The Illusive Spark of Genius Is a Virtue of Spirit, Not Intelligence.
Geniuses discover and create things no one else ever has and then search for a way to make the rest of us understand and believe, to feel the joy of adventure and discovery.
They expand our world and our universe.
One of the wonders of genius is their desire to share their brilliance and reveal the dazzling complexity of an idea in the simplist way.
We the conventional need an explanation to what is intuitive and logical for these exceptional minds. If we can comprehend, our eyes are opened to a yet undiscovered, unexperienced phenomenon.
Einstein, Galileo, Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, and Freddie Mercury were all geniuses.
And look what they gave the world.
Einstein envisioned himself standing on the rays of the sun and could see that light bent as it passed. Years later, scientists were able to prove that the sun deflects and bends starlight as it passes by.
I don’t know about you, but I never even considered the fact that starlight passed the sun. It makes sense. How else would we see stars twinkle?
He dreamt this, but no one believed him until it was physically measured.
The almighty Catholic Church threw Galileo into prison for most of his life for claiming the earth rotated around sun.
Mozart’s concerts were well-attended, though his reputation rose immediately following his death.
Sir Isaac Newton saw an apple fall from a tree and wondered why it went down and not up. In doing so, he discovered gravity. I never would have made the connection, but then again I’m not a genius.
Freddie Mercury put opera and rock together, but at least his genius was recognized and he enjoyed success in his short life.
He even tried ballet!
What’s in the word
The word genius is derived from the Latin gignere, to give birth or bring forth. The noun is related to the Latin verb genui, genitus, “to bring into being, create, produce.”
Therefore, the word came to mean anyone with outstanding talent or ability.
The early Greeks believed that genius came from an overabundance of black bile. (Sounds to me like something you’d choke on.) However, they were not able to find physical attributes that contributed to this genius.
Lewis Terman, the Stanford University psychologist who pioneered the IQ test, did so to pinpoint the source of genius. He followed 1,500 Californian school children with IQ’s of about 140 for 40 years. However, even those with high IQ’s struggled to thrive and many even flunked out of college.
As geniuses are by nature driven to achieve, this would debunk the connection of IQ in determining genius.
Meticulously preserved slices of Einstein’s brain reveal nothing of his genius when examined under a microscope.
He is quoted as saying, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
And geniuses have exceptional imaginations.
Einstein was right. Intelligence can be measured, scored even. Genius and imagination cannot.
They are infinite.
The derivation of the word itself, to bring something into being, alludes to this creative greatness.
Genius is spiritual
The Romans might have had a better idea about the source of genius: it is not tangible. They believed that we were all born with a spirit guide that remains with us throughout our lives.
And for a genius, who might this guide be? Certainly one that helps him or her along their path.
This idea of connection to the spiritual, is more in keeping with the root of genius than any IQ test or a slice of brain matter. It is a powerful, endless source that comes from the ever expanding universe and its creator.
It is not bound by the limitations of this earth plane.
Genius is not learned. It’s not even logical to the conventional way of thinking. But then genius is not conventional.
Since geniuses are rare, it seems that only a few have the combination of knowledge and ability to tap into that spirit of genius and connect to its source in a way most of us cannot.
Past lives and future knowledge
Another spiritual aspect of genius is past lives, returning from the world of spirit into the physical world with all the knowledge of our other lives intact.
And some return to the physical with a lot more knowledge than others.
Face it. Some of us are naturally more curious than others, more educated, or more learned. Therefore, we return to this physical plane knowing a lot more than your average Joe.
If we strive to accomplish something in this life but we are then cut short, maybe we get another chance to see our dreams come to fruition.
Because geniuses have this connection and know all they know, they progress at an uncanny rate and seem to possess innate knowledge normally learned over many years.
Spirit is all around us, above us, below us. And it goes far beyond what our human minds can comprehend.
We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.
Suffice to say we know genius when we see it, because it blows our minds and in doing so expands them a bit more. It opens us up to the reality that there’s more to creation than meets the eye.
All we can do is recognize and revel it.
Whether we are the creators of genius or the receivers, genius is a gift. And a gift should always be received graciously.