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Sandy Sims with Some Out of This World Ideas!


A CONTEXT FOR IDEA CREATIVITY

When we want create new ideas, methodologies  and results,  we can employ a variety of techniques to facilitate the process. Since we did not have the information before the process, we don’t spend much time thinking about where it is coming from or how it might be originating. Yet any explanation of how the field  produces the new and novel or the context from which creativity springs, is simply left as a question mark.

Rather, we concentrate on how to coax it in to existence. If we get a flash of insight or an idea that is “Out of the blue” we usually do not imagine it as being the product of some other’s consciousness’s idea. But why not? Probably because our cultural way of thinking and the scientific method does not permit that belief at this time.

One of the trademarks of genius is an abiding and perhaps continuous state of curiosity as if the switch is continuously left in the “on” mode. It is as if there is a perpetual order to keep sending the new and novel.

I would like to think that the collective unconscious is inhabited not only by our connections to one another, but to a vast network of minds beyond ours, who operate not only to bring our desires into reality but to also give us their ideas as we seem ready for them.

To look at the universe in this manner gives rational explanation to such things as synchronicities, or as Jung referred to them, meaningful coincidences, to original ideas when you least expected them to appear. Furthermore it gives us the comforting feeling that we are part of an immediate team. Therefore, from this point of view I would like to propose that our idea generation is often a result of a collaborative effort with friends we cannot see. In this regard our lives can be filled with the most useful and efficient idea generation possible.

Seven Steps To Establishing The Contextual Mindset To Ultimate Creativity

1.                  See the collective unconscious as the home of your partnerships, an army of helpers who have unlimited resources and connections willing to do your bidding and also willing to send you unsolicited ideas.

2.         live as much in a state of constant question as if you are in a childlike state of curiosity. In this way while your conscious thought is involved in one area your helpers have their assignments and are working even as you sleep. For example if you are to meet in a few days to work on solving a problem, define the problem as well as possible and ask yourself for solutions now. By the time your meeting takes place the process has long been underway.

3        For complicated requests think of the collective unconscious requiring “ TIME ” to make all of the manifesting connections.  Know that it is being worked on, and that some ideas may never be revealed due for example  to conflicting interests.

4.                  Think of INTENTION as a means of transmitting importance, hence priority. Assign the degree of intention .

5.         Let it all go with gratitude, in effect knowing that it will take time for your partners to generate for you depending upon the difficulty and appreciating their effort.

6.         Now that the context has been established enter into the content generation phase and harvest the results. Think of employing various idea generation techniques (content) as a means of making and strengthening the connections. (for example: mind mapping, thinking in pictures, lateral thinking, 1000 mile an hour thinking, listing bad ideas to stumble upon good ones, throwing away all of the initial ideas to get to those in the outer orbits, combine different fields of expertise etc.).

7.         In addition to actual “aha” of an idea received, be open to all forms of inputs especially synchronicities to lead you to people, symbols, and resources which may ultimately convey an answer.

Sandy Sims’ Journey to Publishing The Creative Thinking Book

Some people would claim Sandy has been leading a charmed life. Born into a well-to-do family in the summer of ’42, his formative years were spent in Hollywood. In fact his mom, who is fast approaching 100, claims he was the first baby Robert Wagner at age nine ever held. Later he would grow up in Tallahassee, Florida, a model expression of the American dream with two universities a state capital and no industry. Faye Dunaway was even the head cheerleader of his basketball team. After college, and during the Vietnam conflict, the Navy would commission and send him to Hawaii and then to Japan to run the Officers’ club at Yokosuka. Having been mesmerized by Honolulu City Lights he would return after graduate school, land in a start-up advertising agency as a partner, spend a short working career of twenty-three years in Paradise, sell the agency and retire at age 52 to a life of inner and outer exploration on his own terms.

But beneath this surface story there runs a far richer vein of curiosity about the larger forces in the universe, our potential powers, and how to access these. A health crisis catalyzed a cascade of events: a girlfriend surgeon turned psychiatrist rewired his brain, sending him  tumbling down the “Rabbit Hole” into new realms, where he became open to trying out new thinking patterns and recording the results. Over the next several years there was fire-walking, spoon-bending, trips to Peru and Brazil where  psychic surgeons stuck knitting needles through his liver forcing him to accept almost in disbelief that we could be in different realities at the same time. Into his life poured mystics, shamans, kahunas, ethnobotanists, channels, luminaries, scientists, and even an astronaut. The Caddy family, founders of the Scottish Findhorn Spiritual Community noted for growing forty and fifty pound vegetables and roses from the snow, regularly came and stayed with him. These new patterns of thinking he cautiously tested, raising the bar slowly, then testing again and again, culminating in one compelling “aha”  idea to build, as a collection. the designs of perhaps America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking, A Blueprint For Creative Thinking In The 21st Century is Sandy’s report of this compelling odyssey. It is available now.

