While intuition and creativity are different concepts, they share similarities and can work together for successful outcomes. You’ll find a two-way street in that intuition helps unlock creativity and, vice versa, creativity helps spark intuition.
Intuition and creativity working together
The amazing works of Michelangelo demonstrate intuition and creativity working together.
The actual science behind the “wiring” is not well established, but a 2019 study found that Intuition and creativity overlap and observations indicate they have parallels in that they both involve…
- Recognition of patterns
- Inner resourcefulness
- Developed and honed experience
The science is not settled on which part of the brain these qualities come from. Some refer to them as right-brained attributes. They do seem to go hand in hand which suggests they involve the same area of the brain.
Intuitive thinking is said to involve the recognition of patterns (see my article on the science behind intuition). So does creativity. A writer, for instance, might derive a new plot twist from recognizing the pattern in how a particular character evolves.
To solve your problems and bring about the best outcome in your big decisions, trying a creative outlet may help you get you in ‘the flow’ to tap your intuition…
How to use creativity to spark Your Intuition
When you’re at your best being creative you are in “the flow”. Your mind wanders and explores. You’re accessing the deeper parts of your mind, allowing your intuition space to guide you.
You may be surprised how this works.
If you’re feeling stuck or unsure about a pending situation, try being creative. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even purposeful. Allow yourself to have fun without judgment.
Here are a few creative ideas to spark intuition:
Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and write down whatever comes to mind without worrying about structure or grammar. This technique helps you tap into your subconscious and access intuitive thoughts and feelings.
Start with a central idea and create a visual map of related concepts and ideas. This technique helps your brain connect and identify patterns that yield intuitive insights.
Try playing with art supplies, toys, or other objects that inspire you. Allow yourself to explore and experiment without worrying about the outcome.
Cut out images and words from magazines or newspapers and arrange them in a way that feels meaningful to you. This can help you tap into your intuition and find new connections and ideas.
It can help stimulate the imagination and spur creative thinking, providing insights and breakthroughs you may not have arrived at through logical reasoning alone.
Here’s how this works: By engaging in simple and repetitive creative activities, you can quiet the chatter in your mind, which allows room for intuition.
How intuition helps spark creativity
Intuition taps into your subconscious mind, where creative ideas are born. This is because you access deeper levels of creativity and inspiration when your mind is free from conscious thought and analysis.
It can lead to breakthrough ideas and truly original concepts that would not have been possible if you were relying solely on your conscious mind.
…the role of intuition in creativity should not be neglected as it is often reported to be a core component of the idea generation processPétervári et al, 2016
Many successful artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and musicians attribute their success to following their intuition and allowing it to guide their creativity and innovations. Be sure to check out my article on real-life success stories of intuitive people.
So next time you’re feeling stuck, try relying on your intuition and see where it takes you.
Stepping outside your comfort zone: How intuition can help you take creative risks
Creativity often requires taking risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Trusting your intuition and taking calculated risks may help you unlock your full creative potential and take your work to the next level.
Developing your intuition and creativity: Strategies for unlocking your full potential
While some people may be naturally more intuitive or creative than others, there are strategies that anyone can use to strengthen these abilities.
From meditation and mindfulness practices to brainstorming techniques and creative exercises, there are many ways to tap into your intuition and unleash your creative potential. Be sure to read my articles on the following: