Micheal Gelb’s book is one of the best books for individuals interested in creativity. It reveals why Leonardo da Vinci was a highly creative individual. The book provides you with methods for unlocking your creative powers. You must read this book if you want to uncover the secrets to creativity.
Here are teachings from the book that individuals interested in creativity must know.
- Realize That Intelligence Is Not Fixed At Birth
Most of us think we can’t be creative because we grew up believing that our intelligence levels were fixed at birth. However, only 48 percent of our intelligence is fixed and the rest is affected by our environment, and the type of education we receive. Besides this, research reveals that we can raise our intelligence levels through adequate training, and reading.
- Question Everything
Leonardo da Vinci’s creativity is owed to the fact that he questioned everything. He asked questions throughout his life, and he always doubted society’s beliefs, ideas, and norms. He knew that questions boost creativity because they increase an individual’s thinking capacity.
For this reason, you must also practice questioning everything if you’re interested in increasing your creative abilities. For instance, ask yourself why birds fly, why the moon and stars exist, and where God came from.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Fail
A large number of Leonardo’s inventions failed. For instance, he built a flying machine which never flew. Leonardo also failed terribly when he was asked to build a conveyor system for a banquet. He built this system but it caused a fire.
Leonardo never gave up after these failures. Instead, he learned from them and continued inventing.
‘Obstacles don’t destroy me, and every obstacle is destroyed by rigor.’ – Leonardo da Vinci
- Have a High Tolerance For Uncertainty
Most of us become fearful when we face uncertainty. However, the most creative people never fear uncertainty. They maintain a peaceful state of mind even in the face of uncertainty.
You must also learn to tolerate uncertainty because by doing so, you become effective and mentally stable in this continually changing world. Besides this, uncertainty unlocks your creative powers because it forces you to ask yourself hard questions, and makes you re-examine your strategies and beliefs.
- The Seven Davinian Principles of creativity
- Curiosity – Always question everything.
- Dimostrazione – Be willing to learn from mistakes, and don’t be afraid of failure.
- Sensazione– Sharpen all your five senses.
- Sfumato – Embrace uncertainty.
- Arte – Practise ‘whole-brain’ thinking. Embrace both analytical and creative thinking when solving problems.
- Corporalita – Take care of your health, and maintain your well-being through exercising and watching your thoughts and mental attitudes.
- Connessione – Recognize that everything is interconnected.
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8 Key Learnings From Eckhart Tolle’s Book: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Eckhart Tolle, in his book: A New Earth, teaches the negative effects of the ego, and the factors that strengthen it. Also, he teaches how to transcend the ego, and stop identifying yourself with temporary things.
The book enables readers to shift their consciousness and live a fulfilling life. Here are the primary lessons I learned from it.
- Stop Labeling Things
The naming of both living and non-living things results in us failing to realize the true nature of everything. Avoid labeling things, and you will realize that everything is a mystery.
For instance, when you see an ant, don’t call it ant, just see it as a six-legged creature with consciousness and you will realize how mysterious the ant is. Similarly, when you see a bird, don’t think of it as a bird, instead, think of it as a creature with flying abilities, and you will realize that the bird is a miracle.
‘When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago.’ – Eckhart Tolle
- How Companies Trick You Into Buying Useless Things At A High Price
Many companies make you buy valueless things at a high price by making you believe that these items will add immense value to your life. They make you believe that you will be happy or famous if you buy expensive products such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton bags. However, these products become valueless when many people buy them.
- How to let go of the attachment to material things
The attachment to material things is disastrous as it might result in chronic worry, anxiety, and unhappiness. We must, therefore, learn to let go of this attachment. But how do we let go?
Eckhart Tolle teaches that we can let go by realizing our attachment. Secondly, he teaches that this attachment disappears when we stop seeking happiness and security from these things.
- Poverty is a result of the ego
Everyone in this world can have more than enough. However, some egocentric individuals amass excess resources and force a large percentage of the world to share what is left. Their egos make them not to care that their greed is resulting in people lacking basic resources.
- The adverse effect of identifying yourself with your physical appearance
The modern society has been tricked into believing that beautiful, curvy girls and strong handsome men are the most valuable individuals. This belief has resulted in most of us using our physical appearance to determine our self-worth.
Little do we know that identifying ourselves with our physical appearance can lead to chronic stress and anxiety when our physical appearance fades. Beautiful girls and handsome men usually descend into depression when their beauty starts fading.
- The definition of Spiritual Awakening
According to Eckhart Tolle, spiritual awakening is the realization that what you think, experience, and perceive is not who you are, and that you can never find your true self in material things.
- 6 Main Things That Strengthen the Ego (Your Lower Self)
- Wanting to be right all the time.
- Showing off
- Feeling bad about other people’s success.
8. Give what you want to get what you need
Give anything you think people are not giving you. For instance, if people neither love nor respect you, you must start loving and respecting people.
You always receive what you give. Therefore, give away what you think is inadequate, and soon you will have more than enough. As Eckhart Tolle puts it, ‘whatever you think the world has failed to give you, you already have, but you will never know you have it unless you allow it to flow out.’
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Six Powerful Spiritual Teachings From Osho’s Book:God’s Got A Thing About You
Osho’s Book, God’s Got A Thing About You, provides a dialogue between a master and his disciple. The disciple asks his master many spiritual questions which the master answers wisely.
The master provides wonderful spiritual teachings about God, the ego, anxiety, dealing with negativity, and so on. The book is enlightening, and reading it will enable you to realize many secrets to spiritual enlightenment.
Here, are 6 wonderful teachings Osho provides in the Book
- Darkness Disappears When We Discover Our Light
Everything in the universe including us is made of light because matter is condensed light. Osho teaches that our world brightens when we discover this light because we will start perceiving everything including hardships as a good and necessary part of our existence.
Therefore, we perceive some things as good and others bad, because we have not yet discovered our inner light which eliminates the barriers of our perception.
- Work On Your Inner Self and the External Conditions Will Work In Your Favour
Never become too concerned with your external conditions because you don’t possess the power to completely change them. Instead, put all your energy in the inner journey, and what you want will come to you with minimal effort.
As Jesus puts it, ‘seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be given unto you.’ When asked where the kingdom of God is, Jesus replied. ‘it is within you.’ Jesus also knew that working on your inner self will automatically heal your external conditions.
- How to deal with negative thoughts
The best way to deal with negative thoughts is to watch them, and allow yourself to feel negative. Besides this, never worry or identify with them because doing so intensifies them. Realize that these thoughts have nothing to do with you, and you will be peaceful.
- Self-acceptance leads to creativity
Self-acceptance makes you thankful and glad to be alive, and creativity naturally arises from gratitude and gladness. Besides this, self-acceptance results in good mental health hence increasing your creative abilities. That being said, we should love ourselves, and accept what and who we are.
- Negativity Is a Sign of Growth
A negative state of mind proves that you are growing. If you are constantly positive, and you have nothing to worry about, then you are not growing. Everyone that grows must face obstacles hence leading to negativity. Even rivers have to pass around mountains, rocks, and through valleys before they reach the ocean.
- All people are just like you
If you keenly observe your family, friends, and neighbors, you will realize that everybody is just like you. Everybody has problems, everybody is anxious, and everybody is afraid of taking risks. For this reason, there is nothing abnormal about your fears, doubts, and anxieties because everybody is experiencing them.
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