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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

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Meditations For Life

Accessing Your Genius—A Supportive Meditation

© 2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[Originally published in Medical Hypnoanalysis Journal, 7 (2), June 1992, pages 65-69.]

Note: This script can be easily adapted for any desired arena or context. Thus, you could transform it to reflect accessing your imaginative, intuitive or creative genius. Alternatively, you could direct attention to accessing your rational, intellectual or memory genius. Also you can utilize this script in specific forums, such as accessing your musical, social, athletic, decision-making or managerial genius. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your flexibility and ingenuity.


Yes, you are becoming just as deeply relaxed, serene and restful as will best serve you. . . on your healing journey today. . . That's just fine. . . as you calmly be right where you need to be to really give yourself to this very pleasant. . . and uplifting. . experience.

Today, you have the wonderful opportunity to discover within you a buried treasure of abilities, skills and expertise you were only dimly aware of before. For numerous disciplines of science have documented the enormous treasure-trove of untapped and unused talents and genius with every one of us, beyond the farthest stretch of our imagination. Certainly within a spiritual perspective, it is clear that what each of us requires for success in our own arena, has already been put inside us by Our Source. This is such a good feeling to accept and know more fully each and every day.

Today, you have willingly agreed to absolutely know and honor these capabilities within you, as you naturally find and accept what has been gifted to you. For this to be most masterfully accomplished, I need your sincere help. I'd like for you to freely choose to set aside "your inner critic", you know, the one who always seems to have something negative or undercutting to say about you or time off. . . give it a holiday, anywhere at all, but not here for awhile. Bon voyage! Won't hear from you for a while, possibly a good long while. . . Now, isn't that better?. . . really refreshing. . . It can return when necessary.

This healing journey requires two simple steps. First, we need to go within to a place of unconditional love and honest truth telling, to be absolutely clear about our special, unique gifts. Second, it's necessary to create an opening or channel—an entryway—for bringing forth or accessing these genuine gifts. Together we'll beautifully accomplish both in the light of Our Universe Source and wholehearted Support, and we are most grateful for this.

Even going a little deeper now. . . into this cozy, secure space. . . let's now journey on an inner vision quest to a place of total love, healing love, unconditional love. . . as well as firm and even fierce truth-telling: Bounteous, every-flowing love and grounded, realistic honesty.

It might be a special, enchanting room filled with golden white, shimmering light from a series of skylights. . . or being at the heart of a blossoming garden filled with lovely smells and beautiful flowers at the peak of Spring's renewal. . . or on the aquamarine shoreline of a beautiful tropical island. . . or somewhere of your very own choosing and design. As you take three deep breaths, gently, smoothly and easily transport yourself to YOUR LOVING PLACE OF TRUTHTELLING. One. . . deep breathe in. . . and out. Two. . . another deeper breathe and hold. . . and release. And three. . . deeply inhale and. . . let it go, as you are now in Your Loving Place of Truth-Telling. . . with all your senses attuned both outside you. . . and, especially, inside you. . . Good. . .

Interestingly, as you arrive here and fill yourself with this revitalizing energy, you start to realize how most of us are actually pretty realistically aware of ourselves—of both our areas of strength and challenge. You start to be attuned to all of this, with particular attention to your strong points, your abilities, your talents, your capabilities, your skills, your assets. . . and, actually, your genius.

With the help of your Higher Self, also known as your True or Best Self, that is your inner source of loving acceptance and guiding wisdom, begin taking a realistically honest inventory of all your best parts. . . without selecting or censoring, simply know your true gifts in this life. . . Take the time to experience, respect and honor each. . .

As the list fills up, notice that much more remains. . . In fact, there are more genuine assets within each of us than we can imagine at first. If you choose to, you might notice how numerous talents seem to naturally go together, pointing to specific ways for you to successfully enter and engage in your chosen realms of interest to maximize your success. That's correct. . .

See, hear, feel and experience it all. all your senses saluting and honoring all the genius that is realistically and honestly present within you. Just take a moment to let this all be present. . . and soak it all up. . . like a giant sponge filling itself to overflowing with healthy, sweet-tasting, crystal-clear mountain spring water from on high. Great.

Now, having seen your strengths, talents, abilities, skills, genius and real gifts through the eyes and senses of love and honesty, it is now a matter of finding your unique doorway or channel to bring these to life, into your life. From Your Loving Place of Truth-Telling, in which all your gifts and genius are displayed and recognized, you can find a passageway for their being available. . . and fully expressible.

Just like uniting the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean by digging the Panama Canal, you can unite your God-given true genius with your present reality and life. What it takes to unearth this buried treasure within you is literally building "an inner canal" from one to the other. Visualize doing all it will take to build this wondrous entryway, channel and "inner canal."

As you continue to fashion this inside you, know that, like in a combination lock, there may well be many key factors or elements, which, when put together in the correct order, actually construct this entryway. See, hear, feel and experience each being built through changes in your thinking and perception. . . through changes in how you effectively work on accepting and constructively working with your feelings. . . through being very careful and selective of who you associate with. . . of how you wisely invest your time, money, energy and other resources. . . in beautifully designing your success …realizing your wholesome goals. . . weaving the discipline of your practice. . . experiencing the joy of noticing step by step improvement every day. Ahh. . .

Experience yourself realistically TAKING YOUR STRENGTHS, GIFTS AND GENIUS INTO YOUR PRACTICAL DAILY LIVING. Like a rose beginning to bloom petal by petal, enjoy getting in touch with bringing forth your best attributes. Dig out numerous entryways, "inner canals" and channels for expressing your very best! Linger here. . . let it in. . .

Let all within you be freed up. . . available. . . expressing. . . and contributing to you and everyone. Every time you reconnect here, which you can easily choose to do quite often, this will create an even more powerful clearing to give and receive your genius. . . like digging a deeper and wider "inner canal" to give still greater access to all your finer abilities.

Now fully accessing your best, your gifts, your genius. . . Everyday you are more fully able to recognize, accept, know and embrace all that is within you. . . and the world wakes up and salutes your contributions, too. YES! It's time. . .

Let all of this go deep within you to always treasure, respect, honor and tap, every time you say "ACCESS MY BEST", which will be often. What a pleasure to "Access My Best"—it's an all-win for everyone. So, releasing all that needs releasing and remembering all that best supports your healthy evolution, gently return to a fully awake and alert state feeling warmly fulfilled in knowing all you now know. Lovely.

George Demont Otis        View of Mt. Tamalpais from Corte Madera Creek

© Copyright 2013 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.

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