How cloud watching can help you find the muse within
"PATTERNS BEHIND ALL CLOUDS, AND YOU WILL KNOW, TOO, WHEN YOU LIFT YOURSELF HIGH ENOUGH TO SEE BEYOND THE HORIZONS."
Taking some time to bounce your inner thoughts off the clouds can be a great use of your creative time. Seeing shapes, figures, people and events within the shifting billowing masses can help exercise your imagination. Contemplating what clouds bring us can help give you perspective. Look to the clouds and you might just see your muse.
“Wow that one looks like a dragon stomping on a city!”
“I think it looks like a gorilla eating a banana.”
“I think it looks like Jerry Garcia!”
Who has not spent some time looking at clouds and imagining faces, stories and shapes dwelling within these puffy floating fortresses of vapor, ice, and dust? Whether they are billowy burgs that cast shadows on the land, wispy white trials high in the clear blue sky or, dark and foreboding thunder gods ready to unleash their fury, clouds are magnificent creatures that can help bring out the imagination necessary to unlock your creative muse.
While some might look at cloud gazing as a waste of valuable time and effort that could be spent with your nose to the grindstone, working hard at getting results, I would have to completely and utterly disagree with them. People who gaze into clouds are exercising their imagination: and when it comes to finding your muse, imagination is key. By looking up into these shifting white shapes in the sky and seeing places, faces, stories and events within them, you are using your imagination. The clouds become a canvas on which to paint your inner thoughts and imaginings, allowing them to blossom and take shape into creative ideas. Next time you are looking for your muse, try taking some of that nose to the grindstone time and redirect it by going outside and dingo a bit a cloud watching. You might be surprised what kinds of stories, inspirations and ideas will come to you as you sit back and spend some time contemplating these big and billowy harbingers of imagination.
For example, you could go and take a walk outside as storm clouds start to roll in from the north. You can watch the sky get darker and feel the menace of the coming storm and find yourself realizing how easy it is for certain clouds to change a person’s mood. Whether it is excitement for the upcoming spectacle of flash and boom or, gloom over the loss of a sunny day, the presence of storm clouds can definitely shift a person’s outlook very quickly. This might then give you a new creative idea for rainy day activity or painting you are working on. You could go also to the park with some friends and cloud watch. Each of you could spend time describing what you see in the clouds, comparing, contrasting, and bouncing ideas off each other. This cloud based brain storming session can then lead to a new story idea, or perhaps even to a new way of looking at those ideas you were bouncing around in your head as you listen to each friend describing something vastly different in the same cloud.
Whenever an opportunity to cloud gaze presents itself, you should seize upon it and let your imagination get out and stretch. By allowing yourself to get lost among the clouds, you can end up finally finding that seed of inspiration that was hidden deep within yourself.