We delved into the word “metaphysical” in Blog #6. Now we will go deeper into the meaning of the word “musings.”
The Muse by Andrius Foto.
What is a muse?
The dictionary defines a muse as: “a goddess that inspires a creative artist, especially a poet.”
Muse is a 14th century French word, derived from the Latin “musa” and the Greek equivalent “Mousa.”
In Greek mythology, the nine Muses were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Each goddess was regarded as the protectress of a different art or science.
From the root word “mus” we get the words music, amusement, museum and, of course, musings.
What are musings?
One dictionary defined the word as follows:
“a period of reflection or thought.”
Example: “his musings were interrupted by the sound of the telephone”
meditation, thinking, contemplation, deliberation, pondering, reflection, rumination, cogitation, introspection, daydreaming, dreaming, reverie, abstraction, preoccupation, brooding, woolgathering.
All of the synonyms fit for me, except perhaps “woolgathering.”
And here is a new word which my mentally-minded readers will enjoy: “cerebration.” Doesn’t it sound like “celebration”? If you think about it, to truly cerebrate is a celebration of our Divine Intelligence!
The Thinker. Photo by Fredrik Rubensson
If you have not known me long but have already read Blog #5, you will know that I do not enjoy sexist language and that I like to create and introduce female-honouring (or hon-her-ing) words whenever I can.
Well, today, when I asked Spirit: “What can I write about today on the subject of “Musings” which will make this post interesting?”, I was guided to research some new dictionary definitions of “musings.” I found one which I had not seen before and which is perfect for this blog post because of the example provided. It was waiting for me in the Cambridge online dictionary:
“Your thoughts or comments on something you have been thinking about carefully for a long time.”
I actually like this definition because it is a more accurate description of what I am doing in this Miracle Blog. But now to the example:
“His musings on everything from sex to religion are profound.”
Aaaagh!! For a start, the use of the male pronoun, “his,” indicates that only a man could muse profoundly on such a broad range of subjects. (Notice the pronoun “his” was also used in the first example above.)
Does this mean, then, that when women muse, they only have superficial thoughts? Or does it mean that when they do have deep thoughts, they are confined to the smaller female world of domestic labour, mothering, fashion and beauty?
AND, more subtly, the dictionary belies a consciousness of separation from God. By God, I mean the Great Omnipotent Deity, bereft of male genitalia.
Let me explain.
In order to illustrate how profoundly men can muse, the dictionary writers chose the concepts of sex and religion, which are typically considered to be polar opposites, thereby demonstrating that the magnificent male mind can muse on the broadest range of subjects covering all points on the spectrum of human thought. The spectrum, however, is the result of a biblical mythology, written by men, in which sex is classified as sinful and earthly whereas religion (or the worship of an abstract male god) is classified as heavenly and pure. It is a perfect example of the age-old war between the concepts of the Spirit and the flesh, a war that is still raging in those minds exhibiting a preponderance towards the patriarchal patterns of thought.
So let me tell you that in the course of my profound Goddess-inspired musings on sex and religion, I have discovered that God and Sex are One: One Life, One Energy, One Creative Power and not at all separate. In fact, I would go so far as to state that God is Sexual Energy. I will leave you with this her-etical comment, promising to muse on it in greater depth in a future blog post.
Celebrating the miracle of global connection via technology.