What Are Geniuses and How to Become One?

What Are Geniuses and How to Become One?

Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Socrates what is the first thing that comes to mind when you read these names, Genius perhaps? What is it that makes a brilliant mind? Is it just a number (IQ), or is it more than that? Is there more to genius than just intelligence? Creativity and inspiration are a couple of qualities that come to mind.

By age 26, without the use of computers, or any modern technology for that matter, Albert Einstein was able to accomplish more than most of us do throughout our entire lifetime. He started off by developing the theory of relativity. He then went on to prove the existence of atoms and he also proved that light behaves, both as a particle as well as a wave. Just before turning 26 years old he completed development on his famous evolutionary equation, E=mc2. Ask anyone to name the first genius who comes to mind, how many will say Albert Einstein.

Conventional wisdom tells us that geniuses are very different from everyday people. They are said to have the innate ability to think faster and better than the rest of us. Most people believe that being a genius leads them to live eccentric lives and quirky behavior. Explaining what makes a person a genius is hard enough, but then try to explain how they became a genius, even harder still.

So, what is it that makes a genius? Throughout the years there have existed many brilliant and intellectual minds. Each one of these people possesses their own unique qualities that makes us consider them a genius. There are many aspects to be considered before someone is labeled as a genius. For instance, contemporary writer Marilyn Savant has accomplished very little in the way of academic achievements although she has been thoroughly tested and possess a remarkably high IQ of 220. On the other hand there has been a number of Nobel Prize winners who are considered geniuses in their own right have IQs as low as 110 – 120. This just goes to show that there are additional factors to figuring out whether someone should be considered a genius other than IQ alone.

How do we measure genius? One way is to look at the quality of the recommendations that one receives , not necessarily at how much of a disruption or change is made in one’s field of work or expertise, but rather the amount of respect and admiration by other experts in this field. Take for example, Ludwig Van Beethoven, a disruptive genius in his own right, whereas Johann Sebastian Bach, a man of equal genius did not alter music as Beethoven did. In his lifetime Beethoven altered western music, leaving composers for decades to come with difficulties writing or composing anything, as they felt over shadowed by the musical genius of their brilliant predecessor. Relatively unknown in his time and without really changing music, by the time his music was truly appreciated worldwide Bach had been long gone. This type of measure is used every time we trust the opinion of an expert or attempt to justify our opinions as fact.

It has been said that the main difference between a genius and an ordinary man, is only that a genius knows how to think, rather than what to think. Often the word genius is accompanied by words like creativity. So, does that mean that to be a genius, you simply need to think creatively? What is it that really sets a genius apart from the rest of us, is it their level of creativity? Or maybe it is their IQ, or some combination of the two. Maybe there is more. Geniuses look for entirely new concepts and believe that anything is possible. It is this belief that leads them to approach problems in different ways the rest of us do. Often a genius will see connections and patterns where the majority of people don’t. For instance, Leonardo DaVinci compared a bell ringing to a stone hitting the water. In this comparison he devised that sound travels in waves, much the same way that water does. Aristotle made the distinction that geniuses, unlike the general population, think metaphorically. Aristotle said that if a person could find a relationship between two contrary areas of existence, that he was likely gifted.

There is an author who claims that genius can be learned, that it is merely a different way of thinking and that we have to train ourselves to think in this fashion if we are to obtain genius status. Michael Michalko claims that geniuses, such as Thomas Edison can invent such a great many things, due to the fact that they are always thinking, their thoughts are so fluent. Michalko also states that these exceptional abilities can be developed over time. We can develop these characteristics if we train our brains to think more fluently, as with a genius.

Another man, Buckminster Fuller claims that all people are born geniuses and that society gradually deprives us of this. There are yet others who believe that genius is an innate ability that appears spontaneously and is quashed by ”higher education” which teaches us a somewhat conditioned way of thinking that limits these innate abilities, eventually ridding us of them. Having a lot of knowledge does not make someone a genius. Consider, if you will the creativity and imagination of a young child. Is this not what we claim is genius. Over time as that same child progresses through the educational system, is it possible that, that childhood creativity and imagination is drained through the repetitive teaching of facts and statistics. Less and less is the use of imagination encouraged throughout the school career of that child until it is pretty much completely gone by early adulthood. It was Charles Baudelaire who stated that genius is “no more than childhood recaptured at will.”

