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Goddesses and creativity

by Douglas Eby

"The muse kissed at the right time."

Makeup artist Elisabeth Fry said in a newspaper interview that she "answered her calling" to design jewelry and accessories: "The makeup industry was a bit slow and the muse kissed just at the right time," as she poetically expressed it.

Author Agapi Stassinopoulos [above] in her book "Conversations With the Goddesses.." says women can use the ancient Greek goddesses to reveal various aspects of their personality and invite the "kiss of the muse" to inspire creative expression.

With a master's in psychology, Stassinopoulos has developed a one-woman show about goddesses, and thinks a reason to consider them as personal inspiration for artwork and poetry is because they "give us an understanding of larger-than-life emotions. 

"And they are not what we would call the positive emotions," she adds. "There was jealousy, revenge and competitiveness. Identifying with the goddesses gives you tremendous freedom to express those emotions without judging or feeling guilty about them." 

Another area of emotion that many people may feel guilty about is the pleasure of play. Elisabeth Fry has made effective business use of both her creative abilities and impulses to play. Perhaps some goddesses can also be role models for guilt-free indulgence in fun.

In their book "Putting Your Talent to Work," Lucia Capacchione, PhD, and Peggy Van Pelt, PhD write, "We find talent at the heart of fun-making. Unfortunately, many people think that they can't make a living by having fun." But, they add, "The talents we exercise while we're having fun can be turned into a career path." 

One strategy they suggest for exploring this further is to keep a Talent Journal: "Make a list of fun-making activities in which you are currently involved. Next to each item, brainstorm some ideas for how you can be paid for any of these activities, or how you can integrate them into your existing job or career." 

Stassinopoulos, in an iVillage interview, noted there are examples in literature and drama: "For example, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire is very much a wounded Aphrodite. So different characters express different qualities. Later on, I started psychology and understood that these Goddesses live in our own unconscious. They are forces of the unconscious. We need to wake them up. 

"The Goddesses are a tool we can use to open up to a greater potential in ourselves. Whenever we stand fully in our own power and integrity, we are connected with our spirit. Whenever we hold back from ourselves, doubt ourselves, or are not generous with ourselves, then we are not connected with our spirit."

She also advises doing "something from your heart. Remember when we were children and used to paint? Make the simplest things. It taps back to your creativity. Do not judge it; creativity is childlike. When you are creative, you cannot be in turmoil. The mind is in turmoil. Dance! Put lovely music on and dance until you drop down." 

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book: 

Agapi Stassinopoulos  Conversations With the Goddesses: Revealing the Divine Power Within You

photo of Agapi Stassinopoulos from iVillage interview

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