One time recently I was watching the Beatles documentary, Get Back. It’s a long, arduous haul through a rocky period for the band. But there was one moment caught on camera that created a new awakening for me about the creative process.
It’s a scene featuring a mumbly conversation between Ringo and a Less-Interesting-Person about literally nothing (spoiler alert: there are lots of these scenes), and there’s Paul behind them, seated with his bass, clearly occupied with a new riff.
When I say occupied, I mean electrified. Like catching a scent, Paul has just caught a musical idea and he is lit up. You instantly recognize the proto-matter of “Get Back.” We are witnessing the birth of a truly great song!
Not only that, we are watching the creative process unfold, in real time, for a person who completely trusts himself, the source of his ideas, and the manifestation of those ideas into form.
I would describe this process as sacred creativity.
It is tempting to compare ourselves with creative geniuses. They are a “genius,” after all.
But so are you. The societal exemplars of creative genius are not better than us, you and me. They are just really, truly great at being themselves.
Which provides them with a unique advantage…
By trusting in themselves, their innate creativity, and the sacred source of that creativity, they allow the unfolding of their personal genius. They create amazing, new things. Things that we could never think of, because those are their things, not ours.
We are here to create our things. You to create yours. And me to create mine.
Personal genius is not about intelligence, or the subjective quality of your skills and talents. It is about the unique unfolding and harmonization of your personal gifts and talents and desires, melded together to serve a higher purpose.
(With some real chutzpah thrown in, to top it all off.)
The manifestation of your personal genius is driven by the process of sacred creativity, and the allowing of your unique work to be offered to the world. Here’s how it works:
You open to source.
You receive inspiration.
You respond to ideas.
Your genius has a unique flavor. It will be unlike anyone else’s.
The work is not to create things that are Good so that they are acceptable. It’s to allow works that are Authentic, as a reflection of the sacred being that is the one and only you.
These works are inherently good, and a reminder that you are capable of so very much. Indeed, capable of your very own genius.
Guided Prompts for Sacred Creativity
Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness. Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.
What is the first thought that comes to mind about your creativity?
How have you been open to inspiration? How have you been closed?
How have you responded to your ideas?
What fears are holding you back, or causing hesitation?
How would you feel if you never realized your ideas and dreams?
A Prayer for Personal Genius
I pray for courage to realize my true self.
I pray for strength to meet the inner places that keep me in shadow.
May I come into the light of my own personal genius.
I acknowledge your genius working through me as a child of God.
Help me access the wellspring of love and infinite creative potential that flows from you.
Help me accept myself and my gifts.
Help me recognize the worthiness of my experience, my works, and my life.
I pray that my inner genius may serve the betterment of the world.
I pray that all barriers to my God-Self be dissolved, and that I may enter into divine service through my own, precious life.
Grant me the will to approach my fears with curiosity and understanding.
Thank you, Creator, for the personal genius you have bestowed upon and within me.
May my works sparkle with divinity. May they inspire and uplift those around me.
May my life be in service to you, as reflected through my own, unique gifts.
And so it is. Amen.