Summoning Your Genius

In the wonderful 1958 fantasy film The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, the legendary sailor encounters a genie (or genii) who is imprisoned in a lamp. Sinbad learns that a certain spell will bring the genie forth:

"From the land beyond beyond,
From the world past hope and fear,
I bid you, genie,
Now appear."

And thus summoned, the genie would materialize, ready to grant a wish.

Wouldn't it be great if you had a genie, readily available to you, always at your side, whenever you needed him or her?

Well get ready for this:  you do.

It's your genius.

The term "genius" comes from the ancient idea that when we are born we are accompanied by an attendant daimon, a "tutelary spirit" that guides and guards us throughout our lives, until death.

Some years ago, the writer and painter Dick Richards wrote a best-selling workbook called Is Your Genius At Work? which changed my life in some ways. 

In the book, Richards explores the notion of genius and why it just might be the key to career happiness.

Just as the word origin of genius tells us that it is an "attendant spirit present from one's birth," each of us has a unique genius that represents our core process (as Nick Heap says) or our calling in life. 

Like the word genii, "denoting a guardian or protective spirit," one that can be summoned by the person in time of need, this concept of genius seems to be referring to something deep within the Self that abides and on occasion surfaces into our consciousness as a sudden awareness, a dream, or a flash of insight.

When you are immersed in doing some work that you find very meaningful, you are most in touch with your genius. And it is highly likely you are experiencing a flow state.

So you may be wondering, Can you summon your genius?  

And if so, how would you do it?

And do you need to be careful?

There's an old expression that "the genie is out of the bottle" referring to a revelation that signals a significant change.

Often, people thought of such emergence as a bad sign. But does it have to be so?

The futurist, scientist, and paranormal researcher Stephen Schwartz has been studying this matter for many years and offers the following:

Is there a path to creativity that we can learn and invoke in our lives? First, master your craft. Second, know deeply that there is a solution to the problem you are looking at. Third, you must be willing to surrender your preconceptions. It's hard to do. But if you can, you can see with fresh eyes. Fourth, use a technique for inward looking such as meditation, dream journaling, or going for a walk. Fifth, hold intentional awareness to receive the Aha . And last, communicate and explain the experience to others.

It's a lot to absorb. Watch his full TED Talk.

He adds, We need to invoke the insights that will prepare us for the future.

That's where our genius will come in and be very helpful toward achieving our goals and even making this world a better place.

Terrence Seamon has been drawn to this idea for as long as he can remember. Follow him on twitter @tseamon

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