“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
The quote by author, Ray Bradbury, got me to thinking. Oops! Not supposed to do that. If you don’t think while being creative, what are you doing? Some would say you are switching to the right side of your brain, using your creative muse or using your intuition.
I want to talk about intuition. MSN Encarta Dictionary defines intuition as follows:
1. Instinctive knowledge: the state of being aware or of knowing something without having to discover or perceive it, or the ability to do this.
2. Instinctive belief: something known or believed instinctively, without actual evidence for it.
So, intuition could also be called instinct. I personally use my intuition in spurts. I wish I was more consistent. Have you ever heard an artist talking about a work that “just happened” or that “painted itself”? I have had those experiences. Those works are my better pieces. I was in some sort of non-thinking creative zone.
Getting in a creative zone takes practice. Most importantly, enjoying the moment will get you there quicker. If you let go of preconceived thought about your work your creativity will blossom. So, let’s spend today doing instead of thinking. Use your intuition.
We need your spirit to breathe life into our creativity. Help us today to find a creative practice that will be beneficial to ourselves and others. Give us balance. Help us to trust our intuition as we create. Bless us with the ability to know without thinking. Be with us always. In Christ’s name. Amen