I just finished reading Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss but I don’t think I will ever be finished with this book.
Myss is a long-time practitioner of intuitive healing who is, also, well-respected within the traditional medical community.
Myss is also an amazing writer with an extraordinary talent for taking sometimes difficult and obscure teachings on self-healing and translating them into concepts that are clear and concise.
That doesn’t sound like much lot but it is. In fact, it’s a huge accomplishment because it makes these otherwise arcane approaches and methods readily available to anyone who has 20 minutes a day to read Defy Gravity!
Teresa of Avila, Muhammad, Buddha, and Saint John of the Cross are all woven into this tapestry of intuitive understanding and healing. Myss doesn’t espouse one spiritual approach over another; she moves through them, finds common ground within them and expands their sometimes parochial meanings into universal truths
Myss may well have found the path that Joseph Campbell spoke of when he said religions in the 20th century would NOT be able to help anyone until all religions found a way to bring their myths into the modern world — the world in which you and I live, work and try to get along.
There was so much to learn and think about and play with while I was reading this book that it’s hard for me to choose what to share but here are some of my favorites:
Forgiveness is NOT releasing the aggressor nor is it telling them that what they did was okay and all is forgiven. Forgiveness takes place inside where my disappointed, abused, angry ego confronts my soul and releases its hold. The goal of forgiveness is shattering the myth that maintains that suffering is deserving of recognition, reward and/or righteous vengeance. Understanding the essence of forgiveness is one of the most deeply healing and liberating gifts you can give yourself.
Working in harmony with the universe influences all life; dominating just one life destroys you.
See clearly. Recognize illusion. You can visit your wounds now and again (like we all do), but you can no longer, mentally or emotionally reside in that place, continually processing wounds that are decades old.
Keep your soul intact at all times. Look for God or the Universe in the smallest details of your life.
Stay where you belong, in the present moment.
This one is mine – born in the crucible of my own search for joy and peace:
All of the stories of my life – the ones I tell myself, my friends, my loved ones – are ingrained but….when I drop them I can see the beautiful world all around me – right in front of me – in the present moment. And I can, literally, breathe in joy and peace.
Buy the book; borrow it, read it and just feel yourself opening up to the universe and all the potential for wonder, love and joy that are already inside you!