Posted by: Cathy | August 27, 2018

The Muse is Your Subconscious

Ray Bradbury: “What is The Subconscious to every other man, in its creative aspect becomes, for writers, The Muse. … Here is the stuff of originality. For it is in the totality of experience reckoned with, filed, and forgotten, that each man is truly different from all others in the world. For no man sees the same events in the same order, in his life.”

This is also true of artists, musicians, and any other form of creative expression. We take in the world, everything from traffic jams to conversations to sunsets, and all those impressions and sensations stew in our unconscious. When they’re done cooking, the subconscious presents the amalgam to us as ideas for art, which we dutifully try to transcribe onto paper, canvas, etc.

The more comfortable you are with your subconscious or your muse, the more successful you will be at transcribing creative ideas. This is why journaling, daydreaming, and playing with our art supplies are all so important. It is by accessing our subconscious impressions and feelings that we understand what we want to say creatively and how we want to express it.

I gave you some topics last week to “discuss” with your muse, so give them a try if you haven’t already and get to know your subconscious! Then make something only you can make.


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