How visiting a spiritual place can help you find your muse
Throughout history, most people believed that inspiration of any type was heaven sent. This belief can be seen in all the beautiful places of worship that have been erected. Next time you are looking for your muse, try going to a church, synagogue, mosque or other spiritual place and see if entering into a more reverential state of mind can help you better see the light.
Places of the Spirit
The origin of inspiration
The Greeks considered the muses to be goddesses and built shrines to them in their cities in order to promote the arts and social harmony. To them, inspiration came as gift from the gods for the betterment of society. The early Christians also saw inspiration as something that was handed down from the heavens, and used their faith as a creative outlet that led to the building of ornate churches that featured both beautiful and inspiring art and architecture. Other people from other religious backgrounds have also found creative inspiration as something that was heaven sent and this is reflected on their own places of worship whether it is a shrine, a mosque, or a synagogue.
When I was a kid, I remember spending the entire Sunday service looking at the beautiful stained glass windows of the church that we attended. Each of the windows depicted a scene out of the bible and the images came to life as the sun lit them up. While I tried hard to listen to the sermon (in case the old man asked me about it later) I oftentimes found myself lost in the stories of my own making as I gazed upon these pastoral scenes made out of so many different pieces of colored glass. Now that I am all grown up, I still find inspiration in the stained glass that is found in churches. There is something about the play of color and light that helps unlock my creativity and find inspiration.
Of course, it is not only the colored glass that makes visiting a church inspirational. A church or other spiritual place is designed as place for people to gather and worship and going there can help put you into a different state of mind. Sitting in a quiet church and feeling the presence of something bigger than yourself, something even bigger than the universe, can help you reflect upon your own life, and your own relationship with the creator. It can help you see your own place in the universal scheme of things. This can help bring weight to and focus to whatever your creative inspiration may be and to perhaps even see a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.
You really do not have to be overtly religious in order to appreciate and gain inspiration from a place of worship either. The churches of Rome are some of the most often visited tourist spots in the world and many of the sightseers who go there do not even share the same faith as the people who built them. This is because the renaissance art and architecture that is on display is something that people from all walks of life can appreciate and be inspired from.