The Nature of Genius
All creativity is based on quantum leaps and uncertainty. At particular moments in time, truly novel ideas emanate from the collective bed of information. These ideas did not originate in the fortunate individual, but in the collective consciousness.
This is why significant scientific discoveries are often made by two or more different people at the same time. The ideas are already circulating in the collective unconscious, and prepared minds are ready to translate that information.
At any given moment, the innovation or creative idea doesn’t exist, and in the next moment, it is part of our conscious world. In between, where was it? It came from the virtual domain, at the level of the universal spirit, where everything is potential.
Sometimes this potential creates something predictable, sometimes it creates something novel, but in this realm all possibilities already exist.
Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2003).