The secret to working with a daemonic muse: Get out of the way

I just published a new post at Demon Muse about the proper way of working with your invisible daemonic partner. Here’s an excerpt:

The central point or insight of daemonic creativity can be stated in various ways, but one of the most potent is to say that when we’re pursuing creative work — whether that means planning and executing a specific artistic project or divining a large-scale, whole-life direction — we have to get out of the way of the creative energy itself. Encoded in this way of framing it is the entire universe of spiritual/psychological realities and their subtle relationships that constitute the experience of living and working in deep, conscious collaboration with a daemon muse.

In the past few years I’ve started listening to a number of (carefully chosen and selectively targeted) podcasts and online radio shows, and recently I was excited when two of them featured excellent and moving descriptions of this very insight.

Full article: “On Getting Out of Your Creative Daemon’s Way

The two podcasts in question, by the way, are Depth Insights Radio and the Psychedelic Salon, and the two programs in question feature interviews with Jungian thinker Darlene Viggiano and psychedelic research pioneer Dr. James Fadiman. I’m personally scheduled to interview Jim by phone next week for more info about his thoughts on the relationships between and among psychedelics, the pineal gland, creativity, spirituality, and the muse/daemon/genius experience.

About Matt Cardin

Teeming Brain founder and editor Matt Cardin is the author of DARK AWAKENINGS, DIVINATIONS OF THE DEEP, A COURSE IN DEMONIC CREATIVITY: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO THE INNER GENIUS, and the forthcoming TO ROUSE LEVIATHAN. He is also the editor of BORN TO FEAR: INTERVIEWS WITH THOMAS LIGOTTI and the academic encyclopedias MUMMIES AROUND THE WORLD, GHOSTS, SPIRITS, AND PSYCHICS: THE PARANORMAL FROM ALCHEMY TO ZOMBIES, and HORROR LITERATURE THROUGH HISTORY.

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