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Entering the Castle: Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul's Purpose Paperback – January 1, 2008
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-- From the foreword by Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything and Integral Spirituality
"Caroline Myss's brilliant, brave, and profoundly moving book takes us deep into the burning heart of Teresa of Ávila's vision of divine consciousness. Seekers on all parts will find here mature wisdom and deep sacred passion expressed with thrilling directness and a fierce psychological precision worthy of Teresa herself."
-- Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path and Son of Man
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In her book "Entering the Castle", Caroline Myss has liberated St. Teresa from the suffocating Inquisition, and has brought sixteenth-century psychology of the spirit to the twenty-first century. Caroline's book offers courage, methodology and hope about how, independent of religious affiliation, we can enter our own "castle" to navigate our spiritual journey. More importantly however, Caroline very wisely suggests, we must be "mystics out of the monastery" so that we can reach others with the wealth of spirit required to advance global consciousness. As a clinical psychologist who teaches mystics wellness on their arduous journey to find union with the divine, I strongly recommend "Entering the Castle", for anyone who is seeking spiritual guidance that goes beyond New Age "quick fix".
I was taken aback to find that Entering the Castle is an ecumenical reader's guide to St. Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle. If I had known that, I would have read The Interior Castle instead for a deeper Christian reading on St. Teresa's mystical experiences and guidance for the rest of us.
If you aren't a Christian, you may like Entering the Castle because the book is careful not to take a Christian perspective while referencing figures from the faith. Jesus, for instance, is typically described as a spiritual figure rather than the son of God. Although Caroline Myss describes herself as a Catholic, her personal beliefs seem to be that all religions are essentially identical. It's more of a Unitarian view than a Catholic description of religion.
If you are a Christian, why wouldn't you want a purely Christian perspective?
The book is very slow to begin. It takes around a hundred pages before you reach the first part of what St. Teresa of Avila described. I didn't find the writing to be tight and engaging like the writing is in Sacred Contracts.
St. Teresa wrote about her mystical experiences as a kind of roadmap that someone can follow who wants more a more direct relationship with God. As described in Entering the Castle there are seven metaphorical mansions in the castle. Within each mansion, there are rooms that represent stages of mystical experience and development. These rooms are described as exercises for you to do. There's a caution that St.Read more ›
REAL personal growth requires a dedication, devotion and discipline. Caroline, through Teresa, is able to show the way. Cleverly the text provides a sacred journey for anyone, of any creed.
There may be many spiritual texts but there are few written in the common language for the lay person. There are many teachers - there are few willing to take us into our depths and carry us through to an experience with God.
There are many books we could chose - Here is one that offers a gift of grace for anyone and everyone willing to pick it up - how extra-ordinary is that?
There are millions of people in the world - there is only one extra-ordinary Caroline Myss
I hope and pray the world is ready for such a rich text as this....Thank you Caroline
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't read it yet. Have read other Myss's books. And this one was highly recommended by a friend.Published 17 days ago by MDES
LOVE this book, but then I also love Carolyn Myss!!! I bought 2 (1 for me and the other for a gift) Both these books were at one time library books and came covered in the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Anne & Dawn
In this book Carolyn is very negative and made me feel like I did something wrong.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book that can, if used, guide you to much better understanding of yourself. There is so much in each of us that is hidden. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer