Being a Humanist and Atheist, I continue to find the book challenging, but try to concentrate on the things I DO agree with.
Finally, I found this really cool post where they have rewritten the "Basic Principles".
|1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.||1. Life is a manifestation of creative energy that includes cycles of building and destruction.|
|2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.||2. The innate urge to create is a healthy part of being human.|
|3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.||3. When we open ourselves to creativity, we embrace vulnerability, intuition, spontaneity and uncertainty. This leads us to greater happiness and peace.|
|4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.||4. Our lives are a manifestation of creative energy; it benefits us to align our own efforts with that energy for as long as we are able.|
|5. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.||5. Creativity is a precious component of our whole selves. Valuing it is a gift to ourselves and leads to greater self worth.|
|6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.||6. It is our choice which parts of our nature to feed. The refusal to feed our creative nature runs counter to our well being.|
|7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.||7. When we open ourselves to being creative, we become aware of our ephemerality and yearn to use our time here well.|
|8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.||8. As we open ourselves to creativity, we will see powerful but subtle adjustments that lead to personal and artistic growth.|
|9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.||9. It is safe to open ourselves up to creativity, insofar as anything in life is truly ‘safe.’|
|10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.||10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a part of ourselves that we must listen to in order to value all that we are.|