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A 6-week Artist’s Way Program from legendary author Julia Cameron The newest book from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learnin A 6-week Artist’s Way Program from legendary author Julia Cameron The newest book from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our attention is heightened and we gain healing, insight, clarity. But above all, listening creates connections and ignites a creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives. Julia Cameron is the author of the explosively successful book The Artist’s Way, which has transformed the creative lives of millions of readers since it was first published. Incorporating tools from The Artist’s Way, The Listening Path offers a new method of creative and personal transformation. Each week, readers will be challenged to expand their ability to listen in a new way, beginning by listening to their environment and culminating in learning to listen to silence. These weekly practices open up a new world of connection and fulfillment. In a culture of bustle and constant sound, The Listening Path is a deeply necessary reminder of the power of truly hearing.


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A 6-week Artist’s Way Program from legendary author Julia Cameron The newest book from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learnin A 6-week Artist’s Way Program from legendary author Julia Cameron The newest book from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our attention is heightened and we gain healing, insight, clarity. But above all, listening creates connections and ignites a creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives. Julia Cameron is the author of the explosively successful book The Artist’s Way, which has transformed the creative lives of millions of readers since it was first published. Incorporating tools from The Artist’s Way, The Listening Path offers a new method of creative and personal transformation. Each week, readers will be challenged to expand their ability to listen in a new way, beginning by listening to their environment and culminating in learning to listen to silence. These weekly practices open up a new world of connection and fulfillment. In a culture of bustle and constant sound, The Listening Path is a deeply necessary reminder of the power of truly hearing.

30 review for The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention (An Artist's Way Book)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    I previously took a Listening class in university, and that course changed my life for the better. It helped me learn how to better myself in terms of communicating with others, helped me manage my emotions during conversations, and trained me to be a better, more open-minded listener to others. I feel that most of what I learned in that course was touched upon in this nonfiction, so I only gained a few bits of new insight from this book, but, for those who have never taken a Listening course an I previously took a Listening class in university, and that course changed my life for the better. It helped me learn how to better myself in terms of communicating with others, helped me manage my emotions during conversations, and trained me to be a better, more open-minded listener to others. I feel that most of what I learned in that course was touched upon in this nonfiction, so I only gained a few bits of new insight from this book, but, for those who have never taken a Listening course and want to take the steps towards being a better listener, this nonfiction lays out some helpful tools to better your Listening skills.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Author Julia Cameron's books on nurturing creativity have been a staple for decades and have indeed become a cottage industry. Rather than a "how to" on the arts, the books and other media in this series are more meditations on living life in a way that promotes artistic expression. Cameron's advice is mostly practical (writing in the morning at the same time everyday, taking daily walks, treating yourself to a new experience each week, etc.) While this newest book emphasizes listening and inclu Author Julia Cameron's books on nurturing creativity have been a staple for decades and have indeed become a cottage industry. Rather than a "how to" on the arts, the books and other media in this series are more meditations on living life in a way that promotes artistic expression. Cameron's advice is mostly practical (writing in the morning at the same time everyday, taking daily walks, treating yourself to a new experience each week, etc.) While this newest book emphasizes listening and includes some new anecdotes from Cameron's life, I don't know that fans need to purchase this new entry into the Artist's Way series. If you have read Cameron's other works, especially the seminal The Artist's Way, you are aware of much of the advice this book offers. Verdict: A potentially helpful read for those just discovering author Julia Cameron, but for others, pick this one up from your local public library. Full Disclosure--NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    da AL

    Julia Cameron’s 12-week manual, “The Artist’s Way: a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity,” is ultra groundbreaking to creatives of any ilk. Each non-fiction book Cameron has published since then reiterates much of her original teachings — but for me, the repetition often works. This newest text is a 6-week DIY course that emphasizes the value of listening to each other, our environment, and ourselves.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    At times a revisiting of similar concepts presented in Cameron’s The Artist Way, I did find new insights and added value by taking a new approach to deeper listening. I would recommend this book to anyone who is currently on a journey of growing present moment awareness to your environment, to the relationships present in your life, and finally to that quieter, inner voice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Goodlett

    Feels like this would have been better as a blog post or long article. There were some useful kernels of insight, but also a lot of filler. My personal favorite being several pages of phone calls as follows: “hello?” “Hello, I can’t hear you!” “Can you hear me?” “I can’t hear what you’re saying!” The third time that happened I just started laughing. Might be better in print form so you can work through each section like a journal, I listened to the audio so that might have added to the sense of r Feels like this would have been better as a blog post or long article. There were some useful kernels of insight, but also a lot of filler. My personal favorite being several pages of phone calls as follows: “hello?” “Hello, I can’t hear you!” “Can you hear me?” “I can’t hear what you’re saying!” The third time that happened I just started laughing. Might be better in print form so you can work through each section like a journal, I listened to the audio so that might have added to the sense of repetition. I have been trying to write the morning pages the author recommends and find it fun!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yashvi

