Creativity and Intuition

 

They go hand-in-hand

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If you've been to my website before and have read my philosophy on art, you may probably already know that I've mentioned all creatives are intuitive. What I don't think many people realize, however, is that creativity and intuition actually go hand-in-hand. As an artist, I knew intuition was a part of what made me creative. Producing art has always been a "feeling" process (clairsentience, in intuitive terms)—I just didn't realize how much of a role my intuition really played in creating art.

As I began to embrace my intuitive gifts, I also began to realize all creatives channel their works to one degree or another. Not just artists—but writers, actors, and musicians too. I could see (energetically) how they were being influenced by one frequency or another...

And it makes sense, after all. I think that's why we enjoy viewing art, listening to music, going to plays, and looking at art in galleries so much. We connect with that creativity, that energy, and it inspires us. 

What I used to Think

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I have a confession to make. I used to be an elitist—especially when it came to my intuitive gifts. I thought only some people had "the gift" and could do what I did. I thought everyone had a little bit of intuition, but only a select few were truly psychic. Now that I look at it, I really kinda sounded like a snob—and to a degree, I was. 

It wasn't until I took Carl Woodall's psychic development class last year that I came to the much clearer understanding that all of us are intuitive—and can increase our intuition, regardless of natural ability. As I did readings and watched my clients grow intuitively themselves, my beliefs that everyone was intuitive (and had equal potential) began to solidify. 

So it was only natural that these beliefs would flow into my opinions on creativity. For the longest time, I had a similar opinion on creativity as well. I thought only some people "had it". That's just how they're "wired"

Not true. 

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I solidified my belief that creativity was similar to intuition when I had a conversation with a fellow creative not too long ago. They told me either you have it or you don't. They believed creativity can't be taught, which to a small extent, I agreed with. However, this conversation bugged me for the rest of the day and I began to understand why:
if I believed everyone was intuitive, it would be hypocritical of me to believe creativity only belonged to an elitist minority.

Creativity, like intuition, is cultivated from within. Some people are better at it than others because they're better at listening to (what I call) their "inner child"...and they allowed their creativity to grow through practice. 

Everyone is creative or has the potential to be creative with practice. Creativity can't be taught—the tools of the trade, like psychic abilities, can—but the ability is cultivated and manifests from within, through practice.

Defining the two

So what is creativity?

According to Dictionary.com, creativity is defined as:

  1. the state or quality of being creative.
  2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry;
    • creativity in the performing arts
  3.  the process by which one utilizes creative ability

In my humble opinion, creativity is much more than the ability to create works of art, books, music, etc...it's thinking dynamically. Creativity is not only the ability to problem solve by thinking outside the box, but producing something original. With that said, much like definition 2 above, I see creativity as a way intelligence manifests. I associate types of creativity with Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences

What is intuition?

Intuition, according to Merriam-Webster.com, is:

  1. quick and ready insight
    • immediate apprehension or cognition
  2.  knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
  3. the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference

The meaning of intuition for me is information gleaned from a source not of the 5 known senses. Intuition is the ability to gain insight on the external world from within. I feel this naturally goes hand-in-hand with creativity as creativity is also cultivated from within. 

Both creativity and intuition gather information or inspiration from resources that are not perceived with the 5 senses. This can be from the self, or from higher sources.

Increasing Your Creativity & Intuition

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Since both come from a similar source, I believe they are cultivated in a similar way. Increasing your intuition and creativity is really a matter of letting your internal-self express itself externally in a fluid way. With intuition, this is through receiving and expressing the information you're given. It doesn't matter how random it is (and I know it's hard at first) but just do it. As you let your intuitive-self come forward, the sources (and frequencies) in which you are getting your information become more apparent and more easily discerned. Accuracy doesn't happen straight off the bat but increases with practice and your ability to more quickly judge where the information is coming from.

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Cultivating creativity should be treated in a similar fashion. The difference is to simply express your internal self (versus information gleaned on an energetic frequency). Though, I feel all forms of creativity come from one energetic frequency or another. The best way to start, though, is finding your own frequency and listening to it. Even if it's just scribbling on paper or putting a random sentence together—you're building a better relationship with your creative self. 

Combining the two

You may also start to find you can combine the two with practice. Combining my intuitive abilities with my creative abilities have really helped me create better, more structured works of art. Putting myself in an intuitive state before I create a piece of art reduces my anxiety and allows my creativity to express itself more easily. In turn, my creativity has helped me give better readings and understand my intuition better through dynamic, original thought and the ability to mentally visualize complex concepts and energetic structures with ease. 

My personal 2017 Inktober Challenge

The official Inktober 2017 prompt list

The official Inktober 2017 prompt list

You'd think I would have the hang of combining my art and creativity by now (since I made a website about it and all) but I don't feel I've challenged myself enough about it lately. So, I'm going to use this Inktober as a way of combining the two. 

I will be channeling what to draw and do my best to stay in my intuitive channel as I create something every day from the list. I will ask my guides to direct the piece and see where it takes me. The Inktober Initiative is also a great way for any artist to hone their craft because it forces them to doodle every day (something I need to get in the habit of).

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