'The Camino': A Book Chat with Shirley MacLaine

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author_shirley_maclaine: Absolutely! I think we do, and that's the power of free will and the mind. But then anybody who's made a study of these spiritual issues comes out with the same conclusion.

kyatako: Shirley, I find your books very easy to understand. does writing come naturally to you? or is it something you found difficult at first?

author_shirley_maclaine: I had never written anything - maybe only ten letters in my life - when I first came out with "Don't Fall Off The Mountain"; but I learned to set my consciousness aside and let my higher self write them.

bbwall2: Have you ever had an out of body experience?

author_shirley_maclaine: Yes.

heather_d7: What was the most difficult part of the journey?

author_shirley_maclaine: The journey within self, which at first became tedious (because I walked 10 hours a day, 20 miles a day alone) and then I realized it was very important to walk alone and break through the tedium to the universe within, which we all have.

johnhowiehowe: Do you have any good projects in the works?

author_shirley_maclaine: I'm going to do a picture in July, with Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and we're talking to Julie Andrews. It's a farce, it's beyond comedy it's so funny! It's the story of older actresses coming together to work again. And they can't stand each other. It was written by Carrie Fisher. And we're trying to get the technology up so that I will have streaming video in real time of the shoot. We do it in July. I do my qi gong every morning.

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goldsun_blueearth_45fe: there are many approaches to the "healing power" (prayer and meditation come to mind)...what approach do you use?

author_shirley_maclaine: And it turns into a meditation. qi gong is body movement, when one allows one's higher self to dictate the movement, not the mind. I also take potassium, and try to drink a lot of water.

pawz2292: Do you believe pets are reincarnated people from our past?

author_shirley_maclaine: That is called "transmigration of souls." It's my understanding that that has not existed for some millions of years. But I do believe that pets incarnate again. I have a little dog right now that I believe that happened to.

Aussiegrrl_79: Shirley, why do you think there is so much unhappiness and mental illness in the USA?

author_shirley_maclaine: I think we have become addicted to technology, materialism, and industry. And we have lost our spirituality. This country's founding fathers were very involved with spiritual subjects (not religious subjects). They studied the occult (which means hidden). That's one of the reasons why the pyramid and the third eye are on the back of the dollar bill. It was an attempt to spiritualize the material. But in the middle 1800s, 1865 or thereabouts, with the Industrial Revolution, the spiritual approach was slowly forgotten, and religion took its place.

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