Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb

by Shirley MacLaine

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ISBN-13: 9780553273700
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 266,638
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Shirley Maclaine was born and raised in Virginia. She began her career as a Broadway dancer and singer, then progressed to featured performer and award-winning actress in television and films. She has traveled extensively around the world, and her experiences in Africa, Bhutan, and the Far East formed the basis for her first two bestsellers, Don’t Fall Off the Mountain and You Can Get There From Here. Her investigations into the spiritual realm were the focus of Out on a Limb, Dancing in the Light, It’s All in the Playing, and Going Within, all of which were national and worldwide bestsellers. In her intimate memoir Dance While You Can, she wrote about aging, relationships, work, her parents, her daughter, and her own future as an artist and a woman. My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir offers a candid and searching look at her forty years in Hollywood and the stars who taught her about show business and life.

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Out on a Limb 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Richard_Szponder More than 1 year ago
In a candid and courageous exposition, Shirley MacLaine shares the first steps toward her spiritual evolution in Out On A Limb. Braving ridicule and public humiliation, MacLaine first published this memoir in 1986. Twenty-five years and 3 million printed copies later, the book is as relevant (if not more so) than when it first appeared. MacLaine's path toward spiritual enlightenment began like many others'. Yearning to understand the meaning of life and to find her greater purpose amongst humanity, she found herself drawn to key people in her life who would accompany her along her journey of awakening. Using the intimate details of her relationship with a prominent British politician named Gerry as the backdrop, MacLaine explains how difficult it was for her to understand a relationship so obviously mismatched. Still, she found herself almost desperately attracted to this man. Through one of her closest friends, David, she began her foray into the realm of metaphysics by studying near-death experiences and reading about reincarnation. Finding these Eastern concepts difficult to come to terms with, MacLaine visited with several trance mediums who channeled nonphysical entities from the astral plane. Despite her obvious skepticism, she was granted profound and accurate answers from these psychic mediums, and the experience propelled MacLaine forward into years of deep study and self-analysis. By understanding past lives, the relationships formed in those lives, and the karma we bring forward into our current existence, MacLaine suddenly found herself with answers to several unexplained questions regarding her current romance, friendships, and career choices. Studying world-renowned psychic Edward Cayce and his messages obtained by reading the Akashic Record (the spiritual encyclopedia of all existence), MacLaine became firmly grounded in her own faith in the concepts of mysticism (universal consciousness and oneness with God). While in Peru with her close friend David, MacLaine experienced a profound awakening while camping in the mountains. While taking hot mineral baths in the mountain rivers, staying in a shack with a dirt floor, and eating basic foods prepare by the indigenous people, MacLaine and David delve further into metaphysical discussions, including the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrials. David explains to MacLaine that he has had contact with an extraterrestrial named Mayan, and she has shared with him the secrets of human spirituality and enlightenment. Grappling with the concepts David shares with her, MacLaine never really does explain whether or not she truly believes what David shares with her. However, the many real experiences and constant synchronicity within her life has expanded her curiosity and brought a true inner peace and happiness. One could read Out On A Limb with a Westerner's mentality and deny the claims of spirituality MacLaine confesses. However, as MacLaine explains, the majority of the world's population (through Eastern tradition) believes in reincarnation, higher spirituality, karma, and the existence of extraterrestrials. One should keep an open mind and heart. This book is a must-read for those on the path of spiritual enlightenment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes an honest journey to explore the higher power and origin of our soul and being. Not everyone can afford the luxury of traveling to satisfy their curiosity or the expense of hiring spiritual advisers. It was a great read. I was left feeling there is more to this life than we understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read book telling a very personal story of how she got started learning about the spiritual realm.
talltrickster on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The book that started me on the spiritual path over 15 years ago and opened up an entire new world for me.
Briensaw on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I first read this book whan I was 19 and it became my all-time favorite book! I was blown away not only at the subject matter, but her wit and style of writing. Through the years, I have re-read it twice and have enjoyed it as if it was the first! A gem!
sycamore on LibraryThing 3 months ago
What a surprise Shirley Maclaine is... a real and interesting writer that let's the world into her life. This book left me wanting toread more...
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craykclan More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when it first came out and now I have a Nook and I wanted to get this book, but no can do... it is not available in that format.. I am bummed
Stone More than 1 year ago
This book along with the many others of her books I have read are just incredible. I believe her to be such a great teacher and I look forward to reading more of her books. The "knowing" feeling is something I've always had and I love her books because it really explains a lot of my feelings. Love her!