Recorded March 26 - May 14, 2015
A powerful opportunity to expand your access to creative thinking, novel solutions, dynamic energy and playful fun... all in service to unleashing and giving your greatest gifts.
Be prepared to open your heart, expand your mind, heighten your energy and advance your journey of transformation with the support of a vibrant community committed to mastering
Have you noticed yourself falling into repetitive patterns and feeling like your life isn’t as creative, juicy or adventurous as it once was?
Do you feel like something is holding you back and that you aren’t quite expressing your unique talents in an inspired, powerful and energized way?
If so, then it is likely your time for a creativity reboot – one that clears away deadening old habits, builds more empowering ones, and taps you into the universal life force that is ready to power your sense of excitement each day.
Creativity is about far more than generating new ideas. It’s about opening to your full life energy, which then circulates the passion and gusto that give your life meaning and sparkle.
When you are in a creative flow, you become more exuberant and dynamic, which increases your magnetism. You make more happen with less effort. You engage new friends, master new skills and improve your life far more easily.
There’s a reason that in a recent study, CEO’s said the #1 thing they look for in employees is creativity. Companies are now all about fostering innovative cultures, which is why teachers of creativity are in such high demand.
Creativity is the engine that drives growth personally, professionally and collectively. The simple truth is that if you want to manifest your full potential and make your maximum impact, boosting your creativity is THE master key. It drives everything else you do, leading to more fun, more love, more productivity and more magic.
You may hear that and think, “Well that may all be true, but I’m not really creative.”
That idea that you are somehow NOT creative is the source of the problem for so many people. When you believe creativity is only for other people – artists, musicians or rebels you hold yourself back from expressing YOUR creative genius, which is unique and can be beneficial to others.
The good news is that you can undo this programming, let go of the old stories and begin to realize that you are a uniquely gifted creative being. Even if you’re well into retirement, you can reconnect with the creative genius you once were as a child – who was generating seemingly infinite possibilities in each moment, and living with a real sense of magic and adventure.
That child is still in you, ready to infuse your adult world with many new adventures!
Creativity is not a “nice to have,” but a “must have,” if we are to be the fulfilled, powerful, awake and impactful beings we are meant to be. It’s essential for our professional and personal lives – recharging our energy and better enabling us to live our purpose while having a lot more fun.
It’s also a vehicle for spiritual awakening because at the deepest level, you are an antenna for universal energy – the creative force of the cosmos – but right now there is probably too much interference in the way of you receiving the broadcast. What you need to do is turn down the static and open to this energy that is your divine birthright.
So much of modern culture conspires against our creativity, asking us to behave in ways that squash our natural exuberance, subdue our creative energy and diminish our openness to greater possibilities. We slowly become fearful to innovate outside of the box or draw outside the lines.
In the Mastering Creativity course, you’ll have an opportunity to reprogram yourself with world-leading creativity expert Michael Gelb, who has made a life study of what it takes to be truly and joyfully creative.
The best part of learning these skills is that once you’ve developed them, the practices are available to you all the time – whenever you need them, all for free. This leads to a feeling of real empowerment and helps you better fulfill your role within your family and community.
The Importance of a Genius Guide
Your teacher, Michael Gelb, is not a stodgy, garden-variety academic, but rather a fascinating, creative adventurer whose quest for self-actualization has taken him from working with Qigong masters to startup executives to deep study of history’s most creative geniuses.
He’s a blast to be around and is quite the creative genius in his own right!
He’ll show you how you can develop practices that expand your creative toolkit based on what history’s greats, such as Leonardo da Vinci, actually did. Michael weaves together strands from intellectual boosters to energetic practices like Qigong. He takes a fully holistic approach and can show you how to build the rhythms of your day in a way that keeps things dynamic, flowing and creative.
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules
In this 7-module transformational program, Michael will guide you through the fundamental skills and competencies that you’ll need to awaken your creativity, expand your creative toolkit and master your creative process.
Each training session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to ignite the creative fire within you.
Module 1: Mastering the Creative Mindset, Part 1 (Recorded March 26)
According to The American Heritage Dictionary, "mindset" is “a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.” Psychologists have known for many years that mindsets have a huge impact on your mood, your perceptual abilities and your general level of happiness. And mindset is probably the most important influence on your creative ability. In this session, we’ll begin to explore what it takes to have your ideal creative mindset.
