Becoming A Mystic Outside The Monastery with Caroline Myss

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For decades spiritual and self help literature has encouraged people to go within to heal old wounds, nourish egos and coddle one's inner child. Myss says, "I think we’ve developed an idea that approaching God could be done any way we want and that it doesn't require prayer, reflection, or contemplation. We've substituted therapy for devotion." She points out that the intellect is not a spiritual practice. In order to live a life of meaning we must go beyond a life of acquisitions and move into a life of devotion. Her own path has taken her deeply into the world of Saint Teresa of Avila, the 16th Century Spanish Carmelite nun and mystic Saint whose profound writings continue to have an impact on any serious seeker. Myss exhorts and inspires us to participate in the search for this ultimate spiritual reality as expressed by Teresa of Avila. This exploration into one’s own interior life is one of profound joy. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Caroline Myss has worked as a medical intuitive and sees illness in a patient's body by intuitive means. She specializes in helping people understand the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies develop illness. In 2003 she founded the CMED Institute, an educational program that specializes in intensive classes on archetypes, personal power, mysticism, and sacred contracts. She has appeared in two highly successful television programs: Why People Don't Heal and How They Can and Three Levels of Power and How to Use Them. In addition to her written work, Caroline has produced more than eighty audio/visual products on subjects that include healing, spirituality, personal development, and the study of archetypes.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why the teachings of Saint Teresa of Avila are so profound
  • What is a mystical experience
  • Why the intellect has taken precedence over mystical experiences
  • How we've substituted therapy for devotion
  • How the lay mystic can be a mystical activist
  • How Teresa of Avila was a model for mystical sensuality
  • How we are controlled by fear of humiliation
  • Why the mystics in monasteries change the world with the power of their soul
  • How the 60’s were too relaxed and casual with the sacred
  • Why is the sacred part of "sacred contracts" left out
  • Why having a career is not enough for our lives
  • Why we turn to God only when we are in crisis
  • Why the rational mind wants to define the mystical that can't be defined
  • Why all mystics have to use metaphor to describe the soul
  • What is it to channel grace in our lives

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 3/23/2007       Program Number: 3199

Music Playlist

From Album: Chant Anthology
Artist: Various
1995 Celestial Harmonies #13125-2

Opening Essay: Track 04 Sirtin Sasani
Music Break 1: Track 03 Ezan
Music Break 2: Track 06 O Felix Anima
Music Break 3: Track 07 Peace Pipe Prayer to the North, South, East, and West