Stage 1 is Brahma, the god Creator. This is the part of you that suddenly becomes inspired. Something speaks to you, something jumps out as an amazing, wonderful, mind-blowing idea. It is your passion. Then again, maybe it’s just a simple, small insignificant idea that softly peaks your interest. Regardless of its form, both are that necessary spark, that seed, that hook I described above. This is an important step, but it is the shortest lived.
Stage 2 is Vishnu, the god Protector. He is the entity within that protects your idea from outside influence, yes, but mostly from those destructive, self-doubting forces always churning within us. “This is stupid. It will never be great! Why waste your time? You will never amount to anything. Everyone’s work is better than this.” or its more hidden forms “That video game looks fun. Let’s go read that book. Just 5 more minutes on Reddit.” and on and on. Vishnu is there in all his power and wisdom to say “Hell No!” to all of these forces. And really, most often, he is saying “Hell no!” straight to your face. Because that small creative part of you needs protection, even from your own self-delusions. This Vishnu stage is where your idea gets done, so it’s time to get busy. But the trick is to do this free from judgement. Just Produce It! Vishnu is your friend, but he’s stern and will tell you like it is. When you start doubting, listen for Vishnu kicking your ass. When you want to run away, watch for Vishnu blocking the doors.
Stage 3 is Shiva, the god Destroyer. But honestly, that’s difficult to understand and he is better explained as the god “Recycler”. All ideas must be allowed to end so Brahma can return with the fire of rebirth.
And that’s it. Allow Brahma to fill you with wonder. Walk with Vishnu on your journey to completion (that dude has always got your back!). And when the journey ends on the shores of your accomplishment, invoke the powers of Shiva to transform this situation where all seems exhausted into a new path yet to be explored.
We’re all just tamer animals, domesticated beasts.