    It talked a lot about how important listening is and the part it plays in all kinds of professions. The tiny interviews about listening were fascinating. I liked some of the tools she mentioned to tune into our listening - morning pages, artist dates, believing mirrors and creating silence. There were some tools I didn't entirely agree with. Either way, I think it has a little something for anyone lost and looking for creative direction. I found myself making a conscious effort to listen more. It talked a lot about how important listening is and the part it plays in all kinds of professions. The tiny interviews about listening were fascinating. I liked some of the tools she mentioned to tune into our listening - morning pages, artist dates, believing mirrors and creating silence. There were some tools I didn't entirely agree with. Either way, I think it has a little something for anyone lost and looking for creative direction. I found myself making a conscious effort to listen more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kassondra

    I'd like to thank Libro.fm for an Advanced Listeners Copy of this book. I was excited to listen to this book (not narrated by the author), for my overall goal this year is to be more creative. I did not read the other books in this series, but found that a lot of the instructions/daily meditations were repetitive to those I have read and heard before. Writing every morning, going for walks and other meditations, along with closing your eyes and listening to the familiar sounds around you to spar I'd like to thank Libro.fm for an Advanced Listeners Copy of this book. I was excited to listen to this book (not narrated by the author), for my overall goal this year is to be more creative. I did not read the other books in this series, but found that a lot of the instructions/daily meditations were repetitive to those I have read and heard before. Writing every morning, going for walks and other meditations, along with closing your eyes and listening to the familiar sounds around you to spark creativity, are all familiar tips. It was helpful, however, to listen to this book (it's only 5 hours, so it can be done quickly), and get a recharge.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/. TL;DR REVIEW: The Listening Path is a six-week approach to getting in touch with the world, yourself, and the beyond. It wasn’t for me — it was too “woo-woo” as she herself puts it — but it might be for you. For you if: You are spiritual and looking for creative inspiration. FULL REVIEW: First, a big thank you to Macmillan Audio and Libro.fm, who provided a complimentary copy of the audiobook of The Listening Path for review. They sent it on Ja All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/. TL;DR REVIEW: The Listening Path is a six-week approach to getting in touch with the world, yourself, and the beyond. It wasn’t for me — it was too “woo-woo” as she herself puts it — but it might be for you. For you if: You are spiritual and looking for creative inspiration. FULL REVIEW: First, a big thank you to Macmillan Audio and Libro.fm, who provided a complimentary copy of the audiobook of The Listening Path for review. They sent it on January 1, and I decided to give it a listen because it seemed like a great way to kick off the new year. The book builds on concepts that Julia Cameron describes in The Artist’s Way, her first (and very well-known) book in this category. She starts The Listening Path by essentially recapping that book, describing her practice of morning pages, artist’s dates, and intentional walks. I actually think I got the most value out of this book from this section, as I’ve decided to try using morning pages as a potential journaling habit. The rest of the book is broken into six weeks’ worth of direction. They are: listening to your environment; listening to others; listening to yourself; listening beyond the veil; listening to your (dead) heroes; and listening to silence. The first three are the longest, and the last three are quick to read. I ended up speeding through them because by that point, I knew this book was too out there for my taste, too “woo-woo” as she herself describes it. But there was only an hour or so left of the book, so I finished. Also, the chapters themselves also seem much longer than they need to be, with lots of repetitive and meandering stories about her dog and her friends and phone calls, etc. This book was not for me, but if you are a spiritual person, it could definitely be for you!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jinghay (these.blank.pages)

    RTC Rating: 2.5/5 ⭐

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Fisher

    Dunno. Normally adore Cameron's work ... but there is a lot of redundancy here with myriad interviews saying the same thing. Expected more. Some morsels of inspired wisdom, but too much of the same thing. Dunno. Normally adore Cameron's work ... but there is a lot of redundancy here with myriad interviews saying the same thing. Expected more. Some morsels of inspired wisdom, but too much of the same thing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Bradburn

