Creation and the Muse
With a foot simultaneously placed in two different worlds, the mystery that is inspiration opens up your heart to a profoundly fertile source of pure creation. And there is no force more virile, fecund, consuming and irrational than the act of Creation – be it pure aesthetic and spiritual or physical and material. This hunger is especially true when it comes from the physical. Creation becomes the personification of beauty and joy. When, however, it comes from spirit, you touch the vast fullness of gOd.
It is to gOd that many turn when seeking Light – a light to open up their mind; to give hope; to bring into their world something meaningful; to connect to something or someone vaster than their own world experiences, whose presence open them up to something more than themselves. Often uttered in prayer, this Creatrix is called forth intentionally through invocation, without true conscious appreciation of how the ‘presence’ of the ‘messenger’ can have.
The physical presence of the Divine is awe-some, humbling even if it is also unearthing, since the consciousness that becomes present is vast and beyond the concerns of the everyday and of our egoic interests. It is hard, therefore, to truly handle the purity of that creative energy, and literature is replete with stories of those maddened by the lustful hunger to possess and own this connection, especially if that primal creative sOurce is ‘awakened’ by the presence of someone.
Yet for many the start of this process is one of pure innocence, striving to see, feel and hear with the heart. And as the senses to the deeper music within the celestial spheres are opened, the heart too opens to more than it can be. The heart becomes infused with pure spirit, a spirit that is meant to pass through the physical and to find form within the act of inspirational and devotional creativity, as opposed to becoming the fixation and tutelage upon a single individual with whom that creative stirring is identified.
The quest without and the personification of inspiration
It is natural to seek that ‘something’ to enchant and inspire from the world around you, as it is hard to ‘see’ and ‘experience’ our own Light and the Light of the Christos within us for myriad reasons. Your eyes hungrily scan the horizons to find a Sun that bathes and illuminates the sOul, seeking a single ray that will add more light, beauty and sOul to your world thereby enabling you to feel your heart is both filled and complete, quenching your thirst and sustaining your soul with the Manna it ingests.
The light that you are seeking cast its rays in the direction of inspiration, a heavenly fountain from which all that is lOve – poetry, music, story, innovation, insight and connection- flows from. Confusion can arise when that sOurce of in-spiritedness lies outside of you, within a person who can become the loci. The fragrance, its beauty and quintessence, those very ethereal qualities that open up your heart, can be overlooked as the essence of the rose is misunderstood and the rose becomes the object instead of the subject. This can open up the pathway to Eros and not Agape – hunger, desire, lust, temptation, possession – as inspiration becomes personified and falls within the realm of the ego.
The dizzying consumption to own or possess what is essentially a spiritual messenger has been the subject of many an artist hearts torture, as the Muse is misunderstood by the longings of the human soul that is seeking to return to an ever constant connection with the numinous and with gOd yet seeks it from without as opposed to within.
The Muse as a person
Arising as nine daughters of pure beauty, the Greeks referred to these radiant maidens as being the source of inspiration for artists and creative souls. However, in truth a Muse can come in many forms, male or female, known or historical, present or imagined.
Someone can be an earth angel that appears to help you move one step along in your life; can be a lover inspiring you to great work; a flash of lightening that opens up your consciousness to a deeper awareness; a concept or ideal that rips open the fabric of your world and leaves you humbled and naked ready to start again; a genius location that speaks to your soul; a Walker or disembodied spirit that touches the Eye that sees through dream, day dream or through a random moment of serendipity.
Whatever the form, a Muse is ultimately a means to link to a higher source of spirit and to connect you to pure beauty. The lightening flash is an apt symbol of the touch of the Muse, as the pathway through the holographic field which radiates around you are illuminated, offering you access to a deeper consciousness, whether within this plane or far beyond our human comprehension.
Creational life force
Inspiration sparks a release of pure life force, which in itself fuels the creative energy. The challenge for us being human is the feeling of creation can be understandably perceived as being sexual since the sexual energy is the life giving force that arises within our physical being, enabling us to literally bring spirit into manifestation in the form of a child.
When the feeling is awakened, it washes through you like a tidal wave, overwhelming and humbling you in the face of this powerful primordial presence. Enrapturing, encompassing and utterly consuming, the creative spark burns through the sOul in a frenzied, spiralling fireball, opening up the channel to gOd, to vision, to inspiration and to the Akashi that envelopes your entire morphic field. It is intoxicating and dizzying, rendering you to no longer think or act in a reasonable, systemic or accountable manner. It is as if the very Force of Nature is alive within you and feels as if someone is literally inside you.
