Concepts of inspiration

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Inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration or enthusiasm came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Inspiration is also a divine matter in Hebrew poetics. In the Book of Amos the prophet speaks of being overwhelmed by God’s voice and compelled to speak. In the 18th century philosopher John Locke proposed a model of the human mind in which ideas associate or resonate with one another in the mind. In the 19th century, Romantic poets such as Coleridge and Shelley believed that inspiration came to a poet because the poet was attuned to the (divine or mystical) winds and because the soul of the poet was able to receive such visions.

In the early 20th century, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud located inspiration in the inner psyche of the artist. Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung’s theory of inspiration suggests that an artist is one who was attuned to racial memory, which encoded the archetypes of the human mind. Further, inspiration could come directly from the subconscious.

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”Our entire universe, to the farthest galaxy we are told, is no more than a closed electron in a far grander universe we can never see. And that universe is only an elementary particle in another still greater universe and so on… forever.” (Carl Sagan)

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