Even though one of the main pieces of the Genius spirit concept is that everyone is unique, this uniqueness is subjective. Genius expression emanates from a person’s deep listening to the inner qualities that are embedded in their awareness. There is a sense of importance to what we find that surpasses the concern for novelty or recognition. It’s not the uniqueness of topic or content. It’s the uniqueness of our individual nature.
For us to feel the sense of fulfillment inherent in exploring our Genius qualities, we only have to encounter them and make room for their expression in whatever way we can. As I’m writing this, I am aware of a very large expression existing in what feels like the fringes of my awareness that is calling me to pay attention to it. This tells me two things. One, that the realm of my awareness is infinitesimally larger than what I call myself from day to day, and two, the effort of reaching for clarity by looking and listening to...
A great asset to develop in your inner world is the ability to be inwardly agile. By this I mean to understand more deeply your psychological, emotional, and spiritual worlds so that you can know how to create movement when faced with challenges and difficulties.
When we are faced with a challenge, namely a situation that takes us out of our normal range of functioning, all of the processes we take for granted when we are in balance come to a grinding halt.
Instead of confidently moving forward with our daily routine, we may hesitate and dwell a bit longer in making decisions.
Instead of being light and enthusiastic, we become more grave and serious.
Instead of seeing possibility, we are shut down, unable to move forward with any sense of agency.
In this place, the delicate balance which allows us to operate without self-consciousness is thrown into chaos, and even the simplest of tasks requires deliberation and second-guessing.
Inner agility as a practice is a way of allowing life...
If we are fortunate, we come to realize that there is no greater responsibility than to truly become ourselves. But what does that phrase really mean? Aren’t we already who we are?
The answer is a bit complex. Yes, we are apparently someone already, but are we all of what we are? Is there more to us than what is apparently visible? Are we more than what we have already expressed?
That’s where the responsibility part comes in. We can respond to the fact that we possess a deeper identity that carries a mandate to be expressed. If you can stop for a few minutes, close your eyes and breathe deeply, you’ll feel the truth of that deeper identity longing to be acknowledged and unfolded.
If we bring this idea of responsibility into the here and now, each person’s task is to embody their own blueprint of what it looks like to be a responsible human. We may think in terms of living within the guidelines of a particular faith, leaving a small carbon footprint, or...
A seed is not a finished product. It is a paradox. It is simultaneously complete and incomplete. If the seed is not planted and allowed to transform into the next expression of itself, arguably, it will remain physically intact and complete. But the potential in the seed, or the mature manifestation into the plant it will become, (which is the lion’s share of its purpose) needs to be imagined or dreamt into existence. This first expression of the seed needs to be wagered in order to achieve the next expression. We too are seeds, and live a paradox as we meander our way through our life journey. We can’t use logic to make the journey or the decision to wager our current life expression on a better one. Rational thought will always stay with the first intact expression, because there is no outward guarantee that the seed of Genius in us will grow into something more fulfilling and meaningful. All we can do is to follow the sense and feeling that without the second...
Once while living in Texas in the 1990’s, I was working outside in my yard, and I happened to look across the street in the direction of my neighbor’s house. I noticed three neighborhood cats sitting in a circle, all intently looking at something. My curiosity was piqued at what had caught their attention in such a way.
I walked over to see what they were looking at and saw, in the middle of the cat circle, a field mouse who was standing on his hind legs, straight up, making himself as large as possible. As I got closer, I could hear a tiny, high-pitched voice which surprisingly was the mouse screaming at the top of his lungs, apparently attempting to tell the cats to back off, or else. The cats seemed curiously impressed at the mouse's effort of self-preservation in opposition to overwhelming odds. The mouse's ability to keep them curious was perhaps the only thing that was keeping them from eating him. What impressed me most was the self-preserving audacity of the...
Each one of us is born wealthy.
Not that everyone comes into this world with money, possessions, and status, but certainly wealth in terms of possibility.
This wealth of possibility rests on two things: time and Genius.
Time can be seen as one of the greatest sources of wealth, because without it, as an inhabitant of this planet, we can obviously do nothing, feel nothing, accomplish or experience nothing. We are each given a certain amount of time at birth that we spend on whatever seems the most important thing, day by day of our lives. Time, in this way is actually our currency. And we trade our currency for our life experience.
Our personal Genius is also a source of wealth because as far as we know, the universe has created each one of us only once, just as we are. Once we live out our life and spend the time we’ve been given, this version of human expression that we call ourselves will never appear on the earth again.
In Walt Whitman’s poem Oh Me!...
The adage “life is too short…” becomes all too real when we see that unless we change some fundamental things about how we approach and engage with our lives, we run the risk of missing the essential meaning and purpose of our time here.
An important thing to remember about meaning and purpose is that what we do with the rest of our lives only has to be meaningful and purposeful to us as individuals. It’s really nobody else’s business.
Seeing the ways in which we have been disingenuous to our deeper selves by deferring to other’s ideas of what we should do and who we should be is often the beginning of our next phase of individuation.
There is an essential knack to uncover and develop during this time, and that is to separate the genuine need for meaning and purpose from the idea that we must be socially recognized or rewarded for our Genius qualities.
What I’m alluding to is that Genius expression is deeply subjective and personal. If we...
Here are some signs that your Genius may be calling for your attention:
Dissatisfaction with the results of your past choices
Relationship problems with significant other
Yearning for life purpose and meaning
Psychological or physical symptoms that are hard to diagnose
A deep urge for a career change
Attempts to feel better by returning to pre-midlife behaviors that once gave pleasure or satisfaction
So what do we do when we realize that our under-expressed Genius is actively calling us? We will need to find ways, however small, to acknowledge and bring it into focus in our life expression. Keep in mind that expressing our Genius traits isn’t necessarily accomplished by writing an award-winning symphony, or creating a multi million dollar business. It isn’t even about outward success, although success is a distinct possibility. It is about being naturally expressive in our unique ways; backyard projects, exploring an underdeveloped passion by returning to school,...
One of the hallmarks of finding ourselves in a life transition is the sense of living in- between worlds. We have operated under a certain world-view up until now, and we’re finding that our ideas and conclusions about what life is about and what is important to us are no longer applicable to the challenges and situations we currently find ourselves in. This period - navigating the non-defined space between one life paradigm and another, or one life vision and another, is an extremely important task in our process of human development. Here we can be said to be living in liminal space - that is, living in a space between two worlds. Not the old one anymore, but not yet in the new one. This space of not knowing who we are or who we’re becoming is actually an auspicious time to encounter and engage with our Genius spirit.
For the most part, the Genius spirit inside of us has been relegated to and occasionally encountered in our unconscious world; the world of...
One of the salient features about our individual Genius is that it wants to be expressed.
We have all heard countless stories and parables about the idea that there is something vital and important inside each one of us. This information can be quite inspiring, making us feel hopeful that there may be a more rewarding and fulfilling phase of our lives in the very near future. The fact, however is that unless we actually express that quality or talent that resides within us outwardly, we will not be able to experience the sense of purpose or meaning we are seeking. Expressing our Genius qualities enables us to experience three very significant things:
1. We get to be surprised at how amazing our inbuilt talents and qualities actually are
2. Taking the risk to express our Genius qualities is always rewarding, regardless of the outcome
3. The part of the world and the people that we come in contact with by expressing our Genius always benefits from our expression in some way