Using this journey’s examples, he has teamed up with psychiatrist, Kerry Monick, MD, who shared part of his adventure to write:

Creative Thinking For The 21rst Century, An Experiential Guidebook.

Their observations are that we seem to be rushing headlong into a watershed of epic proportions: Societies are facing unprecedented challenges. Technology is compressing our sense of time at a bewildering pace. The luxury of thinking time is vanishing. Fragile world economies, a challenged environment and dysfunctional governments are facing us. The news media is filled with experts rendering sound bites on diametrically opposing viewpoints. We are on information overload resulting in a kind of psychic numbing. Depending entirely on our linear thinking patterns to guide our daily lives no longer works like it once did. We must all become cartographers, learning to map the nature of our intuitive world, observing how thinking with intention seems to work, and how to best use and trust these processes. Sandy and Kerry explore the idea of a conscious connection with other realms where co-partners through  synchronicities and perhaps our sudden flashes of insight or intuition reflect the communication of these co-partners.

The guidebook concisely addresses not just how to think but suggests what to think about, with ideas for overcoming fears, and strategies for understanding and using our intuition. Sandy and Kerry believe that an ultimate goal is to arrive at that state called “Flow,” where we  balance our intuitive information with our analytical brain in a state of fluidity as events of life appear on our radar screen. It is also available now.

The desire is that this blog site will become a forum for sharing how intuition, synchronicities, flow and consciously thinking in these newer ways can make ordinary life extra-ordinary and useful. Hopefully this can serve as  feedback loop for others testing the waters.

When Sandy is not engaging fellow travelers on their inner world experiences, you can find him working on his tennis game, very slowly shoving Spanish on to the smooth velcro of his youth-oriented but middle-aged brain, living abroad for a few months while searching for the perfect cappuccino, exquisite forms of art and architecture, or trekking a nature trail. He loves to think about both sides of a debate, and any good art film with an intriguing story can divert his attention. Home base is currently San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Hawaii, but he admits that there must be gypsy blood in his veins, and he could pack his bags at a moment’s notice. He has driven across Tibet, pack-horsed in the high Andes of Bolivia, Ridden elephants into the hill tribes of Northern Thailand and practically made New Zealand a second home.  His goal is to keep making life a continuous gracious adventure.

For more information about Sandy Sims and How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head, Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking, A Creative Thinking Blue Print For the 21st Century, visit http://creativethinkingbook.com/ and visit this page to get the Amazon links http://creativethinkingbook.com/buy-your-copy/.

Why I Wrote – How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head, Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking, A Creative Thinking Blue Print For the 21st Century – Comments from Sandy Sims

Originally I knew this would be a story of interest to people who follow architecture. After reading Wright’s autobiography I had been struck by the idea that not only was he famous but his drawings at the time were selling at auction for the same price as those of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.  He had designed over 1,000 designs but some 500 remained unbuilt. In an “Aha” flash I imagined that a collection of Wright’s unrealized designs built in Hawaii would be stunning.

The pursuit of this idea was so compelling, that I innocently and naively began the journey, and what a journey it was. I was cordially invited into many of Wright’s private homes, to meet their owners, and to hear their stories.  I became friends with those in the Taliesin Fellowship, some of whom were the earliest apprentices to Frank Lloyd Wright. It was a rich journey. While in the beginning I was attracted to the financial rewards that might have accrued, I later became fascinated by the idea of what it would be like to live inside of the space created by both a mystic and a genius. I found out.

Interview with Sandy Sims:

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

Sandy: I listened to the story of a man who had bone cancer at the age of ten. He had been confined to bed and asked his mom and dad to bring him all of the auto biographies in the library( There are not that many. biographies, yes, autobiographies, not so many.) He said that the common theme in all of them was that they were contrarians and that was the life he decided to live. He told me that he recovered, became wealthy, and happily married. Returning home I made a beeline for the Honolulu book store. The first book on the shelf was the autobiography of Frank Lloyd Wright. That was the beginning of the adventure.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

Sandy: I owned an advertising agency where it is said the inventory goes out the door every night. Ideas are the stock and trade of that world and curiosity is naturally present. You might say that “singing for our supper” was just natural.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

Sandy: You can see it all around you now. We are perpetual learning machines, and are always looking for the most entertaining way to absorb information. Historically, dance, poetry, and theatre provided the ways that cultural values were shared and handed down. Of course now we have film, the internet, and a host of devices such as the Kindle, I pad, etc. to access these ideas. Yet at the core, we remember the most when it is coupled with an entertaining delivery mode.

