One of the main criteria for any kind of transformation is reflection. In the religious sphere this may be referred to as meditation. At the end of the day, it is simply going back to the core of our creative, spiritual selves and being still. If new information comes our way, it is best processed by bringing it back to our own human-ness for it to make sense to us, and then translating this learning to others through sharing and application.
Within the context of learning and living creatively, we do not need to reply on any religious framework. It would however, be most effective to have some kind of ethical or value-based personal framework with which to engage in life. Without this, learning has no meaning, and may even take us farther away from the goal of internal and external peace which we naturally gravitate towards.