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Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential [Hardcover]

Caroline Myss
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Book Description

Jan. 2 2002
Caroline Myss, author of the New York Times bestsellers Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, presents an exciting, highly original program in this long-awaited book. Based on her internationally popular workshop of the same name, Sacred Contracts is a brilliant synthesis of psychology, healing guidance, and spiritual insight.

As a medical intuitive, Myss has found that people often don’t understand their purpose in life, which has led to a spiritual malaise of epidemic proportions. This metaphysical disease in turn leads to depression, anxiety, fatigue, and eventually physical illness.

But our purpose—our individual Sacred Contract—is often difficult to apprehend. For this reason, Myss developed an enjoyable and ingenious process for deciphering your own Contract using a new theory of archetypes that builds on the works of Jung, Plato, and contemporary thinkers. She first recounts how the concept of Sacred Contracts took form in myths and other cultural traditions through the ages. She then examines the lives of the spiritual masters and prophets—Abraham, Jesus, the Buddha, and Muhammad—whose archetypal journeys illustrate the four stages of a Sacred Contract and provide clues for discovering your own.

With her signature motivational style and stories, Myss explains how you can identify your particular spiritual energies, or archetypes—the gatekeepers of your higher purpose—and use them to help you find out what you are here on earth to learn and whom you are meant to meet. In coming to know your archetypal companions, you also begin to see how to live your life in ways that make the best use of your personal power and lead you to fulfill your greatest—in fact, your divine—potential.

In this process, you learn how to see your life—and the lives of others—symbolically, allowing you to manage your personal power without getting caught up in emotional drama. You will also learn how to fulfill your Sacred Contract: what you and only you are here on earth to do. Finally, Myss offers specific guidance for locating your physical and emotional vulnerabilities and healing any susceptible areas.

Both visionary and practical, Sacred Contracts is a completely unique process of self-discovery and spiritual archaeology and a bold, powerful work of spiritual wisdom.

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We all come into this world with Sacred Contracts according to bestselling author Caroline Myss. Some know it as a calling. Some see it as a life mission. "In short, a Sacred Contract is an agreement your soul makes before you are born", Myss explains. "You promise to do certain things for yourself, for others, and for divine purposes. Part of the Contract requires that you discover what you are meant to do". Herein lies the rub. Decoding our Sacred Contract requires us to become fluent in the language of symbols and archetypes so that we can interpret dreams, understand the meaning behind "coincidences", and learn to follow our intuition. This is why Myss offers an extensive lesson on helping readers recognise their personal archetypes (we have about 12 of them), such as the Avenger (righteous activists), Networker (journalists, messengers), or Prostitute (someone who "sells out" easily). Myss then goes on to help readers create their own "Chart of Origin" (which profiles your "spiritual DNA"), using the teachings of the chakras and astrology. Part science, part ancient tradition, part magic, this book will gratify readers who are prepared to study the fine print of their Sacred Contracts. --Gail Hudson

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As incongruous as it may seem at first glance to her legions of fans, Myss, a popular intuitive healer and teacher, and the bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit, thinks it makes perfect sense to describe her approach to spirituality as that of an archetypal "Saboteur." After all, it takes a thief to catch a thief, she explains in her latest work. In her workshops and readings, she goes "on a search and destroy mission to find my students' spiritual panic.... Deep in the unconscious, our spiritual potential lies in wait for us to release it. Sometimes you will have to blow things out of your own way to get to it." Here, Myss offers her readers a new system for blowing away pedestrian notions of their purpose on the planet. She espouses the ancient notion that our souls enter into a kind of contract before birth that we agree to have various human experiences and even (in Myss's version) to encounter certain people in order to learn lessons. The author includes a technique for arriving at 12 archetypes that rule different areas of our life from career to sex to our highest aspirations. While each of us is controlled in different ways by four "survival" archetypes Child, Victim, Prostitute, Saboteur the other archetypes that flavor our relations to the world are up to us and as richly different as Vampire and Messiah. One value of Myss's ingenious system is that, like the I Ching, it teaches readers to use symbols not as one-dimensional descriptions but as a call to reflection and imagination and a means to see ourselves in a greater light. 18-city author tour.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Now We Know About Those Mysterious Outer Wheels April 18 2004
I'm a huge fan of archetypes and archetypal work, and this love affair began when I was introduced to the work of medical intuitive and teacher, Caroline Myss. After discussing archetypes on the Myss Discussion Boards for some time, I was really excited when her book Sacred Contracts finally came out in January 2002. I've read and highlighted that book many times! It was with equal excitement that I anticipated the release of her Archetype Cards deck in September 2003.
The brand-new release of Sacred Contracts: The Journey - An Interactive Experience for Guidance which expands the concept of sacred contracts and archetypes into three wheels was also met with high excitement. A huge dry-erase game board? Markers? A pad of Wheel templates? And, finally, some information on those 2 mysterious outer wheels?
I couldn't wait to open it.
Here's what you'll find when open your package:
*A huge box. The gameboard alone is 2 feet x 2 feet, and folds into quarters. It's very thick and sturdy. A magenta-colored circle in the center gives keywords for each of the 12 Houses of the Zodiac. For example, the 1st House is Ego/Personality, the 2nd House is Life Values, the 3rd House is Self-Expression, and so on. Outside of the inner circle containing House keywords lies the Chronos Wheel. "Chronos" is written within this circular area in very light lavender, with 12 blank 'pie' slices (just like an Astrological Natal Chart, but with Houses evenly spaced.) Outside the Chronos Wheel is a narrow, colorful band which has a unique tapestry for each of the Houses (for example, with Pisces, you see two fish), as well as the name of each Zodiac sign and it's traditional astrological symbol. Outside of that is yet another blank wheel divided into 12 for the Kairos Wheel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars are we all schizo? uhuh! Aug. 29 2003
By perla
who are those inner voices come from inside of us? they are our archetypes! the child, the saboteur, the healer, the victim... oh so many to find out about.
they are the voices of our fearful ego and our loving Self... find out who they are, and how to understand them... to understand them is to discover the mythology within your own soul... and to come to know who you are, why you react and act the way you do, why you make bad or good choices, what your path is like now, and how to better steer your journey towards your highest purpose.
you could also learn to relate to other people better. instead of seeing ONLY how people act and reacting to them, you will actually be able to start understanding why they act as they do and maybe learn to interact with others better instead of reacting to them.
if you can get through even some of the major parts of the book, your inner conversations could take on maturity and clarity. YOU will be in better control of your Life by knowing your various selves...
even when i did not even finish the book from cover to cover, i started to pick up valuable insights on my own inner voices... very good perspective to learn to take on about oneself and others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful to a degree Dec 27 2002
The premise of this book is to better understand who you are by using archetypes and then deriving what your 'sacred contrats' are based on these archetypes. The first half of the book is very useful as the reader learns about the four primary archetypes that we all have as well as how they influence our actions or reactions in various situations. The reader then selects 8 other archetypes that fit them based on information provided in the back of the text on various archetypes. Three serious downfalls of this book are:
1. limited information about each archetype's strengths/weaknesses; responses/actions; acended;descended attitudes - The readers are left to intuit much of this information about themselves with limited information to help guide them along the path. (I don't count examples of movies or myths to be useful as you would have to see the movie or know the myth to understand how it applies and most readers will not do that.) Surely the author could have spent a little more time elaborating on the archetypes that her readers will be assessing themselves to have.
2. What I believe to be a serious error is the author's assessment that we have the same 12 archetypes with us all our lives. I can attest to the fact that a certain points in my life I was guided by specific archetypes which are no longer part of my 'family.' As we develop and change (yes, we do change if we are aiming to grow spiritually) what was true of us at age 15 might no longer be true of us at age 40. If we are stagnant then it is likely we will remain the same 12 archetypes, but many of us will move on to others as we develop. (BTW the number 12 is chosen so we can do a zodiac wheel using archetypes and otherwise has no real logic behind it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Reinventing the wheel." Feb. 4 2002
Caroline Myss always draws a big crowd here in Boulder, and her sold-out appearance several nights ago was no exception. Her intellectually and spiritually powerful lecture, drawn mostly from this 433-page book, prompted me to read SACRED CONTRACTS in a single weekend. In her previous bestseller, ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, Myss showed us how "our biography becomes our biology" (p. 3), and in this book she integrates psychological archetypes, Eastern and Western spiritualty, and the energies of the chakras into a path of self discovery that leads to living life to our fullest potentials. In a word, SACRED CONTRACTS is about empowerment.
Why are we here? What should we be doing with our lives? To discover our individual purposes, Myss encourages us to first find and then learn how to use our inner compass (p. 2). We need to find our divine path through life, Myss observes, because how we live our lives can create health or illness (p. 3). Drawing from sources like Jung and Plato, Myss teaches us how to read the archetypal patterns that influence our chakra energies (p. 6). "Archetypes are the architects of our lives" (p. 7), she writes, and our chakra energies radiate into every aspect of our lives, influencing our survival instincts, sex drives, self esteem, emotions, intellect, and spiritual aspirations (p. 165). I discovered, for instance, that I am influenced by the archetypal patterns of Hermit, Advocate, Poet, Rebel, Seeker, Student, Dreamer, and sometimes Clown, among others. Myss even provides an extensive and truly fascinating "Gallery of Archetypes" in the Appendix of her book (pp. 364-416).
Dr. Myss defines our sacred contract as the lesson we agreed to learn before birth in this incarnation to fulfill our divine potential (p.
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