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“It is rare that an author and teacher as accomplished and influential as Caroline Myss would, with each book, discover whole new vistas, and then report back to us with her legendary clarity and passion. With Defy Gravity she has done it again. Anyone in need of healing—healing from illness, anxiety, fear, or heartbreak—will find enormous help in this book. It is a tonic made of light and wisdom.”
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder, Omega Institute and author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“In Defy Gravity, Caroline Myss offers a new model of transformation and healing that will shift how we perceive crisis and illness. A must-read.”
— Deepak Chopra, author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

“Caroline has been one of my most important spiritual teachers. In her new book, she continues to pierce both hearts and minds with arrows of truth.”
Marianne Williamson, author of The Age of Miracles and Return to Love

Defy Gravity is a powerful look at the mystical aspects of the process of deep healing. The extraordinary Caroline Myss provides profound insights into the nature of illness and the healing miracles that can occur. What I love about Caroline is that she isn't afraid to make waves and go way beyond convention to create new paradigms of health.”
Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Emotional Freedom

“In this time of extraordinary evolutionary upheaval, Carolyn Myss offers a powerful and wise prescription for self-healing that transforms and empowers the reader to gain sovereignty over their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.”
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., cell biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution

“In Defy Gravity Caroline Myss goes far beyond conventional thinking to describe with precision those areas of experience, those mystical and mysterious events that ultimately account for illness. I found this book to be extraordinarily intelligent and perceptive in charting ways to go deep into the soul to glimpse those faint issues that grow into large problems.”
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand

“When Caroline Myss comes out with another book, like her new one, Defy Gravity, we always run out and immediately buy it. Why? Because like no other author, Myss invariably manages to help us reach yet, an even higher level of understanding of how to heal. Run, don't walk, and buy this book.”
— Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D., author of The Intuitive Advisor: A Psychic Doctor Teaches You How To Solve Your Most Pressing Health Problems

“In this book, Caroline Myss reminds us that, while we should be grateful for the gift of reason, we should also be aware that the mystery and holiness of life cannot be found in the dim light of reason alone. As Defy Gravity makes clear, the mystics teach that there is in each of us the capacity for mystical experience that transcends reason. Each chapter of this book echoes with the expansive energy of mystical awakening and offers ways we can cultivate this awakening in our lives.”
—      James Finley, Ph.D., author of Christian Meditation and The Contemplative Heart

About the Author

Caroline Myss has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for 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 Contacts, and Entering the Castle.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 2 edition (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401922910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401922917
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Folks looking to connect with their soul who need a qualified guide to lead them need look no further than DEFY GRAVITY, Caroline Myss' new book. This is the most focused tome I've ever read on personal and spiritual transformation, surpassed only by Myss' previous works-ENTERING THE CASTLE, ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT and SACRED CONTRACTS. Myss is my all-time favorite teacher--one workshop with her gives you all the lessons you need to make radical shifts toward becoming more conscious. I've read all her books and have practically every word she's ever recorded in my private collection and I was fortuante enough to be part of her CASTLE program at CMED, so I speak from the stance of complete awareness when I say that this is Myss' most clear and succinct prose yet. Every page is an invocation to connect to the soul, every sentence she writes will land in your heart. The clarity in her words is simply astounding. I saw her present this material at Kripalu last spring and Myss is certainly on a mission to help people connnect to the Divine and she's pulled out all the stops! We are all very fortunate to have her in our midst--she is indeed a true mystic and one of the few genuine teachers who recognizes her greatness, but is also humble enough to to recognize that she is, indeed, just as human as the rest of us. DEFY GRAVITY is one of the best books of 2009 and, quite honestly, one of the best books ever!
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Defy Gravity screams "buy me," but please consisder resisting. Despite the compelling title, the A-list reviews, and the track-record from a bestselling author, this book is a big miss for Myss. While Myss has some distracting writing style flaws, her most serious problem is an inability to articulate focused, actionable content in an easy-to-understand format.

More specifically, here's why this book is so very confusing. First Myss organizes the book into five truths. Then she talks about the seven shadow passions and the seven inner graces. Then she presents the four noble Buddhist truths. Then she introduces five mystical laws. Then she talks about the seven steps to defy illness. In between there's talk about chakras and Buddha and Jesus, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and other so-called mystics like Abe Lincoln.

Oh my goodness, it's all too much. Way too much. Have you ever gone into someone's house who doesn't know when to stop decorating, buying things or hoarding. It's a mess, and that's exactly what it's like to read Defy Gravity. Nothing holds your interest because there's too much going on. Too many steps. Too many different voices competing for your attention.

Myss makes a mighty try to pull it all together, but her recipe doesn't work and the book lacks cohesive sense. I give Myss credit for her passion and for drawing our attention to the fact that the potential for healing is real in us all. However, if you seriously want to learn more about developing a miracle state of mind, I direct you to The Vortex by Hicks/Abraham or Left to Tell by Illigabiza.
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So far, this is the best! Defy Gravity is her most comprehensive, easily accessible work. In fact, if I only bought one book by Caroline Myss, this would be it. I have read and/or listened to all of Caroline's work (except for Entering the Castle which I now feel ready for). While I've learned from each, some of her material is easier to absorb than others - and the format makes a difference, even within the same work. For example, I found Anatomy of The Spirit more accessible by CD than in the book.

Caroline Myss is logical, methodical, honest, and cares deeply about helping us all realize our highest potential. She is definitely a "you can pick yourself up by your own bootstraps" kind of gal. She does calls it likes she sees it, freely admitting her own humanity and her occassionally snarky side because she wants you to know YOU ALREADY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO THRIVE. She gives you a detailed map and asks if are willing to accept some personal responsibility, then pray to the divine (in the planet, god of your choice, or your best self - Caroline Myss is a big picture person not limited by a religious tradition, though she was raised Catholic), and lastly act on what you know in your heart to be true. Does she dare suggest prayer? Yes. However, this book in no way says "just pray".

Words matter. Caroline Myss knows this. She is daring and pushy - but always with heart behind it so don't worry about intent. However, if the word "pray" is a trigger that trumps all others for you in a negative way, then this is probably not the book for you. If you can expand your definition of prayer to encompass "focus your thoughts and intentions", then you might be able to hear the bigger message, and it is worthwhile. Do you feel that there should be more in your life?
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I am reviewing the written book. Others have reviewed the audio book. This review of the book ranges from the highest praise to some specific criticisms offered through, among other things, an energetic response to the book.

The topic of this book is essential. It is exactly the right subject matter; the question of bridging the realms of personal growth, healing and wellness, and saving the planet. This is what needs to be done in the world today. I have the greatest respect and gratitude for Myss for having attempted to elaborate on this theme.

Respect for the work is initially grounded in the first paragraph of the forward, written by Andrew Harvey. "What is also remarkable and inspiring about Caroline as a writer, teacher and person, is that she is continually reinventing herself, constantly pressing forward to a more and more all-encompassing integration of mind, heart, body and soul. For her, this search for the unified force field of truth is never a purely individual one, it takes place in the context of an urgent and radical confrontation with our world crisis that is now threatening the survival of the human race and much of nature, and is is born out of a passionate desire for planetary as well as personal healing." This pithiness, though, does not carry through the book because of some religious overtones, somewhat awkward, dogmatic organizational structure, and insufficient development of the theme and urgency surrounding the context of our rapidly changing world.

Harvey goes on to say, "No one has a fiercer sense of "divine paradox" than Caroline-and she makes it clear, that she knows that our modern dark night is potentially the crucible of a birth on an unprecedented scale of healed human beings aligned consciously with cosmic grace...
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