- The key steps to cultivating a mindset that will liberate your original genius
- How to cultivate and strengthen your “growth mindset,” which is scientifically proven to help continuously develop your creative powers
- A simple, powerful exercise for clarifying your creative purpose to help you organize and elevate your creative energy
- To embrace surprise, playfulness, humor and laughter – and see their importance in your creative insight
Module 2: Mastering the Creative Mindset, Part 2 (Recorded April 2)
In our second module, we’ll deepen the exploration of the creative mindset, so you can step more fully into it. Important topics include: “Strengthening Your Confusion Endurance” and “How to ‘Assume Chutzpah,' which comes from what Greek philosopher Aristotle described as "acquiring a particular quality by acting in a particular way". In other words, you become ethical by acting ethically, and brave by acting bravely. And you become creative by acting creatively. In this session, you’ll also discover perhaps the most simple – yet most powerful – aspect of the creative mindset.
- The importance of not just tolerating ambiguity but even embracing it!
- How to cultivate the "moxie" needed for “acting creatively”
- The ways to maximize your creativity through a new relationship to beauty
- How to set aside the ego and welcome in infinite creative power
Module 3: Mastering the Creative Process, Part 1 (Recorded April 9)
The creative process has 5 distinct phases. When you understand them and learn to move between them, as needed, you empower your creativity. In this session, you’ll be introduced to each stage of the process and supported in moving through them.
- What kind of preparation is essential to dive into creative genius
- The keys to moving beyond habitual pathways of thought into fresh, new and authentic expression
- How to allow your intuition to suggest solutions
- Thomas Edison’s approach to goal-setting and achievement
Module 4: Mastering the Creative Process, Part 2 (Recorded April 16)
If Michael were to recommend just one method for mastering the creative process, it would be “Mind Mapping.” Often called the “Swiss Army Knife of the mind,” Mind Mapping is a versatile tool for generating and organizing ideas using images and keywords in a nonlinear format. Originated by English author and poet Tony Buzan, Mind Mapping enhances all 5 phases of the creative process.
- The keys to Mind Mapping in a generative way
- How to use Mind Mapping in your creative process through the 5 phases of the creative process covered in Module 3
Module 5: Mastering Creative Energy,
Part 1 (Recorded April 30)
Once you’ve developed a creative mindset and learned the most important tools of the creative process, you will be primed to explore the simplest, most powerful ways to cultivate creative energy. This session will give you immediately applicable practices for raising your baseline of creative energy.
- The basic principles of Qi cultivation
- The practice of “The Inner Smile”
- The 3 Treasures Meditation practice
- How to nourish your Qi
Module 6: Mastering Creative Energy,
Part 2 (Recorded May 7)
This session will take you deeper into the most powerful ways to cultivate your creative energy. Ready to feel vital, excited and engaged all day in all your creative pursuits? These advanced practices are for you!
- Qi practices to accompany the 5 phases of the creative process
- The Inviting Genius Meditation
- The advanced level of the 3 Treasures Meditation
Module 7: Integrating & Taking Your Creativity into the World (Recorded May 14)
In our final session, we’ll cover all the final bases, so each and every key to harnessing your creativity becomes available to you.
- Powerful ways to apply this work to your daily life
- Ways to explore what is next for you
- How to discover – out of all you’ve learned – what is the most alive for you at this time in your life.
- The next steps to living your masterfully creative life now!
The Mastering Creativity Bonus Collection
In addition to Michael’s transformative 7-module virtual course, you’ll also receive these powerful training sessions with the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course – and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of
Genius Dialogue Series
In these powerful dialogues, Michael is joined by three renowned teachers to illuminate how you can stoke the flames of your genius each and every day. The insights and practices you will receive are sure to support you into your next level of creative expression and unfolding genius.
Marcia Wieder is the founder and CEO of Dream University, a network of over 1000 certified “Dream Coaches” dedicated to providing resources and support for anyone looking to turn their dreams into reality. A gifted motivational speaker, Make-A-Wish Foundation board member and former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Marcia has also launched the Million Dreams Campaign, with a commitment to help one million dreams come true. She is an accomplished, bestselling author of 14 books dedicated to achieving your dreams. Marcia is a seasoned expert having appeared on Oprah (twice!), The Today Show, featured in her own PBS show, in Woman’s World and several other local and national broadcast, print and online outlets. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and works closely with other internationally esteemed thought leaders.
Dr. Roger Jahnke, O.M.D., has dedicated his professional life to sharing the powerful ancient healing traditions of China. He is the director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, Santa Barbara, California; and a cofounder and recent chairperson of the board of the National Qigong Association.
With almost 30 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and eight research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong (Chi Kung) and is a master teacher of these arts. He has studied hundreds of forms of Qigong with master teachers and visited numerous hospitals, institutes, training centers, temples, and sacred sites in China, focusing on the cultivation of Qi (Chi).
