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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.
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 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Sara Alaee
Shakti Gawain describes that every moment of life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly giving. So what you need is to just put forth a clear and goal-oriented request and everything you truly desire comes to you.

Creative visualization uses meditation techniques to help shape positive attitudes towards life and change your everyday experience into a more loving and happy one. It’s fully applicable to the humanity in every age or era. (And it’s not at all a new age-y cliché!) Esse
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maggie Lang
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-age
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.
William Strasse
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wendy T. Gibson
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A universe of infinite happiness and love. Mentally manifesting our physical reality. If you just believe....
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, 2009
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
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shikha rawal
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's one of those books which is easy to read. Easy to understand and finally small and easy steps to implement. Anyone who has some knowledge about the law of attraction, creative visualisation falls on the similar lines. There are some really great insights into affirmations and writing things down. Writing your goals down or affirmations on a daily basis has a profound long term effect. Also, Shakti has provided very good meditation techniques. I myself found it pretty beneficial. Visual ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, ever, under any circumstances.
This isn't just a bad book, it is a genuinely toxic one. I am a strong believer that visualization and affirmations are effective techniques for self-improvement, but this book takes it to a ridiculous level. I'm sorry, but the human imagination is not a magical wishbook where you can point at what you want (new job, new apartment, prosperity) and just wait for it to show up on your doorstop. The author glosses over any notion that hard work, creativity, or anything involving genuine ACTION are ...more
Mario MJ Perron
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this the book it all started with?
Covering concept of mindfulness, positive psychology, presence, and the laws of attraction while giving meditation practices and specific understanding of the uses of affirmations.
If you have a chance to listen to the companion audiobook in Shakti's own voice, you will be even more moved.
This book is about a great many things, and mainly they are all tied to love.
What you read here can be applied to leadership, management, and coaching.
I do believe this bo
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tavana Asgari
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: به کسانی که عاشق موفقیت هستند
ساعت 3 بامداد بود یکی از اون موقع هایی که که غرق کتاب شده بودم ناگهان ایده ای کاری به ذهنم رسید که تمامی مسیر زندگیم رو عوض کرد .
هیچ وقت اون لحظه را فرامووش نمیکنم.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with great tools and tips on creating your life through visualization. I will be adding many of these tips to my repertoire.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adultnonfiction
It's like The Secret. Except maybe less offensive.
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
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
♥ 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
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meditation, self-help
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
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Almost as bad as 'The Secret'.
I went through this book hoping to find a layman's explanation of how 'visualization' as a technique for improving your own performance in any field, but I came across a collection of false naive ideas about how to get anything you may desire, without having to strive for it. A perfect instance of bullshit!
Iman Dokht
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it. and I know that I will read it again and again..
Story Circle Book Reviews
Shakti Gawain's first book, Creative Visualization, launched her career as an internationally known speaker and seminar leader. The book also launched the New World Library, which began in the kitchen of a small apartment in Oakland, California when Gawain and Marc Allen decided to get their books and pamphlets out into the world. This new edition marks the 40th anniversary of the book and of the New World Library.

As well as being a boon to others, Creative Visualization showed Gawain and Allen
Mariah Kingdom
I have read other books by Shakti Gawain and really enjoyed them so I am rather surprised to find I have mixed feelings about this one.
it is a very gentle book, written with the reader in mind, and contains many good ideas for visualisation, using affirmations, and so on. I believe it was ground-breaking when first published, but my problem is that I have read so many later books on visualisation and the law of attraction that there is nothing new here for me. Many of these later books have exp
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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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“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you.” 9 likes
“We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.” 9 likes
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