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When it comes to creating the life you want, Shakti Gawain literally wrote the book. Now considered a classic, Creative Visualization teaches readers how to use their imaginations to manifest their deepest desires.


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When it comes to creating the life you want, Shakti Gawain literally wrote the book. Now considered a classic, Creative Visualization teaches readers how to use their imaginations to manifest their deepest desires.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara Alaee

    Shakti Gawain describes that every moment of life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly giving. So what you need is to just put forth a clear and goal-oriented request and everything you truly desire comes to you. Creative visualization uses meditation techniques to help shape positive attitudes towards life and change your everyday experience into a more loving and happy one. It’s fully applicable to the humanity in every age or era. (And it’s not at all a new age-y cliché!) Esse Shakti Gawain describes that every moment of life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly giving. So what you need is to just put forth a clear and goal-oriented request and everything you truly desire comes to you. Creative visualization uses meditation techniques to help shape positive attitudes towards life and change your everyday experience into a more loving and happy one. It’s fully applicable to the humanity in every age or era. (And it’s not at all a new age-y cliché!) Essentially, the methods proposed in this book aim to teach (or remind) us of how to (re)gain touch with our higher selves and thus feel powerful and responsible to bring change to our lives... هرچیز که در جستن آنی، آنی (مولانا)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A great intro to imagery and guided meditations however, I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not clear or certain about what thier spiritual beliefs are. The book takes the approach that 'if you think right, life can be in your hands' and that philosophy has proven itself fatalistic throughout history. There is one great small section on affirmations that can be integrated into changing our thoughts to plant seeds of new growth. A great intro to imagery and guided meditations however, I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not clear or certain about what thier spiritual beliefs are. The book takes the approach that 'if you think right, life can be in your hands' and that philosophy has proven itself fatalistic throughout history. There is one great small section on affirmations that can be integrated into changing our thoughts to plant seeds of new growth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Lang

    I think this is a good book to read every few years, and even just keep as a reference book. I recently RE-read it over the holidays -- which was a wonderful time to because of the natural instinct to VISUALIZE the new year and this new decade! A very positive, simple, straightforward guide on setting intentions, goals and realizing what you truly want ~ or maybe DON'T want. I feel like 2010 is off to a great start for me and I also think it's because I read this book again! Great birthday gift I think this is a good book to read every few years, and even just keep as a reference book. I recently RE-read it over the holidays -- which was a wonderful time to because of the natural instinct to VISUALIZE the new year and this new decade! A very positive, simple, straightforward guide on setting intentions, goals and realizing what you truly want ~ or maybe DON'T want. I feel like 2010 is off to a great start for me and I also think it's because I read this book again! Great birthday gift too!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    I came across this book years ago and was skeptical, didn't really apply the methods and didn't get any results. After several years and a lot of work on self, I now believe this approach doesn't work for many people due to blockages and ego attachments to suffering. Much of those same blocks are now behind me. I've tried this approach again, and I've had one amazing result which has completely blown my mind. I'm now a true believer. I came across this book years ago and was skeptical, didn't really apply the methods and didn't get any results. After several years and a lot of work on self, I now believe this approach doesn't work for many people due to blockages and ego attachments to suffering. Much of those same blocks are now behind me. I've tried this approach again, and I've had one amazing result which has completely blown my mind. I'm now a true believer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Strasse

    This is has been a very useful book. It "found" me at just the right time. I've known for a long time that we can rewrite our negative mental programming, but I'd never taken the initiative until recently to start monitoring my thoughts and what I found made me realize how much I needed to "change the tapes". This book gives a lot of very simple and effective techniques (affirmations, meditations, etc...) I've taken notes and started doing some of the exercises and already feel a difference in m This is has been a very useful book. It "found" me at just the right time. I've known for a long time that we can rewrite our negative mental programming, but I'd never taken the initiative until recently to start monitoring my thoughts and what I found made me realize how much I needed to "change the tapes". This book gives a lot of very simple and effective techniques (affirmations, meditations, etc...) I've taken notes and started doing some of the exercises and already feel a difference in my energy level and interactions with the world. I know I will be working off of this book for quite a while.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lakshmi

