Many of you will be more familiar with the concept of a God Box. I first introduced the idea of making Muse Boxes when I was working with a group of bereaved women who were suffering from a dread of using the printed word. To enable them to find a way to express themselves and find a way out of their grief we began by decorating boxes that are readily found in shops that stock all the items needed for craft work.
The object was to make boxes and fill them with talismans that would help them through the dark hours when they felt powerless and alone. Of course, the discussion about how to go about the project and what to store in our boxes was as therapeutic as the box itself. In making our Muse boxes we talked about the fact that it would be good to turn to this box when things were not going so well, that we could make Muse boxes, filled with things of comfort for someone facing a similar plight.
The ritual of keeping a Muse box is incredibly powerful. It provides an excellent way to symbolically release your problems or grief to the Muse, a higher power who will be gentle, watch over you and provide comfort.
If you are interested in this idea I suggest that you slip into Tera Leigh's page about making a God Box and read Anne Lamott's wonderful article about them at Salon. I also recommend that you look at the Memory Box Artist Program that is on Tera Leigh's site. View and be inspired by some of the beautiful boxes that have been made as a part of this program.
Once you have made your Muse Box keep it your writing table and use it prudently. Once it is there it will take on a life of its own. You can make flash cards to remind you of the things that stimulate your creativity. You can write letters to the Muse sharing your deepest feelings. You can slip in the odd thank you note when you observe some serendipity in your life or you can write asking your special muse how you should deal with issues from writing block to personal problems.