“Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Muse has a long and illustrious history. She’s the sweet siren that calls the young sailor, the poet’s songbird, the painter’s model and mistress. She can be the grunge band’s groupie, the novelist’s nymph, the politician’s provocateur. Her charms transcend conventional gender-ascription, as she woos both male and female alike . She’s powerful and persuasive, and not for the faint of heart. The goddess of creative inspiration, she’s insistent and demanding. If we fail to follow her whispered wishes, she gets louder, throws plates and eventually becomes down-right nasty. She can doom us to a life of mundane mediocrity with a snap of her fingers, and damn us to drink, hard-drugs, divorce and despair if we pretend not to hear her.
She deserves so much more, after all!
In Greek mythology, the Muses are nine sisters, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of Memory who knew everything that had happened since the beginning of time. Each Muse took her Mother’s memory and used it to create a different form of literature and the arts. "Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns, driven time and again off course..." opens Homer’s Odyssey, an invocation for the Muse to come forth, and “...make this tale live through us in all it’s many bearings.”
In the same way that the Muse was called upon in the classical poetic tradition, we can invoke her energy today to inspire our own creative endeavors, and infuse our otherwise humble, human life with the spark and genius of the divine.
Kissing the Muse is an ongoing practice that sparks and tends the fires of our imagination. Like the way falling in love can shift your perspective and change the way you see yourself, Kissing the Muse opens us to an entirely new way of being in the world. Images and colors, scents and tastes, sensations, sounds and stories become powerful allies in our everyday life, helping us bi-pass our judging minds to communicate directly with our heart and soul. When we’re in touch with our muse, we slow down and tune into our feelings, allowing them to surface, breathe and unfold powerful messages for healing and growth.
Like any relationship, however, loving your creative self doesn’t always come easy. The Muse makes demands on our time, keeps us guessing, chuckles at our vulnerability, and just when you think the two of you have finally got it all sorted out, she buys a one-way ticket to Mexico. The Muse is high maintenance!
This isn’t going to be your “comfortable old shoe” kind of relationship, there’s going to be some real work to do. Inner work. Transformative work. In fact, you know that thing they say about not trying to change the one you love when you’re in a relationship? Well, that might be true for mere mortals, but not for the Muse. She’s definitely going to change you. And that’s actually the good news!