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?

Sandy: It is an accounting of the major influences that guided me.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

Sandy: I feel that we are much more powerful than we give our selves credit for being. However, because we live in the cross currents of everyone else’s wishes and desires it is difficult to connect the dots between what we originally wanted and what eventually transpired. The lag time, failures, losses etc. contribute to these conditions. In my book I write about how I was unaware of this fact until I was in my early thirties. Then I consciously began to record my manifestation journey from this viewpoint. I feel like this book shows everyone how powerful they can be.

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

Sandy: Peter Caddy, the co founder of the Findhorn Gardens and Community in Scotland, and I were drinking beer on my back porch in Hawaii. He was telling me how the main purpose of the community at the time was to teach people how to manifest and then to send them on a six week adventure into Europe to consciously practice. They were to have only $50 in their pockets and report back in six weeks to Findhorn to share their story. His favorite accounting was the professional couple from New York. After their third day on the road, they were holed up in some grungy Scottish pensione which was damp and cold. They looked at one another and burst out laughing because they both thought how utterly nuts they were to be doing this. They counted their money, $37, and  agreed to chuck it all, dig out the credit cards, find the best restaurant in this small village, have a great meal with a bottle or two of wine and head back to New York. They found the upscale hotel restaurant which was empty save for a gentleman seated by himself and proceeded to uncork the wine and thoroughly enjoy themselves. In the process of expressing their laughter and joyfulness the gentleman approached their table and said that he was by himself and could not help but be attracted to them and their fun and could he join them. They graciously welcomed him and continued in their celebration, not quite letting him know the source of their glee. At the end of the meal he told them he couldn’t remember having had so much fun and that he was the editor of Michelin, was on an unlimited expense account and would they consider being his guest for the summer to review the fine restaurants and inns of Europe. This was one of Peter’s famous manifestation stories.

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?

Sandy: I am primarily writing about looking at our life’s journey from the perspective that we are creating it. I feel that the popular view is that much of what happens is just luck, good or bad,and in many case simply the breaks. While I certainly cannot prove it, the new quantum physics evidence seems to suggest that our intents and beliefs put certain forces into play. The idea a lot of people have is that if they just have positive thoughts then that ought to produce positive outcomes. However, our intentions, fears, and other emotional inputs combined with those of everyone else can have a profound effect, thereby creating doubt.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Sandy: Since the basis of the book and workbook is self-help, writers  on spirituality and metaphysics have had the most profound influence on me. The Jane Roberts “Seth” material was pivotal. Tony Robbins, David Spangler, George Leonard, Charlene Belitz, Meg Lungstrum, Rupert Sheldrake, Jean Houston, Carl Jung, Eileen Caddy  are a few that have influenced me. They helped to shape my life and consequently what I chose to write about. Stephen’s King’s book “On Writing” made a solid impression on how I wrote.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

Sandy: Naval officer, college lecturer, account manager, and owner of an advertising agency were the most significant.  Probably the latter influenced my writing because I was constantly writing proposals and plans. That helped me to organize my thoughts.

For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

Sandy: My book deals primarily with manifestation. I feel that the “Magic of Findhorn” is a wonderful first read followed by the “Laws of Manifestation” by David Spangler. The “Seth” material by Jane Roberts is profound. With regard to synchronicity I think  the Celestine Prophecy material by James Redfield is good, and of course the concepts of synchronicity as outlined by Jung.

How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

Sandy: I like printed books because you can handle them, but I handle my laptop, I phone and I pod. We are in the digital age and as this technology becomes second nature Kindles, Ipads and whatever is coming next will become natural. Ebooks make it easier for both writers and readers in that information never need be converted into paper.

Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two?  Summarize your writing process.

Sandy: The book and guidebook were first efforts. For the most part they came out as a logical reporting process. Were I to write a fictional story I might be tempted to let the characters evolve intuitively.

What are some ways in which you promote your work?  Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time?

Sandy: Most of my writing time is now devoted to maintaining a blog. When I wrote my book I, like so many people, thought if it were good enough I might find an agent and then a publisher. As I completed the task it was clear that this channel was essentially closed to new writers except those with an established platform and therefore, market. This forced me to embrace learning about social networks, blog tours, blog writing, and the activities surrounding promoting via the internet. It has been a steep learning curve. The marketing activities have currently taken a good bit of time.

