Friday, March 12, 2010

The Inner Voices?

I appreciate musings about how to find the inner voice because it implies there really are voices that whisper motivational messages into the inner sanctum, which force the creation of superb examples of artistic talent. Oh, what if I do not hear the voices? What is wrong with me? And, if I hear conflicting advice from the sanctified ramblings, am I ready for the funny farm? The simple answers are: Don't worry...Nothing, and...Maybe, yes.

Let us become a little more realistic about that inner spirit each of us possess. Is one suppose to actually feel its presence, guidance and influence? The voice you are suppose to hear is YOURS, you are the Muse, and not some ethereal spirit waving a magic wand over your head. In order to tap into that part of your being, you have to give it space, quiet and freedom to do the back-flips you expect.

Your Muse requires frequent feeding, something like fertilizer we spread upon the flower beds to make the blooms pop open. A complete Muse fertilizer may have a variety of ingredients: Books, music, time alone, silence, sleep, change of scenery, nutritious food, sensual contact, moving at a snails pace as in slow down. The special ingredients are a little different for each of us. For me, in addition to the ones already listed, a glass of a very good wine, and the daily walks with my dog and husband are important. Ho-hum? Not at all, such things provide needed diversion for my Muse.

My Muse requires time and space for massaging the ideas and influences that may contribute to the really big idea worthy of my time and effort. She does rebel when overloaded with too many expectations, and she will shut down, go flat and stall. For many artists, we are our own worst enemy, in a sense, because we place such demands upon our Muse. We beat on her, expecting instant results, inspiration and blinding insight. We demand she run the marathon, meet the deadlines, weave fabric into golden panels, crank out those pieces of art to inspire awe from the public, and to keep up the frantic pace. Our personal Muses are often overworked with no time allocated to recuperate, repair and prepare for the next round of creative activity. We provide little time for getting anything in order and expect everything to be sensational. And, when it does not happen, we think "there is something wrong with me".

For those having a problem with kick-starting your Muse, give yourself permission to take a break to refresh yourself and your Muse that so much is depended upon. She's in there, she's just tired and needs a vacation from her benefactor. Or, perhaps she needs a boost with another plan of attack, another perspective, or a re-evaluation of the other priorities that weigh on the creative processes.

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