Why People Don't Heal and Three Levels of Power - Caroline Myss (DVD)
Several years ago, medical intuitive and author Caroline Myss gave two dynamic presentations on PBS: Why People Don't Heal And How They Can and Three Levels Of Power And How To Use Them. Now on DVD, I enjoyed these teachings so much, I took 17 pages of notes! Both presentations are on 1 disc, with a run time of 140 minutes.
In Why People Don't Heal And How They Can, Myss explains how our biography becomes our biology. Our bodies contain energy data banks, known as chakras, that manage the flow of our life force. Every thought, belief, memory, and inspiration is recorded in our bodies. As a medical intuitive, Myss is able to "see" inside an individual's body and discern illness and its cause. Over the years, she discovered that many illnesses are connected to thoughts, emotions, and memories that have "hooked" our energy, keeping our precious life force in the past. We get a certain amount of life force, or personal power, for every day that we live. If we spend 80% of our energy in our history--hooked by emotional wounds, bad relationships, negative attitudes, judgmentalism, and unforgiveness--then we go into energetic "debt". Not having enough energy for the present moment (because of being stuck in the past), our body has to take a "loan" from someplace. Woundology, a term Myss has coined, is being stuck in the wounds of the past, defining yourself by your wounds, and using wounds as form of "street currency" to manipulate others. Woundology and energetic debt takes energy out of your cell tissues, and this can lead to illness.

In addition to explaining each of the 7 energetic data banks of our bodies, Myss covers:

*Consequences of negative energy
*Finding the strength to heal
*Getting your spirit back
*The importance of forgiveness
*Fear of change
*5 central myths that prevent healing
*Steps to heal
*Saving your spirit

You won't be bored with this DVD, because Myss weaves personal stories throughout her teaching to illustrate these powerful truths. One amazing story is that of artist David Chethlahe Paladin. He was a Navajo who endured great cruelty by the Nazis, including having his feet nailed to the floor. Myss met Chethlahe personally before he died, and shares how the power of forgiveness brought his spirit back...and ultimately, healed his crippled body.

In Three Levels Of Power And How To Use Them, Myss continues to lift the curtain on the human body's energy network, and the vast data banks which stores our thoughts and feelings. She explains that the power centers (chakras) can be divided into 3 levels: the tribal, the individual, and the symbolic. She also discusses the 8th chakra, a place of symbolic, or archetypal, sight. Myss says that power (our life force/prana/chi) is the common ingredient within the human experience. Moreso, it is the common ingredient in health, and certainly in the loss of health.

Myss elaborates on the power of the tribal mind, which is group thought. It's where we all start, and encompasses family, ethnicity, religion, political ideas, and trends. If your energy is plugged into group thought, you will function, create and heal at the speed of the group. For example, let's say you were diagnosed with an illness that your family believes is incurable. You look into alternative health, and hear stories of people who were healed from this disease. You tell your family this, and they say "No one gets healed from this. Your grandfather, uncle, and cousin all died from this disease." If you're plugged into group thinking, you will align yourself to what they believe...and live accordingly. Groups usually move very, very slowly...mostly because of being resistant to change. Have you ever heard "We've always done it this way" or "We've never did it this way"? This is tribal language. It's giving your energy circuits over to the group for them to control you. Myss calls this level "eau d' toilette", because you need a lot to get anything done.

The next level of power is individual power. You have to have an incredible sense of internal power to overcome the structure of external power. This is the realm of power where you unhook from the tribal mind, and where you have to take responsibility for everything you believe--good, bad or indifferent. No "well, my family does it this way..." in the realm of individual power! You can heal much faster than the tribe in this realm, because energy moves faster. She explains that forgiveness is what helps us detach from the tribe, maneuvers us into individual power, and gets us into present time. Myss likens this level to cologne: it's stronger than eau d' toilette, and will work for longer.

The third level of power is the symbolic realm. This is the higher altitude where we become the observer of our life without being threatened. It is the symbolic and archetypal realm where we see our life through the eyes of sacred contracts and archetypal "dancing". This is a realm of power that can go the distance, which Myss likens to perfume.

Myss also discusses how we can manage our own power, especially through choice. We can choose not to put our energy into getting mad about losing a parking space, as well as not leaking energy into a past relationship that we should have let go of long ago. She explains how to build up our "grace account", live in the present, and invest our energy in staying above situations that would drain our precious life force.

Like the Why People Don't Heal presentation, Myss peppers this teaching with powerful stories. One of my favorites is about a lady in England who was smashed up in a very bad car accident. Her spirit left her body, and she could hear the grumblings of people in other cars as she hovered above them: "I'm going to be late for work", "Great. This is all I need.", and so on. All of a sudden, while still hovering out of her body, she sees an incredible light shooting out of the 5th car up ahead. This light shoots into her being, and she finds her spirit body sitting beside the women in the 5th car. The woman behind the wheel is praying "God, please help this person in the accident." Suddenly, she hears a voice that says "We're taking you back to your body. It's not your time." She begins to travel back to her body, but before she does, she gets the license plate number from the car containing the praying driver.

After she mends, the woman in the accident looks up the praying driver, and shows up on her doorstep with a bouquet of flowers. She said to her "Thank you for the power you gave me to come back to my life."

Truly, the power we have in our spirit is the power of creation itself--and we can also extend this power to others, as well as using it to heal ourselves.

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