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waiting to happen How do you define genius? Do you know anyone who believes they are a genius? Would you consider yourself a genius? BY PS PERKINS

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ikipedia, the electronic encyclopedia, cites genius as “A person of great intelligence, who shows an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work.”

Western culture has often defined genius as having an Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of at least 140. The IQ test scores questions based on accuracy and speed of answer. A question might be: “Eight chickens, three dogs, and four cats have a total of forty-eight legs (True or False).”

Quickly now! Who are your examples of genii— Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Madame Curie, Nelson Mandela? When Albert Einstein wanted to attend the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology rather than complete his high school degree, he

had to take an entrance exam. He failed the test. That same year, at age sixteen, he performed his first “thought experiment,” visualizing traveling along a beam of light. Leonardo da Vinci was the illegitimate son of Florentine notary and a peasant. Madame Marie Curie, born in 1867, was, obviously, a woman, the first twicehonored Nobel laureate and the only laureate to win in two separate sciences. Nelson Mandela was left to rot in prison for twenty-seven years for political crimes against the government before becoming the first black, democratically elected

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President of South Africa. All of them, geniuses in spite of the odds of birth and fortune! What has our culture taught us about the gift and command of genius? Recent books such as The Bell Curve by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray, and The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould, counter argue the points of “nature” versus “nurture” when considering factors such as heredity, race, gender, and other

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privilege of every human being to realize their unique value in the puzzle of life; to realize their genius.

biological and/or sociological determinants of intelligence. From Darwinism to Creationism, this topic continues to be highly controversial and affects every aspect of our culture, from medical advancements, to educational models, to insurance rates! But the point of this article is how you define genius? Are you a genius in the closet? Have you given your genius over to the “spin doctors” of intelligence? I attest

that we are all geniuses waiting to happen! Yes, you are a genius! You may want to respond, “Then where is it?” It is waiting for you to awaken to your potential. I have a saying, “The universe is an equal opportunity employer, giving us all the exact same vocation—to create our lives!” Selfinsight and self-knowledge are your greatest allies in the ascent to your full human potential. Each individual is imbued with their own uniquely endowed gifts. Why were you born? To create your life and discover your co-creative power to actualize it. We are all but the breath of creative energy born to join the creative family. Behaviorist Abraham Maslow cited, “What humans can be—they must be.” He also recognized, “A society or any institution in it can be characterized as fostering or hindering the self-actualization of its individuals.” We live in a culture where genius has been assigned to some individuals and categorically denied in others based on cultural constructs of privilege, power, and access. However, truth, when sought and accepted, sets us free. It is the privilege of every human

being to realize their unique value in the puzzle of life; to realize their genius. Too many have been denied access and/or believe the lie of mediocrity. But this does not include you! How do you tap into your genius? First, acknowledge that genius is the birth right of every human irrespective of man-made barriers. Secondly, believe you are a part of that divine right. Finally, understand that genius is a matter of connecting with your passion—your gift—and taking it to its highest form of expression. Yes, your genius is as close as your greatest joy and the action you put behind it! Napoleon Hill, the great wealth builder, defined genius as the deliberate and purposeful use of the faculty of creative imagination. He described this faculty as, “the direct link between the finite mind of man and infinite intelligence.” In other words, when you link your creative consciousness with the all-seeing and all-knowing consciousness of the universe, you are able to take your creative intelligence to its highest level of fulfillment. You evolve into your genius. Your contribution to the planet is yours and yours alone!

THE LAW OF DELIBERATE ACTION onnecting with your passion, moving into your passion, and living in your passion. The words in bold necessitate action—deliberate action. These works are created by you, connecting with the real you, moving you into your genius, and living your dreams! Many are waiting for their ship to come in, believing good luck happens to everyone but them. But Dr. Michael Beckwith of Agape International offers an insightful definition: good luck is Living Under Correct Knowledge. The correct knowledge is that you create your own life. It is this knowledge that sets you free to live your passion.

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Connect with Your Passion ften, when people try to focus on what they love to do, many affirm, “I’m good at a lot of things. That’s my problem; I’m a ‘Jack of all trades.’” Well, most people are good at a variety of things. But passion is different. You recognize it by the unified feeling your body and soul experiences; there is a synergy of all mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual senses engaged and enjoying themselves! It flows from you seemingly effortlessly, and you experience great joy. The experience is like a garden in your life blooming full. You recognize it because it is uniquely yours in the

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sense of being—feeling at one with the experience. Understand that you must connect with something that already exists within you. Give yourself permission to claim your passion and connect with it. Once you connect, how do you move into it?

