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Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason Paperback – January 15, 2011
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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.
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?Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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When I first read the prayers for the seven graces, I felt the energy coming from them (they are mystical and not of an everyday sensing). It is a beautiful energy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CKramer
This one was as tough to rate as it was to read.
The merits of this book are in it's different and very thought provoking ideas. Read more
Caroline Myss gives us another highly readable book on spirituality and healing. I am using this book with a group discussion to explore physical healing and the path beyond. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jo Garceau