Finding Your Muse

In ancient Greece, people believed that all creation—artistic, philosophic, or scientific in nature—was motivated by goddesses who served as the literal embodiment of inspiration. They were known as the Muses—the givers of the all-important creative spark.

Those who are highly creative often rely on “muses” to drive their creative process. They may differ in form and function: people you meet, epiphanies found in cultural artifacts like movies and books, and often different forms of nature like a clear mountain waterfall or breathtaking green valley.

Below are some questions to help you find your muse:

1. What moves you — physically, spiritually, and emotionally?

2. What is really important to you?

3. What things do you cherish or revere?

4. On what aspects of your life are you unwilling to compromise?

5. What purposes define your life?

6. What makes you feel vital and alive?

7. What inspires you?

8. What drives you?

9. What enthuses and excites you?

10. What provokes you?

11. What lifts you out of yourself?

12. What things help you define and focus on certain goals?