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- Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help, Thanks, Wow
"Intimate Conversations with the Divine shows us that prayer isn't some esoteric activity reserved for a holy few; it's a language we are born knowing. These pages will encourage anyone who has lost the habit of daily prayer to take it up again, and inspire anyone who has never prayed to start the conversation now."
- Maria Shriver, best-selling author and award-winning journalist
"Caroline Myss has written a book that sets the power of Prayer free from the monastery, allowing it to enter our hearts and minds as an essential Grace for these challenging modern times. In re-envisioning how we dialogue with the Divine, Caroline's profound, clear spiritual direction offers new direct access to Prayer's healing power and enduring capacity to help us up any mountain that we've been called to climb. New soulful summits of your life's potential await you through Intimate Conversations with the Divine."
- Robert Ohotto, intuitive strategist and best-selling author of Transforming Fate into Destiny
"These heartfelt conversations with the divine offer a profound invitation to express our own spiritual questions and concerns, yearnings, and deepest dreams. With the warmth and wisdom of a good friend, Caroline Myss has given us a treasure trove of spiritual insight for these troubled times."
- Clark Strand and Perdita Finn, co-authors of The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary
"What is the prayer you most need to pray in your life? Do you know how it begins? In Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Caroline Myss teaches you a whole new way to pray. Praying with God, not to God. Filled with 100 beautiful prayers-holy moments of divine intimacy-this mystical handbook helps you cultivate a practice of daily deep prayer that invites a whole new level of guidance, grace, and inspiration into your life."
- Robert Holden, author of Holy Shift! and Finding Love Everywhere
"In this book Caroline Myss invites us to listen in as she prays to the Lord her God. As we listen, we realize she is encouraging us to speak to the Lord Our God of all the expected and unexpected things our heart wants us to say. And, as our own voice falls silent, to then listen to the still small voice of God that is always there guiding and sustaining us in each passing moment of our lives."
- James Finley, Contemplative Teacher with the Center for Action and Contemplation
"Once again, Caroline Myss lights the way, showing us how the epidemics of this time must ultimately be addressed at the level of the soul. . . . This is prayer with power and energy-the power to breathe and instill life; the energy of unconditional love that opens us up so that we once again feel that which most nourishes and ultimately heals."
- Jeffrey Rediger, M.D., M.Div., Harvard Medical School, author of Cured: The New Science of Spontaneous Healing
"In A Course in Miracles it's written that 'prayer is the medium of miracles.' At no time in the world has it been more obvious that humanity is in need of power that we alone cannot bestow. Caroline Myss presents the most ancient of powers in a startlingly relevant way."
- Marianne Williamson, author
"Caroline Myss beautifully succeeds in awakening the lost language of prayer, a holy language that our world needs as never before. Her prayers are flashes of her intimacies with the divine. . . . It is always brave to share the intimacy of the messages hidden in silence. When this courage is matched by true gentleness, the effect is powerful healing; her prayers will heal sick souls. Caroline's evident care for others and her spirit of service will make this book a true friend and companion for those in need at every step of their life's journey."
- Laurence Freeman, Benedictine monk and leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation
"Every thought is a prayer. Thinking sets in motion spiritual forces to create change. Intimate Conversations with the Divine provides that essential thinking for the optimal mystical life."
- C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., president of Shealy-Sorin Wellness and Holos Energy Medicine Education
"At a time when we need to reawaken our relationship with the Divine, along comes Intimate Conversations with the Divine, which spoke deep inside the heart of my longings, visions, and truths. This book will awaken anyone who is asleep, and to those who are awakened, it will add more fuel to your 'awakeness.' The whole world needs to deepen their conversations with the Divine, and Caroline's new book will take you to a place to find all of your life's solutions. The best read I have come across in decades!"
- Sister Dr. Jenna, Brahma Kumaris, radio host, America Meditating
"Sometimes I feel as if I go through the day barely able to see, unable to hear, saying things I don't really mean. A lost human being in a sea of other stressed-out, disconnected people. What to do? I'll tell you what to do: read this book! It clears a path through the dark woods of our times. Caroline Myss says that the true meaning of prayer is a request for help in how to see. Reading Intimate Conversations with the Divine gave me new sight, opened my ears, and helped me say beautiful, meaningful, powerful new prayers."
- Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open and Cassandra Speaks
"In this honest and unique spiritual diary, Caroline Myss invites us to a daring journey into the inner truth of our deepest selves. . . . Myss shares with us a deeply personal glimpse into her own mystical soul and-if we listen deeply-into our own. . . . In a time of religious deconstruction, Myss dares to reconstruct. She calls us to the deeper meaning and practice of prayer-one that will serve us well in these challenging times."
- Matthew Fox, author of Prayer: A Radical Response to Life, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas, and Naming the Unnameable
"The power of prayer is resurfacing in our collective consciousness right at the moment we are all experiencing the shattering effects of the pandemic together. Right at the moment we are all in the same conversation about our vulnerabilities and concerns about the future, we are realizing that we need, once again, to pray. Caroline has shared a pathway of prayers back to the Divine. Only prayer can lead us now."
- Jim Garrison, Ph.D., President of Ubiquity University
"Open this book and be astonished. It is at once a revelation and a spirit-quaking reminder of the power and practice of prayer. It Is also the Passion Play of a mystic, Caroline Myss, as she daily enters into spirited conversation with the Divine, receiving insights that are as welcome as finding cool spring water in the desert. Soul deep and winsomely wise, Caroline brooks no whiny naysaying but persists in her talks until the laughter of God brings fresh insights, potent knowings into our human space and time. But be warned. You cannot commune with this book without being changed and charged. For you come to discover that you only live in the sacred cosmos but that it also lives in you. We are One Holy System. And then the great duet begins!"
- Jean Houston, Ph.D., Chancellor of Meridian University, author of The Wizard of Us and The Search for the Beloved
"Caroline is giving all of us exactly what we need to nourish our courage and embolden our embattled hope-a book on prayer that is not only a mystical classic but direct guidance as to how to align, nakedly and passionately, with the Divine from the most authentic part of ourselves. This book is far more than a masterpiece-it is a blazing manifesto of Truth and Empowerment which no sincere lover of God can afford not to read, learn from, and integrate profoundly."
- Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and, with Carolyn Baker, Savage Grace: How to Live Resiliently in the Global Dark Night
"I inhaled this book-a very personal and powerful prayer journey that is a gift to us all. The importance of holy language is critical, now more than ever. The perfect read for anyone who needs a boost of much-needed grace."
-Jenniffer Weigel, Emmy Award-winning journalist, author of This Isn't the Life I Ordered and I'm Spiritual, Dammit!
"In this luminous collection of sacred conversations, Caroline Myss reclaims holy language and offers it back as blessing, as birthright, as a lighthouse beckoning us home from the storms of the human condition. Each prayer is drenched with potency, richly wrought, simultaneously particular and universal. What a gift to be invited to listen in on the intimate conversations between a master teacher and her God, and to find here the possibility of a direct response to our own innermost yearnings."
- Mirabai Starr, translator of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, author of God of Love and Wild Mercy
"When Caroline Myss asked me to review her book Intimate Conversations with the Divine, I was unprepared for what I was in for. On the surface her book is about how prayer is the sacred language through which we intimately connect with something beyond and greater than ourselves. While reading her words, however, I was shocked-and delighted-when I began having the experience that something alive was speaking to me, as if I was in dialogue with another part of myself. But even more than that, in reading her book I began to intuitively feel through my heart that her words weren't about prayer, but were, in a very magical and unexpected way, answering a prayer of mine. It was as if a deeper part of myself had dreamed up Caroline's book to come my way at exactly the right moment in time in order to remind me how to deepen my communion with my own soul. I can't recommend Intimate Conversations with the Divine highly enough. Caroline has offered us a true gift that couldn't be more needed at this time in our history."
- Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko and The Quantum Revelation
"These prayers help us name our longings and give us permission to show up before God with new honesty and vulnerability. They encourage us to listen to those almost-silent whispers of God, who-like a gentle mother-is always eager to embrace us in our brokenness and bring us closer to Her heart."
