The concept of intuition has been defined in many different ways depending on the context and the purpose that such term has been used for. Following the dictionary, intuition refers to:
“immediate apprehension or cognition, the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought and inference, quick and ready insight”
Here I see two elements in common: the speed of knowing and the lack of rational thought process, together with a sense of knowledge that has been built up over time thought past intuitions. I am still in the process of exploration to develop my personal definition, for the moment I refer to Hogarth (2010), considering intuition as:
“A cognitive process that somehow produces an answer, solution or idea, without the use of a conscious, logical defensible step by step process (Hogarth’s, 2010, p. 5)”
“Thoughts that are reached with little apparent effort, and typically without conscious awareness.They involve little or no conscious deliberation (Hogarth’s, 2010, p. 21)”
I connect it with Carl Jung (1946) theories on personality, distinguishing mental functions in four typologies: thinking, feeling, sensation and intuition. Following Jung, “like sensation, it is an irrational perceptive function. Its contents, like those of sensation, have the character of being given, in contrast to the 'derived' or 'deduced' character of feeling and thinking (Jung, 1946, p. 567)”.
I see intuition as the seed for the creative process of every artist and despite originating from unconscious and unawareness, I consider it as something that can be fed through personal processes able to stimulate it. Following Hogarth’s (2010) assumption arguing that intuition can be explicitly educated, I’ve tried to list how I trigger intuitive mechanism in my creation process, and I’ve tried to identify the needs for preparing myself in order to catch synchronicities, resonances and intuitive thoughts in my choreographic work.