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Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,739 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
In Living in the Light, Shakti Gawain introduced a powerful new way of life: that of listening to one's own intuition and relying on it as a guiding force. In the newly revised edition of that classic work, she elaborates on her original ideas, adding aspects of her own experiences and learning process over the past twelve years. In addition to balancing feminine and mascu ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by New World Library (first published December 1st 1985)
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Apr 25, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it
Shannon recommended this book to me and I am so grateful. It's been on the shelf for awhile, and only recently I had the urge to pull it down and delve in-and oh how synchronistic because it's exactly what I needed to hear RIGHT NOW. Don't you love how books work like that? The right ones seem to come at just the right moment, with just the right message and information. Thanks Shannon!
Ann Pritchard
Feb 17, 2010 Ann Pritchard rated it it was amazing
If I had read this book even one year earlier, I'm sure I wouldn't have fully gotten it. Something would have resonated but not really sunk in. Books like this, you have to be ready for but when you are ready it is very enlightening just like The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. For me, he was the precursor that allowed me to fully understand this book eventhough the concepts are pretty simple and i'm sure reflected in other book like The Secret or Deepak Chopra's work. I'm getting to those soon.
Raven Sky
Nov 19, 2012 Raven Sky rated it really liked it
I love Shakti's books. Of all the leaders in the consciousness movement she is indeed one who is the most humble of all.
Oct 01, 2007 Melani rated it liked it
I liked this book when I was younger, but in rereading it at age 43, I find it hard to trust. Shakti is certainly a humble author who is still searching (rather than resting on her past "discoveries"), but some of her ideas seem to be nothing more than convenient personal inventions. For example, she suggests that anyone we are in conflict with is simply a manifestation of an internal conflict that we have externalized in order to resolve. I find this theory offensive in its tidy resolution of t ...more
Zen Nana
Dec 14, 2011 Zen Nana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book 25 years ago, when it was first published, and I love it now that a 25th anniversary edition has been released. Like me, Gawain has lived and learned since the first edition, and she has added some of this experience and its lessons to the still true and relevant information from before. A whole new generation can benefit as I have from her insight, experience and compassionate viewpoint. As a companion to her Creative Visualization classic, this book is a treasure of thoughts ...more
Leni King
Dec 07, 2012 Leni King rated it it was amazing
A life changing book that I have read and re-read over the years. One of those books that like a bible by one's side. Thanks Shakti!
Aug 06, 2012 Elena rated it did not like it
Shelves: unoriginal
First, I should preface this review by saying that I believe the edition I read was an earlier one, which may have not been thoroughly updated. That said, what I did read was, well... not too revolutionary. I have read a number of books in this vein and know what entails a good read. For me, that has to be something which really challenges me and not so much gives me answers, but new questions and avenues to explore. This book did not do this for me. Basically, Shakti explains her background. Sh ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Tristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, scavenged
I love Shakti Gawain's writing and many of her other books are on my favorite book list. But this particular book missed the mark for me. My copy was published in 1986, and I know she has made some huge leaps and bounds since then, which is reflected in her later publications. This book pulls on the worst aspect of the "Science of Mind" movement, like you can tell how "sick and unbalanced" someone is by the shape of their body (overweight = unresolved issues). So why do I give it three stars? Be ...more
Saquina Akanni
Oct 05, 2013 Saquina Akanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I too read the first edition over 25 years ago, when it was first published. Shakti Gawain inspired me then and still does today. I have lived, learned and transformed my life. It started with that first edition. One of my sisters gave me the book and I am forever grateful.

I highly recommend this book to a whole new generation who can benefit from her wisdom, insights and experiences. Ditto: this book is indeed a treasure of thoughts and meditations to focus our awareness on lo
Angie Klink
Apr 25, 2012 Angie Klink rated it really liked it
This book helped me in a time of great change in my life. Actually, a five year change brought on by the loss of a family business and financial challenges. "Living in the Light" gave me insight from the first chapter, which stated, "We must learn a way of life that is very different from the way we approached things before. This may not be easy for us, and it will take time, commitment, and courage. Therefore, it’s very important to be compassionate with ourselves, to continually remind ourselv ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in 2006, after moving into my first apartment after college and truly living independently for the first time. It touched me. I share many of the beliefs that Gawain outlines in the book, and loved her stories and case studies surrounding them. I didn't finish back then, and had since abandoned most of my spiritual beliefs. I picked it back up in April and breezed through it. It spoke to me louder than it did before, likely because my life was in need of some spiritual bal ...more
Andie Nash
Mar 19, 2013 Andie Nash rated it it was amazing
This book is truly transformative. My mom gave it to me for my 25th birthday, and it sat on my bookshelf until recently. I'm so grateful to her for knowing that I would be ready for the lessons in this book eventually.

