Knock Knock – Who’s There? Genius

None of us is a genius.

But occasionally genius comes knocking.

Genius is what allows us to know without being taught.

Genius produces ideas that are not an imitation or a first cousin to other ideas.

Genius seems to come out of thin air.

When does it happen?

When we are thoughtless.

When we take a “creative pause”


when the thinker interrupts conscious preoccupation with an unsolved problem, and ends when the solution to the problem unexpectedly appears in consciousness. (“The Creative Pause”, 1967)

Where does it happen?

Genius happens in the shower.

It happens when we are lying in the grass and see an apple fall from the tree.

It happens when we exercise.

It rarely happens while we are sitting at a desk concentrating on the problems of the day.

How does it happen?

We let our minds go and they return having grabbed something “out there” and put it together with something “In here.”

To let genius find you, let go your mind.

When you hear the ‘knock knock” of two previously unrelated ideas bumping into each other, don’t ask “Who’s there?” Simply open the door and let genius in.




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7 Responses to Knock Knock – Who’s There? Genius

  1. Cherry Woodburn July 29, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    You must have paused before writing this – it’s done quite creatively.
    I also agree. When I go outside to pull weeds, do something around the house etc. that occupies my mind in an easy, different way I will often have a flash of a great idea that just was not showing up sitting at the computer.

    • Anne August 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      Cherry – Thanks for the new expression, a mind unoccupied flashes great ideas.

  2. Robyn McMaster July 30, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Anne, your poem juices my serotonin levels this morning. Genius comes when you least expect it. What a paradox!

    • Anne August 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      Thanks so much Robyn. I didn’t know it was a poem and delighted for your reference as such.

  3. Michele Price August 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Love Love Love this!

    I have recently cut WAY back on things and groups I participate in and make time for more QUIET. It has been great-genius even 😉

    • Anne August 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

      Appreciating your Quiet attitude Michele. Thanks for being unquiet long enough to comment.


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