- Fr. Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism and director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in New York
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- ASIN : B0893ZJCHK
- Publisher : Hay House Inc. (September 29, 2020)
- Publication date : September 29, 2020
- Language : English
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- Print length : 298 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #67,435 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Admittedly, I have never been able to grow as enthused about Caroline Myss' books as much as I have her lectures and teachings on Audible, Sounds True, YouTube, and on her website, myss.com. This has always surprised and perplexed me, and I have not yet pinpointed exactly why I feel this way. Perhaps I have lacked maturity and patience to digest her teachings in written form. (Note: I think it has something to do with my preferring the charism of her spoken word, which is piercingly particular - both filled with wisdom and undeniably modern. Myss does not suffer fools. Additionally, if I were to recommend any of her books beside this one, they would be "Entering the Castle", "Defy Gravity", and "Anatomy of the Spirit". I also highly recommend her following lectures, found on Audible: "The Power of Prayer", "Entering the Castle", "The Courage to Confront Evil", "Defy Gravity", "Channeling Grace", "Transforming Trauma" (with James Finley), "Navigating Hope", and "What Makes Us Healthy?")
Nonetheless, her spoken word teachings and lectures have often catapulted me into intense, often mystical states, of meditation, contemplation, self-reflection and -recognition, and prayer, or communion and communication with the Divine. (Her blunt and fierce observations and suggestions have just as often provided me with what I have often needed most in certain confounding situations: a swift kick in the tuchus!)
I was first struck by Myss' spoken words when I happened upon a copy on YouTube of her series on prayer - "The Power of Prayer" - for Sounds True. I was in the midst of a particularly dark and overwhelming time in my life, blighted by depression, addiction, intense fear and anxiety. At the time, faith and prayer were as distant to me as the Earth from the Sun; both seemed as unattainable to me as sobriety, peace, and security. I was not only lost - I was paralyzed.
I was also confused about the direction my spiritual life should take. Did I even have a spiritual life? Should I go the New Age route or the tried, tested, and often torturous religious route to attain one? New Age platitudes and religious condemnations at best eluded me, and at worse seemed to intensify my already tenebrous state. I could find no way out - or in, for that matter - and I grew evermore weary and despondent.
One afternoon at work, while in the middle of some menial task, I came across her series “The Power of Prayer”. Instinctively, as if something were guiding me forward by an invisible thread, I clicked play. Based on the cover-art for the audio series – a stone statue of an angel in deep prayer and contemplation – I assumed the series would be Christian-based in the Evangelical sense, and though I hesitated for a moment, tempted to search for something else, my own Catholic upbringing beckoned me forward with memories of a time when life could still, for me, contain the holy, and be filled with the hope and possibility of miracles.
What first struck me was Myss’ staunch and abrasive quality. Who is this woman, what is she going on about, and who in the hell does she think she is, were some of the first questions that sprung to mind as I listened to her. I couldn’t tell if she was religious or “New Agey.” Still, I was as intrigued as I was confused. Hell, I thought to myself, at least I’ll be entertained for the day. Then it happened: the moment that hurled me inward.
She began, gradually, then suddenly, to speak about evil – a topic I had always found antiquated and useless. Below is the specific segment from “The Power of Prayer” that I have transcribed unabridged, and that I have bookmarked on Audible, and which struck me that day at work, and still serves to remind me during vital moments in my life, not only of the power of darkness, but of the importance of seeking the Light through prayer:
“… Darkness counts on your pride, your arrogance, your greed, your fear. And it turns up the volume on these, which is what spiritual direction is about: to take you and sit you down and say, ‘I’m not interested. I am so not interested in your childhood. Do you understand how I’m not interested in it? I am so not interested.’ I’m interested in right now, how you are regulating your pride. That’s your weapon. I’m interested in whether you walk humbly on this earth. Because the only one in your shoes is you, not your mommy, not your daddy, not your teachers, not your brother, not your sister. For all that has happened to you, and for all that has yet to come, are you humble? Because if you’re not, you are hurting people constantly and blaming someone else for your actions, and allowing yourself to get away with it. And that is evil. Because what evil will say to you is you have a right to hurt another person because someone hurt you. And you do not have that right. No one has that right. No one has the right to pass on their suffering to someone else because they were hurt once upon a time. No one, no one, no one. But that is how evil works and that is what evil will tell you. It will allow you to excuse yourself: But you had a bad day. In fact, evil will tell you that you have a right to poison yourself. You can eat that. Of course, it’s not good for you, but you had a bad day, so you can do whatever you want. But you’re almost diabetic – but that’s okay, because you had a bad day. You’re unhappy, so you can do that. You can do that. You’re lonely, somebody hurt you, so go ahead and poison yourself, you poor thing. And it will produce things in your mind that give you permission to abuse yourself. And out of that abuse tumbles self-hatred that then tumbles into depression and despair. Becomes a drug habit, becomes an anti-depressant habit, becomes a habit of withdrawing from others. Pretty soon you can’t get off the couch. Pretty soon you lose an appetite for your own life. How do you feel about your life? I hate it, I hate it, I hate my life. Your life? Your whole life? Everything? I can’t bear to get up in the morning; I can’t get up. You can’t get up? What if I came over and held you in my arms and lifted you? I have nothing left. You don’t? Where are you getting this? Who’s putting these thoughts in your head? Who’s whispering such darkness to you? A demon. That’s how it works. That’s how it works.”
