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Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius


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Do moments of inspiration have to be few and far between—or can you develop the ability to access your deepest creativity at any time? Michael Gelb has discovered the missing key that allows genius to flourish: an open, reliable connection to the vital life energy we all possess. “The practices for accessing energy have been developed for thousands of years in yoga, martial arts, and Chinese medicine,” Gelb says. “I’ve asked today’s greatest living masters of these arts to contribute their most effective practices for cultivating creative energy—in a way that the average person can do in 20 minutes or less.”

With Creativity On Demand, Gelb teaches a series of time-tested practices to clear blockages and open the flow of creative energy, then reveals how these techniques can be integrated with the renowned creative mindset and creative process tools he’s taught to individuals and organizations worldwide. Join him as he shares potent secrets for:

Mastering creative energy—discover qi, the “fire of genius,” and learn movement-based practices to amplify it
• Mastering creative mindset—how to break out of conventional thinking and fear-based limitations to unleash your potential
• Mastering the creative process—guidance to help you channel your creative energy, refine your ideas, and translate inspiration into reality
• Effective, easy-to-learn techniques and strategies for accessing the power of qi and creating a reservoir of creative energy you can rely on when you need it
“Creative energy is a resource that doesn’t get depleted when you use it,” teaches Michael Gelb. “Rather, the more you access it, the stronger it becomes. With an investment of less than half an hour a day, you’ll discover that within a few months you’ve significantly strengthened your core creative energy.” Here is Michael Gelb’s most powerful work yet on unlocking our potential to innovate, achieve, and access our Creativity on Demand.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622033478
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sir Ken Robinson ix

Preface Amuse of Fire xi

Introduction: Ride the Wave xv

Creativity: The Essential Twenty-First-Century Competency xvi

Managing Energy: The Key to Creativity xviii

What Is Creative Universal Energy? xix

Your Path to Creative Mastery xxi

Part 1 Mastering Creative Energy 1

Feel Qi Now 2

Qi Is the Fire of Genius 4

Qi Is the Real Secret of Creativity 5

Basic Qi Principles 8

Prepare for Better Reception: Assuming Your Full Stature 12

Basic Energy Anatomy and Terminology 15

Using Everyday Activities to Cultivate Your Qi 18

Qi-Cultivation Practices 30

Q and A: Mastering Creative Energy 62

Part 2 Mastering the Creative Mindset 71

Creativity Self-Assessment 71

Embrace a Creative Mindset 73

Qi Cultivation co Shift from a Fixed Mindset to a Creative Mindset 78

Recover Your Creative Birthright 82

Qi Cultivation to Support Your Re-Geniusing 86

Invite Surprise and Wonder 87

Embrace Playfulness, Humor, and Laughter 88

Qi Cultivation for Embracing Surprise and Humor 92

Clarify Your Purpose 94

Qi Cultivation for Realizing and Aligning with Your Core Purpose 97

Create Your Own Logo and Motto 98

Strengthen Your Confusion Endurance 100

Move Beyond Either-Or Thinking 104

Qi Cultivation to Strengthen Confusion Endurance and Move Beyond Either-Or Thinking 105

Assume Chutzpah 106

Be Courageous and Persevere 109

Qi Cultivation for Chutzpah, Courage, and Perseverance 111

Appreciate Beauty, Sensory Delights, and Natural Wonders 113

Qi Cultivation for Appreciating Beauty, Sensory Delights, and Natural Wonders 115

Invoke the Muse 115

Qi Cultivation for Invoking the Muse 117

Q and A: Mastering the Creative Mindset 119

Part 3 Mastering the Creative Process 125

The Creative Process Requires Different Modes of Thinking 126

Preparation: The Art of Seeing the Problem 128

Qi Cultivation for the Preparation Phase 132

Generation: The Art of Nonhabitual Thought 132

Qi Cultivation for the Generation Phase 136

Incubation: The Art of Doing Nothing 138

Qi Cultivation for the Incubation Phase 141

Evaluation: The Art of Hooking the Fish 142

Qi Cultivation for the Evaluation Phase 145

Implementation: The Art of Getting It Done 149

Qi Cultivation for the Implementation Phase 154

Nine Hats for the Five Phases 156

Qi Cultivation for Shifting between the Phases, Hats, and Intelligences 157

Mind Mapping: Multipurpose Creative-Process Tool 164

Balancing Two Systems of Thinking: Fast and Slow 168

System 3: Thinking Outside of Time 170

Go Write to the Source 171

Q and A: Mastering the Creative Process 176

Part 4 Mastering Creative Energy, Mindset, and Process: Moving From Force to Power 181

Qi Cultivation for Moving from Force to Power 183

Afterword: Who Moved My Qi? 195

Acknowledgments 199

List Of Qi-Cultivation Practices 201

Recommended Resources 203

Notes 205

About the Author 225

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