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

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Building on wisdom from Hindu, Christian, and Kaballah traditions, this comprehensive guide to energy healing reveals the hidden stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that cause illness.

Anatomy of the Spirit
is the boldest presentation to date of energy medicine by one of its premier practitioners, internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Caroline Myss, one of the "hottest n
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 26th 1997 by Harmony (first published January 1st 1996)
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Nov 28, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
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

Jeff Maziarek
Mar 24, 2010 Jeff Maziarek rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2012 randy rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2010 Kyra rated it did not like it
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
May 25, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
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 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
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
Jun 05, 2009 Tracee rated it really liked it
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 :)
Hissa Reads
Apr 30, 2015 Hissa Reads rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book out of boredom, it was a very random choice. I have never heard of it or anything, and I'm sad that I didn't.
I didn't think I will finish it in one sitting. Yes I know it's a very short book, but I was very sleepy so I really didn't think I will stay up for a book I have never heard of. It might sound weird, but after reading this book I feel refreshed. I feel more deep?? Like I know what's my next step is? You guys must read it.
I honestly recommend i
Natacha Pavlov
Apr 12, 2015 Natacha Pavlov rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2011 Abby rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 15, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
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
Feb 04, 2009 Jessi rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2015 Elyse rated it it was amazing
I saw a friend reading this book!

This is by 'far' in my opinion Caroling Myss's best book! I read it years ago.

Paul had given it to me when I was leaving for a personal retreat --(with a chakra precious gem necklace) -

As 'crazy' as I am about 'this' book Carolyn wrote ---
I feel the complete opposite on some books she has written in later years.

"Entering the Castle", finding the Inner Path and Your Soul's Purpose" ...
was about preparing us for a mystical meeting with God.

I couldn't stand things s
Nov 21, 2010 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lynn Crothers
Jul 01, 2015 Lynn Crothers rated it it was amazing
You know that saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear"? That's Caroline Myss and ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, which I picked up randomly at a used bookstore a few weeks ago.

As someone who's read numerous self-help/psychology books over the years, I found it personally refreshing to read Myss's book, which doesn't encourage deep psychological exploration ("Let's revisit your childhood...") so much as deep spiritual healing and wellness. She incorporates Christian, Hindu, and Kabbali
Sep 15, 2009 Ramani rated it it was amazing
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 :)
May 24, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2011 Sonia T rated it really liked it
An eye opening door to viewing your health and the emotional-spiritual connection.
Aug 16, 2013 Candace rated it it was amazing
This book has changed the way I think of illness and disease.
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
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
Sian Lile-Pastore
This is a book about chakras and healing. It's about how disease can be cured by energy healing.... told though lots of stories and anecdotes from Myss's working life. While I am totally on board with all of this (although I do think some people just get sick) I didn't really like the writing style or the way she writes about AIDS, and (as a separate thing) about gay people. Written in 1996, I feel that it is a little dated and I also didn't see the point of linking the chakras with the sacramen ...more
I alternated between liking the book and being really irritated with it. While I do believe that there is more to health and illness than just what the Western medical establishment currently understands, there is a lot of science to health and illness. This book completely ignores the science. Myss gives an example of a man "healed" from HIV by "adopting a healthy, near-vegetarian diet, doing aerobic exercise, quitting smoking, using castor oil packs across his abdomen for 45 minutes a day, and ...more
Pat Edwards
Oct 01, 2015 Pat Edwards rated it really liked it
I read again this week. I'd forgotten how good it was. Myss' voice is down-to-earth and real - even a little snarky. :) Her point-of-view is rare and makes me look at things differently.
I did slide past the very specific Christian and astrological references and take the insights. I've learned that you don't have to agree with everything someone says to get value from the book.
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
Ivi Brown
Mar 23, 2014 Ivi Brown rated it it was amazing
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
Katie Hawkins
Jun 17, 2011 Katie Hawkins rated it it was amazing
This is just what I needed, just at the right time. But then again, isn't everything?

"We unite to create" (110).

"All truth is the same at the level of truth itself" (253).

" an individual experience directed toward releasing fears of the physical world and pursuing a relationship to the Divine" (267).

"I believe that sometimes we need to meditate, sometimes we need to pray, and sometimes we need to face our challenges on the street, so to speak. Other times we have to adore cre
Lena Cox
Oct 26, 2014 Lena Cox rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Provides insightful guide to examine reasons why one may have difficulty healing from chronic illness.
Marilyn Mcentyre
May 22, 2013 Marilyn Mcentyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cynthia Morgan
Jun 29, 2014 Cynthia Morgan rated it really liked it
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
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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.” 41 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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