They often say madness is the sign of genius. All famed artists and geniuses were said to have had some sort of ‘troublesome condition’. While this was never confirmed, it makes one wonder really… An American Indian legend also goes down that path, believing that mental disorders are not diseases per se but simply misunderstood people simply in a state of imbalance in relation to..other worlds or something. Who knows really…maybe some day we will.
Writing has become difficult over the past year or two, after the equilibrium was lost to a destructive situation. To write, both for the writer writing and for the reader reading, requires a certain harmony in thinking process and understanding. The more the thoughts which go in the same direction, the easier it is to link them and understand/write them down. If each individual thought wanted to go down its own path, it would be like all the cars of the street not following the road markings but trying to drive wherever they wanted in whatever direction they wanted. That would make traffic lights totally useless. Same goes for the mind’s ability to focus to write something coherent.
Many writers talk about needing a Muse to write. That mythical being does provide inspiration…or does she?
What happens to the mind with a muse? A sense of refocusing? Like a one way street? A sense of direction? Like road signs? Speed limits? Or rather, minimum speed limits?
Stability can give the mind a platform from which to spin its webs of interpretation and understanding. Stability can contribute to giving an organisation in which chaos can run free. Organised chaos is the ultimate state, as chaos leads to progress while organisation ensures the progress is positive.
Factors contributing to that stability could be various, and a Muse could be one of them. Some Muses, on the other hand, could have the exact opposite effect. Would that not, de facto, make them not Muses? Pretty much. It takes but one of those..Esum (Inverted muse?) to potentially wreck havoc in any stable mind, annihilating any balance and organisation in the hitherto settled equilibrium, to bring in their own fatalistic chaos and complexes which reign their mind so that they are not left behind!
A creative force flowing down its path, a muse to one side and an esum to the other. A pull either way could yield strong results, of either magnitude. Both hold out their hands but the choice to grab either is not fully conscious. While the conscious mind would want to grab the muse’s hand, the subconscious could lead to the grabbing of the esum’s hand. A fraction of difference, with potentially fractious consequences.
Any given situation could lead to either a miracle or a disaster. Either one happening does not mean the other not happening later. A carefully organised mind can simply encourage more muses to tend their hands compared to esums.
A solution? Meditate.