"Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it 'till it is shattered by fresh genius."
Genius is one of myriad remarkable gifts inherent to the soul. You have inner genius at work behind everything you do and each person’s is unique to them. Your core genius is an innate process in which you are so deeply-engaged that you don’t notice it.
Although the idea that you have a core genius may be shocking to you, many different cultures had knowledge and understanding of this innate mind-body complex feature in ancient times. Yet humanity as a whole is no longer aware of this unique gift because like so much other vital information about ourselves, knowledge of genius has been suppressed.
ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR GENIUS
When the word ‘genius’ comes to mind, we generally think in terms of an IQ number or some rare quality assigned only to people who accomplish exceptional achievements. But core genius is neither defined by nor limited to these things.
Your genius plays a critical role in determining whether a situation or undertaking feels right for you, or feels completely wrong. Identifying and consciously aligning with your genius can facilitate your self-mastery / awakening process in a number of ways, but these are the four most noteworthy:
1. You’re able to tap into a root level of self-confidence. Becoming consciously aware of your unique genius empowers a stronger, more-confident sense of Core Self.
2. You’ll develop a clearer sense of direction on your self-mastery / awakening journey. Acknowledging, attuning to and aligning with your genius helps you more easily recognize which actions, undertakings and situations are right for you and which are not right for you, making it far easier for you to discover and follow your own, unique path of awakening, as well as discovering and aligning with your unique purpose.
3. You’ll acquire a sharp focus that empowers keen discernment, thus enabling you to more rapidly make decisions that are attuned to Core-Self desires. When you work in harmony with your genius, you’ll be able to quickly distinguish between the things you’ve been taught that you "should" be doing, but that aren’t consistent with Core-Self desires, and the things that are aligned with Core-Self desires that you need to be doing in order to progress on your journey of awakening.
4. You’ll become much more productive and fulfilled by whatever tasks you're performing because you're able to choose activities that allow you to fully engage your genius. When you’re engaged in the “right” work, actions, processes and practices for you, your self-mastery / awakening process efforts will more quickly and dramatically advance your progress.
Genius is one of our higher-order capacities that is more readily identifiable than others because it is constantly engaged and actively "performing" and therefore, easier to attune to. The first step toward identifying your genius is acknowledging that you have it.
Within our currently consciousness-regressive cycle of evolution, and thus, within this current version of our reality, we’re constantly steered toward focusing our energetic currencies—time and attention—on our [manifest] mental, emotional and physical distortions, instead of striking a healthier, more effective, balanced focus on identifying and accessing our higher-order consciousness and energetic capacities, as well as on working to identify and clear our distortions.
For those on the self-mastery / awakening journey who desire and seek to co-create consciousness-progression-based changes within our [physical] reality, it is imperative to acknowledge and begin identifying and accessing higher-order, full-human capacities for doing so. Unless or until we do, our efforts to make meaningful changes, as well as the results of those efforts, will continue to be fragmented and thus, ineffective because we have not yet [fully] integrated Core-Self consciousness and creational capacities.
In order to identify it, you need to first understand what genius is and what it comprises.
You have multiple strengths that some others also have. Genius is your “uber” strength. It’s the one overarching strength from which all of your strengths flow—a special ability that is unique to you.
Your core strengths are the composite of your particular talents, knowledge and skills. To gain a clearer understanding of your genius, you first need to understand each component of a strength.
We’re all born with natural abilities to do certain things very well. These innate inclinations and competencies are your talents. Your talents are the cornerstones of your strengths.
Most people think of talents as being physical abilities such as dancing, painting and sculpting, singing and acting, or the ability to excel in sports-related activities such as golf, skiing and tennis. Our physical abilities are important because they’re the outward expression of our inborn talents.
But talents are not limited to physical abilities. In fact, physical talents simply wouldn’t be possible without certain thinking, feeling and behavioral talents and abilities.
Because society tends to over-emphasize physical talent, many people lose sight of, or are completely unaware of their other natural talents. As a result, unless they have a prominent physical talent, most people tend to believe they have no talent.
You know you are more than just a physical being with more than just physical capabilities. You think, you feel and you exhibit certain behaviors. And you’re born with certain thinking, feeling and behavioral talents.
Thought talents include abilities such as creativity, curiosity, innovation, strategizing, linear thinking, lateral thinking, logical thinking, visual or spatial thinking and so forth.
Emotional talents include intuitive abilities, compassion, passion, empathy, spontaneity, persistence and the like.
Behavioral talents include the ability to focus, take on responsibility, perform well when working under pressure, well-developed eye-hand coordination and depth perception. And others, such as self-discipline, the ability to negotiate or listen well.
We’re all born with a number of different abilities. And those abilities for which we have a naturally-strong predisposition are our talents.
The next component of a strength is knowledge. Your knowledge is derived from formal or informal education and your life experiences, professional as well as personal.
