Genius Deprivation Syndrome

Just as eating, drinking, and breathing are basic physical needs, creative expression is a basic psychological and spiritual need of human beings. It has been so throughout millennia and in every culture, but only in recent history has it been consigned to the back pages of our syllabus as an...

Eudaimonia

Another word for the Genius spirit comes from the Latin word daemon, literally meaning spirit. To further this translation and meaning, the Greek form of the word isdaimon, which translates as a guiding spirit, genius, or giver of fortune.  It was only later that subsequent religious writers changed the...

Experience is Wealth

Of the many things that get obscured during the struggle of the midlife period is the immense value of lived experience. Without exception, someone who has lived until midlife has had their share of success and failure, heartache and happiness, succumbed to and overcome difficulties and challenges, and has...

The Importance of Imagination  

Everything we see around us made by man was originally an image in someone’s mind. As a craftsman who built furniture for more than 25 years, I was constantly amazed while looking at a finished dresser or cabinet because I knew that this was originally just an idea and...

A new idea of Perfection

What is desperately needed by those of us who want lives of happiness and fulfillment is a new definition of perfection. One that takes into consideration the whole of our human experience as a great life experiment. Long before we learned to compare ourselves to others as a way...

Seeing from outside the cage

Encountering our Genius feels like visiting an old friend. One that used to inspire and provoke us to take chances, explore things that were new and strange, and simply to spend time being just who we were for no reason whatsoever. It feels like a homecoming made sweeter by...

Midlife Individuation

The idea that we are genuinely unique individuals at our core is a great and useful one. But if we follow along with this idea in terms of self-actualizing our uniqueness, by midlife we can see that it doesn’t happen by accident; it involves a process. And this process...

Creative Aging

When many of us think of our own aging process, we immediately conjure up a negative association; a sense of deep loss as our youth fades. This loss, when seen through the lens of our young adult self may also carry with it a sense of shame in no...

Our unique Genius expression

The word education can be traced from the Latin wordeducere, which means to lead or to bring forth. Since there is a Genius spirit in each individual, one’s education was originally meant to bring forth the person’s Genius so that its unique qualities would become a blueprint for their learning...

Midlife as a time of Growth

In order to experience midlife as a growth process, we will need to take whatever is happening in our lives as an impetus and opportunity for changing our life approach. When we try to employ methods of living that have worked before in our younger lives, we invariably fall short of...

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