June 10, 2022
Idea Brahmacharaya


In India, spiritual adepts who give up sex to pursue God are known as "brahmacharyas." They believe that their vital power (i.e. kundalini) needs to be completely intact in order for them to have the ultimate experience.

What does this have to do with you, oh passionate seeker of creative breakthroughs? Plenty -- especially when you consider that one of the main reasons why many new ideas never see the light of day is because their originators have a tendency to "prematurely articulate."

Indeed, the act of talking about one's idea -- especially to people who are not necessarily supportive of it -- often has a negative effect. Sometimes, talking about what we're doing takes the place of actually doing it. Other times, the kind of doubt, suspicion, and negativity we receive in response to the verbal expression of our creative passions, throws a wet blanket on the whole thing. Ouch!

Common sense and self-care is all you really need to pay attention to in this regard, but if you are looking for some guidelines to help ensure that common sense and self-care rule the day, here you go:


1. In the beginning stages of the development of your big idea or creative project, be mindful of WHO you talk to about it. Be selective.

2. If you get the urge to talk about your idea to someone who is likely to respond with nothing but frowns and raised eyebrows, don't. Better to keep the idea or venture to yourself than "throwing your pearls before swine" (even if the "swine", in this case, is a family member, best friend, or a member of your tribe).

3. If someone asks you about your idea, check in with yourself, first, before talking. If it doesn't feel like the right time, thank the person for asking and let them know you will respond to their request "down the road" when you have something meaningful to share with them.

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at June 10, 2022 09:54 PM


"The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained. To explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or the definition for the image of the thing." -Henri Matisse

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