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Author Michael Gelb ignited the current fascination with all things Da Vinci with his runaway bestseller, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. Just as that book showed readers how to use the seven Da Vincian principles to develop their creative potential, his new book, Da Vinci Decoded, will help you use the same principles to cultivate your spiritual potential.
Wonder. Appreciation. Awareness. Wholeness…In the Western world of the fifteenth century, these personal qualities were all boldly embodied in one extraordinary man. From art to botany, anatomy to mechanics, Da Vinci was a profoundly original thinker fully in tune with the world of man and nature, and with the divine spirit that bridges the two. In this bold new guide to awakening the soul, Michael Gelb draws on Leonardo’s writings, inventions, and works of art to show how you, too, can practice the seven essential principles by which Leonardo lived and worked:
Filled with practical exercises that will help you put each of the seven principles into use, a series of reflective questions designed for self-assessment, and inspirational sayings drawn from the world’s great wisdom traditions, Da Vinci Decoded offers a wide range of tools to use in your spiritual quest. Now you can let Leonardo and this book be your personal guides to creating your own personal spiritual renaissance today.
"Seven is a powerful, special number," writes Gelb, author of the similar book "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day." Here he focuses more on the spiritual than the intellectual creativity of Da Vinci's legacy, encouraging readers to embrace the artist-cum-inventor as their "personal spiritual adviser." In the first section, Gelb reviews Da Vinci's life and teachings, answering some of the historical questions raised by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. But this is not just another knee-jerk rebuttal to the fictional mega-seller, which he regards kindly. Rather, it's a spiritual self-help book that draws from sources ranging from the Dalai Lama and Hasidic rabbis to "Star Trek" and the writings and paintings of Leonardo himself. Gelb wants readers to employ seven Da Vinci principles on their quest: they should seek the truth, take responsibility for their search, sharpen awareness, embrace ambiguity and paradox, cultivate balance, nurture integration of the mind and body, and "practice love." For Gelb, Da Vinci emerges in these chapters as a hero who exemplifies the 21st-century trends toward religious eclecticism and an individual spirituality that is unbound by creed or dogma. The book is generally strong but sometimes uneven. Sidebars (many of which interrupt and detract from the book's narrative flow) offer tidbits on Da Vinci's resurgent popularity and much-touted sex life, quotations from a sampling of the world's sacred texts and great religious thinkers, and even magazine-style self-assessment checklists and quizzes.