As children we learn this lesson: “do as your told; don’t make waves; be a good girl; be quiet; sit still”; and the rules go on forever. We learn to trade in everything, for the smile of happiness on someone’s face. The smile is the proof that they love us, but only when we do as they say. So we become experts on putting on the mask. “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” Jim Morrison
Our brain keeps us in this position with self doubt and fears. These doubts and fears tell us that we don’t have a personal genius. It keeps us fenced away from our confidence, a daring attitude, and tremendous tenacity, that is necessary to achieve our personal genius. Nikola Tesla took a different route to access his personal genius. “My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination, and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.” By keeping it outside in his imagination, the mind couldn’t attack it until he had worked out all of the possible kinks it might have had. He put a fence around limitations and allowed his spark of brilliance to cascade until he achieved a solid plan for that invention. “You cannot discover your own genius if you set personal limitations that soothe everyone else around you.
The spark of brilliance does not exist because of expectations. It (genius) sets the standard.” Amy LarsonNot being a slave to the ordinary is the only way to access personal genius. In school you learn that if you want to be an A student, you give them the answers that they want. They may not be the right answers in your own mind, but you can’t argue or reason with them. They only want the answers they are looking for. They stay safely in society, in a fully interpreted world. Personal genius happens when you leave that world behind you. When you go outside the normal, so that you only have your own experiences. When you have to figure out for yourself what it really means. “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Cecil Beaton. “We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or others peoples models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.” Shakti Gawain. The thing that seems so easy to you is your talent, your gift. You’re certain anyone could do it, but they can’t.
So take off the mask. Unleash the imagination. Explore the possibilities of everything in life that you thought was so easy. “Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence.” Shakti GawainThere bound up in chains and buried in a deep hole is your personal genius. It is time to look into your magic mirror, your looking glass and see another reality. Assert your integrity of purpose and become a visionary around this gift. Your future has been waiting for you to break free. Don’t let anyone put try to put in back into that limiting frame. Set yourself free, be free to become who you were meant to be.