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"A mesmerizing speaker...anyone interested in holistic healing or the power of the mind should check this out." (Boston Globe)
This book was recommended to me by a Reiki Master and intuitive healer along with another book, "Dying To Be Me". I'd just been diagnosed with cancer and my M.D. Referred me to this person. I had a hard time focusing on the words the first time through & found myself "drifting" a bit (also freaking out that I, of all people, would get this diagnosis). But I knew if I could just focus long enough to "get this" that some clarity would come so I've just finished the second time. I'm awed. I had to take notes to stay focused. It was worth it. I may have to listen again there is so much information here! It all makes sense am I'm feeling grateful beyond words.
I Loved the way this audio book broke down the relationship of the Chakras to the Tree of Life. Amazing.
Yes. It was very well explained by Caroline and the information is fascinating. I will listen repeatedly as I'm sure I will get more out of it each time. I'm a huge Carolyn Myss fan, she has a great deal of credibility on this subject.
How did this wine get in my teacup?
I really, really wanted to enjoy this and try to dip my toe in spirituality as someone who rationalized her way out of Lutheranism as a teen. But spirituality is neither science nor logic, and this author's self-described realizations about mystical and spiritual truths were not particularly convincing or believable to me. Perhaps some of them correspond to other systems of mysticism, but as someone with a science and engineering background, I always remember the mantra that correlation is not causation, and concepts like bidirectional causality (assuming any of this could be true!). I get the concept of faith. But this stuck me as so off the deep end that I was having trouble attempting to suspend my doubt, disbelief, and urge to ridicule for long enough to attempt to put any of this into practice. It screams of New Age Feel-Good Middle-Class Privilege, of which some argue that the whole New Age movement is just an expression.
I do give Ms. Myers credit for her exuberant performance, her passion, and her own self-confidence in this endeavor. If you can buy into this kind of thing and it works for you, maybe it's not so awful. Personally, I prefer slightly less mystical systems such as Buddhism, which is not without its own special flavor of mysticism, but which I find decidedly more stoic and devoid of the trappings of belief while being replete with near-universally accepted ethical principles.
Nope. Too fluffy.
Ms. Myss herself gave a spectacular performance.
Disappointment in the illusion of hope so commonly binge-ingested by desperate baby boomers.
Maybe not the best summer reading if you are under 45 or hold a degree in one of the STEM fields.
My wife recommended that I read this book. She was very high on the material and the way it was presented.
I decided to go audio and listen to it on a flight. Unfortunately, the audio is done live - by the author - BAD idea... I was twenty-minutes into it and shut it off. It was painful.
If you're looking for spiritual material to listen to and don't mind the terrible voice and poor presentation of what - in the book - seemed like good material, go for it. Me, I wish I had my money back......
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