    This book "found" me in the sense that it jumped into my line of vision as I walking down the street in Bangalore. It was amongst a spread of books being sold on the street by a roadside vendor. It's nicely formatted for easy reading, and I have to say...if you put it into practice, you might really be surprised by what happens! What's really interesting to me about this book is how it's written by this new agey guru with an Indian name from the Bay Area and yet it has a pretty huge following in This book "found" me in the sense that it jumped into my line of vision as I walking down the street in Bangalore. It was amongst a spread of books being sold on the street by a roadside vendor. It's nicely formatted for easy reading, and I have to say...if you put it into practice, you might really be surprised by what happens! What's really interesting to me about this book is how it's written by this new agey guru with an Indian name from the Bay Area and yet it has a pretty huge following in India! :) Kinda interesting to see an American guru with followers in India for once! :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    This isn't just a bad book, it is a genuinely toxic one. I am a strong believer that visualization and affirmations are effective techniques for self-improvement, but this book takes it to a ridiculous level. I'm sorry, but the human imagination is not a magical wishbook where you can point at what you want (new job, new apartment, prosperity) and just wait for it to show up on your doorstop. The author glosses over any notion that hard work, creativity, or anything involving genuine ACTION are This isn't just a bad book, it is a genuinely toxic one. I am a strong believer that visualization and affirmations are effective techniques for self-improvement, but this book takes it to a ridiculous level. I'm sorry, but the human imagination is not a magical wishbook where you can point at what you want (new job, new apartment, prosperity) and just wait for it to show up on your doorstop. The author glosses over any notion that hard work, creativity, or anything involving genuine ACTION are involved in changing your own fate. Much, much worse are the author's nonsensical concept of mental and physical health. At one point the author, talking about being unafraid of self-reflection, says something to the effect of "nothing inside us can harm us." It's a naive dismissal of mental illness, PTSD, and trauma that I found outright offensive. Later, in a rambling section on health, the old chestnut of "hey, maybe we subconsciously will ourselves to be sick" gets dragged out about. Dear author, no. There are things called viruses, germs, and cancer and being cheerful doesn't make them go away. Furthermore, the crap in this book isn't even original. I kept waiting for the author to include citations to the ideas she lifts wholesale from other sources, or some of the affirmations that are lifted word-for-word from other books. Nope. Just as well, since the nonsense in this book gets plagiarized and turned up to 11 in "The Secret" years later. For anyone looking for genuine visualization exercises, I would highly recommend "Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe", which is both original and avoids the self-centered nonsense of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I found this book in a used book store. Within 5 minutes I stumbled across it and it has been a staple since. What I learned from reading this book is how to use my imagination to create the life I am intended to live. No longer fearful and afraid of what the future holds or consumed with what has happened in the past. Looking forward to more fearless journeys.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jelila Jelila

    Fabulous Book! - Seminal work on Creative Visualisation I love this book! I read it in about 1992 although it first came out in 1978. It explains in simple and luminous terms, how to do creative visualisation. Creative Visualisation is an astonishingly powerful technique of imagining which helps to draw our desires and wishes into reality. Shakti Gawain explains the principles in simple and inspiring terms, and then gives a number of wonderful creative visualisation 'journeys' - imagined stories th Fabulous Book! - Seminal work on Creative Visualisation I love this book! I read it in about 1992 although it first came out in 1978. It explains in simple and luminous terms, how to do creative visualisation. Creative Visualisation is an astonishingly powerful technique of imagining which helps to draw our desires and wishes into reality. Shakti Gawain explains the principles in simple and inspiring terms, and then gives a number of wonderful creative visualisation 'journeys' - imagined stories that you can follow to activate, harness and create with various areas of your sub-conscious mind - and your life! It is a small, slim book, simple - and wonderful! I actually prefer it to some of Shakti's later and more advanced books - the simplicity of this book makes it so enjoyable to read and very beautiful. It is 'pure' in a sense. I often recommend this book to friends and students - and in fact that is how the book first became a success - everyone who read it wanted to share it! Great book! Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wendy T. Gibson

