~The beginnings of all poetry is to suspend the course and the laws of rationally thinking reason and to transport us again into lovely vagaries of fancy and the primitive chaos of human nature~ August and Karl Wilhelm von Schlegel
Can intuition be instrumental in the creative process? I believe everyone has it. Women are told to listen to it and never cross it. It’s almost a right of passage for mothers to tell their daughters about how it works. I think for most of us, we either don’t know how to define it or we don’t know if we have ever used it, but every woman agrees we have it somewhere!
I have met men that have the same ability, so I believe it is not just limited to women. I think as children we all possess this “intuition” and through our circumstances and life’s journey, it dwindles. As we move into adulthood we begin to operate out of logic. As we all know, logic and creativity have a hard time existing side by side.
My latest struggle is with writer’s block. Many things contribute to it, like finding enough time to write. My excuse is the handy-dandy crutch to get out of confronting my nemesis. I can say that this blog has been an outlet to get words on paper – so to speak. I find if I’m tired or struggling internally to produce though, I can’t. Excuses abound.. and truth be told, before I can move forward I have to tackle those hurdles.
Through the pain of writers block, and life’s obligations, I’ve been trying to tap into my intuition to create. I believe it will eventually bring me to the space where children live when they color, draw, or make macaroni necklaces. I’ve always liked that their imaginations are limitless and when it comes to creation, they just do it. They never over think it. It’s simple, and it makes them happy.
The more I think about this, the more I’m convinced that letting go is exactly what I need to succeed in creating. When life throws curve balls and we can either react or remain steady by letting go of anxiety or worry, I think we can do the same thing when it comes to creating.
When I paint, I find that it’s easier for me to tap into that zone than it is for me to write. Writing is much more technical, so my perfectionist tendencies start to take over, and my inner critic rises showing her ugly teeth.
Painting however, is something that feels like I’m blissfully disconnected and tapping into something higher than myself. My ideas are fluid and it transfers easily to the canvas. I lose track of time when I am here.
My question for all of you is this…
1. If writing is your thing, where do you experience this disconnected satisfaction of creativity? How does it work for you?
2. If you paint, or create in other media, what is your process and how does it feel?