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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (Aug. 26 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609800140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609800140
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Del Ray Zimmerman on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P Giovanni Sanchez on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on Sept. 13 2002
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our lives, our religions, and our "sacred" selves.
Carolyn takes great material and puts it into a clear representation that brings harmony rather than diversity. If you ever belonged to one of the major religions of the world, this book will make sense to you, and help you see yourself as part of a much larger world community.
Not only that, but you will gain new insight into yourself as a person, and the parts of your life you hold sacred and those you pay no attention to.
This book was a great beginning for me to pay closer attention to my body. Gary Zukav's book "Heart of the Soul" is a great follow up with practical advice on "actively" using your body and emotions to change your life for the better.
Happy Reading!
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