Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

Front Cover
Three Rivers Press, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 302 pages
7 Reviews
Building on wisdom from Hindu, Christian, and Kaballah traditions, this comprehensive guide to energy healing reveals the hidden stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that cause illness.á

Anatomy of the Spirit
is the boldest presentation to date of energy medicine by one of its premier practitioners, internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Caroline Myss, one of the "hottest new voices in the alternative health/spirituality scene" (Publishers Weekly). Based on fifteen years of research into energy medicine, Dr. Myss's work shows how every illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body.

Anatomy of the Spirit also presents Dr. Myss's breakthrough model of the body's seven centers of spiritual and physical power, in which she synthesizes the ancient wisdom of three spiritual traditions-the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life-to demonstrate the seven stages through which everyone must pass in the search for higher consciousness and spiritual maturity. With this model, Dr. Myss shows how you can develop your own latent powers of intuition as you simultaneously cultivate your personal power and spiritual growth.

By teaching you to see your body and spirit in a new way, Anatomy of the Spirit provides you with the tools for spiritual maturity and physical wholeness that will change your life.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Great Book to Have

User Review  - un4gettable4 -

If you are interested on seeing where you are losing power in your chakras and to just learn more about the chakras this a great book. Caroline Myss does a wonderful job going through each chakra and pointing out some helpful information that can help someone heal. Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Anatomy of the Spirit marked the beginning of Caroline Myss’ notorious career on the New Age healing circuit. Anatomy is a book that relies heavily on anecdotes and testimonials, offering these as “proofs” of Divine healings. Writing in the fashion of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Myss touts a PhD in the field of “Energy Medicine” and boasts a miraculous healing of a man with HIV. There is no proof of either an accredited PhD or any such healing. Like any good New Age woo, Myss combines all the major world religions and throws in some popular, scientific weasel words (ie Anatomy). Her tone, per usual, is self-praising as she claims that her Divine ability to diagnose illness is far superior to the fields of science, medicine, and psychology. While presenting her pseudoscience in the form of chakra work, prayer, and meditation, she manages to remind the audience that even if all this work is done, there is no guarantee of healing. She has an entire story about a woman who was allegedly told by a mystical being that she would end up with an illness and have to live with it for the remainder of her life. It, like in all of Myss’ books, reminds the reader that, though she offers a seeming science to the process of healing, it is likely that if you do not receive any benefit, it is because there is some Divine, incomprehensible reason beyond our current understanding. So, remember, you can do all this work in her book (which is quite a lot, I assure you) and still be stuck where you are. Oh yes, and Myss tells us that the aforementioned woman, who would live the remainder of her days in pain, was on hallucinatory drugs when she had her mystical encounter. And this in no way affects Myss’ judgment that the experience was real and Divine. This sort of selective storytelling sometimes leads me to believe that Myss is more deluded than a fraud. And yet, fortunately, her current, alleged interactions with St. Theresa of Avila, reassure me of the charlatan that she has always been.
If you want to read something written by someone who believes that she is far superior to the rest of humanity—who acts as though she has been chosen by God to heal the world—who creates a pseudoscience based on sorta kinda maybe experiences and anecdotes—then Caroline Myss is your author. She will surely show you all the things wrong with your life, and remind you that you are imperfect, selfish, and stupid. The only value in reading this book is in the fact that it has been a major influence in the world of woo. As always, I remind all readers to enter with caution. Myss is known for encouraging irrational thinking (as she believes that the Divine is irrational). It is likely your brain might fall out in reading such garbage.


Foreword by C Norman Shealy M D Ph D
A Brief Personal History
A New Language of the Spirit
Made in the Image of God
The Seven Sacred Truths
Tribal Power
The Second Chakra The Power of Relationships
Personal Power
Awakening the Conscious Self
The Path to the Empowered Heart
The Consequences of Fear
Between the Head and the Heart
Questions for SelfExamination
Consciousness and Its Connection to Healing
Developing the Impersonal Mind and Symbolic Sight
The Seventh Chakra Our Spiritual Connector

Enhancing Inner Power
SelfEsteem and Intuition
The Four Stages of Personal Power
Challenges of the journey
Learning the Power of Love
A Guide for the Contemporary Mystic

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1996)

Caroline Myss, Ph.D., is an internationally sought-after speaker on spirituality and personal power. She is widely recognized for her work in teaching intuitive diagnosis and is a pioneer in the field of energy medicine. She lives in Chicago.

Bibliographic information