As the 2nd Annual Muse A-Fair approaches, I thought I’d re-share this post about why the first event was so successful!
The Story of the Muse A-Fair really has become the epitome of why we, who are advocates of those wanting to live inspired lives, do what we do.
What was it that made the Muse A-Fair such a success? Oh there’s the obvious – people who walked into the show have never seen anything like it. Really, when else has artwork of vaginas and altered cabbage patch dolls been combined with the teachings of a shamanic healer, a promoter of the written word, and a most eclectic and unusual collection of visual artwork, jewellery, photography, owl pellet dissecting kits, duct tape wallets, soaps , witches wands and baked goods?
The quality of the works was top notch… I was in awe at what had been produced and at the glorious effort that went into displays.
People who came to see the event, despite the bomb threat that shut down the downtown core (we were on the edge of that shutdown) stayed and stayed and stayed. Yes, there was so much to see and absorb. One person left and came back, commenting she was overwhelmed with the inspiration in the space and had to take a break.
But here is the true success of the show:
When you go into a traditional art or craft show, how often do you find yourself wanting to get out of there quickly? Traditionally, many of the vendors, although pursuing their creative endeavour, are suffering from the characteristics of the un-mused: they are doubting themselves, comparing themselves with others, judging others, still thinking that they can only justify their creations if they sell, are competitive with other vendors, (and can even be caught verbally disparaging them), are finding all kinds of outside people and things to blame if things aren’t going as well as they should be, and they show up to the event in high defence mode in preparation for any rude comments that might never actually happen….. and thus, there is an energy hovering over the show that is not all that light.
The muse a-fair, however, included people who have had coaching and/ or muse group training. The energy of compassion and gentleness for themselves was obvious. Their collective caring for each other literally shone. If they found themselves comparing, or fearful, or doubting.. that was okay… they knew how to manage that. They have Bodyguards and Spills and all the muses to call on. But more than that, they’ve bonded with their own creative soul. So much
that may have caused doubts in the past no longer even exists.
They understand each other. We could all laugh with each other at the sleepless nights prior to the event for those of us who create on a deadline. It wasn’t wrong to stay up all night. It just happens to be a characteristic of some creative people.
We didn’t necessarily have high dollar sales, (although without the bomb scare I think we would have) but not one of the Muses would say this wasn’t the most awesome show ever. They got to be in their process and they knew how brave they were to step out and share their brilliance. They knew they had the full support of every other creative being there.
The depth of their stories were not blatantly shared, although I hope over time they feel comfortable sharing all. There are stories of overcoming huge challenges, of moving forward despite pain, of crazy success… Observers were touched to the very depth of their soul and said so, and purchased pieces that touched their heart. Some muses have commented that this event has been life changing.
The group of Muses of the Muse A-Fair are people who have chosen to live inspired lives. That energy, and the collective love and support of each other is what made this event a success. This is what people who came to see felt. This is what inspired them to stay and talk and meander and purchase and be inspired.
And this why I do what I do. That is why life coaches and creativity coaches do what we do. We are changing the energy of the world by honouring the inspired soul.
Learn more about the event and the work and inspiration of the Muses of the first ever Muse A-Fair here! As well on my site, you can learn more about becoming a muse yourself, or even, training to be a certified creativity group leader.