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Expand Your Life: Find Your Muse!

Today, let’s take a deeper look at Creativity, one of the six forms of energy we all use to attain goals that are fulfilling, satisfying, and inspiring. The other energy forms include Money, Time, Physical Vitality, Enjoyment, and Relationship. 

You were born to be creative. If it’s hard to believe you’re creative, just watch young kids. They imagine a special “buddy” to chat with and even use it to help them build something like a castle out of sheets, pillows, and a few chairs.

I’d like to introduce you to the adult, more expanded version of a personal buddy: your Muse. The concept of the “muse” has a rich and varied history, deeply associated with the creative arts. The belief came from ancient Greek mythology, where the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Each Muse presided over a different art or science, inspiring humanity to excel in these fields. They were considered the source of knowledge embodied in poetry, song, and myths passed down through generations.

Let’s broaden the traditional definition of a muse beyond the borders of artistic or scientific fields. A muse can be anything that consistently inspires your thoughts, creativity, or action. For example, a muse could be a person like a mentor or a friend, a place like a favorite coffee shop, an experience like a hike, a walk in a park or meditation garden, or even an object like a book or a painting.

Here are some questions that might help you discover your Muse. Incidentally, I use the capital ‘M’ when we’re talking about the muse that belongs to you. It would be helpful if you were to take a pen and a piece of paper and answer these questions. If you do, you’ll find your Muse peeking out at you. I promise. 

  • What lifts your spirits? Is it thinking or reading about a person you admire? Who is it? What do they do that inspires you?
  • What gives you the energy to go for a goal or dream? Is it a book by a particular author? Is it an exceptional quote that encourages you to shift the focus of your attention away from your doubts and toward that creative idea that’s been begging for your attention?
  • Is there a marvelous or stunning work of art that ignites your own creative spark? Can you get a picture of that painting, sculpture, or photograph and place it where you can see it?
  • Is there someone you know that you can have a creative conversation with? Someone whom you can bounce ideas off? As an alternative, are there some people with whom you can create a support group that’s dedicated to the creativity of each member? 
  • Or, is there a place you can just “be”? 

Sylvia: “I have what I call my ‘happy place’ I go to when I need inspiration to draft something like a proposal for our virtual reality services.  It’s in my small garden that has a chair with a cushion and a small table for my cup of ‘inspiration tea.’ I take a sip of tea, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and relax. In four or five minutes, the ideas for the proposal seem to float to the top of my head!”

The bottom line here is to observe what lifts your spirit, ignites your creative thoughts, or drives your curiosity. Once you have discovered the form your personal Muse takes, you must find ways to be in the presence of that which inspires you. For instance, if your Muse is a particular book, you could set aside a specific time each day to read a few pages. If your Muse is a person, you could schedule regular creative conversations with them. The idea here is to make these interactions part of your routine to sustain your creative inspiration. Remember, you deserve to be creative! It’s not solely for musicians, authors, painters, songwriters, or those whose business involves one of the arts. Whether you gravitate to those artistic forms of creative expression or not, your unique form of creativity has been with you since you were very young.

Further Thoughts Regarding You and Your Muse

In order to build your “relationship” with your Muse, I encourage you to keep an Inspiration Journal or a creative diary where you can note down how your Muse influences you over time. This can help solidify the relationship and serve as a resource when you feel uninspired. In addition it can provide you with a tangible record of your personal growth and creative development, which will also serve you as a source of inspiration itself.

It’s also beneficial to share your muse journey with others. So many people are looking for ways to hop over the naturally occurring obstacles to being inspired. Your story will contribute to others and bring a sense of community about finding their own Muse. 

Finally, please be aware that your Muse can change as you grow and evolve. This is a natural part of the creative process. As you gain new experiences, learn new things, and evolve as a person, your sources of inspiration might shift. For example, a person who was once inspired by a particular author might find their Muse in a different writer or even in a different form of art.  This is a normal and natural evolution that can occur as you continue to be open to ever-growing possibilities that will present themselves to you. 

So, I invite you to start your own journey of finding and engaging with your Muse. Remember, your Muse is out there, waiting to inspire you!

See you next time!

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