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Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation Paperback – September 15, 1998

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"Living In The Light is very powerful...it can transform your life." -- Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of The Sky Is The Limit.

Since its publication more than a decade ago, Creative Visualization had helped thousands of people explore and connect with their higher selves and create dynamic changes in their lives. Now Shatki Gawain leads readers on a new journey of spiritual growth and fulfillment in Living In The Light. Using simple, effective exercises, meditations, and affirmations, Shatki Gawain gently shows you the path to getting in touch with your intuition and acting on it. Learning to trust the creativity that flows through the universe, the source of intuition, can transform your life in many ways by: creating new pattern for successful relationships, discovering the energy of the universe within your sexual being, finding the work that you love -- and blurring the line between work and play, nurturing the spiritual power of your children, overcoming the negative thinking that limits your finances, health, and happiness. A clear and practical guide for developing your intuition, Living In The Light shows the way to greater aliveness and creativity and to a transformation of the world around you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Living In The Light is  very powerful...it can transform your life."  -- Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of The Sky Is  The Limit.

Since its publication more than  a decade ago, Creative Visualization had helped  thousands of people explore and connect with their  higher selves and create dynamic changes in their  lives. Now Shatki Gawain leads readers on a new  journey of spiritual growth and fulfillment in  Living In The Light. Using simple,  effective exercises, meditations, and affirmations,  Shatki Gawain gently shows you the path to getting in  touch with your intuition and acting on it.  Learning to trust the creativity that flows through the  universe, the source of intuition, can transform  your life in many ways by: creating new pattern for  successful relationships, discovering the energy  of the universe within your sexual being, finding  the work that you love -- and blurring the line  between work and play, nurturing the spiritual power  of your children, overcoming the negative thinking  that limits your finances, health, and happiness.  A clear and practical guide for developing your  intuition, Living In The Light  shows the way to greater aliveness and creativity  and to a transformation of the world around you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Revised Edition edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577310462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577310464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I consider my self a serious student of life, always out of deep curiosity and many times out of a need to survive. I started thirty years ago talking to the best therepists and my wisest friends to find my way to good health and happiness. The process included writing down dreams as well as making time to think and talk about the messages my unconsious was sending me. Getting regular exersize, eating right, and maintaining friendships were the rest of the formula.
Along the way I have read a number of books to guide me. "Living in the light" is, by far, the best book I've found on the subject. It is filled with insight and wisdom and is written in a clear, simple style that makes it easy to read in a couple of evenings. The author's instructions on how to tap your intuitive skills and the energy of the universe are powerful and breathtaking. Short chapters on the male and female aspects in all of us could help save a marriage. A must read for all students of life.
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By A Customer on April 5, 2000
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This is the best book on spiritual / self-help principles I have ever read. Clear and deceptively simple, it can help you change your life for the better in profound and lasting ways.
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As a classic, this book effectively introduces the beginner to New Age Thought. The mirror principle, issues regarding one's "shadow", cultivating one's inner female/male, and the benefits of trusting your intuition are presented here in clear and readable detail. But I have two real problems with this book.

One: while reading, you sense the book's datedness. While all of Living/Light's ideas were revolutionary in the mid-80s, they were presented as a sentimental mishmash of popular New Age platitudes. To make the presentation worse, with no "human" examples to support these platitudes, Ms. Gawain is reduced to sermonizing them. Since the first edition of Living/Light, some of these concepts have been humanized and vitalized in other more recent New Age texts. (AND AS A SIDENOTE: The mismash problem may also be perceived in most of Carolyn Myss's books, which I find are generally superficial New Age/Christian surveys cobbled together to support a catchy but unproven hypothesis.)

Two: the author only speaks from HER perspective (i.e., white western female in the U.S.), but the universality of this book would force her to generalize for everybody, thereby producing guesswork not truth on how the human psyche works. For example, when she postulates that one's inner male is to surrender to his or her inner female (who's ALWAYS right!) to achieve spiritual wholeness, I get the impression that she's taking the position of a feminist, presenting men in a limiting old-world perspective. Also, when she tries to explain the inner motivations of gay people, and in particular, with male-male relationships, I find myself openly disagreeing with her arguments.

Still, what she offers BASED ON HER EXPERIENCES is valid enough for me to keep this book in my library.
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I find that over the last twenty years or so, I read this book over and over. Mine is literally falling apart. Some reviewers have said that this book is just New Age sentimentality, and I can see why some might say that, but in another way, it's a really tough book. It simply says, unequivocably, that you must be honest: with yourself and others. This is pretty radical really, and very difficult.

Here's another way that this book is the opposite of sentimental: Shakti Gawain does not paper over the fact that being honest with yourself and other people can sometimes appear to backfire, in the short run. She tells the reader straight out that relationships may fall apart as a result, or your life may appear to be falling apart when you put these principles into practice. But in the long run, she says, it's better for everybody.

Like another reviewer, I have trouble with Shakti Gawain's idea that "the world is our mirror." That is the idea that, if something bad happens to me, I must have unconsciously created it. One of her examples is indeed that of a rape victim. Surely the rapist himself bears a great deal of responsibility for such a heinous act. Also, what about children who are abused? Can they in any sense have "created" their own abuse?

Nevertheless, sometimes when I look at other people's lives, it is pretty clear to me the way in which they created their own problems, usually, as Gawain says, by not being honest with themselves or others. So perhaps this is more true of my life too than I realize. It is often difficult to see the ways in which we are messing up our own lives! But this book can help.
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Yes I envy you if you have neve read this book because you are in for a treat! She teaches you how to recognize what you are feeling at any given time..introduced me to the tyrant and the rebel...two warring factors inside of us that immobile us--right when we actually want to make changes in our lives. I got all of my friends to read this book and it gives us a short cut way to communicate
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One of the best introductions to Eastern thought, LIVING IN THE LIGHT is well written and easy to understand. Shakti explains our role as channels of energy. This energy is from God, and our job is to allow this energy to flow freely through us into the world for positive change. She demonstrates how problems can result from blocking this flow, and shows how dissolving blockages through meditation and other methods can heal and empower us. The book is divided into background theory and practical application. A good handbook for those starting their deeper spiritual journey.
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