Dec 281999

A friend asked in Stan’s discussion forum about what books to read to develop psychic powers. I remembered Shakti Gawain’s book which I had found years ago. It’s one of those I had been distributing copies to friends, but had not looked at myself for a long time. My book-cases, cupboards and shelves are overflowing (I’ve recently given away fifty or so books).

So where could Shakti Gawain’s ‘Creative Visualization’ be?

It must be the right book to recommend to our friend because I found it almost immediately, face down, under a stack of nine other books. Surprised? Not really. It’s part of the process.


What is ‘creative visualization’? It’s what we do every day – from I knew it would rain to spoil our picnic, to I don’t think I can do this or have it.

The little book only tells us how to use our inborn creativity to manifest health, wealth and happiness and to enjoy life.


Is it still available? I went to, found “our price $5.20 – Usually ships within 24 hours”. Then I clicked on ‘customer reviews‘ . There are five pages of readers comments, saying ‘excellent resource’, ‘life changing/motivational book’, ‘A little book makes a great difference’, ‘A foundation for magic’, ‘This book will change your life’ and many more.

And one reviewer said: ‘Utter rubbish and nonsense for the untalented and naïve’, adding that this book appeals to people without the requisite skills to succeed, and appeals to their wishful thinking.

There is a bottom line after each review, where readers are asked ‘Was this helpful to you?’ Most people don’t answer this question. Our ‘utter-rubbish-friend had : ‘0 people found this review helpful. 4 did not’ (you can make that 5 now). How’s that for getting negative attention?


The other day I joined a chat about favorite books. I mentioned ‘Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron Curtain’ and ‘The Secret Life of Plants,’ and how I can read the latter over again and still find something new. Some chatter shot back – he’d read the books when he was young, but on re-reading did not find them interesting. I said maybe he was still too young, and got a very angry retort, did I mean to insult him with such snide remark. No, truly I did not mean it as an insult. I apologized.

The truth is, I was wondering, and now I have a distinct feeling that our utter-rubbish-friend has not read Shakti Gawain’s book, and our when-I-was-young-friend neither read nor re-read the books I mentioned.


Some people express their dissent in ways which seem totally disconnected. In India we have processions against a book by people who have not read it. We have riots about a painting nobody has seen. I am trying to see a connection.


Your Life is Your Work of Art, says Shakti Gawain.

“A basic need of all human beings is to make a positive contribution to the world and to our fellow beings, as well as to improve and enjoy our personal lives. We all have a great deal to offer to the world and each other, each in our own special and unique way. To a great degree, our own personal sense of well being is a function of how much we are expressing this.”

She says.

An Insight?

Negative contributions are made because of a basic human need to contribute, and a very human fear of rejection. It is safer to make negative contributions, because when they are rejected it does not hurt.


All contributions must be accepted in good faith.