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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
Paperback, 1st pbk edition, 302 pages
Published August 26th 1996 by Three River Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Robyn E. Absolutely!! I'm a certified yoga instructor and I find this book a must for all in this field. Caroline does go in-depth about the chakras and kundal…moreAbsolutely!! I'm a certified yoga instructor and I find this book a must for all in this field. Caroline does go in-depth about the chakras and kundalini.(less)
Robyn E. Notations, for me, are an essential part of relating to, and understanding this material, if that isn't necessary for you, then a PDF file would be fi…moreNotations, for me, are an essential part of relating to, and understanding this material, if that isn't necessary for you, then a PDF file would be fine. (less)
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May 12, 2012 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

Jul 24, 2012 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
Jeff Maziarek
Mar 24, 2010 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
Nov 03, 2010 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
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
Mar 24, 2012 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 Chr
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2009 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 :) ...more
Jen King
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 15, 2010 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
Elyse  Walters
Nov 17, 2007 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
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is short and a bit too mystical for what I usually go for, but it was still a nice listen.
Feb 04, 2009 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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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
Jun 05, 2009 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 :)
Nov 21, 2010 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.
Chris Schaefer
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yoga
This book was on the reading list for a 200 hour yoga teacher training course I'm taking. I consider myself open-minded, but this was a bit too "out there" for me.

Here's a direct quote: "Peter, I'm a friend of your father's. I'm a medical intuitive... Peter, I've evaluated your energy, and you have AIDS." (page 23)

I put it down soon after finishing the first chapter. Maybe I'll try it again another day, but not any time soon.
Suzanne K
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really interesting. Myss does a great job of connecting the 7 chakras with the 7 sacraments of Christianity and the 7 major teachings from the Judaic Tree of Life. Fascinating read for both religious and spiritual scholars (of which I am neither, btw, so it's also great for the layman with a curious mind!) ...more
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who practices or teaches yoga
Recommended to Abby by: Lauren Froeb
Shelves: non-fiction, yoga
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
Sarah Esmae Wolfe
Hmmm this is an interesting one. I'm going to count it as read even though I mostly skimmed the book because I listened to the audiobook first, which I very much enjoyed. Really interesting stuff. I am interested in chakras and intrigued by the tree of life so I enjoyed understanding how the author put these together and her voice is so soothing. I grew up Christian, though not Catholic, so the sacraments didn't mean much to me. But I enjoyed it so I went through the book next.

Once the ebook cam
Seandel Edwards
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any book that speaks to spirituality and the spirituality of healing, should come with a "take what you may need" disclaimer, I find this is one of the best ways to treat these texts especially when coming from a space of only knowing western ideologies on healing. This is not "New Age" healing, these practices and philosophies have been a part of eastern and native cultures for centuries, it's only been dubbed as New Age because it is new to certain parts of the world and a crop of people who h ...more
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 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
Sep 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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!) ...more
May 24, 2010 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.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would have put 5 stars if there were not all that correlatiom with religion. That took awag some of my trusg in her sayings.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has changed the way I think of illness and disease.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
From the author's website - "Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition." A medical intuitive is a person who has the ability to “see” inside the body and “read” the energy patterns of the physical, emotional and spiritual energies of a person. As New Age-y as this might sound, I recommend this book with all my he ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yoga
For my 13 years of teaching yoga this book has been on my supplemental reading list for almost every training. No course leader really mentioned it, it was just on the list.

In quarantine, I finally decided to give it a read.

All these years I believed the cover when it said "she synthesizes the ancient wisdom of three spiritual traditions - the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life." This statement is untrue.

Anatomy of the Spirit is a HEAVILY Catho-Christian te
Brigit (dark.psyche.reads)
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Provides powerful tools towards self-insight into healing and transforming ones own spiritual crises. Provides understanding of the nature of spiritual dilemmas and illnesses as awakenings, the impersonal energy of life force that moves through all of us, and other wonderful insights. Great examples of regular people's spiritual experiences from different walks of life - priest discovering non-religious spiritual healing through prayer, or a businessman with deadly illness seeks isolation, medit ...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.” 108 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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