Overcoming Fear

Jealousy is a Trap and Map

Me Ra Koh

As I work on a special blog post for tomorrow (Post #1000!!!), I thought I’d share my morning reading with you from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, explain how jealousy is a trap but also a map.  Today’s passage is the perfect dose of vitamins for creative nourishment!

“Jealousy is a map.  Each of our jealousy maps differs.  Each of us will probably be surprised by some of the things we discover on our own.  Jealousy is always a mask for fear:  fear that we aren’t able to get what we want;  frustration that somebody else seems to be getting what is rightfully ours even if we are too frightened to reach for it.  At its root, jealous is a stingy emotion.  It doesn’t allow for the abundance and multiplicity of the universe.  Jealousy tells us there is room for only one–one poet, one painter, (one photographer), one whatever you dream of being.  The truth, revealed by action in the direction of our dreams, is that there is room for all of us.”

The last sentence got me.

“The truth, revealed by action in the direction of our dreams…”.

Jealousy is a trap. We all know it. To get out from under jealousy, to be able to breathe deeply and feel your creative self expand, action in the direction of YOUR dream is needed.  Action…

What is one small action you can make today to help you stand against the the trap of jealousy while bringing you a step closer to your dream?




  1. Tacey says:

    Amen. Well said, and just at the time too. Thank you Me Ra. <3

  2. Aw, such a great post. I soooo love Julia Cameron….. I am re-reading The Artist’s Way yet again and STILL find something new every time I do. My copy is so dog-eared and highlighted!!

  3. Love this book! Great passage! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Jen says:

    right on time, cause of course part of my “audio reading” today….was on overcoming COMPARISONS…and really being thankful that God made us special in Him. ALL OF US have a place here.

  5. becky says:

    thank you deeply!

  6. Natalie Johnson says:

    Love this, and very timely! The last sentence hit me too! Action in spite of fear! What a special photo of you and your dad on Friday’s blog. It is a mini Pascaline, and I see Blaze in that photo too. Sorry, Brian, the kids got mom’s genes, haha hugs to you!

  7. Juanita says:

    A quote I got in my inbox this morning goes perfectly with this and that last sentence

    “Action expresses priorities.”
    – Mohandas Gandhi

    As always, thanks for sharing…can’t wait for your special 1000th post! Wow!

  8. So great and freeing!

  9. ali anderson says:

    one small action i can take is to tune out of all the online “chatter” for awhile so i can take a breath, take stock of my plans, and focus on my own art; no one else’s.

  10. jeramy says:

    good stuff lady. hope all is well.

  11. Tammy Snyder says:

    Oh wow! So, so needed to hear this tonight for several different reasons. I need to begin “The Artist’s Way”. It seems every time I begin the introduction, life takes a turn and takes my time away. I MUST push through and begin so I can move forward in this endeavor.

  12. denise karis says:

    i love you and your FABULOUS blog posts!!! Thank you so so much xoxoxoxo

  13. outlook 2010 says:

    With the release of Roman Holiday, changed from day to day shy of a rose pink, light projectors. Soon there was love, Mei Efei, famous Hollywood director, actor and writer. She admired the talent of the man, I hope that man can make your career more successful. He attended his wedding. Cartier bracelet and sent it as a gift. Meir infidels, breaking the desire of his heart to love over the years than ever. She was divorced and then married, divorced and then, one after the other man, his life, turning around, near and far. In 40 years, always accompanied by his hand, Cartier bracelet.