GENIUS IS INNATE IN US ALL
The New World Dictionary defines genius as “a great natural ability (for a particular activity); strong disposition or inclination . . . a great mental capacity and inventive ability; esp., great and original creative ability in some art, science, etc.” The word’s derivation traces back to a belief the Romans had that everyone is given a guardian spirit (genius) at birth; the implication being that this “genie” compels us in our achieving and creative endeavors. Its Latin root is genere, which means to produce.
Walter Russell’s genius came directly from God, as all genius does. His was a “cosmic education.” In THE MESSAGE OF THE DIVINE ILIAD, Russell answers specific questions relating to genius and particularly to knowing God directly. In the following excerpt, he offers his perspective on book-learning and modern education. When he speaks of God being his teacher, he is actually speaking about his “genie” or guardian spirit, who is, in reality, his divine Self. As a poet once wrote: “God is so close as not even to be near.”
Q. Do you advise against reading, studying, and our modern education?
A. I certainly do not. The reason this question was asked is because I happened not to have been brought up that way. All my life I have known God in me, and when I wanted knowledge I was immediately aware that I had it. God had given it to me as He gives it to all people. So God became my teacher. For that reason I had no need for books or schools or universities.My education was cosmically acquired because I knew God in me. Knowledge can be acquired cosmically if one really knows God in one instead of abstractly believing it without knowing it. It is really easier to acquire it by the hard effort of sensing it through the physical body.
Q. How could you, know such things as chemistry that way. Did you not have to study books to make your chemistry charts?
A. I could not have made my chemistry charts if I had studied books or taken a university course. No books or universities had that knowledge, for it had not yet come into the world. Also I would have been bound by the traditions of yesterday’s errors of thinking by accepting them as truths, as most students do when they read the works of “authorities” and listen to older teachers to whom they attribute great knowledge.
Q. How can a person acquire a cosmic education? How can he KNOW things just out of the blue?
A. It is not “just out of the blue” as you say. You, of course, mean the invisible universe. All knowledge is of the invisible universe. That is what I mean by the universe of knowing.
We are all being educated cosmically to some extent, whether we know it or not. Our inspirations come that way. Our inspirations are God’s whisperings to us in His universal language of Light. If desire for knowledge is in our hearts or we write that desire upon our hearts, we will have that knowledge just as sure as the sun goes down over the horizon at night. We are getting it that way gradually during our whole journey from the jungle to the mountain top. If the Light comes slowly, it is because the desire is weak and belief too vague and abstract.
Education is not just stamping upon your memory all of the things that you have read in books. If that is all that happens, you have been made into automatons that are little better than machines. You would repeat records that phonographs can repeat in the same way. If you study music that way and are only a technician, there is no music in you, there is nothing of the spiritual in your knowing.
But if you have taken the skill and information that you have acquired in school from your teachers and you have let it sink into your very Soul, then you have art in you. You have then made the great transition from sensing to knowing which makes geniuses out of those who would otherwise be mechanicians.
Q. You said that when you desired knowledge, you were immediately aware that you had it. Does God give knowledge that way—instantly?
A. Yes, but not as you understand it by the way you stated it. We have all knowledge in us. It centers us. It is our inheritance. The Light of our Selves IS all knowledge. We become aware of it gradually as we desire it. We recollect it as we desire it.
Just as the whole of the tree is in its seed before it unfolds, so is the whole of man in man’s seed. Likewise, all knowledge is in the Light which centers man. It unfolds as man desires its unfoldment.
We are all being cosmically educated to the extent that we so desire to be thus educated. The trouble is that mankind has not yet become sufficiently aware of his oneness with God. He is not willing to believe that he can actually commune with God as Self and Self. He thinks of God as outside of himself, as a Deity so superior to himself and so outside of himself that he believes direct contact is impossible.
Q. You actually believe we can contact God directly?
A. Most assuredly I do. How can you reconcile the teachings of universal oneness in the Light to any belief of separateness, or the “crawling worm” and “miserable sinner” attitude of those who cannot think of God as a moment-to-moment companion?
Q. Is that what you mean by a cosmic education — that you are actually taught what you know directly by our heavenly Father?
A. Most assuredly, yes. You ask that as though you think it strange! Why should the unity between the Creator and His Creation be strange? The moment you actually KNOW of your oneness with your Father in heaven, you KNOW that the kingdom of heaven is within you.
Q. What relation should our school education be to Our cosmic education?
A. Your school and university education must be the foundation or basis of your cosmic education. When you read a book for an hour, ask yourself about it for another hour. Think it over. Ask it of your Inner Self. Something in you will tell you whether it is truth. Knowing-Mind does not register untruth. It registers only truth. Whatever you read that is not in accord with Natural Law will eliminate itself. You will not be able to recognize it as truth so your Consciousness will refuse to accept it.
A school education is necessary for cultural reasons. I do not decry it. I say you must have it, but I had to go faster. I had to demonstrate power for the purposes of giving this Message of The Divine Iliad to the world, to accelerate the spiritual awakening which is now taking place, and for laying new foundations for religion and science.
Q. How can we apply our school and university training to our cosmic training?
A. By developing your creative faculties as you acquire encyclopedic information. Demonstrate in practice what you learn from books and teachers. Memories stored upon the brain are electrically alive. They are like little entities which want to be heard by being repeated. Make use of them. . . .
The person whose desire is keen in him to do something, and starts doing that thing — learning how to do it in the doing of it — will be the one who will become a master, and no other.
That person is the genius. The outer human self finds excuses as to why he can’t do something, a common one being “I don’t know how.” The genius says “I can do that” and will prove it by doing it, learning how while doing it.
Of course, we can only do that which is in us to do. We can only give that which we have. I’ll share more of Walter Russell’s wisdom in my next post. Until then,
Be Love. Be loved.
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