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The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self
by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson
If you ever need a motivation to find your weakness or your SHADOW, this is the perfect book for you. It may be painful but it’s intent is for you to discover the total you, the entire you which is perfect. By embracing your shadow side, The Shadow Effect teaches that you can live a more enriched and fuller life without fear. That’s powerful.
The Shadow Effect main premise is to examine parts of you that you have condemned or tucked away as bad. By doing so, you bring light to darkness allowing you to let it or embrace that you have deemed as not the type of person you want to be. An example of this would be an angry or hot-tempered person. During his or her childhood, the child had learned from countless sources that getting mad was no good. The child experienced a variety or perhaps just one memorable bad event due to the anger management issue. From then onwards, the child suppresses that emotion and over time masters it. He or she grows up and in order to compensate for the hidden shadow, he or she acts pollyannaish or an extremely tolerant person and is unhappy day after day. Even though the person is acting according to his vision of what he should be, there are the most inopportune times when the shadow shows its full effect. That shadow emotion is still there but hidden so dark that the grown child doesn’t even recognized that part of him or her but it’s effect is real. The book wants you to examine this shadow side of you that has been hidden away. This suppressed shadow side needs to be examined or rather brought to light. To face our fear in order to understand it and why we act in certain ways. In facing our shadow side, we can let it go and let go of our fears.
By not examining our shadow side, The Shadow Effect presents a variety of example situations where the shadow side of oneself will crop up at the most inopportune time and sabotage life as you desire. Just by examining your shadow side truthfully, without lying to yourself, the grip or powerful hold it has on you diminishes.
For this review, we rented the audio CD version of The Shadow Effect from our local library. You can also borrow the printed format available in paperback or the DVD movie version. We haven’t had the opportunity to view the movie version to date. The Audio version is read by the authors themselves in three parts.
Part I is read by Dr. Chopra himself. Although Part I was a rather dry reading by Deepak Chopra, it was not completely inanimate, almost. Takes a bit of concentration to get the full comprehension of what he says. May have to listen to him several times (twice was enough for me). The message he was delivering more than made up for the almost monotone reading.
Part II is read by one of the authors, Debbie Ford. Her enthusiastic delivery of her portion was in stark contrast to the previous section. After listening to her portion, you just want to go within, find the shadow, and kick butt.
Then you get into Part III read by Marianne Williamson, one of the three authors of the Shadow Effect. That previous “I can conquer all” just kind of dissipates. She discusses the shadow more from a spiritual view point and was well done. Just had the feeling when listening to her portion that it was her way or only her way, you chose. Meaning that some of the statements she made may rub people the wrong way or not part of their belief system but no provisional statements were made regarding the perhaps controversial proclamations. It’s not bad or anything truly hurtful, just that not everyone may view things her way. Yet her message is fantastic and well delivered and it sinks in.
Interesting book or audio book due to its style. Each of the authors have a very distinct style and view point. The only thing they really have in common in the book is the general premise of the shadow and how it can damage yourself from living a happy, fulfilled life unless it was examined. It is as though they took three short essays and bundled it into one book to mass market. Nevertheless, a book worth reading or listening to the audio book, for it may help you begin or continue your self examination. As Edgar Cayce is often quoted, “Know thyself.”
Probably not a book you would buy and keep forever. Borrow it from the library or buy it used. Not really worth the suggested retail price but would definitely recommend the book. We would rate the book a three and one-half stars (3.5 stars out of 5 stars). If they included better practical examples to utilize to examine the shadow within ones self, the book might rate a 4. But then they wouldn’t be selling their online course at their website (see last paragraph).
Amazon has the audio book listed for $26.72 with used ones starting at $12.53 plus shipping. Paperback book retails for $12.33 with used ones listed as low as $1.95 plus shipping. The DVD version retails at Amazon for $14.99 new and used ones listed starting from $6.65 plus shipping.
The Shadow Effect has its own official website at http://www.theshadoweffect.com/main.php. There are some excerpts from the book available at the official website. At the website, they are offering for $149.00, an online course to examine your shadow side. The online course is downloaded from Hay House.
Ah, perhaps that’s why they didn’t have any real practical methods or tools to examine and release your dark side in the book. It feeds the online course offering. It might be worth it, we don’t know yet. Maybe one day, we may give a spin and report back to you.
The Shadow Effect Rates 3.5 Stars
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