Entering the Castle Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul's Purpose

ISBN-10: 074325533X
ISBN-13: 9780743255332
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Description: Internationally renowned motivational teacher and popular theologian Caroline Myss has created a transcendent work of unique insight and revelation in Entering the Castle. A highly original inner path to self-knowledge, the Castle is also the road  More...

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List price: $16.99
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Internationally renowned motivational teacher and popular theologian Caroline Myss has created a transcendent work of unique insight and revelation in Entering the Castle. A highly original inner path to self-knowledge, the Castle is also the road to spiritual knowledge of God and your own soul. In fact the soul is your spiritual castle and doing interior soul work helps you find your path in the world. Teresa of Ávila's vision of the soul as a beautiful crystal castle with many mansions, and many rooms within those mansions, is the template for this modern spiritual journey on which you meet different aspects of your self and spirit and prepare for the ultimate encounter with God and your own divinity. Seven stages of intense practices and methods of spiritual inquiry develop your personal powers of prayer, contemplation, and intuition, which in turn reinforce your interior castle and build a soul of strength and stamina.With stories and inspiration from mystics of all traditions, Entering the Castle is a comprehensive guide for the journey of your life -- a journey into the center of your soul. There, peace, God, and a fearless joy wait for you to discover them...and claim them for your own.

Caroline Myss was born on December 2, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana in 1974. During her career as a journalist, she interviewed Elisabeth K�bler-Ross, the author of the book, On Death and Dying, which inspired her to pursue a master's degree in theology from Mundelein College, which she completed in 1979. She also studied intuition and energy medicine at Greenwich University. In 1982, she started giving medical intuitive readings and has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for 20 years. She specializes in assisting people in understanding the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies have developed an illness. She has written numerous books including Anatomy of the Spirit; Why People Don't Heal and How They Can; Sacred Contracts; Entering the Castle; and Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason.

Foreword
A Far Too Personal Preface
Introduction: The Call
Preparing for the Journey
Mystics Without Monasteries
Contemporary Mystics
Teresa of Avila's Significance
Why Now?
Approaching the Castle: Readying the Soul
Recognizing Your Soul's Voice
Soul Qualities
The Deeper Path: Self-Examination and Contemplation
Unveiling God: The Four Veils of God
Crossing the Drawbridge: The Key to the Castle
Spiritual Detachment
And Then There Are the Reptiles
Transitioning between Worlds
Shall You Cross the Drawbridge?
The Soul's Journey
The First Mansion: The Power Prayer, Humility, Chaos, and Divine Seduction
Prayers for the Castle
The Stages of Prayer
The Power of Humility
Rooms for Refining Humility
The Pull of Two Worlds: Divine Guidance and Divine Chaos
Exploring Chaos in Your Soul
Divine Seduction
Rooms for Finding God
Leaving the Castle
The Second Mansion: God in the Details: Inner Vision and Soul Companions
The Practice of Illumination
Rooms of Inner Vision and Purification
Soul Companions
Exploring Spiritual Companionships
Commitment to God
Exploring Your Commitment to the Divine
The Third Mansion: Surrender: The Defeat of Reason/The Presence of God
The Defeat of Reason
The Rooms of Reason
The Archetypal Desert in the Soul
Contemplations in the Desert
The Fourth Mansion: The Mystical Heart
Into the Heart of the Sacred
Prepare to Receive God
The Power of Your Cosmic Soul
Rooms for Receiving God
The Prayer of Recollection: Soul Flight
The Fifth Mansion: Dissolving Into Holiness: From Silkworm to Butterfly
Living in a Higher State
Dissolving Into Your Soul
Rooms to Practice Dissolving into the Soul
Characteristics of a Mystical Experience
Rooms with a Mystical View
Into Flight: The Silkworm Becomes the Butterfly
Mystical Marriage
The Sixth Mansion: Essential Wisdoms and the Final Fire
Five Essential Wisdoms about Praise and Criticism
Rooms of Gifts
On Suffering
Rooms of Secrets
Be Mindful of Evil
Characteristics of Mystical Experiences
Rooms with Divine Communications
The Experience of Holy Rapture
Authentic Contemplation
The Seventh Mansion: Divine Marriage, Healing, and Reentering the World
The Mystical Trinity Revealed
The Mystical Roots of Healing
Healing Rooms
The Tranquil Soul
A Return to the World
Taking Leave
Essential Guidance for Mystics Outside the Castle Walls
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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