Why we are the most intelligent when under the most tension.
There exists a form of power and intelligence that represents the high point of our potential. It marks the source of our greatest achievements and discoveries in our life history. This level of intelligence is not taught in schools or offered and analyzed by professors, but almost all of us at some point have had glimpses of it in our own experience.
It often comes to us in a period of tension, most commonly when facing a deadline, when you suddenly have that urgent need to solve a problem or a crisis of sorts. Or it can come as a result of constant work on a project. In any event, pressed by circumstances, we feel unusually energized and focussed.
Our minds become completely absorbed in the task before us. This intense concentration sparks all kinds of ideas -they come to us while we fall asleep, out of nowhere, as if springing from our unconscious. At these times, other people seem less resistant to our influence; perhaps we are more attentive to them, or we appear to have a special power that inspires their respect.
We might normally experience life in a passive mode, constantly reacting to this or that incident, but for these days or weeks, we feel like we can determine events and make things happen.
We could express this power in the following way: Most of the time we live in an interior world of dreams, desires, and obsessive thoughts. But in this period of exceptional creativity, we are impelled by the need to get something done that has a practical effect. We force ourselves to step outside our inner chamber of habitual thoughts and connect to the world, to other people, to get the taste of reality.
Instead of flitting here and there in a state of perpetual destruction, our minds focus and penetrate to the core of something real. At these moments, it is as if our minds--turned outward and are now flooded with light from the world around us, and suddenly exposed to new details and ideas, we become more inspired and creative.
Once the deadline has passed or the crisis is over, this feeling of power and heightened creativity generally fades away. We return to our distracted state and the sense of control is gone. If only we could manufacture this feeling, or somehow keep it alive longer... but it seems so mysterious and elusive.
Do you recognize these words, or at least this state of mysterious intelligence? Share your thoughts and thanks for reading. Please let us know if you recognize this state and or description. I found this to be quite fascinating and had to share...
Everyone holds their fortune in their own hands, like a sculptor, the raw material you fashion into a figure. But it is the same with that of artistic activity as with all others: we are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mould the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated. ~JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
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