Anne Lamott calls it broccoli.
Whatever you call your intuition, you need a close-up and personal relationship with it to create. Outsiders might think you harness it, but you know better. You can’t control intuition. It’s too big, too wild, too free. It will not be reigned in by soft words or harsh words, candlelight or hurricanes. It defies limits, and deadlines. It mocks us when we make demands. Intuition is the gift of the Muse. And what a lovely gift it is.
Here are 4 quotes from Anne Lamott about using your intuition that really hit home for me:
“Don’t look at your feet to see if your are doing it right. Just dance. You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when y ou stop the the chattering of the rational mind.” (Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird, p. 112)
“Train yourself to hear that small inner voice.” (Ibid, p. 113)
“I think a major step in learning to rely on your intuition is to find a usable metaphor for it. Broccoli is so ridiculous it works for me. .. But whatever you come up with needs to suggest a voice that you are not trying to control. “(p.114)
“Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly.” ( p. 114)
These quotes reminded me of a TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, famous author of Eat, Prey, Love. Her talks is called, “Your Elusive Creative Genius.”