Intuition: the most underrated and underused writers' tool
"Intuition can be your most powerful ally when it comes to writing your book and taking your message out to the marketplace successfully and with soul. But many writers have yet to understand the full potential intuition has to offer."
Julia McCutchen, International Association of Conscious and Creative Writers
I was sitting in a room with a handful of other people that I'd only just met an hour ago. The butterflies in my stomach refused to settle down even after the teacher assured us that nothing "strange" would happen.
Soon we were instructed to close our eyes and take some deep breaths. Here it comes, I thought. Why am I even here? This is so stupid.
The lady sitting next to me, on the right - obviously a tie-dye fan - hummed softly to herself as she sat with her eyes closed, looking as relaxed as if she were at the spa having an Indian head massage.
Except that we weren't here to receive a massage. We were here to receive a message. From The Other Side.
Struggling to keep my eyes closed and my focus on my breath, I snuck another quick peek. Surely I wasn't the only one struggling to repress nervous giggles? The corners of my mouth twitched as I locked eyes with another skittish participant. Guiltily, we shut our eyes and turned our attention inward.
I reminded myself of the money that I'd spent to be here, to learn how to communicate with Spirit. The thought of how many Starbucks Venti English Breakfast Teas I'd forfeited for this opportunity helped to counter the nervous giggles and butterflies, and I soon found myself settling in and focusing my attention on my inner world.
Within a few minutes, we were given our next instructions and since this was a workshop on Automatic Writing, or Channelled Writing, it didn't take long before all that could be heard was the scratching of pen on paper. Enveloped in blissful, concentrated silence we channelled Spirit straight onto the page.
"Intuition is the highest form of intelligence."
This was my first foray into using my intuition as a writing tool. Before that, the thought never occurred to me. I simply assumed that writing was an activity that involved only my logical mind.
But once I learnt how easy it was to do automatic writing, and how effective, I started exploring other ways of applying intuition to my writing. I started viewing my intuition as a genuine, valid writing tool, which has become as important to me now as a notebook and good pen.
I'm by far not the only writer who has learnt the value of purposefully harnessing my intuition to assist with my writing. Many writers do "channelled writing", where they take dictation directly from a higher source for the entire book. For example, Esther and Jerry Hicks who channel the collective entity known as Abraham, or Sheila Gillette whose collective Angel entity is simply known as Theo.
But this isn't the sort of channelled writing that I'm talking about here.
I'm talking about ordinary writers, like you and me, who can also use the phenomenal power of our sixth sense to assist in our daily writing. And it's very simple to do.
"Intuition is seeing with the soul."
Here are some of the best reasons to deliberately hone your intuition as a writing tool:
- Our intuition is the doorway to our creative subconscious. We can do so much more with this vast creative potential than we can possibly hope to do by using only our rational mind.
- Intuition can provide very specific guidance, saving us time and energy. For instance, I often receive my intuitive information in pictures, which I then translate onto the page in words. This can be an opening sentence, a comparison or even an entire article idea, which I sometimes even receive word for word.
- Once we get accustomed to using our intuition, we have access to a part of us that knows so much, but that goes largely ignored. It's tapping into this part of us that gives our writing originality, personal style and our unique flavour.
- Knowing how to use your intuition makes the writing process a whole lot easier, especially if you feel intimidated at the start of a new piece, or by the blank page. It can provide the exact guidance that you need to get started.
- Intuition helps writers overcome uncertainty. Once you're familiar with how your intuition works, it becomes like a beacon of light, showing you the exact way to go with your words and ideas.
- Tapping into your intuition helps you to engage more deeply with your writing topic, to find those personal connections and stories and feelings that will help your writing resonate with others because it comes from a deeply personal space.
"I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right."
How do you start using your intuition as a writer?
- There are many ways that you can go about it. Far too many to add in here, but I would suggest starting with simple meditation. Just five to ten minutes before you start writing. Meditation not only calms the mind but it also makes it receptive to intuitive information. After the meditation, as you're writing, you might find subtle differences to the way you normally experience writing. Pay attention to these. They could be in the form of an easier flow of ideas, or of images or specific words. Just pay attention and allow these intuitive insights to filter through into your writing.
- Aside from practising meditation, I would also recommend that you work at suspending disbelief and critical analysis of whatever you receive. Allow your intuition to come out and play wholeheartedly, especially during your first draft. Your critical mind can take over during the editing process, but be sure not to edit out all your intuitive insights. Keep an open mind, and learn to trust yourself.
"You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind."
Roy. T. Bennett
If you'd like to know more about how to develop your intuition as a writer, why not check out my new course on Skillshare. It's called "Intuitive Development for Writers" and in it, I share my four favourite ways to harness my intuition on a daily basis as a writer. Simply click here. http://skl.sh/2utbbbr
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