On any given day, hundreds of thoughts, ideas and questions wander in, out and around our minds/heads. At times, there are so many wandering in every direction – most with little shape or form – it often feels as if we are trying to manage and rope in a pack of feral cats. Many environments, spaces, and arenas brim with ideas that beg us to welcome them in as thoughts.
As I journey through my week, mental molecules are continually ignited by something I’ve read, seen or heard. I often wonder if it’s best to shut them out (at least some of them)…or if it might be better to simply allow them to dance until they collapse from exhaustion (or “bop until they drop”) and find their own way out of my head.
Either option concerns me and causes me to pause and wonder…what if one of those thoughts, ideas or questions was worthy of pursuit? Could a wandering thought possibly be an idea for a new book or a unique venture, innovation or invention? So as not to miss any wandering fragments, a mini recorder and a notepad and pen have become constant companions. As thoughts tumble (or get kicked) from my head to my lips or into my hand, I capture them to be pondered, referenced – even researched – later. The folder that contains these fragments is full – actually overflowing.
As a writer…this is how my creative process currently progresses.
As a seasoned, professional business entrepreneur, I continually wonder and ask myself if this technique is healthy… does this process really lead to positive, productive results or outcomes? Naturally, as my great fortune would have it, a book crossed my path that offered some insights – maybe even some wisdom – to help guide me in my on-going attempt at “roping in those feral cats” – maybe offering a lasso of sorts.
This book “The Science of Getting Rich” was introduced by Wallace D. Wattles in 1910. Most would likely agree… learning the science of “getting rich” definitely sounds like a task or project worth undertaking. I wondered though if the principles or techniques Wattles suggests might continue to be relevant today and worthy of further examination? I was also curious if the strategies he offers might be applied to other ventures or aspects of life (like my creative process) as the torrent sea of ideas, thoughts, and questions swims within us? Below is a summary of Wattles thoughts and suggestions…see what you think…
THINKING (and Acting) IN THE CERTAIN WAY
- TAKE AND HOLD A THOUGHT – “Thought is the force that causes the creative power to work for us.”
- FORM A PICTURE (Image or Vision) of exactly what you want (or want something to become)
- Generate a clear, precise mental picture
- Be specific, definite and coherent – not “vague and misty”
- The example he provides fascinated me:
“If you were going to send a message to a friend, you wouldn’t send a list of the letters in the alphabet and expect him to construct the message for himself, nor would you take words at random from the dictionary.”
- HOLD the PICTURE (Image or Vision) or ensure a mental attitude that will allow you to:
- Continually keep that picture in your mind (like a sailor heading for port) – and don’t waver;
- Imagine the THOUGHT with all of your senses – allow it to permeate…penetrate;
- Spend as much time as you can contemplating your picture (in details);
- Overcome mental laziness;
- Have REAL INTENTION to accomplish or bring the VISION into tangible expression;
- Have invincible and unwavering FAITH/BELIEF that the PICTURE is real;
- Take possession of it in your mind – use your imagination to manifest it; and
- Be thankful (grateful) for the opportunity and your ability to allow the THOUGHT to enter your mind.
As we undertake and go through this process, Wattles also encourages us to:
- Don’t use power or force – either mental or physical;
- Be sure to “manage” your thoughts/actions and hold yourself to the “right course”;
- “Start a movement” of bringing the idea to you;
- FOCUS: “guard your thoughts – limit what you give your attention to; and
- Fix on the vision of what you want to create.
Wattles offers some additional words of wisdom…
“Every desire is an unexpressed possibility seeking to come into being, power seeking to manifest.”
Life is “…permeated with the desire to live more fully, and that’s why it must constantly create things.”
“The universe desires you to have everything you want to have. Make up your mind that this is true.”
“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”
What do you think…would this be a good way to manage and manifest your own thoughts? Would you be able to apply Wattles’ principles within your own life or in your creative process?
Crafted, researched and written by: | LIZ CARLOCK
The Write Resources, LLC™
© 2014 EM Carlock