Our thoughts and ideas are never purely our own. The influences and ideas of others and the experiences that we vicariously share are all gathered in our subconscious to be distilled into an essence that our soul finds agreeable.
Most IDEAS are years in the making and their development takes place behind the scenes. Ideas begin with conversations, and they percolate through our collective consciousness, and likely they are grasped by many people simultaneously. The idea, still only a rough concept, distills in an individuals sub conscious and as the vapors rise in day-dreams and night dreams, we extract the essence and our minds grasp greater Truths, if only for a fleeting moment.
A few individuals distill their ideas in writing or speaking or inventing. Some of those people share the distillation process by publishing a novel or poems or music or public speaking.
Many of us wonder about their “brilliance,” thinking to ourselves, “I knew that,” or “I had that idea years ago.” We are all brilliant distillers of ideas.