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How to activate inspiring ideas

Updated on June 12, 2016
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Nadine was born in Holland and emigrated to South Africa in 1971. She has always been an entrepreneur and is a self taught artist .

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Where do we get inspirations from?

Over the years people have often asked me: “Where do you get all your ideas from? You are so creative.” Those comments always surprised me.

  • Don’t these people truly recognize or have aha moments themselves?
  • Are they never inspired by just a photo or image, or an article or a movie?

Ideas and inspirations are constantly around us! So far, science hasn’t really determined exactly what happens in our brains during the creative process, since it really combines a whole bunch of different brain processes. Link to my article about our mind
A good friend once told me that it was due to my human design wiring!
My personal obstacle seems to be that there are limited hours in a day to address all the ideas that can come to me daily, so I need to be organized, focused and practical. In this article I will share how for me, 9 brilliant ideas pop up...from where, and share which idea I have decided to follow up on.


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(1) The start of a day

My morning usually start with scrolling my tablet while still in bed. I usually wake up between 7 or 8 so I have a half hour to scroll through the social network sites I’m on. Facebook and Google+ take up most of my time before I appear in our publishing office...across from our dining room! Images and photos that stream past from friends, or the general public, can have an inspirational effect upon me.

Photos that professionals post on Google+ teach me what to do with my own snapshots for my product designs for Zazzle, Cafépress, Society6 and Redbubble. This is an example:

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(2) Other Zazzle designers

When I saw a mandala line drawing design on a zazzle card a member had sold a sudden inspiration popped up. The ideas that started to flash past almost overpowered everything else that was on my agenda for that day!

In the late nineties I gave drawing classes as an 8 week workshop. Slowly I incorporated exercises around doodling and soon I discovered something unique by studying people’s drawings! The symbols people used revealed to me stories they never verbally told me. I called my doodling workshops: Art analogue symbolism.

From those drawing workshops on the language of Light idea was born. (See video)
Years later my typesetting skills for Kima Global Publishers guided me to publish these doodling interpretations in a workbook titled The Language of Light.

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(3) A Color-in line drawing as a product design

The line drawings I had already created for my two workbooks could all be individually published on greeting or invitation cards with Zazzle! At the same time I could create a hyperlink in the description box towards my PDF download and include the Amazon link to the printed workbook. All the 48 language of Light chakra card exercise designs I then save in a separate collection folder at Zazzle.
If anyone would like to learn how to be creative by discovering what their unconscious and higher self might be hiding, and recognize their own Language of Light soul quality by doodling and coloring in the card, you can use these cards as a tool to awaken your Soul Purpose. That would be a brilliant project in itself! Further explanations as to what these doodling and coloring-in exercises entail could be published in my on line shopping blog.

For now this is the link to one article with more explanations on the Language of Light.

It will always be my passion to find a way to increase and to activate the imaginative skills and attention flexibility in people through their brain network circuits, so far I have only created the banner for a dedicated collection file on Zazzle. ( I need more time!)

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(4) The latest movie clip

When I read the title: The last avatar – A call for Global Awakening ( TRUTH FOR THE NOW MOMENTS FROM KEN CAREY'S BOOK CALLED ~VISIONS) someone had shared on Google+, and I looked at the trailer with the special effects, this message could be a great awareness activation tool. The fact is that today people all over the globe are waking up to their own potential, and if this movie is one of the triggers then what a great movie that will be.
Loved all his books.

Somebody shared a CERN video and after watching that from my tablet, the story telling audio inspired me to do more research on the CERN project for my novel Parallel Realities.

This video clip from this morning inspired me to set time aside over the following weeks for research.

(5) Gardening tips

We are now heading for summer but as I’m writing this post it’s still spring time, but the flowers that are all popping up in our garden and around the Western Cape are an inspiration in themselves. This spring flower basket was the result.

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(6) Other hubpage writers who start a short story challenge

During coffee breaks I often take the time to visit my hub feed page and see who has commented on my article and I use this time to reply and comment back on their articles. When the short story challenge came past my screen more ideas flooded into my mind....The night before we had enjoyed dinner at a friend’s restaurant which has unusual decor...

The result was this short story : Coffee shop rendezvous

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(7) Listening to a friend

Listening to a friend’s story about how hurt she felt when her ‘Friend’ promised her a place to stay, but when the time came to move in, it was suddenly not available. Her experience inspired me to share a similar incident in my next chapter of a Self Employed Housewife

Read my 26th chapter and you will discover how people can unconsciously hurt us deeply

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(8) Book cover designs

I create book covers for Kima Global and once an author is happy with my work, I can also use the design for Zazzle and Society6 products, and use the free Polyvore website to create an opportunity to do some marketing for this Kima Global author. The hours in my day are again too short .

Anton Pieck calendar

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(9)The creations of Calendars

Structure is an important soul quality to embody in this life, so when I learned how to make calendars in Zazzle, Cafépress and Redbubble, further idea began to take shape. Having collection boards on these websites helps me to start collecting at least 13 images of one particular topic and then later I could publish these designs for a calendar. This cannot be achieved overnight, but I’m working on several...and hope to finish three calendars in November . (my own deadline)

Having written this article, I now need to create images for this post, and I would like to publish this hub before this month is over, but I missed it by one day!

What do you struggle with the most when it comes to having an inspiration?

