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O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
~ William Shakespeare
Inspiration comes to us in many ways, but there is one way almost all creative people have in common – the Muse comes and whispers in your ear.
The Muse knows you – she knows your talents and gifts – she knows what is written in your heart.
So she chooses you, and with Divine Timing she drops her tiny mouth to your ear and whispers an idea that is perfectly matched to your talents, your purpose, your dreams…
All you have to do is listen.
And you’ll know this is something out of the ordinary. You’ll know you’ve just been given a gift. Your heart will beat a little faster, you’ll feel a pull right down in your belly, your mind will snap to attention, and with your heart you’ll answer ‘Yes!’
The Muse will sigh contentedly. Then she’ll wait. She’ll wait for you to show her that her whispering is safe with you. All she wants is for this idea to be born. She’ll pour her own energy into it, hoping to co-create with you.
If you pull her idea deep into your heart, and if you nurture this whispering with thought and with action, she’ll happily whisper some more.
Try this, she’ll say. This is the next part. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if…
But… if you ignore her… if you take her whispering and put it on the shelf, letting it become dusty and dessicated… if her whispered idea becomes a ‘someday’; or if, even worse, you begin to slowly kill the magic by coming up with all the justifications why it won’t work, and why you can’t do it…
She’ll fly off and whisper her idea in someone else’s ear!
And trust me – that won’t be good for you…
One day you’ll be at the markets and you’ll see the thing she whispered to you first, and you’ll think, ‘Hey! That’s MY product!’
You’ll read the book or watch the movie and think, ‘Hey! That’s MY plotline.’
You’ll walk past the shop, or open the newspaper and think, ‘What the? That was MY idea.’
The Muse is endlessly patient and encouraging as long as we honour her inspiration with a little perspiration – if we work at the ideas we’re given, the whole Universe will contrive to support and prosper us!
Her gift to us will be like magic in our hands.
We ignore the Muse at our peril.
So the next time she whispers in your ear, understand that she chose you for a reason. She chose you because it’s written in your heart, it will make your soul sing, and you have what it takes to bring this idea to life and make it shine!
And isn’t that all you’ve ever wanted to do?
When Divine Inspiration comes calling, say YES. Take your new idea seriously. Nurture it and help it grow. It might transform your entire life. ♥ It might transform ours too.