I've so been there. The brilliant idea that you know is going to be A HUGE HIT. Money. Fame. So much recognition. You're already imagining your name on the marquee. Or is it your ego's name that should go up there?
The reason we get so upset about someone taking our unspoken idea is because our ego has already created attachments to the outcome. Our ego is already imagining how much fame, glory, money, etc. it's going to receive as a result. But if it's such an amazing idea, why haven't you put it into practice? And anyway, stop and think about it for a second... how do things usually turn out for you when you let your ego drive the train?
If you consider yourself a conscious person, you may know by now that ego-based pursuits (no matter how amazing the idea) usually end up being total shit-shows, meant to teach your soul a lesson that has nothing to do with all of the accolades that your ego is pining for.
Usually when these things happen, it's more about the opportunity to examine the fear that's holding us back from living our best lives, and less about figuring out when or where you shared something that could have been stolen. Admit it, you know what I'm talking about. Someone presents an idea that you had and what do you do? Rack your brain or search your text messages or emails for the one where you may have alluded to this brilliant yet not fully baked idea, wondering where and how the person stole it? Or worse, knowing exactly when you shared the luminous thought and kicking yourself for trusting that person.
If you find yourself sharing your half-baked brilliance often with those around you, you must ask yourself why? For some, they're seeking affirmation that the idea is actually brilliant, thus doubting their own alchemy. For others, they're simply idea people who get inspired and energized by the au courant and trust those around them and want to share. In either case though young grasshopper, you risk your fragile beautiful idea being snatched up by someone else when you share it before it's ready.
Have you ever read Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic? I love her, and I especially love her creative process. In this book, she shares how an idea can leave one person and go to someone else who is going to nurture it and cultivate it so that it sees the world. So unless you tend to your ideas and help them grow, they will leave you and go elsewhere.
And what I've found is that when your clever idea is not aligned with your soul's purpose (and you're doing the work to actively pursue your dharma), you are actually being protected when the idea comes out of someone else's mouth, as it's not the path for you any way.
So here are my tips for consciously dealing with someone stealing your spoken or unspoken idea:
If this was your idea to manifest, you would have already done so by now. If you haven't, look at what fear is holding you back. Addressing those fears will take you further than scorning the person who's moving forward with the idea.
Harboring resentments only weighs you down and keeps you stuck in the low-vibe muck that you actively work to elevate yourself out of. Don't do it. Even secretly. Write down or say out loud (if you're not in a cubicle, cause you don't need people thinking you're cray on top of everything else...) a statement of forgiveness. It's a gift to yourself, trust.
3. Release + Receive
Release the idea to that person by wishing them success and all things positive. Then say a little a prayer or do a meditation, allowing yourself to receive that which is truly meant for you. By rising above and sending the other person positivity, you show yourself and the Universe that you're ready for some big magic of your own. This is where the miracles happen.
With love and light,
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