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Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within

(Osho Insights for a new way of living )

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As Osho points out in the foreward to this book, historically, the creative person has been all but forced to rebel against the society.

But nowadays, the situation has dramatically changed. In today's world, the ability to respond creatively to new challenges is demanded of everybody, from corporate CEOs to "soccer moms." Those whose toolbox for dealing with life includes
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Paperback, 194 pages
Published November 30th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Caroline
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 40-books-in-2008
Good quotes:

"The creative person is one who brings something from the unknown into the world of the known, who brings something from God into the world, who helps God to utter something--who becomes a hollow bamboo and allows God to flow through him. How can you become a hollow bamboo? If you are too full of the mind, you cannot become a hollow bamboo. And creativity is from the creator, creativity is not of you or from you. You disappear, then creativity is--when the creator takes possession of
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Yogesh Raut
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Osho's every book is unique as a man himself. This book is for everyone (actually his all books are for everyone).

Creativity, life itself is a great creativity but it is spoiled by many things especially mind that is full thoughts. Our mind is made by society including family & they work well to kill the creativity of human being because everyone wants us to be like as they want. In this struggle we lose our identity as an individual. Our own "Self" is somewhat burried under so many things due
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Ana
Mar 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I haven't read such a well written pile of shit since.. Well.. Never.

This might as well be top 5 worst works I have laid my eyes on.

Personally, I stay away from books that try to teach you about how you should approach a subject, or the ones that give you advice or pretend like they do, at least. I don't believe they could actually teach me the thing that they are preaching. I learn by personal experience and personal observations. I listen carefully to what others have to say about a situatio
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Gary Smith
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was an intense read. I went through it slowly as it provoked thoughts that took time to grapple with. After having finished it I have to say there were some good points but much I disagreed with. Osho's assessment of creativity and human nature differ greatly from my perspective, and perhaps that was the most difficult thing to cope with while reading. I feel I was very honest and fair with a two -star review on this one. ...more
Shikha Rawal
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the only books that actually gave me a new way of looking at things, a profound meaning, something that i was so not aware about... Can read this book a million times and still will discover new things everytime i read it. Strongly recommended to all.

Teachings of Osho are really profound and meaningful for those who can resonate the same.
Lucian Llgg
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Best book i've ever read. Changes your thinking and the way you approach life. ...more
Judy Croome
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Osho’s philosophy always hits home. By the time I’d finished reading this book, my view of creativity had changed completely.

This book pulls no punches when it forces you to understand what true creativity is: a fragrance of freedom that blends together both feeling and action into an awareness that translates into a uniquely individual creative expression. I was reminded that each and every one of us comes into this world with a specific destiny; the Divine has a task for us and, whether that
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Bella
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is a difference between action and activity. Action is spontaneous, activity is planned. Osho has made it clear what creativity actually means. This book is indeed a MUST HAVE in my library. I like what he tells about critics....

Critics are not creative.

If you are an Olympic runner, critics are someone who stands in crowd and throw stones at you while running.

Critics never participate.

The best way to know something is to participate in it, to be in it.

What an insight given by OSHO
Kelly Murray
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Osho always sheds a new light.
"What will you do if you possess the whole world, but you don't possess yourself?"

"When ambition enters, creativity disappears- because an ambitious man cannot be creative, an ambitious man cannot love any activity for its own sake...and a creative person is always in the present."

