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100 Days Of Awe: Day Fifteen – Meet Your Genius

Day 15: Meet Your Genius
Meet your geniusToday I was on the team for William Whitecloud’s Meet Your Genius event in London, the same event was being hosted in Cape Town by Ryan Pinnick. Over 160 people meet with their genius today. How awe-some is that?!

We are all unique and inherently talented and successful but as Buckminister Fuller put it “Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.” William’s event gives you the experience to put aside everything you think you know about yourself and the world to see the true facts of reality. I have done this workshop before but each and every time I do it another layer is peeled away and no matter how many times I do it I find it uncomfortable and disorientating and magnificently freeing. Today was no exception. Back in a group environment my cage is rattled, I feel the need to orientate to belong in the team and in the group, to do the right thing, avoid the wrong thing. As a result I am suspended in a space of dithering and confusion, like a rabbit in the headlights. Not sure what I am learning or experiencing, utterly discombobulated trying to work things out.

During the day we are guided through the minefield of our realisations to the light, a place where we suspend the need to know and see the world with curiosity and wonder. In that space there is an ease, I am connected to everyone through all time and space and I see that the truth of my heart is simple, my genius is a master of love and make-believe, coaxing stories of new realities into existence for myself and others, bringing light and adding colour to the world. I feel like a paintbrush of life which is a pretty cool and unique talent to have. In this space all I have to do is be me. I have bypassed the sputtering and protesting of my rational mind at the non-sense of it all. The biggest learning I had today was to be more proactive about creating structures that allow me to suspend the need to know to access that 360 degree view of reality and the true actions to live out my genius.

I am curious to see what new learnings I will have tomorrow. No doubt I will be sharing them here. For more information about William Whitecloud and the Natural Success community and training programmes in UK, USA, Australia and South Africa like the Natural Success Community Facebook Page.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

Disagreeing with Confucius

Confucius turns up as the purveyor of wise and witty quotes from the profound to the absurd. Who doesnt aspire to to doing a job they love so that they will never have to work a day in your life? I cannot be the only one who has experienced that no matter where I go there I am or to be heartened and know the truth that the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.

The first thing to know is that Confucius was a real guy, a Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philospher who was born around 551 and lived until his early 70s dying in 479 BC. Like all the best of heroes his life was not plain sailing; he attained political recognition as Prime Minister of the State of Lu in his 50s. Under his influence the Prince and the State of Lu became increasingly properous and powerful. Ultimately this had a corrupting impact. Confucius stepped down his position in Lu and spent the rest of years touting his politics in the hope that he could put them to good us. This was not to be and he died dillusioned.

Confucius sayings are short and to the point; often laced with metaphor and using a play on words it is perhaps no surprise that this structure has been appropriated irreverently to capture witicisms that have nothing to do with personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity that were fundamental to Confucian philosophy. So we know that man who drops watch in whiskey wastes time is more about the foibles of English than a guideline for living and no offense to Confucius is intended. Life is simple when I can nod sagely with the deeply meaningful and laugh at the irreverent trueisms. Recently things have become a little more interesting. I have come across a Confucian saying that I cannot agree with or laugh at. The conclusion, to my consternation, is that I am in disagreement with this Chinese philospher of great standing.

Confucius says apparently that “he who cannot describe a problem will never find the solution to that problem.” In my experience much time is spent describing problems, wailing and bemoaning problems, dissecting and mulling over problems but not necessarily solving problems. The problems of world hunger, poverty, war are problems well described but despite the trojan efforts of the best of humanity we continue to struggle with them. The currency of human survival is the struggle to surmount and overcome problems. In support of Confucius it could be argued that the ability to effectively describe problems is underdeveloped but here I prefer to pull on the more recent observation of Einstein that “no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” The trick I believe is to subvert the consciousness of separation that is fundamental to the human perception of life and switch to a consciousness that is based on a unity that transcents the dimensions of time and space. Description is inherently a tool of the rational mind constrained by an egoic perception of the world. Imagination on the other hand is the paintbrush of the soul that can take us to the highest vibration of what we would love to create giving us a 360 degree view of what we rationally define as problem.  I was curious to read that Confucius was relatively unconcerned with the nature of the soul believing that the answer to  cultural and social problems was found in humanity itself, not in anything supernatural [1].  I wonder at the limitations that this puts on Confucian thinking.  I dont want to argue that Confucious is wrong and Einstein is right but rather to remind myself, to remind all of us to go for the premises that serve the greatest possibilities, to examine and question the received wisdom embedded in our thinking and in our culture.  It is only then that we live our lives at the highest vibration; skimming the hurdles to cross the finish line as the champion of our own truth.

[1] Leadership University, Pat Zukeran http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/confucius.html