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Why People Don't Heal and How They Can: A Practical Programme for Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,464 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
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
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Published September 23rd 1998 by Three Rivers Press (CA) (first published June 1st 1994)
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Sep 09, 2007 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: energymedicine
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
Oct 30, 2010 Kyra rated it did not like it
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
Mar 24, 2010 Jeff Maziarek rated it really liked it
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
M. Joseph Murphy
Feb 17, 2013 M. Joseph Murphy rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2013 Yaaresse rated it really liked it
Caroline Myss could be a brilliant intuitive or a complete charlatan looking for the next buck from the self-help groupies. As far as this book goes, I really don't care. This book has a point that is refreshingly stark and candid: people are so much in love with what they get out of being __________ (fill in that blank with whatever illness, label or condition is trending at the moment) that they would rather be sick than get well.

Think that's not so? I've lost track of the people who, in less
May 27, 2009 Lia rated it liked it
Shelves: healing
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
Magic Mary Austin
Nov 03, 2007 Magic Mary Austin rated it it was ok
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.
Nancy Mramor-Kajuth
Jun 14, 2016 Nancy Mramor-Kajuth rated it it was amazing
When we think of getting well, we often think of going to a doctor or taking medicine. But Myss asks the question of whether our emotional blocks are at the root of our illnesses. As the author of Spiritual Fitness, I know that we can contribute in powerful ways to our own healing through the removal and understanding of blocks to our healing. Personal acceptance and transformation are at the root of all healing and Myss offers a thorough explanation of how it all works
Oct 12, 2007 Allyson rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2013 Nancy Dardarian rated it liked it
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.
Jan 29, 2017 Tamar rated it really liked it
As a pro athletic & physical rehab trainer, I have dealt with some clients whose actual physical issues are healed - yet their pain persists. Goal in listening to this was to better understand "Woundology" in general population clients (aka non-pro/ameteur athletes often "lifestyle" clients with obesity issues.) They will constantly argue and push-back on making healing, strength and coordination gains. Highly recommend parts 1 & 2 for teachers, professionals, coaches and trainers in con ...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
Sujata Sahni
You don't always need a life-threatening disease or debilitating illness to get you started on your personal journey. What do you want from your life? Do you have what you want? Have you ever considered that maybe that's not what you wanted? Beyond the old inaccurate definition that a healthy person is someone who has no physical illness, your health becomes first and foremost determined by your consciousness. One needs to focus on the feelings and not the illness like helpless, contaminated, af ...more
Bonnie Atkinson
Oct 06, 2016 Bonnie Atkinson rated it it was amazing
In the last 30 years I've read my share of alternative healing books and this is the first that almost completely matches the way I think. She begins with a section on "woundology," which is something I've noticed too (being unhealed provides benefits for some people and they have chosen that path, so even though they may express the desire to heal, in fact it is the last thing they want and we need to quickly understand that to make choices about our interactions) and learned to respect. She ta ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Denisse rated it did not like it
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
Feb 26, 2016 Alexis rated it really liked it
At first, I was conflicted. I wasn't sure what to think of this book - not due to the content matter but rather Dr Myss' lens from privilege. But then I gave her a shot and by the final three chapters, I was glad I picked the book back up. The exercises and the layman's terms in which she explains complex theories of comparative religion really make a sense and would make those just starting out in their exploration of alternative spirituality feel comfortable. For me this book was review and a ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Sabkymom rated it liked it
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
Amy Mingasson
Nov 16, 2015 Amy Mingasson rated it really liked it
The "Self Help" and "Spirituality" labels might prevent some from reading it. It is too bad. My version here is on tape so I'm listening to random chapters on my walks. I give 5 stars because this book is so powerful that just one chapter suffices to make you reflect for weeks.

NOTE: The Youtube version is not the same as the one I'm listening to... Wanted to grab a clip to send a friend but listened to that the whole way through and it was not the same....
Oct 28, 2013 Sally marked it as to-read
Shelves: health, moms
source? "Identifying a wound does not heal the wound. Healing must include getting to the source of why we struggle with forgiveness, why we want to hurt others, or why we hold onto our wounds hoping to make others feel guilty. Holding on to past wounds and negative history is more than just an emotional or psychological problem; it drains us of the energy we need to rebuild the present in a healthy and functioning manner."
Keli Wright
Mar 20, 2011 Keli Wright rated it liked it
WOW...this book this lady 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..
May 08, 2015 Johnna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was instrumental in showing "alternative" avenues for healing. Probably not for everyone's taste, because it challenges conventional medicine, but a very well-thought out and researched book by a prominent doctor who leads the way in the body, mind, spirit connection to health. I recommend it heartily.
Aug 22, 2013 Rickey marked it as research-related
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.
Jan 16, 2017 Kimber rated it liked it
Shelves: health
A primer on the process of healing being "not a process with an ending" from a spiritual point of view. Includes info on chakras, the precessions of the quinoxes and what the process of healing demands of us. I think it is a mistake that she doesn't include karma as being sometimes a factor in illnesses. I would recommend this as an introductory guide.
Jun 26, 2009 M rated it it was ok
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
Tammy O'keefe
Oct 30, 2014 Tammy O'keefe rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
This is a very interesting read with a unique perspective on the link between the Chakras and the Christian Sacraments. This book gave me a lot of tools to use to build my spirituality and help me be a healthier person.
Jul 05, 2014 Martha added it
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.
Malissa Larson
Jan 12, 2017 Malissa Larson rated it really liked it
A book full of Myss's clients and their stories. Wonderful read for anyone working with healing and the public. I found it difficult to stay objective because the links were so relatable to my client and myself.
Oct 02, 2013 Sabra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiring
This book came into my life just when I needed. If you are having trouble healing from abuse, this book might help.
Jun 10, 2016 Ŋįŋą rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism, favorites
I did not expect this book to be so practical... and amazing.
Claudette Head
Feb 12, 2008 Claudette Head is currently reading it
Excellent, explains a lot about why people stay locked in poor habits.
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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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“Live one day at a time. Keep your attention in present time. Have no expectations. Make no judgements. And give up the need to know why things happen as they do. Give it up!” 23 likes
“I have since become convinced that when we define ourselves by our wounds, we burden and lose our physical and spiritual energy and open ourselves to the risk of illness.” 6 likes
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