“All creativity is based on quantum leaps and uncertainty. At particular moments in time, truly novel ideas emanate from the collective bed of information. These ideas did not originate in the fortunate individual, but in the collective consciousness.”
Deepak Chopra (The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, p. 84)
I have heard many writers and artists, when asked how their story or their work of art was conceived, answer that they really don't know. Often, one begins with an idea, and then it seems as though “something else” takes over. A story, for instance, begins with a notion of what one wants to write about, but at some point, the characters in that story take life and form in the mind of the writer, and chart their own course. Sometimes, the writer is just as stunned as the reader as to where a particular character goes. They begin to speak of them in the third person, as though they were an actual human being, and not a figment of the writer's imagination.
Frequently, scientific discoveries are made by two or more people at the same time, unbeknownst to one another. The idea was floating around in the ether and they were the ones receptive and open enough to seize upon it. Often, people receive answers to questions not by way of their thinking, but in their dreams. Einstein was one of those with regard to his theory of relativity. I was once dating a man whose behavior seemed odd to me. I liked him very much; he was funny and quite intelligent, but everything he did seemed a little bit excessive to me—kind of “over the top.” Finally, in a dream, a voice told me, “He is bi-polar.” When I awoke, my first thought was, where did that come from, and my second thought was, of course, he is. Why didn't I see that before?
When we go through life with a closed mind, when things and people have to look and act a certain way or they are unacceptable, we cut ourselves off from that ether, that creative energy that is always available. The required elements are receptivity and comfort with uncertainty. If you think you already know the right answer, or you believe your way is the only way, then it will be very difficult for you to be creative. Life, no doubt, will take its own direction with or without our cooperation. But when we are open to it, open to all the possibilities it presents, when we allow spirit/soul to lead, a whole new, creative world opens before us, and that makes everyday an adventure.
In the Spirit,