Shakti Gawain

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Shakti Gawain (30 September 1948 – 11 November 2018) was a New Age and personal development author.[1] Her books have sold over 10 million copies.[2]


Born Carol Louisa Gawain, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in fine arts and dance in the mid 1970s.[3]

Gawain's best known book is Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life (1978).[4] It has been a bestselling book for nearly 40 years.[5] The book was said to have inspired Des'ree's 1994 hit song "You Gotta Be". Gawain was the co-founder, with Marc Allen, of New World Library Publishing Company[6] and founder of Nataraj Publishing, a division of New World Library.

Gawain and her husband, Jim Burns, divided their time between California and Hawaii. Her father was a professor at a military academy in Northern California. Her mother, Elizabeth M. Gawain (1921—2017 [1]), was a city planner for HUD in Washington DC in the 1970s.


  • "Creative Visualization" (1978)
  • Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation (1985)
  • Developing Intuition: Practical Guidance for Daily Life (1987)
  • Contacting Your Inner Guide: Step-By-Step Guided Meditations Designed to Help You Make Choices That Are Right for You (1989)
  • Return to the Garden (1989)
  • Awakening: A Daily Guide to Conscious Living (1991)
  • Every Moment: A Journal with Affirmations (1992)
  • Meditations: Creative Visualization and Meditation Exercises to Enrich Your Life (1992)
  • The Path of Transformation: How Healing Ourselves Can Change the World (1993)
  • The Four Levels of Healing: A Guide to Balancing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical Aspects of Life (1996)
  • Creative Visualization Meditations (1996)
  • Creating True Prosperity (1997)
  • Creative Visualization and Transformation (1997)
  • Partnering: A New Kind of Relationship (2000)
  • Reflections in the Light: Daily Thoughts and Affirmations (2003)
  • Create Your Own Affirmations: A Creative Visualization Kit (2003)
  • The Millionaire Course: A Visionary Plan for Creating the Life of Your Dreams (2003)
  • Living in the Light: Follow Your Inner Guidance to Create a New Life and a New World (2011)


  1. ^ Gawain Biog
  2. ^ Bond, Gwenda (4 April 2014). "Inspirational and Spirituality Books 2014: Getting Centered". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ Shakti Gawain personal website
  4. ^ Share Guide
  5. ^ Callahan, Maggie (20 November 2015). "Visualization: The Power Of Positive Thought". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ New World Library

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