Intuition: Your Most Valuable Creative Asset

Intuition.

Gut instinct.

A sense, a hunch, an inner knowing.

Simultaneously discounted and revered.

Modern education would often have us believe it doesn't exist, but without it nothing would.

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.
— Henri Poincare (mathemetician, theoretical physicist, engineer, philosopher of science)
intuition and creativity

We are taught to think, reason, critique, judge, discern, deduce.  Yet, in order to create, we must also sense, dream, imagine, meander, and learn to listen to that still, small voice of knowing.

I would go so far as to say that

your intuition is actually your most valuable creative asset.

Beyond all the technique, all the tools and tips, and all the outside learning you can consume, it is your intuition that will actually give you something to create.  The tools are meant to serve the muse.  The muse is your inner voice, higher self, Divine spark, the part of you that knows truth and has something to say.

 

Using intuition in the creative process can look like 

  • meditating and receiving a melody
  • closing your eyes while listening to music and have choreography emerge out of your limbs
  • wanting to make a new recipe and having a knowing of exactly which cookbook to look in, or which ingredients to combine

 

For myself,  it looks like creating a logo design for a new client and selecting the very 3 colors that are in the background of a photo I receive from my client several days later.  Or choosing a font that matches another client's handwriting, having never seen her writing.

It looks like sensing in my own body what a voice student is experiencing and being able to create tools to address any technical conflicts.

It looks like receiving hunches about the root of a problem as I listen to a coaching client's situation.

 

It can look different for each of us as we all access our intuition differently: through the body, vision, sound, and a general knowing, or some combination.  Each of these - clairsentience, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and claircognizance, respectively - can be cultivated and developed, but they all require 2 elements to be accessed.

Silence and stillness.

 

Intuition must have space and time to be nurtured, just like anything.

So cultivate a practice of connecting with yourself on a daily basis, be it through meditation, prayer, journaling, mindfulness, intentional breathing, movement practices such as yoga or tai chi, or many others, and watch your intuition, and creativity, swell.

That is what the intuition is for: it is the direct messenger of the soul.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes