Intuitive Leaps was born from the joy we experience in playful collaboration, creativity and opening ourselves to intuition and imagination. So we thought that we would share some of our favorite resources that foster those qualities. We've also included inspiring quotes on those and related topics.

Words of wisdom

Courage
Creativity
Gratitude
Imagination
Intuition
Play
Presence
Storytelling

Resources

The Center for Soulful Living
A worldwide community of people dedicated to living in soul-centered and grace-filled ways, whose primary intention is to help people connect with their own inner wisdom, power and brilliance – http://aboutcsl.com

Enneagram Worldwide
Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, founded by Helen Palmer and David Daniels, MD, to help people gain self-awareness, compassion and insights to create more fulfilling and meaningful lives – http://enneagramworldwide.com

Gratefulness.org
International nonprofit organization providing resources for living in the gentle power of gratefulness, to restore courage, reconcile relationships, and heal our Earth – http://gratefulness.org

Inner Journey Seminars
Educational organization committed to creating healing environments in which people can learn and grow spiritually, bringing that growth into their daily lives – www.michaelschiesser.com/the-inner-journey.html

Powers Consulting
Kate Powers collaborates with organizations to provide maps for managing sustainable change and transition – http://www.sustainablechange.org

Rodan Foundation
Nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging individuals to reclaim personal power and accept personal responsibility for their lives – http://www.rodan.org

Solution Points
Matt Ahrens delivers quality training, coaching, consulting and conflict resolutiuon to individuals and organizations. – http://www.solutionpoints.net

Speaking Circles International
Programs to transform the way people communicate, allowing them greater ease and impact by reducing anxiety and expanding personal and professional presence – http://speakingcircles.com

The Tree Spirit Project
Jack Gescheidt's photographic celebration of our connection to nature – http://www.treespiritproject.com

Trees for the Future
Agroforestry resource center helping people in developing countries improve their rural livelihoods through the introduction of environmentally sustainable land management projects focused on beneficial tree planting – http://www.treesftf.org/main.htm

Visions Into Form
Audrey Seymour and her team offer business and leadership coaching to bring clarity of vision and action to entrepreneurs and leaders who are called to make a difference in the world – http://visionsintoform.com

Wohlmut Media Services
WMS Media Services brings quality and creativity to media productions in the San Francisco Bay Area – http://www.wmsmedia.com

 

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Words of wisdom
  

Courage

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
     Martin Luther King

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
     Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”
     Anges de Mille

“There is the risk you cannot afford to take … and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.”
     Peter Drucker

“We are the hurdles we leap to be ourselves.”
     Michael McClure

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
     Seneca

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
     Keshavan Nair

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
     Rumi

 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
     Anais Nin

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”
     Erich Fromm

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Creativity

“There is a vitality that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”
     Martha Graham

“There is in the creator a deep longing to create. This is not ego in the popular sense, but purpose in the higher sense.”
     Robert Fritz

“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”
     Albert Einstein

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.”
     Elbert Hubbard

“Our creativity does not consist in us being right all the time but in making of all our experiences, including the apparently mistaken and imperfect ones, a holy whole.”
     Matthew Fox

“When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
     Buckminster Fuller

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”
     Carl Sagan

“Creation is never about changing yourself; it is about meeting yourself, probing deep into your own core.”
     Stewart Cubley

“Creativity seems to be a combination of hard work and an openness to grace.”
     Jay O’Callahan

“If you create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”
     Marc Chagall

”Creativity is seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.”
     Michele Shea

“Talent comes from openness, integrity, simplicity and the courage to feel and take risks. It is part of being human. … Everyone is good at what comes to them spontaneously.”
     Michel Cassou

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Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. ... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
     Melodie Beattie

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
     John F. Kennedy

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
     Meister Eckhart

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
     Margaret Cousins

“Praise be. I ain’t never seen this day before!”
     Willis Bass

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Imagination

“What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?”
     Rollo May

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”
     Albert Einstein

“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
     Marcel Proust

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
     Gloria Steinem

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”
     Henry David Thoreau

“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”
     Edward Hopper

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one.”
     John Lennon

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Intuition

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you don’t know how or why.”
     Albert Einstein

“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.”
     Jules Henri Poincare

“There is no such thing as a logical method of having new ideas, or a logical reconstruction of this process. Every great discovery contains an irrational element of creative intuition.”
     Karl Popper

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”
     Jonathan Swift

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
     Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time.”
     T.S. Eliot

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Play

“To play is to listen to the imperative inner force that wants to take form and be acted out without reason. It is the joyful, spontaneous expression of one’s self.”
     Michel Cassou

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
     Plato

"It’s a happy talent to know how to play."
     Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”
     Henry Van Dyke

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
     George Bernard Shaw

“What we play is life.”
     Louis Armstrong

“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”
     Mencius

“Play is the exultation of the possible.”
     Martin Buber

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.”
     Heraclitus

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
     Kahlil Gibran

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
     Carl Jung

“If we are to believe the ancients, creation is play. … And so it is not the happy ending or the bad ending that matters, but the endless transmutation of which we are witness and prime mover at one and the same time.”
     Henry Miller

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Presence

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.”
     Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One becomes enlightened not by imagining beings of light, but by making darkness conscious.“
     C.J. Jung

 “We’re not looking for the meaning of life. We’re after the rapture of the experience of being alive.”
     Joseph Campbell to Bill Moyers

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.”
     D.H. Lawrence

“In my opinion all important things in art … have always originated from the deepest feeling about the mystery of Being. Self-realization is the urge of all objective spirits. It is this self which I am searching for in my life and my art.”
     Max Beckmann

“The seat of the soul is there/Where the outer and inner worlds meet.”
     Novalis

“Knowing others is wisdom; knowing yourself is enlightenment.”
     Lao Tzu

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Storytelling

“Sometimes a word, a sentence or a poem or a story, is so resonant, so right, it causes us to remember, at least for an instant, what substance we are really made from, and where is our true home.”
     Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin.”
     Barbara Kingsolver

“I may omit or transpose facts, or make mistakes in dates. But I cannot go wrong about what I felt, or about what my feelings have led me to do; and these are the chief subjects of my story.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“The truth is more important than the facts.”
     Frank Lloyd Wright

“The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?”
     Carl Jung

“You don’t have to be right. All you have to be is candid.”
     Alan Ginsberg

“Think of storytelling as painting a picture instead of taking a photograph.”
     Donald Davis

“When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth.”
     Ethiopian proverb

 “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”
     Saul Bellow

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”
      Karl Menninger

“The deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. … It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept. … And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is who we are.”
     Thomas Merton

“Stories move in circles. They don’t move in straight lines.  So it helps if you listen in circles. There are stories inside stories and stories between stories, and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home.  And part of the finding is getting lost.  And when you’re lost, you start to look around and listen.”
     Corey Fischer, Albert Greenberg, and Naomi Newman
     A Traveling Jewish Theatre from
Coming from a Great Distance
     Excerpted from
Writing for Your Life by Deena Metzger 

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