It’s different for everyone, but one thing’s for sure: Inspiration just doesn’t come by hitting some automatic pilot switch in your life. Inspiration isn’t going to come from doing the same rote thing every day for twenty years and then for twenty more.
Look, it is possible to change jobs, or change houses or even change families and still have the same exact life you had before. If YOU don’t change, nothing really changes. You’d still be doing things the same way every day.
Inspiration comes when you give yourself a new outlook. It comes from getting out of the box and thinking creatively as did Glibert, Cleese, Nietzsche and every other creative individual before them. Friedrich Nietzsche got a lot of his book ideas after walking in the woods.
And this is generally how it happens:
- You escape your life. Here at La Muse you have no one to answer to but your self.
- Without all those emotional, financial and cultural strings attached, you can actually turn inwards for sustained, suspended periods of time.
- You strike a balance between freedom and structure. You create a schedule that’s not about being confined or about other people’s needs, it’s about YOU. Work for three hours in the morning, then have lunch, then walk or go for a drive, then get together with other residents. Or, maybe sleep all morning, have breakfast at 2 PM, write until 10 PM and then eat. For once, you can follow your own rhythms without any interference from others. But you will give time, attention and consistent intention to your project every day.
- This showing up makes you available to inspiration. It makes you receptive to what it us you need to create. Think about it. If you were told that there existed an angel who bestowed infinite abundance upon all who saw her, and that this angel appeared a few times a year between the hours of 9 AM and noon by the fountain in the square, chances are you would show up until you saw her even if it meant that 200 of your visits to the fountain were spent copy-editing, brainstorming or doodling. You would go and copy-edit every day until that angel appeared.
- So, you settle in. You enjoy the view. You till the soil and pluck some weeds. You talk and gnaw and ponder. And there, in the middle of doing the more mundane aspects of your project, or while you’re out on a long walk or kneading bread or reading someone else’s work, the creative spirit will come to you.
Something else will happen while you’re here. You’ll be more content. So, you’ll return to La Muse yes to further that or some other creative project, but you’ll also come to feel alive, fulfilled, balanced and clear. To feel motivated and energized. To feel like yourself again.
Up next, How Do We Know About Inspiration?