Some things Shirley is not over: good journalists, Africa, making money, exercise, the Akashic records, belief in reincarnation, good vibrations.
MacLaine discusses the men she has bedded but not wedded, and in addition famous figures she has met in her travels such as Indira Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama. She even spent an afternoon talking to Fidel Castro. To her surprise he wanted to know "about the Kennedys" and her reply "me too." She brought back Cuban cigars to Jimmy Carter who refused to accept or smoke them.
During MacLaine's recent appearance on one of Oprah's final-season shows she discussed the Mayan prophecies and 2012. Shirley's take was more in line with what the Mayans meant: it is not about the destruction of the physical world, although that could occur if there were a shift of earth's magnetic poles; it's more about the destruction of humanity's perception of the physical and metaphysical world. According to MacLaine the planet's magnetic field and pole reversal would mean brain changes:
Our brains detect magnetic changes because our brains contain millions of tiny magnetic particles. These particles connect us to the Earth's magnetic field in a powerful and intimate way which affects our consciousness profoundly (page 155).
How does this A-list star recast her past lives in this latest memoir installment? She speaks of the Akashic records which play a role in the revelation of reincarnated selves. Two chapters bundle her beliefs about rebirth: "Get Over Thinking You're Just One Person" and "Will We Ever Get Over The Akashic Records?" This last chapter is a favorite of mine because rarely do psychics and gurus talk Akashic records with any authority.
But the author went to one of the authorities on such things and asked the Dalai Lama to enlighten her on those records. His information was not new and can be found in certain books but I liked the way that the author conveyed the information in an understandable manner. The Akashic holds all the records or acts ever committed on earth, and are protected but must be accessed and one must be fit to access them. The only thing that was omitted, or changed, is that the record holders are part of the plant kingdom and that vegetarianism a requirement to read them accurately. I never questioned this wisdom because I was always vegetarian, but since Buddhists come in all stripes and vegetarianism is not required it makes sense that this was not included. True or false, the Akashic Records are a real phenomenon.