Move into Your Passion any of us confuse effort with action. Action is defined as “doing something toward a goal.” Effort is defined as, “energy or exertion.” Do you move into your passion with action, effort, or both? Effort often denotes something accomplished by your physical might—your hard work. We hear people discussing how hard they work, but how unrealized life feels. Yes, there is a need for physical exertion once you move into your gift, but do not confuse moving with physical exertion. The universe will supply the wisdom and power of how once you connect and move into your what. In order to move into your passion, you must keep your thoughts and words tuned into the positive energy of your dreams. The action is to consistently listen and monitor your self talk (intrapersonal communication). Plant healthy seeds of thought, fertilize with affirmative words, and grow positive experiences: seed + fertilizer + water =

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fruit. It is the same as saying: thoughts + communication + actions = your life. As the ingredients of a healthy garden, so the ingredients for a healthy, abundant life! Remember, the thought comes before communication (verbal and nonverbal) which comes before the action! Is there effort? Yes, the effort to think and speak positively about your passion and supporting others as they awake to do the same. Do not add confusion and chaos to your life with thoughts and words that perpetuate realities you do not want to live. So, how do you live your passion?

Live Your Passion! nce you connect with your passion and begin to use your mind and words to move into it, your life becomes an adventure worth living! Your purpose, your true intent, pours forth in creativity, increased energy, persistence, peace, and, above all, self-knowledge. If you do not know who you are and “whose” you are, there will always be thousands lined up to tell you who you are not! Only you can live your passion. Use the Law of Deliberate Action to experience the life you were born to live. Connect, move, and live in your passion. It is only possible through your deliberate action!

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Understand that we are all materializing our lives through our thoughts and words, which become our actions. Some of us are manifesting our lives through deliberate thought, words, and purposeful action— what the Human Communication Institute practitioners teach as the “Law of Deliberate Action™.? This “law” is the essence of the Human Communication CoCreation Theory: conscious thought + deep emotion + subconscious energy (creative intelligence) = creation = life! Life gives you what you truly believe, according to your faith! Remember, you are creating whether intentionally or unintentionally. The creative universe answers your deepseated beliefs exactly as you believe—it does not judge between your positive and negative thoughts; you reap what you sow. Your genius is actualized by the belief that you are a child of creative intelligence! Ponder this question: can you separate your thoughts from your deliberate actions? No, you can not, no human can. So the question becomes, which comes first, the thought or the action? Genius starts in the mind where the seeds of creative power are planted, watered, and bloom. What’s

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in your garden? What are you growing? Again, the dilemma lies in the sleeping masses of humans who have allowed others to define who they are. If you do not know who you are and whose you are, there are thousands lined up to tell you who you are not! The genius of Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying: “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. As we are liberated from our own fear; our presence automatically liberates others.” Set yourself free to manifest the genius you were born to share with the world. It is

the only true path to both success and happiness. It is the only path to universal love. American author Frederick Buechner expresses this clearly, “To find your mission in life is to discover the intersection between your heart’s deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.” This is what the planet needs from you. This is what we are all waiting for…your genius to happen. Make it so!


Other then your own 1 book(s), list five books everyone should read and why.

• The Secret of Letting Go by Guy Finley for understanding the power of living in the present. • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz for understanding the need to transform your mind and resist conformity.

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are your five favorite 2What movies of all time? • “Imitation of Life” (1959) • “Glory” (1989) • “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995) • “The Matrix” (1999) • “The Sound of Music” (1965)

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Name any three people in history you would like to sit down to dinner with.

• The Judeo-Christian Bible for understanding how to live truth that sets you free from the greatest metaphysician that walked the earth. • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill for understand the connection between the conscious and the subconscious mind to create your life. • The Mystic Masters Speak! by Vernon Howard. Sit at the feet of the enlightened and understand selfknowledge is your quest.

• Jesus the Christ—To understand true self-knowledge and universal oneness. • Harriett Tubman—To understand the courage to keep going and take others with you. • Vernon Howard—To share marvel and share the human experience and quest for knowledge, wisdom, and peace.

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