    This book changed my life and taught me how to shape it. It helped me to know myself, set goals, take control of my destiny and make something out of nothing. This is the book that taught me to make a Treasure Map or Dreamboard, long before that was the thing to do. It continues to influence me daily and I return to it again and again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    While it definitely has its fluffy New Age moments, this is, overall, a great book. Much more realistic than the highly-popular and bestselling Rhonda Byrne book (The Secret), Creative Visualization (originally published in 1975) does not come across as a cosmic cash cow waiting to be milked like the aforementioned tome. It is about changing your life by changing your negative state of mind. For example, this quote from page 10 sums up the book quite nicely in my opinion: "The process of change d While it definitely has its fluffy New Age moments, this is, overall, a great book. Much more realistic than the highly-popular and bestselling Rhonda Byrne book (The Secret), Creative Visualization (originally published in 1975) does not come across as a cosmic cash cow waiting to be milked like the aforementioned tome. It is about changing your life by changing your negative state of mind. For example, this quote from page 10 sums up the book quite nicely in my opinion: "The process of change does not occur on superficial levels, through mere 'positive thinking.' It involves exploring, discovering, and changing our deepest, most basic attitudes toward life." Along with this special 30th Anniversary Edition comes with a fantastic 60-minute meditation CD that guides you through the exercises in the book. It is a great tool for those who work better when being verbally guided in meditation sessions.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    Creative Visualization is a special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition of Creative Visualization by multiple bestselling author Shakti Gawain. The set includes the contents of the bestselling book and a 60 minute CD of associated meditations and visualizations. As the name suggests, Creative Visualization uses meditation and visualization techniques to help change unhealthy negative thought processes into more positive loving messages. Essentially, these methods are used to clear away blockages and u Creative Visualization is a special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition of Creative Visualization by multiple bestselling author Shakti Gawain. The set includes the contents of the bestselling book and a 60 minute CD of associated meditations and visualizations. As the name suggests, Creative Visualization uses meditation and visualization techniques to help change unhealthy negative thought processes into more positive loving messages. Essentially, these methods are used to clear away blockages and uncover beliefs or ways of thinking that are limiting the individual. Affirmations are then used to replace negative beliefs with more positive ones. Possibilities are then opened up and manifestation of dreams can then be attained. The theory and methods presented in Creative Visualization are timeless. Even though it was originally published thirteen years ago, the exercises are still invaluable. It is still one of the most important books for those looking at manifesting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mario MJ Perron

    Is this the book it all started with? Covering concept of mindfulness, positive psychology, presence, and the laws of attraction while giving meditation practices and specific understanding of the uses of affirmations. If you have a chance to listen to the companion audiobook in Shakti's own voice, you will be even more moved. This book is about a great many things, and mainly they are all tied to love. What you read here can be applied to leadership, management, and coaching. I do believe this bo Is this the book it all started with? Covering concept of mindfulness, positive psychology, presence, and the laws of attraction while giving meditation practices and specific understanding of the uses of affirmations. If you have a chance to listen to the companion audiobook in Shakti's own voice, you will be even more moved. This book is about a great many things, and mainly they are all tied to love. What you read here can be applied to leadership, management, and coaching. I do believe this book is a must read for all those on the journey of self-discovery and awareness. It's beautifully written and a joy to embrace. Blessings and good reading. M

