Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. Update – Oct 2017. I have been reading about Buddhism recently and this concept also appears in the writings. The idea of a second entity from which intuition and guidance come appears to have been around for a very long time.