7 Steps to Creative Clarity: Intuition
We have all been given a GIFT in this life and this GIFT can be used to help you pay attention to the life messages you are given every day that show you what makes your heart soar. It is Intuition.
It tells you what you need to know about your creative life and your creative expression; and it gives you that power of knowing that doesn’t come through reason or from what you’ve been taught.
The more you listen to this GIFT we’ve been given, the greater your creative flow will manifest.
The question is, are we listening? Do we recognize that Intuitive Voice or does it get drowned out by other voices or by our misgivings about giving it the attention it deserves?
Below I have provided some **prompts and exercises for your Journaling, Art Journaling and Doodle practice for you to have space to listen to that Intuitive Voice that can give you many clues toward what would be most meaningful and satisfying in your Creative Life.
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
An Intuition List:
List times when you have had an intuitive message or “gut” feeling that you followed and what resulted from any action you took. This can apply to both your creative life or any other life dimension that is highly valued to you.
Start with the most recent of intuitive occurrences and don’t leave out what can seem like a small intuitive hit. They all matter.
Do you see any common thread in these occurrences and what do they say about what you value most? What do they tell you about your Creative Life, if relevant?
An Intuition Exercise:
For the next three days, note when you sense an intuitive impulse and record what you sense it is saying.
Was it a warning? A Direction? A Reminder? An Instruction?
Detail each impulse and include how it made you feel: excited, intimidated, curious, heartened, encouraged?
Record what happened as a result of this intuitive hit whether you followed what it said or didn’t. If you followed it, detail how different you feel about listening and taking action.
(You can either record it when it happens in real time or at the end of the day as an intuitive review of your experience. You can either write it down or take a video of saying what you experienced and how you felt about it.)
If you said yes to your intuition several times in a row, did you notice a heightened awareness of your intuitive voice, your intuitive impulses, intuitive gut feelings?
ASK: “Does my intuition scare me?”
Detail what you are afraid of if that answer is yes, both in life in general and in your creative expression.
ASK: “Does my intuition give me confidence?”
Detail how you felt differently with that greater sense of confidence in taking action on your intuitive impulses, both in life and in your creative expression.
ASK: “Does my intuition make me feel stronger or weaker?”
Detail the difference it makes when you follow your intuitive voice and if it leaves you feeling more vulnerable creatively speaking.
ASK: “Do I feel more aligned when I follow my intuition?”
Detail what that alignment feels like if you answered yes to this question. If no, why you believe you struggle with feeling aligned in that intuitive vibe.
When we follow our intuition, it often takes us out of our comfort zone, so this can create the illusion of mis-alignment when we follow it. It’s important for us to recognize the possibility of being uncomfortable with following our intuition and what we can do to get more comfortable and trust those gut feelings when they come, whether in life generally or in our creative expression.
Sometimes we can tap into our intuitive voice and NOT KNOW that’s what it is. But the more you listen, record to keep a track record, the more you’ll get to know it. And when you get to know it, paying attention to gain creative clarity can really open up your creative world in ways you have never experienced before.
Here’s a list of ways you can TAP INTO your CREATIVE INTUITION:
A Nudging or Knowing about your creative path
An Intuitive Session in prayer or meditation as you focus on your creative path (asking a question and getting quiet and listening/watching for color, sound, words, body sensations and actual yes or no answers)
Working with a card deck of your choice (See Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron for a spiritual card deck idea)
Asking a question or saying a name and then identifying and noting body sensations (tightness versus expansion or anxiety versus excitement) from a Yes or No response
Intuitive Dialogue with an Creative or life issue you speak to in your journal (ask a question and write what comes to mind as you answer and see what insight you gain.)
Art Journaling Prompt:
Create a spread that features your most recent intuitive impulse, perhaps one you already detailed in an earlier exercise and honor that moment with images, color, and words that truly detail how you felt about the result of that intuitive action you took courage to follow.
Using Intuition as your word prompt, pay close attention to where you pen, marker, crayon or any other writing implement you choose to use wants to go. Let it freely move in any direction you feel led into on the page. The slower the better, unless you feel moved to move quickly, then go with that as well. This can help you pay even closer attention to how your body feels when you listen and take intuitive action.
As we summarize our time of Intuition in the 7 Steps to Creative Clarity, I would like to share this word of encouragement and insight as you tap into this most valuable gift to initiate the kind of creative life you crave:
When you begin to see, feel and experience the power of paying attention to and following your intuition, you will develop a true sense of personal power, of increased confidence in your decision making skills and in initiating a daily creative life practice that has deepest meaning and purpose for your time in this Universe.
Note: You are welcome to leave a comment below concerning any discoveries you'd like to share from the exercises/prompts for this Intuition Step. You are also welcome to share your experience and discoveries in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook Group.