"Stories are medicine. I have been taken with stories since I heard my first. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything - we need only listen."
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
7/22/2019 1 Comment
4. The best way to approach instructions is to allow yourself to be inspired.
My intuition muscle was pretty weak when I started this year-long creativity building experiment. I am a recovering perfectionist, which means I like to everything the "right" way. Often perfectionism flares when I am doing something new and vulnerable, and it was actually so bad when I was preparing to begin the experiment that as I was sorting my bricks, I literally threw away brick pieces that looked strange, or that I had no idea of the "right" way in which they could be used. I know the experiment worked because I came to use things that weren't even bricks in my creations, and now I would welcome all those pieces I threw away and be okay with the fact that I still don’t understand how to properly use half of them!
To cultivate intuition, I think you have to be able to label the inner voices that are not intuition. If you are anything like me, when you start doing that, you might become aware of just how big of a role fear and comparison really has in your head. For example, I remember building a brick set shortly after I had decided to do my experiment but before it officially began, and watching my thoughts progress quickly from:
“Wow, I could never do it how the creators of this set did it,"
"Who do I think I am to believe I can build something every day?!"
"This was a really bad idea and I don’t want to start my experiment anymore.”
As I became more familiar with the voices that were not intuition throughout my experiment, I was able to recognize them more quickly and make a shift from comparison, fear, and scarcity, to a mindset of inspiration.
I find now that instead of damaging thoughts, I can actually use inspiration from the instructions or from what others do to better my own intuitive work. When I have an intuitive idea I want to create, I can draw upon that instructive inspiration to perhaps help me make a better connection or build it in a new and different way.
I also try to remember that even though my work may be different from others, it can and does inspire people in its own unique way too. I remember people at a public brick exhibit I participated in telling me it was inspiring to see things they could actually try and build, just as it was equally, I am sure, inspiring for them to see huge complex creations that they (or I) could not fathom building.
Instructions aren't bad, just don’t allow them to fill you with fear and comparison or keep you from being creative and listening to your own intuition instruction. This imperfect and messy world needs your voice in it and has people who need to be inspired by your unique magic!
Lesson 1: Believe in your Magic Words
Lesson 2: Magical Play
Lesson 3: Resisting Resistance the Magical Way
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