How envisioning can help lead you to your muse
“A ROCK PILE CEASES TO BE A ROCK PILE THE MOMENT A SINGLE MAN CONTEMPLATES IT, BEARING WITHIN HIM THE IMAGE OF A CATHEDRAL.”
In order to pull your muse from that pile of creative rocks, allow yourself to envision what those rocks could become. By envisioning what they could be, you allow yourself to take your creative raw materials and turn them into a monument to your muse.
The statue in the marble
Take a block of marble or granite. To many of us it is just a slab of rock, but to a sculptor that block is something much more. They look at the rock and within it see another form: the rough white edges becoming smooth round edges of a beautiful face or the oblong outline becoming the figure of an animal in motion. They will look that block and see their art coming out of it. The same can be said about a lump of clay, a piece of wood, or a blank canvas. While many of us will look at these things and see them as mere objects, there are others out there who look at them and see the things that these objects are waiting to become.
The power behind creativity is being able to first envision what things are waiting to become, not just in the things that you might find at your local art store, but much further than that. It can be found in the eyes of a developer looking at an abandoned parking garage for example, or even reflecting off the glasses of a webmaster building a web site. Whatever raw material are at your creative disposable, by allowing your mind to seek and draw out the thing which you desire to build, you will allow yourself to get a much fuller picture of the inspiration that is going to drive you to achieve it.
The next time you are looking for your muse, you just might be able to find it through the power of envisioning. Take a good look at the things you are working with or on, be it a fresh new notebook or a pile of rocks in your back yard and do your best to full envision what you can turn these thing into. That empty notebook could turn into an outline for your new business strategy or even a rough outline for a graphic novel. That that pile of rocks could really be a garden or a walking path waiting to happen. First envision it, and with this new image of inspiration still fresh in your mind, go and create.