Category: Wayne Dyer
The universal force that created you is always expanding, and your objective is to achieve harmony with that Source and thereby regain the power of intention. So what is it that keeps you from expanding to the mystical reality and full vibrational spectrum? I like this answer from William James, who is often referred to as the father of modern psychology: “Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.” To expand your reality to match the expansiveness of the all-creating field of intention, you have to peel away your old habits of thought. These habits have pigeonholed you to a point where you allow labels to be attached to you. These labels define you in many ways.
Most of the labels are from other people who need to describe what you are not because they feel safer predicting what can’t be than what can be: She’s never been artistic. He’s a tad clumsy, a bit shy, so he won’t be good dealing with the public. You’ve heard these pronouncements for so long that you believe them. They’ve become a habitual way of thinking about your abilities and potentialities. As William James suggested, genius means making a shift in your thinking so that you can let go of those habits and open yourself to possibilities of greatness.
Pay attention to yourself in ways that allow the expansion of the infinite possibilities that you’re potentially capable of. You may decide, as I have, that repairing an automobile and surfing in the ocean aren’t what you enjoy doing. So leave those activities to others, and use your genius to engage in pursuits that please and attract you. Expand your reality to the point where you pursue what you love doing and excel at it. Involve yourself in the high-energy levels of trust, optimism, appreciation, reverence, joy and love. That means love for what you’re doing, love for yourself, and love for your genius which allows you to immerse yourself in any activity and enjoy the process of experiencing it fully.
Making Your Intention Your Reality
I’d like to offer five of ten steps for putting this intention to appreciate and express the genius within you to work that came from my calling to write the Power of Intention. My hope is that these steps will help you see that you have greatness within you – you just have to trust this and pursue what brings you joy.
Step 1: Declare yourself to be a genius! Remind yourself that you’re one of the masterpieces that emanated from the universal field of intention. You don’t have to prove that you’re a genius, nor do you need to compare any of your accomplishments to those of others. You have a unique gift to offer to this world, and you are unique in the entire history of creation.
Step 2: Make a decision to listen more carefully to your inner insights, no matter how small or insignificant you may have previously judged them to be. These thoughts, which you may have viewed as silly or unworthy of attention, are your private connection to the field of intention. Thoughts that seem to persist, particularly if they relate to new activities and adventures, aren’t in your mind accidentally. Those tenacious thoughts that don’t go away should be viewed by you as intention talking to you, saying, You signed up to express your unique brilliance, so why do you keep ignoring the genius in favor of settling for less?
Step 3: Take constructive action toward implementing your inner intuitive inclinations. Any step in the direction of expressing creative impulses is a step in the direction of actualizing the genius that resides within you – for example, writing and submitting a book outline, regardless of how you may have doubted yourself up until now; recording a CD of yourself reading poetry or singing the songs you’ve written; purchasing an easel and art paraphernalia and spending an afternoon painting; or visiting an expert in the field that interests you.
Step 4: Know that any and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests, and inclinations are valid. To reinforce the validity of your thoughts, keep them private. Tell yourself that they’re between you and God. If you keep them in the spiritual domain, you don’t have to introduce them to your ego or expose them to the egos of those around you. This means that you’ll never have to compromise them by explaining and defending them to others.
Step 5: Remind yourself that aligning with spiritual energy is how you will find and convey the genius within you. Shift your energy to harmonize vibrationally with the energy of Source. Be an appreciator of life, and refuse to have thoughts of hatred, anxiety, anger, and judgment. Trust yourself as a piece of God and your genius will flourish.
The man who inspires me every day, Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose photograph looks back at me as I write, put it this way: “To believe your own thoughts, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men – that is genius.”
Take this awareness and apply it in your life. These five steps will help you appreciate and express the genius within you – and doing so will bring great joy and purpose in your life.
WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, Excuses Begone, and now Wishes Fulfilled have all been featured as National Public Television specials.
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