Every great essay, movement, invention, innovation, exercise begins and ends with what I call my theory of genius-ness. That moment of intuition and courage when spirit delivers a message on the wings of angels.
“I have a great idea.”
The pure expression of purpose and wakefull-ness. My idea is so great, I am going to share it. No problem. No worries. Greatness expressed as purpose. that inherent confidence and courage of ‘I will share what I am here to share and speak from my heart.’ The words, let us not fight our function, come to mind. Allow this expression of joy and support for all that is intended to flow forth into the universal symphony. The magic and miracle of life in the action of the intuition of what is possible for peace and love on the planet. The greatness that lives in each of us.
Joseph Campbell stated “What if we choose not to do the things we are supposed to do? The principal gain is a sense of an authentic act – and an authentic life. It may be a short one, but it is an authentic one, and that’s a lot better than those short lives full of boredom. The principal loss is security. Another is respect from the community. But you gain the respect of another community, the one that is worth having the respect of.”
We all adjust and adapt to change everyday whether it is comfortable or not. We can revise things over time, as we experience the now and it is gone and in a new new there is something evolved in ourselves that brings the joy and love and expression into light rising with each and every present. Emerson talks of this idea in his essay on Self Reliance and in its depths we see the truth born in the hearts of each of our expressions here on the planet:The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost,—— and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another. There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression on him, and another none. This sculpture in the memory is not without preestablished harmony. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray. We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. It is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being. And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not minors and invalids in a protected corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying the Almighty effort, and advancing on Chaos and the Dark.
The soul knows where it belongs not some of the time all of the time. In remembering this fact we return to love with each majestic breath. Self Reliance as resilience practiced through the courage of intuition.
What is this self reliance that lives to fight another day remembering the light of resilience that remains no matter what advancing chaos and the dark. For me there is no more spectacular example of the ability to make it work than iconic business woman, comedienne and inspiration Lucille Ball. At every crossroads in her career she broke barriers, when she didn’t fit she didn’t say “better pack it in.” She found another way.
In light of all that is taking place it is important to remember that flexibility does not mean you are losing your power it means you are gaining in your ability to dance with your circumstances demonstrating your fullest dynacism and fantasticness of purpose and confidence in all that will be and all that is manifest destiny.
Life is meant to be lived out loud in free expression of its greatest expression fully alive and awake into the horizon of life’s greatest lessons in continual change from light to dark, to life and death, through the seasons and beyond.
Keep today in your heart as one for greatness, for the completeness in the possibility for growth. Allow the courage of your heart to land in the deepest recesses of possibility and let it go. 9/22 flight of the soul will be embarking on its third year of Love Land, blazing forward with the message “for the next 100 days I am going to consider the possibility there is another way. I won’t talk about war, I will feel peace, I won’t talk about what isn’t working I will experience what is.”
I look forward to the next journey into love and hope you can join us. Check out Mel’s Love Land here.
Lots of Love,