HJ: In modern times, we have come to think of genius in terms of mathematical ability. However, this is a highly limiting frame as it ignores the fact that genius can exist in any area of experience/life. The truth is we all have the capacity for genius, but sometimes there is internal work that needs to be done to release it. We have been presented with so many stories of child prodigies that we forget that not everyone shows signs of genius from a young age. A perfect example is Albert Einstein, who notoriously struggled in school, but later went on to become one of the most influential figures in human history.
The key to releasing your personal genius is tapping into your life purpose and then getting out of your own way — meaning doing the inner work necessary to remove all blockages towards expressing your highest potential. For most of us, this involves cultivating self trust, acceptance and ultimately instilling confidence in ourselves. These three things are an incredibly powerful triad that basically free you , in many ways, to become unlimited in your potential and begin experiencing and expressing your inner genius.
There are other skills, frames of reference, knowledge and levels of understanding that can facilitate the process, but again, you simply need to unlock your own potential through doing the inner work. In the thoughtful and insightful article below by Tapasyogi Nandhi he reveals many techniques ancient yogis and rishis used to help students and aspirants tap into their own inner genius.
The Genius of Consciousness
The innate genius now awakens as we become savants.
Various studies on savants show the correlation of the left brain with the right brain that attributes this genius.
The “awakened” conceptualize the vastness of spiritual beingness or connectivity to the infinite with the practical facets of thinking from the inspired flow that enables them to excel in what they do.
While Albert Einstein considered one of the foremost geniuses of the 20th century, has transformed scientists’ understanding of physics and astronomy with his theories, the intellect of Einstein himself has remained misunderstood.
Ever since pathologist, Dr. Thomas Harvey harvested the scientist’s brain in 1955, researchers have tried to crack the mystery of Einstein’s genius by observing that brain.
Now scientists think they’ve found a clue. A new study, published in the journal, Brain, on September 24, 2013, suggests that the two hemispheres in Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected.
All scientists of ancient India’s past were yogis—awake and liberated beings who could think outside the box of the mind. Spirituality’s offspring is consciousness that adheres and creates newer frontiers for humanity as in intellect and realities.
In the yogic philosophy is the chakra system wherein, the crown chakra, when awake, is called the sahasrara(thousand petals of the lotus awake). Once awake, the petals, as awareness, forever stands awake. This awakening experience is like stepping out of one level of consciousness to another higher level while understanding the concept of freedom as being liberated from the mind as in its limits and past momentum of thoughts.
When we have a near death experience or a powerful experience of awakening, we have, ourselves, lifted beyond the limits of the mind and forever, the way we think and perceive our realities have changed. In this state, is the purest state of joy ever experienced and there is no reason (or all the reasons) that is behind this state of joy.
This experience has been expressed by sages of all cultures and religions throughout the world. The yogis of the eastern traditions describe this as the lotus having blossomed with the joy states mentioned as bliss. The yogis attribute the state of bliss as in being Lord Siva, the form of bliss. This is, in reality, the depiction of all religions, the Spirit having the human experience.
Almost immediately after this spiritual experience, the pursuit into even deeper thresholds of seeking for more of this joyfulness begins. This seeking can be described as God, Infinity, Source, Supreme-Self and all other characterizations. Some are born with this awareness while others are activated into this awareness at some point in their life. The moment such awareness is activated, most persons plunge deeper into uncovering the states of joy.
While a few of those who have experienced this first awakening take to a lifelong meditative effort, as the monks and yogis, some return back to the normal realities of the society as in marrying, having children and running a household, having a career and holding responsibilities.
In the mystical path of the Siddhars, returning back to the society to serve humanity from the highest consciousness has been indicated to be the fastest way to evolve.
When awake and in the society’s structures of responsibility, there is a different perception to how we spend each of our moments, our definition of time, our way of perceiving what success is and our ability to understand life at its best and worst situations. All this, as in thinking from a higher place of consciousness and then relating to the mundane realities faced, is the linking of the left brain and the right brain.
As in physical exercise, where the muscle gets stronger with each day, this exercise is the mental exercise of relating the left brain and the right brain.
These are important teachings of the Sages to exercise the left brain and the right brain and in the process, be the genius in our doings:
1. Go to a new country or new location, leaving behind the past.
By restarting our life with awareness, we avoid past habits that were limiting and lead every thought from the intent of where we wish to be. Relocation now stimulates the right and left brain as in relating to each and there is much progress from being a seeker to becoming a master.
