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When do You Hear Your Soul — Alone or in a Group

When do your thoughts flow like a river? When does inspiration come to you in a torrent of creation?

When do your thoughts flow like a river? When does inspiration come to you in a torrent of creation?

When you find yourself expanding with knowledge, insight, and a feeling of connection with the world –

Do you need to be alone to think things through?

Do you need to be alone to think things through?

are you alone or in a group? Someone asked this once during a group exercise, and I was surprised that I was the only one in the group that does my best work alone. All the others found a sense of expansion and wonderment in a group, where the emotions ran strong. I have to admit, people distract me from being aware of things beyond what is in the present. This means that I do all my most creative thinking, analysis, and work – alone.

There are those who talk to think; when they hear what they say, they know what they think. Others rift off the ideas of others so that they all soar together, feeding off each others’ ideas. Sometimes I enjoy these situations, and I can participate. But that isn’t when I get the best ideas or am inspired to do something new; that only happens when I’m alone. There are some who would shame me, and call me an introvert as if it was a mental illness. I know it isn’t, though. There are many different styles of thinking and processing ideas. No one process is perfect or better than the others.

People who thrive among others are inspired by their creative connections and interactions.

People who thrive in groups are inspired by their creative connections and interactions.

My best ideas and greatest insights come from a connection with my spiritual self or nature. My inner voice is quiet and doesn’t push; it needs room to come to the surface. It’s hard for me to juggle that part of me when I sense the energy (and more) of others around me. It’s harder to stay connected with them AND with my spiritual self. When I’m among other people, I often sense their energy and more. It’s distracting and often disquieting; it keeps me away from my awareness of creative information beyond my knowledge. Thankfully, this has become easier, and there’s more ease and flow in my life as a result.

This mist that obscures the scenery shows what it is like for an introvert. Our awareness and inspiration is obscured by the energy of those around us. Dealing with their energy constructively detracts from our focus.

This mist that obscures the scenery shows what it is like for an introvert. Our awareness and inspiration is obscured by the energy of those around us. Dealing with their energy constructively detracts from our focus.

Being alone can also help me to mull over ideas that blossom over a long period of time, with bits of clarity that build one upon the other. At other times, I get an idea of whole cloth – in one big piece. Follow-up can take a while as I fill in the supporting facts, ideas, and concepts to hold up the entire structure. Reflecting can take more time than I have with a group.

I wonder if people connect to concepts, ideas, and mysteries far beyond them when they’re in a group because they are building on the spirits of those around them. Is it as if each one stands on the spiritual shoulders of those around them? How people do this in groups is a mystery to me, but it really doesn’t matter, so long as we think new thoughts and generate ideas that add to our lives. People aren’t the only expansive ones we can connect with. Plants, animals, mountains, rocks, rivers, ideas, concepts, and more – all things that we can connect with that genuinely want to be heard. They aren’t heard with the ears, but with the soul.

What path do your thoughts take?Where does the creativity of your soul lead?

What path do your thoughts take?Where does the creativity of your soul lead?

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  1. Dear Daughter! I think you got this quiet trait from me. I am so much like you describe. I loved the part where you said some people don’t know what they think until they hear themselves say it! How true. I tend to think that introverts think on a much deeper level than extroverts. Of course, it is all a matter of degree. There are many people, introvert and extroverts who don’t think at all. They go through life leaching off the minds and work of others. Surely though, they must accomplish something. Thinking is somewhat of a mystery. It often is the product of our experience; other times the experience is the product of our thinking. Does our soul grow because we think? or do we think because our soul is growing?

    As an introvert, I love people but I need them in small doses. They exhaust me. Any time I am around other people, I come home and just flake out to sleep and recuperate!

    As always, lovely pictures.

    Mom

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    • I have a special regard for introvert, but I know some extroverts who are pretty bright and innovative, too. It takes all kinds! Thank you for sharing your thoughts today.

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  2. I tend to be a loner and treasure quiet. I “can function” in a group but don’t get a lot of insight for myself. After I leave the group and get alone I hear and see the messages present when I was with the group. However, when in a group I do notice how much I see and sense about the others who are present.
    I played at being an extrovert all my life because I didn’t really want to be alone. But that has all changed.

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      • Yes! But that doesn’t keep us from participating elsewhere. In fact I am more extroverted on the blog than in real life. 🙂
        If I am in a group of three, I feel like I am in a crowd. Miss Mouse. lol

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        • I think that blogging is a great way to weigh our thoughts when we’re alone and connect to others. As receivers of others’ sxpressions, we get to connect when we are ready to receive. Perfect!

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      • Ms. Ladysighs was not literal here. There’s no group. If you’re a “lone wolf,” you travel without a pack. It was just a comment that she’s also introverted.

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          • Oh, good! I’m moving past lone wolf and I’m hunting for a pack of like minds. My thinking may be alone, but action goes smoother with a PACK!

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          • darned right it does! I just finished my first blog….well, I have written a few when I had MySpace a few years back…It was kind of biographical. I hope it was okay. If you had the desire and the time, perhaps you coud peruse it and maybe give me some constructive criticism? Since, I am a virtual neophyte….lol …oh, by the way, YOU are a very good writer. KUDOS!

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          • You’re generous with your compliments. You should fill out the gravatar info so people can find your blog from the icon. Otherwise, I can’t find or take a look at your new post…..

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