Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing Paperback – Aug 26 1997
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What sets Anatomy of the Spirit apart is Carolyn Myss's ability to blend diverse religious and spiritual beliefs into a succinct discussion of health and human anatomy. For example, when describing the seven energy fields of the human body, she fuses Christian sacraments with Hindu chakras and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life. Fortunately, Myss is a skilled writer as well as researcher, able to ground her extensive spiritual and religious discussions by using real-life stories and a tight writing style. Those who are squeamish with the notion of biography affecting biology will find this book a struggle (in one chapter, Myss links pancreatic cancer with a man's refusal to unburden his life and start fulfilling his dreams). Many, however, hail Myss for creating a valuable contribution to the ongoing exploration of spirituality and health. --Gail Hudson
From Publishers Weekly
One of the hottest new voices in the alternative health/spirituality scene, Myss is a "medical intuitive" whose work with Dr. C. Norman Shealy resulted in their coauthored book, The Creation of Health. In this engaging volume, Myss describes our "spiritual anatomy" and how its dysfunctions affect the physical body. Going beyond the spirit/body connection, she presents a complete program for spiritual growth, drawing on concepts from three major religions. Linking the seven chakras of Hinduism to the seven Christian sacraments and the Jewish mystical Tree of Life, Myss details the struggles associated with each chakra and its correspondents. To Myss, our primary foundation, or first chakra, for example, corresponds to baptism and the mystical Jewish concept of Shekhinah. This chakra's energy, according to Myss, is concerned with our "tribe," be it our family, country or other group we identify with, and it activates our need for loyalty, honor and justice. Misplaced loyalties or conflicts will most likely manifest in the lower part of the body, in afflictions like lower back pain. The author intersperses her text with case studies and keeps her discussion close to real-life concerns. Her tone can be gratingly authoritative at times ("all human stress corresponds to a spiritual crisis"), and it's questionable whether the alleged correspondences are as firm as Myss posits. Still, there's wisdom here, in words that eschew New Age jargon and that make otherwise esoteric material accessible to a general readership. This book has breakout potential. One Spirit Book Club main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Not everyone will appreciate Myss' book. I would like to send the audio version to my 87-year old aunt who is devoutly Roman Catholic, but I don't think she would like it. My Southern Baptist aunt would probably disown me. My daughter would appreciate it - but she's a fan of Bishop Pike. For a change, Myss has written a book older folks will appreciate more than younger ones.
I know something about the sacraments having been raised with them. I've also acquired a great deal of knowledge about the Chakras in the past 40 years (via reading and Hindu friends). I have studied the Kabbalah (it is far more complex than Myss' book indicates). Like Joseph Campbell whom she apparently see as a model, Myss sees a larger truth underlying religious structures and/or tribal systems of belief.
Myss is billed as an expert on energy medicine. In the early 1980s, I had the pleasure and privilege of being in Louis Hay's home. I can testify that "whatever your mind can conceive and believe it will achieve." Whenever I have an ailment, I whip out Hays' healing books (Myss cites one of them). Healing takes many forms. Doctors mostly facilitate the process or mess it up. The power of positive thinking, prayer, the laying on of hands, and laughter all work to heal the body-mind-spirit.Read more ›
Anatomy of the Spirit teaches the energies of the seven chakras and compares that knowledge to Jewish and Christian traditions to illustrate their truth and universality.
While explaining the power of each chakra, as well as the physical problems that can result from improper energy flow, Myss also tells stories of friends and clients who have overcome ailments while working through spiritual conflict.
The information here can be difficult to follow and somewhat esoteric, but the personal stories really help the reader grasp the main concepts of each chakra. The book doesn't offer practical advice so much as it offers deeper insight into the spirit and how it works.
It's now up to me to use that insight and intuitively guide my way to healing my back pain. Myss is so convincing, I believe I can do it.
Within the first 25 pages, Carolyn Myss got me thinking about chakras in a whole new way ... the way she explains our spiritual anatomy changed my perception almost immediately. I love the way that you can feel her experience through her words ... this is a must read for anyone working with energy, dealing with bad habits, health problems or for anyone who just wants a better understanding of how to work with their spiritual selves in order to be happier & more fulfilled.
For me, this book was as if a light-bulb went on just as I was ready to step on the train of change. Anatomy of the Spirit is an excellent book for those who are constantly questioning the meaning of their lives....confused, fearful of the unknown while at the same time ready to make a change. Caroline's simple, yet powerful messages about our connection to the world (physical as well as spiritual) supply us with a bag of ammunition to confront the ever-changing circumstances of our existence....giving us the strength and comfort to finally be free....
After reading the book I really thought about buying a bunch of them for my relatives, friends and anyone that might benefit from it.....but after further thinking, I thought that "the shoe might not fit every feet" so I will only buy it for those whose souls are ready for it...
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Fantastic book! It really puts life and health into perspective.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent explanation of the energies within each chakra and stories of people who in their inward journies recognized imbalances and worked to release negative patterns. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Margot Kitchen
Everyone needs to read this for better health and better living !Published 7 months ago by Natalie Craig
You will have to re read this book, so much information and thinks to think aboutPublished 9 months ago by Stephen E. Blair
What an awful book. I have a real keen interest in chakra/spirituality and I was excited to read this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Glennie
Excellent product, exactly as described. Arrived well packaged in short order.Published 13 months ago by Robert Ross
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