Embrace Your Muse

“You will know that you have found your muse when you encounter a force that makes you feel courageous enough to broaden the range of your creativity. The presence of this force will erase your self-doubt and motivate you to give your thoughts and feelings form.”

“If you surround yourself with people who support you, keep a pen and paper handy, immerse yourself in culture, and brainstorm frequently, you will soon reconnect with your muse.”

-Madisyn Taylor

Every day I get emailed an inspirational little tid-bit from a site called Daily Om. I don’t always get around to reading them, but yesterday I read the email and the subject was about Embracing your Muse. As an aspiring writer, and a human in general, I am very curious about inspiration- how inspiration works, how to be inspired, how to express myself in what inspires me. I’m so glad I read this article because it inspired me to think about what my muses are- what motivates me to have that creative spark.

I’d definitely have to say one of my greatest muses is God. I am inspired and awed by God’s work in my life on a daily basis, and what he has gotten me through in the last 10 years of my life. I have experienced pain, hurt, loss, death, grief, addiction, depression… you name it. I believe these struggles that I went through helped me become a stronger person, and that God got me through them and brought me to where I am today. This last year has been a spiritual journey for me, and I feel like I am closer to God now than I have ever been, and I feel truly blessed.

But let’s go back to those painful experiences for a moment. The times that I wrote the most and seemed to have the most inspiration was when I was going through the hardest times of my life- especially the death of my grandmother and heart break. At those times I didn’t know what else to do with myself- I was brimming with sadness and pain, and the only thing I knew what to do with these emotions was to write it down on paper. Some of my most meaningful poetry and creative expressions were written during these times. And now, I embrace these difficult times and feel grateful for them, because I have experiences that will help me be a better person and writer.

In my opinion, being a writer is all about experiences and story telling. I’m inspired all the time by books- I think about how the writer came up with the ideas they wrote about, and what they experienced in their actual lives to be inspired to write those stories. My new goal is to remain aware for when things come up that inspire me or strike my curiosity. I try to always have a notebook with me so I can write down ideas or thoughts I want to explore. From now on, I will embrace my muse(s), remain curious, and explore environments that support my creativity.

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Guidance

A compilation of texts I’ve received from a certain Spiritual Guide

 

“Having lived long, I have learned that not one thing is true– it’s all true.” Ernest Hemingway.

“No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.” Tilopa

Meditation is bearing witness to thoughts as they arise like bubbles from the bottom of a pond. Don’t add to the thoughts, just watch them rise, burst, and vanish. Eventually they stop rising.

In your desirelessness lies your only fulfillment.

“In your complete helplessness suddenly the whole Existence moves to help you” -Osho

Hope is desire for things to be other than they are. Without hope you deal with reality.

Pessimism is expectation of the worst. This is no expectation and no preferences.  Nothing is better or worse.

You are all neutral, accepting all.

The admission of confusion is the beginning of enlightenment.

In your hopelessness lies your only hope.

If you have no desires you are fulfilled.

Helpless, you are not striving, but moving with existence.

Let it be.

Journaling…

I have kept a journal since I was about 7 years old. Since then, I have recorded memories, quotes, lyrics, and much more throughout my life that I’m happy I’ll be able to go back through and read.

Here are some benefits of keeping a journal:

  • It trains you to be observant
  • It prevents you from losing an idea
  • It helps you memorize and idea
  • It trains you to express your thoughts
  • It helps you expand your ideas
  • It helps you review all the lessons you’ve learned
  • It allows you to see progress over time

If you don’t know where to start with the whole “journaling” thing, here are some ideas for you.

  • Use quotes
  • Use poems
  • Use definitions from a dictionary or create your own
  • Use magazine clips
  • Use receipts or labels
  • Create a journal jar with various themes. Pick one each day and journal about that subject. Include photos if possible.
  • Use the ABC’s- think of descriptive words for each letter
  • Use commercials or TV catch phrases
  • Stickers! Mixed media!
  • Use bullet points rather than full sentences
  • Use lyrics to songs
  • Use the words to a favorite children’s book
  • Conduct an interview
  • Fill in the blank…
  • Use templates like Journal Genie from Chatterbox to create creative shaped journal spots like circles or waves
  • Place a bunch of descriptive word strips on the page
  • Write from the point of view of a pet or child
  • Journal “a day in the life” complete with photos
  • Record a funny conversation
  • Journal your defining moments!
  • Journal you routine or daily schedule
  • Journal your weekly menu and grocery list
  • Journal your style by cutting out pictures from magazines that represent your likes and dislikes

Happy Journaling!