has taught film at such diverse places as Chicago Filmmakers, Northwestern University, and Columbia College. She is also an award-winning playwright, whose work has appeared on such well-known stages as the McCarter Theater at Princeton University and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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An Interview with Julia Cameron

What led you to write Faith and Will?

Faith and Will sprang from my personal experience with passing through a dark spiritual time.

Who would benefit most from reading your book? Who did you have in mind when you began writing it?

Faith and Will is aimed at the same readership as The Artist’s Way. The book is for spiritual seekers in all walks of life.

At the beginning of your book, you mention that you discovered you had “misplaced your faith.” Recognizing that this is a common experience, how would you advise those who are also experiencing similar feelings of loss?

I believe that the "dark night of the soul" is a common spiritual experience. I believe, too, that the answer is continued seeking and perseverance. It helps to know that others have endured a loss of faith.

What practical advice would you give those who seek to reconnect with God, but don’t know where to begin?

I would steer people toward Morning Pages—three pages of longhand, morning writing that is strictly stream of consciousness. I believe this to be an effective form of prayer and meditation.

What has influenced or informed your own perception of and faith in God?

A tiny prayer book by Ernest Holmes, called Creative Ideas, has been seminal to my thought and belief.

How did you learn how to discern God’s will, and what suggestions do you have for those having difficulty following God’s will?

Three Artist’s Way tools have helped me in discerning God’s will. They are Morning Pages, Artist Dates, and Walks. I would recommend the practice of these three tools to anyone seeking knowledge of God’s will.

Your book is full of intimate stories about your close friends. What are some of the most important lessons about faith that you’ve learned from them?

I believe that I am very lucky to have close friends who are faithful. From my friends, I have learned the importance of perseverance.

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