In book three, Pressfield moves the reader toward finding guiding forces in order to push beyond these paths of resistance into a more sustaining, nurturing lifestyle. He suggests for the creative to support one’s creative exploration begin without judgment of the self. He also relies on the ritualization of using the Muse — a reference to the 9 daughters of Zeus, the nine muses who are responsible for every creative medium that brings forth creations into the human world. As some have alluded to, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony already existed, as the muse whispered in many ears, yet it was Beethoven who released it, through his expression. Same with Picasso or any other being, creating. He suggests to his reader — no matter whether an angel or a muse, respect the energy that is present, invite it to participate with you, allowing the creativity within the reader to become expressed, as we humans need all the help we can because we are constantly "distracted by our own nonsense.” Either way, there is some sort of unseen, unknowing intelligence in this world, and we are to get out of it’s way, allow it to be expressed through us as we are ALL creatives.
I encourage you to buy a copy of The War of Art for a better understanding of your own creative process. Whether you're a master artist or beginning artist, this is an excellent book.