2. Respect the root chakra and complete ourselves.
In other words, when we embrace the root chakra, we embrace all the trivialities of life, as in responsibilities. This enables us to exercise the left and right brain in everyday realities, even more.
3. Understanding time as in what we do each moment.
When realizing that we are the Spirit having the human experience, we also understand the Spirit as very ancient and the body as limited in time by a shelf life. In this understanding, is the utilization of each moment exclusively aligned to our highest purpose.
We awaken to time. We realize that time is an experience and each moment of time needs be justified by what we do. The old Zen adage of “Chopping wood before awakening and chopping wood after awakening” does not hold true.
Once awake, we will want to utilize our time more efficiently by how we act, whether it is in meditation and practices that brings us harmony or in day to day work that has our heart’s intent in it. An awake being, normally, would sooner or later drop out of the rat race of survival mode and instead see each moment of work justifying the highest purpose of existence.
4. Consider this quote by Rumi, “Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”
Understand genius as states of joy that we uniquely feel while doing whatever we love doing from our heart and that no one is smarter than another. Everyone has a unique state genius: Take the case of any insect or animal as an example to see how there is a particular thing that every living being has that cannot be replicated by another species.
Likewise, every person has a unique talent waiting to be tapped. This talent or talents are that which each one of us are specially programmed for by destiny. When we find the activity that gives us most joy and understand this as an expression of ourselves that gives us maximum satisfaction, we begin to see sparks of our innate genius awaken. This is the right and left brain now aligning itself through the states of joy in our doing.
5. Consider ourselves whole beings with many spokes in our wheels as abilities.
Beings like Leonardo Da Vinci are perfect examples, who exemplify the genius in the many levels of accomplishment they were capable of. History notes that Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote a bio of himself to the countess of Turin while seeking to be invited. In his bio, he lists over 25 different facets of himself, each facet shows amazing genius.
Today we know Leonardo Da Vinci as a talented master artist. Leonardo Da Vinci lists his skill as an artist as the 23rd. This example of Leonardo Da Vinci depicts the mind of a person awake to understand the wholeness of being and the potency to be the master in many abilities. The ability to do inspired work or play from the perspective of seeing ourselves as immensely huge beings exercises the bridge between the right and left brain.
6. Understanding the journey into vaster and ever vaster consciousness is never ending, while delving into the joy and bliss factor of this inner journey through the subconsciousness, each day.
After the initial experience of awakening, the journey has just started! The right brain is forever thriving on more and more stimulation for connectivity to God/Source/Infinity or whatever we could call this. The Sages of the east call this, yoga, the sacred union between individual ego and Source.
When we awaken to this heightened state of joy, we then set a daily discipline to have more of this each day. This joy and bliss of love in the yoga tradition is called Bhakti. Adi Sankara, one of India’s most revered masters mentions, “When there is more of Bhakti, there is more of wisdom.” This equation ofBhakti and wisdom translates as superior intellect and genius in doings.
It does not matter for us to feel awake or not awake and compare ourselves with anyone. All that matters for ourselves is to hold on to our own experiences, starting with understanding states of joy and bliss in our daily practice of going inward, be it praying, meditation, contemplation or any practice that gives us joy, like dancing, yoga or even cooking and acknowledging that bliss and joy state to be that of genius.
Slowly, we will set our discipline to have more joy as we are on the journey through consciousness
Awake, the vastness of consciousness now serves as profound realities that fulfill and inspire us. In the process of our own awakening to higher consciousness, humanity, too, transforms itself to the ingrained nature of peace, harmony, tranquility, love, freedom and abundance.
Tapasyogi Nandhi represents the wisdom of the liberated. He represents the mystical path of the Siddhars of South India. He is a visionary, yogi, transformational guide and a humanitarian. Nandhi’s life mission is in sharing consciousness through offerings of empowering Siddhar mantras of ancient grace, through music, through the teachings of mastery of consciousness and through the inspired work of the heart as in the grand visions. His new music album, Arakara has just been released by White Swan on October 8th, 2013. His work as a visionary includes Vision for humanity, vision of compassion in action, vision for yoga (World Yoga Day), music to awaken the inner fire (Turiya Nada) and inspired by the journey beyond enlightenment