Sat, 09 Mar | Kissing the Muse HQ

Muse Date: Critical Resistance- Refusing Rebel Muse

Harness the transformative power of art making and storytelling to solve problems, gain insight, achieve goals, and more confidently navigate the cycles of change in your life!
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Muse Date: Critical Resistance- Refusing Rebel Muse

Time & Location

09 Mar 2019, 15:30 – 18:00
Kissing the Muse HQ, Haarlemmerweg 179, 1051LB Amsterdam, Netherlands

About The Event

Kissing the Muse hosts monthly muse dates to explore the 12 phases of the Muse's Creative Adventure. Space is limited to twelve, fearless, scissor-wielding adventurers. Reserve your spot today.


How Kissing the Muse Works

Kissing the Muse is an active, creative mindfulness practice that helps you improve any area of focus—work, creativity, family, relationships, health, even your finances—by revealing your personal narrative and empowering you to change it. It uses collage-making, storytelling (narrative therapy), and Jungian psychology to help you discover the themes of your inner narrative and identify areas for improvement. What’s working for or against your “hero’s” purpose? What makes your muse want to sing?

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 intentionally, intuitively, playfully, courageously, and gracefully.

No previous art-making or creative writing experience is required. Workshop fee: 10 euros.


We make meaning of our lives through the stories we live out as we interact with each other. These stories are shaped and constrained by the stories that are carried in our social, political, and interpersonal contexts--the narratives of myths, movies, novels, advertising, family legends, and fairy tales. Kissing the Muse casts you as an artist, lover, muse, and explorer in the Muse's Creative Adventure, a twelve-phase pattern of narrative that expresses the repeating, universal themes we all face, across time, place and cultures. When we frame our work and lives in this context, each experience, action, and conflict takes on a different significance; even the seemingly mundane mistakes and failures become meaningful and necessary to the story. These road bumps, plot twists and frustrations ultimately move us forward, shaping and transforming our character as we strive to fulfill our desires and dreams. Eventually, we come to see ourselves as the empowered star of our own life’s movie, while simultaneously playing a more intentional and supporting role in the world.

During a "kissing practice" session, you will create a MuseMirror® that reflects the qualities and characteristics you need to navigate a particular phase of your own life's creative adventure. Although it’s not necessary to start at the beginning of the cycle or to move through all twelve phases, it’s strongly encouraged. However, the benefits of Kissing the Muse can occur in a single kissing practice.


Phase 3: Critical Resistance - The Refusing Rebel Muse

(resistance, reluctance, refusal, hesitation, criticism, ego, fear, fight, flight, inner conflict)

While your siren muse calls you forward, your Refusing Rebel Muse holds you back. This muse represents your fears and hesitation. She’s your internal protector (or internalized parent and critic) who wants to keep you safe. There’s nothing really “wrong” with her; she just doesn’t want you to change. She’s comfortable and cozy, thank you very much. For her, the challenge to change feels too big and scary, and she’s not sure you’re up for the task. Why rock the boat- or even get in it; when you can avoid those perilous waters?

But when we hesitate or refuse to act, we alone suffer the consequences. The Refusing Rebel Muse reflects the ways we often sabotage ourselves. Working with this muse helps you dig down to the root of your resistance and untangle its messy layers. Sometimes second thoughts and second-guessing can be a form of self-protection. By listening to our Refusing Rebel Muse, we learn what stops us from stepping into life’s larger possibilities.


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