This line of thought was inspired by a couple of dear friends of mine talking about the need to do a deep free fall into their souls in order to figure out the next right steps in life. The dark bits, the pieces of ourselves and our stories that we can't see through the darkness of the unknown, or the dark veil of trauma and pain. Mystery isn't always veiled in darkness, sometimes it sparkles and shines so bright we can't quite make out the outline of what is inside. Or we can only see the silhouette of something new, unknown, unimagined, but not the substance that forms it. Working with the creative muse is a window into the unknown territory of our souls and our collective experience and emotion. She will take you on a deep wild ride if you let her, and much can be revealed by working with the muse through creative arts if you open yourself up to the channel and the mystery.
Singing and Songs are an especially tangible art form because they are so closely connected to speech, and because music is made with the body, singing happens by resonating our bones and our cells through our throats, with our breath. We form the sound inside of our bodies and send it radiating out in sound waves through the air. Singing is pretty freaking magical when you think about it.
Working with the Muse -A Reflection-
Surrendering yourself to the creative muse is to dive deep into the shadows of self, community, and collective consciousness. It is devotional surrender to unknown mystery, a willingness to channel the mysterious workings of our hearts. It is embracing the pain and isolation that has been suffered through all of time, with the knowing that singing one's own song from one unique vocal frequency has the power to heal. Secure in the knowledge as we traverse paths in total darkness that it is from this darkness that light is born. We must travel through dark tunnels underwater in order to emerge fully into bright cleansing sunlight. Be conscious of the magic you create when you play with the muse in the underworld. Bring the treasures you unearth there in the depths to light with intentions of love and healing. Know that while some of the things you find will sparkle with radiance when brought into the light, others will shock the eye of the soul with vicious ugliness. But these still must be brought to light, for in the light they loose their dark power, the kind of black magic that eats away at love, compassion, humanity, and communal joy from the inside out. In bringing these dark pieces of pain and collective suffering into the light, they can be explored, the mysterious nooks and crannies no longer holding sway over our bright destinies with the mystery of the deepest dark. It is in these places that true healing takes place, on a collective level.
So- BE BRAVE when calling the muse. Let her take you where she will. Be open to the journey and don't shy away from the feeling she imbues each time you call to her, be it playful joy, feeling rooted on the path, wild flight, or deep dives into excavations of the scariest, darkest pieces of our stories. She is wise. She will lead you where you need to go, to find the find the forgotten records of the healing medicine you are destined to bring to our ever evolving cosmic story.
I love you,
Alison is a Musician, Writer, Teacher and Mother. She lives in rural Sonoma County with her daughter, Ella.