WOW – what a revelation.
We can spend a lot of our time reinforcing our status, our value, and our importance in the world, when really, maybe it is time to get real, and get over ourselves.
Steve Biddulph in his book The New Manhood (2010), in quoting Franciscan Monk Richard Rohr’s 5 life truths of Manhood lists “You are not that important” as the Number 3 lesson for life. And, if you are wondering, number 1 is pretty direct too, but needs no explanation or dialogue really – just a genuine reminder. It is… “You are going to die”. Did you forget that one? It is amazing how sometimes we live the arrogant life of potential immortality. More on number 2, 4 and 5 in later Musings.
I will spend a little more time in the next Blogs looking closely at the other lessons, giving my take on them and their relevance to my passion and specialty of Born and Unique Genius.
On this, it might seem paradoxical that if I am espousing that everyone is a genius yet in the same breath saying you are not that important, how do the two relate? Simple. All the great genius’s I have ever researched and hold dear, from the ancients to the current (including my dear clients), all have an incredible vision for something bigger than themselves – whether it be humanity, the cosmos, science, medicine, the arts, their families and friends. It is not about them. It is purposeful and is in service of something bigger. To use some unconventional language, they are merely “conduits” or “channels” for something that cannot come from the thinking, knowledge or wisdom of one person, no matter how bright. I find this very humbling. It is from tapping into their Unique Genius and the portal to the infinite source of wisdom and knowledge that their greatness is possible.
To further appreciate this, I am going to mention the 3 levels of energetic involvement we partake in, in being human. They are discussed in my book, Born Genius – Your Journey Back to the Source of True Success. These are simply:
- The Ego – which is merely our physical body and brain that is used as either the vehicle and computer for our unique genius expression, or as the unhealthy expression of individual superiority over others (who hasn’t at some stage perceived themselves to be “better than” others?).
- The Material – all that are our trappings of success – the car, the house, the job, the extravagant holidays, the expensive wines, the trophy partner, the over zealous focus on self greatness and “I have’s”. This is particularly so of the things that we see as defining our happiness and our worth. “I am happy because I have the BMW, the career role, the money, the hot partner…”. Note though, that it is not the material trappings that are the issue, more-so the God-like focus and value we put on them.
- The Spirit – this is the infinite source of all that exists – every thought, every idea, every atom, energy – everything. It is, as Dr. David R. Hawkins states in his book Power –v- Force (this book is in my top 5 books of all time – awesome), “readily available to anyone in a few seconds, at any time and in any place”. How would you like a bit of that?
But more importantly, the Born Genius philosophy ascribes to the belief that living aligned to your Born and Unique Genius opens the portal to the infinite source, from where all is possible. A place where your material success and your ego being are purposefully expressed and where ultimately true happiness is possible – defined not by what you have, but by who you are being on the planet, in service of something bigger than your job title or bank balance.
And, in acknowledging this, we realise with humility, that individually we are not that important, yet we are capable of greatness. Truly humbling, I would hope!
So, is it time for you to realise that maybe you are not that important?
What do you currently hold tightly to that makes you feel important? Is it giving you happiness and real meaning in your life? If not, what can you do to change it?
Be real and be kind to yourself when pondering these questions.