Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
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Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

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Encoded within your body, teaches Caroline Myss, is an energy system linking you directly to the world's great spiritual traditions. Through it you have direct access to the divine energy that seamlessly connects all life. On Anatomy of the Spirit, Myss offers a stunning picture of the human body's hidden energetic structures, while revealing its precise spiritual code and...more
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Published July 1st 2001 by Sounds True (first published January 1st 1996)
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Paula
You have to be in the right time and place in your own life for this book. I read it at a time when I was actively seeking spiritual enlightenment, and this book absolutely fit the bill. My notes are copied here from 2004 - after reading my notes, I think I need to re-read this book! Wonder if I can find it in my stacks somewhere....

Spiritual healing and intuitiveness. Discusses body chakras and connectedness to spirit and health. TRUST our instincts our intuition and our dreams. Self-discovery

F...more
Jeff Maziarek
This is a very insightful book that is particularly suited for individuals who have been on the "spiritual path" for quite some time. Here's a great passage from it related to forgiveness as it relates to illness:

"We all have negative feelings, but not all negativity produces disease. To create disease, negative emotions have to be dominant, and what accelerates the process is KNOWING the negative thought to be toxic, but giving it permission to thrive in your consciousness anyway. For instance...more
randy
Some books fall into your hands at the exact right moment.
This sure did.

Even a year ago, I would have easily been turned off by a lot of the language within this. There is a lot of God talk, that at one time made me want to drink bleach rather than confront. Now I have gotten to the point that while I am not ecstatic when I see it, I do not have an immediate negative reaction.

And truthfully, that only works in my favor here, as this book has been beyond helpful in creating a path to healing, wh...more
Kyra
Anatomy of the Spirit marked the beginning of Caroline Myss’ notorious career on the New Age healing circuit. Anatomy is a book that relies heavily on anecdotes and testimonials, offering these as “proofs” of Divine healings. Writing in the fashion of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Myss touts a PhD in the field of “Energy Medicine” and boasts a miraculous healing of a man with HIV. There is no proof of either an accredited PhD or any such healing. Like any good New Age woo, Myss combines all the major w...more
Chris
Overall, a good solid book with lots of information, but it failed to provide me with tools that I can use at home to heal myself. Therefore, it was a let down, for me, personally.
This book goes into a lot of detail about chakras and spiritual jargon, of how the chakras relate to Christian & Jewish symbolism (not a theologan, can you tell..lol). Good. But that doesn't really interest me, not does it have anything to do with me healing myself. So I know the 1st Chakra (or Root) also is x with...more
Tracee
this book is pretty amazing. a slippery slope positive thinking, hippy, rabbit hole of books I read during yoga training. This one is about an intuitive doctor, who can actually diagnose patients by their energetic reading. I also find it horrifying (in a good way) how she links guilt, anger, old feelings with disease later in life. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh crap.

my life is forever changed. so into this :)
Jenn
This book has some definite good ideas for self-introspection and evaluation. I found some of her ideas very interesting. However, I think this book would strike more of a chord for those people who have no religious or spiritual background than for those who already have a spiritual foundation.

The one thing I definitely took from this book, "Accept responsibility for your own personal healing." I agree with the author that medicine can only do so much and nobody else can heal you. We can't jus...more
Lynecia
Refreshing that it wasn't a "Polly-Anna" think positive and everything will all be miraculously healed kind of book. It was really an in depth look at the emotional, psychological and mental baggage we carry and how it can lead to spiritual and physical breakdowns. She examines these things using the chakras, the sefirots of Kabbalah, as well as the Seven Christian sacraments. Myss challenges the reader to heal deep seated and underlying issues, if they truly want to heal on any level. She doesn...more
Jessi
A great walk through the body's energetic system. Myss is an established medical intuitive and one of the greatest and most prolific leading authorities on natural healing. I like her style and practical multi-disciplinary approach. This is a walk through each of the body's seven energy centers (chakras), and she expertly explains what health challenges (physically and emotionally) are associated with each energy center, what the process of healing actually IS (physically and emotionally), and h...more
Ramani
This is one of my all time favorites. I'm reading it again to remind me of those spiritual lessons that are still hiding out from my consciousness :)
Abby
Jan 27, 2011 Abby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who practices or teaches yoga
Recommended to Abby by: Lauren Froeb
If Anodea Judith's EASTERN BODY/WESTERN MIND is too daunting, pick up Caroline Myss' ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT.

Dr. Caroline Myss is an intuitive healer. (I know, the eye roll is inevitable, but hang on just a minute.) She claims to be able to tell what's wrong with people, what diseases they have and what is causing them to be sick, by reading their energy. (Go ahead. Eye roll. I did.)

While I'm not sure of her abilities, what I do love about this book is the integration of the chakra system, the s...more
LeeLou
This book brought on a deep spiritual awakening for me, which was exactly what I was seeking. My life coach suggested it to me and 8 months later I finally got around to reading it. I feel if I would have tried to read it earlier I wouldn't have connected to it in a deep and meaningful way as I have now. This is a book of self-discovery and information on how to connect to your intuition and spirit through the Divine, Universe, Creator, God. The main point is that we are each responsible for our...more
Marilyn Mcentyre
Carolyn Myss's insights as a medical intuitive with a broad respect for spiritual traditions and for the subtleties and mysteries that lie at the intersection between neurology, psychology, and spirituality offer a great deal of material for reflection as well as strong incentives to deepen our own spiritual practices, pay attention to the ways we receive guidance and go about discernment, and deal with inner obstacles to growth. I recommend hearing her on audiobooks, though her edgy style may t...more
Jen King
I love the premiss of this book - mind/body connection.

