There are often articles written about how writers are scared someone will steal their ideas. Whilst of course the thought probably crosses every writer’s mind, and I include myself in this, fear of it being stolen is not my biggest concern. What I try not to concern myself with but would be lying if I said it didn’t exist in my psyche, are my thoughts regarding collective consciousness, or as us more commonly said, the ether.
I believe ideas, true ideas, true creativity comes from the source. This is one collective consciousness. Without going into a whole spiritual rant, it is the one place where everything exists. Yes everything. (It’s a concept that has to be explored with an open mind and outside the realms of your ‘normal’ understanding and acceptance of your physical existence. If you want to get your mind blown, and it’s not an area you have explored before, take a dive into some research on the matter, it will transform your perception of life as you know it, Jim!)
So ideas and the source. Even if you don’t totally grasp the true meaning of this, just for the purpose of understanding the reason for this blog, suspend your disbelief and imagine there is such a place. So were such a place to exist, and everything exists in there, you start to understand why no idea is totally original and even to some extent, your take of it is open for anyone to see/experience. Open your mind, or rather close your mind and open your heart (though that sounds far too airy-fairy and ‘feminine’ an expression; words after all, don’t always help, as we are so biased towards our own perception of their meaning) and you will be privy to the source of all creation, including your ability to create from this powerful place!
But of course you must be also therefore mindful of the fact that anyone who is able to access a channel to this place, can also draw from its source of everything, which is why it is quite possible that your idea will have already, or may currently or in the future, be happening. And if you take linear time out of the equation, that blows your perception of originality even more!
Hopefully that also helps explain why perhaps some of you feel like you’re just the vehicle to an idea, (those ideas that just grab you and flow without effort… “I don’t know, it just came to me, no idea where from!”) or even a copycat (“I just don’t feel like I’ve really ‘invented’ this”) because on some level you are, always. But paradoxically, whilst we, like ideas, are all part of this ‘one’ of everything, our own ‘extension’ of it is unique! WE are unique. YOU are unique. No other individual of any form has the exact make up of you. Therefore, everything you do has its own unique stamp, fingerprint, if you like.
So when you are able (open) to be completely creative, whilst yes, the idea is there for anyone to channel into something tangible, accessible, readable, viewable, watchable, listenable, tastable, smellable, touchable, perceptible, it is your creation, your execution of the process – your take on it – making it any of those things for others to experience, and making it something new.
But as mentioned a couple of paragraphs back, someone else may have seen, felt, taken that same idea from the source, and whilst it won’t be exactly as yours, it may be close enough to ‘beat you to it’ as a ‘new’ idea for a film, TV show, stageplay, book, song or whatever. Sadly without a time machine, there’s nothing we can do about that, it is what it is. But you can get some very powerful consolation from this, as I did just recently: 1) you should feel proud that you were able to connect to the very source of creation, 2) if your idea has been made by someone else, know it was good enough an idea to be made by someone else, funded, produced and released!
As for actually stealing your ideas that have perhaps not yet been produced or commercially released, but ‘told’ to others (through word of mouth, consultancy, competitions or other physical distribution) 1) in professional circles, this really doesn’t happen. You will hear many successful writers, producers, and other industry executives say the same, and find very few examples of it having actually happened, 2) in less than pro circles, it’s still very rare that someone will take, and execute your idea as you have, or steal the whole thing (and you do have some protection against actual written form material) but maybe be a little guarded if you know nothing about someone, before handing over your ‘baby’).
Stealing anything from anyone is selfish, hurtful and disconnected (from the feelings of others and the source!) and there are those needy enough to perhaps try, but in the creative arts, it is quite often not that intended act, but simply one of synchronicity.
So try not to worry. Fear blocks creativity for you and the universe itself to show/give you it’s wonders.
So lose the fear and go create! And have a nice day (unless you’ve got any other plans).
Artwork by Cameron Gray: http://www.parablevisions.com