    DNF at almost 45%. Good points and habit encouraged; I just couldn't currently enjoy the pedanticness + melodrama. DNF at almost 45%. Good points and habit encouraged; I just couldn't currently enjoy the pedanticness + melodrama.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I wanted to love this book: Julia Cameron has been an exceptional teacher to me for the last two decades. This book (I wonder if will be her last?) had a similar flavor to it, but I am hesitant to recommend it to people with as much energetic praise as her earlier titles. I appreciate the concept and importance of listening - but the content of the book is quite out of balance and it is difficult to get through the introduction and the first couple chapters - one of which is very heavily weighted I wanted to love this book: Julia Cameron has been an exceptional teacher to me for the last two decades. This book (I wonder if will be her last?) had a similar flavor to it, but I am hesitant to recommend it to people with as much energetic praise as her earlier titles. I appreciate the concept and importance of listening - but the content of the book is quite out of balance and it is difficult to get through the introduction and the first couple chapters - one of which is very heavily weighted to Julia's dog, Lily, and her doggy eccentricities. The final three chapters are a mere 8 pages each - and the introduction is 34 pages which felt mostly like they were convincing us to write morning pages using Cameron's signature prescription. Saying this, I have picked up the 3 pages longhand practice every day since I started reading the book about three weeks ago and I will continue. It is a helpful practice and while I have taught myself tricks to get through them and I ALWAYS review them later - I didn't need 34 pages to be reminded how valuable Julia Cameron's signature tools are to those of us who use them. It felt like Chapters 2 - 6 could have been edited differently to have a final page count of 18 pages (or fewer) each, the book may have worked better. Chapter 2, "Listening to others" has a lot of interesting stories and perspectives - but it is a lot of reading (48 pages!) and exercises (18!!!) the reader is supposed to do in Week 2? Chapter 1/Week 1 has Four exercises and 18 pages - even that is a heavy load to kick off a book (and that particular chapter has a lot of Lily.) I am considering inviting people in my Facebook Group to read this book with me - I still find much of the content valuable, but there is no way I would use the current chapters as chapters. I kept wondering - where was the editor in making these choices? My favorite book of Julia Cameron's is still "The Sound of Paper." I may give it another read after this one. Her work changed my life for the better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    What was this even about? This was a weird book. I can't really see what value there was in it. It's supposed to teach you how to be more creative and a better listener but did that happen? Were those topics even covered? The book is just full of vague fluff like "Go for walks" and "Go to concerts or do creative activities to get the ole creative juices flowing" and while those might be good things to do in general, it doesn't seem like insightful or detailed enough instruction to warrant a book What was this even about? This was a weird book. I can't really see what value there was in it. It's supposed to teach you how to be more creative and a better listener but did that happen? Were those topics even covered? The book is just full of vague fluff like "Go for walks" and "Go to concerts or do creative activities to get the ole creative juices flowing" and while those might be good things to do in general, it doesn't seem like insightful or detailed enough instruction to warrant a book. A lot of the writing was not to my taste. I know the author is very proud of being extremely prolific, and she mentioned many times what a great *volume* of work she has produced, and I can see why - most of the writing seemed almost content-less, just a stream of consciousness that includes lots (LOTS) of stories about her dog, and various friends she spends time talking to on her landline phone. It felt both extremely dated (which it shouldn't be) and completely irrelevant to anyone's life except the author's. She's a big proponent of stream of consciousness journaling and it seems like that is kind of what this book is. I don't really care about that time your dog barked a lot, and then you gave him a piece of salmon, and then he kind of stopped barking but still barked a little, and then you took a trip into town, and the road was muddy from the storm, and you had lunch with a friend, and they told a joke that made you laugh, and then you stopped at some store, and then you went home...... that doesn't belong in a book. It belongs in a journal that never sees the light of day because it's tremendously boring and self-centered (which is fine!! but don't publish it and pretend it's something else)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Saretsky

    Audible - released today. Julia Cameron please narrate your books - it is just wrong to listen to someone else reading your work. The newest book from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our atte Audible - released today. Julia Cameron please narrate your books - it is just wrong to listen to someone else reading your work. The newest book from beloved author Julia Cameron, The Listening Path is a transformational journey to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners—to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. The reward for learning to truly listen is immense. As we learn to listen, our attention is heightened and we gain healing, insight, clarity. But above all, listening creates connections and ignites a creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives. Julia Cameron is the author of the explosively successful book The Artist’s Way, which has transformed the creative lives of millions of readers since it was first published. Incorporating tools from The Artist’s Way, The Listening Path offers a new method of creative and personal transformation. Each week, readers will be challenged to expand their ability to listen in a new way, beginning by listening to their environment and culminating in learning to listen to silence. These weekly practices open up a new world of connection and fulfillment. In a culture of bustle and constant sound, The Listening Path is a deeply necessary reminder of the power of truly hearing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    PollyAnna Joy

