How do I become as much of a genius as
WJ Beaty, 8/2015
Tesla very clearly used a mental technique also employed by Edison,
Picasso, Bucky Fuller and others. Their associates reported that these
geniuses didn't sleep. They did sleep though, and today it's called 'Poly'
or 'Polyphasic Sleep:' sleeping enormously reduced hours in the form of
naps throughout the day. I've used this myself (accidentally while
cramming for university exams,) and after a few weeks of it, your "idea
faucet" turns fully on. More like the ideas-firehose. The
ideas-Niagra-Falls. But to use this technique, you cannot have a normal
day job, or be living with others. Most experimenters have reported that
Polyphasic Sleep will screw up your life because of the way others respond
to it. You'll be fired; for frequently hiding out and napping at work. You'll
end up divorced because every night you're up all night making noise,
never in bed. Also, the Crazy Eyes.
Also, Tesla very probably used a mental technique described by Henri
Poincare in his "Science and Method." It's a method for harnessing your
own Unconscious, your Inner Savant. This is done by, first, taking very
seriously all your spontaneous unconscious messages/ideas/dreams.
Write them down. Carry around a notepad, always. When weird thoughts
come to you out of nowhere, always try to record and preserve them, or
at least get them into conscious memory, discarding nothing. Before
getting out of bed each morning, try to recall details of one or more
dreams, and perhaps write them down (perhaps keep a dream journal for a
few years.) Learn meditation, existing with all your inner verbal
thoughts shut down; thinking in pictures and pure concepts only. I'm
convinced that normal adults treat the Unconscious channel as disgusting
trash or worthless fantasy/ daydreaming, and all of us successfully
suppress it. We reject our original thinking methods, leaving them
behind as we grow up and learn thinking-in-words and logical reasoning.
But to become a "grownup" is to become a non-genius. If instead we
treat those thoughts/fantasies/daydreams like gold, then we reinforce the
flow, and with luck open the floodgates. So, in other words, we're
striving to return to our long-lost childhood mental state, living half
in a daydream, with no internal verbal chatter or "grownup" logical
thinking-barriers blocking off the creative flow.
Then second, after having worked on some major challenging
engineering/math/scientific problem and getting nowhere ...give up.
Drop the problem, unfinished. Work on something else. Go on vacation.
Cease all conscious problem-solving for days or weeks. Then, as you're
stepping onto a streetcar, or humming to yourself in the shower, or
driving long distances in darkness ...suddenly the complete answer
appears in your head, all in a flash. I've managed to do this myself
several times, and the results are near-unbelievable in that it happens
in an instant, yet it may involve pages and pages of new material coming
"from nowhere," as if I'm taking dictation. When driving at night
(slipping into 'drivers trance,') I'd get a huge flash of insight and
have to pull over to the side, then spend an hour getting it all down on
paper. Yet it appeared as a single event, in a one-second burst, "the
light bulb" turning on. These spontaneous 'flash of genius' solutions
didn't start happening until I'd spent years learning to think in
concepts rather than words, years of writing down nearly every crazy
idea to pop into my head, recording dreams every morning, etc.,
And finally, you're probably going to have to become a weirdo loner
outcast. (Of course if you started out as a loner, chances are good that
you'd discover all of the above techniques without help!) If you weren't
an outcast-type beforehand, then a few years of the above mental practices
will do it. Loved ones and co-workers, the rest of "your tribe," will take
your newly eccentric behavior as a descent into mental illness, rather
than intentional cultivation of genius. Everyone in your life will edge
away from you, since you're no longer a normal-grownup non-genius like
everyone else. Obviously you've made yourself crazy, right? Turned
hypomanic, possibly schitzophrenic. And everyone knows that crazy
people are dangerous, THEY MIGHT DO ANYTHING ...like writing symphonies,
inventing induction motors and radio, founding Cubisim, dressing shabby in
coffeeshops and always scribbling scribbling scribbling dangerous ideas in
their little notebooks, etc., all the sorts of stuff that deeply threatens
those in power, and may at any time overturn our entire way of life.
- Carl Jung, upon being asked by James Joyce to explain the difference
between Joyce's mind versus that of his schizophrenic daughter, replied:
"She falls. You jump."
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