Why People Don't Heal and How They Can
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Why People Don't Heal and How They Can

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Why does a "clean-living" person get sick, while a more obvious candidate stays healthy? Why does someone with a fatal illness suddenly become well, while another with a more benign condition dies? In "Why People Don't Heal and How They Can," best-selling author, medical intuitive, and teacher Caroline Myss explores the deep-seated, spiritual causes of illness, and the sym...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published October 21st 1997 by Harmony (first published June 1st 1994)
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Myss had done us all a huge service by spotlighting our tendency to use our illnesses, traumas, and injuries as mechanisms to get close to others and to be excused from certain behaviors. A period of mourning should be "a boat to cross the river," she says, but too often we don't get off on the other side. We live in the past because "we are more afraid of change than we are of death." The final story she tells on side two of the second tape illustrates the awesome power and influence of genuine...more
Caroline Myss, in the day when she was still boasting her bogus PhD in "Energy Medicine" from a unaccredited university. One of the greatest problems with this book is that it is a distant memory to Caroline Myss, who is busily promoting her latest creation, Entering the Castle, which focuses on prayer and grace. In Castle, Myss' focus is the notion of grace. She does not believe that everyone will receive grace and deliverance from disease, and she has held this since her work on Anatomy of the...more
Jeff Maziarek
This is a very good starter book for anyone beginning an exploration of the entire concept of "healing." Here is a really insightful passage from it:

“Our drug-filled society maintains that most physically and psychologically painful conditions should be medicated away. Television commercials support the use of painkilling remedies for headaches, backaches, and every other symptom imaginable. Undeniably, chronic pain is a serious handicap to living a full life, and it makes maintaining a positive...more
The first third or so of the book is about a concept the author calls "woundology." This is a fascinating aspect of the book, which I have re-read a couple of times. She talks about the reasons why people would hold on to their wounds rather than letting them heal. Power dynamics are explained with excellent examples of real people.

The second part of the book is all about chakra clearing exercises. I tried some of them, one of them was good for giving me a feeling of perspective, but frankly, th...more
M. Joseph Murphy
I first saw Myss on Oprah in what feels like another lifetime (figuratively speaking). She slams a bunch of the new age flimflam as ridiculous and tells you to get real. You channel the archangel Gabriel? Really now. Grow up. She also thinks it's ridiculous when people say they control their own reality without putting the work in. Enlightenment is not for sale at your local crystal shop but it is possible. Healing is possible, even miraculous healing but there is real work to do. And of you bel...more
Magic Mary Austin
The first part discusses "woundology" which I found interesting and right on track, however, most have already known people who identify themselves by their wounds. We recognized it and didn't miss giving it a name.

The rest of the books discusses concepts and exercises that Myss uses in her workshops. Apparently it has value when you experience it, but all the members of my book group agreed that reading it was just boring.
Very interesting read. I enjoyed it and found the information helpful, but it was a new frontier for me, basically being ignorant about chakras, Chinese medicine, energy and such. I agreed with much of what was presented, and have read several of Myss' books. I like what she has to say, even if some it seems a little 'out there.'
Nancy Dardarian
Felt outdated and wordy and I'd forgotton how much she talks about God. But I liked the part on Woundology and people who refuse to heal because they like being defined by their wounds. That was good.
I am not sure what to make of this book. It felt so inauthentic. It seemed as though every anecdote she provided was too perfect, too staged. As much as I wanted to believe what she was saying, I couldn't do that based on the evidence she provided. I honestly didn't get to the actual "program" part because I was so put off by her initial discussion. She seems to condemn people with cancer, saying that their disease is the fault of unaddressed feelings and emotions. I don't necessarily disagree t...more
I have mixed opinions on this cd. She is funny and interesting and she also has a lot of great information. She is assertive about what she thinks about things. However, as it was more of a talk one tape rather than a book being read, there were times that I was a little lost as to what she was saying.

There were a lot of interesting points that go me thinking new thoughts. Yet there were a few things that I don't think she has a good perspective on. One of her points was about forgiveness. She...more
Great reading about healing hurts and being reminded about the importance of forgiving. Our bodies store hurts as physical ailments. Forgiveness can cause physical changes that manifest as a physical healings along with a renewing of your energy.
I am a huge Caroline Myss fan and this book turned my life around years ago.
As an alternative health professional, this was a very interesting read. It touched upon many issues I have observed while treating patients. While it provides a great explanation of how our biographies become our biology, the majority of the book focuses on the role of the chakra system in illness. I'm open to this philosophy but am also open to many others, both Western and Eastern. It is a great resource for a specific perspective on health and wellness, but not a book I'd recommend to all of...more
Eric Rickey
In looking for this book, I came across some of her videos and her other book that seems to have been written a year earlier, Anatomy of the Spirit. I've written a review about both of these under that book.
Keli Wright
WOW...this book this lady IDK...like she promotes things like leaving your spouse and family to "find yourself" and all this other really wierd out there stuff and restates and rephrases a lot of the stuff that is in Anatomy of the spirit... I had to search but there were some good things in there..
Anthropologically she hits on some points that speak to our humanity. But I found some errors in her perception or I should say I am not in agreement an I don't like "well I knew this lady once blah blah blah
This book made a beautiful connection between Christianity, the chakras and Ancient Judaism. Wonderful link between the body, mind and spirit and done in an intelligent and thought-provoking manner.
I have read all her books and it does feel a bit outdated
Feb 10, 2009 Satia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chronic illness, healing, chakras
Really slow start but once you get to the meat of the text, it's interesting. Here is my full review:

Lots of good thought in this book, but it begins to wander in the second half. Still if you are interested in the reasons we become ill it is an really excellant guide.
Sally Kenney
Still grappling with both the Catholic belief in miracles and saints as well as the whole "medical intuitive" thing, but I found it helpful.
I enjoyed this book and learned more about the interconnectedness of the "whole self." However, at times I found it hard to keep focused.
This book came into my life just when I needed. If you are having trouble healing from abuse, this book might help.
This book was hard to take in, it was pretty full on...deffo requires another read or two but i reckon its a grower!
This book teaches several methodologies behind healing. It is useful, and I will probably read it again.
Christine Dyck
After reading the Anatomy of Spirit, this is a bit of a refresher, but still my kinda book.
Allie Mullin
I really liked the portion on healing myths-it helped me clear up a lot of misconceptions I had.
Claudette Head
Feb 12, 2008 Claudette Head is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, explains a lot about why people stay locked in poor habits.
Quinn da Matta
Hard-hitting, no nonsense, wisdom and insight that is hard to ignore.
another CD set.....and another "bible" for my life. sacred to me.
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Caroline Myss was born on December 2, 1952 in Chicago, and grew up with her parents, and two brothers, one elder and one younger, in the Melrose Park, Illinois neighbourhood near Chicago. Caroline was raised a Catholic, and attended the Mother Guerin High School, River Grove, Illinois, run by the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in journal...more
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