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shikha Rawal

    Well it's one of those books which is easy to read. Easy to understand and finally small and easy steps to implement. Anyone who has some knowledge about the law of attraction, creative visualisation falls on the similar lines. There are some really great insights into affirmations and writing things down. Writing your goals down or affirmations on a daily basis has a profound long term effect. Also, Shakti has provided very good meditation techniques. I myself found it pretty beneficial. Visual Well it's one of those books which is easy to read. Easy to understand and finally small and easy steps to implement. Anyone who has some knowledge about the law of attraction, creative visualisation falls on the similar lines. There are some really great insights into affirmations and writing things down. Writing your goals down or affirmations on a daily basis has a profound long term effect. Also, Shakti has provided very good meditation techniques. I myself found it pretty beneficial. Visualisation as a tool has always and I mean it when I say, always given me the desired results. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in stirring their lives in some purposeful direction and focusing thoughts by means of meditation into producing desired results.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    I picked up this book because of a mention in a blogpost on Raptitude (which showcases clear, pragmatic, thoughtful writing) and was horribly disappointed. Then I was disgusted. This book is a stain. It's new age bullshit that will make eastern contemplatives blush and western neuroscientists cry. I don't mind losing an hour of my time reading it. What I despise is the fact that this charlatan sold 6 million books, misrepresenting both Buddhism and Physics in the process. Shame on her. I picked up this book because of a mention in a blogpost on Raptitude (which showcases clear, pragmatic, thoughtful writing) and was horribly disappointed. Then I was disgusted. This book is a stain. It's new age bullshit that will make eastern contemplatives blush and western neuroscientists cry. I don't mind losing an hour of my time reading it. What I despise is the fact that this charlatan sold 6 million books, misrepresenting both Buddhism and Physics in the process. Shame on her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Manolo

    Almost as bad as 'The Secret'. I went through this book hoping to find a layman's explanation of how 'visualization' as a technique for improving your own performance in any field, but I came across a collection of false naive ideas about how to get anything you may desire, without having to strive for it. A perfect instance of bullshit! Almost as bad as 'The Secret'. I went through this book hoping to find a layman's explanation of how 'visualization' as a technique for improving your own performance in any field, but I came across a collection of false naive ideas about how to get anything you may desire, without having to strive for it. A perfect instance of bullshit!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scotty

    A universe of infinite happiness and love. Mentally manifesting our physical reality. If you just believe....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rekha

    It's like The Secret. Except maybe less offensive. It's like The Secret. Except maybe less offensive.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Until reading this book it never really clicked in my brain the power of attitude and mental power we all have. I have always been very focused on physical health which is important but after reading this book and trying out some of the meditations it is amazing and so cool to feel how much power we have in our visions and attitude. It made me realize how really I can create anything I want out of life :) Yay I would reccommend this book. Its a quick read and im guessing wont be a waste of your Until reading this book it never really clicked in my brain the power of attitude and mental power we all have. I have always been very focused on physical health which is important but after reading this book and trying out some of the meditations it is amazing and so cool to feel how much power we have in our visions and attitude. It made me realize how really I can create anything I want out of life :) Yay I would reccommend this book. Its a quick read and im guessing wont be a waste of your time. Well worth it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    This book is very practical, easy-to-understand, applicable and a real gem, so much so that I can read it over and over again. As a Christian, I find it helpful in expanding my prayer life and praying with the eyes of faith that "see" and "believe" and "receive". The concept is ancient, as ancient as man herself/ himself and it helps to put into action our practice of faith. I wish I had read this book years ago! But the most important thing is to apply what we know, to relax, visualize and affi This book is very practical, easy-to-understand, applicable and a real gem, so much so that I can read it over and over again. As a Christian, I find it helpful in expanding my prayer life and praying with the eyes of faith that "see" and "believe" and "receive". The concept is ancient, as ancient as man herself/ himself and it helps to put into action our practice of faith. I wish I had read this book years ago! But the most important thing is to apply what we know, to relax, visualize and affirm God's truths as He has taught them to me in the Bible as well as in the world around me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is what you want to read instead of "The Secret." She's not trying to sell you on the concept (as opposed to The Secret, which spends pages and pages telling you how easy "it" is and how good "it" is before ever telling you WHAT "it" is...) and she offers practical ideas for visualizations that will stick with you and aren't all new-agey-touchy-feely-cliche. This is what you want to read instead of "The Secret." She's not trying to sell you on the concept (as opposed to The Secret, which spends pages and pages telling you how easy "it" is and how good "it" is before ever telling you WHAT "it" is...) and she offers practical ideas for visualizations that will stick with you and aren't all new-agey-touchy-feely-cliche.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Genoa

