"For our own good, each of us needs to learn what our mission is, because the details of how we live our lives accumulate to create health or illness."
Carolyn Myss, "Sacred Contracts"
Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?
Does your life lack energy? Direction? Love? Do the questions "Who am I?" and "What is my purpose?" interest and taunt you time and time again? Then you should know about the sacred, ground-breaking work and wisdom of Carolyn Myss (pronounced "mace"). Perhaps you already know her.
Myss is a popular writer and teacher with doctoral degrees in both theology and energy medicine. She's world-famous for her smart, sassy best-selling books and tapes, "Anatomy of the Spirit" and "Why People Don't Heal and How They Can" (Harmony Books, New York). Both works dense, descriptive, worthy of your attention speak to people interested in healing themselves at a deep level.
They are still selling well because Myss has a remarkable gift for helping ordinary people see that they can do, and be, something extraordinary. They may even be able to heal difficult medical problems once they stop playing the victim and learn to sense and manage the flow of their personal energy.
Her newest work, "Sacred Contracts," which is already No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller list, takes it all one giant step farther, asking two important questions that her fans and students wrestle with all the time, sometimes to the detriment of their own health: "Why am I here?" and the ever-popular, "What should I be doing with my life?"
"I've tapped into some passion people have for self-learning and self-discovery," Myss, said in a telephone interview, stopping to consider why her books and talks are so popular. "Nine eleven (Sept. 11) made an impact on people's lives. It began a realignment of values. OK, so you don't have control. So what is of value? What is the deeper meaning of life?"
"Sacred Contracts" doesn't answer the question so much as provide you with a blueprint and a guide to enable you to discover the answer for yourself. It's not an easy task, as self-help books go. ("The easy way is over!" Myss shouts.) It asks that you sit down with paper and pen and look long and hard at your life at your relationships and experiences and determine, just as a first step, "the twelve archetypal patterns that govern your psyche and soul."
These archetypes with names like the Child, the Victim, the Mother, the Hero act as energy guides, symbolic patterns that can ultimately lead you to a profound understanding of your own personal sacred contract, which is your true mission in life.
"A sacred contract is an agreement your soul makes before you were born," says Myss, who is perfectly at ease talking about the spirit world of Before You Were Born. "You promise to do certain things for yourself, for others, and for divine purposes. Part of the contract requires that you discover what it is that you are meant to do. The Divine, in turn, promises to give you the guidance you need through your intuition, dreams, hunches, coincidences and other indicators."
Myss' latest book falls into the category of "other indicators," a way of helping you remember a contract you may have forgotten, and in the process of doing that, Myss says, you begin to see your life in a way that brings healing, health and happiness.
"Think of your sacred contract as a life course in which you are meant to learn many lessons," she writes. Some lessons come easy. Some cause pain and illness. But all of them are worth trying to decode."