Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

by Caroline Myss
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Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many of you, I¿m one of those readers who likes to highlight words or sentences or passages with a yellow marker. So, it makes me chuckle every time I consult my copy of ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss because it often looks as if I highlighted everything! Once, I went back through the book just to convince myself that I had been doing a weak job somehow, that I wasn¿t really present when I read, that I wasn¿t paying attention. But no, that wasn¿t it. The thing is, Caroline Myss is a marvelous writer, let alone a profound medical intuitive and teacher. With her significant help, and for the first time, really, I was able to make sense of the Seven Sacred Truths, or seven Hindu chakras. As she blends them, point by point, with the Kabbalah¿s Tree of Life and the Christian sacraments, I felt repeatedly as if a brilliant, warm and clear light were going off in my head. I was raised a Catholic, and I never understood the sacraments so well! In addition to this magnificent breakthrough model, Myss¿s narratives of individual cases she¿s worked with are inspiring and riveting. Finally, her introduction on becoming a medical intuitive and serving her intuitive apprenticeship is simply remarkable. This book, in short, is jaw-droppingly astounding. It would be impossible for me to praise it to excess, because anything I say cannot quite measure up to Myss¿s poetry in prose. I¿m suggesting everyone I know and meet read and cherish this book! To Caroline Myss, I bow down. Robert McDowell, The Poetry Mentor, author of the forthcoming POETRY AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (Free Press, July 2008),
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written and gives a fascinating glimpse into one woman's experience with the energy system and what it can mean for us psychologically and physically. However, be careful to take it all with a grain of salt - throughout the book Myss tends to create definitions, formulas, and types, as she does in all her work, that may go beyond her actual experience. People like fitting into a formula, but the formulas found in this book are over-simplistic to the point of being misleading. Pain in the back does not always correlate to a particular chakra being imbalanced, for example. The three systems she addresses are NOT direct parallels of each other, and to 'make them fit' she lessens the innate depth, complexity, and true value of each. Far better to experience one of these systems in detail for yourself than to depend on someone else's interpretation. However, this book does have the strength that runs through all of Myss' work, and that is psychological insight - as a work of psychology, she has valuable ideas that anyone can apply to their lives right now.
Kyra1985 More than 1 year ago
Anatomy of the Spirit marked the dawn 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 more 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.
ArnaldoGoncalves More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book. It is deep, very comprehensive and treats many issues we find intuitive and some guidelines for conduct that are treated by different disciplines as luminous. I don't believe really in books of self-help as I don't believe in gurus. No one has found the real truth. Caroline makes a very responsible effort to understand and let us comprehend the illness that we suffer in modern societies. Being Christina she doesn't impose a religious was of interiorization. Looks at the different contributions of several spiritual paths and combine them. I come from the world of Kabbalah as I found this old tradition appealing and giving me the answers of self-understanding and meditation. But I am not a Jew, so some of the appealings seem for a Southern European odd. This book completed the way I perceived the internal voyage within ourselves as something open to everyone: to those who worship a religion, for those who don't (like myself) and for those that have doubts about the sacred and the path to the divine. I read it in Portuguese and by searching other books available from the author I found that she has published others. I recommend this book to anyone not satisfied with what he or she knows about his/her spiritual demands and demanding about what he or she needs to do change his/her life. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many books on spirituality and healing and this is the best. I've given copies to all my family members; I recommend it to my children when they are having difficulty. The book is like a Bible to me; it is a stone upon which I can build my faith. It makes sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is good to know that there are human beings like Caroline Myss, who aperantly cares for people, and helps them heal in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had a long time where I have been in pain from something resulting from my cerebal palsy (whether it be recovering from one of my many surgeries or having gerneral joint pain almost everyday). It has been hard to get thru the everyday. After finding this book, and she going on the Oprah show a few years ago, I realized that this woman/healer could be onto something. Now, not only do I take good care of my body by exercising and eating better, but I relax and meditate to center myself and see what my body is trying to tell me. Caroline is a heaven-sent, and if it weren't for her, my life would be much more miserable than it is now.
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I bought this book as a gift to a sick friend. I first read this book many years ago when it was given to me by my sister. It has been a great resource for me to call attention to the core of some of my own challenges and questions. I have given it away to many other people and end up buying another copy for myself. It is one of those books that you refer back to over and over again. I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to request a nookbook for this title. Thank you.
JanetStephenson More than 1 year ago
I am giving this book a solid 4 stars - in many ways, it has helped me grow and heal, and most importantly recognize exactly where I am and how I got here. I realized that my alignment with my spiritual path and life's purpose began many years ago as she talks about leaving your tribe to seek your soul family. I gained a sense of confidence by recognizing that I had accidentally been taking large steps, I just hadn't given myself any credit for them because I didn't know they were universal steps. Anatomy of the Spirit gave me a sense of camaraderie that there are many souls out there who have come to the same realizations I have, who had dealt with difficult situations, and how it all ties together. Caroline Myss ties in several different religious aspects, which honestly bored me to tears. I don't need a justification or an explanation from a variety of different belief systems in order to validate the truthfulness of her statements - I could feel it within me, and that is good enough for me. I could have done without the extraneous (in my humble opinion) cross-referencing to religion. That being said, many of you will love the way she has carefully studied and presented these seemingly different religions within the framework of our spiritual anatomy. I highly recommend this book as a confidence builder, as a means to identify where you are today, and what areas you could continue working on. Janet Stephenson, author "Young Bodies, Old Souls" (coming soon to Barnes & Noble) www (dot) young-bodies-old-souls (dot) com
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I've love love her very early works, before she became this world famous spiritual teacher. You can sense from her voice, a humble, gentle person who had inspired millions of people including myself! Especially her "Spiritual power & spiritual practice". But ever since last year presidential election, Caroline has changed to this sharp tongue, partisan, opinionated political person who writes articles on HuffingtonPost.com and their news paper, criticizing all Republicans parties, candidates or anyone who is not supporting the democrats party because their political views is not the same as hers. I feel that she is not living what she preach! You are an spiritual teacher! You should rise above all these political madness and use your power and inspirational words to bring people together! Especially during this trouble time, instead of clam people's anger & differences on the health care bills that just past, she writes many articles to add the oil into fire to make people more partisan and angry! Caroline, I am so disappointed by the direction you took. I think you were a wonderful spiritual teacher when you just started many years ago, maybe your success and ego has finally got to you! Please bring back the old Caroline Myss we love! Not this political driven, sharp tongue partisan columnist! If you are republican, or not agree with the health care bills that just passed or the direction of our country is heading, go to HuffingtonPost.com and type in the search section of Caroline Myss you'll see what I am talking about!
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