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Definitely contains great, unconventional wisdom
on 11 January 2013
This was my first book by Carolyn Myss after I saw a video of one of her workshops and wanted to know more.
The basic propositions of the book are:
=> Body, mind and spirit are connected. Our spirit records every thought and emotion and all experiences manifest in our body.
=> The human body contains 7 energy centers (chakras), each containing a life lesson we must learn when we evolve towards higher consciousness.
=> This has been known across the ages as sacred truths, and the teachings of the major religions (Judaic, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist) contain this. (She says she does not feel comfortable enough in her knowledge about Islam to include it)
=> Disease manifests when the energy flow in an energy center is disrupted, e.g. when negative thoughts have become dominant (p.43). Each energy centre relates to specific organs.
=> Carolyn Myss is a medical intuitive who can interpret the presence as well as the emotional and psychological causes of illness via the human energy field, often before they manifest.
=> We can heal ourselves when we understand the lesson contained in the disease and change accordingly.
Carolyn Myss first describes her personal path of how she became a medical intuitive, and then explains the seven sacred truths as corresponding to the chakra system together with countless examples of people she met and helped.
I find this book very enriching for the wisdom it contains, and I truly respect Carolyn Myss for the work she does, specifically in supporting conventional M.D.s whose diagnostic tools often don't suffice.
The reason for why I only give three stars:
As a psychologist, I definitely agree that emotional and spiritual stresses cause physical illness, and I believe western society in particular has a lot to learn still in this field. However, I disagree with her notion (p.6) that "her insights have shown her that this is the case for all physical illness". This neglects genetic, environmental and maybe unstructured variables, and can be judgmental towards people who are terminally ill. For people who want to contemplate on this notion, I recommend Ken Wilber's book "Grace and Grit" which is the story of a genuinely loving person on the path to spiritual enlightened who, in spite of countless traditional and non-traditional treatments and sincere personal efforts, dies 5 years after her diagnosis of breast cancer.