You get an idea. It's a good one. You spend time creating it in your mind, considering how would it look once it comes to fruition. How would you make the world a better place with it? You do some research and talk to others. You are getting excited. You are about ready to start ... and then something happens. Lo and behold -- someone else not only had the SAME idea, but while you were pondering ... they got into action!
The point you ask? The point is this: none of our ideas belong to any one of us. They are gifts from the Universe. You can call the Universe anything that works for you. It is however the ONE universal source of all things and all ideas. Many say God. Others say Allah. Some say Buddha or Krshna.
And everyone has access to all ideas based on their level of awareness. If one person doesn't act, another one will. Undoubtedly you have had this happen to you at least once -- a new invention or idea is publicized and you say "hey, I had that idea already!"
You didn't ACT; someone else did. Here you can apply the timeless truth: What you think about you become. It is in an idea that all physical manifestations begin. Everything is really created twice: first in an IDEA, then in physical form.
Ideas are spiritual seeds which require a human being to nurture and grow that seed to fruition. No humans -- only green and blue. No buildings; cars, homes ... only nature.
The ideas flow from the Universe, to and through each of us and then back into physical form. We may be driving home and an idea pops into our head about something we've been thinking about. That is the seed -- the idea. If you are concerned however on your drive with another thought, the idea will sluff off and make it's way back into the Universe and flow into some one else's mind. Then they can plant the spiritual seed within themselves and move it toward manifestation into the physical plane.
All seeds take time to grow. But first we must plant them, right? Planting a spiritual seed or idea means creating a crystal clear image of the idea in our mind consistently, over time, and TAKING ACTION on it. How long it takes to manifest or sprout is not up to us. The Universe has a set of Laws that work all the time every time and keep order.
So if you have an idea and are getting impatient waiting for it to manifest, remember, that idea is not yours and if you do not hold and grow that image and act on it, someone else will.