The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.
– Gisele Bündchen
As hard as it can sometimes be to listen to our intuition, it can be even harder to trust what we hear. Not only that, but it can be difficult to approach the page without a plan and just trust that it will all work out. A blank page can be a scary thing, and just letting go and letting it unfold can be a challenge, especially if you tend towards perfectionism!
This process does require a lot of trust. Trust in the creative process and trust in your intuition. We will dive deep into this in the course, but here are a few of the ways that we can learn to trust in our intuitive journaling process:
- Trust the process: for me this looks like letting my intuition choose what and how I want to create. I choose colours, materials, tools, the journal I’m going to work in – all of this is based on my intuition. I don’t usually worry too much about matching colours etc – I simply pull out the paints I feel pulled to use.
- Trust the page: let the page unfold in the way that it wants to. Let it surprise you. Don’t try to control it, don’t worry about what it will look like, don’t judge it as you go. Simply ease into the process, tune into how you feel. Trust that whatever happens on the page will be ok.
- Trust what you hear: be open to any messages you receive. Listen without judgment and record whatever comes to you. Allow it to be as it is, even if it doesn’t make sense to you. Trust that this is the message you were supposed to receive.
The only really valuable thing is intuition – Albert Einstein
Today as we explore the feeling of trust, we are going to use some visual techniques and get out of our heads and into our hands to connect with our intuition on the page.
The thing I love about intuitive visual journaling is that it is very low pressure. I’m not creating a masterpiece – I’m simply creating. The focus, remember, is entirely on the process, not the product.
Visual prompt to practice trust
Create a visual page without thinking about the outcome. The best way to get out of your head and get your mind off the outcome is to set a timer.
I did exactly that for this exercise. I set the timer for 15 minutes, had no plan of what would be on the page – I didn’t even know what supplies I was going to use. I got a few things ready, but that was all. It ended up taking about 20 minutes, so I would recommend setting a timer for 20 minutes.
The reason we set a timer is so that you just get on with it! You can’t spend 30 minutes carefully sketching, or colour-matching or flicking through magazines to find the right collage elements. You take what you have around you and you work quickly.
Watch the video of me completing this timed journaling exercise (below). It’s not the most amazing page I’ve ever created, but I loved the feeling of freedom, of working quickly without getting tied up in perfectionism. And I even ended up with an intuitive message: we heal in the wild. This is very true for me – I need to spend time in nature every day – even if it’s just 5 minutes. This little reminder came from my intuition because I’ve been spending a lot of time with my butt in my desk chair working on this challenge lately! Today I’m going to take some time outdoors for myself.
Answer the following after doing the timed visual exercise: making a page like this felt…
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