Seven Principles – of Da Vinci

As a Unitarian, I’m familiar with our 7 principles – the US organization is in the midst of a possible revision and Canada spent several years considering changes, but decided to leave as is – for now at least.

So when I found these 7 Da Vincian Principles, my “ears” perked up. No. 7 is even similar to the UU one about “the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”  Coincidence? um. probably.

Seven Da Vincian Principles

Curiosita – An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

Dimostrazione – A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.

Sensazione – The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as a means to enliven experience.

Sfumato (literally “Going Up in Smoke”) – A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

Arte/Scienza – The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. “Whole-brain” thinking.

Corporalita – The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.

Connessione – A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

Source: How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Michael J. Gelb, DTP

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2 Comments to “Seven Principles – of Da Vinci”

  1. I have found this really interesting and inspiring. It would be something to hang on my fridge door.

  2. Wow! I love these! Just reading them makes me want to write a series of poems on them!
    I like Sfumato. I had an interesting conversation with two writers about the ability to embrace ambiguity and it seems there is a gender difference on this.
    Here is my take on ambiguity: the notion that a woman is and is not the baby she is carrying, that she carries, that she cares for, nurses and nurtures, and that is discussed by Mary Daly, is a spiritual place of acceptance of the yin and yang, the good and the bad, as something other than polar opposites.
    I think artists, men or women, recognize the benefits of tasting the depths, seeing the dark and the light simultaneously, so ambiguity can generate creativity, those sparks you can only see during the deep and wild, sometimes painful, searches through the soul.

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