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The secret of Shambhala : in search of the eleventh insight
Redfield, James.
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New York : Warner Books, 1999.
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238 pages ; 24 cm
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In the phenomenally bestselling tradition of The Celestine Prophecy, Redfield breaks new ground and takes readers on a journey to Tibet in search of the Eleventh Insight.

Author Notes

James Redfield is a writer. He was born on March 19, 1950 and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Redfield majored in sociology at Auburn University and then received a Master's degree in counseling.

Redfield spent 15 years working as a therapist helping abused adolescents. He published The Celestine Prophesy and it has turned into a spiritual guide for the New Age. Redfield was awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Senate in 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

At one juncture in Redfield's third Celestine yarn, the nameless hero observes a Himalayan mountain: "From here, Kailash looks like a pyramid." His companion replies, "What does that tell you? It has power." Batten down your auras, folks, we're in for another bumpy New Age vision quest! A friend phones the hero to tell him the friend's 14-year-old daughter has an urgent message for him: get thee to Tibet. Then Celestine fellow traveler Wil James shows up and says get thee to Kathmandu first, and I'll meet you there. But once there, Wil isn't. Instead, a young man named Yin is to guide him to Shambhala, aka Shangri-La, the legendary perfect city of Tibetan Buddhism. With the Chinese army hot on their trail, Yin and the hero make it to Shambhala, but only slightly before the city disappears in a "transition" to some other locale, stranding them in a snowstorm. The hero has already learned, however, that the Shambhalans have figured out how to make goods and goodness pretty much by wishing, though they explain it as a matter of strengthening and combining individual community members' "prayer fields" or their mental states of expectation, which are capable of bringing either good or ill fortune, depending on what feelings (love, anger, fear, etc.) they are full of. Mind over matter, is it? That's right, for the Manichean heresy lives. All ends happily and hopefully in this transparent takeoff of Lost Horizon (1933) that goes James Hilton's escapist perennial one better by claiming to know how all humanity will soon make it to Shambhala/Shangri-La, too. The legions of Celestine Prophecy (1993) and Tenth Insight (1996) fans are surely stoked for the trip. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The third book in the Celestine series, this slight fable begins with an appealing spiritual quest, but is soon burdened with Redfield's millennial concerns. Still, readers who made bestsellers of The Celestine Prophecy and The Tenth Insight are not likely to be deterred, especially those who are interested in Eastern wisdom. Instructed by a neighborhood girl to seek a place of total enlightenment, the narrator makes an imaginary journey to Tibet in search of Shambhala (also known as Shangri-La). Under constant threat by Chinese soldiers, he makes a harrowing passage with the help of human and spirit guides, ultimately reaching the kingdom where the secrets of "the eleventh insight" are revealed in stages. Based on the notion that we attract the events in our lives, the 11th insight reveals that prayer in the form of affirmations and positive energy can empower not only individuals, but whole societies. Readers will find value in Redfield's simply stated comments about building energy through nutrition, posture and thought, and refusing to erode one's energy through negative thinking, including hatred, anger and evil. Redfield believes that baby boomers, with their interest in the human potential movement, have the power to fulfill their generational mission (as their parents did with WWII) by using the 11th insight to counter negative social forces, such as lack of community, youth alienation, environmental destruction, terrorism, the power of centralized technology and genetic engineering of all stripes. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Redfield's The Celestine Vision and The Tenth Insight were short books and, as audiobooks, released in unabridged and lightly abridged versions, respectively. The Secret of Shambhala is a longer work, and the publisher is offering abridged and unabridged recordings, both performed by LeVar Burton, who read Redfield's previous titles. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Fields of Intentionp. 1
2 The Call of Shambhalap. 27
3 Cultivating Energyp. 53
4 Conscious Alertnessp. 73
5 The Contagion of Awarenessp. 99
6 The Passagep. 119
7 Entering Shambhalap. 137
8 The Life Processp. 159
9 The Energy of Evilp. 177
10 Acknowledging The Lightp. 199
11 The Secret of Shambhalap. 219