Cultivating Intuition – Create!

Northern Lights – Digital Painting by Cathy Ulrich

I suspect I’ll be “preaching to the choir” here with many of you about this one, but it’s one of my favorite ways to cultivate my intuition. That is: creativity. I love to write, paint, draw, play the piano, knit, bead and cook among other things. I find that when I’m in that creative space, ideas flow freely and time dissolves.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re doing something creative, you forget everything else? You become immersed in the present, in the activity. When I’m in that space, it feels as if I’m connected directly to Source. My mind is clear, focused and present while I’m painting or playing my piano. And I get lots of intuitive hits.

The idea of Right Brain thinking versus Left Brain thinking is a possible and intriguing theory around the connection between creativity and intuition. When we’re in a space where we are creating something new, we’re using a part of our consciousness that’s plugged into source – that Right Brain, holistic side that opens and invites creation in all of its facets.

I once heard someone say that when we create, we’re surprising God! And since the very nature of the Divine is creative, we become one with its essence. How can we not be connected to receive intuitive information in this space?

So, I invite you to allow some time this week to create. For you wonderful bloggers out there, you’re already writing. I invite you to write but avoid editing at the same time. Separate out those activities. Write first, then go back and edit – you’ll stimulate your creativity even more.

For you visual artists, I’d suggest that you spend some time this week painting or drawing. If you love arranging flowers, set aside some time to pick out a beautiful bouquet, arrange it and find the perfect place to display it in your home. And if you don’t think of yourself as an artist, check out this website. It’s a wonderful and creative way of drawing that anyone can do.

What do you like to create? And how do you feel when you’re doing it?



©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

14 comments on “Cultivating Intuition – Create!

  1. Hi Cathy–I really enjoyed this post and was recently talking with a client about this topic.
    Often we get caught up in life and think of our creative pursuits as “extras” when they are really essential. I will also check out zentangle–have never heard of that. Thank you Cathy!-Julie


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I so agree that they’re really important. We often label our creative pursuits as “hobbies” when maybe they’re really our soul’s pursuits? Thank you, Julie!


  2. I often forget about all the creative stuff I liked to do when I was a kid. It seems that when we become adults, all that creativity gets shoved to the backburner so often that you can forget it was ever there in the first place. But I love that quote, “When you create, you’re surprising God.” I’ve been making a much more concerted effort to do more creative things, and it really does feel like part of my brain is opening up again. And it’s all so grounding, too!


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Madame Weebles, I’m so glad! And I love your take on the grounding. Yeah, I loved all the creative stuff as a kid. For Christmas one year, I got a potholder weaving kit (Remember those? A little square frame with pegs and a bunch of knitted cloth loops?). I made everybody I knew a potholder! My mother said years later, that it was my inspiration for becoming a weaver! I suspect that she was right.
      As always, thank you so much for your comments. I love them!



  3. Another great post Cathy! You’re right in that we lose track of everything when we do something creative, we are ‘in the moment,’ which is a wonderful place to be.


  4. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    Cathy I enjoy this post so much. I have returned to it to re-read and enjoy a few times. Even your comments section is inspiring! I appreciate your wisdom of sharing about all kinds of creativity. While I haven’t drawn in years my gardening makes me smile, and I forget all else but the present moment. And while my Left Brain urges ‘proper’ composition, my Right Brain celebrates free-form abandon! Expressing our Right Brain is very important. Thank you for the reminder, and another wonderful post, worthy of many a re-read!


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you so much, Gina! And, like you, I love to spend time in my garden, especially this time of year. Isn’t it just the ultimate in co-creation? Much love, Cathy


  5. Hi Cathy! Its funny you say to get creative, and I’ve been spending time in the garden, cutting flowers, and giving them to people, and taking lots of pictures for a book I am putting together. Thanks for sharing!


  6. russtowne says:

    These sound like excellent observations and suggestions to me. Thank uyou for sharing them Cathy.



  7. jolynproject says:

    I love to write (obviously lol). I love to design. I love to create melodies and harmonies. I also love watching others’ creativity especially musicians. I’m always fascinating by the creative process. And I guess when I’m in that process, I zone out and like you said, time just slips on by and I feel useful to the world.


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