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Brit 11-05-2013 04:21 PM

Shirley's new book
Having read Shirley's new book, "What If..." I think it's worth a celebration.

It's due out Nov 12th.

Read about it by following the links on the homepage and enjoy!

patswife 11-05-2013 04:59 PM

Can't wait to read Shirley's new book. I have read all of the others (more than once), and loved them all! This should be no exception!

frogborg 11-06-2013 06:08 PM

Can't wait - Shirley always surprises and enlightens me :)
xo Froggie :)

sunni6ft 11-12-2013 09:58 AM

Just got Shirley's new book on my Kindle. Can't wait to start reading it.
As usual I know I will be sad when it is over however, I can read it again :) I'm never disappointed in your books Shirley!

Brightest Blessings and Congrats!

Norma Rae 11-12-2013 01:37 PM

Got notice today that my pre-ordered copy has been delivered. Nice to come home to books in the mail!

Namaste from the Midwest,

Robin33 11-14-2013 08:41 PM

I'm loving Shirley's new book I can't put it down. So many "What If's" and so true on what she says. I love this book. 👍👍❤❤

lidia 11-15-2013 12:58 PM

I read it in 24 hr, and now again slow. To me, It feels as if i hear my self thinking in many pages... Thank God for curious brave people, :D
It is yet another most interesting creation of yours, Shirley and i thank you from my "bookworm" Heart;)

Norma Rae 11-16-2013 10:27 AM

Just finished this morning. Enjoyed it very much. It will be a challenge for those interviewing SM about the book to avoid asking the questions that they usually avoid just because every page of the book addresses those very questions. It will be interesting to watch/listen to/read.

Not sure if Terry Gross has ever interviewed SM, but this would be a great book for a Fresh Air interview!

Anyone care to discuss the book further in the Books forum or should we dig in right here? I'll go first--a few observations:

1. First, before getting to the content, I really appreciated the layout of the book because it invites you to write in it. I am never without a pen in my hand when reading a book, and I love the occasional questions sitting on pages by themselves with plenty of space for me to speculate and write questions of my own!

2. Loved the speculation beginning with "What if I were married with children, grandchildren, a husband, and a household to run?" and ending with "Wake up, women of the world! . . . Perhaps you are the true warriors for peace." (pp. 51-52). Don't you think this is true? We need to return to the goddess path and bring some yin sanity to the world. As Robin Williams said in a standup routine at the Met decades ago, "if women ran the world, there would never be any war. You know it's true. Just serious negotiations every 30 days." (or something to that effect).

3. Also loved the speculation on hope and its deleterious effect on our culture. (pp. 183-84). Pema Chodron and other Buddhists often write about this very idea. That in placing emphasis, effort, and energy on "hope" (which is some future idea) we miss our appointment with life in the present moment. I liked, also, SM's idea about prayer having more intention and focus on the now. It reminds me of that line at the end of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth during the credits at the end of an old African proverb: "When you pray, move your feet."

4. Question related to the "hope" speculation: How does the idea of "hope" being dangerous fit in with Obama's 2008 election campaign slogan of "Hope"? Remember that? Had he not had such focus on "hope," would he have won? I wonder. Were the masses seduced by this idea of "hope"? Did campaign strategists know this when coming up with the campaign theme? What would Ben Franklin have thought of the campaign strategy? "He that lives upon hope will die fasting?" Interesting.

5. This speculation ties into SM's speculation on democracy: "What if democracy is a trick perpetrated on the human race by higher-level beings who want to control us in the guise of freedom of choice?" (p. 144). When I see resolutions like the one in Washington state to require GMO labeling of food get voted down, I begin to believe more and more that democracy is a trick. As SM states, "[d]emocracy is having a hard time because we don't understand the consequences of our individual freedoms and choices. We are free to be profitably materialistic (in the short term) at the expense of destroying Nature and life itself." (p. 144).

6. I think SM and Edgar Allan Poe are the only two writers in all of American literature who have used the word "phantasmagorically" in a sentence. (p. 136). Thank you!

