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Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life. For it is only when we embrace our shadow that we discover the gifts of our authentic nature.
The shadow exists within all of us. It is a part of us and yet we spend most of our life running from it. But far from being scary, our dark side holds the promise of a better, more fulfilling life. Our shadow makes itself known every day. It is the reason we get furious over a friend showing up 10 minutes late, yell at our parents or kids when they have done nothing wrong, and sabotage our own success at the worst possible time. Until we are able to embrace our dualistic nature, we will continue to hurt ourselves and those closest to us and fall short of our potential.
Combining the wisdom of three experts, The Shadow Effect is a practical and profound guide to discovering the gifts of our shadow. These three authors powerfully pierce the veil of our unclaimed self, releasing us from the past and propelling us on a journey to wholeness. No longer living a half life, we are capable of achieving our dreams and reclaiming the happiness that is our birthright.
©2010 Deepak Chopra and Rita Chopra Family Trust, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Roy on 05-30-10

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This book is full of helpful insights related to the "dark side" or "the shadow" we all have. In the first section of the book Deepok Chopra defines the shadow and places it in psychological/sociological context. In later sections Marianne Williamson and Debbie Ford contribute insights from their points of view. All of the sections have made me stop, think, and make application to my own daily life.

Specifically, Chopra includes a discussion of projection in the first section. He defines it clearly, gives specific examples, and details how one can avoid the pitfalls associated with projection. I found that portion of the book most practical and helpful.

I have not accepted Chopra's point of view, but find insights in each of his books which I can use in my own daily life. The inclusion of Williamson and Ford in this book works well.

Written and read by the authors, this volume is worth consideration.

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By Heimo on 06-06-10

like it

if you have ever wondered why you do surprising things, things not quite in step with your normal character, this book can help you understand that and more.

i enjoyed all three sections of the book. the section by Williamson sometimes reminded me a bit of talking to my christian science great-uncle, but i enjoyed her sincerity and her search for authenticty and peace. i was not familiar with Debbie Ford either but i enjoyed her section. i found her use of examples to be illuminating.

the Chopra section is the one i have listened to most, several times, in fact. he is very practical and knowledgeable about jung and freud, and in his section is building on their work. if you find either of those men interesting, you will find this interesting too.

all three authors stress compassion and patience with the self, as well as personal responsibility. one of the themes of the book is revealing why we are so judgemental with each other and how we can stop. it certainly made me think. all in all, a great book.

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By Charlie P on 04-13-13

A very helpful book

I really enjoyed this book, I found it thought inspiring and broadened my perceptions on the subject matter. I've read a number of chopra's books and he has maintained his usual good standard, I am new to the other two authors but found their work to be moving and helpful also. I will be keeping a look out for further works by both of them from now on!

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By Steven on 01-17-15


I will listen to this again a few times, there is so much in there.

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By Rhonda on 10-26-16

struggled to finish

Heavy, too much for me. Maybe another time will be better. Not at all motivating....Disappointed.

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By Anonymous User on 12-11-17

loved the book. very inspiring

three different views on our shadow..all very inspiring and thought provoking. highly recommend it. perfect

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