What is really, truly, original? This is a question I recently revisited as I’m in the throws of developing a new collection. Fear had been rising that my ideas would be stolen before I found the funding to launch it big. Why? Because it happened before, and I was terrified that I’d relive the pain of it happening again.
I recently got to experience a taste of my fear from the other side. I started importing charms to make necklaces that have a similar feel to a local jewelry designer here in Venice. I contacted her to let her know what I was doing, promising that I would never recreate her original design, and from that ensued a debate both with her and internally. She understandably felt threatened, and I felt the stone in question wasn’t hers to claim dominion over. In the end we agreed that there was enough abundance for all, and wished each other well. Feels nice to live amongst evolved humans.
But back to my original experience. I created a story that MY ideas can be stolen FROM me. As if our thoughts are ours and no one else's. However, I’m being reminded that this simply isn’t the case. The collective unconscious is downloading the same information all over the planet. Furthermore, it’s not the point. The point that’s trying desperately to be driven home is to SHARE EVERYTHING with EVERYONE and ANYONE. Nothing is MINE, it’s everyone’s. The Divine was kind enough to allow it to move through me, so it is my responsibility to share it widely… but how does one do this and still make a profit, pay employees, keep a roof over your head and your families bellies full?
It dawned on me that I must find a way to both give it away and live in financial abundance simultaneously. How? I’m not quite there yet. An example that comes to mind as I research, is to put my children’s books up to be fully previewed by any child or parent who’s in need of their empowering messages. And at the bottom of the page it’ll read: “Please buy the book if you can, and support me to make more and more books for you!” I just KNOW that if I allow The Divine to move through me and into the hearts of others, where they’re intended to land, that all will be well. One must, of course, plan and run the numbers; but faith combined with a plan creates a potent combination.