I came to read this book after struggling for numerous years with chronic lower back pain. I explored many areas to explain why this pain was with me and why it wouldn't leave - despite many attempts to rid it on my part.

From Caroline's book, I learned about the chakra system and explored deeply what, if anything, I was doing (or had done) that was contributing to my pain and "dis-ease" with my back. After reading the book, I began doing K...more
Ron
Carolyn Myss has been around a long time. She is, apparently, a quite accurate "medical intuitive"; someone who can read a person's energy and help them to find healing and wholeness in their lives. This book is nearly twenty years old and it is her attempt to explain what it is that she works with, how she understands it and to help the reader to learn the skill set her/himself. For those who find all of this kind of thinking pretty "woo-woo" it probably will be hard to swallow. But others will...more
Kim
I've had this book for years. I remember trying to read it back when I first got it, but I just couldn't get into it. I picked it up again a few months ago and really enjoyed it. In the past few years I've become interested in chakras and our energetic bodies. This book gives great real life examples of disease that manifests in the energetic body and offers ways to heal. A very interesting read if you're open to the idea of psychics/mystics.
Michele
Incredible stuff - plenty to reflect about. Another book - essential book to keep in your library. Here's a couple sentences I highlighted:
Life is painful at times, and spiritually, we are meant to face the pains that life present.

Spiritual teachings encourage us to grow past and through painful experiences, each of which is a spiritual lesson. Developing intuitive ability will help us learn the lessons inherent in our experiences.
Debbie
I disliked this book soooo much- really need a minus sign for this one! The author is a legend in her own mind and I think most of her ideas are ridiculous. I made it about half way through only because it was a selection for the book club I am in - I just couldn't bear to read any more of it (which is quite unusual for me- I try to finish any book I start!)
Vinyessa
3.5** (for now!)

I loved the first part of this book.

Each subsequent chapter became less engaging. I think it will be good to go back to each chapter as life goes on, and the subject matter starts to hit home more.
Peri
Fantastic book! It wonderfully tied together Jewish mysticsm, the chakra system and mystical christianity. If you are looking to heal your self on all levels and help others this book is for you.
Ivi Brown
I really loved this book! It has been a long time, but I remember coming away from it with a much deeper understanding of myself and a really useful new approach on things. Seriously, Caroline Myss offers a wonderful resource here for those of us who are really wanting to delve deep into ourselves and actually get to know more than just our minds, our bodies, or even our hearts... she breaks down elements of the soul. Why are you here? What is our purpose here as spirits in a physical world? Rea...more
Christina
I have read this book twice and it is always informative and I learn something new. It is a great source of reference to have.
Sonia T
An eye opening door to viewing your health and the emotional-spiritual connection.
Cynthia Morgan
I found this book entirely fascinating and intriguing. Presented in two halves, there is a great deal of information to digest and consider. I often found myself reading only a few paragraphs and then leaving off so I could think about what I had read. As I progressed through the chapters, quite unconsciously, I began to be more aware of my body, the energy of my thoughts, the trends of my emotions and how they affected my overall mood: my spirit. A Great choice for any who are interested in phy...more
Candace
This book has changed the way I think of illness and disease.
Natacha P
I first learned of Caroline Myss’s work through the 2013 Hay House online summit. Her interview was very interesting but what struck me was how serious, if not a bit dispirited she sounded (at least at the time). In any case I was driven to her work, which eventually made me get this book and Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.
The book explores the ways in which the Hindu chakras, the Kabbalah’s Sephirot (Tree of Life), and the Christian sacraments share seven stages of spiritual...more
Eric Rickey
Does this belong on a psychology shelf? Is it written in a scientific manner? Some would argue that no, it isn't. Others don't care about that and are more interested in Ms. Myss's bliss, or promised bliss, healing, and whatever else she offers in this book. She combines some knowledge of the "Seven Chakras", "the Christian Sacraments", the "Ten Sefirot" and her own experiences and other anecdotal evidence to lead people through an exploration of the "Human Energy Field."

She shares three princip...more
Anne
After years of looking at her books and saying, "I should read this," I picked this up recently at a charity book sale for $1. I'm glad I did, because the information is very interesting, although not particularly in-depth. She basically takes the chakra system and makes it somewhat more relatable to Westerners by creating correspondences between the chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the sephiroth of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. She then discusses how to use these spiritual systems for hea...more
Jean
I really enjoyed Caroline Myss, a medical intuitive who can heal others by just knowing their name and location, in the way of Edgar Cayce. In Anatomy of the Spirit, she compares The Christian Sacraments, Hebrew Kaballah, and Hindu chakras to explain how we get ill from energy blockages, spiriutal laziness, or by having a lack of self respect due to not celebrating life's milestones. It was a very unique study, and she has ten thought provoking questions after each section so you can ponder what...more
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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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“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.” 14 likes
“Poem from Rev. Jim Cotter, as listed on the opening pages of “Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss:

~ God be in my head and in my understanding.

God be in my eyes and in my looking.

God be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God be in my tongue and in my tasting.

God be in my lips and in my greeting.

~ God be in my nose and in my smelling/inhaling.

God be in my ears and in my hearing.

God be in my neck and in my humbling.

God be in my shoulders and in my bearing.

God be in my back and in my standing.

~ God be in my arms and in my reaching/receiving.

God be in my hands and in my working.

God be in my legs and in my walking.

God be in my feet and in my grounding.

God be in my knees and in my relating.

~ God be in my gut and in my feeling.

God be in my bowels and in my forgiving.

God be in my loins and in my swiving.

God be in my lungs and in my breathing.

God be in my heart and in my loving.

~ God be in my skin and in my touching.

God be in my flesh and in my paining/pining.

God be in my blood and in my living.

God be in my bones and in my dying.

God be at my end and at my reviving.”
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