WHAT IS A MUSE?


WHAT IS A MUSE?
The Spirit or Power that inspires.
The Spirit or Power that ignites.
Imagination!
Creativity!
Art!
MUSE (noun): OLOGIES (The Study of…)
From the French Muse From the Latin Musa From the Greek Mousa
MUSEUM means: Temple of The Muses.
MUSIC means: Art of The Muses.

A Thimble-full of History
Historically, the Muses have a dual origin in both Greek and Roman mythology. However, the Roman worship of Muses was borrowed from the Greeks. They were distinguished as nine goddesses; each goddess ruling over a specific Art or Science. In Greek mythology they were the daughters of Zeus, King of the Gods. Their mother, the Goddess of Memory, has a name almost impossible to pronounce or remember...Mnemosyne. In Roman mythology, the Muses were the daughters of Jupiter, the King of their Gods. The Greeks believed the Muses lived on Mount Olympus with their leader, the God Apollo. Apollo and the Muses were ageless and remained eternally beautiful. They also possessed the rare gifts of being able to see into the Future as well as banish all sorrow and grief. Any one or all of the Muses could be summoned for assistance at any time. It has been documented that many early Greek artists and writers called upon the Muses for inspiration before beginning their work. We would be well served to follow their example and tap into the power of these timeless, eternal Muses; requesting their support to inspire and ignite our Creative Brilliance!

Learning To Be An Adult WildChild Who Honours Muses
At fifty-something, I am continuing to learn how to be an adult WildChild who honours Muses. I have two young friends, eleven year old twins. Both are excellent students and athletes. One an aspiring writer, the other an aspiring Renaissance Woman. A few years ago, they asked me to explain just exactly what a Muse really is. After pulling out my biggest and oldest dog-eared dictionary for them to look it up…which was an experience in and of itself as kids are not familiar with “big old book” dictionaries but use the computer instead…I answered by saying,

You are two of my Muses! Your innocent wonder and enthusiasm to explore and learn are very powerful. You draw, colour, write and create with a wild and free abandon. Your eyes sparkle with delight and pure joy in the moment as you work. Looking at your beautiful glowing faces, lost in your art…IS one of the greatest of all inspirations. Your energies ignite my imagination and inspire my artistic creation!”

That’s one of the Great Secrets of Museologies…we are all Muses to someone…some where…some time…when we least expect it AND we may be wholly unaware of our influence.

Taking irresistible creative license, I decided to expand the definition of MUSE to include:

Persons of any age (alive or dead)

Animals, Birds, Fish, Insects
Have you ever watched a dragonfly dance with a firefly?

A Special Tree, Flower, Plant
Inhale deeply of a Hawaiian tuberose…does that not inspire?

Spirit-Guides, Angels and the God of your choice

Philosophers, Shamans, Healers, Inventors, Teachers
Filmmakers, Writers, Actors, Athletes

Places
…The Sea, Mountains, The Desert, The City, The Country, A Tropical Island

Things…A beautiful pen, a rock, a feather, a blooming flower, a Painting, a Sculpture, a Book, a piece of jewelry, a car, a building, a monument, a hammock under a 100 year old Oak tree dripping with Spanish moss

Experiences…The Sunrise, Sunset, Friendship, A Great Love…

Start looking and you will discover Muses all around you. You will begin to feel a vibrational resonance of energetic power that inspires and ignites your Soul Magnificence. It’s there. We ALL have the ability to infuse ourselves with it. Membership in MUSEOLOGIES is NOT exclusive. Strap yourself in. Muse Power is the ride of a lifetime!!

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Dear Museologist,
I LOVE your blog! It's very inspiring...and wonderfully written...and so informative. Thank you! I look forward to many encores!

Cheryl