Rogers famously wrote that human beings have potentially available a tremendous range of intuitive powers. That we are indeed wiser than our intellects, but sadly, we have neglected the capacities of the irrational, creative and metaphoric parts of our brains. And yet, we have a true self that knows the next step here.
TRACKING — Monitoring our machinery of intuitive thought to figure out the next steps in our tasks
Movie detectives use a term anytime their intuition steps in to help solve the big case: Something about this doesn’t track for me. Meaning, there’s an inconsistency in his serial killer’s sequence of events. His behavior doesn’t fit the pattern. It’s not aligned. It doesn’t track. Each of us can learn to do this for ourselves. When doing our creative work, these triggers are more about our own history than the person sitting across the table. And we don’t want to be too quick to find that everything is aligned with our powers of intuition. But tracking is a good place to start to find out what's next in the process.
Here's how I feel whenever my intuition starts speaking to me. I feel this sudden surge of disinterest. My body turns into a pinball machine of physiological reactions, from warning tingles to stomach pangs to body heat to chest constrictions to eye twitches to spooked feelings to spine chills to brain cramps. All physical manifestations of doubt.
Ultimately, intuition arrives as a physical whisper, not a cognitive shout. The thing we tune into is our body, not our brain. What's tracking for your right now, and what does that mean for your creative work?
Gain deeper attunement with mind, body and spirit
Solve problems by taking action on your intuitive promptings
Connect with your true self and execute work that makes you proud
Trust your creative judgment more, relying less external feedback and criticism in your projects