|On Musing and Laughter
muse is a source of inspiration, a guiding presence in a creative
endeavor. The need for muses is by no means limited to artists and
writers, but extends to all humans and all walks of life.
Many people assume that muses are elevated and solemn, like a maiden in
a castle, or a wreathed figure strumming a lyre. Perhaps such muses are
not so much elevated as inflated — that is, romanticized all
out of proportion. Being too reverential about one's muse can lead to
absurd extremes, as is seen in Don Quixote and his idealized notions of
I'm convinced that muses may also be mischievous and comic, like
Curious George, or a character in Dr. Seuss. Some muses laugh; others
may need to be laughed at.
I believe muse laughter is a divine healing
force, available to anyone with a discerning ear and a sense of humor.
I assist clients in looking at troubles and tensions as possible
sources of healing laughter. By focusing energy on a problem and
exaggerating its hold upon you, you may find that it contains the seeds
of its own comic transformation. In the process you may discover
surprising reserves of self-humor and lightness of spirit.
Kelly says, "Musing and laughter are
good for the soul."