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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is a powerful program that will give you a deeply personal, revelatory experience of your soul. What is required is that you "enter your castle" and explore with great intent the contents of your "seven mansions" and their many rooms. You'll be introduced to a new spiritual renaissance as Caroline Myss explains the nature of mysticism and its experiences; what it means to be called into mystical service; and how to discover your unique gifts, have an authentic experience of the sacred, become a channel for grace, and more.

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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©2007 Caroline Myss; (P)2007 Hay House

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Paul
  • Pitman, NJ, United States
  • 04-13-08

meditation for the spirit not the soul

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.

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Inspiration Marred By Scolding

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.

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  • Renea
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • 02-07-11

What's up Hay House?

This audio book is about shadow work written by a woman with intense amounts of un-dealt-with shadow herself. She is very blame-oriented; she points fingers and seems to loathe the people she claims to be helping. I fear she is growing *more* shadow in her listeners by creating fear and guilt with her scolding, angry tone, therefore doing more harm than good. These are not healthy, lasting, motivators for change.

If you think of the Law Of Attraction, when Myss is telling her listeners they are selfish, ungrateful, or lazy, she is creating her own world where people keeping showing up as selfish, ungrateful, and lazy. When you don't treat people well, when you disrespect them, or are spiteful towards them, you are not calling their best self forward. So I wouldn't be surprised if she attracts resentful, angry, people to her life. When you treat people as love and light, you are encouraging them to rise to their best. People are inherently good and they deserve to be treated that way. Furthermore real change will happen when people feel appreciated for where they are currently at, i.e.- from an integral understanding of our innate humanness- and when they are motivated by Love, not fear. Until she realizes people aren't "misbehaving" but are doing the best they can in their current way of living, her message will be lost on most people and shadows will keep growing, including Myss'.

If you are someone who wants to work on your shadow, I'd recommend Genpo Roshi/Big Mind, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, or Colin Tipping's "Radical Forgiveness." Great stuff. I am giving the rating 2 stars as I can see Myss put a lot of work into this, and despite the way she treats her audience, I think she means well.

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Not afraid of the truth

I haven’t read the book with this content, but these lectures really are Caroline at her best. If you‘re not used to her personality and teaching style, I could see where she might sound strident, so perhaps it’s not the best place to start if you are new to her work. I would recommend Energy Anatomy and Advanced Energy Anatomy.

However, if you are familiar with her, this teaching is so refreshing. I actually love it when she goes off on one of her passionate truth-telling riffs... she says some of the things that no one else in the world of “New Age“/personal spirituality is willing to say or admit. I kind of see her as a prophetic voice in that world; anything that comes off to some as strident just comes from a deep passion for people to do real soul work and actually find truth that brings freedom, not more books and retreats and gurus. She speaks with the authority of a teacher who’s actually walked through the things that she teaches, but clearly puts herself in the role of the ever-learning student On the same journey as the rest of us. It isn’t that she is against the elements of all that “self-realization“ that has become a touchstone of popular spirituality; she’s against seeking that superficially without soul...Basically religiosity/superstition/capitalism, which is a danger on any spiritual path.

I was already familiar with Teresa of Avila but Caroline brought out so much more. I would say even if you have read much of the Christian mystics’ work, you will find this a refreshing perspective on the “interior castle.” Caroline clearly understands the heart of Teresa’s connection with God and what we can learn from it.… regardless of whether you interpret it differently or not, there’s plenty to be learned here. So worth the credit!

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Thanks God for Caroline Myss! <br /><br />

Caroline took me into a profound journey. she is such an exquisite modelling of channeling Grace. in her genuine and genius style she placed a bridge for us to cross over and entering The Castle.
God bless you Caroline

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Grateful.

I just want to say, “thank you” for all within this audio book. I am forever grateful.

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Mystics must-read

This book is a must read for all Aspiring Mystics of our time. Caroline has 'translated' Theresa's work into our crazy complex time with such clarity, Grace and compassion. Thank you Caroline Myssm.

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Mysticism in the modern world

This is probably one of the best writing on mysticism. Reinterpreted in the light of modern world, when we feel nostalgic for what the hermits had and envy their oath. Today. As Caroline shows the monastery is the workplace we go to, the fasting is holding back judgement, self flogging is loving others when we feel we are harmed. May God grant us courage and guidance to see the path in the modern world, the strength to carry through and be resilient. Amen!

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enter the castle is one of the best books ever !

entering the castle is one of the most honest, upfront, amazing books ever written. I highly recommend it.

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Awesome Book'

Awesome! At first, I thought the author was out of her gourd. Then, after researching "Teresa of Avila" in Wikipedia, it all fell into place. It did meet my expectations. Most memorable moment? There were too many to just pick one. CHH