My Muse

My Muse

apollo_musesApollo’s Great Muses

 

As part of the Seventh Element “art” and the shamanic journey are integrated, this can include what leads to the creation of art, the conception of the idea.  For example, listening to music, walking in the woods, reading a book, or looking at flower catalogs can cause the creative shift, and inspiration.  Even a walk in the mall may be inspiration looking seeing people at work, in different modes of life, or even a new paint stimulate the Muse.

 For me, when deciding to work– the creative mode tunes out all other surrounding stimuli.  The journey begins and all else ceases to exist.  Whatever creative project that is in progress, only the middle world and the Muse comes out to play.  As part of nature, and the creative arts, music, poetry, song, dance and astronomy all stimulate inspiration for the journey and correspond with the seventh element.

All right, there are volumes concerning art and its cause and effect of vision shifting.  The intent here is creating an example of how to access your own personal world of heightened creativity.  The arts are talents, or abilities to write poetry, music, to sing, to dance, to act or mimic, to draw and paint, to write stories, or to read astronomy.  Everyone has access to their artistic abilities; the ability is a skill that only needs exercise.  For others, the skill is found through soul retrieval (saved for another post).

Shamanic journey or meditation is going to be the guide to discovering the heightened world of creativity.  The world that the artistic adrenaline peaks and ebbs as the seventh element.  Journey into the reality of your world beyond.

Recently, another person spoke about journeying into this realm, where we daydream (and converse with self).  He called this one more of our senses, such that the senses of smell, the sense of sight the sense of hearing.  However, on this other level we are in the realm of another sense.  My interpretation “the Seventh Element”, where the senses are heightened, and creativity is the heightened level.

If you do not own a journal now is a good time to take the plunge.  Find a journal you can write in, draw, paint, glue, a good artist pad, or journal.  A shaman’s journal will need to take abuse, and can be carried all sorts of places.  Handmade journals are awesome, if you can put your own energy into making one.

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  • Create a soothing space away from distractions.
  • Diffused light.
  • Put on music appealing to the senses.
  • Listen to sounds of nature, like running water.
  • Meditate for a few minutes.
  • Take time to ground center and protect
  • Doodle to get past mental blocks.
  • Try stream of consciousness journaling.

 

The first creative challenge is filling the first page of the journal.  Journal—Journey shall we.  Put on music, headphones are awesome for what you are about to undertake as it will help to block outside distractions from intruding into the world you are entering.  The music should induce a state of creativity, or meditation, not sleepiness.

 Journal:  a daily record of news and events of a personal nature; art diary is a daily journal kept by artists, often containing both words and sketches, and occasionally including mixed media elements such as collages.  Julia Cameron wrote “The Artist’s Way”.  In this book she describes writing a journal, as a form of self-expression and personal release.  Go to the page to write feelings that cannot be expressed anywhere else.  Your personal expression of whatever you feel.  Three pages a day, even if all you write is nonsense.  Just write.   My personal experience following her technique for journaling is a full five stars for journaling.  However, it is not a book about shamanic journey.

Artist Way Judy Cameron

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Mar 4, 2002 | Deckle Edge

by Julia Cameron

Journey:  traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time.  Trip: a six-day journey across the desert.  A distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling: a desert journey.  When a shaman is initiated onto the shamanic path, they usually learn how to send their soul forth intentionally, on the soul flight, which is commonly, called a journey or the shamanic journey.

The first time journeying is experienced may be during meditation, for some new to the experience, as the soul takes flight and travels other worlds.  However, the shaman needs to take certain precautions before they journey to protect themselves in the spirit world.

Ground, Center and Shield

Grounding Your Energy

Visualize your feet being connected to the Earth, as if your feet are a tree being rooted to the ground.

Centering

Finding that calm spot visualize a white ball of light bring awareness inward to the your center – where it is peaceful

Shield

It is very important in order to keep yourself protected and helps keep personal energy guarded.  Visualizing a white light or a bubble surrounding you will help protect and shield you.  Use whatever visualization feels most comfortable and resonates best with your energy at the time.  Only love can penetrate this bubble of light.

Set aside a time you know you will not be disturbed for at least an hour.  Time enough for yourself, and writing in your journal.  On this first journey, take your time to become familiar with your surroundings.  Where are you?  When you enter the space, you may find a tree, at the tree look for an opening.  Enter the opening, what was your experience from there?  You want to find your creative space, go there.  Try not to make any connections just look around then return to write down what you found, describing your creative space.   

How do you connect to your creative flow?  Share your story, in the comments below. 

Blessings, Walk softly on the earth

Sidonia Nightsky ©~

The great muses were:

1. Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry, appears with a tablet and stylus, and sometimes with a roll of paper; 2.  Cleio, the Muse of history, appears in a sitting attitude, with an open roll of paper, or an open chest of books; 3. Euterpe, the Muse of lyric poetry, with a flute; 4.  Melpomene, the Muse of tragedy, with a tragic mask, the club of Heracles, or a sword, her head is surrounded with vine leaves, and she wears the cothurnus; 5.  Terpsichore, the Muse of choral dance and song, appears with the lyre and the plectrum; 6.  Erato, the Muse of erotic poetry and mimic imitation, sometimes, also, has the lyre; 7.  Polymnia, or Polyhymnia, the Muse of the sublime hymn, usually appears without any attribute, in a pensive or meditating attitude; 8. Urania, the Muse of astronomy, with a staff pointing to a globe; 9.  Thaleia, the Muse of comedy and of merry or idyllic poetry, appears with the comic mask, a shepherd’s staff, or a wreath of ivy.  In some representations, the Muses are seen with feathers on their heads, alluding to their contest with the Seirens.

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