IntuitionIntuition: what is it?

Intuition is knowing something that other people do not see. Intuition is not necessarily apparent to everyone, may be contradicted by all other evidence, but you know it is true. Everyone has intuitive moments when you “know” something without having a logical basis for it.

A person does not always know in the moment that s/he is making an intuitive decision. At other times, the intuition is so powerful that people attach mystical and other worldly causes to the feeling, attributing decisions and knowledge that come as a result to a force outside themselves.

This intuition comes from our subconscious mind where we have stored away forgotten memories, random associations, and deep connections that are the source of our creative imagination as well.

Directors: Do they need intuition?

Directors need intuition as much as anyone else. Good actors function “in the moment,” which means their emotions are functioning primarily out of their subconscious.

Directors need to communicate with actors on an emotional level. They need to be able to read the actor’s emotions based on body language in the scene rather than the dialogue. Directors need to know what to say and when to say nothing at all. The actor becomes the character, and thus in order to ensure the best film possible, a deep connection must exist between that character and the director.

This ability to connect on a much deeper level of knowing requires a deep analysis of the script. A director must understand the characters’ inner lives, joys, and problems. The director must completely submerse himself in the script until the character and the life the director is trying to depict are as real to him as anyone on his set. This craft goes beyond knowing the machinations of the tools onset, but goes deep into the director’s intelligence and being.

Intuition is Not the Comfort Zone

Intuition is not that part of you that believes what you believe because of others. No, intuition is that part of you just under that layer of socially acceptable beliefs and mainstream flow of consciousness.

For an actor to truly function intuitively and not mistake it for anything else requires a deep analysis of the situation and even greater understanding. You need to have submersed yourself, for example, in a character and lived – emotionally and mentally – every event in that script. The character’s whole life – written and unwritten – will have become a part of you and therefore when you act it out, it will be done intuitively because the character will be another dimension of yourself.

Your Innermost Thoughts

Your raw innermost thoughts flow and bend without interference unless you call attention to them by actively thinking about the.  When you listen to these thoughts, carefully cataloguing them, you can achieve insights.  When you have confidence in those innermost thoughts, and their capacity to offer you insight, you can comfortably function on an intuitive level.

Insight on Your Innermost Thoughts

To tell the difference between your true opinion and what you think is your opinion requires some deep thinking on your part as you dig into your innermost thoughts. You must truly understand yourself and your inner thoughts before coming to any sort of insight. It might not take a few minutes; it might take a day, weeks, or even months to reach the insight you seek.

When you feel intuitive, you are confident in yourself and are free to trust in your “gut instincts.” That confidence may be risky, because you might not know exactly what will happen  Allowing your intuition to overrule your logic allows your talents to flourish, giving you permission to fail—or to be even more successful than you could dream possible.