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Everyone is born with intuition, explains author Shatki Gawain. The problem is, most people learned to suppress the natural connection to their intuition and were trained to rely solely on their logical, rational mind. "Many people who are not accustomed to being consciously in touch with their intuition imagine that it is a mysterious force that would come to them through some transcendent mystical experience," Gawain writes. "In fact, intuition is a very practical, down-to-earth tool that is always available to help us deal with the decisions, problems, and challenges of our daily lives."

Like Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing, Gawain spends most of the book emphasizing the practical uses of this seemingly mystical skill. In her opening chapters Gawain offers relaxation and meditation exercises that nurture intuitive awareness. From there she discusses how to interpret and apply the intuitive messages we receive in our daily lives. For example, Gawain shows how intuition can help readers overcome addictive behaviors, create prosperity, or heal physical ailments. It can also be used to enhance emotional stability or clarify career paths.

Gawain has a long history of writing straightforward, self-help primers that cover elusive spiritual material. Once again she has done an excellent job. Developing Intuition is a sensibly organized beginner's guide to intuition that steadily paces readers through a wealth of insight. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Creative Visualization (Gawain's first book, now a New Age classic) was published more than two decades ago, no one had heard of Deepak Chopra, and seminars on creativity and intuition did not exist in the business world. Now that many of her pioneering ideas and practices have found a place in mainstream American culture, Gawain offers this collection of simple exercises for accessing and employing "a universal, intelligent life force that exists within everyone and everything" through daily meditation. Such practice, she claims, can singlehandedly "point us in the direction we need to go at any given moment," "keep us safe" and "connect us to the soul level of our existence." Unlike instinct, which, Gawain says, protects survival and procreation, intuition promotes "growth, development, self-expression, and higher purpose." She recommends balancing intellect, instinct and intuition, rather than relying too heavily on any one of them. As always, Gawain's conversational prose is clear and uncomplicated, her mood easy and low-key; and, by now, her concepts are acceptably mainstream. She shows her readers how to distinguish the "voice" of intuition, trust it, interpret its messages and receive insight on questions and problems involving work, money, health and emotional issues. This slim volume is a faster, easier read than Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing (Forecasts, January 24) and has the potential to win Gawain back some readers in this crowded self-help subcategory. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gawain, Shakti
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (October 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577311868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577311867
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good beginners book to intuition and ways to practice one's own intuition.
Marina Ginos
The author has a very accessible writing style and by and large, this is an easy, useful read.
Shola Abidoye
I bought this as a gift for my sister because I have used and enjoyed my copy so very much.
Alma F. Sanford

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bonita L. Davis on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Shakti Gawain provides readers with this compact handbook on how to develop your intuition and use it in your daily life. For those who are novices in the field of intuition this book provides a decent introduction and covers all questions regarding intuition. It defines the word, tells us why there is such resistance to it and helps us to distinquish intuition from other "competing voices."
The greatest strength of this book are the exercises. After each chapter, the reader is provided with a number of exercises to open oneself in experiencing his or her intuitive voice. All of the exercises and journaling suggestions are right on target in enabling you to use your intuition. Those who are well acquainted with intuition literature would find it worth their time to review those various exercises.
Developing Intuition is not an in depth look at the subject nor does it bog you down in various theories. It is a very general book with helpful suggestions. Read it during quiet moments at home or when you're on your job. Its insights will lead you to consider trying another alternative mode for your life. It is an average book in the field of intuition literature.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By kyara on February 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This thin volume is a great little book if you want to understand more about intuition but don't want to spend a lot of time reading. Shakti Gawain gets straight to the point explaining what intuition is and how to become aware of it, trust it and use it in our daily lives. The explanations are succinct and there are simple exercises for the reader to help illustrate the points. If you are hooked and want to explore this topic further, I highly recommend both "Divine Intuition" by Lynn Robinson and "The Psychic Pathway" by Sonia Choquette.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I expected more from this accomplished author. There are a lot of books about intuition out there yet, but my own intuition hasn't been much help in finding a satisfactory one. This book asks some important questions, such as how can you distinguish your intuitive voice from other inner voices (i.e. how do you know when to believe your hunches and when to regard them with skepticism), but I don't think she goes far enough in answering them. The book is only about 25,000 words, which is about one-third of a book by most publishing standards, and reads as if it was written in a week. Also, there is a tendency in new-age self-help books to write for an audience of would-be entrepreneurs or creative artists, which is of little usefulness to many potential readers, who might be able to use their intuition to deal with truly difficult situations ("you should see a therapist" is her advice to those with problems...). Maybe worth borrowing, but I wouldn't buy it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I passed on this book many times, and finally picked it up - when I was really ready for it. I noticed a change within the very next day after starting it. No, my intuitive powers didn't magically multiply overnight, but I'm getting the guidance I need to develop this area of myself. This book reminded me that I have the freedom to trust my intuition. It's helping me to communicate with me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shola Abidoye on July 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you come from the kind of background where spirituality, an appreciation for the nonphysical side of life, etc. was not encouraged, I think this is a great introduction to a practical development of intuition skills.
One of the reasons why this book is good is because it demonstrates that intuition is a skill we all have equal access to--both men AND women--though it may be more highly developed in some rather than others. However, like any skill it has to be fine-tuned in order to make more advantageous use of it in our daily lives and regular undertakings.
If following your intuition is already a major practice in your life and you are looking for a more advanced work on the subject as opposed to an introduction, there may be books that are more helpful to you than this one. That said, I bought this book because the author's other book Creative Visualization was so well regarded and I therefore figured this book would be valuable as well. The author has a very accessible writing style and by and large, this is an easy, useful read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think our intuition knows what we need to do at every moment of our lives...the trouble is we sometimes have difficulty getting in touch with it. This books helps the reader understand what intuition is, why it is so important to be aware of it, and how we can tune into it and follow it. I love Shakti's books and this is one of my favorites.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed many of Shakti Gawain's books. Developing Intuition is easy to read and presented a concept of how to distiguish intuition from other "inner voices" which I found extremely helpful.
Gawain is a clear writer and able to present the language of intuition in a very clear and easy to understand manner. I have studied intuition for years and I respect her approach for those beginning on this path. Some other books written by Judith Orloff or Carolyn Myss talk about the working with intuition but either don't talk about how to begin sensing what is intuition or there presentation is very complicated. Gawain gives many examples of people using their intuition as well as easy to follow meditations that you can begin using right away.
One of the main points that Gawain discusses, and I found most impactful, was distinguishing intuition from other "voices". I have read other books where Gawain discusses this concept and I found it especially helpful in working with my intuition. The understanding that there were different aspects of myself that effect the choices I make in my life, relationships and how I interpret my intuitive voice, make this book unique and present a balnced approach to working with intuition.
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