The other day I was thinking about the power of letter writing and how it is becoming somewhat of a lost art due to the convenience of e-mail. I was reading over a wonderful book by Jo MacDonald called Note to Self, The Secret to becoming your own Best Friend (I contributed a letter to this fantastic resource). Suddenly as I was reading, my muse dictated to me a letter to myself from her:
Dear Petrea, I know that you have been pretty busy lately.
I have been waiting for things to change waiting for things to be less busy waiting for you to let me out so that I can do what it is I do more regularly. I know I know, you think that what I do is not a priority right now. You think that what I do is frivolous, and that you don’t have the time right now. And to that I say so what? What is life if we do not allow for laughter and play? . . . . .
And so the conversation began: she wrote to me and I wrote her back. This simple exchange or words, writen words, allowed me to dig deeper and discover what it was that I needed to do to engage my muse more in my life.
When I talk about your muse I am referring to that part of you who lives, breathes and moves creatively. The muse is the embodiment of your creative desire, your artist within. She inspires yes, but much more than this, she is the personification of all that is creative inside of you. The inspiration from your muse is really about accessing your muse. She is always there just sometimes behind locked doors.
What does your Muse want to tell you? Are you listening to her advice, her pleas for you to create?
Write a letter to yourself from your muse. Have her outline with a gentle voice what it is you need to do to engage your muse more in your life. Use this link FutureMe to send it to yourself at the end of January as a reminder of what she needs.
If you were to write back to her what would you say? Take some time now to write a response. What are you willing to commit to in order for your muse to be heard? Avoid justifications or explanations of why you haven’t so far. It’s not about making excuses. It’s about taking action. Really take a look at what shifts you are willing to make to allow your muse the space she needs.
Let me know how it goes!