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Contemplate Your Gut

A prompt to encourage your practice of creativity this week from Riversider and local author Larry Burns.

Do you need a low stress way to include seven minutes of creative contemplation into your week? Consider this your helpful nudge towards a slightly more creative life. If it helps, come back every week for a quick hit of creative contemplation. Each week I’ll share a new nudge. It will include a Thing (T), a Place (P), and a Sense(S) for your focus, a TPS creative nudge.

Last week, we gazed at the stars. We noticed how looking up at night can help us better discern the creative possibilities around us during the day. How did this awareness influence your creative motivation? Did you find a hidden truth inscribed in the stars or come up with a new bedtime story to cool down from our triple digit heat wave? Even if you just learned how to spot your astrological sign, you’re keeping yourself on a creative path. Great job!

This week we will ground our creative practice into an object much closer to home…your gut! The gut is the home of intuition for many cultures. Are bigger guts better at intuition? Why the gut and not our toes? Who knows! What we do know about intuition is that it can be a reliable source of creativity. Let’s harness its power for our creative nudge today.

Intuition has long been revered as a guiding force in creative processes. It allows us to access a deeper knowing, to trust our instincts, and to transcend conventional boundaries. All good things for creative humans. By embracing intuition, we invite unexpected ideas and insights into our creative practice.

Find a comfortable spot where the outer world can enter your senses and stimulate your imagination. As you observe what comes through that threshold, take a moment to connect with your creative tools that have become extensions of your artistic expression.

To embark on this intuitive exploration, consider on or more of these across your week:

  1. Intuitive Collage: Gather magazines, brochures, junk mail, newspapers, photographs - then collage these elements intuitively, without overthinking or planning. Put your subconscious in the director's chair.
  2. Stream of Consciousness Writing: Start with a simple prompt or question, and let your thoughts flow freely onto the page without judgment or editing for several minutes.
  3. Point and Click: Rather than focusing on specific subjects or compositions, let your instinct lead you to capture moments of photography. Trust your inner eye to see beyond the obvious and reveal the hidden beauty and meaning in everyday objects.
  4. Discern Your Creative Future: Sit where you can see a doorway or window, or portal if reading this at sea, and contemplate your creative path. What artistic endeavors do you feel drawn to? What is something you have not dared try yet because you’ll be lousy at it? Write an idea down, then put it up!

As you engage in these activities, remember to trust yourself and the intuitive guidance that arises.  Allow your creative tools to become vessels through which your intuition can flow, shaping your artistic expression in unique and meaningful ways.

By embracing your intuition and connecting with your creative tools, you open yourself to new possibilities and invite the serendipity of the universe into your creative process. Be open to the messages that come through the opening you provide through creative thinking. Allow your inner guide to share deeper insights and authentic expression.

Note: portions of this prompt created using the tool ChatGPT.