WEEK 6 - Ideas


David Lynch says, “Ideas are not ours, we catch them like fish.” Liz takes this to the next level.

She has a whole segment in her amazing book, BIG MAGIC devoted to ideas. What they are, how they come, why they go...

As artists we are both FORM and FORMLESS. We are soul and human body.
We are energetic and actual.

An idea is energetic, formless, from the well of inspiration...until it comes into contact with a willing partner and co-creator — a human being to manifest it.

Liz says when the idea comes to you (or I like to say “drops into you”) it feels unique, intense, emotional, sometimes physiological. It is the magic of INSPIRATION.

We have all felt it.

“The supernatural, the mystical, the inexplicable, the surreal, the divine, the transcendent, the otherworldly. Creativity is a force of enchantment.”

I get so activated talking to actors and artists about their inner muse. The playful, joyful, blissed out source of ever present inspiration and passion inside of you always trying to get your attention. Liz talks about ideas with the same fervor.

“Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us — albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest in our world through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”

I love her.
Besides that — can you feel the PERSONAL POWER in that?

How many of us sit and wait for a phone to ring or wait to be good enough or wait to lose ten pounds to be a creator?

The idea NEEDS us as much as we NEED it!!!! It is a PARTNERSHIP!
We are not the “lesser” one in the relationship. Like all good relationships — it takes two — an EQUALLY open and present two — to tango.

She says ideas swirl around the ether of the Universe looking for someone to connect with. This makes me think of that thing I heard a while back about, if we want to expand our lives and our creative impact we must become the DOMINANT HAND OF THE UNIVERSE.

I am left handed, so when I pick up my toothbrush or glass of water or make up brush it is always with my left hand. It is dominant. I know between my two hands the left will get the job done much more efficiently. I don’t even think about it. It is auto pilot. The universe loves efficiency and ease.

If you want to be the lucky chosen one for the idea, spend your time carving yourself out as the best steward for creativity. Become the dominant hand. So when the Universal creative forces say “hey we need a ______ type”, you are the clear and obvious choice.

You don’t have to earn being chosen.
This isn't some school yard game.
You just have to be open and available.
Receptive and relaxed enough to NOTICE when the idea comes knocking.
When we are too busy, too mad at ourselves, too frozen in fear, the idea must move on.

And it isn’t personal!!!!!

The idea has ONE job.
To manifest.
It is simply looking for the best place to do so. It needs its dominant hand.

And when it has found you... And you accept....

“It will send universal physical and emotional signals of inspiration (chills up the arm, the hair standing up on the back of the neck, the nervous stomach, the buzzy thoughts, that feeling of falling into love or obsession.) The idea will organize coincidences and portents to tumble across your path, to keep your interest keen. You will start to notice all sorts of signs pointing you toward the idea. The idea will wake you up in the middle of the night and side tract you from your every day routine. The idea will not leave you alone until it has your fullest attention.”

And THAT is why we are here.
That spark of creative pulsing through us. Awakening us.

This week can you devote to making some space for new ideas.
Can you set aside a few minutes each day to speak to your potential ideas. Can you practice being the dominant hand for your desires?


Jen Rudolph