When I read a book, I am always looking for a new idea – something I can latch onto and carry into my life. At first, this book seemed like a hard read – trying to grasp concepts while (it seemed to me) the author jumped around all over the place. There didn’t seem to be much continuity in it. And then, it hit me at about chapter 6 – is the author deliberately trying to create for me, the reader, a quantum leap in discontinuity to produce a quantum leap in creativity? Could the author be that ingenious, or did it just happen that way, and does it happen that way for everybody who reads it, or just for me?
This book is about how everyday people like you and I can have on a fairly consistent basis, the experience of quantum leaps in creativity. Yes, he speaks about archetypes and universal mind and esoteric things like that, but he also gives a blueprint to have insights similar to those great minds of history like Einstein and Tesla and Picasso.
This is not a book you can read in one sitting, this book needs to be percolated. With the Book Nook at Hay House, part of the agreement is to post a book review within a month of receiving the free book. I can normally read a book in a day, and with this book, I knew I was in big trouble. And truthfully, I thought I was doomed to never post a review – I thought this book was the end of my career in book reviewing! I didn’t even want to read it.....until I got to my a-ha moment. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And low and behold, life got in the way and some obligations I committed myself to snuck up on me in Chapter 7 - just when I was about to learn The Technique! And I had to put the book down and attend to life. And then a strange thing happened. I was living my ordinary everyday life looking for discontinuity and expecting another quantum leap in creativity, another a-ha moment. Goswami says an a-ha moment is defined by “ecstasy and surprise, the discontinuity of creativity comes with another telling characteristic: certainty. Do you remember an occasion when a sudden insight revealed the solution to a problem? Now compare the quality of your certainty on that occasion with a time when you relied on only reason, and you will see what I mean.” Wouldn’t it be nice if all solutions came that easy?
Don’t let the size of this little gem fool you. At 220 pages of solid reading material, it packs tons of information into it. One of the main concepts to creative quantum thinking is what Goswami calls do-be-do-be. This is the act of doing and then just being, allowing the information discovered in the “do” stage to be digested by our subconscious in the “be” stage. In our day and age of multi tasking and trying to get everything done at once, this concept goes directly against what we have been conditioned to strive for. Perhaps that’s why we find it difficult to access our higher intelligence when we need it – it can’t be heard over the activity! While reading this book, I definitely found the best way to digest all the information was to read and then let it sit, read and let it sit, exactly how Goswami suggests we let creativity have a voice in our lives. Profound concepts are discussed in detail with scientific evidence and many anecdotes to support them, giving us, the readers, a blueprint on how to cultivate creativity in our own lives. And probably the most important concept is – why do we want to cultivate creativity in our lives? Goswami explains that to truly be happy, we must surrender to the quantum universe and let it manifest in our everyday lives, not just “peak performances” , as has been suggested by other authors. By getting into the “flow” of the quantum universe, we fulfill our true calling to this lifetime and experience “heaven on earth”.
Not only does Goswami leave us with a burning desire to experience this flow, he actually lays out a plan of how to do that. The Seven Practises, page 200, are not so daunting that you’ll never start. What’s so hard about day dreaming?! Interesting enough, I immediately thought about children and how we have them busy “doing”. Soccer, dance, gymnastics, band practise, school, chores.....when do they get the chance to “be”? And I’m not talking about letting them watch TV or play on their electronic devices, but just let them be with themselves. We are really doing our children a disservice by not teaching them the value of their own quiet company and the power of day dreaming.
There are so many thought provoking themes running through this work that it’s impossible to give you a good taste in a book review. This needs to be savored over and enjoyed like a good meal with great friends. No matter where you’re at, there is something in here that applies. Amit Goswami’s Quantum Creativity spoke to me on a deep level and I know it will speak to you.