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Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius Paperback – September 1, 2014
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Michael J. Gelb
Michael J. Gelb is the world's leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the bestselling author of 14 books, including How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Gelb works globally with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and nonprofits. He is also a gifted teacher of aikido and qigong, and is a professional juggler who has performed with the Rolling Stones.
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So...Qi is the Chinese word for "intelligent, creative universal energy," and the author says that "there's no better way to improve the quality of your life than to learn how to access and play with qi." And the field of qi is the place from where all creativity springs.
The physical exercises in the book (pictures are included that show you exactly how to position your body) work by "encouraging the natural movement of qi within your body, and between your body and the unlimited field of energy that surrounds you." The exercises (they're simple, graceful body positions that I think anybody can do--along with visualizations and an enlivening philosophy) promise to put you into a neuro-physiological state that is conducive to creativity. And if you practice them for just a few minutes a day for a few weeks, it is suggested that they really can change the quality of your life. I'm almost on week 2 and am not feeling resistant to the process at all. Instead I find it quite rejuvenating and enriching...and I definitely feel more creative in general. I've also found myself waking up in the middle of the night with some new perspectives, and some unexpected solutions to problems. So I really feel like it's working on me!
Throughout the book, in addition to the very concrete exercises and instructions on how to access creativity on demand, is also a wealth of wisdom from the author and many other experts in the field, with some wonderful, inspiring stories, and a profound philosophy on becoming a "champion for creativity, consciousness, and compassion while savoring the joy of living." (What could be better than that?!!) The author states how in childhood we gradually become de-geniused--and lose touch with our natural creative instincts. "Re-geniusing" via this book includes things like discovering your life purpose (and how to do that), asking the right questions (instead of trying so hard to find the right answers), embracing ambiguity, enjoying beauty and sensory delights, and smiling like Mona Lisa (a really fun thing to attempt...Good luck!).
I've barely touched on the wealth of ideas, information and experiences contained in this truly surprising book. I've been thoroughly entertained and inspired. Very highly recommended.
The book is magnificent. I have been around music education for over fifty years and I have never seen or read anything better on triggering the flow of creativity. It is the best book on its subject ever written -- and understand besides being a writer and bass player I was a librarian, and now the editor of qi-encyclopedia.com. The book is now on order for the Berklee College of Music Bookstore. I expect it to become the standard text on its subject in schools and colleges everywhere.