The first I discovered by following a link to Jack Kerouac's 30 Cool tips: 'Belief and Technique for Modern Prose, a list of thirty 'essentials'', from a tweet by Evelyn Rodriguez. No 29 on the list was: 'You're a Genius all the time'.
The second was an Emerson quote from Evelyn again, "We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents"
Try watching the film and tell me you still feel miserable. :) Just lately I find it impossible to witness anyone who declares their willingness to accept their own power and not hear a resounding 'YES' inside of me. It really is easy to get transfixed, like a rabbits staring into headlights, by stories of the fall of empires and the end of civilisation as we know it, and forget that choice and power always lie within us. We are never a victim unless we continue to believe we are.
So let's look at this.
'You're a Genius all the time'. Yes!.. that has been my experience too. Flow is not something to attain it is who we Are... and yet the self-help / new-age sections are filled with titles on how achieve this... subliminally reinforcing the idea that we are somehow broken.
But if this is true, why is this not our everyday experience?
When we look at what actually goes on in our mind it's not such a great mystery:
Our mind is predicated towards the future. It works ceaselessly to set up control of future events because it’s in doing this that we believe our safety and well-being lies. In this future orientation we completely overlook the present, because we believe that past events and beliefs have taught us enough to direct our future course. And if things work out as we wish, then we feel (temporarily) happy. If they don't, we either get upset or more resolve to make greater effort to get what we want. The the only two possible outcomes are some level of stress, or a faux happiness (read ‘temporary relief from stress’).
Do you see the problem with attempting to control the future based on past experiences and beliefs? We are creating the future in the likeness of the past. By planning for change we guarantee that substantive change doesn’t happen!
The mind that plans is refusing to allow for change because its past experience directs its choice of what will happen, the basis for its future goals. It never gets the opportunity to see that here and now is everything needed to guarantee a future totally different from the past, and be free of this perpetual recycling of past fears and limiting beliefs.
'Planning' is so normal to us that we never stop to consider whether it is natural. Our natural state is not as slave to an imagined future but one of open, receptive awareness. With a present orientation we become aware of awareness itself, and discover there this flow of well-being that is our Self. By letting present trust replace planning… communion, learning, transformation and right action take place effortlessly without any conscious control. If there we are plans to be made they become known to us, but planning plays no part in this. Anticipation is not necessary when our Self leads the way.
But it takes courage to let go of the familiar and step into the unknown. It seems a far easier choice to cower from the winter’s cold and keep struggling on like all the rest. But turn our face towards the coming summer sun and that fear soon disappears in the discovery of what it is that joins us.
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly"... Richard Bach
Related article: So you want to be a genis, huh?