In my book, Becoming a Pioneer of Success, I featured some men and women who were considered geniuses. Men such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the slave who became an inventor, George Washington Carver, just to mention a few. These men became masters of creativity and invention because of their ability to constantly operate in the science of success, as Dale Carnegie coined the phrase, the power of insight.
I believe that we all can be masters of creativity and invention, scientists of success and innovation, if we understand that genius, true genius is found within the power of insight and awareness. How does it work? I will take an example from Becoming a Pioneer of Success, King C. Gillette had lost his home and job due to the Chicago fire. He discovered that there was money to be made through invention. Not just invention, but inventing something that was inexpensive and disposable. He submitted the idea of inventing something disposable to his mind hoping that he could come up with something. While he was shaving one day with a straight razor, an image flashed into his mind of a razor which was disposable, safe, and inexpensive. Voila!, the disposable razor was born from an aha moment.
Every genius idea is the same, from Holiday Inn to Disneyland. It’s an aha, insightful moment. What I should tell you is that we all have them, but very few move on them or give their minds the opportunity to unconsciously search for the solution without conscious understanding. The creative subconscious mind and subconscious mind will go to work looking for the solution if we give them the problem or question. Have you ever gone to bed with a problem on your mind to wake up to the solution? Yes, your creative subconscious and subconscious minds went to work while your conscious mind was rejuvenating and resting.
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, (Ephesians 1:17-19 AMP)
Insight and revelation never manifest before there is a problem. Insight and revelation are God’s inventive forces to find solutions for problems, without being limited by our conscious understanding and reasoning.
There are three elements that come into play when we start to think through problems. Insight, aha moments, and forward thinking, which we also refer to as reflection and meditation. These are all a part of the awareness stage of revelation. The problem or goal awakens these faculties. God has instilled these qualities within our makeup. Lets look at the insight portion of Eph 1, “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him”
The first thing that I would like to point out is the word grant. Grant refers to a specific grace and favor gifted to us. God has gifted us with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. The important bit of news is that we do not just have wisdom and revelation, but we have wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 2 says in vs. 9 and 10, ““But as it is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.” The Holy Spirit works within us to give us wisdom and revelation for solving problems our understanding thinks is impossible. The Holy Spirit is equipped to search everything, including the depth of God. We are equipped to receive everything that the Holy Spirit has searched, even the deep things of God. The most important knowledge that we receive by the wisdom and revelation of the Holy Spirit is the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Why Jesus? If we know Jesus, we will also know the Father. If we know the Father, we will know and understand the creator and His will for our lives. We will walk in a level of innovation only known by God Himself.
The mind works on three conscious levels; conscious mind, subconscious mind and creative subconscious mind. Revelation starts at the sub levels of the mind. Most of our wisdom and revelation would come from the creative subconscious mind. It is the part of the mind that goes to work on any problem that we give it, even as we are sleeping. The scripture refers to this faculty in the following passage, “By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),”.
The best way to activate the creative subconscious is to give it something to work with in the form of a problem and a goal, then pray about it, and sleep on it. Make sure that you keep something near your bed to record solutions. New thoughts will stream in, leaving you with insights, aha revelations, and forward thinking.
Insight becomes fuel for action. Insight empowers us to achieve things that most people refuse to believe would be possible. Eph 1, also gives us the level of power and authority that we can expect from the Holy Spirit’s involvement with our subconscious and creative subconsious minds. “And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,” When I read this portion of scripture I get an overwhelming sense of potential. We often see someone’s insight in the form of innovation. Innovation is the result of the action fueled by inspiration. Once you and I have a solution we must get moving on it.
Eph 1 says, “as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.” God’s mighty strength must bring to pass dynamic results. If we have the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation we will have insight. If we have insight from God then it will generate action. If we have the fuel of innovation then we will take actions that produce results. Results are a by-product of action. Chop the insight into small achievable goals and go for it. Stack up the wins and celebrate the joys of insight.
Action will develop into velocity and momentum. If you are not satisfied with your level of momentum, I suggest that you spend time reflecting or meditating on a specific issue. Give it to your mind and let your creative subconscious go to work on it with the help of the Holy Spirit; trusting that God has an answer directly from His mind for you. The mind of Christ has been given to you if you are a believer. Tap in and trust God for insight, aha moments, and things to reflect and meditate on, then get moving on it!