    This is the first Julia Cameron book that I cannot say with absoluteness that I loved from beginning to end. Personally, I would omit Weeks #4 & #5, but that is just me and my own personal preference. The rest of THE LISTENING PATH is typically Julia Cameron greatness. What makes her book so powerful is that I find myself listening--to all of the sounds around me, but especially to the people--what they literally say with their words as well as what they say with their body language. It is inter This is the first Julia Cameron book that I cannot say with absoluteness that I loved from beginning to end. Personally, I would omit Weeks #4 & #5, but that is just me and my own personal preference. The rest of THE LISTENING PATH is typically Julia Cameron greatness. What makes her book so powerful is that I find myself listening--to all of the sounds around me, but especially to the people--what they literally say with their words as well as what they say with their body language. It is interesting how little we truly listen. As Julia discusses, we are often so busy thinking of how we're going to respond or what comes next that we don't really LISTEN. I like listening. I have even managed to keep my tv off for several mornings rather than turning it on before I am even fully awake. I am trying to listen more to all things around me. As I am listening more, I am finding that I love the sounds I am hearing as well as those I'm not. As usual, Thank you, Julia.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diane Dachota

    Not my favorite of Cameron's books on creativity, but like always she has some interesting things to say and a beautiful mastery of language. This book is about where and how we put our attention and the voices we listen to which can either help us or hurt us. Each chapter is devoted to a different type of listening such as listening to your environment, listening to yourself and listening to your heroes. Cameron also doubles back on her timeless advice on writing morning pages, taking yourself Not my favorite of Cameron's books on creativity, but like always she has some interesting things to say and a beautiful mastery of language. This book is about where and how we put our attention and the voices we listen to which can either help us or hurt us. Each chapter is devoted to a different type of listening such as listening to your environment, listening to yourself and listening to your heroes. Cameron also doubles back on her timeless advice on writing morning pages, taking yourself on artist dates and taking walks. I especially enjoyed her idea of finding "believing mirrors" which are people who will support you and give you positive feedback and suggestions. Writers in particular receive a lot of critiques, but often we need someone who can believe in us. If you are a first time reader of Cameron, I would recommend The Artists Way, but each of her books has something to offer.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Blasberg

    This is a manual for paying attention. A companion book to the Artist's Way, which I really love, The Listening Path describes a six-week program that takes you to higher and higher levels of awareness. From listening to the world around us, to listening to our partners and friends, to listening to ourselves and our higher selves and on and on, this book affirms my desire for quiet in this crazy world and to seek environments where it is truly possible to listen. The book is written for artists, This is a manual for paying attention. A companion book to the Artist's Way, which I really love, The Listening Path describes a six-week program that takes you to higher and higher levels of awareness. From listening to the world around us, to listening to our partners and friends, to listening to ourselves and our higher selves and on and on, this book affirms my desire for quiet in this crazy world and to seek environments where it is truly possible to listen. The book is written for artists, but is important for anyone who wants to become a better conversationalist and a better person.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I loved Julia’s book The Artist’s Way and decided I might also enjoy The Listening Path. While there are some good insights in this book, the first hour and half of the audio book seemed to be a recap of The Artist’s Way. I could have also done without all the parts about her dog and her bougie salmon treats (thus the 3-stars)On the positive side, it did motivate me to start writing morning pages again and to be more tuned in to the sounds around me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trista

    I vacillated between 3 & 4 stars. I appreciate that this book got me to more mindfully listen, but I found the anecdotes kind of annoying. The style of writing was kind of plodding. It did, however, make me appreciate my friendships more and actively seek out connecting with them and being present in our conversations. It also got me doing my Morning Pages again and walking. Artist dates will be next! So there was value in reading this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica C Writes

    This was a decent read. It felt a little repetitive at times and some of the "tips" were things I don't agree with, or they were just common sense. I think listening is a super important skill, whether it's listening to yourself or to others, so if you want to learn more about the art of being present and focusing, this is helpful! This was a decent read. It felt a little repetitive at times and some of the "tips" were things I don't agree with, or they were just common sense. I think listening is a super important skill, whether it's listening to yourself or to others, so if you want to learn more about the art of being present and focusing, this is helpful!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    I am an amateur birder and nature photographer and I have learned to listen as way of heightening my powers of observation. In that sense, Cameron was preaching to the choir. However, as someone who knew of Cameron but had not read her books, I have to admit that I found the idea of the morning pages, the artist dates, and the walks very appealing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Some good reminders about just how important morning pages, the artist date and daily walks are. but it felt like most of the book was about Lily, the author’s pup.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Davis Ramon

    I appreciate the reminder to listen. Much of this pool is similar to reading Julia’s morning pages. Still, it serves as a welcome reminder to be mindful and take time within the moment.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Haynie

    This book was part of the Libro FM ALC program. It is about listening not only to others but to your self and your surroundings. It made me think but it was just okay.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jess Macallan

    4.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marie Gerken

    Read this book with a small group of writers. The book is a short extension of Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. It offers some good ideas for discussion while on the creative journey.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ~☆~Autumn♥♥

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marianna Fierro

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hughes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terri

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