"Living in the Light" is practical and inspiring guide to changing your belief system by following your intuition and learning how to be true to yourself. I'm sure this is a book that I will be going back to time and again. Even if you're skeptical about self-help books or New Age
Erik Akre
Mar 16, 2016 Erik Akre rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: the spiritually ambitious; people looking for life-inspiration
Shelves: spirituality
This is a "follow your intuition" book, and it's extremely successful in getting the reader to consider the value of living intuitively. Gawain is trustworthy--a strong leader on this path. She says:

Follow your own intuitive desire/bliss; it will lead you to your highest choices.
Do what comes naturally; trust yourself; do what you want to do.
This is the surest way to affect planetary transformation, as well as personal.
Touch those around you with this mindset, and you will increase their flow as
Jan 29, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
I read this after her book Creative Visualization - sometime in the late 1980's or early 1990's. I love Shakti and all she has to say. Excellent!
Jul 01, 2014 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read bits of pieces of this book several times over the past few years. This time I vowed to read the entire thing, though I confess I didn’t read the chapters in the order in which they were presented, I’ve never done that before jumping around, reading some passages 2 0r 3 times. The subtitle of this is ‘A Guide to Personal & Planetary Transformation’ and some aspects of her ideas are a bit too California-New-Age for my life but she had some thoughts that made a good deal of sense &am ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debbie by: Bill from LET's Mind, Body, and Spirit Book Club
What a beautiful book. It will be a continually read book as I practice the teachings of Gawain. I have also picked up the accompanying workbook to drive home the lessons.

I would recommend to anyone exploring their spirituality.
Jean Marie Angelo
Oct 28, 2012 Jean Marie Angelo rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Shakti's followup to Creative Visualization. This book contains guided meditation exercises. A group of friends used to meet every week in Westport and meditation together using this book as a guide. Oh, the 90s.
Brenda Brewer
Jun 27, 2008 Brenda Brewer rated it it was amazing
Another book that shifted my perspective when I was 21 years old. It's basically about going with the flow and on of the best books illustrating that in different areas of life. More required reading.
Jan 12, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual, favorites
I read this book several times during a period of my life of great spiritual growth. I found great insights in it and it was one of my absolute favorites!
Feb 10, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This book jumped off the shelf into my hands... and changed my life. Literally shook up how I look at the world.
Jan 03, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it
A book that helped me put perspective back into me - the journey was essential and it proved to be a good guide.
Ouja Jennifer
Aug 01, 2014 Ouja Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly done, words to live by and resonating with that which we inherently know to be true
Lisa Mcleod
Jun 27, 2011 Lisa Mcleod rated it it was amazing
I'm loving it. I advise whoever is reading this book to take the time to do the meditations.
read this back when it came out. Another good inspirational meditative kind of book.....
Oct 26, 2012 Raluca rated it it was amazing
amazing book. really answered all my questions in a very simple way.
Lerié Yell
Jul 17, 2012 Lerié Yell rated it really liked it
A gem that you can go back to time and time again.
Amy Wessan
Mar 07, 2016 Amy Wessan rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was in college and I just re-read it over 20 years later and found it more relevant than ever. It is a extremely insightful view for someone traveling on their own personal journey of selfhood. It is simply written and the exercises at the end of each chapter are sure to get you going - somewhere!
It is an older book and feels very "dated", but there are some good examples of meditations to practice. It was worth reading.
May 16, 2014 Blair rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Me, 20 years ago.
See my previous review of Creative Visualisation
Carol Gibson
Mar 12, 2015 Carol Gibson rated it it was amazing
I read the original many years ago and it was life changing.
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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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