Invoking the Muse

The Whole Person Blog: Week Seven, Day Three, Part 2/2 - Invoking the Muse

Writings inspired by Steven Pressfield: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The War of Art and Self Sabotage here

Overcoming Resistance and Why Talent Doesn't Matter here

Lessons from the Original Spartans here

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Pressfield writes:

"The first thing I do when I enter my office each morning is to say a prayer to the Muse. I say it out loud in dead earnest. The prayer I say is the invocation of the Muse from Homer's Odyssey., translation by T.E. Lawrence. The Muses were nine sisters, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, which means "memory." Their names are Clio, Erato, Thalia, Terpsichore, Calliope, Polyhymnia, Euterpe, Melpomene, and Urania. Their job is to inspire artists. Each Muse is responsible for a different art.

Every artist who will tell the truth knows that "I" am not the source of any of the work I produce. The work comes through me from another plane. I'm the conduit. I'm the human voice. But the source lies elsewhere. I can't compel the work to appear. I can't make the goddess deliver. I can't bribe her, or coerce her, or grovel before her, or make her any pledges or promises that will induce her to do what I wish. I can only invoke her."

Twenty years ago, I started personal training, and today, I'm delivering MindBodySpirit® Coaching, an exclusive coaching experience "I" have developed. Of course, as Pressfield states, I haven't developed anything, and I wholeheartedly believe that too. I'm merely an instrument, operating as the "hands and feet" of a Higher Power. I've accepted this responsibility about five years ago and could have never imagined how God would use this path to strip me of my ego, cause me to face my demons, and empower me to embrace my soul. I get teary just thinking about it. I'm blessed beyond measure, and my prayer is but a silent one. I sit each morning in unitive consciousness with the Magnificence of all that IS. It's this practice that grounds me, inspires me, and keeps me free.

"God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of all prayer." Mother Theresa



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