It sounds a lot like falling truly, madly, deeply!
It is why so many seek out this energy; why so many are inspired to write about this Force; and why so many people surrender in a humble act of supplication to gOd, beseeching Her to intercede and cast Her benevolence towards them.
This Force is pure creation itself.
Creation between two – as two become one
When this act of creative creation occurs between two people, it is as intimate as the act of physical sexual intimacy as something magical, numinous and sacred emerges when this creative energy is given freedom to flow forth.
It is an irrational, non-linear, timeless and non-sensical experience, a gateway to death and a portal to life itself. The parameters between the two become non-existent and time and space become meaningless, in the same way that two lovers whisper secrets that only they can hear, their breath, their body and their emotions becoming unified and no longer experience the feeling of separateness.
It is no wonder that so many creative types, or colleagues working on the generation of a purely innovative creation, end up enmeshed and perhaps blurring boundaries, which in turn can create disturbances in their ‘other’ life – the life away from the act of creation!
Complexities for relationships
Given the socio-moral connotations of relationship behaviours; the complexities of personal processing of the inherent psycho-spiritual scripts and patterns that are contained within the cosmic DNA of your psyche’s structure; when the Muse is another person known to you, as opposed to a distant person who personifies ideals that enchant you, the simplicity and reality of this connection can become more complex.
Reflect, for a moment, of the irresistible power of sexual energy. How powerful a medium it is, so primal and instinctive and the media have used this emotion to successfully enslaving humanity in bondage the lower manifestation of sex. In my youth, I was once propositioned by a media company to make me famous using my face and understanding of the astrology of relationships to run a show to discuss sex, sexuality and relationships! Sex sells, and yet that is not the purpose of sex. It minimises the shear sacredness of physical intimacy and the act of creation and connection to gOd is brought down to any number of positions that can help you find physical satisfaction.
The much misunderstood musician, Prince, wrote a never performed song entitled, Temptation, in 1984 for the album Around The World in a Day. It perfectly outlines the struggle to move from love to lOve, as he himself wrote the lryics as a means to work through the confusion he experienced in the consuming and irrational, almost addictive pursuits of love, or sex, as opposed trying to see the beauty within another as a means to coming together in a deeper connection and to experience gOd through the Union, namely lOve. This lOve was the subject of many songs thereafter, despite the ever constant assumption propagated by the media as Prince being a sex-craved artiste.
The Muse is not sexual
This is not to say that all Muses are sexual. There is certainly something raw and primal about the presence of a physical Muse and the energy co-generated can appear to be sexual. But in the same way that the awakening of the kundalini, that primal creative life force nestled at the base of the spine, can be felt as a sexual trembling, the opening up to the Creatrix is merely the movement of pure creation from the base chakra to the crown chakra.
It is perhaps why the Muse has been historical depicted as an emanation of Eros, a whim of passion and desire, a nymph-like creature of lusty earthy presence and an object of obsession, consumption and possession.
In psychological terms a muse can be akin to a bridge between creativity and sexuality.
Confusing the numinous power of creation with the primal instinct to connect, is especially the case if the libidinal energy arising from with the root of the Earth, the base chakra, is not equally met with the spiritual creative energy arising from the 7th heaven, the crown. In principle those forces are to meet in the heart, which is the meditator between Heaven and Earth and is the reason why creation is an act of lOve.
It takes a very conscious individual to constantly check the parameters between the higher and lower libidinal energy, as it is not an easy process to engage. Therefore the presence of a physical Muse in your life can be confusing, humbling and disorientating. This has given rise to some creatives terming a Muse a duende or an inexplicable tragic force, and is a frequent experience between artists, musician and creatives, as well as for those within the spiritual traditions when the spiritual intimacy is mistaken for something else.
It may indeed be often easier to experience the numinous from without, as we hand over our own power to an external agency. But in truth, however, the presence of a Muse is an externalised process wherein you consciously connect to the rhythm and music of the gOd realm. It is through the recitation of those tones that gOd becomes more fully present and conscious in your life.
As you reclaim your own Light and see yourself as a sOurce of gOd, the search for someone or something to open those creative tones becomes less necessary. You are your own Muse, but given the Fall and considering our feeling of separation from Creation, it is understandable that the desire awoken by the presence of a Muse, is overwhelmingly powerful, and why so many Muses become the object of luscious fantasy. But in earnest, until you can become your own Muse, this process of awakening the gOd realm within is really what the Muse’s presence in your life is to do
My wish for you is that you recognise in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul. May you also acknowledge and know that you are never alone; that your sOul in its brightness and harmony connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.