Monday Morning Pages: Vulnerability & Art

by Rebecca A. Watson on March 24, 2014

in Art, Monday Morning Pages

Yesterday’s post is by far the most popular thing I’ve written on this blog. I’m both happy about that and completely weirded out. There are a lot of people looking at photos of me with no makeup, taken just a few minutes after I’ve woken up.

Last year when I took the series of photos, I wrote this:

When you think about it, I’m exposing myself at a time when I just woke up. I’m being pretty vunerable. I guess I’m OK with it because I just want to have something keeping me going.

As I was reading through this week in 2012, I came across this:

You are a brilliant, beautiful person. You must share that with the world, which means sharing your agony — baring your soul. In a beautiful way. In your art.

I guess that post does just that, and part of my goal in sharing my morning pages was to write like no one was reading, which is sort of a backwards way of being vulnerable. I write what I really mean and pretend no one is reading it. That’s kinda like baring my soul, right?

Last night I did a Tarot reading concerning my creativity and projects I have going on right now. One of the cards I pulled was the Four of Pentacles, reversed.

4 pentacles
The book I consult had this to say (among other things) about this: “At last you can open up to others, having been fearful for so long.”

Well then.

I’m not quite sure what to make of all this, but I do know that the Universe favors the truth. And that the body likes to speak in harmony with the mind.

A story is always better when there’s heart, honesty and grit involved. No one’s interested in hearing about a perfect weekend.

So, perhaps I’ll be getting a little more personal in the future? We’ll see. I’m just going to let my heart guide me. It hasn’t steered me wrong since I started really listening to it.

What about you? Do you allow yourself to be vulnerable in anything you do — your art, in friendships? How does that affect you?

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Nameless Here March 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

You just reminded me to do my own reading. Cards have been sitting in front of me for days. What deck is this? I collect decks, but use only two of them.
I don’t get vulnerable often. Maybe my art is how I let go of that. I am very stoic apparently. (so I have been told) Although I wear my honesty on my sleeve. I don’t hide a lot of my past, I just don’t reveal my emotions much.


Rebecca A. Watson March 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Love Tarot readings. This deck is the Druid Tarot deck. It’s so beautiful, I think. And more my style than some of the other decks I’ve found. Yeah I think I’m the same way as you: honest, sometimes to a fault about what I think, but never revealing how I feel about the whole thing. Time to try something new perhaps?


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