How looking at the night sky can help you find your muse
"WHEN IT IS DARKEST, MEN SEE THE STARS."
The stars in the night sky have been inspiring stories, legends and myths for centuries. They have also served as the impetuous for great new discoveries. Next time you are looking for a way to be inspired, go outside to place where you can see the night sky and have a look upwards.
Stars in the sky
It was a few fall seasons ago; we were camping in Death Valley for one night. The desert at dawn is a site that will take your breath away, and I have dozens of pictures that attest to it. However, when I think back to that short stay in this picturesque dry desert valley, the thing that always comes to my mind is how beautiful the sky looked at night. It was alive in a way that made you understand why our ancestors saw stories, myths, gods, and legends written upon the dark tapestry of twilight.
I remember sitting there in my little foldout camping chair, eating smores by the fire, staring up, completely dumbfounded by the beauty and majesty of the naked night sky. It had been a while since I had ever thought to look up, but then again, it had been a long time since I was far enough away from the city lights that looking up into the starry night was actually worth the effort. That evening brought me back to my childhood. Back to the place where I grew up, a place that also boasted beautiful night skies. I thought how I once took looking up into a beautiful starry sky for granted and now how I needed to go on vacation just to see one.
The starry night sky has been inspiring men and women since the dawn of creativity. The stars have helped spawn the first stories and legends. Looking at the stars has led to scientific leaps like the calendar, the sextant and calculus. Stars are still inspiring us today, giving those who think and dream new ideas and visions as they gaze up into the night and do their best to unravel its secrets. Next time you are looking for new ideas and new inspiration to help unlock your creativity, find yourself a nice place away from the city lights and have a nice look upwards.
You can lie on your back and simply stare up into the night sky and let your eyes take it all in, or, you can bring a telescope with you (if you have one) and use it to peer into the fathomless depths. However you do it, let the majesty and awe of the universe inspire you. Think about the vastness of time and space and how our mighty sun is really just one twinkle in the milky swath that is our galaxy. Think about how some of those twinkling lights are actually distant galaxies, each holding millions of their own stars, some most likely with planets that are similar to the one we live on. Now let your imagination take hold and you will find that the blocks that are keeping the cogs of your creativity from spinning are minor obstacles, insignificant in the grand scale of things.
I find inspiration looking at the sky during tough times. Insurmountable problems that seem as high as mountains do not seem so anymore when I think about them looking at the stars. Under such scenario, it is easy for me to see how small the problems I am facing are compared to the vastness of the universe. It also helps me understand how many times before, through history, others have looked at that same sky with bigger problems than I have and found a solution to it. Under the starry night, I am in the right state of mind to get my worries out which do not let me think properly, and thus I often find the inspiration I was looking for and find a solution to the problems I have.