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to be in opposition to each other are, in
She sees a case in point in the apparent
polarised positions concerning the exist-
ence of Palestine and Israel. "It would
appear that they cannot coexist in Israel
because of two opposing mythologies that
sees one as the chosen people. But they
both come from the Abrahamic peoples
and, in fact, they both regard themselves
as the chosen people. And throw
Christianity in there as well. They all
believe they're the chosen people.
"In fact, their truths are not opposing.
The core truths are, in fact, completely
supportive. If you get to the soul of
their religion, you would see they don't
oppose each other at all." Tragically
though, the truth "is caught in the politics".
Myss leaves us in no doubt about her
views on religion: "they're just costume
parties". The limitations of formal religions
have fostered the illusion over centuries
that "God only lives in this planet. All
our religions are Earth-centric and the
ultimate Earth mythology is that we run
"The truth they do hold that is
universal is that all of us are seeking to
understand the spiritual journey that is
our life here; that to be kind and loving
seems to work out better than the
opposite; to be sharing and benevolent
seems to produce better results than to
not be that way to a fellow human being. It
just seems to be."
It illustrates the universal truth that,
"What is in one is in the whole. What is
above is below."
"So in praying for you I'm actually
praying for me. And in praying for me,
I'm actually praying for you." It's essentially
the same idea as the Bodhichitta vow of
Tibetan Buddhism where the goal of the
seeker is to attain enlightenment for the
sake of all sentient beings. Or as expressed
in the poetic phrase, "A rising tide loves
Caroline Myss's passion has taken on
a new urgency with her realisation as a
blinding truth that the soul is crucial to
the healing process: "Otherwise it's a lost
Defy Gravity describes her own
moment of illuminating change at a
workshop to promote her then latest work
Entering the Castle based on St Teresa of
Avila's "interior castle" image to describe
the inner soul. Her realisation that her
words alone were failing to convey the
awe of St Teresa's vision -- "that my
listeners were craving an actual mystical
experience" -- led her to introduce prayer
to her workshops. And since that day,
says Myss, it is only prayer in specific
workshops that has been the catalyst for
healing, so that she now has reached
her own personal turning point in being
comfortable in calling herself "healer ", as
well as "writer " and "teacher".
She describes an apparently miraculous
healing that arose after her breakthrough
workshop in Austin, Texas where she
first promoted herself as a healer. Eight
months later, a young woman who had
been at the Austin event introduced herself
and related her story. She had gone to
Austin with a diagnosis of terminal brain
cancer and the workshop represented her
last hope. Afterward, she prayed every
day in her "interior castle" for a healing.
Within two months, not only had the
tumour disappeared, but the damage it
had caused to her neurological system
had also repaired itself. The woman
gave thanks that her marriage, too, had
recovered from the trauma of her illness.
This remarkable experience among
others has convinced Myss that, in this
age governed above all by reason, people
are "missing a sense of awe in their lives,
a connection to the sacred -- a connection
they can't make through their intellects.
Only the soul has the power to bring
the body back to life."
As she writes in Defy Gravity:
"Ultimately, healing is the result of a
mystical act of surrender, an awakening
that transcends any religion. It is an
intimate dialogue of truth between the
individual and the Divine." And that
dialogue, she tells us, is only possible
It's in the context of denial of the
transformative power of the soul that
Caroline Myss levels criticism at our own
holistic health industry -- and I believe it's
something we should heed coming as it
does from a true visionary in our field.
As she explains in her Introduction
to Defy Gravity, she believes that as a
society we haven't "fully animated the
mind-body-spirit trinity" simply because
"we are still enamoured of the more
familiar power of the mind and intimidated
by the less familiar, the mystical and
transformational regions of the soul."
In talking to me, she's more blunt: "The
holistic industry speaks only in terms of
energy -- energy, energy, energy! Energy
has no sacredness to it. I may as well plug
in a lamp -- that's energy."
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"So in praying for you, I'm
actually praying for me.
And in praying for me, I'm
actually praying for you."
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