The Creative Life: 7 Keys to Your Inner Genius

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Esteemed Unity minister Eric Butterworth outlines keys to the releasing of one's creative genius, in seven steps modeled on the seven days of Creation from the Book of Genesis.

"Eric Butterworth is a brilliant and original champion of the theory that creativity and genius are practical, practicable habits."
-Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo

Eric Butterworth, a seminal force in the New Thought movement, is often described as the twentieth-century Emerson. He is the author of fourteen enormously popular books, including Discover the Power Within You.

In The Creative Life, Butterworth brings his spiritual insight to a unique exploration of the creative process. Within every person, he writes, is hidden genius to which we give expression through commitment, discipline, and the enthusiasm that works with passion. He identifies seven keys to releasing our creative power: sequential steps that symbolically correspond with the seven days of Creation as outlined in the Book of Genesis. These keys allow us to see creativity as a force within ourselves rather than something concrete with form and substance, as a moving process rather than a series of discrete acts, as a divinely granted inner flow of inspiration. Eric Butterworth's first major new book in eight years will delight his dedicated followers and new fans alike with its transcendent wisdom and gentle guidance.

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Eric Butterworth has been a Unity minister for fifty years. He has lectured across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, South America, and Japan.

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God is creative, and we are creative. That's the premise of Unity minister Butterworth's straightforward and inspiring guide to living a creative life. Although he uses the Genesis account as the book's organizing principle (his seven steps parallel the seven days of creation and rest), this is not a particularly Jewish or Christian book. Rather, Butterworth draws on teachings both Transcendentalist and New Age God is creativity, God is us, God is in us, etc. On the first day of creation, God said, "Let there be light," and Butterworth claims that seeking the inner light is likewise the first step in developing a creative self. He also dwells on the phrase "Let there be," suggesting that readers should take that phrase as their motto: "No suggestion of effort, no strain, no hurry... just let." The overall premise of the book is very, well, creative; Butterworth's use of the creation account in Genesis as a template for human creativity is surprisingly compelling. The exercises he includes at the end of each chapter, however, disappoint. Butterworth urges the newly creative to take a 10-minute breather in the park each week, for example, and to make a written list of their greatest disappointments in life. Such suggestions are predictable and virtually indistinguishable from those in many other self-help book. Still, on the whole this guide will speak to those who want to live a more intentionally creative and spiritual life.

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