Models, Formulas, Systems, Methodology, Practicality.
I've been thinking about how these work with intuition. I consider myself an intuitive person, or rather, someone who tunes in often because I value intuition. When I find a method of doing something that works for me, I am prone to cling to it, sometimes against my better knowing.
Do I do this because systems and structure have not been my strong suit? Perhaps. I tend to live by my present curiosity and sense of exploration. It usually serves me well...until it doesn't. Like when I wing a recipe and get salty scones. Then, I taste how the framework of a recipe might have been a nice idea.
Here comes my case for the B word--balance. Not the sort of balance that implies equal time management, but the sort which makes makes for better problem-solving and wholeness. Intuition AND systems. Intuition AND formulas. Intuition AND practicality.
I've come up against this whole intuition-versus-formulas notion as I learn how to use a specific method of coaching which makes room for the use of intuition. I'm not sure I could do it any other way! Kaizen-Muse Creativity allows for intuitive coaching and the use of a formula. It's works because it recognizes that the creative process in NOT linear.
Life is a creative act, and so it too, is not linear. Formulas, systems, and models, will fail you if you are staunchly devoted to them or use them as a crutch. Intuition, hunches, and following your gut will allow you to make better use of systems and more importantly, to connect in more meaningful ways by setting the formula aside when it's needed. If you work with other people this is especially a must because they are not devoted to your system, model, or mindset.
Intuition is the space between, the background, and the inner-voice of application.
Intuition is a tool just as the formula is a tool. Wisdom is knowing which one to use and the right moment.
MC Richards, poet and artist, talks about living at the crossing point. It is a place where one can be both grounded and a dreamer. The two impulses can co-exist. That is where wholeness resides. "I am both and I live in the crossing point."
I understand this to mean that to arrive at wholeness means to live at the crossing point of being grounded in practicality and still reaching for the light (intuition and curiosity). This is how I think intuition lives within our formulas, if we let it. According the MC, we shouldn't be talked out of it--we get to be both.