Where do ideas come from? They show up as wisps of an idea or a picture floating around in our imagination, or a single word that catches our attention. We seem to have the ability to capture them and organize them into a form of communication.
As I was listening to some classical music I wondered how a person can hear all those different parts played by all those different instruments and write them down so someone else can hear them and understand them and perform them? Many composers of classical music don’t always even get to hear their work performed. They just write from their intuition and know what it sounds like.
What are you doing with your imagination?
I’m sitting here writing because I just listened to some classical music and I marveled, as I often do, at how the composer knew how to put all those parts together. So I write to figure out how that might happen.
That’s where ideas come from, wisps in our imagination. I had an experience, it sparked a question, and that question becomes a commentary or an insight or something for us to think about.
Ideas are like wisps of light
I see myself as surrounded by wisps of light, each one an idea for me to consider, to pluck from the air, to explore and develop and possibly share. Not all are mine to do, but they’re certainly mine to explore if I’m drawn to them.
I see ideas as those sudden “a-ha’s” that people get that say, “Let’s do it this way”, and the idea or insight makes them move off in an entirely unexplored direction.
How do you capture a wisp?
To capture these wisps, you must pay attention. Then you figure out what you need to do in order to capture them, work with them, adjust them, or combine them. You take a wisp of an idea and explore its possibilities.
When an idea that appeals to me floats by, I grab it and rush to my computer to figure out what it means to me, here and now, as a human and as a spiritual being. I write in order to sort it out for myself. Sometimes what I write is shared with others, sometimes it’s merely foundational exploration I later expand upon.
Stop to listen
If you don’t listen, you won’t hear. If you don’t look, you won’t see. Do you take time to observe? Do you take time to consider? What do you do with what you discover? Do you try it on in your own life? Or do you brush it aside and keep going in the direction you were already headed?
Your imagination creates your world
Our thoughts create our reality. We have great control over our thoughts. Thus we have great control over our life experience.
Someone says something, and how you interpret that in your imagination influences how you respond. You are moving along steadily in one direction when your imagination flies in and says, “Look at the great possibilities over here.” The choice you make in that moment, to hear or not hear, to explore or not explore, shapes your life experience. For better or worse.
Invite your imagination to step forward
The more you practice listening to your imagination, the more you’ll hear, and the more accurate will be your interpretation. I’m sitting here ready to write this next sentence waiting for my imagination to make a suggestion for me to consider. There have been several thoughts and I get to choose.
What I choose determines what you read next, what you understand, what insights you’re given that are influential in how you change your life.
All because I sit here and wait. And see what thoughts show up, and then choose.
Give your imagination time and space
My imagination usually interrupts me with a loud voice, nearly shouting the idea at me. Sometimes it lets the idea simmer with small gentle nudges until the idea becomes clear. And sometimes it outlines a series of steps that enable me to get the full picture. Give your imagination space and time to express itself.
Then pay attention. And explore what you’re offered.
Imagination is a powerful gift and a great guide.
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