I am a Caroline Myss fan in terms of the content and her body of work. I find her to be well researched and relatable; and this audio book is reflective of that work ethic. So while I found the book helpful, there are two reasons I didnt give it above average ratings:
1) She can be a bit preachy and even judgmental at times and this is a personal turn off for me. I feel it distracts me from getting my own personal meaning and connection with the material.
2) I wish she would have gone into how to use intuition as a natural resource. She spends a lot of time telling you that this "ability" is innately human and that it requires a lot of work and courage to truly develop it but I was hoping for excercises or example of how to see intuition at work in our everyday, mundane lives.
I suppose that's her point- intuition is accessible all the time, for every reason, but I felt this reading was almost a warning along the likes of "be careful what you wish for" because not every one will embrace your intuition and you may unwittingly alienate yourself from those who are not on the same path as you. That said, she hits on some really good stuff but I would only recommend this to someone who sees their spirituality as a work in progress, not a gift to discover and pontificate.
This left me a bit confused because John consistently refers to this book as "psychic self-defense" which isnt what I expected. I thought this would help me learn how to hone in on my own intuitive nature- and it does, but it kinda reminds me of Defense Against the Dark Arts (for all you Potter fans!)
That aside, it's still a great book. John is awesome in it and you will undoubtedly learn some good practices for developing your intuition and the protective measures to keep from unwittingly entering creepy territory!
Archetype is complex language to learn; it's verbal, physical, spiritual and emotional. It's all around you Caroline delivers the goods in her typically expert and comical way. What I love about this audiobook is that it's a recording of a lecture- so it's like getting a front row seat to one of her workshops, only you get to hear the subject over and over whenever you want to! I have shared this book with all of my friends and family and even the skeptics in my life got useful information out of it.
I think that's what sets Caroline apart; she is not selling psychic anything. She's sharing her expertise on the different archetypes that exist within human nature- within you- within those around you. And then she teaches you the lessons from each archetype, the good and the parts that are challenging. This really forces you to be honest with yourself and identify your achetypal makeup. I think if you are looking to understand why you keep repeating certain lessons, why you always 'this..." and why you " never that..." you will come to appreciate the material Caroline shares. This is a handbook to understanding yourself and others, and more importantly how you can learn to relate and interact with them. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to you.
I really love this book. Colette has a fantastic voice, and if you have ever experienced her, you know that she has a funny and relatable personality (which isn't lost here.) She is well researched and teaches with real life examples in a simple and straightforward manner. This may all well be in my head, but once you have been enlightened about messages, cledons and other nudges from Spirit, be prepared to see them all around you! Colette will guide you through excercises and vision journeys (meditations) that will help you develop your inner guide or simply become aware of how Spirit speaks to you in particular. Good stuff.
My only negative is that some of the vision journeys are a bit corny. I understand that these are supposed to be transportive, but I did giggle at her "ethereal" whispering and otherwordly echoing. But, I got over it and once I let out my initial "oh brother..." I found the journeys to be relaxing and effective.
I listen the occassional young adult book in an effort to keep up with my 12 year old niece. I purchased this book for the summer as something we could listen to while driving up the coast. I have been surprised by how good some of the series are, but Lost Voices just doesnt have the same level of writing or plot that others have- even my niece lost interest in this story. The narrator is ok, but like the writing, she lends a certain immaturity to the story and we found ourselves annoyed by the whole experience. I can't totally dismiss the author- she has an original story line and if she had been challenged to push herself, I think this would be a good book.
I'll admit that I fought purchasing a self-help book; especially a book on building self-esteem. But something pushed me to buy it. I'm glad I did. I never considered myself to have self-esteem issues, but after listening to the affirmations, I realized that my thoughts and language are self-limiting. It's like everything is possible and I feel ready for any change or challenge; much different than my former thought pattern of obligation or just wanting to get through the day. The affirmations are by no means a lecture nor are they the syrupy, overly ridiculous chanting from the likes of Jack Handy or some other guru spoof. They are gentle, relevant, and subtle in their transformation. I find Louise's voice to be as comforting as the affirmations. Enjoy listening!
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