What's in a Kiss?

A nervous flutter as your heart skips a beat, you inch closer, sparks, then a surge of passion. With a touch, you transcend the daily mundane and intimately connect to the wild, unknown. Breathless, surprising, vulnerable, euphoric. A simple kiss is powerful- it can change your life.


Kissing the Muse is an active, creative mindfulness practice that uses the expressive arts, storytelling, and Jungian psychology to reduce stress and bring about positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviors. The muse is a mirror of our innate, creative potential. Kissing the muse brings us face-to-face, metaphorically, with the blank page or empty canvas of our lives - the untamed, uncharted territory of unlimited possibilities.  Whether we’re creating art, love, or our own life’s adventure, embracing our inner muse can help us navigate the process more consciously, playfully, courageously, and gracefully.












The curated collection of muse dates, creative escapes, kissing practices, and inspiring resources you'll find here can help you discover and embrace the myriad of muses inside you. They are your personal travel guides for chasing your passions, wandering wildly, and changing your life.


So put some cherry lipgloss on, sugar, and pucker up, it's going to be a wild and colorful, life-changing ride!


- Robbyn Layne  


About the Founder - Robbyn Layne 


Kissing the Muse emerged from the transformative art curriculum I created and taught at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California from 2007-2012. Drawing on my background in art, psychology, writing, and film, I developed an interactive graduate course that examined the artist’s creative process through the lens of the mythic hero’s journey, a pattern that expresses the repeating, universal and eternal themes we all face when confronted with the challenge to change.


As The Muse's Creative Adventure, I imagined the twelve-phase process and practices of the course could help, not only artists but people from all walks of life, creatively navigate life’s adventures and storms. 


Kissing the Muse is both my story and method for discovering and revealing your personal truth as a unique, creative, healing elixir.  I hope it will help you to find and share yours.


I hold a Master of Fine Arts in New Practices (painting and cinema) from San Francisco State University (2006), a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (2013), and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas (1993).


 I live and work as a freelance writer in Amsterdam with my partner Thomas and our cat, Leonard Cohen. 

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