A.R.T.S. Literature 

Steven Spielberg

The dream is something you never knew was going to

come into your life.

When you have a dream, it doesn’t come at you screaming in your face’

It doesn’t come at you right between your eyes.

It sneaks up on you from behind.

Sometimes a dream almost whispers.

This is: “who you are.”

This is what you must be for the rest of your life.

The hardest thing to listen to are your instincts.

Your human personal intuition always whispers.

It never shouts,

So you have to listen every day of your life.

Be ready to hear what whispers in your ear.

It very rarely shouts.

And if you can listen to the whisper,

And if it tickles your heart,

And it is something you think you want to do for the rest of your life,

Then that is going to be what you do for the rest of your life.

 And we will benefit from everything you do.

Thank you very much.


Literature is the backbone of A.R.T.S. Anonymous.       Below are excerpts from A.R.T.S. Literature.

Free Beginners Meeting Kit

Set of laminated meeting formats, steps and tools, traits and talent, Goethe and closing prayer, and treasurer’s announcement.

The Anorexia of Avoidance

“And so I try to kill my love of my art, my love of doing my art, and I kill my yearning, my dreams, my appetite, my aspirations, my upward look, and I do not, as Emerson put it, “hitch my wagon to a star.” I’m “safe” from my creative gifts. And meanwhile something once wonderfully alive in me is dying…”

Facing Avoidance

Does my concern about how my work will be received keep me from doing it?

Do I make appropriate efforts to share my art?

Do I present, promote, and preserve my art with the respect it deserves?”

The Creative Block and A.R.T.S.

“Blocked artists are everywhere, in all social structures and economic spheres, among the educated and uneducated, in all cultures, no matter what the language  or the religion or the beliefs…What we cannot do for our art and our life, causes a wail of grief and regreat. The heart does not want to listen as to why it cannot have the time and space to create. The gifts are a Beloved. They will cry forever for the passion that is rightfully theirs.”

The Inspired Life

“The nature of inspiration is that its speaks to us, and beckons us to follow its lead. Inspiration is what breathes into our creativity stimulationg us to new thoughts and actions. To be inspired is to receive a visitation –like the sudden soft kiss of the wind upon our cheek.”

Envy to Appreciation

Envy: “We have made assumptions abuout the happiness and success of the artists, seeing them without perspective, assuming their lives were free from struggle and suffering.”

Appreciation: “We learned more about the real lives of those we envied, their problems as well as their triumphs, and gained a balanced view to escape from self-intimidation.”

When Your Work Is Your Worth

Many of us believed that our accomplishments would be our only means of self-realization– that our work was our worth. We rarely did anything for the sheer joy of doing or just being. We strove to make our art the means by which we would gain. love, power, fame and fortune.

How A.R.T.S. Began

November 5, 1984: “Of course, the big topic of the evening was the question of whather our needs as artists were being met by other Twelve Step Programs. When we were milling about after the meeting, I heard Barbara M. say to someone behind me that she was ” Powerless over creativity.” My head snapped up. I fell like a thunder bolt had heat me. I looked around to see if any one else had heard what I had, the Fisrt Step applied to our Art! From that moment on I had only one burning mission, to make the meeting an independent Twelve Step Program for artists.

1986: A Letter from Our Founder About Step One

“Today I have come to believe the “dis-ease” lies how we mismanage our Gifts, in our attitudes, in how we live, in our instincts run wild, in our compolsive behavoirs. I have discovered in A.R.T.S. Anonymous that my dis-ease is in my will. For years I willfully tried to live wiothout using my Gifts. I ran away from them. I tried to outrun my Higher Power.”

The A.R.T.S. Program and Your Spiritual Awakening

“We want to be present for, and to sabor, every moment of our growth as artis. We want to lovingly express the pressures idea we are given. Our creative process fills us with wonder and exuberance.”


“Rather suddenly, a thought crystallized in my mind. I realized I am powerless over the force in me that is at the root of my creativity. The force within me is so much bigger than me it’s completely beyond my control. Its essence I somehow came to know is far more powerful and vast than I can ever be. I realized this force is intrinsic to my life and existence and I cannot be rid of it without being rid of myself.”


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