decades ago, a Swiss hiker named George de Mestral hiked through autumn colors
with his dog.
crossed fields covered in milkweed, purple thistles, burrs, thorny branches and
floating dandelion parachutes.
In the autumn, all
plants release their seeds to the winds. Others attach to animals for
transport to other locations to begin anew.
When Mestral returned
home, he noticed dozens of burr balls with hooks attached to his socks and his
dog’s fur. It took him 30 minutes to dislodge them from his clothing and
While pulling them
off, he noticed each spine featured a hook at the end that embedded itself into
anything passing near the plant. Anything with fur picked up the seed and
transported it to new fields. His wool sock picked up the most “hooked”
He put two and two
together! Voila, he created Velcro cloth fasteners. Today, we all use
Velcro to secure our bicycle shoes, coats, fasten our backpacks and a thousand
other uses. He became a millionaire through his “creative dynamo”
spinning around in his mind.
You can look
throughout history to see innovations and inventions that popped up out of
nowhere by average men and women who discovered an idea “out of the blue.”
By what process does
an invention occur? How can you apply it to your life? What can you
do with inventions you create?
that everything must come from an “idea” before it can move into form.
Ideas fly around the
universe waiting for someone to grab them and bring them to form. Your
mind constitutes a “net” that captures ideas. You may remember that tiny,
gold, winged ball in the Harry Potter books that flew around the stadium while
students chased it on their broomsticks.
When that winged ball
flies by your head, grab it! Write down the idea. Process it.
Play with it. Move it into form. It might be an idea for a magazine
article if you are a writer. It might become a book. If you make jewelry,
you may create a stunning ring or necklace. If you create macramé, you
may discover a new design. You may create a new painting, poem or
sculpture. You might design a new bicycle, airplane, car or boat.
In whatever realm you
play, those ideas buzz around your head. Capture them like Harry Potter
captured the tiny, gold ball with wings.
allow anyone to deter you or rain on your parade!
Years ago, a man
attempted to make a “cooler” beach shoe that stayed on peoples’ feet. He
made it out of rubber with a cinch on the back. He offered it in many
“That’s so ugly; it’s a crock!”
So, he named it a “Croc”
and you know the rest of the story: billions of people wear his beach Crocs!
In order to engage
your own creative dynamo, stay open to ideas via your open consciousness.
Realize that “form” emerges out of the invisible field of the universe.
It’s the playground of your mind. It’s spontaneous and self-generating
It’s known as the “Law
of Mind.” It’s the “emerging creative energy of the universe” and it
flows through you. You can use it. Uplift your life by up-leveling your
thoughts. By doing so, you will partner with the power of the universe.
§ Open to the new
“yes” in you.
§ Fuel your creative
dynamo with endless ideas from your experiences.
§ Write them down,
say them aloud, draw them, and work on turning them from thoughts to form.
§ Reframe your sense
§ Understand and
relish in the fact that you represent an endless fountain of ideas.
§ Open to the magic.
The creative dynamo
thrives in you by your receptivity. As a writer, I look for new ideas
daily. Above my computer on the corkboard for the past 40 years, a small
card reads: “The Idea Fairy may strike at any time—so be alert and write
her idea down, so she will feel appreciated and come back often.”
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