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Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul [Paperback]

Caroline M. Myss
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6 Aug 2007
Internationally renowned motivational teacher, spiritual instructor, and popular theologian Caroline Myss presents her most important transformational work yet with Entering the Castle. It is a comprehensive inner guide to caring for your soul and finding a deep, true mysticism and a connection with the Divine - without having to give up the everyday world. Taking inspiration from the revered writings of Teresa of Avila, Myss adapts Teresa's vision of the soul as a beautiful crystal castle with many facets and rooms, each of which represents a stage of spiritual development and of coming to know God. The book presents an entirely new, seamless synthesis of ancient Eastern and Western insights, reinterpreted for today. Readers will learn how to build an interior castle sustained by prayer and the practices of silence, healing, channelling grace and forming circles of soul companions.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (6 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184737073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370730
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Before commenting on Caroline's "Entering the Castle", it is important to note how her book is based on sixteenth-century mystic St. Teresa de Avila (Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda). When St. Teresa wrote her theological treatises, the Church did not consider women competent to be authors in general, nor to write about theology, in particular. Although in her book "The Interior Castle" (Las Moradas), St. Teresa proved theologians of the time wrong on both counts, she had to write in a circumspect and self-deprecating style in order to pass the scrutiny of the Inquisitors. These limitations made her writings cumbersome and somewhat fragmented.

In her book "Entering the Castle", Caroline Myss has liberated St. Teresa from the suffocating Inquisition, and has brought sixteenth-century psychology of the spirit to the twenty-first century. Caroline's book offers courage, methodology and hope about how, independent of religious affiliation, we can enter our own "castle" to navigate our spiritual journey. More importantly however, Caroline very wisely suggests, we must be "mystics out of the monastery" so that we can reach others with the wealth of spirit required to advance global consciousness. As a clinical psychologist who teaches mystics wellness on their arduous journey to find union with the divine, I strongly recommend "Entering the Castle", for anyone who is seeking spiritual guidance that goes beyond New Age "quick fix".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Turn to the Divine 8 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
Myss has been teaching on human consciousness and spirituality for over 25 years. She describes the mystical journey in this book based on teachings of St Theresa of Avila.

"Entering the Castle" is intended as a guide into mysticism. The idea presented in the book is to become mystics without monastaries. This requires answering three key questions:

(1) Why was I born?
(2) What is my greater purpose in my life?
(3) How can I be of service?

The Castle spoken of in this book is our inner center - a place where can find sanctuary, peace and guidance. Through contemplation we can access this Castle within. The ideas in this book are based on St. Theresa of Avila's THE INTERIOR CASTLE, where she mentions seven mansions i.e. stages through which the soul passes in its mystical journey to union with the Divine.

"Entering the Castle" gives an inner dimension to our spiritual work that is at times lacking in current spiritual literature, which is more concerned with achievement and prosperity as end goals rather than inner development of the self. So I am glad to come across this book.

I also found "THE POWER OF NOW" and "A NEW EARTH" by Eckhart Tolle to reflect higher spiritual wisdom, along with "NEXUS: A NEO NOVEL" by Morrison & Singh, which offers a compelling journey of transformation based on connecting to our center called "the Nexus."
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Are Already Oneness 16 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover
It is difficult to review this book as the contents are only a guide...the experience is yours. When attempting to act as a guide or to describe the devine/oneness we usually fail as the only tool we have at our desposal is language which is essentially dualistic and an absraction made by the nervous system from nothing. It dosen`t particularly matter wether or not you believe in (With Respect)...sons of God.. the Buddha..Hinduism..Islam...Judaism, as these are only constructs of the mind and not oneness/divinity itself....I am a fan of Caroline Myss,she has given me many precious moments of insight and if you can just treat the book as a journey/path to what you already are, then you have an amazing metaphor to realisation.

Realisation can happen without such a journey of course... while in Tesco in fact, but personally, "I" enjoy the drama.
Dont mistake the "menu for the meal"

Stacks Of Love,
Don Shamballa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful treasure for the 21st centuary 23 Mar 2007
By Io
Format:Hardcover
This book is a wonderful treasure full of life-changing jewels. It invites us to love the life we are already living and discover sacred significance in simplicity and the so-called ordinary. Paradoxically everyone`s lives contain all the ingredients necessary for living extra-ordinarily. We are directed by a series of reflective questions and through contemplative prayer into a mystical world beyond the five senses. There are no promises or expectations given as to what we will find at the centre of our being because everyone`s experience will be unique. We are invited to give up trying to manipulate in order to get what we want out of life and instead expand fearlessly into Divine consciousness and discover what life needs us to be. A glimpse of true power - not the sort that dazzles and outshines but instead illuminates everything around it.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Let me begin by noting that I enjoyed Sacred Contracts and its multicultural perspective on understanding your soul very much. It was my enthusiasm for that work that led me to Entering the Castle.

I was taken aback to find that Entering the Castle is an ecumenical reader's guide to St. Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle. If I had known that, I would have read The Interior Castle instead for a deeper Christian reading on St. Teresa's mystical experiences and guidance for the rest of us.

If you aren't a Christian, you may like Entering the Castle because the book is careful not to take a Christian perspective while referencing figures from the faith. Jesus, for instance, is typically described as a spiritual figure rather than the son of God. Although Caroline Myss describes herself as a Catholic, her personal beliefs seem to be that all religions are essentially identical. It's more of a Unitarian view than a Catholic description of religion.

If you are a Christian, why wouldn't you want a purely Christian perspective?

The book is very slow to begin. It takes around a hundred pages before you reach the first part of what St. Teresa of Avila described. I didn't find the writing to be tight and engaging like the writing is in Sacred Contracts.

St. Teresa wrote about her mystical experiences as a kind of roadmap that someone can follow who wants more a more direct relationship with God. As described in Entering the Castle there are seven metaphorical mansions in the castle. Within each mansion, there are rooms that represent stages of mystical experience and development. These rooms are described as exercises for you to do. There's a caution that St.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A place of spiritual safety, where your inner self can be...
It is an interesting clarification of the work of St. Teresa of Avila and offers the notion of a castle with many rooms in each of which one can approach a different spiritual... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms. C. Wetwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A book among books
This is a book of such supreme depth and wisdom that I don't know how to begin.

From its preface onwards it has been life changing and a delight. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by P Knitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration - but only limited method
First of all, when this book was initially released, I loved it and it became my introduction to mysticim and the interior life. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Neophyte Hermeticist
3.0 out of 5 stars A mystic's search for peace of the soul
Entering the Castle: An inner path to God and your soul by Caroline Myss, Simon and Schuster, 2007, 402 ff.

A mystic's search for peace of the soul
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Published on 25 Aug 2009 by Dr. H. A. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too much work
I found this book way off the 'beaten track' and although I greatly admire this author and her work this book was really just not for me. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by Mrs. Anne Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars Ecumenical Reader's Guide to St. Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle
Let me begin by noting that I enjoyed Sacred Contracts and its multicultural perspective on understanding your soul very much. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2007 by Donald Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Ecumenical Reader's Guide to St. Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle
Let me begin by noting that I enjoyed Sacred Contracts and its multicultural perspective on understanding your soul very much. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2007 by Donald Mitchell
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