Igniting And Sustaining Your Genius with Michael Gelb, Ph.D.

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How can we keep that sparkle and lively energy that we enjoyed as a child? Gelb suggests it can be done by raising our qi or vital energy. He has some simple practices that can immediately turn our low energy into exuberance. He says, “Some people had that energy when they were younger but the pilot light has gone…I’ve put together the most essential, most powerful, most useful things I’ve learned in my life about how you can develop a creative mind set, and how you can supercharge these most powerful, creative tools [by raising your] Qi.” This, he says, goes beyond changing our mood, it relates to our creativity. He suggests several ways to enhance our creativity, such as the use of mind maps and knowing the difference between a fixed mindset and a creative mindset. He also goes into detail about what he calls the five aspects of the creative tool-kit: preparation, generation, incubation, evaluation, and implementation. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Michael Gelb, Ph.D. is a business consultant, seminar leader, and authority on applying genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He’s also a certified qigong teacher.

Michael Gelb’s books include:

To learn more about the work of Michael Gelb, Ph.D. go to www.michaelgelb.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How vital energy, sometimes called chi or qi, is acknowledged by all wisdom traditions
  • What is the secret to martial arts and healing in raising our creative baseline
  • Why we must understand how the world around us affects us and how to antidote its negative effects
  • What is a practice that can turn our low energy into exuberance
  • How to keep the sparkle we had as little children
  • What is mind mapping and how can it help us generate new ideas
  • What is the difference between a fixed mindset and creative mindset
  • Why imagining ourselves as children can lead to greater creativity
  • What are the five aspects of the creative tool-kit: preparation, generation, incubation, evaluation, implementation

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 7/26/2014           Program Number: 3515

Music Playlist

From Album: Himalayan Nights
Artist: Agni and Lewis Howard
1997 Clarity Sound & Light #CSL 02

Opening Essay: Track 01 Dhaulagiri
Music Break 1: Track 06 Kailas
Music Break 2: Track 02 Annapurna
Music Break 3: Track 06 Kailas (reprise)