    Great book with great tools and tips on creating your life through visualization. I will be adding many of these tips to my repertoire.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Babe of Darkness

    A sweet reminder that you are the creator of your story...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Snem

    I have a few goals in my life I’m trying to achieve and my therapist recommended trying Creative Visualization. I like the ideas presented here. I can easily incorporate some of this into my daily meditation practice. The chapter on goal setting was excellent. I found this lacking a step-by-step practical process. I didn’t see a lot of proof that any of this works. Affirmation heavy. I will take a few things in here and leave the rest. Time will tell if any of it works, but it can’t hurt. I’ll ke I have a few goals in my life I’m trying to achieve and my therapist recommended trying Creative Visualization. I like the ideas presented here. I can easily incorporate some of this into my daily meditation practice. The chapter on goal setting was excellent. I found this lacking a step-by-step practical process. I didn’t see a lot of proof that any of this works. Affirmation heavy. I will take a few things in here and leave the rest. Time will tell if any of it works, but it can’t hurt. I’ll keep you posted and keep it positive. 🙂

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tenkara Smart

    Fabulous book and can be life changing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Story Circle Book Reviews

    Shakti Gawain's first book, Creative Visualization, launched her career as an internationally known speaker and seminar leader. The book also launched the New World Library, which began in the kitchen of a small apartment in Oakland, California when Gawain and Marc Allen decided to get their books and pamphlets out into the world. This new edition marks the 40th anniversary of the book and of the New World Library. As well as being a boon to others, Creative Visualization showed Gawain and Allen Shakti Gawain's first book, Creative Visualization, launched her career as an internationally known speaker and seminar leader. The book also launched the New World Library, which began in the kitchen of a small apartment in Oakland, California when Gawain and Marc Allen decided to get their books and pamphlets out into the world. This new edition marks the 40th anniversary of the book and of the New World Library. As well as being a boon to others, Creative Visualization showed Gawain and Allen how to visualize and create success. With this new edition, there are bound to be new readers who will learn to use their imaginations to create what they truly want. Creative Visualization is a "synthesis of the most practical and useful ideas and techniques" learned by Gawain in her personal study. I have found the book to be straightforward, readable, and accessible as well as inspiring what can be possible. It's not necessary to believe in any metaphysical or spiritual ideas "though you must be willing to entertain certain concepts as being possible," Gawain points out. She recommends studying the principles and trying the techniques with an open mind and heart. Then you can "judge for yourself whether they are useful to you." "Consciously imagining what we want can help us to manifest it in our lives." Gawain explains that one can be in a "receptive mode," relaxing and allowing impressions to come to us. In an "active mode" we consciously choose and create what we wish to see or imagine. Affirmations are one of the most important elements of creative visualization and Gawain gives many examples. They are positive statements that can be general or specific and are always phrased in the present tense (not the future). "Remember that you are creating something new and fresh" is an exciting aspect of affirmations. People have often used the word "abundance" as something they want to manifest. I was glad to see Gawain's clarification: "We need to realize that after our basic needs are met, the experience of abundance has more to do with expressing our creative gifts in satisfying ways, and learning to give and receive in a balanced way, than it does with extravagant consumerism." In Part three of the book there are several sections on meditation and affirmations under the headings of Grounding Yourself and Running Energy; Creating Your Sanctuary; Meeting Your Guides, Healing Meditations; and Invocations. Part Four describes "Special Techniques" such as keeping a creative visualization notebook. (There is actually a Creative Visualization Workbook by Shakti Gawain and that's what got me started a few decades ago.) Creating your own notebook is a place where you can work on goals, affirmations,"ideal scenes" and "treasure maps." Gawain explains the setting of goals very clearly under several categories that include personal growth/education; work/career; relationships; creative self-expression; money; lifestyle/possessions and leisure/travel. A "treasure map" is a physical picture of your goal or area of your life. It can be drawn, painted or collaged with pictures and words cut from magazines. The strongest memory of this practice for me was the drawing of a stone house I did with many details including a fireplace and stained glass windows. I was delighted to find an old stone house (with an apartment for me just as I had drawn it) available for rent. Although I wasn't first in line, I did get the apartment! Shakti Gawain gives good advice throughout the book including: "If it feels helpful, releasing, opening, strengthening, enlivening, or inspiring, do it." It seems a good philosophy of life. I'm grateful to have been reminded of all the ways to approach life with myriad possibilities. by Mary Ann Moore for Story Circle Book Reviews reviewing books by, for, and about women

