“The creative is the place no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the city of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” –Alan Alda
Do you want to be more creative in the coming year?
Bring forth your greatest vision?
Paint, write, sculpt, create or compose?
You can and you will when you understand the relationship between your creativity and intuition and how they are inextricably linked by the imagination.
The intuitive mind is where our genius resides. It’s the crossroad of creativity and genius.
The most creative people are also intuitive and the those who are intuitive are also given to creativity.
Keeping the channel to your intuition open ensures that you will always have an endless stream of brilliant ideas and insights flowing to you that will bring your dreams to you effortlessly. –The Intuition Principle, p.146-147
Developing your intuition takes practice, focus and vigilance to minding those “inner whispers.” And those inner whispers are the source of our greatest ideas that inspire and inform us.
Similarities between Creatives and Intuitives
The creative personality is highly perceptive. Creatives are keenly observant and highly imaginative. They have a natural inclination to “go within” and have a rich interior life. They can easily spend long periods of time alone with their thoughts reflecting and exploring the many insights and ideas that continually surface. They pick up on things and have the uncanny knack for “reading between the lines.” They also see patterns and connections where others do not and derive meaning from these associations. Creatives are talented in combining ideas in unique ways in order to come up with something completely new.
The intuitive personality is also highly perceptive, keenly observant and highly imaginative. They too have a natural inclination to “go within” and have a rich interior life. Spending time alone reflecting upon their thoughts and intuitive insights is vital to keeping the constant stream of intuitive insights flowing. Intuitives also read between the lines and are conscious of receiving impressions of the thoughts and feelings of those around them. They too see patterns and connections where others do not and derive meaning from these associations. They take these impressions and combine them into new and useful insights to gain clarity and understanding about their lives and those around them.
Creativity and Intuition go hand in hand.
They are two sides of the same coin. And the glue that holds them together is imagination.
Ever heard a writer say that they couldn’t stop writing their novel even if they wanted to because their characters keep talking to them?
Or, that a sculptor doesn’t see just a block of marble but the sculpture trapped within it?
Or, that a composer hears the entire score in their head before they ever put a note on paper?
What makes both creativity and intuition possible? Imagination.
Intuitives and creatives use the same faculty, their imagination, but in differing ways.
Intuitives also hear the voice of their thoughts, produce narratives based on these different voices and see the finished product or an organized whole rather than collection of disorganized thoughts, perceptions and feelings. Their minds assemble all the details that seem to be unrelated and combine them in unique ways to arrive at a conclusion about a situation that other people miss.
Both creatives and intuitives place a great value on what goes on in their private world within. A reverence for quiet reflection and listening to whispers within is the secret that stokes the flames of imagination.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next. –Jonas Salk
Both creativity and intuition rely on imagination – only differently.
To be creative requires trust in a process of allowing your imagination to absorb all sensory experience around you and then inspire you to take these elements and create or “re-imagine” something from them.
To be intuitive you allow your imagination to create and give birth to the images, feelings and sound track for your perceptions without censoring or editing them and need to trust in this process.
It is always with great excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner. –Jonas Salk
If you want the coming year to be your most creatively inspired year yet you must cultivate all three attributes because they work together. As a creative cultivating your intuition will ensure that you have a steady supply of inspiration at your fingertips. You also need to understand that your imagination works differently from that of an intuitive. So, put yourself in situations and develop habits that are known to feed your imagination and you will not only see your creativity soar but your intuition will as well.
Here are 5 tips you can incorporate into your life that will pump up your creativity (and your imagination and intuition!) in the coming year:
1. Spend time in nature and let yourself be inspired. Take a walk in a park and admire the natural scenery. Pick up some fresh flowers and set them by your desk and gaze at their beauty and take in their scent. Nature has been stimulating the world’s most celebrated artists for centuries so, it’s sure to work for you too.
2. Listen to music and/or take up an instrument. Making music can help jump-start your creativity.
3. Visit a new place. Take a road trip and get away from your own environment. Seeing something different will spur your creativity and imagination.
4. Listen to those inner whispers and record your ideas. Write down the ideas that come to you. Those inner whisperings from your intuition are your most inspired, genius ideas.
5. Spend time around children. Watching kids play and interacting with them allows you to be playful yourself. Being playful is a known catalyst for creativity.
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