Genius

Inner Genius is there, you don’t need a high IQ to find it.

Have you been watching Child Genius, a documentary following 19 gifted children with an age range of eight to twelve? The competition is run by British Mensa.

Whilst I find their intelligence and memory recall amazing I wonder how these children will see themselves if they are not crowned the winner.  Each child compares themselves to the other candidates to discover their position on the leader board. I find it sad that despite being amongst the most intelligent children in the country they are disappointed in themselves if they have not performed as expected in each round of questioning.

What will become of them as adults with this kind of mind-set?

What will become of them as adults with this kind of mind-set?

This reminded me of a nurse I used to work within an Intensive Care Unit in America.  His IQ score was above 150, a conversation with him was challenging but interesting. We worked really well together, but others found him strange. Often I would say to him that I was lost in the conversation and didn’t know what he was talking about, to which he would reply,” that’s why people don’t like me, they don’t get me.”


Being above average intelligence for him was a burden.  He had not been promoted in years; he was struggling financially, had very few friends and seemed quite lonely.  He blamed his intelligence on his lot in life.

What about Emotional Intelligence (EI) put forth by Peter Salovey and John Mayer in 1990? They described emotional intelligence as “the ability to recognise, understand, utilize and regulate emotions effectively in everyday life”.   Social intelligence (SI) on other hand is about communicating effectively with others which we learn from social experiences.

Presumably, if we had an equal combination of IQ, EI and SI life would be brilliant, but look around you, the world is not always a happy place. So what is missing?

What if we have another intelligence that is available to all but we have just forgotten it exists? What if we have everything we will ever need at our fingertips? What if we DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING to lead a more joyful, fulfilling life?

For those of you familiar with the philosophy of Sydney Banks, you will recognise where I am going. For those of you who are not below are extracts from the book The Missing Link written by Sydney Banks.

Sydney Banks was a Scottish man, living in British Columbia, who had an “enlightened experience”. With this experience came a profound understanding of the principles behind the way we live our lives.

He called them The Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought. He shared this understanding throughout Canada and the USA, positively impacting many lives.

Sydney Banks described Mind, as the Universal Mind that is constant and unchangeable, common to all and always with you. We could use the following: God, Buddha, spirit, energy, oneness of life, the power behind life, the universe.

He described Consciousness as the gift of awareness; within our consciousness are the answers to the questions all mankind seek.

He described Thought as a divine tool which serves you immediately after you are born. It is the creative agent we use to direct us through life.

The Three Principles are not a process but a description of how we live our lives. We cannot have one without the others. How we use them will determine what we think of life.

Many philosophers recommend we change our thoughts; this will in turn change our life. However what we resist persists so we actually don’t have to change or engage in a thought if we don’t want to.

Many philosophers recommend we change how we view a situation; this will in turn change our life.  What we resist persists, therefore judging and trying to change how we see something has the opposite effect.

I think the” juice” of the Three Principle understanding is to get back in touch with Mind, our inner being, our intuition, our gut feeling, the place that inspiration comes from, the quiet space where we are not thinking. 

That is where change, transformation, enlightenment comes from.  As we find that space we tap into our inner consciousness; unhelpful thinking and behaviour just fades away.  

So whilst I am amazed at high IQ’s, utilising our inner intelligence is what I call genius.

Published date: May 2, 2019

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