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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True Inc (10 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622033477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622033478
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
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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.


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A definite cut above the usual self-help books this is a book that will interest anyone who wants to make a decisive mark on the world.

Littered throughout with practical exercises it is a true instructional manual on how to resonate more deeply with the creative powers of the Universe.

It completely ignores the more traditional approaches to becoming more creative (ones focused upon the use of the mind) and instead utilises the natural energy systems within the human body.

Its not like me to do so but I actually tried out several of the exercises from the book and achieved what I found to be spectacular results in the raising of my creative energies. This stuff really works!

All in all this is a thoroughly well-crafted book, full of powerful, practical exercises and supporting photographs which help the student immeasurably.

With a first printing that is already sold out and a second one to contain new and revised material I am sure that this book is destined to become a classic of its genre in time.

Please note: This independent review was based upon a copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book actually works 26 Sept. 2014
By Christine Ranck - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a lot of books on creativity, and this one really does what it says it will do: It literally shows you how to access creativity on demand--by learning how to play with your Qi. Since I only had a vague idea what qi is, I was initially a little resistant, but I was also determined to get as much out of the book as I could because it's important for my work.

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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever on opening the flow of personal creativity. 31 Aug. 2014
By John Voigt - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael,

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CREATIVITY ON DEMAND delivers on its premise 10 Oct. 2014
By Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg - Published on Amazon.com
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As fans of Michael Gelb's books since his 1990s global bestseller HOW TO THINK LIKE LEONARDO DA VINCI (which, btw, memorably graces the opening scene of the 2003 remake of the film "The Italian Job"), we love Gelb's premise that human beings have unlimited potential for creativity and learning. We agree, and have gleaned insights into both via that book as well as his subsequent DISCOVER YOUR GENIUS and INNOVATE LIKE EDISON. But CREATIVITY ON DEMAND has a whole new ange: the idea that you can ignite and sustain the fire of genius through mastering creative energy, or qi. Drawing from the principles of qi gong, Gelb provides practices for cultivating qi, illustrated with black-and-white photos of Gelb himself in various qi gong poses. This book and our experience with these exercises made us such believers in qi gong that we have since studied with qi gong master Robert Peng, who is featured in the book. We highly recommend CREATIVITY ON DEMAND for those seeking to gain the benefits of a more holistic approach to stimulating and managing their creativity -- and thank Gelb for continuing to push the creativity envelope and for writing yet another winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are searching for abundance in any facet of your life this book is for you. 8 Aug. 2014
By Joe Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant!! Michael Gelb's newest offering combines the inner workings of martial arts with the creativity necessary to compete in the ever changing corporate world. More importantly, he gives the recipe for a higher quality experience of our everyday lives. Mr. Gelb Offers us a guide that takes martial arts off the battlefield, out of the ring, and into modern life where it belongs. As a professional martial artist, I found that this book clearly and easily demonstrates how to use my craft to improve the lives of my students on their level of daily experience. Using the techniques and philosophy in this book I have been able to add immense value to my classes for the non professional martial arts student. I recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck in a creative rut or anyone looking for a better integration of mind, body and spirit. If you are searching for abundance in any facet of your life this book is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it with an open heart 12 May 2017
By TheDudeGuy - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been practicing meditation for a while and was at a point at my life where I felt this book was useful. After almost sticking with just the first exercise for two weeks, solutions to work "problems" just sort of bubble up occasionally, and I feel more energized and happier. Very well worth the money, don't shy away from it just because it's "Eastern" or "weird".
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