I first learned of Caroline Myss s work through the 2013 Hay House online summit Her interview was very interesting but what struck me was how serious, if not a bit dispirited she sounded at least at the time In any case I was driven to her work, which eventually made me get this book and Sacred Contracts Awakening Your Divine Potential.The book explores the ways in which the Hindu chakras, the Kabbalah s Sephirot Tree of Life , and the Christian sacraments share seven stages of spiritual enlightenment I found her approach of citing a number of stories as examples of what can happen at each stage to be helpful I didn t know what to make of these oft mentioned chakras stages, etc until I started meditating myself And while my own meditation experiences have led me to believe in the existence of these energy centers, I still find them tinged with mystery and complexity Doubt I ll ever be one of those people who knows all there is to know about chakras As such, I find that reading comparative literature on the subject such as this book can help increase understanding of this multi layered concept. I alternated between liking the book and being really irritated with it While I do believe that there is to health and illness than just what the Western medical establishment currently understands, there is a lot of science to health and illness This book completely ignores the science Myss gives an example of a man healed from HIV by adopting a healthy, near vegetarian diet, doing aerobic exercise, quitting smoking, using castor oil packs across his abdomen for 45 minutes a day, and psychotherapy to come to terms with being gay Really Anectdotes like that just piss me off Other parts of the book do have good suggestions You cannot be at war with yourself or those around you without manifesting physical symptoms You will be healthier and happier if you follow your bliss Just don t think that being in the closet will give you AIDS and admitting your sexual preference will heal you That s crap. Building On Wisdom From Hindu, Christian, And Kaballah Traditions, This Comprehensive Guide To Energy Healing Reveals The Hidden Stresses, Beliefs, And Attitudes That Cause Illness Anatomy Of The Spirit Is The Boldest Presentation To Date Of Energy Medicine By One Of Its Premier Practitioners, Internationally Acclaimed Medical Intuitive Caroline Myss, One Of The Hottest New Voices In The Alternative Health Spirituality Scene Publishers Weekly Based On Fifteen Years Of Research Into Energy Medicine, Dr Myss S Work Shows How Every Illness Corresponds To A Pattern Of Emotional And Psychological Stresses, Beliefs, And Attitudes That Have Influenced Corresponding Areas Of The Human Body Anatomy Of The Spirit Also Presents Dr Myss S Breakthrough Model Of The Body S Seven Centers Of Spiritual And Physical Power, In Which She Synthesizes The Ancient Wisdom Of Three Spiritual Traditions The Hindu Chakras, The Christian Sacraments, And The Kabbalah S Tree Of Life To Demonstrate The Seven Stages Through Which Everyone Must Pass In The Search For Higher Consciousness And Spiritual Maturity With This Model, Dr Myss Shows How You Can Develop Your Own Latent Powers Of Intuition As You Simultaneously Cultivate Your Personal Power And Spiritual GrowthBy Teaching You To See Your Body And Spirit In A New Way, Anatomy Of The Spirit Provides You With The Tools For Spiritual Maturity And Physical Wholeness That Will Change Your Life Anatomy of the Spirit marked the beginning of Caroline Myss notorious career on the New Age healing circuit Anatomy is a book that relies heavily on anecdotes and testimonials, offering these as proofs of Divine healings Writing in the fashion of Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Myss touts a PhD in the field of Energy Medicine and boasts a miraculous healing of a man with HIV There is no proof of either an accredited PhD or any such healing Like any good New Age woo, Myss combines all the major world religions and throws in some popular, scientific weasel words ie Anatomy Her tone, per usual, is self praising as she claims that her Divine ability to diagnose illness is far superior to the fields of science, medicine, and psychology While presenting her pseudoscience in the form of chakra work, prayer, and meditation, she manages to remind the audience that even if all this work is done, there is no guarantee of healing She has an entire story about a woman who was allegedly told by a mystical being that she would end up with an illness and have to live with it for the remainder of her life It, like in all of Myss books, reminds the reader that, though she offers a seeming science to the process of healing, it is likely that if you do not receive any benefit, it is because there is some Divine, incomprehensible reason beyond our current understanding So, remember, you can do all this work in her book which is quite a lot, I assure you and still be stuck where you are Oh yes, and Myss tells us that the aforementioned woman, who would live the remainder of her days in pain, was on hallucinatory drugs when she had her mystical encounter And this in no way affects Myss judgment that the experience was real and Divine This sort of selective storytelling sometimes leads me to believe that Myss is deluded than a fraud And yet, fortunately, her current, alleged interactions with St Theresa of Avila, reassure me of the charlatan that she has always been.If you want to read something written by someone who believes that she is far superior to the rest of humanity who acts as though she has been chosen by God to heal the world who creates a pseudoscience based on sorta kinda maybe experiences and anecdotes then Caroline Myss is your author She will surely show you all the things wrong with your life, and remind you that you are imperfect, selfish, and stupid The only value in reading this book is in the fact that it has been a major influence in the world of woo As always, I remind all readers to enter with caution Myss is known for encouraging irrational thinking as she believes that the Divine is irrational It is likely your brain might fall out in reading such garbage. Refreshing that it wasn t a Polly Anna think positive and everything will all be miraculously healed kind of book It was really an in depth look at the emotional, psychological and mental baggage we carry and how it can lead to spiritual and physical breakdowns She examines these things using the chakras, the sefirots of Kabbalah, as well as the Seven Christian sacraments Myss challenges the reader to heal deep seated and underlying issues, if they truly want to heal on any level She doesn t spend too much time talking about healing physical illness when she does, she offers examples of those who were healed physically as a result of a breakthrough and those who weren t , but instead focuses a lot of time discussing the emotional and psychological ways of being, what contributes to breakdowns and how we can overcome them to live fuller, richer lives, spiritually connected full of meaning and love. Overall, a good solid book with lots of information, but it failed to provide me with tools that I can use at home to heal myself Therefore, it was a let