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The Creative Life [Paperback]

By Eric Butterworth & Peter J. D'Adamo (Foreward By)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.2" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 2003
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  1585422703  
EAN  9781585422708  

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Modeling its advice on the seven days of creation in the book of Genesis, a guide to releasing one's creativity identifies and explains seven key steps in the creative process. Reprint.

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In The Creative Life, Eric Butterworth brings his spiritual insight to a unique exploration of the creative process. Within every person, he says, is hidden genius to which we give expression through commitment, discipline, and the enthusiasm that works with passion. Powerful and resonating with meaning, The Creative Life is sure to be a classic work of spirituality for years to come.

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Eric Butterworth was born in 1916 and died in 2003.

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Spiritually based creativity  Jul 30, 2008
I had an opportunity to see Eric Butterworth at Unity - Avery Fisher Hall when I was in NYC. At that time, I didn't know who he was completely until I read his books. I believe all creativity comes from opening ourselves up to God, and Eric speaks about this concept in this book. Unlike so many other "creative" books, Eric really understands the blocks to our channel to God and guides us through exercises that will open ourselves up to our creative highest good. Eric is a beautiful writer and I will continue to read all of his books. What a gift he is to this world.
The Creative Life  Jan 3, 2007
In this amazing book, Dr. Butterworth unlocks the keys to creativity in the human soul. He gives great examples, illustrations, and exercises to help the individual get in touch with his/her creative self. A very practical book that empowers an individual to let their imagination soar
Small Book, Huge Message  Apr 22, 2003
I loved THE CREATIVE LIFE by Eric Butterworth. I've been a long-time student of his books, and my favorites are DISCOVER THE POWER WITHIN YOU and SPIRITUAL ECONOMICS. I think THE CREATIVE LIFE is nearly as good as those two. This book is based around the seven keys that will release our creative genius within. Each chapter includes practical exercises to put these ideas into practice in everyday life. This book is small (just over 150 pages), but the ideas in it are huge. By putting these concepts to work in my life, I'm already seeing results. Highly recommended to everyone who has loved any of Mr. Butterworth's previous books, as well as readers new to his work.
Positive Thinking About Creativity with a Biblical Metaphor  Jun 26, 2001
Summary: The Creative Life captures many valuable dimensions of improving creativity. The book's metaphor to the seven days of creation in Genesis will excite much controversy among those who read this material differently that will detract from a focus on improving human creativity. The book's basic message is that God creates the potential for all things to exist, but many of them require co-creation by people to come into physical existence. " . . . [Y]ou are no less creative than God Himself."

Review: The book is built around the metaphor of the seven days of creation in Genesis. The basic reading of that part of the Bible is also done in a literary rather than a literal way. Each chapter builds around one day of creation, and ties the lessons back to human creativity. Many helpful submetaphors are contained in each chapter, such as to the combining of minds on the Internet.

"Like God, our creative powers are infinite," says Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo in his introduction. The book isn't quite that strong. It basically argues that the unfilled potential that God has created can all be tapped by humans.

"Let There Be Light." This text is seen as an encouragement to look for inner illumination for the right path. "Love . . . is what we are." "Love is the awareness of light and you naturally project light in a kind of healing influence."

"Let There Be Firmament." "To the person with an unshakeable faith that something wonderful is going to happen, something wonderful is happening." You have to believe in the potential before your mind can take it seriously.

"Let the Dry Land Appear." " . . . [T]he dry land is the mental image of formed thoughts." You need to "see what can be." You are encouraged to create visionary views of what could be in practical detail. I thought that this section worked best of all those in the book.

"Let There Be Two Great Lights." "God can only will the full expression of your powers and capacities." This argument seems convoluted, rather than expressive to me. God can do anything. Any existing limits in humans can be changed by God.

I suspect that many readers, if they are like me, will find this book coming close to arguing that each human's relationship to God is closer to being a peer one than many believe. Sections like this one create that issue. I found all this exhaltation of humans relative to God to be unnecessary to improving personal creativity. The language quoted in this book from the New Testament rightly emphasizes that Jesus pointed out that His ways are open to us.

The best parts of the book are the submetaphors. For example, in coming into contact with your on intuition, you are encouraged to think about the light within as being able to be influenced by a rheostat or a radio tuner. Then, there are exercises to use those metaphors to inspire more creativity. Based on my work with hypnosis and creativity, these are exceptionally fine metaphors and superb directions for using them.

If you find the Genesis metaphor gets in your way (as I suspect it will for many), my suggestion is that you skip over those parts when you get to them. You will still find much solid information here about being more creative. For example, the material in the chapter on "Let the Dry Land Appear" is very similar to that in Think and Grow Rich, and will provide new perspective on those ideas for people who have enjoyed that fine book.

The exercises in each chapter are well worth doing, and you would get almost all of the benefit possible from this book if you simply did them. So if you read the book, be sure to take the time to do the exercises.

A fundamental flaw in the book is to act as though the reader lacks basic experience in being creative. In fact, almost everyone has been very creative many times in her or his life. The material here would have been much more helpful if it had built more on those successful experiences.

After you finish the book, think back to those times when you have been most creative. What did they have in common? Do you routinely try to recreate those circumstances? How can the elements that worked well be combined in new ways?

Aspire to perfection in some important area . . . and you may approach it closer than anyone has ever done before! Be sure to leave a map to follow your journey though, when you take that route.


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