You can search for it far and wide. You can search for it in buildings, on sidewalks, on faces, in places, or in adventures. But sometimes, what you need to do to find your muse, is to take a moment to have a look inside yourself. You are an interesting person filled with great ideas. You have stories. You have thoughts, opinions and reactions to the things happening around you. You have an imagination and you know how to use it. You can be one of your greatest sources of inspiration. By looking inside yourself, you can become a perpetual muse machine, using your inner thoughts to propel yourself forward into new creativity. Ask questions about yourself; look back into your past, list your goals, let your imagination run wild: Look into yourself and you just might find that your muse was there waiting for you the whole time. In this section we explore the ways that we can peer into ourselves and find the inspiration we need.
The world through a child’s eyes is full of magic, wonder and questions that need to be asked. Adults, impeded by all their learned logic and reasoning have trouble seeing things this way and their creative spirit suffers because of it. Next time you need to find your muse, try looking at the world through the eyes of a child and see if this new sense of freedom can help spark your muse.
Looking through old photo albums, reminiscing with loved ones, or just thinking about your childhood can help bring memories and ideas that you can then use to help spark your muse. Remembering how you acted and thought as a kid and comparing it to how you are now can help spur the wheels of creativity.
Exploring past events, and digging up the memories that are associated with them, is a great way to gain both insight and inspiration. Next time you are looking for your muse, try going through a box of keepsakes and important papers to see what memories help spark your creativity.
We all have had aspirations to be the best at something, and these goals never really just go away. By looking into yourself and exploring your life dreams, you might be able to find the necessary motivation and inspiration to get you moving forward on your next creative idea.
We have all been told to live every day as if it was our last day on Earth, but how many of us have truly contemplated this endgame scenario? By examining what would you do if this was your last chance to do something, you are better able to find out what motivates and inspires you.
Love can be an important source of creative inspiration. Remembering the good feelings and the bad can help put you in a state of mind that allows you to tap into your creative force. Love has long been a source of inspiration for all creative types.
It is important to give thanks and be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life no matter how small. Next time you are seeking inspiration, look for things that you take for granted and be grateful that you have them in your life. Doing this will open new inspirational paths in the creative forest of your mind.
Next time you are seeking inspiration, take a look back at all your proud moments and compile a life resume aimed at employing your creativity. List down all your past creative achievements and accomplishments, no matter how small or long ago and see if by thinking about what you have done, you can find the inspiration to do something more.
Writing down your worries, why you worry about them and what you can do to help bring about a change to things that are troubling you can help you become more creatively inspired. Addressing these worries as an artist or a writer can help you connect to a larger audience who find themselves troubled by the same things.
Even if your are 99.99 percent sure of something, looking into that .01 percent possibility that you are wrong can end up opening your eyes up to new creative possibilities. When you stubbornly believe that your views on a matter are the only views, you can end up steering yourself away from a new creative perspective.
Whether it is good times or bad, keeping track of your different feelings is a good way to tap into them later for creative reasons. Without various ups and downs, this world would be a boring place and by tapping into them you can end up making your creative work more inspired and inspiring.
Knowing where you stand is the first step to creative awareness. Next time you are looking for your muse, take the time to write out your beliefs and feelings, and the reasons why you believe or feel the way you do. This will give you a foundation on which to build upon and help give your creative ideas a resonance and conviction.
What would it be like to live 100 years ago? How about 1000 years ago? By thinking about the past and how it would be like to live and thrive back then can help you see the world through a different perspective and allow for your muse to break out of its creative eggshell.
If you find yourself stuck on a particular subject, try playing Nostradamus and imagine what the future might hold for it. By projecting your thinking forward and imagining what may come, you might find yourself snapping out of your frozen mindset and find new inspiration to propel you creatively forward.
To play Devil’s Advocate means to look at your creative output with the eye of a critic and to find any potential flaws within it that can be fixed. This allows you to find the weak points and fix them before others see them. Playing the Devil’s Advocate can help you determine if the great idea that you have is truly a great idea or destined for the scrap heap.