Is It Your Idea Or Someone Else’s?

A light bulb moment! The one that we always use to refer to that great, million dollar idea. It seems like it came out of nowhere. Just a flash of inspiration and it’s like it was all there. In detail.

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Sure, you had been thinking about this for some time, most recently with a little more intensity. Then boom! There it was, like the blueprint was magically handed to you, just waiting for you to make it.

Let’s say you actually put action to the idea and make it. Then rush to get a patent to protect your brainchild. Then comes the shocking surprise, that someone has already filed a patent. How could this be? The surprise is almost too much to bear. What is the explanation?

Scientific studies, in one instance from MIT, would claim that brainwaves are too weak to travel far, and could never compete with radio waves for example. Another article* dealing with the “ether” and “speed of thought” offers sufficient material for consideration to the contrary.

Many studies have been done during the last 30 years that continue to offer substantial proof of the power of thought. One of the best sources I have found citing many different experiences over many years can be found here.

So what is the point? Thoughts, ideas, travel, and not just in circles inside your head. They are not just weak signals as compared to radio waves, but are received both consciously and unconsciously at great distances. While current experiments have been done using computers to help translate the message to the brain of participants from India to France, those using no such mechanical means are some of the most interesting.

So what is the possibility of picking up random thoughts of another, never realizing they were not 100 percent your own? Consider the conscious effort involved thinking intently about a particular project, idea, or challenge. Is it possible the more concentrated those efforts are they could attract similar thoughts?

Many experiments have been done with telepathy, transmitting thoughts from one person to another over short distances with success. Mind reading has normally been relegated to parlor tricks, so is not seriously considered in truly transmitting thoughts from one person to another.

Some will have a hard time relating thoughts to prayer or anything spiritual. For many a prayer is a conversation with God. No special words or phrases were ever necessary, and in fact Jesus clearly stated that those who did nothing more than call on his name would be given an eternal life with him.

So it seems all this could be boiled down to intent. In whatever mode it is intended, through prayer, a spiritual effort, a sincere desire, shamanic rituals, as an old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts.

There will always be the “naysayers” who refuse to accept anything that doesn’t have some logical explanation. These surely are the distant offspring of those who claimed the world was flat, of those who poisoned such as Socrates for bringing about change.

Go ahead and laugh, shake your head, but be careful what you’re thinking because you never know where it could end up. Whoever coined the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts.” was trying to get off cheap! At least in some cases where there was actual value involved.

Since it has also been proven that most hide out in thoughts of past history, which being in the past are as dead as the doornail, thoughts of value are in the big minority. So it can be said that the possibility of capturing that million dollar thought may have odds of say…a billion to one?

I’ve got some serious thinkin’ to do.

*Resources:

Article link to sped of thought

Do I Say What I Think Or Think What I Say?

How closely are my words the same as my thoughts? Do they change when spoken compared to when written? Perhaps you have noticed, as I have, the often repeated words such as, “you know,” or the singular word “like.” Then there is the one that gets used while the brain seems to madly be searching for what to say next. “Uhh…!”

That probably doesn’t classify as a word. Expression or pregnant pause may be more accurate. What might be considered a polished speaker or orator, is the one who never allows those words to utter forth. Utter forth? When have I used those words in everyday conversation? This is what I’m talking about.

There was no conscious thought about using that particular word combination. Selection seems random enough, as there was no thought in using that phrase as opposed to any other. How does this change when going from the brain to the tongue as opposed to the fingers that are typing? This would make for a good Seinfeld sketch as it seems much ado about nothing.

Speaking ones mind or in this case mine, gives pause (there it is again, as I am unaware of using that phrase in my natural speaking or conversational voice) as to really saying the exact words my brain is selecting at any given instance. For the longest time I have always thought that speaking exactly what I was thinking to be paramount. Why would I think of saying something only to use a different way with spoken words?

Does this have anything to do with unconsciously selecting words according to the level of perceived intelligence or vocabulary of another? Since the subconscious controls so many of my functions, can this be the why? Yet when writing, that filter seems to be less selective, giving a broader range of words to choose from. Now this is really getting into some uncharted territory!

This could be the explanation of why, on many occasions, rereading something penned months or years ago, seems like it was written by someone else much more introspective, well read, intellectual and better educated than I. Realization that it really was me, actually comes as a bit of a shock, some surprise.

Can this be a case of doubting my writing ability or choice of words when speaking? Pleasantly surprising seems a better way to describe the mild impact. It’s never been some jolt into reality or some such. This was a thread recently seen on a blog for writers, and the number of echoes to this very occurrence was encouraging, that it is not unusual at all.

Where this sort of thing would seem common is writing fiction. Characters have to be developed so wandering off into vernaculars, accents, dialects and such would be normal. Everyday thinking or conversation has no reason to adopt such wandering around the abundance of words. So where is the explanation as to why this happens? Is there some unfulfilled need to use words that don’t get enough exercise in my vocabulary? Now there’s some ideas for more introspection!

So do I say what I think or think what I say? Are the words as random as the thoughts that generate them? I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll just keep on writing what I think DSC_1505I think and not be too terribly concerned about the how and where it came from. Isn’t that sorta like asking another one of those chicken or egg questions? Either way, I’ll take mine fried.

Think I’ll go read some more about that monster worm in Oregon.