15 ways to tap into your inner muse

“Muse” is a word bandied about by artists, song-writers, poets, deep thinkers and other lovers of creative pursuits. But what does the word mean, where did the concept come from, and how the heck does it help you get creative? Tap into your inner muse with these tips.

Definition: (Noun) The goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like.

History: The nine muses of the arts and sciences were daughters of Mnemosyne (pron: nem-oh-zeen) and Zeus. Mnemosyne was originally honoured as the Greek goddess of memory, but is largely remembered today as the mother of the goddess sisters:

  • Calliope (heroic or epic poetry),
  • Clio (history),
  • Erato (lyric or love poetry),
  • Euterpe (music or flutes),
  • Melpomene (tragedy),
  • Polyhymnia (sacred poetry or mime),
  • Terpsichore (dancing and choral song),
  • Thalia (comedy), and
  • Urania (astronomy).

To this day, writers, artists and to an extent, scientists, speak of their “muse,” meaning their source of inspiration.

As the goddess of memory, Mnemosyne encourages you to tap into your inner muse to help you remember your life story… or even just one story that has significance for you!

Here are 15 ways to start tapping into your inner muse  (sourced from the journal “What Would Goddess Do?“)…

  • It all started when …
  • Imagine her surprise when …
  • If only she knew …
  • Her major turning point was …
  • I was named after …
  • My finest moment was …
  • I felt giddy with happiness …
  • In all my life, I never …
  • If it’s one thing I regret ….
  • If I could change things …
  • My epitaph would read …
  • I’m so proud of …
  • When I think of …
  • It was so perfect …
  • Happy is the girl who …

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