The Birth of inspiring ideas…

Idea:  an image existing or formed in the mind.  The human capacity to contemplate ideas is associated with the capacity for reason, self-reflection, and the ability to acquire and apply wisdom.  Ideas give rise to concepts, which are the basis for any kind of knowledge whether science or philosophy… * From Wikipedia

The best ideas are always ahead of their time.  In most cases when an idea is cognized there is no perceived value for that idea.  There is no demand for the idea itself after all, it’s just an idea!  If an ideas timing is “right” a demand will be created for the idea not the other way around.  If the idea is nurtured by the thinker(s) with mindfulness, passion and excellence, often the demand for that idea will appear magically, the people, circumstances, situations and events needed for that idea to come to fruition will appear synchronistically ~ serendipitously!  It’s as if an idea has the potential to create its own inner momentum, attraction and energy not needing a typical approach to life that for most of us is based on struggle, effort and obsession!  

Ideas are cognized daily by billions of people.  Scientists have suggested the human mind thinks a minimum of 50,000 thoughts a day.  The scarier statistic is that they go on to suggest that ninety percent of the thoughts we have today are the ones we will have tomorrow… Ten percent is not necessarily a bad return on an investment when you consider that one of those 10,000 thoughts could contain an idea that could radically change the nature of your life or the world you live in!   

Inspiring ideas truly benefit more than just the thinker of the idea, they can go on to serve as as legacy and gift to not only the thinker(s) themselves but those that their idea serves.  Ideas are an extension to who we are and who we can become.  Ideas are the source of all inspiration and the foundation stones to the creative process.  Great ideas serve our most essential needs.  They break down walls, they nurture and cultivate relationships, and they elevate the human Spirit.

Powerful ideas challenge the status quo to synthesize knowledge that becomes the basis of new paradigms of social and political structure; they are the building blocks to genuine change.  A powerful idea can be compared to the discovery of a new strand of DNA, its information and energy can transform individuals and organizations, they become the pathway to new creations.  It’s ironic that some of our greatest thinkers suggest their best ideas often come in a moment of pause, when the mind is quiet, open to be receptive to those ideas, insights and revelations.

Thinking on the other hand is a mental process that involves the manipulation of information; neurologists agree that thinking is the result of a chemical reaction within our brain, as in neurotransmitters.   While the thinking process may begin as a result of an idea, thinking typically takes on a more linear approach as those thoughts become concepts that lead to reason which determines much of our decision making process.  Our thinking process is typically reflected by the tape loop repetition of those 50,000 thoughts…

Great ideas often occur at the end of an extended incubation period (*from incubare ~ Latin, “to lie upon….” Just as cultural creative types sometime struggle through dry periods, the thinker of an idea often requires a period of gestation for those ideas to be cultivated, nurtured or inspired.  Formerly, the word incubation has been used to describe the “religious practice” of sleeping in a sacred area with the intention of experiencing a divinely inspired dream or cure as practiced by members of the cult of Asclepius.  It is said that Einstein himself received his formula for relativity while taking a momentary sojourn of dream time. 

Seven ways to improve the quality of ideas you generate:

*Begin with an attitude of acceptance, suspending all points of view and let the momentum of thinking, speaking or writing carry the inner/outer conversation of that idea…

*Express the idea first, without the need to convince, prove, or justify its validity; brainstorming sessions and journaling is a powerful way to “discovery write”…

*Ask questions that lead you in different directions; if you continue to ask yourself the same questions you will likely continue to get the same results in your work and life. 

*Avoid the use questions that begin with “Why”, why can often lead to dead end justification (substitute what or experiment using where, how, who, when).

*Cultivate a quiet mind by spending time in silence, meditation or nature to create the space and environment for ideas to percolate from source of all creation.

*Allow time for reverie; take breaks from creative projects that require intense focus and attention.  Listen to your favorite music, go for a unplanned walk ~ give permission for spontaneous, unplanned period of distraction.

*Play more often!  Down time allows the mind to relax, allowing our Soul to engadge the moment uninterupted by agenda, speculation and assesment.  More often or not it is during your moments of play that some of your most interesting and inspiring of thoughts will float to the surface of your conscious mind ~ it’s kind of like icing on the cake…    

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One Response

  1. IMHO, I would also suggest: “Focus on what you’re thinking. Focus on your inner self”.

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