The Greeks and Romans believed that goddesses inspired the artist. Those goddesses were called Muses. Here is the Wikipedia definition:

The Muses (Ancient Greek: perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- “think”) in Greek mythology, poetry, and literature are the goddesses or spirits who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture, that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.

Trying to force inspiration is like trying to fit the moon in a jar. Inspiration is more like a state of grace, not a state of mind. You cannot arrive at it through willpower, desire or by force.

Inspiration has to be invited, enticed  in, like a shy animal or child. It will not come to those who wish to use it for any purpose, although the ideas that inspiration leaves behind are often useful.

Like the moon, the face of inspiration is a mirror. As the moon reflects the Sun’s light, so inspiration mirrors the mind. What mind does it reflect? This depends on the artist’s focus. If focused narrowly, inspiration reflects a single mind, but if focused on a larger, cultural basis, it reflects a collective consciousness.

How do you entice the muse of inspiration to speak to you? First, open your mind up to original thought. How do you open your mind? Clear the clutter of non-original thought. Most of our thoughts are not original. They are thoughts that we have had many times before. They may be inherited from others around you, from your parents, siblings, friends, culture, or media. This clearing of old, limiting thoughts is the only real discipline that an artist needs to follow.

When the clutter is clear, all of a sudden, like a tide original thoughts rush in. The muse sits over your shoulder, like a friend or a lover, whispering sweet nothings in your ear. When will you listen to the voice of your muse?

Copyright 2009 Aliyah Marr

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Aliyah Marr is a Life Path Consultant and Creative Projects Advisor available for private consultations and transformational readings.

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