Actually, that is the long and the sort of it. You are. I am. We all are.
According to late Middle English: from Latin, ‘attendant spirit present from one’s birth, innate ability or inclination’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’. The original sense ‘spirit attendant on a person’ gave rise to a sense ‘a person’s characteristic disposition’ (late 16th century), which led to a sense ‘a person’s natural ability’, and finally ‘exceptional natural ability’ (mid 17th century).
If we are to follow the Latin root of the word, which really struck a cord with me, then you see we are naturally born geniuses. This attendant spirit is our Higher Consciousness. I would like to ponder this for a while and see how it lands on you. I will share what it made me feel; realize.
…we are all Natural Geniuses
We come in with full awareness, abilities, deep connection to Truth, rich relationship with surroundings, honed skill of observing, listening, and imprinting what we align with; want more of, enjoy or are curious about. And then something happens. We disconnect from that birthright of genius knowledge of Life; our Self, this experience here on earth in the physical realm. We lose sight of that attendant spirit and begin to doubt our abilities, and intellect.
I don’t believe that disconnect to be a bad thing though, in fact quite the opposite. It’s almost like losing something you cherish and retracing your steps to try to find out where you might have left it. That is living, remembering who we were when we came in and re-membering our Selves. A true Re Member’ing of our pieces, the aspects of our psyche, our Spirit, our Soul, our consciousness. Sort of like gathering all of who we are and joining it together to make one Conscious Genius; because we are—you are, I am.
The Forgetting and Remembering of Who You Are
Often in spiritual teachings they say that we aren’t learning anything, but rather we are remembering what we already knew but have forgotten we knew at one point. Life is a journey of remembering, and remembering we are genius. This is also good news for those who worry about retaining what they learn because if we already knew it and are simply remembering it, chances are we won’t forget what we already knew. I know, it’s starting to sound like a riddle, right? ☺
I have always liked knowing that I am a genius who has simply forgotten some stuff along the way. My life has been a continuous journey of picking up those breadcrumbs with tiny bits of genius observations to remind me who I truly am and why I am here.
Genius Scavenger Hunt
I would like to invite you to a Genius Scavenger Hunt.
All you need to do is notice your genius aspects. Begin to recognize the breadcrumbs on your path and nurture the relationship with your attendant spirit that has been with you since birth.
• Notice when your gut communicates with you; gut intuition some call it. That is your primitive brain sharing it’s wisdom with you. Listen intently when it speaks. Notice its genius.
• Where are the lessons on your path? What breadcrumbs are presenting themselves to you as you walk through life? What are you learning, and what are you actually remembering you already (somehow) know? Watch and see the genius at play.
• Tune into your 6th sense more and recognize your intuitive knowingness that is always ever present.
Here are a few suggestions to be available to, and drop into your attendant spirit on a regular basis.
Tips to Connect To Your Inner Genius
- Practice Silent Retreats—drop into spaces of silence as often as you can. Speak less, listen more.
Free yourself from distractions—unplug from all technology as much as possible, turn off cell phones, clear your life of unnecessary EMFs, noise, disturbances, and negative energy.
Connect with nature—walk barefoot on the grass, literally hug a tree and if that’s a bit too hippy for you then simply sit on the earth and lean up against one as you feel it’s presence.
Journal—I know it sounds very self-help’y 90’s but hey, the 90’s had some genius ideas. ☺ Begin to write in a stream of Consciousness style and let the rivers flow. No rules, no agenda, no points for good penmanship, just allow it to take whatever shape it wants.
Learn about YOU
Svadhyaya—this is a Sanskrit term meaning Self-Study. I learned this while studying yoga and receiving my certification to be a teacher. It is the fourth Niyama, and it has always spoken very deeply to me. It invites us to stay connected to the study of the Self. The root of the word means to contemplate, to meditate. Allow this to invoke a sense of curiosity into You; any activity that cultivates an act of self-reflective consciousness can be considered Svadhyaya.
I would love to hear how these practices land on you and what your Genius Scavenger Hunt presents to you. Please share your journey with me in your comments below, or privately via email.
Remember, it is about re-membering aspects of our Self that is already Genius; we simply forgot. Have fun remembering!
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