Get Your Ideas Out Of Your Head: Creating Requires Courage

by Elissa Bedwell

“There’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.” – Herman Hesse






All of Life Itself.

They all begin with a thought and culminate in existence.

They live and breathe in a life of their own (metaphorically or literally) when we release them to the wind and trust the world to receive them with love and joy.

The act of creating rests on one concept: moving ideas from the ethereal world into the material world.

Creating in one’s head is the easy part. Having the courage to hold the dream and birth it into reality (and with confidence) is where the hard work comes into play.

Releasing our inner judgement and the need for perfection and learning to trust the process is the hallmark of the creative person.

We often place such rigid demands on the fruits of our labor that we fail to recognize the true beauty of their existence.

Nothing is ever as lovely as it is in our imagination. That is what is so exciting (and ultimately disillusioning) about living in our heads. We can create worlds more riveting than reality but we become trapped by our inability to break free of our self-imposed limitations.

It reminds me of the movie Inception.

Cobb cannot bear to live in the real world without his deceased wife Mal, so he devises a way to keep her alive in his dreams, by creating the Inception program.

He deceives himself into believing that creating in his head is better than living in reality and thus lives for years inside of himself.

Like Cobb, our thoughts and ideas must be released, otherwise we are doomed to a life unrealized and unfulfilled.

The mere act of following through with creative urges actually imbues each new project with real beauty — honest beauty — and far too few people take that chance.

Creation takes courage, but once you find that inner fire and temper the steel of your spirit with it’s flames, nothing can stop your bliss from becoming a reality.

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“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence