I'll be honest with you, the first time I listened to this my thought was, "Damn! There may be some good content in here, but who likes to be b*tched at for hours on end?" Seriously? If you can't take tough love, this is NOT the audio book for you. I'm all for the tough love that Caroline Myss is dishing out in the audio, "What makes us Healthy?" I'm all for it, but… listening to it hour after hour is a bit much for even this straight talker. That said, I think this would have translated better as a book.
BUT, if you dare to tough it out and listen to it again, as I did, you will find some great content. And surprisingly it sounded slightly less harsh the second and third time around. Perhaps you get used to it and past the harshness and actually hear the words, or perhaps I am just a wuss and had to get a thicker skin… anyway, tough it out, as there are some great thoughts.
Ms. Myss goes beyond talking about our mind-body connection with our health and brings in the soul-mind-body connection, which is fascinating and takes so many thoughts on healing to another level. You will actually find yourself say, "I need to listen to that again," as some part of you will know that there is a truth being spoken that you need to hear and incorporate into your life.
Some of the messages that I loved or were resonating with me include:
"It is NOT all about me."
Basically, she is saying, "get over yourself!" To simplify that thought it's saying, if your boss said something to you in a way you didn't necessarily like - get over it - it might not have had anything to do with you as much as the fact that she broke her toe that morning. It is not all about you/me.
"If your wounds determine your reality, you're not going to make it… because you can't see the way it is. All you want is the way you want it to be… "
Are you a victim of your circumstances? You need to switch your thinking in order to heal.
"The importance of honest and integrity is more important than the food we eat and the way we treat out bodies."
I love this!!! So many people choke down their thoughts, and this does lead to illness in the body. We need to tell the truth, no matter what.
"I can only be an addict because I can't balance my relationship with truth. I know that my inner world, my inner guidance is more authentic than the outer, but I am not strong enough to follow it. So long as you aren't strong enough, you are an addict… and you will have to find someone to blame… you become addicted to blaming someone else."
Love how this is telling you to take responsibility for your life. Stop blaming other people for the way your life is. Accept it and move forward. And follow your inner guidance! We are not all here to live cookie-cutter lives that are exactly like our neighbors or our families. We are here to live our authentic lives. Be who you is, baby!
"This pain is calling me inward…. I need to follow this into myself. Something deeply in me is not congruent, and I need to find out what that is. This is not a pain I drug. It is a pain I listen to. This one is talking to me, because if I listen to it, it will take me to a place where disease will not form. And if I don't listen to it… it will become a disease… I am a candle in the night taking you to a place where you are lying to yourself, and together we will straighten out that lie. "
I listened to this at the same time I read "Healing Back Pain" by John E. Sarno (if you have back pain read it). As Ms. Myss says, "pain is calling me inward," and I think Mr. Sarno would agree. Follow your pain and you will find emotional areas that need healing, honesty that needs to be spoken and things that need to be expressed.
"Your only option is to surrender to God, and say, 'you take over because I can't manage down here… this is overwhelming… I don't know what I am doing, so you have to hover over me. Because left to my own devices I will simply want everything for myself. And I will forget that what is in one is in the whole and as above so below…'"
Two points with this one:
1. She often says "Hover over me God." Which irritated me at first, I think it is because the "god" word has so much baggage attached to it, but I tried it anyway - and darn if it doesn't just melt away the tension in your shoulders and bring you some instant peace. I like it.
2. "What is in one is in the whole." She goes on to say something about, "who can I help to heal as I go through this as if it is just for my benefit it is not worth it. Nobody ever asks who else can they help as they deal with their crisis…" I would beg to differ here. I think many foundations are started on the backs of disease of self or a family member. Many books (and blogs) are written to process the pain and help other's process theirs. We might not outright ask, "who can I help as I deal with my pain?" but we often do act in ways that are about healing more than just ourselves as we deal with our personal pain.
2.5. "What is in one is in the whole." Often times we feel alone in our pain, but we are all one. You are not alone and your experience may be able to help others. It is still a good thought and questions to bring up. "How can you make you dealing with your pain help others too?"
"Healing is an act of the soul - the mind can not heal."
Powerful! We can not deny the influence of our mind, but all in all it is the cells that heal internally. The very cells that pulse with the energy of… what can only be our soul's energy. The same pulse of energy that is in all things - which gets back to "what is in one is in the whole."
(P.S. If you have not already read Deepak's "How to know God" do it! He has a whole section in there about quantum physics and spirit/God. EVERYTHING in the world is the result of millions upon millions of pulses of energy at the cellular level. What can that energy be, but spirit/God? - Mind blowing.)
"Heaven waits till you are starving. But what you are generally serve is the thing you end up loving the most. But the thing you never would have ordered on the menu. This stage of evolution is about you developing a starvation appetite for love. But if it was let tup to you, it would be all about you… here, you develop an appetite you can't figure out what it is. Then one day, somehow, you are in a situation… and you discover you have an ability you didn't even know you had… and so it begins, your assignment, your awakening. And exactly where you would never choose… you discover you are needed… in a short while you begin to thrive… "
This is just such an exciting thought. Most of the time we just have to get to the point that we will try ANYTHING and then these new experiences that are better than anything we could imagine appear. Ah, dive into the chaos, friends! In the random you will find your inner peace! If you follow where your inner guidance is telling you to go you won't have to get to that inner point of desperation though.
"I have to get a grip on myself, and I prefer to think it is never me. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a humble way. Thus the grace of humbleness is going to be your great protection as you squeeze yourself down to size. And that will be the greatest lens as we go into understanding how do I reshape my understanding of what happens to me? How does a virus happen? How do I see things? Unless you can separate yourself from the events and the things and illnesses that happen to you you will never see clearly. And clear sight and truth are going to be your greatest navigating lenses in this new world you live in… in this world… these are systems that run on being congruent and that run on truth. If you are not truthful, you jam your circuits and there is nothing you can do about that… "
Be honest and truthful! And I'll be honest - I need to think more on the above before I can really make sense of it.
That is kind of how this audio will leave you – getting glimmers of insight, yet knowing you need to contemplate it more to REALLY get it. You will be left slightly confused, yet inspired. Good thing, in this regard, it is an audio book and that makes it easy to listen to it more than once and hopefully get new insights as you need them every time you listen to it.
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