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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (April 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609803239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609803233
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Who can help asking "Why?" when they develop a disease? According to theologian and "medical intuitive" Caroline Myss, Ph.D., and co-worker C. Norman Shealy, M.D., who is a physician, neurosurgeon, and expert on pain and stress management, the answer goes further than a medical explanation. The Creation of Health explores the emotional, physical, and spiritual patterns that form health and the stresses that can cause disease.

Myss identifies eight dysfunctional patterns that lead to illness. Being aware that "negative attitudes create negative responses within the physical body" allows you to make changes toward health after identifying your emotional, psychological, and spiritual stresses. The most interesting chapters discuss specific diseases in terms of lifestyle factors, stress, and psychological patterns and energy factors, with case studies. A heart attack, for example, is "an explosion of energy attempting to break down an emotional barrier ... caused by warehousing fears and anger," says Myss. The authors alternate, rather than co-write, chapters and topics, so you know whose perspective you're reading. The theoretical sections are not easy reading, but the insights you can apply to your own health make the work immensely worthwhile. --Joan Price


“The pioneering work of Dr. Shealy and Caroline Myss is the best way I know to learn the dynamics of the human energy system. Applying the principles . . . outlined in this book in your own life may be the most important thing you do for your health this decade.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“An important book that addresses the crucial spiritual issues which lie at the root of many diseases. . . . Shealy and Myss provide a clear understanding of the reasons behind ‘dis-ease,’ as well as solutions that may heal the higher causes of illness.” —Richard Gerber, M.D., author of Vibrational Medicine

“A critical primer on the creation of health for the new millennium.” —Jean Houston, Ph.D., author of A Mythic Life and The Search for the Beloved

More About the Author

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:

Customer Reviews

The information is well presented, and an enjoyable read.
This is the most important of all the subsequent books by Norm Shealy and Caroline Myss.
Bruce Boatner
This book builds the framework for a thorough understanding of mind/body/spirit healing.
Deborah Lloyd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mary R. Bast on January 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Myss and Shealy make clear that we are at a turning point in the diagnosis and understanding of disease. The trend in medicine to examine the influences of stress has retintroduced us to the knowledge that emotional tension is disruptive to the physical body. "...this recognition that human emotions do indeed affect physical health," they write, "has brought the traditional medical world face to face with the fundamental principle of holistic health: The majority of physical illnesses result from an overload of emotional, psychological and spiritual crises."
They outline eight dysfunctional stress patterns:
- Unresolved or deeply consuming emotional, psychological, or spiritual stress. - Negative (and disempowering) belief patterns. - Inability to give and/or receive love. - Lack of humor/inability to distinguish serious concerns from life's lesser issues. - Failure to exercise the power of choice in the matters of one's own life. - Lack of attention to the needs of the physical body. - Absence or loss of meaning in one's life. - Inability to face life's challenges and to acknowledge and change what is not working.
The term "Holistic" refers to a way of approaching healing that incorporates a variety of therapies including traditional medicine. "Metaphorically speaking, traditional medicine represents the 'mind' of health care and the holistic approach represents the 'heart' of health care." This book is an important guideline for approaching the heart of health care -- a useful frame of reference to examine how our lives contribute to illness or wholeness, particularly those who have already become ill, their families, and their caregivers.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1997
Format: Paperback
We've been hearing about the body/mind/spirit connection for quite awhile now, but it took Caroline Myss to bring it on home.

Written with Dr. Norman Shealy, Ms. Myss fleshes out the popular theory that 'we create our own reality'.

The Creation of Health: The Emotional, Psychological,and Spiritual Responses that Promote Health and Healing documents the colaboration between Norman Shealy, MD, and Caroline Myss, a medical intuit.

Myss diagnosised Shealy's patients long distance via telephone. With only the patient's name, age and permission, Myss could read their body's medical and energetic history. The Creation of Health explores dozens of cases which strongly indicates that, indeed, "our biography is our biology".

Jane, for instance, suffered from rheumaoid arthritis. Her husband of twenty-eight years had been unfaithful from the start.
Though she found out when her third child was a toddler, she decided to stay in the marriage until the children were grown. By that time he
was serving in Vietnam. How could she divorce him
then? That is when she developed her disease. By the time he returned safely, she was so handicapped that she believe she didn't have
the physical capacity to divorce. "I kept saying to myself, 'if it weren't for this S.O.B., I wouldn't have this disease." Through
Caroline's intervention, she realized that it wasn't her husband that created her disease. It was her attitude towards him that was the

Hortense is another example. This forty-eight year-old woman felt she had very little in her life. Unloved and uncared
for, Hortense felt fated to loneliness. She developed breast cancer. Later, metastasis to the liver was discovered.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By seeker on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Im my small wellness center, I've sold more of this book than any other. The author gives a very precise and easy to understand discription of the chakra system, in real words than anyone can relate to and see thier own issues in. As a reference book, its fantastic. You can look up the energetic causes of most of the diseases you'll ever hear about, and Carolines sage advice on prevention. Dr. Shealy adds the eliment of the Scientific credibility to Caroline intuitive diagnoses. My copy is dog eared, highlighted and worn. It is one of my Velveteen Rabits. Bravo to the authors. :-)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was skeptical of this book at first but immediately was drawn into the teachings from two differently disciplined people with one theory. What makes the book seem more credible to me was that Shealy is a medical doctor interested in holistic teaching, while Myss studied spirituality and holistic teaching and applies it to the medical field. More than anything, I saw this book as a great stepping stone to where the medical sciences are bound to go in the coming of our "New" age.I think eventually this book and the ideas presented in it need to be taken (and will be taken)into serious consideration by the medical field, as the examples used were believable and things I have seen myself.
The only reason I was short on the stars is because the amount of errors in this edition drove me batty. Sorry, but I prefer not to have to stumble upon typos by a publication while reading!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Boatner on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the most important of all the subsequent books by Norm Shealy and Caroline Myss. This is frequently the case when a new paradigm bursts into the "world mind" and is presented fresh, by its excited and zealous prophets. Ground-breaking books like Fritjof Capra's "The Tao Of Physics", Rupert Sheldrake's "A New Science Of Life", Ken Wilber's "The Spectrum Of Consciousness" are often the educational thesis or experimental paper that gets eschewed by all but the most far-sighted publishers. Once the authors or their theories become more mainstream, the energy changes and the process of refining begins. The wonderful thing about this book is its synergy of raw courage and enthusiasm, as these two now-famous personalities first emerge into public consciousness.
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