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Method for creativity

Fine Tuning Cards – Method for creativity

A card game designed by Marta Toro

¨A game to stimulate creativity and develop intuition¨


A free-association card game designed to stimulate creativity, develop intuition and improve decision-making.

These cards are an instrument to explore what’s inside each of us through free-association gameplay. Each card contains an image that a player will be able to associate to a subjective idea or concept. Therefore they can be helpful tools for meditation, introspection and as a personal guide.

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

Instructions for a Creativity Game with the Fine Tuning Cards

These cards can be used as a way to explore what’s going on inside of you. You’ll learn to play with a kind of acceptance

They are smaller than normal playing cards, so they fit easily into your pocket, purse or briefcase.

The deck is made up of 34 cards, and each one has a different image. The images are meant to be free association. Naturally, none of the cards contain positive or negative images, as all associations to the images will be subjective and personal. By using them, you will work on introspection, meditation, and the cards can help to explore whatever topic or idea that comes to mind.

Game play:

Look at the cards and try to search for a concept for each one of them. Perhaps one of them causes you to feel a certain way or makes abstract feelings arise or both things at the same time. Allow yourself to flow and if you aren’t able to associate them initially, don’t worry because over time you’ll do that. None of your associations are wrong. The way you feel about a card will not be what anyone else does, and this is part of the point: to respect your way of seeing things.

You can begin by meditating on one card a day. If the card that you draw doesn’t seem to have much meaning, don’t force it. Maybe at the end of the day, there will be some connection. As you continue using the cards, you will internalize the images and the concepts that you assign to them. Little by little, each image will increase or

You can also use the cards to help with personal matters. To do so, it will be necessary that you apply and practice a series of questions:

Come up with clear and specific questions. This is one of the parts that is a bit trickier. If it’s difficult to formulate a question, write it down and verify that the answer doesn’t respond to another type of question. You don’t want to be create unnecessary confusión. Once the question is written down, keep it close to you to avoid getting distracted.

Don’t pose questions that involve generalizations or are polarizing (yes/no, good/bad.)

Once the question is well formulated, you can move forward with the reading of the cards. Relax and concentrate on the question. Then place the cards face up in whichever order you feel like. Perhaps you can use 1, 5 or 7 cards in total.

Remember that each image will bring forth an association to a personal feeling, idea or action.

You can do an individual reading for each of the cards, or think of all of the cards collectively and try to find a unifying theme for all of the cards together.

Check to see if there’s any card that doesn’t seem to fit or that you don’t feel right about. Take your time and don’t worry if you aren’t able to integrate it. After all, the cards themselves don’t contain any objectively negative meaning, they are just your associations.

Once you’ve finished the reading, you can decide if you want to continue with the same question and use a different set of cards.

Or perhaps you can think more deeply about the ideas of the cards that was harder to integrate. If this is the case, gather the deck together, place the card that was hard to integrate in the center and ask yourself what you think about the idea, feeling or action that you associated to that particular card.

Deal a few cards randomly and place them around the card that you are dealing with and try to do a reading of the cards that helps you to identify what you’re feeling or looking for.

Write it down and meditate on it. Be conscious of what the association means to you, and if not, let yourself go with the flow and let your unconscious explore the topic.

In this way, you can work through all of the concepts that are difficult to integrate.

22 of the cards were inspired by the tree of life.

12 represent universal principles, which move the cosmos, universe and even us.

The universal principles that the deck includes can be used for inspiration or meditation. These principles are: analogy, attraction, circulation, compensation, agreement, continuity, creativity, balance, freedom, order, resilience, vibration.


What is meant by ¨game?¨

A game is a free, consensual activity that takes place in the space-time continuum. It’s meant to be creative, original and spontaneous, to be an end in itself, without financial gain. It has a continuous symbolic message with a kind of captivating uncertainty. Games offer new ways and strategies to explore reality. They are a way to get away from polarizing thought and create space for openness and spontaneity. Games allow the discovery of new and imaginative ways to approach a problem and help in the development of different ways of thought. Plus games are set in a fun atmosphere that favors and enriches personal conduct. Games harken back to that part of fantasy and childlike spirit that’s less common in adulthood.

This game has been created to stimulate creativity. It can be used to reveal the solution to a problem in a novel, spontaneous, effective way that helps resolve a challenging situation.

What is meant by creativity?

Creativity is helps a solution become resolved in a novel, spontaneous, effective way that allows a situation to be improved and resolved. Creativity eliminates the rigidity of situations and makes them less dramatic, many times solutions are arrived at suddenly. Ideas or answers can be revealed in a fresh way that isn’t connected to logical thought.

What advantages does improving creativity offer?
Creative thought makes millions of tiny decision-making nuclei in which all real, fictitious and imaginable possibilities can be found. The advantage of being able to make use of many possibilities for any decision is that we are more likely to hone in on the one that is most appropriate. In addition, creative thought is profoundly liberating and opens the possibility to express oneself in a unique and flexible way.

What is meant by intuition?

Intuition is a type of understanding that arises directly and immediately without any intervening deductive or rational processes. Intuition could provide an authentic link between conscious thought and the unconscious areas of an individual by finding new combinations to integrate disparate ideas of logical-rational thought. The card game aims to hone intuition by shortening the distance between our conscious thought and those creative parts that seem to spontaneously emerge from our interior.

What advantages does honing intuition offer?

If one’s intuition is well developed, his/her internal compass will be sharper, thereby improving the ability to make decisions. Self-assurance will increase knowing that the decisions that are made are more coherent, as one understands him/herself better.

What types of decisions can one make?

1) Those that answer scientific topics: binary system, 0 or 1, yes or no, black or white, true or false. This type is very effective to answer questions that can have only one correct answer.

2) Those that answer more ambiguous topics: complex situations that require a consideration of all aspects, which can include personal, emotional, aspirational, intellectual questions, as well as those that have subjective responses.

What kinds of decisions are made on a daily basis? 

The majority of decisions that are made everyday involve a wide range of complex considerations. In the same way that situations don’t warrant one intrinsically correct answer, the cognitive processes that are involved when ambiguous solutions are sought are quite different  (Marta, I don’t understand this completely in Spanish.

What happens if a scientific decision is applied to a situation that is more ambiguous?

In this case, the person would not have considered all of the aspects of the situation. It would not be appropriate to discard our emotional and evaluative system because that could inhibit a better response. If this type of decision-making were employed repeatedly, one’s perception of the world would be polarized and reduced to one that looks at things as either good or bad.

Many in the educational system have ignored the teaching of ambiguous or adaptive decision-making. Oftentimes, the priority has been given to scientific decision-making, based on true or false data.


This game has been designed for personal use, as the cards are subject to personal associations. The game’s objective is personal exploration.

The cards can be used on an individual basis, as well as during group therapeutic sessions. Only those people who have been adequately trained ought to lead sessions. Contact us for additional information on this.

The most important rule is that other participants’ associations are respected.



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