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Caroline Myss
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Aug. 26 1997
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 growth.

By 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.

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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

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful clues to Spiritual development Sept. 4 2003
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This book provides us with a wonderful outline of spiritual development. It explains the problems we may face in our spiritual development and how they are manifested as physical problems. I love how the author puts together the stages in christianity, judaism, and hinduism and illuminates us to the parellels she finds. I also love how she discusses the flow of spiritual energy and how it affects our physical health. If you'd like to read a fascinating book explaining this using a more rational (rather than intuitive) approach, read "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. It explains things like "spiritual energy" and "spiritual" development by relating it to many contemporary theories in Psychology. Both books are absolutely amazing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, but complicated July 29 2002
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I sought out Caroline Myss's work because of some lower back pain I've had over the past six months. I believe that physical problems can result from spiritual issues, and since I had not been in any kind of accident, I thought my problems might be the result of something not readily seen.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of spiritual matters..... Aug. 23 2002
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In the last part of ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, Caroline Myss unites her discussion of three belief systems (Roman Catholic Sacraments, Kabbalah Tree of Life, and Hindu Chakras) within the concept of living in the present moment. Many who have trod the spiritual path Myss describes and faced the Three Big Crises - absence of meaning and purpose; strange new fears; and devotion to something greater than one's self - will appreciate her final words. Suffering produces spiritual rewards.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my perception ... March 12 2010
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I purchased this book to help me get a better understanding of how each chakra functions. I am especially curious about how our physical/emotional/mental illnesses are linkd to each particular chakra. This book fulfilled all these questions and more ... and I'm only on chapter two!

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This books is impactful if your'e ready for it!! Aug. 21 2003
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Anatomy of the Spirit is a great book. In reading some of the other feedback about the book, I think it is clear that this book has many facets and can be helpful from a variety of angles and to a variety of people. Important life topics such as religion, health and spirituality are all present, as well as the connection between and among them. I think that depending on your own state of mind in life, Caroline's message will take its own form which is why this this book is so impactful.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent It opened my eyes to a whole lot of ...
This book is excellent It opened my eyes to a whole lot of things I hadn't seen and now I look at the world very differently. I have to say this is my favourite book of hers.
Published 17 days ago by Jeanette
3.0 out of 5 stars Too deep for me
It was hard for me to read - but in time I will re-read it to see if I have a better understanding.
Published 6 months ago by Heather Kilian
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome beginnings
This is the most interesting of her books for me as it really connects Western and Eastern paradigms around energetic medicine! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome..
All of Caroline's writings are clear and make a person want to get even closer to God. Helped my spirit grow leaps..
Published 12 months ago by Amy Shearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
I'm reading with lots of enlightenment. Caroline is really making me think and re think the process of how we really are our own medical and emotional practitioners. Great book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book reconnects a few things and for me it really allowed me to see a different perspective and taught me some great lessons. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2011 by alandc
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the standard for Caroline Myss's work.
For anyone who aspires to do the work described in this book, Caroline Myss is a seminal teacher and muse. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2010 by Paul Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is an excellent book and a fantastic way to begin your inner journey. I've spent thousands on counseling and this book did more to help me understand myself than anything I've... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2009 by Art and Soul
1.0 out of 5 stars Listen and take what you can
Not very good at all. The whole lecture comes from a christian standpoint. Caroline searches for the basic truths that all older folk-based religions possess, but realizes the... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by GixxxerKim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Wonderful!
I recently survived a serious illness and I feel that owe a lot of this to Caroline Myss and this book that she wrote. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
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