Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within

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As Osho points out in the foreward to this book, historically, the creative person has been all but forced to rebel against the society.

But nowadays, the situation has dramatically changed. In today's world, the ability to respond creatively to new challenges is demanded of everybody, from corporate CEOs to "soccer moms." Those whose toolbox for dealing with life includes only what they have learned in the past from their parents and their teachers are at a distinct ...

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Overview

As Osho points out in the foreward to this book, historically, the creative person has been all but forced to rebel against the society.

But nowadays, the situation has dramatically changed. In today's world, the ability to respond creatively to new challenges is demanded of everybody, from corporate CEOs to "soccer moms." Those whose toolbox for dealing with life includes only what they have learned in the past from their parents and their teachers are at a distinct disadvantage both in their relationships and in their careers. Making a switch from imitative and rule-bound behavior to creative innovation and flexibility requires a profound change in our attitudes about ourselves and our capabilities.

Creativity is a handbook for those who understand the need to bring more creativity, playfulness, and flexibility to their lives. It's a manual for thinking "outside the box"-and learning to live there as well.

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Peter Max
Osho's words are like brush stokes of poetry. Eash stroke is a beautiful expression unto itself, and the overall work is that of a master. Osho is a painter of words that touch the heart, mind and soul.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312205195
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/1999
  • Series: Osho Insights for a New Way of Living Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 156,483
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Osho is one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Beginning in the 1970s he captured the attention of young people from the West who wanted to experience meditation and transformation. More than 20 years after his death, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

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Become a child again and you will be creative. All children are creative. Creativity needs freedom -- freedom from the mind, freedom from knowledge, freedom from prejudices. A creative person is one who can try the new. A creative person is not a robot. Robots are never creative, they are repetitive. So become a child again.

And you will be surprised that all children are creative -- all children, wherever they are born, are creative. But we don't allow their creativity, we crush and kill their creativity, we jump upon them. We start teaching them the right way to do things.

Remember, a creative person always goes on trying the wrong ways. If you always follow the right way to do a thing you will never be creative -- because the right way means the way discovered by others. And the right way means that of course you will be able to make something, you will become a producer, a manufacturer, you will be a technician, but you will not be a creator.

What is the difference between a producer and a creator? A producer knows the right way of doing a thing, the most economical way of doing a thing; with the least effort he can create more results. He is a producer. A creator fools around. He does not know what is the right way to do a thing so he goes on seeking and searching again and again in different directions. Many times he moves in a wrong direction -- but wherever he moves, he learns. He becomes more and more rich. He does something that nobody has ever done before. If he had followed the right way to do things he would not have been able to do it.

Listen to this small story....

A Sunday school teacher asked her students to draw a picture of the Holy Family. After the pictures were brought to her, she saw that some of the youngsters had drawn the conventional pictures -- the Holy Family in the manger, the Holy Family riding on the mule, and the like.

But she called up one little boy to ask him to explain his drawing, which showed an airplane with four heads sticking out of the plane windows.

She said, "I can understand why you drew three of the heads to show Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. But who's the fourth head?"

"Oh," answered the boy, "that's Pontius the Pilot!"

Now this is beautiful! This is what creativity is. He has discovered something. But only children can do that. You will be afraid to do it, afraid you will look foolish.

A creator has to be able to look foolish. A creator has to risk his so-called respectability. Only those who are ready to put their prestige, their pride, their respectability at stake again and again, and can go on into something which nobody thinks is worth going into.... Creators are always thought to be mad people. The world recognizes them, but very late. It goes on thinking that something is wrong. Creators are eccentric people.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Free at last!

    Osho's philosophy always hits home. By the time I'd finished reading this book, my view of creativity had changed completely. I was both exhilarated and in despair at the insights revealed to me. Exhilarated, because some force - some unknown thing - inside me found freedom to breathe with every page I read. In despair because, as I realised I had the key to my personal creative freedom in my hand, I knew that the chances of me getting published in the traditional way was even more remote.

    This book pulls no punches when it forces you to understand what true creativity is: a fragrance of freedom that blends together both feeling and action into an awareness that translates into a uniquely individual creative expression. I was reminded that each and every one of us comes into this world with a specific destiny; the Divine has a task for us and, whether that task (in my case, writing my novels) is recognised by the collective is less important that whether I love what I do for the sake of doing it.

    From now on, I'll never wash the kitchen floor again.I'll be painting an invisible picture with my mop! My enthusiasm for my chosen craft-one in which the odds *against* success are overwhelming-has been restored. And my creative forces have truly been unleashed with the simple wisdom contained in this volume.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Rediscover your creativity

    You may discover why your natural talents have seemed to diminish, as you recieve more and more formal education. Our natural creativity becomes clouded, molded, shaped and repressed. This book points the way to going out side the box to be truly creative, and to be in the flow.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Not what I thought.

    An interesting and different idea about creativity.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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