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Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library, Nataraj; 30th anniversary edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. In a straight-talking narrative, Gawain uses the first part to cover the basics, with chapters such as "How to Visualize," "Affirmations," and "Creative Visualization Only Works for the Good." Once she shows readers how visualization actually works, Gawain moves on to loftier discussions, such as "Contacting Your Higher Self," "Meeting Your Guide," "Setting Goals," and "Treasure Maps."

Fear not; this isn't a spiritual-lightweight book for people with a severe case of the "gimmes." Gawain has her priorities in the right place, and she cautions readers that creative visualization will not serve greed or shallow-minded thinking. For example, she discourages the cycle of trying to have more money, so you can do what you want in life, so you will be happier. "The way it actually works is the reverse," she explains. "You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want." Yet she also writes an excellent chapter on letting go of the misguided guilt that inhibits readers from becoming truly prosperous. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gawain's self-help title has sold more than three million copies in English and another three million in the more than 30 languages into which it has been translated. According to the publisher, this revised anniversary edition contains additional "meditations, exercises, and techniques that can become part of your everyday routine." The author asserts that people can achieve an ideal existence simply through mental visualization.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I like this book because it is very easy to read and follow.
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The book provides several exercises and techniques to perform while practicing creative visualization.
Karina A. Suarez
If you are serious about changing your life in positive ways, you will want to read this book!
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226 of 233 people found the following review helpful By Laura Haggarty on April 30, 2000
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I bought this book sometime in the mid-80s, not long after Bantam published it. I was looking to take control of my life, to actively direct it, rather than swimming with the tide. This book allowed me to do just that.
Gawain gives a number of excellent techniques to use to actively direct the course of your own life. From spoken and written affirmations, to "treasure maps", all the information given is powerful, and works! I still have a treasure map I drew about fifteen years ago, and everything I visualized then has come to pass over the years. This stuff is real, pure, simple magic that anyone can do. Don't hesitate, take yourself in hand and go for it!
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181 of 188 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2000
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I cannot emphasize enough the impact this book will make on your life. I read it about 5 years ago and have bought it for at least 20 people since.
The information is simple and logical. If you adopt these simple ideas of thoughts, your life will transform in a way that seems like magic but is not because you control these transformations.
This opinion comes from experience. I have adopted these ideologies into my life approximately 5 years ago after spending 8 years as a waitress and a constant feeling of defeat, fear of the future and confusion. I was constantly living from paycheck to paycheck and had high dreams that I just could not make happen.
After reading the book I used some techniques to visualize what I wanted in my life. My life and my attitude had changed quickly and the path that I needed to follow started to unfold.
I tought myself computers and used my art talents to become a web designer. I now work for a large reputable firm and am highly respected and rewarded for my talents. My first office job at the age of 30 and I am soaring.
I also met the man of my dreams and am married. We have the kind of relationship that everyone dreams about. He has the qualities that I had imagined for myself over 2 years of living alone and I would not settle for anything less.
Enough said-do yourself a favor, read this book and pass it around.
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Daren Scot Wilson on December 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
When i was in grad school in the 80's i bought this book because it was short and practical, and learning and practicing visualization made a good balance against the pure intellectual work i did as a PhD student. Though it is said: Ask and you shall receive, i dont' always get what i ask for; Visualization is not a "Santa Clause machine". But i did benefit by finding my mind clearer, calmer after meditating in the fashion described in this book. Its smaller size and strightforward simplicity appeals to me. Another book i found interesting on the topic of visualizing is The Isaiah Effect by Gregg Braden. It is a longer, more detailed book that includes the author's adventures in discovering secrets of prayer. One passage describes how a Native American prayed rain (not "prayed for rain" but "prayed rain" - an important distinction.) In contrast, Shakti Gawain's book has minimal material on her adventures in discovery, rather it is focused on the goal of being a practical "how-to" anyone can follow without a big time commitment. (BTW, for this reason it's not the book to take on a long trip to fill your time.)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By ofisher12@aol.com on December 12, 1997
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I received Creative Visualization as a gift from a close friend. Immediately, the pages changed my outlook on life and help me rid my mind of negative thoughts and my life of negative experiences. However, over the past several years, I have picked the book up many times to read and remember the simple, yet valuable lessons it teaches us about living more healthy and happy. I have chosen this book to give to everyone in my family and all of my friends this Christmas; because, if I can do one small thing for them, it would be to help them achieve their dreams and bring more positive and enlightening experiences into their lives. This book is an excellent introduction to creative visualization and once it opens the door to the world of over abundance for the reader, they will begin to have a deeper understanding of the power of the mind and enriched life experiences. And in my case, hopefully buy and read more inspirational books to help them grow mentally stronger--the author recommends several in the back of her book! I highly recommended Creative Visualization for teenagers and adults alike.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By lucidbooks on August 8, 2005
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1985 was a stressful time: I was going thru a divorce (that held much-needed freedom but no financial rewards, that's for sure), trying to finish a graduate degree and lost my job at a lousy trade magazine. Fortunately, an acquaintance told me I needed to find a copy of Creative Visualization RIGHT AWAY. I did and took it all very seriously - did all the exercises, meditations, affirmations. I'm really glad I saved the notebooks! I can go back and read over the changes I wanted to make -- places I wanted to go, where I wanted to live, relationships I'd enjoy, particular jobs, health/fitness and, yeah, some financial goals and STUFF I wanted -- and I'm amazed at how easily those have come; how many times I've felt I was looking down a long, empty hall toward a goal and suddenly doors start swinging open and I get helped and guided. There's something magical about having real intent/knowing what you want and saying YES to opportunity and allowing the universe to give you what you deserve so you can share the wealth.

I don't know where I'd be or what I'd be doing now if I hadn't found this book 20 years ago. But I'm sure I wouldn't be HERE doing what I'm doing, living a big life. I'm no heiress but life is great. And I continue to visualize and make lists and maps.

If you've just found this book/concept, it doesn't matter how old you are or what your circumstances are, get going! LEAD your life, rather than wait to see what will happen. Close your eyes, breathe and SEE yourself where you want to be. The way I look at this visualization stuff is ***IT CAN'T HURT*** and it might help.
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