Talk about a swift kick to the tuchus! That day at work, and later at home, I replayed the segment repeatedly. I felt as if I had recognized something about myself and my circumstances that I had denied for a very long time. I realized I had been completely oblivious to the darkness around and within me, which I not only harbored, but attracted to me through a lack of consciousness and, mostly importantly, a lack of conscience, regarding how I not so much treated others, but how I treated myself. Of course, how we treat ourselves goes hand in hand with how we perceive and treat others - and I had work to do in that department as well - but my own form of intense self-abuse was of most importance at the time.
That was in January of 2016, and though it took another two years of battling demons, of restructuring my conscience and consciousness, and of seeking refuge in God through submission to and in prayer, I finally became clean of my most self-destructive addictions on New Year’s Eve of 2017. The years that have followed have not been easy, and have included further release of additional, though less obvious, addictions, but I have often depended on Myss’ teachings and lectures for strength, guidance, and galvanization. Her work has helped me to find my own faith, and to carve out my own path into prayer and, ultimately, towards Light.
“Intimate Conversations with the Divine” is the first book of Myss’ that has made me feel how I felt that day, nearly five years ago, when I first encountered her work. It is a guide into prayer that breathes with life and with the sacred, and which reminds one of the universalities of doubt, despair, and ultimately, of dependence on something greater, more powerful, and more loving than we dare to imagine or experience.
As I noted in the opening paragraph of this review, I have only reached the tenth prayer, and still have ninety more to go but instantly, I have recognized the mystical, sacred, and holy spark of communion and communication with God, with the Divine, with YHWH, with Allah, with Mother or Father, with Truth and Light – or whatever other names you choose to ascribe to the Creator.
Prayer is a practice we are both called and fall into. It must become for us a daily act as essential and necessary as breathing, consuming a meal, or bathing; as rest or sleep; for it does provide all of those things - and much more - in overflowing abundance. Prayer is an act of withdrawal just as much as it is an act of ultimate liberation.
I suspect I will be keeping this book by my bedside for easy access during times of deep gratitude, and also intense doubt and uncertainty. A handy index of graces has been included at the end of the book for quick reference when one is need of, as Myss often puts it, “a prayer – fast!”
The power of “Intimate Conversations with the Divine” lies in its accessibility - and the accessibility of its prayers - to people of all faiths, denominations, and doubts, too. I have written this review to beckon those who may hesitate though they may be in dire need to pick it up. I consider it Caroline Myss’ breathtaking – and breath-giving – masterpiece.
“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.” – St. Teresa of Avila
Thank you, Caroline. May you and all of the readers your book has touched, will touch, and has yet to find, be blessed, and may the power and light of the Creator hover over and through you.
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She is also a really good ,readable writer who connect with her readers and connects her readers to the bigger picture. I have long benefited from her wok and I hope you will love it as much as I do.
This book has been sitting in my Kindle library for several weeks just waiting for the right time to get started. It seemed to call to me this week, so I finally opened it. The timing was amazing as the messages are just what I need and have started me on a spiritual path.