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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052595094X
  • ASIN: B002KAOSA6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are so many times in my life as an artist when I have no idea what to do next ...This book provides so many intriguing ways to move you forward and get you beyond that moment of creative panic."
—Laurie Anderson, artist

"With this revolutionary book, Ranck and Nutter offer up a profound tool for anyone feeling stuck in life or art. It is impossible to open IGNITE THE GENIUS WITHIN without experiencing a seismic shift in how you are thinking, feeling, and ultimately, creating. Grab headphones, flip to a page, and prepare to grow beyond where you even thought possible."
—Emma McLaughlin, co-author, The Nanny Diaries

"You don't so much read this book as experience it, feel it drawing you in, lifting you up, and shifting you quite concretely into a deeper connection to your personal strength and creativity. Prepare to be surprised by this book's power--and your own!"
—Sarah Jones, Tony Award winning playwright and performer, Bridge & Tunnel

“Never one to be able to meditate, the most surprising thing happened to me when I sat down with this book and soundtrack. I was actually able to quiet my mind enough to focus on one thing at a time. This book is completely unique and quite a great experience.”
—Debra Jo Rupp, actress, That 70’s Show

IGNITE THE GENIUS WITHIN triggers an amazing journey into the world of artistic creation. As an actor, EMDR has been a wonderful tool in exploring character, and emotional development. It has enabled me to delve deeper into the psyche of a character after all other avenues have been exhausted. This book provides a multitude of exercises that "peel the onion" of our subconscious in a manner that we can apply to our work as well as our day to day lives.”
—Thomas Ryan - actor, stage/ film, presently on Broadway in, Irena's Vow

“When you realize that you are the one writing the story behind the images in this book, you begin to see that you are the one writing the story of your whole life.”
— Carlos Leon, actor, Broadway’s Three Penny Opera, and 2008 Monaco Film Festival Best Supporting Actor in an Independent Film, Tricks of a Woman

About the Author

Dr. Christine Ranck is an EMDR and Brain Spotting trauma therapist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. She has appeared on many national talk shows, including The Today Show. She is also a nationally known motivational speaker on the topic of freeing creativity, whose clients include Deloitte & Touche, Amnesty International, and the National Organization for Women.

Christopher Lee Nutter has written for The New York Times, Details, The Village Voice, and many other publications. He has appeared on VH1 and taught at The Learning Annex.

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It felt like I was out there for a long time, even though it was only a few minutes.
RadicalRenoir
This book affirms for me that I am indeed a genius with the potential to create the life I desire if only I can be open and focused enough to allow it to happen.
TDupree
The Biolateral Sound Recordings used with the images in the book are a brilliant way to focus the reader in on their own wisdom and authenticity.
Deborah Antinori

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By RadicalRenoir on May 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing--I've never seen anything else like it out there. I gave up on self-help books a while ago because they never really helped me solve any of my problems. But this book is totally different, and I decided to order it after I looked at it in a bookstore. The book comes with a free soundtrack, which is supposed to put you into a sort of dreaming state even though you're awake. I think it pretty much does that with me, and it's also really relaxing. The main point of the book is to have a personal experience, and figure things out about yourself that you didn't know before. Basically what I do is go through the book while I'm thinking about something that's bothering me. The book is full of pictures, so you're supposed to find one that pulls you in or induces some strong reaction. On the page with that picture there might be some question to think about or some instructions to follow. Then you close your eyes while you listen to the soundtrack, and sort of let your mind wander. Sometimes when I do this, I instantly figure out the solution to my problem. At first I didn't believe it, but it has happened a lot. Other times I have just let myself daydream and have gone on trips. Once I traveled out into the stars, and experienced myself as just a thought, which was awesome. It felt like I was out there for a long time, even though it was only a few minutes. When I came back, I had a different perspective on things. I carry this book around with me all the time. I have to be creative at work, so it's my new secret weapon. I highly recommend it.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By T. Collins on September 5, 2009
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How could a book that appears so simple and engaging, provide such powerful, immediate access to one's full potential? It seemed to good to be true - but I thought why not give it a try. Within five to ten minutes, following very minimal instructions, I found myself lost in an exercise for almost an hour which freed me from a persistent blockage to personal growth that I had carried with me all my life. I had been in therapy for 25 years, and done all kinds of exercises to lose this albatross that was dragging me down. It was gone in an hour using the simple technique described in the book! I know the book uses a principle involved in EMDR, but the beauty is I don't have to understand why or how it works, I only had to invest a little over an hour to have a huge breakthrough! Months later, I can honestly say I have not been in such a great space since my childhood. I am clear, focused and happy! Thank you Dr. Ranck for synthesizing the science and metaphysics that are the key to this technique, and making it so accessible for the average person. You did an awesome job!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. Villnow on October 15, 2009
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This book is wonderful in that you can pick it up, put it down and continue at your leisure. It causes you to reflect and assess your life pattern.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By TDupree on June 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you loved "The Secret" but feel like you still need a workbook to help you exercise your creative mind muscles and turn up the volume on your intuition so you can focus more clearly on creating what you desire, this brilliant little book is the workbook you've been seeking.

Even if you think "The Secret" was a bunch of new age jabber but you'd love to tap into the creative energy you know is inside of you but only shows itself once in a blue moon, this little book can help you bring it out on a more regular basis.

It's not the typical self-help book that you read from front to back expecting to see the answers to all your questions laid out in front of you. Because the answers you seek are within and they will come to you in a form that only you can understand - unique to your own personal experience. The biolateral soundtrack relaxes you and minimizes the endless chatter in your mind so you are more open to hearing (or seeing) the messages your creative genius is sending from your subconscious mind. The operative word here is relax.

I have found that if I just relax, breathe, and trust myself, my intuition leads me to exactly the page I need. I have also found that if I try too hard to control the experience it doesn't happen for me.

This book affirms for me that I am indeed a genius with the potential to create the life I desire if only I can be open and focused enough to allow it to happen. Sometimes what happens is fun and sometimes it's painful, but it's always illuminating!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Antinori on June 20, 2009
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I have never seen a book of this kind. It goes directly to the reader's experience and allows for the unfolding of new potentials and awareness in a way that is unique, immediate and like having a personal session. Because this book is experiential, each person will come away with their own individual experience that furthers their personal growth and development. A much needed addition to the body of "self help" literature, this book taps into the brilliance of our unconscious to make profound changes at a deep level. I have used the book myself and found that I was able to shift from an agitated state to a feeling of calm and control within a few minutes. This shift lasted for several days, and I still go back to that image and feeling when I am starting to become overwhelmed again. The Biolateral Sound Recordings used with the images in the book are a brilliant way to focus the reader in on their own wisdom and authenticity. Utilizing Ignite the Genius Within, we put on the headphones, gaze at the image and allow our own inner process to facilitate us in an organic process, which I personally find more helpful than a guided imagery that leads me. This book gives an internal orienting point, and then allows the reader to access and follow their own inner guidance. I will be using Ignite the Genius Within with clients in my private practice of therapy in individual and group settings and will recommend this book not only to clients, but also to friends and family. I have a feeling that this will be my "gift of choice" this holiday season!
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