Defy Gravity Online Event with Caroline Myss
Founded in 1987 by Lousie Hay, author of various personal growth titles, HayHouse has grown far beyond just publishing self-help books.
When you visit one of the HayHouse websites you will find books, audio, video, radio, and online events featuring leaders from the personal growth and development sector. You will also find archives of thousands of online programs.
A recent well received addition to HayHouse is the Wisdom Community membership program where online customers can automatically receive 30% off all products, such as: books, CDs, DVDs, Kits, Cards, Calendars, and other store products. Even event reservations are discounted by 10% (excluding their cruise packages). Once a member you can learn about additional benefits that are available when you sign up.
We had the pleasure of experiencing one of their live programs with Caroline Myss.
Leela Dugane shares of this recent experience.
In case you are not familiar, Myss is a visionary author with an extensive background using her intuition to support healing of the body mind spirit connection which is aimed to invite personal transformation.
Defy Gravity: Understanding Your Seven Graces by Carolyn Myss
A perfect warm up for the book, the seminar was educational, entertaining, and at times, profound.
Carolyn Myss is ahead of her time and, thank heaven, is trying to take the rest of us with her: A combination of mystic, therapist, academic and marketer, Carolyn is the consummate American healer.
For the first half of the two hour call Caroline Myss discussed why the book and its distinctions are so important for our modern day society, citing that by collapsing our myriad of categories under one conscious living umbrella (i.e. Spirituality, Yoga, vegetarianism, etc) we have lost our ability to stay focused on the sacred.
In other words, we have simply applied our model of fear-based acquisition to a different, albeit more conscious, marketplace.
Carolyn in her matter-of-fact tone said; we need to start “emptying out” rather than use consciousness to acquire more.
A Community of Light
Carolyn also made it clear that therapy that focuses on what is wrong with us isn’t helping either. Honestly, she seemed to be asking us to grow up and focus on the big picture. She said that “it is time for us to learn what is mystically phenomenal not by what we can have but to see what we can become.” This is where Grace comes in, which is according to her definition “a transformational force that lifts you from one place and offers you an opportunity to move into another.”
So—according to Carolyn—once on the path of service, “we can empower and heal each other and change this world. It is time to become a community of light.”
The Ego or the Soul?
One of the more profound moments happened for me during her discussion of the ego. She said it so simply and clearly it might be easy to miss: Every moment contains a choice-will it be the ego or the soul?
Yes. Who is in charge: the ego or the soul?
From there, she had me and I didn’t even care if she was off schedule or that her screeners let a slightly imbalanced caller on the air. She handled the seminar with grace, humor and ease.
Though I was a little disappointed with the blatant commercials during the “pre-show” and the five-minute break, Carolyn’s expertise overshadowed the marketing efforts and left me thinking about my own life.
The Seven Graces
During the call Carolyn also offered a powerful exercise and briefly went through each of the seven graces:
By discussing each grace, its meaning and shadow side I was admittedly intrigued and wanted to know more.
I was quite taken with a few of her theories and saw common ground in her illustrations.
Counsel and Gluttony
For example for the grace of Counsel she said that the opposite shadow side was gluttony. Meaning that we can gluttonously ask for counsel (by trying new techniques, teachers, gurus etc) just to avoid making a choice.
Though she didn’t really go into it on the call she was (as all good teachers do) tying back to an earlier point about acquisition and the theme of getting more in our Western lives.
I think the point is this: Sometimes more isn’t better (think prescription medicine), more is very often, just more.
If you are a fan of Carolyn Myss books and workshops you will feel right at home.
If you are new to her style, don’t be shy to sign up for a HayHouse online event with Caroline Myss.
You can get past any of her high-context language pretty quickly (I still have no idea what she means by the “castle”) but it didn’t stop me from loving the seminar or wanting to read her new book, Defy Gravity.
And yet again duality creeps in: You need to get the book so you can learn to empty-out . . . Now that is brilliant marketing!
To learn more visit HayHouse > Defy Gravity: Understanding Your Seven Graces by Carolyn Myss Book
If you prefer CD’s: Defy Gravity 4-CD Set
Or Listen Online > Defy Gravity On Demand Streaming or Download
We will soon be posting an in-depth review of Myss’ new book, so stay tuned!