Your education is the knowledge you’ve acquired through schooling, mentors, workshops or seminars, reading, audio or video programs and any other source that provides information that has been prepared and organized for you.
When you were in school, you excelled in certain areas such as English, writing, science, math or gym. You excelled in particular areas because you have an inborn talent for them.
Your experience is the expertise you’ve acquired through your involvement or participation in, or exposure to, various life events, situations and activities. Your experience is your personal collection of the observations you’ve made, conclusions you’ve drawn and the meaning or significance you’ve assigned to these events, situations and activities.
Your particular collection of observations, conclusions and meanings was derived from and is the result of natural inclinations stemming from your inborn talents.
Your skills are the set of proficiencies you’ve acquired through specific, refined training on how to perform an activity. In some cases however, skills have been acquired without specialized training through self-disciplined practice and repetition.
Learning and developing various skills can help you improve your performance in any area. But if you’re learning skills in an area wherein you already have an inborn talent, your talent will improve quickly and dramatically.
I’ll use skiing as an example. I’m not aware of anyone who has ever skied at an Olympic performance level the very first time they put on a pair of skis. But some people make amazing progress from one lesson to the next. Then there are those who take lessons for years and although they get better, they’ll never become ski pros.
Another good example is writing. An acclaimed author might develop an entire curriculum around all the steps required to create an award-winning novel. Anyone interested in writing novels would benefit from the training. But if you have an inborn talent for fiction writing, you’ll quickly produce material that might lead the reader to believe you’ve been writing for decades when it's only been a matter of months.
This third and last example sheds a revealing light on why inborn talent alone doesn’t equate to a strength. In the field of acting these days, a lot of established stage performers try to “cross over” into the area of screen acting and vice versa. Some actors have made smooth transitions, while others have not. Why does this happen?
Having talent is just a starting point. Both successful screen and stage performers have a natural talent for acting. But the two venues encompass different types of training (knowledge) and proficiencies (skills) in order to be performed successfully.
Your strengths are your inborn talents that have been continually nurtured, bolstered and polished through ongoing practice, and by acquiring additional knowledge and skills that enhance them.
A couple of your strengths are very finely-tuned and you’re better at them than most other people who possess the same strength. They have served you well and you need to identify and begin using them consciously.
These are your core strengths. Though perhaps not many, others also have these core strengths in common with you. But your genius is unique to you and uniquely yours to apply within our reality.
What is genius? What characterizes genius and what does it “look” like?
Your strengths are not always in use. They “go into action” only when called upon to perform certain activities. Your strengths were at work during those projects and tasks where you lost track of time, things seemed to flow and you were totally immersed in what you were doing.
But your genius is on auto-pilot and at work in everything you do--even when you’re doing something you don’t want or like to do! Your genius is your unique approach to solving problems in every situation and area of your life.
Your strengths arose from natural talents that were augmented by your acquisition of related knowledge and skills.
Your genius is encoded in the soul / template and has been with you "as is" since the beginning of your [holographic] projection / extension (a.k.a. "birth") into this mind-body complex in this reality at this time.
For many (not all) who have undertaken a conscious self-mastery / awakening journey, the process of unique purpose unfoldment begins by identifying then engaging their strengths (inborn talents that have been continually nurtured, bolstered and polished through ongoing practice, and by acquiring additional knowledge and skills that enhance them), not only for the purpose of progressing on their journey, but for the purpose of assisting others on their unique journeys.
When you are able to identify and consciously work in tandem with your genius, then add it to your strength / core strength "mix", you will not only begin to discover more and different ways to use your strengths, you will also come to see strengths you had previously been unable to see in yourself—all significantly contributing to a more expeditious unfolding of your unique purpose.
IDENTIFYING YOUR GENIUS
Your strengths provide some first clues to recognizing your genius. Your genius is the underlying, continual current of intention flowing behind your activities. It is the approach you’re constantly applying and the end result you’re always seeking.
Your genius is a special gift you have been given to use not only for yourself, but to offer to and share with others. It’s always present both in activities you do solely for yourself and activities you’re doing for others.
Remember, your genius is engaged even when you're performing activities that you don’t like or want to do--it can’t be switched “off.” When you’re applying your genius consciously and using it in situations where it is both needed and valued by other people, it is operating at at its highest-possible capacity within this reality.
The following are example descriptions of genius. The noun in these examples relates that which you are continuously seeking to accomplish; the verb relates how you go about it. If one of the examples strikes a chord within you, use it as a clue to your genius description, rather than taking it as your own:
When you’ve identified your unique genius, you’ll know it. The description will be specific enough to be unique and will quickly turn your thinking toward how that uniqueness can help you discern and fulfill your unique purpose when applied with consciousness-progressive intention that's aligned with Core-Self desires.
While it may take a bit of time for you to recognize it, identifying, embracing and attuning to your genius in all that you do will greatly amplify your self-mastery / awakening process efforts, as well as expedite the unfoldment of your unique purpose.