Meet the Muses: Wisdom

In this installment of Meet the Muses, I’m going to introduce you to Wisdom.

Wisdom is a mysterious presence that is multiple and continually evolving. They adore seeking with curiosity and openness, cherishing their loving relationship with uncertainty. Wisdom has many expressions including nature, conscience, intuition, insight, and ideas. They are both complex and simple, nuanced and subtle. Wisdom is the wellspring of eloquence, brilliance, clarity, and understanding. 

In the next installment of Meet the Muses, I’ll introduce you to Community.

Meet the Muses: Integrity

In this installment of Meet the Muses, I’m going to introduce you to Integrity.

Integrity is all, they are whole. They reflect consistency, patterns, and connections. Integrity inspires alignment and resonance, they provoke our awareness and attunement. Integrity reflects nuance and context. They continually move toward balance and harmony with resilient energy. 

In the next installment of Meet the Muses, I’ll introduce you to Wisdom.

Meet the Muses: Transformation

In this installment of Meet the Muses, I’m going to introduce you to Transformation.

Transformation is continuous, they have no beginning or ending. Every ending is a new beginning; these are inseparable. Transformation moves, flows, becomes, decays. They are an infinite cycle that responds every moment to adjacent processes of transformation. Transformation is not the goal, it is the way. The process and the destination are inseparable. Transformation desires our partnership to influence its course. Without our collective good intentions, transformation will respond to others’ collective disparate intentions. They slow down and hasten but are never finished, they are always evolving. It is where continuity and chaos coexist. 

In the next installment of Meet the Muses, I’ll introduce you to Integrity.

Meet the Muses: Joy

In this installment of Meet the Muses, I’m going to introduce you to Joy.

Joy is an energy that makes life feel not only worthwhile but also fulfilling and thrilling. Joy nourishes our dreams and ideas so they may flourish. They invite us to have fun and to experience pleasure without guilt or shame. Joy can be sweet and delightful or exhilarating and awe inspiring. They compel us to soften and slow down, but also to seek adventure and to take blissful risks. Joy is our purpose, joy is our foundation, joy is our connection. With joy on our shoulder, we can endure pain and hardship while also seeing past our trauma to reimagine our relationships and our world.

For more ideas about joy, see my exploration of the word ‘happiness’ and its seven manifestations in Whole Happy and Healthy.

In the next installment of Meet the Muses, I’ll introduce you to Transformation.

Meet the Muses: Optimism

In this second installment of Meet the Muses, I’m going to introduce you to optimism.

Optimism whispers to us what could be possible and compels us to take risks. They inspire the devotion of an ingenue and the conviction of a visionary. With optimism by our side, we have the audacity to trust the process and feel instilled with hope when our values and freedoms are taken for granted, or taken away. Optimism is never complacent or complicit, nor does optimism dismiss or fail to resist the real challenges of life. Optimism is resistance that creates.  `

In the next installment of Meet the Muses, I’ll introduce you to Joy.

Meet the Muses

I first heard the word muse when I was completely enchanted by the movie Xanadu as a five-year-old. In the movie, Olivia Newton John portrays a muse who inspires a painter to complete a record album cover. Aside from the great music (i.e. Magic by Olivia Newton John and I’m Alive by Electric Light Orchestra) and roller skating, there was something more to the movie for me–I felt intrigued by the idea of a muse, or a source of inspiration.

In Greek mythology, there are nine muses–the daughters of Mnemosine and Zeus who are goddesses of the arts and science and often portrayed as voluptuous women with exposed breasts and alluring smiles. When I created this blog, it was not to suggest that I was a muse in this vein. Rather, I wanted to play with the idea that we can inspire each other, and also be inspired by the non-human world. The intent of this blog is to be a source of inspiration which sparks many more ideas from you.

And so I’ve given some thought to what inspires me, and it seems fitting that I should explain that to you in depth as the basis for further conversation at the Activist’s Muse. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be describing each of the eight muses that I have identified as an important source of inspiration to me.

  • October 4, 2021 – Optimism
  • October 18, 2021 – Joy
  • November 11, 2021 – Transformation
  • November 15, 2021 – Integrity
  • November 29, 2021 – Wisdom
  • December 13, 2021 – Community
  • December 27, 2021 – Creativity
  • January 10, 2022 – Meaning

These words are what some people might call values. They are that, but so much more to me. A value is something that is pre-defined that we feel obliged to follow because of our faith, the law, or our moral compass. A muse is, instead, an open-ended source of inspiration and enrichment. I’ll explain who each of the muses are, how they inspire me, and how I tune into them in the weeks that follow.