 

I would like to thank Sandy for his time in sharing all this wonderful information with my readers! I am currently in the midst of reading the book and going through the guidebook, and highly recommend both. I wish Sandy all the best with this blog tour and hope he sells many books!

Love and Blessings to you all-

Julie

Reviews for Deadly Lucidity


5.0 out of 5 stars The Interpretation of Dreams…Smash Mouth Style, October 25, 2010
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This review is from: Deadly Lucidity (Paperback)

Sigmund Freud did not know Marie when he wrote the seminal work above. In neat, logical compartments, the master traced the lives of hysterics and gave us unconscious truths realized. Then came Julie Achterhoff with a futuristic vision as intense as Existenze. While reality holds the key to survival, the earth is too unsettled and the dangers too real. There is no separation from the waking and the real in this video game drama for high stakes. Deadly Lucidity is the closest we can get to the sheer terror of our uncertain footsteps. Sometimes, when we cross the streets, do we not wonder whether, despite our most rational intentions,that we may not make it to the other side? It is not a sudden auto that may smash our lives and our dreams away. Perhaps it only a breath, a voice in the wind that paralyzes our steps? A waking dream or a dream awake,Ms. Acterhoff has wrestled with the nightmares Herr Freud more easily imagined. She has taken the terror of the unconscious, brought it to light, to give us greater capacity for horror than we ever want to comfortably imagine, and with heroes like Murphy, himself a mystery, and gremlins and goblins of would be evil men lurking, brought us out of our hot air balloon for a landing safe and worth taking. Wow..Brava, lady. What a ride!

Robert Rubenstein, Author:Ghost Runners

 

5.0 out of 5 stars What’s Real?, October 23, 2010
This review is from: Deadly Lucidity (Paperback)

Schopenhauer said that life is like a dream in that the reality a person creates is merely a reflection of mind. Kant said it, too. Probably, Kant said it first… Anyway, this is the philosophy that drives Deadly Lucidity. It is the story of a woman whose actual dream state becomes a tumultuous but also romantic journey that might become, the reader thinks, her reality. At times, I wanted her to escape; at times, I wanted her to stay. The question that drives it all, of course, is what is real? Her dreams or the life she left behind, which becomes a sort of dream in of itself. A great book by a fellow author at All Things That Matter Press. I’m honored to be in such good company.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling suspense novel, October 16, 2010
This review is from: Deadly Lucidity (Paperback)

Marie lives in a dream world. Writing horror novels is her passion. But do they lead to her dreams? Due to her childhood, she is now suffering from a disturbing anxiety disorder and rarely ventures out, except to go see a best friend who is also her therapist. She learned that dreams can take you many places, that some dream in color, that some can remember their dreams and that some forget them the minute they wake up, but for Marie it’s a challenge. She claims to be able to control her dreams and wake herself up. She goes from one beautiful dream to being chased by a psychotic person. She is no long sure if she is awake or if she is stuck in her dream. Where is she at, who is she in reality and who is Murphy the handsome ranger? Why does everyone in her dream keep telling her to wake up and that she is in danger?

“Deadly Lucidity” is thrilling suspense novel that starts out with him…Marie locked in her dreams. Injuries that occur in her dream are real when she awakens. She continues to jump from one dream to another, surrounded by good and evil. As the story progresses, the reader is taken to an edge of the seat suspense as Marie is taken through terrifying events leading up to a surprising conclusion. Julie Achterhoff has written a book that is such an amazing and intriguing thriller. This is a mind challenging book.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars What are Dreams?, August 18, 2010

Deadly Lucidity – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

`If only she could remember her true real life and what had happened in it to cause her to be stuck in her dreams. Was she even a writer? That thought struck her hard. She could have just created that fiction from her imagination, too. She was having an identity crisis. Who was she really? Was she any more real than any of the other dream images that played through her mind? Then she focused on one of the main themes of her recent dreams – the bad man who had kidnapped her. Maybe that kept popping up because it had a grain of reality to it. Maybe she had truly been kidnapped. Maybe she was still unconscious in this guy’s basement. Oh, God. That must be it, she thought. But she had gotten away from him in every dream scenario, too, hadn’t she? Maybe she had escaped, but was brain dead. No. She wouldn’t be able to dream if that were the case. The only other possibility was that she was in a coma? If so, for how long? Her intuition said that felt right, that she was in a coma. If only she could remember what happened.’

Dreams take us to other worlds and dimensions. But what brings these dream about? Are they pieces of memory from our past? And how much do we actually contribute to what happens when we dream? Are we able to add and delete characters. Even during a nightmare, are we able to defend ourselves by conjuring up defense weapons?