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lowrie

    i really dont like the stuff about health/wellness, but otherwise i like the concept.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ancestral Gaidheal

    This was the first book I ever read on visualisation. For me, this and the audio book, are the best grounding available in honing visualisation skills. The book contains an explanation of the techniques and exercises to help learn them. Shakti makes it all very easy to understand. It did help having a copy of the exercises in audio form, so that I could follow them easily. Perhaps this book changed my life the most out of any other book. After completing some of the exercises in this book, I emig This was the first book I ever read on visualisation. For me, this and the audio book, are the best grounding available in honing visualisation skills. The book contains an explanation of the techniques and exercises to help learn them. Shakti makes it all very easy to understand. It did help having a copy of the exercises in audio form, so that I could follow them easily. Perhaps this book changed my life the most out of any other book. After completing some of the exercises in this book, I emigrated to a new country and started a new life. I have to admit, however, I did not take on board many of the spiritual lessons in the book, as I focussed mostly on the meditative/visualisation techniques presented therein.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Shakti Gawain was one of the pioneers in the field of visualization slash manifestation. Her book fits into my back pocket, so that I can take it anywhere with me. Do I? Naw. But, in the beginning, I needed to affirm all the things I was learning - some of them contained in her slim volume - over and over again. So portability was of high value. You may already know the things that Ms. Gawain covers in her book. But why not reacquaint yourself with the basics? It can't hurt. Because practice make Shakti Gawain was one of the pioneers in the field of visualization slash manifestation. Her book fits into my back pocket, so that I can take it anywhere with me. Do I? Naw. But, in the beginning, I needed to affirm all the things I was learning - some of them contained in her slim volume - over and over again. So portability was of high value. You may already know the things that Ms. Gawain covers in her book. But why not reacquaint yourself with the basics? It can't hurt. Because practice makes perfect. Right?!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    After reading "The Secret" this was a very simple read in comparison with all the same principles. I am loving this journey I've been on the last few years of self discovery and loving the unique person I am. Taking responsibility and owning my life fully and completely has truly been the steps in the right direction for me. I think everyone who has ever questioned their own life purpose or has felt lost and alone should read this. I love books that teach you how to find the light from within. B After reading "The Secret" this was a very simple read in comparison with all the same principles. I am loving this journey I've been on the last few years of self discovery and loving the unique person I am. Taking responsibility and owning my life fully and completely has truly been the steps in the right direction for me. I think everyone who has ever questioned their own life purpose or has felt lost and alone should read this. I love books that teach you how to find the light from within. Be the artist of your own life. Will be re-reading this one. ;) x

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