I’ve been wondering about this recently. Where do ideas come from?
There are times when ideas seem to dry up. At other times, they flow so fast and thick that you wonder when and how you will execute them all!
So where do ideas come from?
According to Elizabeth Gilbert, ideas are viruses.
I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. 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. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is 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. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
Quite a fascinating thought, isn’t it?
Planning out my first ecourse in my little hand bound journal. I’m loving the size – it’s small (5.5×4.5 inches), slim (40 pages), and slips easily into my purse. Which means I can carry it around everywhere I go, so it’s the perfect thing to have on hand to keep track of all the little bits of inspiration that come my way. Do you prefer to have a bigger journal, or do you like the smaller ones? I personally love the intimacy of the smaller ones. The bigger ones can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes!
And so I’ve been working away at my ideas in the little windows of time that I have available to me. I’ve stopped thinking about when and how I will execute them; instead, I sit prepared for inspiration to strike. I collect together thoughts and ideas, sort them into a structure of sorts, and plug away at them slowly but surely.
This journal has become my constant companion – the catchall for all the random, stray thoughts that strike me without any consideration for where I am and what I am doing.
But I am not complaining. I’m soaking in all of this inspiration and following the signs. I’m still not sure exactly where they lead, but I trust, and I follow, and I am enjoying the ride!