In the case of Marie, where is she? Who is she? Who is Murphy? How did he get into Marie’s dream? Is everything really a dream or is she simply lost in another world? How will she find her way out of her dream and back into the real world? Can Murphy go with her? What is she trying to accomplish and why is everyone telling her she has to wake up?

They say you dream nightly but only remember a few. I have no idea if that’s true but I do know that after reading Deadly Lucidity I’ve found myself wondering more and more about the dreams I do have and do remember. And as with the character Marie, wouldn’t it be nice to start a dream, wake up, go back to sleep and restart that dream? Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

Review Stir, Laugh, Repeat at Amazon.com Stir, Laugh, Repeat

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream World Adventure, August 16, 2010
This review is from: Deadly Lucidity (Paperback)

There are spoilers in this review If you don’t want to have them revealed you better stop reading this article right now and go buy the book. It’s worth it.

Deadly Lucidity by Julie Achterhoff is about dream lives. The concept of this book starts out as intriguing and eventually reaches a higher level than that. The narrator, Marie, jumps from one life to another starting at the very beginning of the story. Throughout the rest of the book she is surrounded by real people who are dreams and threatened by other real people who are nightmares. She is chased by an evil baron who wants her in his harem. This baron is always a threat because he can jump between all of Marie’s dreams. She is also threatened by clowns, wild animals, and gangs of evil men who try to rape her. She is protected by a “ranger” named Murphy, a marksman who always keeps his six-shooters ready.

Achterhoff’s novel really gets going when it is revealed that Marie is in a coma in her non-dream life. Her mother is getting ready to take her off life support. The only way she can come out of her coma is by finding a way out of her dream world and back into reality. She needs to do that before her mother pulls the plug.
Then the book gets even better when Marie discovers that Murphy is also in a coma. He and Clarice, a young girl who is a third coma victim, are all in the same room of the same hospital and all hooked to life support. The dream isn’t just Marie’s. They are all dreaming it.

Deadly Lucidity is a love story and an adventure. But it is the unusual ideas behind the story that make it such a wonderful read.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Suspense Thriller, June 16, 2010
By
This review is from: Deadly Lucidity (Paperback)

Caught in a dream world from which she can’t escape, Marie finds herself hunted by a dangerous psychopath. Her situation is far from hopeless, though, as a handsome Ranger named Murphy vows both to protect her and help her find a way back to the real world. Over the course of their shared adventures, Marie looks very much forward to getting her life back to normal – but her growing passion for Murphy makes the prospect of leaving him behind an increasingly difficult choice to make…

Skillfully crafted by author Julie Achterhoff, Deadly Lucidity is an engaging suspense thriller. In it, Achterhoff has crafted a compelling alternate nether world straight out of the darkest regions of any imagination. In addition, as Marie wends her way through a series of increasingly perilous events, you find yourself rooting not-so-silently on her behalf, turning each fresh page in rapt anticipation of precisely what fate awaits her as the story progresses. Furthermore, the genuine affection that she and Murphy feel for one another adds a layer of palpable tension to the overall tale, drawing the reader in even more as this modern twist on the age-old tale of good vs. evil plays itself out in fantastical fashion.

A dynamic, riveting thriller with a host of intriguing twists, Deadly Lucidity is a recommended read for lovers of well crafted fantasy suspense tales.

Chelsea Perry
Apex Reviews

 

Review for Deadly Lucidity by Robert Rubenstein


Sigmund Freud did not know Marie when he wrote the seminal work above. In neat, logical compartments, the master traced the lives of hysterics and gave us unconscious truths realized. Then came Julie Achterhoff with a futuristic vision as intense as Existenze. While reality holds the key to survival, the earth is too unsettled and the dangers too real. There is no separation from the waking and the real in this video game drama for high stakes. Deadly Lucidity is the closest we can get to the sheer terror of our uncertain footsteps. Sometimes, when we cross the streets, do we not wonder whether, despite our most rational intentions,that we may not make it to the other side? It is not a sudden auto that may smash our lives and our dreams away. Perhaps it only a breath, a voice in the wind that paralyzes our steps? A waking dream or a dream awake,Ms. Acterhoff has wrestled with the nightmares Herr Freud more easily imagined. She has taken the terror of the unconscious, wrestledught it to light, to give us greater capacity for horror than we ever want to comfortably imagine, and with heroes like Murphy, himself a mystery, and gremlins and goblins of would be evil men lurking, brought us out of our hot air balloon for a landing safe and worth taking. Wow..Brava, lady. What a ride!

Robert Rubenstein, Author:Ghost Runners

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