“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo.
In one sentence this 15th century sculptor outlines the foundation of all true genius. Genius is not about changing the world that we are living in. It is about seeing the potential within ourself, another and all of life… then loving until we set it free.
What we focus our attention on expands. This principle of nature is as true for us as it is for all of the geniuses that have come before us. As human beings we possess nothing more powerful than our attention. When we truly focus our attention upon something, we bring that which we are focused on into existence.
If we do not feel love for another we cannot fully focus our attention upon them, we cannot truly embrace them as they are. As much as we do not embrace another is as much as we push them away. When we push another away we reduce our ability to love. It is our ability to feel love that determines the quality of our attention. When we choose to focus our attention on loving, rather than trying to manipulate that which we are experiencing, we evoke true transformation within ourself, another and all of life.
Being a genius is about seeing the potential within ourself, another and all of life; then loving until we set it free. When we are loving another for who they are, rather than who we want them to be, they experience true freedom. It is in this freedom that they allow themself to truly express who they are. When we embrace the true expression of another we come to know them; what we know we connect with; what we connect with we feel love for. When we love we experience the foundation of all true genius.
The experience of being a genius is a life that is already perfect, just the way that it is. Through this perception we naturally feel love for ourself, another and all of life. It is through the love which we feel that we evoke growth and evolution which is beyond the point of perfection, into something that is truly genius… something that is far more beautiful than we ever thought possible.
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