Becoming a genius is simply a matter of retraining yourself to think like one. You can start by seeing the everyday world in a new light. Thinking metaphorically, in opposites and simply thinking more, (something that not enough of us do anyway). If you have an idea and it has a different than expected outcome, do not ask yourself why it has failed, but rather what was accomplished by it. Thinking like an inventor is a matter of looking at existing ideas and inventions and imagining how they can be changed to benefit people. The father of quantum theory, Max Planck said that scientists need to have “a vivid intuitive imagination” because new ideas are generated by an artistically creative imagination rather than by deduction. Albert Einstein was very clear in stating that his ideas and theories came from the “free invention of his imagination” as well.

Something to consider for a moment. As a society we usually give more credit to the first person to use a new invention in a way that changes history rather than giving the credit where it is actually due, to the inventor of the item the was used to change history. Is it possible that we are all born with a certain level of genius? Is genius an innate characteristic?

This article is written by Edward Micknius for Mind Power World: http://www.MindPowerWorld.com


Reincarnation: How it Works and the Signs of it

Reincarnation: How it Works and the Signs of it

The limitations of our human mind make it incredibly difficult to imagine eternity. For our life to endure without a beginning or an end, seems unfathomable from our personal vantage point of space and time. Despite this, reincarnation is a cornerstone of many traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism and is reflected throughout the art of Islam’s Sufi tradition.

What is Reincarnation?

Reincarnationists believe that mere atoms and molecules cannot explain humans, with their wealth of emotional and creative capabilities. Reincarnation presupposes that consciousness is an energy distinct from and superior to the matter composing the physical body, that there is a higher-order entity involved in each living being’s transmigration from one material body to another.

But what or who is it exactly that becomes reincarnate? From the theosophical point of view, spiritual evolution extends through repeated reimbodiments or reincarnations, not only for human beings, but also for animals, plants, all things; from a sub atomic level to the realm of galaxies. It is believed that although there is a finite number of human souls, only a small percentage of these are incarnate at any given time. The rest are believed to be undergoing various after-death states, some of which may last much longer than a lifetime spent in the physical realm.

How does heredity fit into all this? According to theosopher John P, Van Mater, there is no chance involved. The reincarnating ego or soul, drawn to its prospective parents, obtains only its “expression” from the gene pool provided by them. This means that though each child inherits the genetic possibility to re-embody all his/her particular strengths or weaknesses, the incoming soul already contains these unique potentials, these therefore may be similar or different from either or both parents.

But if each soul’s unique pattern is shaped by and formed around the incarnating energies which seeking its own expression why don’t we remember our experiences from past regenerations? The general explanation for forgetting our past lives is that it frees us to make different choices within each life cycle. We can quite literally start over in our new life situation and our relationships with others because we are not carrying any past baggage so our new life is not solely determined by our past experiences.

Probably the most important argument for reincarnation is karma. Each soul’s karma is believed to result in its rebirth. The purpose is for the karma to be realized or fulfilled, which determines the circumstances of the next incarnation. The law of karma is that of cause and effect. Actions are punished or rewarded depending on the deeds we perform in previous lives. It is held that karma is meted out with mathematical procession and good and bad circumstances will result so that every single thing we do will be punished or rewarded accordingly, on both a qualitative and quantitative level. Many believe that this explains the broad range of inequalities we see between humans. According to the law of karma, there is no forgiveness for past misdeeds, only karmic debt, which is paid off in subsequent lives. As karmic debt accrues, it may take several life times to balance out.

