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How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head, Under My Skin and Changed The Way I Think About Thinking: A Creative Thinking Blueprint for the 21st Century [Paperback]

Sandy Sims
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July 26, 2010
Do you feel overwhelmed by the pace of change, or powerless in the face of uncertainty? Do you wish you had a more useful point of view, or better strategies to cope? And even when you have obtained a dream or a goal, have you ever felt let down because it did not bring you the joy you thought it would? These are universal feelings, yet how we approach them is unique to each of us. Many years ago, author Sandy Sims found himself asking these same questions while directing a Honolulu advertising agency. Though considering himself to be quite average, he had cultivated two particularly useful traits – an abiding curiosity, and the desire to check things out for himself. A health crisis set off a cascade of events and a girlfriend-surgeon-turned-psychiatrist rewired his brain, sending him tumbling down the proverbial “rabbit hole” into new realms, where he became open to trying out new thinking patterns and recording the results. Over the next several years there was fire-walking, spoon-bending, and trips to Peru and Brazil where psychic surgeons stuck knitting needles through his liver — forcing him to accept almost in disbelief that we can be in different realities at the same time. Into his life poured mystics, shamans, a Kahuna, an ethnobotanist, channels, luminaries, scientists, and even an astronaut. The Caddy family, founders of the Scottish Findhorn Spiritual Community (noted for growing forty- and fifty-pound vegetables from the snow), regularly came and stayed with him. He cautiously tested these new thinking patterns, raising the bar slowly, and then testing again and again — until one compelling “aha” idea drove him to attempt to build a collection of the designs of one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. In so doing, he discovered that we are more the architects of our lives than we think; that what we call luck, chance, and coincidence are more design than not; and that “Invisible Partners” can make our ordinary lives extraordinary, no matter what the situation, when we are willing to engage, trust and nurture this partnership. This is a watershed time in history, an era in which we are becoming more aware of how powerful our minds are. It is a time when not only how to use our minds, but what to think about, will determine the elegance of our lives. A compelling read for those drawn to the journey of human potential.

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About the Author

Reginald Sanderson (Sandy) Sims was raised in the South and graduated from Emory University. After serving as Naval Officer and finishing graduate business school, he followed a dream to live in Honolulu, where he built one of Hawaii's largest and most successful advertising agencies. He is passionate about helping others uncover their potential by revealing new thinking strategies. To crystallize and make more useful the ideas explored in his book How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head, Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking, he has written a companion piece entitled Creative Thinking For The 21st Century: An Experiential Guidebook, in collaboration with psychiatrist, Kerry Monick, MD. Sandy, when not traveling, resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a town he affectionately refers to as a “college campus for sixty-year-olds,” to follow what he terms life’s continuous gracious adventure. His interests include blogging, photography, architecture, tennis, embracing a new culture and the metaphysical journey.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449961312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449961312
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing Intuition and Invisible Partners January 26, 2011
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Sandy Sims very quietly, almost nonchalantly, introduces a new form of thinking in this book HOW FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT GOT INTO MY HEAD, UNDER MY SKIN, AND CHANGED THE WAY I THINK ABOUT THINKING. And it is this very technique of writing this memoir of the changes affecting his life that makes this book so readable AND credible. Rarely does a self help type book work as well as this one in capturing our attention and our imagination in such a creative way.

