Devotion turns a promise into a loving gift.
So, with my devoted heart I set out this morning, even though my rational mind was thinking it would be a 'dull' sunrise and the effort would not be worth it. I showed up – and to my surprise the light was so beautiful and gentle it was fluid and very beautiful.
Writers call it 'showing up at the page'. Stephen King covers it in his very practical and informative book 'On Writing'. In typical imaginative style, King describes his muse as a "basement kind of guy", a bit of a layabout. "You have to do all the grunt labour, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you... He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy... but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the midnight oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life."
The muse is essentially your inner wise being – the being that 'knows' more than you can consciously fathom on your own. To be able to hear her/him takes devotion. A non-negotiable time that is ring-fenced for your creative pursuit (whatever that may be). Since any creative expression is a journey to the self, you end up going full circle as you find yourself over and over. But always changing into something new.
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