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Higher Creativity: Liberating the Unconscious for Breakthrough Insights Paperback – December 1, 1984

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1st edition (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874773350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874773354
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Glenn A. Carleton on December 1, 2002
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I have not finished this book, but I have about 3 hours invested in it. It's message had an impact in my state of mind that gave me a sense of optimism as to what is possible if we can learn to treat our bodies and our mind as a resource we have learned to keep under tight control. The message really gets down to why are we not creative, and if you can learn this, you can understand how the exercises he gives can lead to higher levels of creativity, not just when you want to be more creative, but throughout the day.
The word Unconscious is key to this book. As such, one see's this book written close to two decades ago, has no reviews, and sells used for half the cost of shipping. The author Harman has written other powerful books with major heavyweight authors who admire him (e.g. Margret Wheatley). The reality is, people do not take serious their ability to have any impact on their Unconsious thoughts, or that if they could, why bother.
I bought this book years ago, and it did not stick. After reading the book Power of Now, this book has found its mark with me. This is a book that fundamentally is about how to create a mindset that will enable you to not only accomplish more, but become fulfilled with a sense of your own potential.
I would not buy this book if you are skeptical about one's own Unconsiousness, that exploring that area is too illusive to try.
The content about Rene Descartes alone is worth the reading. He uses his story to tell us what we can do today. It is in Chapter 3 "Looking Where the Light Is" subsection "The Man Who Dreamed Up Science". I had no idea how Rene had accomplished what he did, but this book tells the reader the man knew.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ANTONIO LUIS GOMEZ on December 4, 2005
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Very different from other more popular books on creativity, like The Artist Way, for example, wich compared with this is just what it is anyway, an empty pretentious book with a beatiful cover whose only object seems to be to make you feel oh, so special, so arty, so morningpage like (actually not a discovery of the author, it was mentioned half a century before in the wonderful "So you want to write" and in Dorothea Brenda's book about writing. "Higher Creativity" actually teachs you many things. Wonderful and interesting facts. It gives you a completely fresh new look on the world and in yourself.It gives you not only the technics but, more important, the why, the base of the thinking to understand why you are more than what you think you are.

And apart from being efective in teaching is really, really, well written and interesting. I've felt like I wanted to study (not only to read) the whole book and I have started taking notes from it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on August 13, 2012
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William James used the term `noetic' to describe `mystical states of insight into depths of truth unplumbed by discursive intellect.' The Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced such a state of altered consciousness on his return trip from the moon: as a result he was moved to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, CA, of which the present author (W.H.) was president at the time of writing this book.

The book gives an account of many historical incidents of creative inspiration that writers, composers and scientists believed originated somewhere beyond their physical body. There are guidelines for practices and mind-sets that encourage this state of higher consciousness. First, the authors tell us, we need to be open to new ideas and experiences and we need to be in a sufficiently relaxed state of mind to explore what these new ideas might mean; when we are tense, our creative mind shuts down. Secondly, we need confidence in our own abilities to process these data and put them into the proper perspective, taking counsel from others but not allowing ourselves to be biased or prejudiced by any one opinion.

Examples of remote viewing and precognition are described in this context. The interpretation of such psychic phenomena in terms of quantum physics is dealt with briefly to illustrate the poverty of reductionism, but this book focuses on practical steps we can all take to cultivate creative thinking through development of the unconscious. The unconscious is continually programmed by our experiences. If we focus on the destructive and negative, occupy our thoughts with envy, resentment or hatred, our whole physical being is adversely affected and we will be more prone to illness from infections and depression.
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