Audio Classes

Dr. Eric Maisel’s recorded audio classes with the En*theos Academy for Optimal Living are available right now! Each class is packed with powerful information, question-and-answer sessions, and ideas and insights you can’t find anywhere else. Order each individually or all five at a great package price that saves you 35%!


Your Best Life in the Arts is a 14-hour audio class that describes the challenges that creative and performing artists face – and what they can do to meet those challenges!

Life Purpose Boot Camp is a 4-hour audio class that explains how you can powerfully and effectively choose your life purposes – and then live them!

Why Smart People Hurt is a 4-hour audio class that describes for the first time the many special challenges faced by smart individuals confronted by their own racing brain, societal pushback, and more!

Fundamentals of Coaching is a 5-hour audio class that presents the basics of coaching as taught by America’s foremost creativity coach.





Are you a novelist, painter, dancer, singer, filmmaker, weaver, performance artist, poet or some other creative or performing artist? If you are, you know exactly how many challenges confront you on a daily basis.

You know how hard it is to make art, to find success in the marketplace, to manage your relationships, and to keep your spirits up as a working artist. And you may doubt that there are any good answers to these very real problems.

Dr. Eric Maisel is America’s foremost creativity coach and the author of more than thirty books including Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, and The Van Gogh Blues. You will learn powerful answers that give you the best chance to succeed artistically, emotionally and practically as an artist.

Whether you’ve only dreamed of beginning to write, paint or play an instrument or whether you’ve logged in thousands of hours at your craft, YOUR BEST LIFE IN THE ARTS is the perfect class for you. Taught by America’s leading expert on the challenges of the creative life, Dr. Maisel has worked with thousands of artists in a multitude of settings. Take this opportunity to learn real answers to the challenges that confront you.

Hour 1. Your Life in the Arts

Get a clear picture of what it takes to deal with the emotional ups and downs and practical realities of a life in the arts. Learn how to make solid sense of the challenges of your own personality, the challenges inherent in the work of creating, and the challenges of culture and marketplace. Our starting point is the important frame of “person, work, and world.”

Hour 2. The Meaning Key

If you can’t convince yourself that your creative efforts matter—if you aren’t “existentially decisive”—you’ll lose motivation, block, and avoid your creative work and your performance tasks. Learn how to “make meaning” on a daily basis using a simple “morning meaning practice” that will keep you focused and motivated.

Hour 3. The Mind Key

Creating depends on having a mind quiet enough to allow ideas to bubble up. Living a successful, healthy life as an artist requires that your self-talk align with your goals and aspirations. Learn the important skills of quieting your mind and extinguishing negative self-talk.

Hour 4. The Confidence Key

You may feel quite confident in some areas of your life—and then find yourself weaker than you would like when you get to the canvas or computer screen or when you need to talk to a gallery owner, literary agent or booking agent. General confidence isn’t enough—you need to feel confident as an artist in order to succeed as an artist. Learn how to increase your confidence generally and specifically as an artist.

Hour 5. The Stress Key

Life produces stress, the artistic personality produces additional stress, creating produces even more stress, and living the artist’s life is the topper! Learn how to identify the stressors in your life and how to implement stress management techniques designed specifically for artists.

Hour 6. The Freedom Key

Most people are unaware of how self-censorship and other self-imposed constraints hamper their ability to flourish as an artist. They’re also unaware of how cultural constraints add to that felt lack of freedom. Learn what you need to do to make the most of the freedom you possess so that you can create and perform deeply and in your own voice.

Hour 7. The Passion Key

Passion—and synonyms like love, curiosity, enthusiasm, excitement and energy—is vital to the creative process. It is possible to create without passion but your art will suffer and the likelihood of you continuing over the long haul is greatly reduced. Learn how to rekindle passion and keep the flame of passion lit even on dark days and during dry spells.

Hour 8. The Empathy Key

Some necessary traits of the creative personality include self-direction, self-trust, healthy narcissism, and other qualities that can incline a person toward self-centeredness and a lack of empathy. Learn why empathy is also a quality to be cultivated—for the sake of your art, your humanity, and marketplace success.

Hour 9. The Identity Key

It is much harder to fashion a life in the arts if you do not strongly identify as an artist. At the same time a vast array of sub-identities are available to you—you may see yourself as a beautifier, activist, bohemian, problem-solver, shaman, and so on. Learn how this intricate issue of identity vexes artists—and what you can do to secure the identity that best serves you.

Hour 10. The Addiction Key

Creative people squarely fall into the category of people at high risk for addiction, whether it’s a classic addiction to alcohol or drugs or one of the new distraction addictions involving email and the Internet. Learn why you are at greater risk than the next person—and what you can do to minimize those risks and deal with any addictions that may have taken hold already.

Hour 11. The Obsession Key

Get a clear picture of the difference between unproductive obsessions to be avoided and productive obsessions that fuel the creative process. Obsession is one of the least understood and yet most important aspects of both the creative process and success in the arts. Learn how to use your brain’s natural desire to concentrate to your benefit as an artist.

Hour 12. The Relationship Key

As independently and autonomously as artists might want to live, they must nevertheless pay attention to relationships. Intimacy is a key to emotional health and a career in the arts requires cultivating working relationships with industry professionals. Learn an artist’s most important relationship skills.

