March - Page 2 "Creativity on Demand"
What if there is a source of creativity energy that is inexhaustible, easily accessible, and free?
What if the people we call geniuses, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Hildegard von Bingen, Nikola Tesla, and Mozart had an intuitive understanding of how to connect with this source?
CREATIVITY ON DEMAND, a new book by Michael Gelb - is an incredible resource and place for inspiration and techniques on how to harness more of the creative energy in our lives. To give you a taste, the following are excerpts from Michael's book. Amazon Kindle version
"Genius is mainly an affair of energy." - Matthew Arnold (1822-19
What is Creative Universal Energy?
excerpts from the book:
"At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge. Human beings and all living things are a coalescence of energy in a field of energy connected to every other thing in the world. This pulsating energy field is the central engine of our being and consciousness." - Lynne McTaggart, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
"All wisdom traditions acknowledge the existence of an infinite source of intelligent, creative energy in the univserse. Let's refer to this creative universal energy with the acronym CUE (Creative Universal Energy). And, to make it simpler, we can represent that acronym with the letter Q. This energy has an intelligence of its own, so let's add an I to the abbreviation: QI, or qi. Pronounced "chee", qi just happens to be the Chinese word for intelligent, creative universal energy.
Quite interestingly, QI is also an acronym for "quality improvement," and there's no better way to improve the quality of your life than to learn how to access and play with qi.
Qi is the source of our vitality and creativity, and it connects us with all of creation. Mystics from many traditions have shared this understanding
The Hindu Vedas explain, 'As is the microcosm so is the macrocosm. As is the atom so is the universe. As is the human body so is the cosmic body.'
Physicist Carl Sagan writes, 'We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness.' Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson elaborates, 'Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high-mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So, that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.' He adds, 'After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than the universe lives within us all?' "
"Creativity is the mother of all energies. Creativity is the nurturer of y our most alive self. It charges up every part of you. When you're plugged in, a spontaneous combustion occurs that 'artists' don't have a monopoly on." - Judith Orloff, MD, author of Positive Energy
"I am the taste of pure water and the radiance of the sun and moon. I am the sacred word and the sound heard in the air and the courage of human beings. I am the sweet fragrance in the earth and the radiance of fire." - Bhagavad Gita
"There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism." - John Keats (1795-1821), English Romantic poet
"Tune yourself with the creative power of Spirit. You will be in contact with the Infinite Intelligence that is able to guide you and to solve all problems. Power from the dynamic Source of your being will flow uninterruptedly so that you will be able to perform creatively in any sphere of activity." - Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), author of Autobiography of a Yogi
In traditional Chinese landscape painting, artists aimed to convey the experience of this vivifying force. Osvald Sirén (1879-1966), author of The Chinese on Art of Painting, explains that the power of qui is "something that links the works of the individual artist with a cosmic principle." He adds that it is "active in the artist before it becomes manifest in his works; it is like an echo from the divine part of his creative genius reverberating in lines and shapes which he draws with his hand. It manifests unconsciously and spreads like a flash over the picture."
In his history of heroes of the imagination, entitled The Creators, Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004) cites T'ang Hou, an ancient Chinese philosopher of art who explains that the artist must align with "the shaping powers of Nature" so that "the charm of inexhaustible transformation is unfailingly visible." T'ang Hou adds, "If you yourself do not possess that grand wavelike vastness of mountain and valley within your heart and mind, you will be unable to capture it with ease in your painting."
Books about Creativity:
The Creators, Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004)
The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, Lynne McTaggart
I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze, Deepak Malhotra, Harvard Business School
quote: "The problem is not that the mouse is in the maze, but the maze is in the mouse."
The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (about creativity energy in Leadership)
Positive Energy, Judith Orloff, MD