Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love” recently went on TED, the excellent series of videos on “ideas worth spreading.” This wonderful video expresses the evolution and downfall of the idea of creativity and what Socrates called his “daemon”. All those who are Abramelin fans or consider western esotericism to be a source for contact with the genius or daemon should take a look:
I find her overview excellent, and a good reminder to all of us that our true genius is only a part of something larger than ourselves. She insists that we have lost our way in referring to persons as geniuses rather than understanding that we come from the One. Her argument is that the post-Renaissance humanistic viewpoint of homo sapiens at the center of the universe has essentially killed off our creative people, due to the stress of thinking we’re the total package and must rely upon no one but ourselves.