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What’s the difference between “invoking the muse” and using a personal mantra for success?
Invocations and mantras have similarities… An invocation is like a prayer that is said in tribute to a higher being… Such as a spirit or a god.
You may find an invocation in a religious text, or really anywhere. It doesn’t need to be religious… It can be any passage or writing that is meaningful to you.
Invocations are meant to show praise and respect for the spirit being invoked. Invocations are said with sincerity and intention.
A mantra is often a shorter phrase than an invocation and is more self-directed than designed to praise and invoke a spirit.
What is Invoking The Muse vs. Reciting A Personal Mantra?
Example of an Invocation:
Author Steven Pressfield is famous for his “invocation of The muse”… In “The War of Art”, he writes about his daily habit of invoking The Muse by reciting the following passage from Homer’s Odyssey in “absolute earnest” before beginning his daily work of writing…
O Divine Poesy, goddess, daughter of Zeus, sustain for me this song of the various-minded man who, after he had plundered the innermost citadel of hallowed Troy, was made to stray grievously about the coasts of men, the sport of their customs, good and bad, while his heart, through all the sea-faring, ached with an agony to redeem himself and bring his company safe home. Vain hope – for them. The fools! Their own witlessness cast them aside. To destroy for meat the oxen of the most exalted Sun, wherefore the Sun-god blotted out the day of their return. Make this tale live for us in all its many bearings, O Muse….
A mantra is also very personal in terms of its meaning… You can provide yourself with a mantra or, in some forms of meditation, a mantra is given to you.
For example, in transcendental meditation, mantras are provided to you.
Examples of personal mantras for success are:
- The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
- The only person keeping you from what you want is you.
- Create a life you can be proud of.
- Don’t trade what you want most for what you want right now.
A mantra can be very helpful in terms of keeping yourself on track.
As Guy Ritchie says in his interview with Joe Rogan, a mantra can make the difference between being who you are and being what the world wants you to be.
Whatever your personal mantra for success, he states that this recitation is something that has to be constantly reaffirmed with yourself…