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Conclusion

Readers will discover or agree that we are the painters of our world canvas. Each day we all have opportunities and can explore many options, which is a blessing. We then have no time to mull over any obstacles that pop up. There are too many positive opportunities that appear around us every day and to be in these moments by allowing inspirations to come to us, is for me like a meditation!

Thanks for reading this post.

Nadine

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My problem is exactly the opposite....how do I deactivate inspiring ideas? I've got too many. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I must admit that I have writers block much of the time. I am inspired by many things, like poetry, a great short story and your beautiful creative art form. Then there are days when I have no desire to open my laptop. Your article is inspiring. Thank you..

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 19 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello Nadine, my answer is a browse through a newspaper. Newspapers - broadsheet or tabloid, although the latter sometimes yields 'juicier' rewards. Once, though it was my wife who came up trumps after looking through a National Sunday tabloid. She'd hit on an interview with the singer James Blunt - who had some blue-blooded connections - where he told of a distant ancestor, a Dane linked by family to King Harold. The story was that this ancestor had fought beside Harold on Caldbec Hill near Hastings on that fateful Saturday, 14th October, 1066. Whether or not the man had survived he couldn't say, nor could he give a name. It was enough for me to 'wrap' into part one of a series of books after some research into Harold's Danish link - his mother Gytha Thorkelsdatter, sister of Jarl Ulf, sister-in-law to Knut... See where this leads? Lots of links either side of the North Sea, lots of events, battles, ships, lords and ladies, and Duke William's bid for his cousin Eadward's crown.

      This could run, and run. A scriptwriter's dream. Your witness...

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      I find it hard to set aside my ideas and go do mundane stuff everyone needs to do.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      I'm like Bill, Nadine. Still, I do not always feel the need to show my talent, but then I do so much! I definitely won't use Facebook. It's exactly as you say. But I can get ideas from mystic poets or Chinese movies, although a lot just flow from the ether.

      I like your ideas, though. People who are busy with reading and Facebook really should have no problems. Interesting Hub and nice ideas.

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha ha yes I do know that feeling as well Billy. I must not take on to many projects!

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Ruby. I'm so glad that my graphics inspire you! I love to speak in imageries

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great and inspiring comment Alan. Yes movies and books from other authors are often an inspiring trigger for me as well. I think most writers on Hubpages have, like me to many ideas to follow up on. We are lucky!

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Flourish I can so relate to you. I try to get past the mundane stuff as fast as i can each day. Just came back from grocery shopping! grrrr

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for reading my post manatita. I still have not seen an email from you about what images you want for your poetry?

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well thought of idea from you. Always useful and interesting.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      Sent you three ages ago. Send me an e-mail. Cheers.

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      Lana Zakinov 18 months ago from California

      I'm impressed with your drive and organization Nadine! I tend to disperse throughout the day, get distracted, then get overwhelmed... Like Bill said, the absence of ideas is not a problem. It's the application :)

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      Larry Rankin 18 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips.

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      Martie Coetser 18 months ago from South Africa

      What an informative and inspiring hub, Nadine. A lack of TIME has always prevented me from doing what I feel inspired to do. As you can see - I am only now getting the first opportunity to catch up on your hubs - a week after our return. How wonderful to know I have seen those flowers in your pictures with my own eyes. I have a stunning picture of you in your fairy garden. Going to share it as soon as I have everything in line.

      I love that video about the Language of Light presented by a younger you. Have I recognized a younger Robin in there as well?

      What an interesting phenomenon is our soul - an abstract entity that communicates via colors, shapes, sounds, signs, vibes, while our body (mind) is confined to language and numbers.

      Thanks for this inspiring hub. As soon as Time allows me I'm going to read more about the language of light.

      I look forward to your novel Parallel Realities.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi DDE nice to see you and thanks for stopping by to read my post. Time flies and I can hardly keep up with everything, as you well know why!

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh dear Manatita I never got it! I have just posted you a fan mail email where you can see my email address. I will look out for it.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh I do know what you mean believe me. My to-do-list for every day is rarely done. There is just not enough time, but if I have done at least three things from that list ( in my head) I tell myself well done! That is important. Not to stress myself out because of being far to ambitious. Thanks Kalinin for reading my post.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha ha Larry you managed to reply with two words!

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Martie thank you so much for your comment. I will look forward to read your articles from your last trip, but take it easy. Yes Robin was in that video. It was filmed fourteen years ago by a TV crew! I had to shorten it for YouTube. After having replied and read the posts from all my hub-pages friends I will prepare your email with the photos.

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      Shauna L Bowling 18 months ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, you summed it up beautifully in your conclusion: when we cultivate inspiration we have no time to dwell on the obstacles in life.

      I found your inspirational processes fascinating and eye-opening. I love the segment on colors. Equating color with sensory reactions says a lot about a person's frame of mind and perception.

      This is a very interesting article, Nadine. You always provide information that has us thinking outside the lines.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much Shauna for your inspiring comment about me providing information that might make readers think outside the box.

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      Sandy Mertens 11 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Interesting article. Love all your artwork and thanks for the ideas.

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      Kyla Matton Osborne 11 months ago

      I love the bright colour of the flower basket, Nadine! It looks fabulous on the cushion :)

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      Nadine May 11 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      So glad that i have still inspired you Sandy, since you are already such an creative person.

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      Nadine May 11 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Kyla many thanks for your comment. I must now look at my settings to see if a person who is not on hubpages can still without signing in leave a comment.

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