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Eric Maisel is America’s foremost creativity expert and the author of more than 30 books including Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, Coaching the Artist Within, The Creativity Book, Mastering Creative Anxiety, Creativity for Life, Deep Writing, Affirmations for Artists, Creative Recovery, Brainstorm, Sleep Thinking, Toxic Criticism, A Writer’s Paris and A Writer’s San Francisco.
Dr. Maisel has taught thousands of individuals to make meaning in their life and increase their power, passion, and sense of purpose.
In this course, you will learn a new philosophy, noimetics, the first philosophy to pinpoint the pivotal role of making meaning as central to human health and happiness.
Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas from the final Week 8 - Embracing Noimetics for Life
Big Idea #1: Meaning Repair Kit
Meaning is infinite, but also very fragile. If a given individual holds meaning as infinite, then meaning is infinite for that individual. If a given individual holds life as meaningless then meaning is meaningless for that individual. Many fall in the middle area, however, only experience meaning some of the time, and do not know the solutions of noimetics to experience a more meaningful life.
This meaning repair kit is for people who stand bereft of meaning, and can use it to reorient themselves in the direction of active meaning-making:
(R)eminder Bell: Used when experiencing a meaning crisis, small or large, to remind yourself about the nature of meaning and relationship to meaning. Remind yourself that it is indeed a crisis, but ONLY a crisis- the task is to resume value-based meaning making.
(E)valuator Gauge: Like a thermometer used to gauge if you are evaluating life as worth living and your efforts as mattering. Use available personality when leaping to negative evaluation on the gauge. It's there to alert you to the fact that you do not need to take a giant leap to global negativity.
(P)ersonality Cap: Like a mini-mallet, use this tool to tap yourself, reminding yourself that you have available personality to use right now and formed personality that can be claimed in servicing repair.
(A)ligner Level: Helps you realign your thoughts and your actions with your intentions. When your thoughts are standing behind your intentions, the bubble marker is in the middle- however, when a meaning crisis arises the bubble moves out of level. When it moves to the left, intentions must be aligned, and when it moves to right actions or thoughts must be aligned. Recommit to your intnetions and align your thoughts when out of balance.
(I)nvestment Planner: Use it as you would a day planner to write what investments you're willing to make as part of the repair. Ex: to cease relating as a meaning opportunity. Use your investment planner to plan and schedule concrete actions that serve your intentions and that you believe can help you repair meaning.
(R)eality Tester: Like a crystal ball, use it to make sure the repairs you intend to make square with the facts of existence. Form reality-based intentions and identify the real things you need to do in order to realize those intentions.
The ideas of these tools represented are of real value, no matter how fanciful the seem. There are many different ways a meaning-crisis' can strike and the tools are available to you to assist you in shifting into meaning-making opportunities.
There will be times when a crisis is powerful and profound and you will need to pull out your repair kit, your repair kit is available to you now and at all times.
Other Cool Stuff
Enjoy Dr. Eric Maisel's website here for updates on all the goodness he's up to, and find out more info about his new book "Rethinking Depression"!
If you want to learn more about incantations, Eric has written a book about the practice called Ten Zen Seconds.
We hope you enjoyed the course! We certainly enjoyed playing and learning with you :)
-The en*theos Team