Despite the nature of forgetting past lives, it is often claimed that previous life experiences can contribute to present health issues, personal likes and dislikes and fears and phobias, often without us being fully aware of their origins. Psychic medium, Hans Christian King, has been communicating for over forty years with souls waiting to be reincarnated. According to King, it is quite common for family and close friends to reincarnate together on a regular basis. Animal lovers will also be happy to know that animals are an important part of our soul family and will often continue to reincarnate within the same family groups. King explains that all creatures have a destiny, and animals return with us to enhance both our growth and their own.

Some Apparent Signs of Reincarnation

Many people believe that hypnotism is an effective process for helping a subject relax and enter a deep, suggestible state of mind where memories that are inaccessible to the conscious mind are stored. Some hypnotists claim to use past life regression therapies. This entails the alleged journeying into a subject’s past lives while they are in a state of hypnosis.

Those skilled in the field of hypnosis are careful to ask their subjects open-ended questions during past-life regression, to ensure that they do not make suggestions to the subject. Accounts made by a subject under hypnosis are recorded and researched in an attempt to validate them.

According to Ian Stevenson, reincarnation researcher at MD, Virginia University, hypnotic regression is not an accurate tool for assessing former lives due to its inability to separate subconscious fantasy from genuine past memories. Despite his dismissal of hypnotic regression, Stevenson has spent more than forty years researching psychic phenomena and reincarnation. He claims that the most promising evidence for reincarnation come from young children who are able to describe previous lives. When Stevenson first started studying such accounts, he quickly noticed that many of the children bore birthmarks which were supposedly connected to traumatic incidents they experienced in a previous life. Along with this evidence, he presented medical documents compiled after the person’s death, as further proof. Less than half of the deformities could be explained by genetic factors, viral infections or chemical causes.

In his book Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation, Stevenson recounts investigations of reincarnation covering more than twenty countries. Most of the accounts are from children aged between two and five. A large proportion of the accounts describe how the death occurred, and many are violent endings. Interestingly, of the 210 cases studies, Stevenson discovered that most of the birthmarks were remarkably similar; appearing as small areas of skin which was puckered and had either to little or too much pigmentation. Of the birth defects he discovered, most were of rare types. There was usually a correlation between the birthmark and the type of wound experienced by the deceased person.

This raises a number of questions regarding how the phenomenon of reincarnation works. If we are to assume that the memories of a former life are accurate, how are the unusual marks on an infant’s body caused in such a way that they would correspond to the abnormalities on an adult body in a former life. Stevenson was quick to notice that in many of the cultures he studied, relatives of the reincarnated child explained this phenomenon as a taking place in a dream. During the dream, someone who has died appears to a mother and tells her they will be reborn to her. These types of dream are common throughout Indians in Alaska, Burma and Tibetans.

In the Western world, children’s account of supposed past lives are usually considered to be creative flights of fantasy at best and either lies or signs of mental disturbance at worst. However, ongoing research continues to shed more light onto the subject and more and more scientists are being to do some serious rethinking of reincarnation’s implications.

This article is written by Corinna Underwood for Mind Power World: http://www.MindPowerWorld.com


Synthetic Telepathy – Mind Reading Technology

Synthetic Telepathy – Mind Reading Technology

Telepathy has long been considered an aspect of psychic phenomena or a super power. It isn’t really possible to read the minds of other people nor has it really been considered likely that people can communicate using only their subconscious thoughts.

All of that is about to change. Enter Synthetic Telepathy.

What is Synthetic Telepathy? It is communication between a computer and the human brain. It allows the communication of thoughts between any given individual and the operators of the computer system with distance being no barrier.

The mind control conspiracy theories are starting to see some validation from new emerging technologies that allow the brain waves of an individual to be read and to be transmitted. The army has commissioned University of California researchers to create helmets designed to communicate the thoughts of a soldier to other soldiers. Stephen Hawking is a research subject in an attempt to commercialize brain reading technology into synthetic telepathy for medical use and as a means to help the future diagnosis of neuro degenerative disorders. The technology even has some in the video gaming industry dreaming of revolutionizing how video games are played by using thought alone.

