How putting your heart into what you are doing can help unleash your muse
"WHEN YOUR HEART SPEAKS, TAKE GOOD NOTES."
In order to find your muse, you need to first connect with your emotions. Knowing how you or others feel about a particular subject or idea will allow you to connect to your muse and create something that other people will find worth a second look.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.” - Carl Jung
You can take a machine and program into it everything there is to know about music. Infuse its synapses with all the scales and pitches, making sure its processors have the ability to whir through all the various mathematical algorithms that come into play when forming together different notes that are pleasing to the human ear. You can give it access to every musical piece ever written from Amadeus to Zappa and even statistical information on what people listen to the most. You can give a machine all this and then tell its brand new core processors to come up with something new and inspiring, but what you will get is mere elevator music.
This music machine might be able to come up with something that passes snuff on the trip to the 32nd floor, but it will never be able to create the awe inspiring music that Mozart and Frank Zappa were able to dream up. This machine will know all the right formulas and statistical probabilities that go into good music, but barring a breakthrough in artificial intelligence, it will never be able to infuse its musical output with the emotion it needs to transcend mere noise and become something worth listening too.
“Who looks outside, dream. Who looks inside, awakens.”- Carl Jung
In order to find your muse you need to be able to look inside and awaken your own feelings about the project or subject that you are working on. You need to tap into your emotions about the subject and let your feeling flow though your work. The analytical approach might help you figure out all different moves and motions that it takes to execute the task at hand, but leave your feelings out of it and that is all you will be doing: going through the motions.
Even if you think that you have no feelings about the task at hand, try to feel it. Ask yourself why other people feel so strongly about the subject and try to put yourself in their shoes so that you too may feel what they are feeling. Try to connect with others through your work and get them to feel what you feel and you will find your muse.