This richly meaningful audio experience will help you express your highest potential with grace, and explore a spiritual life that is as deeply directed within as it is toward the world.
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"Using St. Teresa of Ávila's metaphor of the 'interior castle' as a template, Myss challenges readers to get in touch with their own souls and shows how they can then lead deeper, more joyous lives. Every chapter is packed with meditations that help to either clean out the detritus that prevents spiritual growth or prepare for a mystical meeting with God. Interspersed are supportive stories of those who have gone before on the path....the material clearly springs from a deeply personal place and every page rings with the passion and intensity of someone who has finally found what she was seeking." (Publishers Weekly)
Instead, it is a recording of Caroline talking about what I believe is the contents of her new book. She is often strident in tone. I believe the reason for this tone is she is trying to reach and ground many folks who are seeking knowledge, but are motivated for the wrong reasons. If you can listen through the repetition, the strident, lecturing tone, there are some real gems in this 'speech.' In particular, the last 35 minutes I will replay again and again for myself. I'll have to watch carefully in the future to distinguish between 'speech' and 'audiobook' when I select recordings from Audible.com.
Be aware that this is a lecture based on the author's book. I found her analysis of Teresa's writings insightful and inspirational. However, I did find her tone a bit judgmental; as I work my way through The Interior Castle I am finding that Teresa was far more instructional and compassionate. I would definitely recommend this - however, it is not good auto listening since many of the author's instructions involve closed eyes!
This is the third audio course I have listened to by Myss. If you liked Energy Anatomy and the Language of Archetypes then this will be your next installment. I feel like I have been following along with Myss' as she developes her own deepening understanding and insights on the journey and challenges for those of us who feel like a monk without a monestary.
This wonderful audio program (and the book of the same title that inspired it) should be called "Keys to the Kingdom", because that's really what it is. A profoundly moving and potentially life-changing spiritual teaching...how anyone can find it lacking in substance or get hung up on Caroline's passionate delivery is utterly beyond me. This is deep, challenging material, not the usual New Age fluff that has infected so much of our contemporary spiritual culture. Yes, Caroline's interpretation of St. Teresa's brilliant work is inclusive and not wedded to religious dogma, but that's a positive aspect of this program, not a negative one. The insights of the world's great mystics -- regardless of spiritual tradition -- belong to all of humanity, and Caroline has helped to share some of this holy wisdom with us in this amazing program.
I love her tone - it is full of conviction, power and awe. I do not find her strident or judgmental, but instead inspiring and urging people to come to a deeper understanding of life and God, and the mystics. Yes, she does speak with conviction (and is sometimes quite humorous!), and rightly so - this is an excellent examination of ourselves, with very practical and specific suggestions on how to navigate the internal spiritual pathways with grace and humility. She addresses the problems of narcissism in this culture, and shines a light of insight into parts of ourselves we might not be ready or willing to face. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and will listen to it multiple times.
Love & Light and Blessings so Bright!
How to be real in the eyes of the Divine. The only journey worth taking.
These lessons are beyond compare. This should be mandatory study for anyone who is still breathing. Sublime and Humbling.
Theresa and my own soul.
I wept a lot and I smiled when flooded with Grace.
God Bless you Dr. Myss... and thank you so much again and again.
This is one of those books that I just know will be read over and over again. It captured my interest right away, took me along a path like a big sister leading the way...into places so vast, so incredible...and back again. This book is a gift to mankind, certainly. I'm humbled with awe and gratitude.
Carolyn Myss is a force of nature, a force of spirit really. I've read a number of her books and listened to a few of her radio shows. This program is spot on for those looking for a "blind spot" on their awakening journey. In a review on amazon someone described Carolyn as strident, I like that. She's harsh, intense, and unbending on her vision to deliver the goods even if it means carving out the dark corners where you're not really excited to look. In that, she can come across as angry at times. For me, I chose to look past what that triggered in me and really lean into the value this recording offers, which is a lot. I'm on my third listening now and looking forward to more.
First, as everyone else as stated this is an audio lecture and not a book. Myss uses St. Teresa of Avila's metaphor of an interior castle to create a series of meditation on personal growth. But besides the metaphor that is all this book has in common with St. Teresa. Myss rarely quotes Teresa, and does not talk about how to establish a practical devotional life style. Though she often rails against New Age Spiritualists, her lectures and meditations are not much different. She cuts out Jesus, prayer, and just about every other traditional aspect from Teresa's Christian mysticism, and offers instead a buch of self help lectures and meditations. The meditations are good, if a little fast. But this book has very little educational, and I would argue, practical merrit. I would suggest listening to Tessa Bieleki's series, "Wild at Heart," for something more substantial.
The best thing about this book is that it brings to life the mystical teachings of St. Teresa of Avila. Myss penetrates Teresa's castle of the soul and interprets it for the 21st century. Teresa's teachings and metaphors are beautiful and inspirational.
Unfortunately, the experience is marred by Myss' scolding tone. She is speaking to a live audience (apparently), which is usually energizing. But in this case, she seems to assume her audience is composed of give-me-a-quick-fix sinners. So, unfortunately, she winds up sounding like a nagging Joan Rivers -- without the humor.
Old-school Catholicism does always seem to start every journey with sin and guilt and the need to embrace humility. As a rogue Catholic, I get it and can get passed it to the heart of Teresa's teaching. My Presbyterian friend, who was listening at the same time, could not.
This is one of the most beautiful books I've read on connecting with your soul and God. Excellent 😃
Delivered with humour and passion. I felt my heart expanding with complete joy. Highly recommended if you desire to surrender.
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