All in all, the recent emergence of synthetic telepathy and brain reading technologies show us a future where the military can be more efficient, the commercial world has innovative new products and the medicinal world can be more effective.

But what about those conspiracy theorists, the tin foil hat wearing people who have been claiming that the CIA has been spying on their thoughts for decade?
It seems that all of those crazy people may just have been ahead of the curve and not so crazy after all. In order to verify this technology works, one would have to use real people to verify that the thoughts being thought are really being thought. And further, the fact that the military has been pursuing psychotronic technology would give more support to the idea that synthetic telepathy would have subversive applications for enemies domestic and foreign. What better way to discredit an anti government protestor than by labeling him as crazy?

The ability to beam thoughts into someone’s head also has marketing applications as demonstrated by Horizon Media and Holosonic for the A&E television series, Paranormal State. The ad campaign used a billboard in New York to beam an ultrasonic beam which, when passed through by a pedestrian, produced a pre-recorded voice that sounded as if it were coming from inside the persons head. The examples of synthetic telepathy, be it one way or interactive in nature, are all over our society and give a hint to how the future of communication may look like.

But with such new and invasive technology comes a lack of awareness from the public of what this technology is capable of and a lack of legislation on its uses. The technology in its most benign form, such as advertising, still toys around with the umbrella conspiracy of Mind Control, forcing thoughts into people’s minds without their consent. On even worse applications, a person can be made to think that they are going crazy if they are suddenly inundated with thoughts and compulsions that they cannot verify the origins of. Indeed, the worse case scenario is easy to see in what has become the targeted individual community.

Before the internet, people who heard voices or were paranoid that people were following them had very little recourse but to slowly go insane and be diagnosed with a myriad of possible mental disorders. There was no one they could talk to regarding the seemingly impossible reality that they were being targeted with technology that was not considered possible or even discussed in anything but science fiction stories. The internet has seen the rise of niche communities where targeted individuals, as they refer to themselves as, can discuss their experiences in a therapeutic collaboration. They discuss the various uses of direct energy weapons and the phenomena of hearing voices, or synthetic telepathy.

The idea that many people have gotten together to discuss their experiences from years and even decades ago is an indication that these individuals may actually have been targeted despite the seeming ludicrous possibility. Coupled with the idea that corporations and military sources are confirming the technology for public application in the near future and the likely hood that this is not just a theory anymore becomes easier to accept.

The ethics of using mind altering technology on someone without the consent of the individual seems like a given in that it should be considered illegal. But therein lies the major sticking point for this technology – it can’t be measured because the only proof that it exists is in the subjective experience of the targeted individual who can very likely be dismissed as psychotic. How does a society regulate technology that technically does not exist? How does a society break through the various amounts of red tape to gain official evidence of the existence of this technology? Vladamir Putin’s recent statement regarding the existence of psychotronic weapons capable of turning an individual into a ‘zombie’, or behaviorally despondent, is certainly a starting point but it certainly doesn’t give any insight into the amount of time research was undertaken or even how the research was conducted. Indeed, the technology is blanketed underneath the scope of national security and as such any public discussion is thwarted due to the societal presumption that mental illness equates with any complaint of symptoms that can be possibly attributed to this technology.

But the persistence of neuroscientists all over the world calling for guidelines for the ethical application of this technology is slowly getting the news out. The potential for abuse is great with such a discreet means of influencing behavior and opinion as potentially illustrated by the many complaints and stories from the Targeted Individual community. Yet it is certain that the benefits that are possible from this technology require an extensive acknowledgement and education of its existence to society.

Mind Reading technology is here to stay and is getting ready to break into the commercial world in a major way while other mind influencing technologies are classified for national security purposes. As long as national security requires the keeping of the extent of these possibly MK-Ultra-esque experiments secret, there will always be mind control conspiracy theorists claiming that their tinfoil hats don’t quite work well enough to ward off the NSA.

This article is written by Ryan Watton for Mind Power World: http://www.MindPowerWorld.com

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