CWM – Shakti Gawain

Conversations with the Mastersinterviews


Shakti Gawain

Author of 12 books including the
best-seller “Creative Visualization,”
“Living in the Light” and
“The Path to Transformation”
and an internationally renowned teacher of consciousness.

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* Are you on a spiritual path of consciousness?

* Would you like to master the art of manifestion?

* How would you like to live a life in flow?

During This Interview We’ll Explore:

* What is creative visualization, how it works and how it can support you in creating a life you love!

* The 3 elements within you which determine how successfully creative visualization will work for you in any given situation.

* The importance of relaxation and inner peace in manifesting your desires.

* Relationships as mirrors and how to this dynamic to evolve.

* How to handle seemingly negative emotions like fear, sadness, grief, hurt, hopelessness and anger.

* How the dynamics of “victim” and “rescuer” may be influening your life.

* Clearing blocks, accepting your good and expanding your ability to receive.

* How to trust and master your intuition.

* Living in the spiritual paradox — being here now while letting go of attachments AND setting goals and creating a life you want.

Note from Life Coach Mary:

Shakti Gawain has been one of the most influential spiritual teachers in my life. I’m forever grateful for her commitment to consciousness. Her book, Creative Visualization helped me understand how I could energetically attract things into my life, long before the idea of Law of Attraction was popular. In Living in the Light, the idea of “relationships as mirrors” opened a whole world of personal growth for me, as it was easy to recognize how others reflected parts of myself back to me. Her no-nonsense approach allows spirituality and consciousness welcomed me and inspired me to expand awareness, balance and consciousness in my own life. While Shakti Gawain is one of the pioneers of personal development and consciousness, she’s kept a pretty low profile. For years, we’ve wanted to include Shakti in the Conversations with the Masters series, but she hasn’t been doing much media…until now. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of her best-selling book Living in the Light, Shakti has agreed to join us for this interview.

About Shakti Gawain:

Shakti Gawain is a bestselling author and a pioneer in the field of personal growth and consciousness. Her many books have sold more than ten million copies in over thirty-five languages worldwide, and she has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance, and wholeness in their lives. She has appeared on such nationally syndicated shows as OprahGood Morning America, and The Larry King Show and has been featured in CosmopolitanTime, and magazines. Along with Marc Allen, Gawain co-founded New World Library in 1977. Through her seminars and her books, Shakti helps people heal and develop all levels of their being — spiritual, mental, emotional, physical — and access their intuitive inner wisdom. Sharing the ideas and practices that have helped her the most in her own life, she guides others on their path to living more consciously. She facilitates us in finding deeper meaning and purpose through developing our unique gifts and abilities. She lives in Marin County, California. Visit her online at

“Transforming Our World”

by Shakti Gawain

Transformation begins on an individual level and moves out into the world. The more I’m learning to trust my intuition and act on it, and the more I’m willing to experience and accept all my feelings, the more the energy of the universe can move through me. As it comes through, it heals and transforms me and everyone and everything around me.

This is true for each one of us. The more you are willing to trust and be yourself, the more life energy will move through you. Everyone around you will benefit from your energy and begin to trust and be more themselves. In turn, they become powerful channels for everyone in their sphere of influence. And so, transformation spreads rapidly throughout the world.

You may have heard of the “hundredth-monkey phenomenon.” Although certain facts of this story are debated, I believe it is a powerful example of evolution and what is possible as we continue to focus on expanding our consciousness.

In Japan in 1952, scientists were studying the behavior of wild monkeys. The principal food of these monkeys was sweet potatoes. One day, they noticed one monkey do something they had never seen before — she washed her potato before she ate it. She repeated this behavior on subsequent days, and soon they noticed several other monkeys washing their potatoes before eating them. More and more monkeys began to do this. Then in 1958, after all monkeys on the island were exhibiting this new behavior, scientists on nearby islands began to report that monkeys on their islands were also beginning to wash their potatoes. There was no physical connection between the islands, and no one had transported any monkeys from one island to another.

This study illustrates something of overwhelmingly powerful importance for the human race and for our planet. Washing potatoes was a new level of evolution for these monkeys, and when enough of them had accepted it, it was apparently transferred to the monkeys on surrounding islands without any physical contact or direct communication.

This is how the evolution of consciousness takes place. Every individual’s consciousness is connected to, and is a part of, the mass consciousness. When a small but significant number of individuals have moved into a new level of awareness and significantly changed their behavior, that change is felt in the entire mass consciousness. Every other individual is then moved in the direction of that change. And the whole thing may have started with one individual who first made the leap.

So often we look at the world around us and feel terribly helpless to effect any significant positive change. The world seems so big, and in such a mess, and we feel so small and powerless. The hundredth-monkey story helps us to see how powerful one individual, or a few individuals, can be in transforming the world.

Because the world truly is our mirror, as we change, it must change. You can see this easily in your personal life. As you develop the habit of trusting and taking care of yourself, you will gradually release your old patterns. Soon you notice that your friends, family, and business associates all seem to be feeling and acting differently, as well. Things that previously frightened and upset you seem to have lost their emotional “charge.” Even the serious problems of the world, while they still concern you, may not seem quite as scary as before.

The reason for this shift is that you are beginning to feel the power of the universe inside of you. To the degree that you experience the presence of the universe in your own body, you don’t feel afraid. Of course, every time you open up to more power, more of the old fear gets flushed to the surface and released, so in the healing process, you will experience alternating states of power and fear.

Gradually, however, a solid base of trust will be established within you. Others will feel this and in it will find the support to open up to more of their own power and truth. The people and things around you will reflect you in increasingly positive ways. The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.

Excerpted from the book Living in the Light – 25th Anniversary Edition ©2011 by Shakti Gawain. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA.