Enlightened Perspective of Intellectual Property
Subjective Reality and Intellectual Property (Steve Pavlina)
Since I’m on the subjective side now, I see this situation in a different light than I otherwise would have. Bob and that ghostwriter and I aren’t separate from each other. They are me.
If I look within myself, I would say that the dream character Bob currently represents a part of me that feels phony and false. And why is that part there? Perhaps it’s because part of me feels phony and false claiming ownership of the material I’ve been producing and publishing for years.
The truth is that I can’t really say that I’m the one creating all this content. It flows through me so effortlessly that I don’t really know where it’s coming from. I spent thousands of hours producing all this content, but did I really create it? Sure I worked hard, but I overwhelmingly enjoyed the process. Writing is a peaceful, flowing, and pleasurable experience for me.
When I write in the best way I know how (from inspiration), it’s like my consciousness steps aside, and content flows through me and onto the computer screen. I’m basically a pen. I let the dreamer communicate through me.
How can I possibly blame Bob or his ghostwriter or anyone else who’s tried to pass off my material as their own? If I do that, I’d just be projecting my own issues onto them.
I cannot solve this problem at that level. I could try of course, but what would that “solution” look like? Send Bob some nasty letters maybe. Get an attorney involved. Succumb to negative emotions like blame and resentment. Disconnect from who I really am. No thanks!
In the end, I’d only be fighting with myself, and I’d be injecting more conflict and negative drama into this dream world. That is not an intelligent solution.
To be totally truthful, I have to confess that I’m in the same boat, trying to pass off the dreamer’s content as my own. I’ve been doing that for years. Bob is simply reflecting that back to me. The problem is mine, not his. I’m responsible for it.
To go a little deeper, I would say that I did write a lot of content (hundreds of articles) at the level of my own mind. But by and large, that’s the content that sucks. The best content, the stuff that makes people freak out the most, flows through me, but it is not of me.
- Steve Pavlina
Inspired vs. Uninspired Content (Steve Pavlina)
Over the years I’ve noticed a strange pattern.
If I write content at the level of my own mind, such as by pulling an idea off my to-do list and mentally working through it point by point, I usually get feedback along the lines of “Great article.” People typically still like it, and they often report good results by applying those ideas. I can’t say this has been a negative experience per se.
But if I write from a place of inspiration, running to the keyboard when an energized idea comes to me out of the blue, something very different happens. First, my writing speed is 2-3 times faster. Sometimes the ideas are flowing through me as quickly as I can physically type.
Second, the feedback I get is very different. Someone ALWAYS reports back that reading that article was a synchronicity for them. Maybe they just wrote about that same topic in their journal the previous night. Maybe it’s exactly what they were wondering about before they read it. Maybe I share some specific detail that’s a major trigger for them.
Another way of explaining the difference between these two styles of writing is that in the first case, I’m writing with an objective lens. I choose topics based on what I think people will want to read, or what might give me a traffic boost, or to create and share value, or to teach, or for some other logical reason.
A good example of such an objectively written article is 10 Ways to Improve Your Technical Skills. It’s an article for the mind, but it doesn’t stir the heart and soul.
In the second case, however, I’m using a subjective lens when I write. I don’t pre-plan what I’ll write about. I simply wait for inspiration to hit me, and then I run with it.
Sometimes I’ll write for hours without a break in order to record the ideas that are flowing through me. I get the ideas as mental downloads. I understand the information quickly, and my job is to translate it into words, sentences, and paragraphs. I often use stories from my own life or analogies from my background to explain the concepts more clearly. I’m essentially a human translator.
It was only recently that I really understood what was happening here. When I write subjectively, I’m receiving information directly from the dreamer of this subjective universe. My job is to give those ideas form and substance within the dream world.
As I reached this point of understanding, I was able to go deeper into the experience of subjective writing, more deeply than I’ve ever done before.
A good example of such an article is the last one I posted, Subjective Relationships.
Interestingly, the feedback I received on that article included many reports of synchronicities from my readers, perhaps more than I’ve ever seen. Some people said they were blown away by the mysterious parallels between that article and their own lives.
As far as I can recall, this really is an ALWAYS vs. NEVER thing. I never receive reports of synchronicities from my objective articles, and I always receive at least one synchronicity report after posting a subjective article. I can’t think of a single exception on either side. There is, however, a gray area in the middle, where some portions of articles were inspired and other parts were more mental. In those cases I receive synchronicity reports only about the inspired bits, or about the topic itself.
Now I know that the reason for those synchronicities is that we’re all projections of the same dreamer, so when I write from the dreamer’s perspective, a different form of communication is taking place.
Now that I’m aware of what’s going on, I can more deliberately write subjective articles, and so I expect to see a corresponding increase in the level of synchronicities that my readers report.
- Steve Pavlina