Namaste from the soggy Midwest,

patswife 11-16-2013 04:24 PM

Hi Steph,
I love your idea about the book being set up so that we can write our own ideas on some of the pages. Never would have thought of that!
It was interesting to read of your favorite passages. I loved the chapter on synchronicity (among others). I am still trying to figure out exactly why synchronicity occurs. It seems that there has to be some reason for it.
I also loved reading the chapter about the AFI award. I watched the show and loved it. So it was fun to read what Shirley was thinking about the whole thing! It was such a tremendous tribute to her!
I'll have to put some more thought into what were some of my other favorite parts of the book. I will probably read it again to absorb it a bit more.
Would love to read anyone else's thoughts on the book.

Brit 11-17-2013 04:05 PM

I haven't read the final yet but read the first draft and know that she probably didn't change much of it.

Did the questions move your own thoughts forward? Did you end up having a load of your own What Ifs...?

The book tour was good and not quite over she'll be on Coast to Coast tomorrow evening. Katie was postponed but she should be on next week. Will let you know when we have a date.

monti1980 11-17-2013 07:19 PM

very excited
I am so looking forward to getting the book. I will be going to town Wed. and I will be at Barnes and Noble first thing. It sounds like a really good page turner I can't wait. Thanks for all notes, I really enjoyed reading them.

Norma Rae 11-21-2013 05:52 AM

more questions
I haven't really been able to catch any of the television interviews for the book tour, but did see about 3 minutes of one where Geraldo Rivera was sitting next to her (but not necessarily doing the interview) where the interviewer asked SM why she wrote the book.

SM's reply, "because I wanted to experience what it would feel like to channel a book."

And what does this interviewer follow that profoundly interesting response with? Why a question about politics, of course. Maddening! Like I said, I didn't get to see the entire interview, so maybe at some point, the interviewer circled back and followed up with channeling (although I doubt it).

So . . . I have a request. If SM ever invites someone to interview her on IE Radio (I believe she did this with Out on a Leash or The Camino), please ask that person to follow-up on the channeling question. Here are some ideas for follow-up:

Was the channeled source your higher self or another entity?
Where is the source/entity?
Is it female or male?
What is her/his name?
Does the entity/source pose questions or provide answers to yours?
Did the source ever exist in a bodily incarnation on this Earth?
If so, who? Where? When? How?
Is the entity/source familiar with McPherson and (oh,who are Kevin's others? John and one other?)

These are just a few questions off the top of my head.

Namaste from the soggy Midwest,

patswife 11-21-2013 04:52 PM

Hey Steph,
Sounds like you would do a great interview!! I agree with you. These people never seem to follow up on some interesting comments. I think they may have their questions formed ahead of time and just stick to the script. Wouldn't it be so much more interesting to go with the flow?

Norma Rae 11-22-2013 04:40 AM

Well, I am sure each media outlet has its own agenda/script when interviewing anyone to which interviewers must adhere, but it really makes them seem unintelligent (at best) and disinterested or lacking curiosity (at worst). It definitely demonstrates that the interviewer is not in the present moment (in the flow, as you said Joanne) and probably just rehearsing her/his next question without listening to the guest at all.

I wonder if Shirley is meditating during these kinds of interviews? I think she may be.

Namaste from the Midwest,

Chi 11-24-2013 08:39 AM

i've read all of Shirley's books and this is (by far) her best,
in my opinion. The interesting thing i found about the phrase
"What if..." is that it reduces resistance and seeps through
mental barriers that would otherwise not allow some of these
notions to enter. Brilliant, Ms MacLaine! Brilliant!
I love the way it climaxes from pages 223 to 229 (with act 1,
2 and 3). Those pages are a wild, whimsical ride, straight to
pure Enlightenment for a second or two. LOVED that!


Norma Rae 09-09-2014 09:45 AM

A Bramley "What if . . .?" moment
Recently started reading Bramley's The Gods of Eden, and he presents a great "What if . . .?" early in the book that reminded me of Shirley's book. Bramley inquires, "What if extraterrestrial pilots are no more inclined to appear on television or at the United Nations than a human pilot is disposed to address a council of chimpanzees?" (p. 30). I would argue, however, that a council of chimpanzees might have much more to teach humans than humans could star beings!

Namaste from the Midwest,

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