The Smartest Person in the World

I want to propose a very simple exercise for you today:

Imagine that you are the smartest person in the world.

Imagine that where you don’t have answers, it is only because you haven’t had the time to seek them.

Imagine that you can understand anything you want to, all you need is time and a good teacher.

Imagine that you are completely capable of looking at a problem and seeing it from every angle for yourself.

Imagine that, once you have thought something through long enough, you will have the best possible understanding of that issue.

Imagine for a minute that you don’t need to persuade anyone of your views because you rest assured in the knowledge that your understanding is valuable and meaningful – and it will let you live your life well.

Consider the following questions:

  • How does that make you feel?
  • What sensations does it create in your body?
  • What does it do for your confidence? Your sense of well-being?
  • What does it do for your courage?
  • What feelings does it banish?
  • How would knowing this change your behaviour?
  • How would it shift your priorities?
  • What would you choose to learn or work on?
  • If you could hang onto this belief would you?

And the final question:

Are you willing to accept the possibility that you really are the smartest human being in the world?

If not, you may want to spend time with your journal considering why.

Finally, I want to invite you to listen to this fantastic excerpt of a lecture given by one of my personal idols, Terence McKenna, and be open to it: