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In Memoriam - Shakti Gawain

Shakti Gawain
September 30, 1948 – November 11, 2018

Shakti Gawain was the cofounder of New World Library and author of the classic book Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life (1978). It has been a bestselling book for nearly 40 years and has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
 
Gawain began her career in publishing in 1977, when she and fellow NWL cofounder Marc Allen began writing and producing educational booklets out of the kitchen of their small apartment in Oakland, Calif., under the name Whatever Publishing.  Creative Visualization, Gawain’s first book, put the publisher on the map with the help of Oprah Winfrey, who invited Gawain to discuss the book before The Oprah Winfrey Show was even syndicated, and then ran the interview on national television once it was. Gawain went on to write several other books in the mind/body/spirit field, including Living in the Light, The Four Levels of Healing, Creating True Prosperity, and Reflections in the Light. Her books have sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into 38 languages.

Gawain left New World Library in 1992 to start a publishing company with her husband, Jim Burns, called Nataraj Publishing, and to open a healing center in Mill Valley, Calif. She spent the remainder of her career mentoring individuals, publishing books, and running workshops.

Gawain was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the late 1990s, and later with Lewy body disease. Memorial contributions can be made in Shakti’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.