down, for me, personally.This book goes into a lot of detail about chakras and spiritual jargon, of how the chakras relate to Christian Jewish symbolism not a theologan, can you tell..lol Good But that doesn t really interest me, not does it have anything to do with me healing myself So I know the 1st Chakra or Root also is x with Christianity So what That information does zippo for my healing, unless I am interested in those things.The stories however, saved this book for me, and kept me reading They were insightful and inspiring.And the Questions to ask yourself were good, but not great Most of us, are so out of touch with ourselves subconscious that we can t just ask a question and get understanding or perhaps it is just me that s out of touch..Lol So we read over 10 questions to ourselves So what How do we heal from the answer assuming we even get an answer from ourselves The only tool provided, was a tiny chapter at the end, which basically just talked about meditating Okay Well, what the gosh darn is meditating How does one do that How does one know when you re actually meditating Meditating and questions are the only tools And yes, I know how to meditate, and do.Not good enough for me.So, it was a personal difference for me I need tools You give me a hammer, I can take the hammer to pound things in, or pull them out I need tools to help me heal the no fracking issues that I m dealing with right here and now, not a vague thing about meditation.I read the book, since it was a gift I will keep it in my library But I wouldn t buy one.For healing tools, I prefer books with tools such as The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd, The Emotion Code by Bradley Nelson, and Energy Medicine by Donna Eden. This is one of my all time favorites I m reading it again to remind me of those spiritual lessons that are still hiding out from my consciousness I love the premiss of this book mind body connection I came to read this book after struggling for numerous years with chronic lower back pain I explored many areas to explain why this pain was with me and why it wouldn t leave despite many attempts to rid it on my part From Caroline s book, I learned about the chakra system and explored deeply what, if anything, I was doing or had done that was contributing to my pain and dis ease with my back After reading the book, I began doing Kundalini yoga almost daily in attempts to work whatever was in there out and help my kundalini rising This didn t help me and in fact caused pain Eventually, it was discovered that what was really going on was that I had bilateral both sides hip dysplasia shallow, forward facing hip sockets and something called FAI hip ball and socket pinching cartilage and tearing shredding Needless to say, I had huge regrets of doing the kundalini yoga and felt better knowing my pain wasn t stemming from something stuck in my lower chakra, or some psychological issue I hadn t addressed Rather, I was pretty much born with deformed hips and my pediatrician never caught it I ve since had surgeries to fix some of the biomechanical issues and am feeling a world better.Use extreme caution when reading this book Take it all with a grain of salt There may be some parts that have some validity, but often times with illnesses there are multiple factors to consider. Some books fall into your hands at the exact right moment This sure did.Even a year ago, I would have easily been turned off by a lot of the language within this There is a lot of God talk, that at one time made me want to drink bleach rather than confront Now I have gotten to the point that while I am not ecstatic when I see it, I do not have an immediate negative reaction.And truthfully, that only works in my favor here, as this book has been beyond helpful in creating a path to healing, where I take control of what needs to happen and I take the responsibility rather than creating a relationship where I can blame someone thing else if I do not heal.And this is truly a gift A gift A gift A gift.Myss really shows how much of our world and our lives are dominated by energies How much we are actually energy IF this sounds amazingly new agey, she does not really approach it that way, but in a you need to eat good to get energy to do things And if you do not eat food, you will have no energy Then applies this though out It makes sense.She also discusses how when we give up energy or lose it, how we can be adversely effected by that If a person is able to sense intuitively that he or she is losing energy because of a stressful situation and then acts to correct that loss of energy then the likelihood of that stress developing into a physical crisis is reduced, if not eliminated completely This is basically a guide book to living a far healthier life And while I took pages of notes and quotes away which I hope to use in helping me restore my health, the best part of this is that she has 10 questions after each chapter which force you to confront issues that most of us bury as deeply as possible.And while I am done with the book, I am just beginning to answer those questions And as difficult as most of them are to answer, they feel like shedding old self destructive patterns and habits They feel like yanking away the lies we tell ourselves, thinking they make each day easier, only to create mass confusion and pandemonium.It is not the easiest thing to read I found myself reading some passages up to 8 times, and often having to mouth the words, just to ensure my mind was open to the plethora of new ideas And I have plans to go back and review it in some months time, to ensure I am putting it all into action.I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to create a healthy space to exist in, or you know anyone sensible and who enjoys life and wants to ensure they live it to the fullest. This is a very insightful book that is particularly suited for individuals who have been on the spiritual path for quite some time Here s a great passage from it related to forgiveness as it relates to illness We all have negative feelings, but not all negativity produces disease To create disease, negative emotions have to be dominant, and what accelerates the process is KNOWING the negative thought to be toxic, but giving it permission to thrive in your consciousness anyway For instance, you may know you need to forgive someone, yet you decide that remaining angry gives you power Remaining obsessively angry makes you likely to develop a disease because the energy consequence of a negative obsession is powerlessness Energy is power, and transmitting energy into the past by dwelling on painful events drains power from your present day body and can lead to illness.
Caroline Myss was born on December 2, 1952 in Chicago, and grew up with her parents, and two brothers, one elder and one younger, in the Melrose Park, Illinois neighbourhood near Chicago Caroline was raised a Catholic, and attended the Mother Guerin High School, River Grove, Illinois, run by the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in journal
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- Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
- Caroline Myss
- 11 April 2019 Caroline Myss