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Caroline Myss has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for over 20 years. Since 1982, she has worked as a medical in­tuitive, providing indi­viduals with an evalua­tion of the health of their energetic anatomy sys­tem. She specializes in as­sisting people in understanding the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies have developed an illness. Her New York Times bestsellers include Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contracts, and Entering the Castle. Listen to Caro­line every week on HayHouse® Website:

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  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401941087
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L5BPIQ
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Caroline M. Myss ' Biography

Caroline is dedicated to creating educational programs in the field of human consciousness, spiritually and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and advancing the science of medical intuition. She established CMED, her own educational institute, in 2003, which offers two programs running three courses per year, on Sacred Contracts and Mysticism. Additionally, Caroline maintains a rigorous workshop and lecture schedule internationally and continues a consultation practice with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other health practitioners, as a medical intuitive.

In 1996, Caroline compiled her years of research in medical intuition with her work in the field of human consciousness, releasing the book, ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT. This book became a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 18 languages. To date, it has sold over 1.5 million copies.

In investigating the underlying reasons why people sabotage their healing processes, Caroline identified a syndrome as 'woundology', characterized by a person who prefers to rely upon the power of illness for manipulation of his or her world as opposed to attained an independent, empowered state of health. As with her other ground-breaking research, this syndrome is now a recognized psychological condition. Her work in this area became the subject of her fourth book, WHY PEOPLE DON'T HEAL and HOW THEY CAN. This book was Caroline's second New York Times bestseller.

Caroline released her fifth book, SACRED CONTRACTS, which became her third New York Times bestseller. As with her previous books, this one is also in 18 languages and reports sales of well over 1.6 million.

Due to the interest generated by her work in Sacred Contracts, in 2003, Caroline opened CMED (Caroline Myss Education), her own educational institute. CMED offers two programs per year, each three sessions long. The first is on Sacred Contracts and the second is on Mysticism, Intuition, and Healing. The Institute draws students from nineteen nations, as well as across the United States.

In 2004, Caroline released her sixth book, INVISIBLE ACTS OF POWER, which also became a New York Times bestseller. She is now working on her seventh book: ENTERING THE CASTLE. She has also just published her first book through her company, CMED, entitled, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, an extraordinary piece of literature that was channeled sixty years ago by a nearly-blind woman named Edith Ellis. Myss considers this project to be a vital part of her commitment to support an archive of information on her personal passion, which is the mystical history of America.

Through the years of her career, Caroline has taught in thirty-five countries, continuing her international work at present. In addition to writing six books, Caroline is the leading recording artist for Sounds True, Inc., the major audio recording company in the holistic field. She has recorded with them since 1990, producing 30 different titles. Her entire library of recordings now number of 180.

In 2003, Oprah Winfrey gave Caroline her own television program for one year with the OXYGEN network in New York City, which ran successfully for one year.


From 1999-2004, Caroline served on the Board of the State of the World Forum with Jim Garrison.

She is presently on the Board of Wisdom University, San Francisco, where she also Chairs the Department of Energy Medicine and the Healing Arts.

In 1995, Myss, along with C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founded the American Board of Scientific Medical Intuition.

CMED Institute

In 2003, Myss founded her own educational institute, CMED (Caroline Myss EDucation), providing seminars in Sacred Contracts and Mysticism and Intuition for students from all over the world. More information on her institute is available on her web site:

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294 of 322 people found the following review helpful By J. Jenkins on December 13, 2012
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When Caroline Myss announced she was going back to her work on Archetypes, I was excited as I thought SACRED CONTRACTS was among her best books, but it needed a bit more practical application. However, my excitement turned to disappointment in the first few pages of ARCHETYPES because she doesn't tread much new ground and makes it amazingly clear that this book is meant for "today's woman." Myss focuses on ten archetypes she sees in contemporary society and how today's woman can work with them to experience her power in full. What's amusing to me is that she doesn't address the 4 major archetypes she says we're all born with: The Child, The Prostitute, The Saboteur, and The Victim. In fact, they receive just a few sentences in the back of the book alongside other archetypes in a glossary that's by no means comprehensive. To me, this is the "lightest" self-help book Myss has written and it's clear that she's going for one core audience: middle aged women who seem disenfranchised with their own lives and don't know what to do even after 25 years of Oprah telling them EXACTLY what to do.

Myss offers little to men directly, often devoting a few paragraphs to the male equivalent of the archetype described; however, I disagree with a few of her assessments. She says the male equivalent of the Fashionista is The Gentlemen, who is more of a "leading man" as opposed to being a "flash in the pan." Really? Seriously? Given most of her male audience is made up of gay men, she ought to know better....true, males are just as much Fashionistas, Divas and Tastemakers as women. But many of them are more than just "flashes in the pan. " The top designers for the female form are men.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 20, 2013
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I purchased this book hoping it would delve deeper into the archetypal concepts Myss previously introduced in "Sacred Contracts." I got a lot out of that book. This book, however, does not even sound like the same author. For those of you looking for vintage Caroline Myss you will be very disappointed. You should check out the website and you will see everything discussed in the book. There's not much food for thought:(
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Frank Ra - Author of "BioHarmonizing" on December 19, 2012
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Caroline Myss reintroduces the importance of Archetypes to the mainstream conversation about personal development. Archetypes are not set in stone. Yes, some have been with us as long as our collective narratives, but some are emerging or at least reshaping themselves, in light of social and technological changes. Archetypes aren't just labels, even if we can use them as such to put a tag on other people. And when we do so, we always do it through the lenses of our own archetype. Archetypes come in families, sharing similarities but also differences.

Awareness about Archetypes starts from observing people around us. Why? Because it is easier to spot them when we do not feel our own "personality" is at stake. Identifying an Archetype is made easier by this book, which provides behavioral patterns and main characteristics for each of them. The book also looks into how our imprints attract opportunities, and how to tap into your strengths to fulfill your sacred contract. The book is focused on the female expressions of Archetypes, but it also mentions their male counterparts. It can be applied to men, too, with some work on the side of the reader. And it's surely useful to male readers to better understand the female universe.

Caroline's Archetypes and its companion website are a powerful tool, comparable - but with its own characteristics and merits - to the Enneagram and to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for career planning. Of course, it is important to remember that Archetypes represent the core of our personalities, strengths, lenses, etc. in conventional terms, but not our ultimate essence, which transcends them.

The best question presented in the book, at least for me, is: "Do we choose our archetypes? And can we change them?".
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By shawn ramsey on January 12, 2013
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I was disappointed by lack of substances in this book. Ms. Myss' previous works showed thoughtfulness towards reader and subject. Archetypes has all the seriousness of the cover of Cosmopolitan. I expected more from Ms. Myss.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bonjodi on January 16, 2013
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I read an interview with the author in O magazine, a source I generally trust for
recommendations. I expected this book to help me uncover some genuine insights to my true
character as part of redesigning my life but when I read the labels on the website they were so superficial - "fashionista" really??? that it completely put me off. This book was a huge waste of money, I should have checked out the website first.
Huge disappointment from an O and a philosophy fan.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By KM on January 15, 2013
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I have purchased many of Myss's books before, most of which I would give 5 star reviews. This book was a major disappointment to is a simple read and lacking her usual depth. As someone else reviewed, it reads more like a magazine article. At times I even wondered if she had written it or just put her name to the book. Myss is a brilliant writer and teacher, but this book was a let down. If you've read Sacred Contracts and are expecting more of the same ...don't. The book is fine as an introductory level for anyone who has not considered the role of archetypes previously.
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