Creativity and intuition are interdependent and intricately linked. Both flow through the same channels which connect you to something greater than yourself and beyond the realms of rational thought.
– Intuition Journal
The thing about intuition is that it can often speak to us when we least expect it. You don’t always have to ask a direct question or for direct guidance (like with the dialoguing technique from day 2) – sometimes when we just give into the process of creating, our intuition can guide us in unexpected ways.
I find the best way to approach this is to play. Brené Brown notes that ‘one property of play is that it’s time spent without purpose.’ In our journals and our creative practice, that means that we aren’t creating to make something, we are creating for the sake of creating. We are creating for the joy of creating. Brown adds that play is ‘anything that makes us lose track of time and self-consciousness, creating the clearing where ideas are born.’ It’s in this space, this state of freedom that our intuition can speak.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next – Jonas Salk
Most of us don’t get enough play. As kids we certainly did – most people accept and even encourage children to spend a lot of time in play. But as adults, it comes to be seen as frivolous, pointless, even a waste of time. But when we are driven by productivity, to-do lists, and pleasing others, we become disconnected from our own intuition. By allowing time to play (and really, journaling is just one way of doing this) we allow more space and time for our intuition to speak up.
Visual prompts to help you play
Choose supplies you wouldn’t normally use, or tools you wouldn’t normally use. Three – five is a good number. This forces us to step away from creating in a tried and true manner (where we often focus on the outcome) and into a place where we are simply playing with something new.
I have way too many supplies but really only use a few favourites, so it wasn’t too tough for me to find something to use! I don’t often use my Gelatos, NeoColours, Sharpies, watercolours, spray inks, gesso, scrap paper… so these are some things I could use for this exercise. I use them on occasion but they aren’t my go-to, favourite supplies, so it was a challenge for me to use only these!
I used gesso, scrap paper, spray inks and India inks, NeoColour II water soluble crayons and my dip pen. I didn’t use any of my usual favourites: acrylic paint, washi tape or alphabet stamps. It was a bit of a challenge but I enjoyed playing with something different.