How To Perceive the Muse

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“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.”
Helen Hanson

Ideas are such an interesting thing. They can hit us like a load of bricks. They can grow on us. They can evolve into something completely different. Where do they come from? How do we lose them so easily. How do some stick around more than others?

These are all interesting questions. Over time we’ve attributed our gift of ideas to the muse, but I don’t think that’s right. I think we use our own minds from our own experiences to inspire ourselves. A muse which could be anything, a gust of wind, a spark, a man with few words, is the result of being conscious. So when we give the muse all the credit, it takes away from our own ability to be aware.

Ideas come from within ourselves. We think, and turnover, and observe minute details within our daily lives. We question our characters and when we can’t find the answer we make it up. We recall places and fill in the blanks with our own creativity, intentional or not. As humans, our ability to create is something to own and cultivate. So instead of gifting creativity to something outside yourself, accept what’s already inside you.

For some years I chased the muse down. I looked everywhere for this being, or woman, or deity, only to realize the thing I was chasing was simply my ability to create from what was right in front of me.

“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”
Frida Kahlo

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