If the book's story were summarized as a novel, the story would be that of a man who had the wild idea of wanting to follow the unbuilt blueprints of the homes Frank Lloyd Wright left as his legacy when he died, jump into the impossible job of gaining permission from Wright's widow and foundation, and finding amazing ways to secure financing and ultimately standing on the ground and gazing at the reality of his dream. Of course there is much more to the story than that, but that is the quick summary - not the reason for writing the book. Sims discovered the rewards in appreciating the 'invisible partners' from other forms of reality and how these partners fall into line when we follow our intuition and take the enormous chance to follow our dreams - watching those dreams become reality 'with a little help from our friends'. Or to quote the author, 'It had happened so many times in life: these urges to seize an opportunity, to move now, not so much by thinking, but by feeling. I wondered if my Invisible Partners were just putting on the pressure. I have wrestled with the idea that not only do we order forces into play with our intentions, but are equally partnered with other forces that emanate from a consciousness outside of our own. When we are the recipient of an urge or intuition, where is this urge coming from?
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5.0 out of 5 stars THINGS THAT I NEVER KNEW THAT I REALLY NEED TO KNOW December 28, 2010
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In Oxford when at a dinner or drinks party and you ask a fellow guest what they they are up to at the moment, and they say something along the lines of "I'm writing a novel" the ripost is "neither am I! " Well what's that quip got to do with reviewing Mr Sims' exemplory work of revelation and hands on pragmatism , well nothing ,as it happens, because he has transcended this, and has produced a gem of how to realise what one might make into a distinct possibility, by making a leap of faith that will allow what was previously a fantasy become a reality. So that's a thumbs up for sharing a strategy that will allow one to arrive at the desired end.This is no quick fix strategy, but one that recognises the long game and embraces rather than shies away from it.
I like the thought process' that are at play here, and would repeat what I say to my students of architecture "you really, really, really have to want to do this !" ie it is not for the casual or feint hearted.Your commitment moves the project forward and creats a momentum unique to your way of operating in the World , and that is why it works .
I recomend Mr Sims' book ,and would urge you to dare to realise your full potential with it's gentle guidance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Memoir March 1, 2011
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It is a memoir of a man who hears of unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright homes and his journey to get the rights and build the homes. As a memoir, it has intrigue, excitement, and a story line which keeps it interesting. The author certainly seems like an interesting chap.

It has lots of pictures of the construction and finished product. Anyone with an interest in architecture would enjoy that.

It comes with a companion workbook which has a series of exercises and suggestions. Things to do to unlock creativity. I did not do all the exercises but did find the ones I did do to be worthwhile and stimulating.

It is well written, entertaining and light.

As with most good books, it has lots of good quotations like:

"20 Years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Frank Lloyd Wright Sculpted My Life February 28, 2011
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Though I'm just a kid, and my review will never compare to what others had to say, its very important to me. My whole life I've wanted to work with houses. I love blueprints, interior design, and architecture in general. To me, Frank Lloyd Wright is a hero. I want to be thought of as someone who's buildings are as celebrated as his.
I found this book looking for biographies about Wright, but ended up finding something that related to me. I completly agree with Sims about the Indivisible Partners. I feel like their always pushing me on and helping me to reach new heights. I was amazed when I read about them in this, and immediately felt closer to the author.
I began reading this book to learn more about Wright, but ended up reading this to learn more about me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement For Son To Think Creatively April 23, 2011
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As an author and speaker, I get asked to review a lot of books. This one appealed to me because of Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a distant relative. The other motivating factor was that our son Andrew is a budding green architect and utilizes creative thinking. The book and guidebook are excellent at assisting those who are just learning the process. It will be great to discuss the concepts developed here by Sandy with our adult children and grandchildren. As we explore the synchronicity in our lives it will be exciting to imagine Frank Lloyd Wright being one of our invisible partners.

Judy Helm Wright, author and speaker
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Reginald Sanderson (Sandy) Sims was raised and educated in the South. After serving as Naval Officer and finishing graduate business school, he followed a dream to live in Honolulu where he built one of Hawaii's largest and most successful advertising agencies. He resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which he delightfully refers to as "a college town for sixty year olds." When not blogging, you can find him on the clay tennis courts,or figuring out how to use his digital camera, all while slowly learning the Spanish language.

This autobiographical journey, "How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head, Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking a Creative Thinking Blueprint for the 21st Century," is his first book. Sandy reveals how a career and health crisis opens doors to an expanded reality where he meets remarkable people. He learns about our greater powers to manifest, which he decides to consciously test when his journey brings him face to face with the legacy of America's greatest architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. In so doing, he discovers that we are more the architects of our lives than we think; that what we call luck, chance, and coincidence are more design than not; and that "invisible partners" can make our ordinary lives extraordinary, no matter what the situation, when we are willing to engage, trust and nurture this partnership.

With his collaborator psychiatrist, Dr kerry Monick they have produced a companion workbook,"Creative Thinking Patterns For The 21st Century" which distills brief, but essential thinking patterns into easy-to-do exercises.

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