Monday, February 1, 2010

The Color Of Genius

Where do we find ourselves? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none. We wake and find ourselves on a stair; there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended; there are stairs above us, many a one, which go upward and out of sight. But according to the old belief genius stands on the door by which we enter, and gives us the lethe to drink, but we may tell no tales. We can't mixed the cup too strongly, and can't shake off the lethargy now at noonday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay 1838 essay, Experience explains how our beliefs restrict our thoughts about the self. Some folks believe the color white represents our brilliant consciousness, and the color black is the dark side of our unconscious. White is good, holy and divine; black is dark, sinister and evil. White is youth; black is old age. White is the God side of our religious belief structure, and black is the devil. It's no wonder the white race and the black race have been at odds with each other. Whites consider blacks the fearful dark side of their unconscious. Some believe genius can only be white and the genius they see in others better be white as well. That white genius lives in fragments of itself. One self is white and the other self is white too. But genius is all colors especially black. Black is the creative genius of all colors.

Expanding our beliefs and seeing the genius in all our colors is not the easy. Some of our beliefs are filled with fearful thoughts. Influences and associations inject our beliefs with fragmented thoughts. Fragmented thoughts can create a reality filled with judgmental experiences. Judgment creates roles that are filled with distorted truths. Distorted truths are filled the power of conformity. Conformity breeds separation. Separation creates fear. When those ingredients blend, a mixture of take and take some more becomes the life drink of choice.

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