Nine Modern Day Muses

Meet Aha-Phrodite, the inspired Muse of paying attention to possibility and new ideas. And Audacity, the uninhibited Muse of the courage to take risks. Lull gives you permission to let go of the process and take a break; Marge brings common sense and a call to action; while nurturing Muse Song sings you praises. No-nonsense bodyguard Arnold acts as protection against such intruders as discouragement, creativity blocks, and mindless TV.

Based on her creativity-nurturing book, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) creativity coach and seminar leader Jill Badonsky takes the nine classical Greek Muses and updates them for our time, personifying ten principles designed to overcome creative blocks and embrace the wonders of self-expression. Each Muse will take you on a journey through empowering exercises to awaken creativity, brainstorming, spiritual affirmations, journaling, muse walks, rituals to inspire faith and confidence, and quotes from Mortals who've been inspired by the Muses.

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Muse mapAnother Fine Myth: Introduction to the 9 Modern Day Muses
Meet Aha-phrodite, Albert, Marge, Bea Silly, Spills, Audacity, Lull, Shadow, Muse Song, and Arnold (the Bodyguard). After you've met them all, learn more about how each can help and inspire you.


Aha-phrodite's symbolPaying Attention to Possibilities with Aha-phrodite
Aha-Phrodite is the Muse of paying attention and possibilities. Aha-phrodite's name was inspired from Aphrodite, goddess of Love and Beauty and well-known daughter of Zeus and Hera. What does paying attention mean to you in the creative process?


Albert's symbolAlbert, A Muse with an Attitude
Albert is the Muse of imagination and innovation. Albert's name was inspired by Albert Einstein, the mortal icon of innovation, imagination, and revolutionary thinking. Try this fun imagination/innovation exercise to get a good sense of Albert's powers.

  • Exposure Realms
    Exposure to fields we normally do not venture into jiggles the controls on our minds so ingenuity leaks in.
  • Interview with Albert
    In today's challenging economy, many artists are unemployed, or working outside their fields to make ends meet. Can you give us some creative ideas that will help pay the bills, stretch a buck further, or cut expenses?


Audacity's symbolFive Ways to Believe in Yourself: From the Muse, Audacity
Audacity is the Muse of courage and uninhibited uniqueness. Audacity's name means liberation from the opinion of others. The talented artist, writer, or musician who does not show belief and confidence can flounder, when someone less talented but with assertive belief can flourish.

  • Interview with Audacity
    What are some ways mortals can tap into their intuition more readily, and thus live a life informed by their authentic, unique truth?


Bea Silly's symbolFun is an Elixir of Spontaneous Ideas
Bea Silly is the Muse of play, laughter, and dance. Bea Silly's name means bringing play, fun, laughter, and freedom back to the creative process. On Bea-ing Silly: Solutions that seemed so evasive earlier appear effortlessly in the midst of play.

  • Interview with Bea Silly
    How does motion open you up to receive inspiration? Can you tell our readers more about Muse Walks and how they work?


Lull's symbolDoing Nothing with a Muse called Lull
Lull is the Muse of pause, diversion, and gratitude. Lull's name means a break, a pause, a space in between.You know how we are always doing … well, something? I have it from some excellent sources that doing nothing is actually going to get you somewhere.


Marge's symbolMarge: The Just-Get-Started Muse
Marge is the Muse of okay-now-let's-get-started. Marge's name means Midwestern, no-nonsense approach to getting started and staying with it. Marge is all about beginning the creative process — often the hardest part. This two-part feature will help you take that first step.

  • Previously on Marge... (Marge Reloaded)
    In part one you were encouraged to make a start with a creative call you have or continue an "in progress" endeavor in real time. How did you do?
  • Interview with Marge
    Marge, how can your no-nonsense inspirational style help artists navigate the swamps of procrastination?
  • Self-Sabotage: 8 Ways to Stop Creative Neglect
    Realize that patterns like procrastination, self-sabotage, and fondling your remote control are not often broken with the initial enthusiasm and infatuation you experience when you embark upon a creative endeavor.
  • From Snakes to Delight (Illusion of Fear)
    The illusion of fear is banished with the light that comes when you trust the process enough to embark upon it with wild abandon at the beginning.


Muse Song's symbolMuse Song, the Muse of Pampering, Encouragement and Good Company
Muse Song is the Muse of nurturing, encouragement, and good company. Muse Song's name means someone to sing your praises — both your inner voice and the voice of those you choose to share your company. Learn nine ways to nurture yourself and your creativity.


Shadow's symbolThe Shadow Muse — Gifts of Your Dark Side
Shadow Muse is the Muse of gifts of the dark side. Shadow's name means the dark side of our personality. The shadow side of a mortal provides an incredible amount of creative energy.


Spill's symbolSpills: The Beauty of ImperFection
Spills is the Muse of process, practice, and imperfection. Spill's name means releasing perfection, enjoying the process, knowing the power of practice and patience. Spills will share her powers of being the Muse of Process, Practice and Imperfection.

  • Interview with Spills
    What is Perfection paralysis? How do you help mortals break the chains and free themselves to love the process of creating, rather than merely focusing on the finished product?


Arnold's symbolThe Muses Hire a Bodyguard
Arnold, the Muses Bodyguard, protects you from all of the adversaries of the creative process — the traitors to your unfolding as a creative possibility in self-realized splendor. Arnold, the Muses Bodyguard, protects you from all of these adversaries of the creative process — the traitors to your unfolding as a creative possibility in self-realized splendor.

  • Interview with Arnold
    It's a well-known fact that many artists, writers, and musicians have a self-destructive bent. How do you protect such tortured souls from the harm they intend upon themselves? Is there anyone you simply can't help?


Excerpts from the Third Edition of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)
The third edition is out with a Bea Silly touch-of-fun new illustrations, Albert's new applications of creative principles, and something special from the rest of the Muses (which are 10 dynamic creative principles in the guise of nine Muses and a Bodyguard). The Muses wanted to add something new, so they got together and brainstormed how their principles could be applied to areas where mortals want and need more creative inspiration.

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About Jill Badonsky

Jill BadonskyJill Badonsky is a creativity coaching pioneer, inspirational humorist, artist, and founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™. More

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