Creative inspiration is mystical, divine and holds the modern keys for spiritual awakening and empowerment. But often it appears out of nowhere, and at the most inconvenient times. Plato called these elusive butterflies the Muses.
In Greek mythology, Mnemosyne (Memory) and Zeus gave birth to nine highly intelligent and creative girls, the Muses. The Muses are sources of divine inspiration for all works of art. They whisper creative ideas in the ears of artists, dancers, musicians, poets, and writers. Sometimes they share a golden idea for the next Mona Lisa, but sometimes the idea is a dud.
Chef d’oeuvre or not, recipients HAVE TO surrender to the creative impulse. It’s madness, really. As Plato says:
There is also a third kind of madness, which is possession by the Muses, enters into a delicate and virgin soul, and there inspiring frenzy, awakens lyric.
Yes, madness is right! Sometimes the Muse comes knocking when I’m in the shower, in a meeting, or falling asleep. Whatever I’m doing, I have to grab a pen and paper. And like a madwoman, I ferociously surrender to the Muse.
But, madness lights the fire of harmonious creations. Creations that embody the perfect balance between yin and yang, light and dark. Indeed, creations that soothe the senses. Ultimately, these lovely ladies bring harmony, balance and peace to the planet.
Meet the 9 Muses
1 – Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry
2 – Clio, the Muse of history
3 – Erato, the Muse of lyric and love poetry
4 – Euterpe, the Muse of music
5 – Melpomene, the Muse of the chorus and tragedy
6 – Polyhymnia, the Muse of hymns, sacred music, dance, poetry and agriculture
7 – Terpsichore, the Muse of dance
8 – Thalia, the Muse of the comic arts and idyllic poetry
9 – Urania, the Muse of astronomy and the stars
Creativity for the Modern Mystic
There are new creations that want to be born. Beauty that’s yearning to be woven into the web of life. The Muse calls on you to surrender to these creations. Yes, YOU!
Before you renounce your creative gifts. Remember, Earth is a planet of manifestation and creativity. It’s a place for us to flex our creative powers, and to make magic. By being on this planet, you must be a creative soul with beautiful creations yearning to be born.
So, what’s burning in your heart? Perhaps the Muse is calling on you to write a book or illustrate an oracle deck. Or perhaps the Muse is calling on you to beautify your home or self-care routine. Say ‘YES’ to birthing your idea, no matter how crazy or trivial it may seem.
The Perfect Muse for creative inspiration
And to keep the creative juices flowing, we have the perfect Muse — music. Because “music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,” says Plato. But more importantly, the ancient Greeks believed that music brings us closer to the gods, and closer to the initial spark that brought all matter into being.
According to the ancient Greeks, in the beginning there weren’t any planets, beings, or even time. There was simply formless Chaos. Then sound vibrations (aka music) orchestrated the ‘Big Bang’. And Erebus (Darkness), Nyx (Night), Hemera (Day), and Aether (Light) were born. Indeed, music transformed chaos into order and balance.
Plato believed that music has the same effect on people. The perfect pulse can help to release tension and worry, and promote social order and harmonious creations.
The Perfect Playlist
This playlist is filled with innovative tracks to keep you inspired during the creative process. You can listen to them on Mystic Muse’s Creative Inspiration playlist on Spotify.
For an extra creative boost, try these sacred tools:
Essential oils: clary sage, narcissus, carnation, helichrysum
Crystals: carnelian, vanadinite, blue lace agate, sunstone, azurite, tiger’s eye
May these sweet melodies and tools help you manifest your ideas into the world.
Which songs keep you inspired? Share in the comments!
- Fry, Stephen. Mythos the Greek Myths Reimagined. Chronicle Books, 2019.
- “‘Music Gives Soul to the Universe and Wings to the Mind.’” World Vision International.
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