The Oxford dictionary defines Muse as: 1. (in Greek and Roman mythology) each of the nine goddesses who preside over the arts and sciences, and, 2. a woman who is the inspiration for a creative artist.
Evidently the ancients saw the muse as feminine.
I recently read a blog post and responses that said the writer of the post, a male writer, did not believe in such things as muses; that he and only he created what he did and one day he would write something that would be published. Others agreed saying that no outside person influenced anyone’s creativity.
Since mythology is a result of us humans needing to label everything in order to understand it better, so did the Greeks and Romans give the creative force a name. Muse.
In the same dictionary, another definition of muse is: 1. to be absorbed in thought. 2. say something to yourself in a thoughtful manner.
This definition makes the meaning of muse a very personal one.
While creativity is personal and belongs to the person in whom it courses, how then would we describe what’s going on within ourselves?
My creative ability is active today.
The energy that flows through me surprises me.
I don’t know where all my ideas come from.
You have no creativity.
As a writer myself, besides these sentences being too verbose, long and stiff, they are boring. They call attention back to us in an egotistical manner. As we do with a great deal of our language, why not adopt the ancient mythological name of Muse, relax and have some fun?
My muse is hot today!
My muse always surprises me.
I give my muse free rein.
You need to wake up your muse.
The muse IS creativity. We all have creativity to whatever degree we care to nourish it. We need to be a little more playful, even if it means we seemingly that we turn our abilities over to the muse. She is not a woman out in the universal ether. She is the force inside us that ignites the arts and sciences. If you wish to partake of those types of creative endeavors, all you need do is accept her. In doing so, you accept the creative energies in yourself and they will catch fire.
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