The Art of Practice: Harnessing the Power of the Creative Mind with Eric Maisel Ph.D. & R. Douglas Fields Ph.D.

Original Air Date Wednesday, February 10, 2021 

The search for the meaning of life has seemingly eluded humans since our existence began. In most cases, the best we can hope for is to live a life filled with purpose and joy. But, what if it was possible to give our lives meaning by making decisions that lead us toward our life’s purpose? What if the energy our brains emit through waves could determine what intrinsic abilities we could nurture to lead us to contentment and better health? To understand more about how certain practices can put us in control of our destiny, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who are practiced in manipulating the human mind. The author of more than 50 books, Eric Maisel describes the framework and the benefits of adopting a daily practice of doing or not doing something every day related to a person’s life purpose. And, R. Douglas Fields discusses the unique opportunity of researching and reading brain waves. He offers mind-expanding insights into the contents of his book, Electric Brain.


Eric Maisel Ph.D. — The Art of a Daily Practice:

  • Eric describes how to find the motivation to do meaningful work. [2:15]
  • How a daily practice is connected to the decisions we deem important. [8:14]
  • The point of a daily practice is not progress or the outcome. [10:53]
  • Eric’s newest book, The Power of Daily Practice is a handbook to help people jumpstart their creative practices. [18:16]
  • Eric describes how to negotiate with yourself to use time more efficiently and effectively. [21:57]

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than fifty books including his latest, The Power of Daily Practice. He has been quoted or featured in a variety of publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Glamour, Men’s Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Self. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Book: The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals



Eric Maisel Website & Eric Maisel Solutions

@ericmaisel on Twitter

@Eric Maisel on Facebook








R. Douglas Fields — The Power of the Creative Mind:

  • Discovering the Electric Brain has a dark, fascinating history. [32:10]
  • In his book, Electric Brain, Doug explores how brain waves are extremely controversial in neuroscience today. [38:40]
  • Reading brain waves offers a treasure trove about our individual capabilities. [44:48]
  • How brainwave research will change the game of psychiatric treatment options in the future. [47:50]
  • What about the ethics of understanding someone else’s thoughts? [53:00]

R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and an international authority on nervous system development and plasticity. He received advanced degrees from UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, UC San Diego, and he held postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and Yale Universities before joining the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Book: Electric Brain: How the New Science of Brainwaves Reads Minds, Tells Us How We Learn, and Helps Us Change for the Better


R. Douglas Fields Website

@RDouglasFields on Twitter






This episode of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio is sponsored by:

Green Chef Great food and happiness go hand-in-hand. Green Chef is the first USDA certified organic meal kit company delivering fresh, clean, nutrition-packed, seasonally sourced hearty chow to your front door. No matter your diet type. Take the stress and mess out of cooking. For $90 off your order and free shipping go to 

IndeedIf you are currently online talent recruiting for your company, you need Indeed. 73% of online job seekers visit Indeed each month. If you want a quality short-list of qualified candidates fast, Indeed is here to help meet your employee recruiting and workforce hiring needs. Through March 31st, 2021, Harvesting Happiness listeners get a $75 credit to upgrade a job post, visit to claim your free credit. 

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life A boot camp manual for greater emotional fitness. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now? 

HFactor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film that explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.


“The ability to map out what our brains are putting out to have a greater understanding of ourselves offers a lot of hope and promise.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet”“[During Click To Tweet People are having a hard time getting their mojos going again.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio” username=”LisaKamen”]“For some people, the daily practice could be a non-action, which is an action.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“It is up to us to make peace with the time we have available.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Meaning to me is a certain kind of psychological experience. It's not something out there you go and find.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Creative artists are disappointed in their inability to use the extra time afforded from the pandemic.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I believe for a long time we've needed a paradigm shift from the idea of life having a purpose to the idea that we create our life purpose choices. We have to make decisions about what's important.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If you don't identify what is important to you then you are not living your life's purposes.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“It is so built into us that we ought to be making progress that if our daily practice doesn't feel like it is supporting progress we throw it aside.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Any day you get to your daily practice helps you get to your daily practice the next day. It's basic habit formation.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I have never in my life replied to a single criticism.” @ericmaisel on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Brainwaves are not even taught in school. Brainwaves are still a bit of a mystery.” @RDouglasFields on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“In 1875, A London physician made one of the first recordings of brain waves.” @RDouglasFields on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“This is a pivotal moment in neuroscience. What brain waves are and what they do is controversial.” @RDouglasFields on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You can read a person's brain waves for five minutes and know their IQ, their personality, and know what they are good at doing and not good at doing.” @RDouglasFields on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Being able to monitor electrical activity in the brain will do for brain science and psychology what biochemistry did for the body.” @RDouglasFields on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Through ultrasound, the ability exists to transmit an intention across species.” @RDouglasFields on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet