The following is the Borrowed Genius Technique developed by Win Wenger and part of an upcoming book.
A key to success is describing your perceptions out loud.
- Solving a problem
- Finding an answer
- Developing a skill
- Creating art
You will need:
- A Listener and/or a Recorder
Borrowed Genius Process
- Write down your question, problem or skill you want to develop.
- Imagine you are in the most beautiful garden you have ever seen.
- Describe the garden.
- As you look around the garden, you see someone (a genius in the skill, problem that you would like to learn/develop further) walking toward you. He or she walks up and stands a couple of feet in front of you. Describe the clothes, physical features…of the genius.
- The genius smiles, nods invitingly, and turns his or her back toward you.
- Imagine yourself gently stepping inside the genius. Imagine looking through his or her eyes, hearing through his or her ears, feeling his or her feelings.
- Describe out loud how he or she perceives the garden and note any differences from your description of the garden.
- Become aware of how the genius feels as he or she does the activity at which he or she is a genius.
o How does he or she hold his/her body?
o Any tension?
o Any sounds he or she makes.
o Are his or her eyes open?
o What is he or she doing with their hands? Feet?
- Let your mind go through his or her thoughts and ideas about the subject in which he or she is recognized as a genius.
- Describe the point of his or her greatest realization.
- Imagine looking into a full-length mirror. As you see the genius looking at you in the mirror, imagine the mirror disappearing and you standing facing the genius.
- He or she smiles and hands you a cell phone in case you need to contact him or her again, and you give him or her a cell phone so that he or she can contact you.
- As you start to say a warm thank you, he or she leans forward and points to something in the garden and then whispers something in your ear. The genius says good-bye and disappears.
- Describe what he or she pointed to and its significance to you.
- Describe what he or she whispered and its significance to you.
- If you recorded your descriptions, listen to the tape. If not, take 5 minutes to Freenote (write as fast as possible everything you experienced). See Freenoting exercise instructions.
o Take a few minutes to see if you can imitate the body posture and feelings of the genius when he or she is doing what they are a genius at.
o Within 12 hours please practice the skill you wanted to learn/develop.
o Over the next week, we recommend working with the genius at least once daily and then practicing the skill.
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