The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life
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The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

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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 Visuali...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 144 pages
Published June 28th 1995 by New World Library (first published 1978)
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Saucy Kate
Sep 07, 2007 Saucy Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an interest in spiritual growth
If The Secret left you rolling your eyes, try this book instead. Gawain invokes more spirituality and less judgment by focusing on tools to help readers uncover what they really want out of life. She doesn't assume that everyone wants to live the Richistani life, and she certainly doesn't accuse the reader of being too lazy, uninspired, or ignorant to be rich and famous.

Yes, Oprah, I think your book recommendation SUCKS.
Maggie Lang
Feb 03, 2010 Maggie Lang rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Maggie by: Kevin Mills
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...more
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.
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.
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.
Scotty
A universe of infinite happiness and love. Mentally manifesting our physical reality. If you just believe....
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...more
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...more
Blair
I read this book a little over twenty years ago and at the time I felt it to be an uplifting and invaluable companion book. But then again, in those days I was completely ****ing delusional.

This sort of book is fuel for the type of person that would rather write affirmations on pieces of paper, or mentally send out positive energy than get off their arse and do something about their situation in life.

It might help you centre your thoughts and help you maintain focus on a goal of some sort (I f...more
Chrissy
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...more
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...more
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.
Wendy T. Gibson
Jul 08, 2010 Wendy T. Gibson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to be happy.
Recommended to Wendy T. by: If only I could remember how I happened upon it!
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.
Rekha
It's like The Secret. Except maybe less offensive.
Kimberly
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Huma Rashid
I actually liked this book. Not because I particularly believe in this manifestation stuff, but because it focuses a little bit on meditation, which I started doing a few years ago and I discovered that it really zapped not only my stress levels, but those weird aches and twinges I'd get all over my body, usually associated with anxiety or tension.

But more than that, this book emphasizes goal making. I mean, I'm not likely to sit around and daydream about my goals and believe that they'll just *...more
Ancestral Gael
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...more
Martina
The author points out that creative visualization is not just a technique, it is a state of consciousness in which we realize that we are the continuous creators of our universe and we take responsibility for that in every moment. In this book she guides the reader through visualization techniques (e.g. meditations, goal setting, treasure maps) and explains how to work with affirmations for specific problems or situations. The book is easy and fun to read which makes it an excellent choice for b...more
MizzSandie
You can't blame this book for lacking practicality.
Variety on the other hand....

I found it to be a little repetitive, especially considering it was such a short book.

There's some nice little examples of affirmations, visualisation themes and scenarios and inspiration for getting clearer on what you want in life in here. Which is good. It goes with the title, so no promises has been broken.
But it just didn't go beneath the surface level where I felt like this was a book that stood out much.
I kno...more
♥ 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...more
Lakshmi
May 15, 2007 Lakshmi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's wants to explore manifestation
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...more
Beverly Temporal
I enjoyed this book. It's very calming and helps me relax. When I am stressed, it helps me relax.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Parwati Singari
Your guidebook to--Creative Visualization
Creative visualization – use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life.
Author: Shakti Gawain.
Publisher: Nataraj Publication a division of New world Library.
ISBN: 978-1-57731-229-1
The book takes holds the hand of the reader to guide them into a world of exploration, and understanding the tuning to the universe. There are exercises in book, that helps us face the disconnect within us, and connect to the greater universe.
To a perso...more
Phae
A classic. Concepts are written so a beginner can grasp the concepts with ease.
sheBa
WOW!!!! After reading half of this book, I cried just from relating to so much of the understanding of how everything works within Life.

I also admire Shakti Gawain for her life story and development of this concept to maturity. This book is well-written, easy to digest and understand and filled with knowledge! Excellent read for a beginner seeker!!! :)

~sheBa (she Brings access)
Kevin Morgan
This book had a remarkable healing effect on my body, allowing me in a matter of minutes to cure a case of deeply embedded shame about a childhood incident that wasn't really shameful http://goo.gl/Qs9mw. I carried this issue for over forty years, and then cured it with the help of this book. Remarkable! Thanks Shakti. -k (FitOldDog)
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Shakti Gawain is an author and proponent of what she calls "personal development". Her books have sold over 10 million copies, according to her website. Gawain's best known book is "Creative Visualization". She has also written "Living in the Light", "Awakening", "Meditations", "The Path of Transformation", "The Four Levels of Healing", "Creating True Prosperity" and "Developing Intuition". She is...more
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