In two steps, participants explore the sensory experience of their chosen names, both as a way to determine if the name feels right for them, and as a way to connect with and embody that name.
The first step proceeds similarly to the “Baggage” exercise. First, participants are asked to silently repeat their chosen name, just as they had with their original names in “Baggage.” They are asked to again attune to the feelings it evokes, and respond visually. Then they are asked to repeat each sound within the word of their name, and free associate each sound with other words, other sounds, and other similar vocal shapes. After free-associating with each sound, they are asked to use the whole sound of their name and free associate with other words and sounds. If the participant speaks in ASL (American Sign Language), they should proceed through the exercise by spelling out the name, free associating with similar gestures and other signs, before determining a sign for their full name and free associating that with other signs.
Second, participants are asked to form the visual sign of their name, in writing. They are asked to start by drawing a non-literal image of their name (not using letters or symbols). They are asked to create this as a sygil, a new symbol. Then they are asked to draw each letter of their name, again free-associating them with other doodles. They then do the same for their entire name.