Navigating Hope: How to Turn Life's Challenges into a Journey of Transformation Audio CD – Audiobook, Feb 28 2010
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About the Author
Caroline Myss was born on December 2, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana in 1974. During her career as a journalist, she interviewed Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the author of the book, On Death and Dying, which inspired her to pursue a master's degree in theology from Mundelein College, which she completed in 1979. She also studied intuition and energy medicine at Greenwich University. In 1982, she started giving medical intuitive readings and has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for 20 years. She specializes in assisting people in understanding the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies have developed an illness. She has written numerous books including Anatomy of the Spirit; Why People Don't Heal and How They Can; Sacred Contracts; Entering the Castle; and Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason.
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I never thought much of those who say she can be strident and abusive in her tone.. I never heard what they heard.. until I listened to this recording...WOW!
When I first started listening I had my usual "ah ha!" moments. Myss always delivers a fresh insight that shifts my perspective in an empowering way... but listening further she just goes off the deep end.
At one point she started acting the voice of a child being molested...creepy, but I was able to move on. Then she started her usual I'm-sick-of-needy-new-agers rant.. but this time the tone was WAY over the top, off-putting and pissed on whatever message she had about navigating hope in your life. It was almost like she was saying "most of you people buying this cd are too self-absorbed and stupid and don't deserve my brilliant thoughts."
The final straw was when she started mocking those who worked hard all their lives, were promised pensions and then had the pensions taken away from them. Dr. Laura Schlesinger on a bad day has more compassion.
I used to think Myss's approach was tough-love, but I think she just plain angry.
I did have some sort of epiphany however: I can stop buy Caroline Myss products. However brilliant her insights I'm no closer to God than if I never listened to them. I'll devote myself to my simple practice and keep it at that. Too much Myss muddies the waters.
Gabriella Palmer, Sydney, Australia
All in all, I think where Caroline goes astray is that she takes a (divine) gift of medical intuition and mistakenly considers it wisdom. This lecture is from the left side of her brain. It is a decade by decade rant on how humanity, particularly humanity in North America, has gone astray, and we need hope, "realistic" hope. She's angry that people are angry, and can't forgive the fact they people don't readily forgive each other. What's devastating is that she can't see the beam in her own eye. It tends to cast doubt on her earlier teachings, (though I think she just has not followed them to their logical conclusion). She's living as a cloistered "alchemist" in a high tower, looking down on humanity, when in truth she hasn't transcended any of the limitations everyone faces. She sarcastically lampoons vegetarians, massage therapists, hippies, procurers of organic produce, other healers, and most every other mortal who is not Mother Theresa. She assumes the worst about her audience; that they are perhaps as disappointed with life, and caustic and she seems to be. I think her "teacher" is strangling her "child" archetype. Maybe this rant is a cleansing of her 5th chakra?
"Be the change you wish to see."
I suppose I understand the frustration; she can diagnose medical conditions but she is powerless to heal. It must be painful. Is her sacred contract to shed the ego that comes with this beautiful gift, thereby graciously accepting the power to heal?
Right now Id say the best thing I have heard in years on combining all the old sages teachings with practical western living is by Gangaji. Get her audio series "The Diamond in Your Pocket." She goes way beyond Wayne and Deepak and Eckhart to really explain from every angle why we really can find peace by letting go, and tells us the truth......its going to be scary as hell to do it! I have listened to her 7 hour audio 5 or more times already and "magically" a new teaching or phrase I never heard before appears. This woman is the closest thing Ive seen to real divinity and magic out of every self help and new age author Ive read in the last 20 years. Anyoen wanting to start a club/discussion board to share our discoveries about her work via a blog or tele-group, let me know! Happy lostening. BTW.....amazon has a fantastic deal to download her entire 6 cd's instantly for around 15 dollars!
I donl't hear her "ranting" and she is not imitating "imitating the whiny voice of a child being molested" - don't know where the previous reviewer got that. She does imitate the whiny voice of an adult, who is still choosing to be self-identified with childhood wounds that happened decades ago. She IS calling out the narcissism of the baby boomer generation (of which I am one) who dropped out of the social revolutions of the 60's to become endlessly mired in overemphasizing their own small-s "self" and all the permutations of their emotions. People can find it hard to hear - but I think she's right on making a point that so much overemphasis on self, becomes an indulgent mode of living an entitled life and excusing the behaviors and attitudes that are dysfunctional but which we are unwilling to tackle and change.
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