Awen - Muse / Ysbrydoliaeth - Inspiration
AWEN - YSBRYDOLIAETH MUSE - INSPIRATION
Awen is a Welsh, Breton and Cornish word for poetic or creative inspiration. The name derives from the Indo-European -uel = 'to blow', as well as the Welsh word awel = 'breeze'. It's English translation; Muse or Inspiration; the force that gives someone ideas and helps them to express themselves in a creative manner.
The symbol for the Awen is said to have been created by the bard Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), a poet responsible for establishing the Gorsedd of the Bards; an association whose members consist of artists, writers, musicians, and poets, as well as individuals who have made a notable contribution to Welsh culture.
- The three grades of Druidry; Bard, Ovate and Druid.
- The outer lines being symbolic of man and women while the inside line represents balance.
- The druidic beliefs; to follow the path of wisdom, creativity, and love.
- Nature, Knowledge, and truth.
- Mind, body, and spirit.
- The three realms we inhabit: land, sea, and sky
- The underworld, middle world, and upper world
- Love, Wisdom, and Truth
The term inspires, or inspiration comes from the Latin word Inspiratus or Inspirare = to breathe into. In English, the word was used in the 16th century to describe “the drawing of air into the lungs”. In a figurative sense, early written English use of the term inspire: “to influence, move, or guide (as to speech or action) through divine or supernatural agency or power.” It has also a connection to the word Latin word for breath = spiritus, which is also from spirare.
So it seems that both these terms are associated with an act, or gesture, inspire links the spirit and breathing, and awen the breeze and breath....
Physiological and Psychological
In terms of psychological, there are two factors that come into play when we become inspired, one is values and other is self-worth. As for physiological, when inspired our body produces higher levels of serotonin and dopamine. Hence the greater the inspiration the higher the serotonin levels.....resulting in well-being and happiness.