Intention, then space-time.
You bring your idea, your talent and your intention. We give you space-time away from the real world, and a support system to make the most of your stay.
Then, you do the work. You do the work just like you would for your job back home.
You give that two hours every day Stendhal talked about, or whatever amount of set hours you want to give every day. You start at nine o’clock every morning like Faulkner, or even earlier in the morning as Auden did, or late at night like Dostoyevesky. You get up at the same time every day as Elizabeth Gilbert puts it and you “sweat and labor.”
The thing with La Muse though is that you will be doing this “work” with a group of people who have come here for the same purpose, a group of people who understand what you are going through.
As John Cleese says, you have to find a “space” where you can give yourself that “time” to connect with that flow, that genius, that inspiration.
Yes, this space can be created in your home or office, but what about what Cleese calls the “interruptions”: phone calls, ticking things off on lists, racing around all day? If we are talking about a sustained amount of time to really get into your project without interruptions then a retreat is far more productive.
And as Cleese says in another video on creativity if you are interrupted during your “creative state” then you lose the flow of what you were working on. Unless you create what he calls an “oasis of space-time” where there are “boundaries” of “space” and “time” then you can’t tap into creativity.
Ultimately you have to have the right conditions to be able to make the effort to get inspired. Inspiration and genius are in all of us. However, we are not all truly receptive all the time as it takes a huge effort when surrounded by the vicissitudes. It takes courage to be receptive and to create.
La Muse is a space designed to reduce these “interruptions.” Our Quiet Hours and the natural, tranquil setting allow for creative ideas to seed and grow.
Sure, you can optimize those conditions in your own life whether it’s with meditation or a non-negotiable writing routine, but it does help to get a boost, to say the least, by going on a retreat. Just creating those conditions at home can take years. Establishing them in a place like La Muse and then bringing them back home with you would be even better. As opposed to having to fight through your routine to form a creative schedule you can come here and be encouraged by the example of other creative individuals in addition to having no excuses to not do your work.
La Muse has created those conditions for you to step into and the space helps you establish creative momentum which is then easier to maintain back in your own life.
Next up, What is Disconnection, Creativity and Inspiration?