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Intuition and Creativity

Following up on How to Write Your Way To Freedom, Even If You’re Not A Writer I’ve included some quotes about creativity and intuition. While initially, I was just curious, there seem to be a lot of connections to explore.

I’ve included a few key quotes and images from Answering the Call of Creativity: A Radical Approach to the Creative Process through the Discovery of Its Key Principles and A Graphic Approach to Creativity: Intuitive creativity made simple.

Note: While her examples below are directed towards painting they apply to all creative endeavors.

What is authentic and beautiful in you flows and grows when obstacles to intuition are removed and creativity is understood. Permission, judgments and criticisms point out where you are closing the door to your creativity with lack of permission and acceptance.

Michele Cassou

During creative struggles ask yourself, who is fighting whom? Are you moving in the creative process NOW or dealing with mental concepts? What would you do if you did not have to protect yourself? What would you do if you did not know what to do in a special area that is left empty? What could be done?

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When stress develops in the creative process, watch for a suddenly inflated or deflated ego.

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To enter the creative process is to practice direct action, the non-thinking action; it is a blessed state of non-doing. Pure creativity is meditation in action. When I ask my students to paint or create without thinking, they first feel lost and wonder why not use what they spent their whole life developing—a sharp mind that knows how to organize and plan.

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It’s impossible to think and follow your intuition at the same time.

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Are you following a plan or riding on your intuition? Do you resist or dread spontaneity? Are you sure you want to discard the next spontaneous step? Do you know any better? Are you surfing the wave of creative intuition or telling yourself endless stories? Are you getting tired of your plans and their demands? Are you not weary of putting your future in shackles?

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The mind is always looking for distraction, entertainment, clever ideas, or complicated scenarios. In creating within the thinking field, the mind believes it has found what it was searching for and, for a time, becomes engaged and satisfied, feeding on its desired food. Unfortunately, after a while that kind of creativity is bound to backfire and bring the person into what I call a loop. Loops are places where people seem to turn in circles, not feeling really inspired and just pleased enough to keep going. This happens when the understanding and practice of creativity are not fully realized and the thinking process still controls their doings, unaware that they are free to roam into the mystery and explore the truly unknowns of creativity.

MIchele Cassou

Destroying false ideas about yourself brings about liveliness and truth. These two qualities are the deepest aspects of every creative moment.

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The intelligence of creativity is always at work. What does not meet your expectations is the most important part of your creation.

MIchele Cassou

Stories and interpretations about your work, about how good or bad your creations are, and about what they mean act as wet cement: you put your feet in it, and soon you can’t move.

MIchele Cassou

Ask yourself, why am I refusing to feel what I am feeling now? Do I really know better? Or did the universe make a mistake? How would it feel to paint without being a character in the story of your painting but rather an explorer of an unknown world? Why do you think you need to interpret your painting? Why do you insist on keeping your beliefs of what “should” happen? Are you a captive audience of your thinking, your judgment, and your interpretations?

MIchele Cassou

If you do not interpret your feelings, insights will come to you on their own. Intuition gives you what you need, not what you want or expect. It is always more powerful and surprising than what you could have imagined. True realizations are born in your heart and guts when you create and will move last to your mind. You cannot force or rush them.

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Discomfort is a friendly messenger pointing toward the essential reality; welcome and respect it in order to hear its message. Don’t question the process; question your openness!

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Harbor a systematic refusal to indulge in preferences.

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Creativity offers a new way of looking at our lives. Its revelations can be astonishing. They appear unexpectedly from a level of reality that had become unconscious to us. This is why the focus should never be put on the interpretation or explanation of our visible creations but on surrendering to the spontaneous movement of intuition. It also explains why new insights sometimes have nothing to do with the content of our creation and yet are stimulated by it. The flow of pure creativity moves from a place of non-duality. Creativity gives us what we really need: not only the option to heal and integrate our feelings but also the power to expand our consciousness and awareness. This is the truest, deepest purpose of pure creative intuition. Pure creativity can move us from insights to revelations, from the known to the unknown and into the unknowable.

MIchele Cassou

By freeing you from old conditioning, creativity erodes your personal will. As it happens, the field of creative exploration widens, bringing a new breath of awareness into your life. There, you face the potent question, Who is painting? Nobody but you can answer that ancient question.

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The eyes of perception are hooked by particular stories and beliefs. With the practice of intuition, they get out of the way and allow the heart and soul to burst into their amazing powers of revelation. Your inner vision, then, can see far, anew, and beyond.

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The only way to get out of a creative loop is to discover how to move beyond thinking: how not to follow the thoughts that are trying to direct, control, and feed the experience of creativity. People who are trapped in the loop need to realize that for creative intuition to bloom, a full letting go, a full surrender to Being is necessary. Then and then only, intuition rises and carries the creative process to truly new grounds that are refreshing and revitalizing and have nothing to do with their old way of creating.

MIchele Cassou

If you feel restless and bored, I recommend that you still keep going. These feelings are a sign that you must add a new ingredient: CARE. It’s an important time, a time to slow down and sense your true needs, a time to care for your work; often you find a small detail that might look insignificant and unnecessary to the mind but that might propel you in a new direction and discovery. Do not be fooled! Caring is a magical ingredient that destroys the tendency of the mind to control and severely censor the final product, ripping it from its liveliness.

MIchele Cassou

You can never know when you are fully finished since you are moving in the unknown. You can only question and be willing. Check your creative energy. Remember that the ending is often the more important time in your work. During the ending you have the option to go beyond everything you can think of and to still reach deeper. Your next creative work will start at the intutitive level where you finished your last work. A well-finished work fertilizes the birth of your next creation.

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So did any of these resonate with you?

I admit I have a hard time not thinking when creating. Sometimes it won’t even feel like I’m thinking but a look back and realize I’ve copied some idea from the past and doesn’t quite feel intuitive.

So I think this is a challenge for a lot of us but what has your experience been?

I recently came across this post outlining one author’s approach to intuitive writing / journaling.

Have you used questions like these in the past? I tend to not ask many questions when journaling (out of habit) on randomness but will be trying to in the future.

Tristan Donofrio is a writer who coaches creatives and aspiring creatives to make progress on unleashing your creative force on the world. Create art and create your vision of change in your life. Free ebook "Unmindfuck Your Creativity" for all new subscribers!