Caroline Myss shows you how to discover your archetypal patterns, both symbolically and literally, and how to find the four archetypes we all share and the eight that are uniquely ours. By using these patterns, she teaches you how to use the "Archetypal Wheel" as an intuitive method to interpret the behind-the-scenes patterns of your life, revealing that your experiences and relationships to be spiritual dramas that are filled with opportunities for personal transformation.
©2002 Caroline Myss; (P)2002 Hay House, Inc.
Although I respect Caroline Myss work tremendously, I found this very difficult to follow. This presentation is a lecture and the author is demonstrating to the audience using illustrated visual charts. These representations are not described in any detail to allow the listener to grasp the point being made. For instance, the author refers to a wheel, which is important to the discussion, but doesn't describe it or explain what is within its bands for the point she is making. Also, the author points out related elements/differences that are said, "here" and "here," or makes comparisons to "this and this." This title would do better as a printed book with illustrations because there are not many reference points.
I have heard so many good things about Carolyn Myss. Unfortuntly I didn't hear a whole lot during this particular workshop. And that is really what it is, it is a workshop on the full content of "Finding Your Sacred Contract." Not having read the book, I felt like I really missed the "meat" of the book. Dr. Myss briefly touches or skips over completely quite a bit of the core principles of her teachings. For the workshop I suspect that is fine, the folks there have paid the ticket price to reinforce what they ahve alreay read/studied. Not always the case with the listener. One of the reviewers said that this is a great introduction to her work. I would have to say that it might be a lovely compliment to her work but I don't think it does justice as an introduction.
During the workshop Dr. Myss uses visuals to communicate to her audience. To the listener, that is about as helpful as beauty contest over the radio.
I will say that the listen was interesting and entertaining. The pace was fast. I will purchase the physical book.
Ditto from the other reviewer that wrote that visuals were needed. Caroline does not describe the chart she is pointing to, so you cannot visualize the chart. However, I think that this lecture is a good introduction to her book and her work.
I got something out of the content as it offers some ideas/techniques and concepts for finding the "center" for your reality. I'm not into some of the spiritual aspects that the author believes (spiritual reading for instance); yet there were some things to take out of the material.
I agree with some of the other reviews; this lecture could have used visuals (or the lecturer could have more clearly used words to laying the discussed "archetypes"). In the end I felt like, because in particular the archetypes described were not clearly laid out, that it was an infomercial for the author's books. In that respect, I was disappointed. I feel that the material should have been more clearly laid out in the lecture format and if we like the content enough, we'd be drawn to further content (in the author's books).
There was something to be gained from the material, but I can't help but thing there are better things out there that are better as a stand alone product.
I know they couldn't see the charts she was demonstrating, but I think she presents best in front of an audience. A great listen for those who are already familar with her work...chakras - energy - etc.
This audio book was not well put together given that was an extract from a workshop. Her delivery misses a lot of concepts that you can tell were covered in the workshop. It's an introductory product of her archetype concepts at best. Her delivery is amusing, but is very hard to put a structure to it. I don't recommend anyone to get it since it really doesn't give you much substance. Probably the other recordings might give you more insight about her teachings.
Amusing. Engaging. Angry at times.
If it was a reading of the actual book.
This really isn't a reading of the book, as advertised. This is a recording of the author giving a talk and answering audience questions.
I will give it another listen because I find the information presented in the book interesting and actually very important in the growth of the soul.
I feel like a lot of significant information is missed when one listens to a lecture but arent't present at it. You can't see the slides or powerpoint presentation that the people at the lecture can so you are left at a disadvantage.
I read Archetypes before this one on Sacred Contracts. Archetypes was very detailed and I did not find anything new in this book but Archetypes was written after Sacred Contracts to expand on the material and you can't really find your contract without knowing your archetypes.
Advice: Read Sacred Contracts first then Archetypes.
I would. The material is so important for growth it is definitely worth a listen.
The author/presenter's voice is so grating and tinged with arrogance and is so annoying that it detracts from the presentation. She keeps people at a distance with her tone so she does not have to defend her self against those who might question her.
Not in this one, read Archetypes after. You will be moved when she is speaking about yours. You will hear the voice of God under the grating, condescending tone of the speaker.
Buy the paper version
Ms. Myss lecture is refreshing. She discusses how some people lead with their wounds, physical, mental, and spiritual. She speaks about the responsibility of creating balance of power within one's own life. She reminds us that we live certain patterns. One of my favorite phrases I heard was "to fail as a verb and not a noun". She is thought provoking, even at the places where I disagree with her. She reminds the listener to examine why they might/do disagree with her. This is as instructive as agreeing with her.
It is worth listening to. I am encouraging others in my life to listen to it. She introduces vocabulary that can help those who have difficulty with communicating about the inner-self.
The idea of Sacred Contracts was intriguing and informational.
It really helped me to determine why certain people and events occur in my life that I could see not purpose for.
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Another one of Ms Myss' master pieces, easy listening, thought provoking and jargon free language. Once again Ms Myss demonstrates how well she knows her subject and the years she has spent researching her area of expertise. She weaves her way through what some might consider to be a dense and boring subject with the wizardry of a magician. Not for a moment is the listener/reader bored or uninterested and this is due to knowledge of human and spiritual behaviour/development combined with her skilled use of language. The reader can recognise the child, the vampire, the king or queen in themselves and others, this book is a must for those who seek to discover why they are here and why they do what they do. I would advise if you can afford it get the audio book as well as the printed book in order to listen to it while travelling to and from work. I find that having the audio book enables me to reflect on what I had previously read.
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