Recovery: A Pulpit for the Muse

26
52
drug and alcohol addiction recovery and a pulpit for the muse

I hardly wrote a word during the most active years of my alcoholism. It was as though my disease had me absolutely convinced that I could never live as a sober person – much less write again.

Writing and art had been such a part of who I was growing up – a coping mechanism, really – but in the throes of alcoholism, I’d forgotten how to do me.

Art brings others into our world with a sensory invitation. We want others to know how we are feeling – and there are so many feelings, so much of the time. We are a sensitive bunch!

How could I invite others to share my life with a sensory invitation when at the same time I was numbing my senses?

Have you ever forgotten how to do you?

A Muse is the inspiration or influence for creation – often through music, poetry, writing and other artistic forms.

It is the narration in your head that you simply must put on paper.
It is the painting that is in your spirit and must be released onto the canvas.
It is the prose deep within you that longs to become a poem.
It is the comedic and the tragic in the words of a song.
It is the
still, small voice that implores you to “Make your mark on the world. You are worthy to do that!”

The disease of addiction convinces many creative minds that they must drink or use drugs to unlock the creative force. It had me fooled for years. I actually believed, “Take away my drink, and you take away my Muse.”

Nothing could have been further from the truth. To the active addict, substance takes precedence over sustenance. I know that was the case for me.

Recovery unlocks the Muse.

To my mind, God may have created the forces of science to make life possible; but, He created the poignancy of art to make life tolerable. We are given the Creative Force – and we all have it to some degree – to speak our lives to others in a way they might understand. Or to speak your life to yourself, which is a good enough reason to create!

The drug is not your Muse. The Muse was there before you took that first drink or smoke, before you first used.

It isn’t in the glass or bottle or pipe or in endless chocolate chip cookies or in a slot machine or in porn. When you surrender and put down these things, that’s when you learn how to do you.

A healthy recovery program can guide you through a process of fanning the divine creative spark, because art is a spiritual pursuit. Ask God to help you do it, and He will extend a sensory invitation to you through the beauty and poignancy around you.

Your Muse – your artistic God Particle – is a spark endowed by your Creator to enable you to create. It’s where surrender-to-the-Higher-Power rubber meets the road aesthetically and musically.

What is sobriety from chemical dependency? Clarity to hear the Muse.

What is recovery? Giving the Muse a proper pulpit.

Make your mark on the world.

You are worthy to do that.

Jana Greene is a Jesus freak, wife, mother, recovering alcoholic, author and blogger at thebeggarsbakery.com. In 2001, she surrendered her will to Jesus and is still surrendering daily. She writes to let others know where to find the Bread of Life. She lives with her husband, daughters and kitty cats in North Carolina.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success. If you know of any please share. Thank you!

  2. Undeniably believe that that you said. Your favourite justification seemed to be on the web the simplest thing to understand of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed at the same time as other people consider concerns that they just don’t recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thank you

  3. Thank you for another informative web site. Where else could I get that type of information written in such an ideal way? I have a project that I am just now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

  4. Hola! I’ve been reading your web site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

  5. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely wonderful. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a terrific website.

  6. Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  7. Can I simply say what a aid to search out someone who truly knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You positively know how one can convey a difficulty to mild and make it important. More folks must read this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant consider youre not more widespread because you positively have the gift.

  8. There are some interesting cut-off dates on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity but I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

  9. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this outstanding blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here