Hour 13. The Societal Key

Artists are an integral part of their society—as witnesses, cultural observers, entrepreneurs, and sometimes as heroes and celebrities. Their relationship to their society is almost always complex. Learn how to implement strategies that can help you relate to society on your terms.

Hour 14. Your Artist Plan

Learn how to create daily, three-month and long-term plans that keep you focused on your tasks as an artist. Without solid plans in place you can lose months and years that might have been devoted to building a satisfying life in the arts. Know what you’re going to do when the challenges we’ve been discussing arise—planning is the key!





In this 4-week class with Dr. Eric Maisel, the founder of natural psychology and the author of more than 40 books, you’ll learn how to transform your life using the principles and practices of natural psychology. You’ll get clear on how to make powerful, effective life purpose choices and implement them in your daily life, use your life purposes and your ability to make meaning to improve your mood and upgrade your personality, and much more. Hundreds have attended and benefitted from Dr. Maisel’s unique life purpose boot camp. Finally get clear on your life purposes – on what they are and how to live them!

Life Purpose Bootcamp is perfect for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress who would like to learn if natural psychology, with its emphasis on meaning-making, can positively influence their emotional health; and if a renewed attention to life purpose choosing creates more daily power and passion. It will also appeal to coaches and therapists who want to increase their skill set in their work with others.

Hour 1. Meaning

Learn how to create value-based meaning—and why that’s a human being’s most important task.

Hour 2. Personality

Learn how to marshal your available personality so that you reduce your emotional distress and stand ready to meet your meaning needs.

Hour 3. Circumstances

Learn the core relationship between your circumstances and your experience of meaning—and how you can make your circumstances better align with your meaning intentions.

Hour 4. Pride

Learn the profound, life-changing difference between chasing happiness and opting to make yourself proud by your efforts.





As a coach who works with creative and performing artists and as a natural psychology specialist who helps individuals with their meaning problems, Dr. Maisel talks to smart people every day of the week.

These smart people include scientific researchers, genius award winners, bestselling novelists, Broadway actors, high-powered attorneys, active academics and emeritus academics. They include folks struggling to find an outlet for their intelligence and looking for a profession that will allow them to be as smart as they are. They include individuals who are successful in their careers and those, the vast majority, who because of the realities of the marketplace and of supply and demand struggle to achieve success.

Virtually all of them are bothered by the sadness that dogs virtually every contemporary intelligent person. Virtually all of them are afflicted by anxiety that is connected to their very ability to think. Many have had to deal with addictions and many still must deal with them. Some are not strangers to mania and many live in that strangled calm state that smart people cling to so as to avoid actual mania.

What they have in common is that they are smart—and in pain. Learn for the first time the real challenges that smart people face. This class will open your eyes and change your life. Never before has there been a class that asks and answers the question, “What are the real challenges that smart people face?”

Challenges explored:

+ How distressing states like mania, insomnia, and unproductive obsessing are the natural consequences of a good mind gone racing

+ The ways in which our families, schools, churches, work situations, media, and other social and cultural institutions dumb us down

+ The challenges of dealing with more depression and more anxiety than the next person

+ The surprising self-unfriendliness of a good mind: a mind that involves itself in personal inquisitions, repetitive brooding, and other painful self-reprisals.

And more!

Hour 1. Challenges of Smart

An overview of the dozen most significant challenges that smart people face.

Hour 2. Smart in the Mirror

The challenges presented by biology and personality.

Hour 3. Smart in the World

The challenges presented by work and society.

Week 4. A Program for Smart

A complete program for meeting the dozen challenges that smart people regularly face.





In this class you’ll learn what every prospective coach and every working coach needs to know: how to work with clients, how to manage a coaching session, how to acquire and hone your personal style, and much more.

This class will provide you with a real grounding in coaching fundamentals and nuts-and-bolts information that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re dreaming of coaching, in training as a coach, or already trained as a coach, this grounding in the fundamentals of coaching is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!

Hour 1. What is Coaching?

What really is coaching? How does it differ from therapy, consulting, and other helping practices? Who becomes a coach? What sort of training is needed? What are the essential ingredients of a coaching relationship? Get a clear picture of what coaching is and how it works.

Hour 2. Working with Clients

When should you start working with clients? Who should your first clients be? How do you recruit clients? How do you set up the coaching relationship? How do you proceed when you don’t know what to say or do? Learn how to fashion a coaching relationship that works for you.

Hour 3. The Coaching Session

What happens during the beginning, middle and end of a coaching session? What happens between sessions? What should you do about a client’s resistance to coaching? What questions should you ask and when should you interrupt your client? Learn how to create and manage productive client sessions.

Hour 4. Your Coaching Style

How do you develop your personal style? How do you identify specialties and niches that make it possible to create a thriving practice? How do you create the optimal combination of in-person coaching, phone coaching, email coaching, and group coaching? Learn how to do coaching your way!

Hour 5. Your Coaching Practice

How do you make money from coaching? How do you build and maintain a coaching practice? What are the smartest strategies and which ones rarely work? How do you create packages that attract clients? Learn how to translate the heartfelt work of coaching into an income!






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