I found a lot of great insight from this book. People in any form of creative industry would gain a lot from reading this. Some parts may hurt the ego to read, but it's for the best.
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Allison
This book had been sitting on a shelf in my apartment for months before I picked it up (it belongs to my roommate). There was definitely a bit of serendipity in the timing of when I finally cracked it open, as I've been grappling with questions about meaning and purpose recently. Aside from Osho's distaste for Picasso, I loved the book. Almost every page had something on it that I wanted to pause and think about. It felt like Osho was speaking to me directly, answering my questions from the grea ...more
Sandeep Saroha
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: seekers
Osho is of course the best spiritual master so far, as far as modern world is concerned. we can get him because he is born in our time. this book revealed the very basic psychology behind suffering, treating it in a logical manner. ego. hod how it arises. if you want to know spirituality in a little more logical manner, intellectually, you can read it.
Marta
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Inspiring, illuminating at some points. Partly giving a new perspective, and partly just confirming and explaining things you've already known or anticipated. ...more
Minette Visser
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is a very profound book and I've learnt many truths here, although Osho does tend to ramble on a bit (meaning, he could have said it in half the pages). Well worth working through though. ...more
Corry Hinckley
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Osho says it so clearly.
Eleanore
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, art, self-help
More clear-minded, illuminating, extremely helpful insights from Osho, whose works I seem to have discovered at exactly the right moment in my life...
Lyubina Yordanova
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Creativity is a very paradoxical state of consciousness and being: it is action through inaction, it is what Lao Tzu calls WEI-WU-WEI. It is allowing something to happen through you. It is not a doing, it is an allowing. It is becoming a passage so the whole can flow through you. It is becoming a hollow bamboo, just a hollow bamboo. And then immediately something starts happening, because hidden behind man is god. Just give him a little way, a little passage, to come through you. That is creativ ...more
Rami Hamze
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
The weakest of all Osho's books i have read.

Nothing much to take away.

The only unleashed forces were that to skim through the pages or even drop it completely.
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Nuno
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has good references that you can pass to your daily lige but there's also some point of views that I do not agree. There ars parts that it is the same over and over again ...more
Michelle
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t agree with everything he writes and some of it is blatantly made up to fit his theory (for example, how Michelangelo got the stone for the Pieta and the motivation of the man who attacked the statue), but it is still definitely a worthwhile read.
Quicksilver Quill
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Creativity, Osho brings much wisdom and daring to the subject at hand. His many fascinating notions on how to be more creative range from dropping all of your lifelong conditioning and “shoulds” to opening yourself up like a hollow bamboo to allow the divine to pass through you. Receptivity, therefore, is an essential component of creativity as is relaxation and effortless action, or wei-wu-wei.

Osho is also big on awareness, on sensing and seeing the world around you deeply and with great cl
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Cippi
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: (almost dim) creative people
Being creative isn't merely aiming to economic reasons; there's this profounding 'divine' motive within the process. You are connected to The Creator's main machine, lending the power to ultimately invent a piece of work that universally corresponds to what the world needs in particular. This energy, creative energy, won't be succeeded as you firstly designed your blue-print from any economic tendencies. They'll ruin its purity.
That's what Osho tries to impart in this book; try to release oursel
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Rana D.Kourani
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading another book by osho is like opening another magic box, and waiting what to find inside. But instead of magic tricks and games, we find words and quotes and life long wisdom that could help us grow and become more mature.
Reading another book by osho is like opening another dimension to a world it only existed for him, by him, from fear to freedom to joy to maturity.... we all experienced that, felt that, but no one was actually able to put it in a word, osho did, and he did it beautiful
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Vijaysrj
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It gave me a new perspective about creativity.Real creativity lies in bringing something from the unknown to the known...Creativity doesnt really except any appreciation as the very act of creativity satisfies the creator...etc..Loved it..
Karthick Rajan R
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this book is one of the excellent book that shows how the real creativity should be.....it should comes through the inner core of consciousness...

the quotes that are in the small boxes in every page in that book itself is enough to understand the whole concept........
Jimmy Nadēr
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't believe self-help books can change you. In fact when you read them, I feel like it's just a comparing whether you are the person described or not. But it was still interesting to read, and I liked the general culture stories I learned in this book. ...more
Jennifer Hall
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-chronicles
This Author was introduced to me through my cousin, and for it I will be eternally grateful.
Farhad
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: osho
A must read to everyone!
Jason
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Creativity and unleashing the beast within.
Fernando Chanez
useful tool for creatica.
Alison Harney
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
It kept putting me to sleep, and I'd dream about being a hollow piece of bamboo, which rocked, but... ...more
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Rajneesh (born Chandra Mohan Jain, 11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990) and latter rebranded as Osho was leader of the Rajneesh movement. During his lifetime he was viewed as a controversial new religious movement leader and mystic.

In the 1960s he traveled throughout India as a public speaker and was a vocal critic of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi, and Hindu religious orthodoxy.

Rajneesh emphasized the
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  • Awareness: The Key to Living in Balance
  • L'eterno nel tempo
  • Compassion: The Ultimate Flowering of Love
  • Freedom: The Courage to Be Yourself
  • Intelligence: The Creative Response to Now
  • Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other
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