In a follow up to my last post about Steven Pressfield's terrific book "The War of Art", he writes about artists being open to a nudge from our muse or angels or some divine, subconscious inspiration that might whisper something to us in the creation process.
Do you believe in a muse of sorts in your process of creating? Do you lose yourself in a trance-like state when you're writing? When you've had an incredible writing session -- do you feel absolutely drained -- as if you weren't present when writing, but somewhere else for that time?
In his book, Pressfield quotes William Blake's "Eternity is in love with the creations of time." Wow, I love this. Does eternity care about what we're writing?
Paul McCartney says that he "woke up one morning with the tune in my head." That tune turned out to be "Yesterday". Where did that tune originate? Was it a gift to us through another creative source?
This is deep stuff, I know, but I wonder.
Have you ever experienced divine intervention when writing? Do you believe something untapped comes from a higher energy when you're writing or dreaming? Or do you feel alone and on your own to pound out that next bad draft or masterpiece?
I've heard countless musicians, writers and painters say they awoke from a dream and had the beginnings of what later became an iconic song, book or painting.
What are your thoughts about your muse?
Until next time.