Draw the Genius in the Wall

In her book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert discussed the Roman belief that there is a genius in the walls. The genius is not you. The genius visits you, bestowing their wisdom upon you to share with humanity. We’ve all felt that moment of visitation, that bright light of inspiration as the genius tucks that incredible idea into your brain.

How about drawing a picture of the genius in your wall? Prepare a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Take a moment and sit quietly. Close your eyes and picture that genius. See them waiting in your wall, ready to reach out and plant that brilliance in your mind. Now, pick up your pen and draw them without opening your eyes or taking your pen off the page.When you are done drawing, set down your pen and take a couple of deep breaths to clear that picture from your mind. Once the image is gone, open your eyes and say hello to the genius in your walls.

How will you play with them? Do you need to color them in? Are they happy, excited, powerful, thrilled? Play with your muse on the paper and let them tell you how to embellish their image.

When you’re finished, put the picture in a handy place where they can watch over you as you work.

Mine looks like a mutant baby bird who’s saying, “Come on! Let’s go!” Her name is Jeannie. Gotta run!

This exercise uses the (Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Tools™