Posted by: Shanie Matthews | December 7, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert Speaks on Allowing our Genius to Play Forth

Author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert is an inspiration…not just because of her writings skills, but also because of her truthful account of beating her demons.

A national bestseller, “Eat, Pray, Love” is a hit amongst readers because it offers a reality to achieving one’s dreams, even after devastation. Caught in a roller coaster of depression in her mid-thirties caused by heartbreak, divorce, and ignoring her true inner wisdom, Elizabeth recounts her ability to fulfill her personal needs for happiness by traveling abroad for a year.

Recently picked up by Paramount Pictures with Julia Roberts playing the lead role, Gilbert has obtained the dream of so many writers…your own story on the big screen with a gorgeous actress starring as you.

In my opinion, Gilbert is a shining example of exercising happiness. Instead of sitting on her bathroom floor and listening to her intuition, she could of continued through life not taking that extremely hard, but vital first step forward to personal, internal joy.

When I came across the following video from TED, in which Gilbert gives an amazing speech on all of us having that genius to make amazing work, it resonated with my journey of joy.

As a writer, I know the feeling of sometimes being a bit fearful of  allowing that inner creative spirit to come forth without abandon. There is usually the critic, as slight or grand as he or she may be, sitting on the shoulder giving their negative two cents.

For me, the connection is, in essence, that we all have the power to create inspiration and in doing so inspire ourselves…



  1. […] Path. One trick I have learned (from the National Best Seller “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert) that I love is listening to the negative thought, and then saying to it out loud, whatever it may […]

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