Dr. Eva Selhub is an internationally recognized expert, physician, author, speaker and consultant in the fields of stress, resilience, mind-body medicine and working with the natural environment to achieve maximum health and wellbeing. Dr. Eva, as her clients call her, engages her clients and her audiences with her powerful energy, words of wisdom and scientific knowledge to be empowered to transform themselves, their health and their life for the better.
Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Eva is on staff at Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Associate of the world renowned Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Eva also works with clients privately, combining her knowledge and expertise from Western and allopathic medicine and from the Eastern healing traditions.
Praise for Michael Gelb and Creativity on Demand
There is only a thin veil separating our ordinary moments from great, creative achievements. In Creativity on Demand, Michael Gelb teaches us to part this veil and realize the potentials that are inherent in every one of us.
– Larry Dossey, MD, Author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
If you are in a leadership role it’s more important than ever before for you to be creative and to bring out the creativity in your team. In this original and compelling book, Michael Gelb illuminates a simple, effective path for you to raise your baseline of creative energy and empower others to do the same.
– Jon Miller, Former CEO of AOL and Chief Digital Officer of Newscorp
Michael Gelb embodies the archetype of the Creative. Through his immensely popular seminars and writings he transmits state-of-the-art knowledge of the nature of genius, the working of the brain, and the quickening of creative energy. A master of the art of creative thinking, Michael will guide you in an exploration of your mind’s potential that is uniquely entertaining and illuminating.
– Jean Houston, PhD, Author of The Possible Human
Creativity on Demand is a treasure chest of concrete practices for bringing your inner spark out into the world – with heat, power, beauty, and grace.
– Erica Ariel Fox, Harvard Law School Lecturer and Author of the New York Times Bestseller Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change
In a field cluttered with misinformation, Michael Gelb is an authentic source of practical wisdom for those who seek to develop their creative powers.
Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Laureate in Physics
Before your seminar, I thought that the world was divided into "creative" people and the rest of us. As a reluctant former engineer and accidental marketing professor, I considered myself firmly in the latter camp – a terminally left-brain-dominated automaton to whom the world of inspired creativity would forever remain a mystery. You led me to a revelation. For the first time in my life, I realized that I had unique gifts to give, and that my life and work could rise above merely making a living to actually making a difference. Looking back, I mark this as the beginning of my own personal renaissance, a joyful journey of growth and self-discovery.
– Professor Raj Sisodia, Author of Firms of Endearment and Conscious Capitalism
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Seven 90-Minute Recorded Class Sessions with Michael Gelb
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with creative thinking innovator and teacher Michael Gelb – from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes renowned guest faculty, and helps you create the specific skills and abilities to awaken your creative potential.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Each
In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices that you’ll learn.
Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you will then have the option to do related exercises and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
The Mastering Creativity Bonus Collection
- How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius Dialogue Series, featuring
Marcia Wieder, Dr. Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. and
Dr. Eva Selhub
More Praise for Michael Gelb
I was going through the biggest transition of my life. My mother’s death, career change, relationship shift, and turning 50. Where do I go, what do I do? I’m usually comfortable with unknowns but in this case I felt completely disoriented while something new, something different, was trying to be heard from deep inside. After spending a week with Michael and his Mastering Creativity workshop, enveloped inside the creative process with daily embodiment practices, I started feeling more connected to myself and to what really mattered. Michael’s unique combination of mastery, intelligence, gentle sage, surprising humor, and breadth of experience provided the perfect guidance for me to realize what my next steps were and how to begin taking them. A true gift for me at the time I needed it the most.
– Felicity B., Colorado
As a mother of two young children, a musician and a teacher of the Alexander Technique I’ve got a lot to juggle every day. Besides actually teaching me to juggle, Michael gave me the tools and the confidence to find more creative solutions to my every day challenges. As a performer, I’ve been attuned to the creative process for years, but Michael showed me how this understanding could also make me a happier and more effective mother, partner and individual. It now seems obvious but for me it was a stunning, transformational realization: Creativity isn’t just for the arts, it’s most important in the art of living.
– Anastasia S., Illinois
Michael Gelb was a major influence in manifesting the vision for my first book How Do You Pray. Michael helped get my qi moving, and guided me with mind mapping and heart opening exercises that allowed me to experience a realm of creative possibility and abundance. His brilliance, generosity of spirit and laugh are inspiring and helped me become more energized, intuitive and creative.
– Celeste Yacoboni, New Mexico
Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Roche and YPO. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. Gelb is the author of 14 books on creativity and innovation including the international bestsellers How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age and Creativity On Demand; How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius. A professional juggler, who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael is also a fifth-degree black belt in Aikido and a gifted teacher of the Alexander Technique, Qigong and Tai Chi.
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