Advantages An eclectic 'new' system that might help some people find their way spiritually.
Disadvantages The book contains more anecdotes than guidance.
Caroline Myss has creatively drawn together many ancient and modern sources of wisdom and devised a ?new? system which might help some people on their road to enlightenment but it isn?t a book that I could in all honesty recommend.
Your Sacred ContractSacred contracts is based on the premise that each individual has a sacred contract arranged prior to birth/incarnation that identifies the path through and lessons to be learnt in this life. Myss has developed this idea on the basis of ideas contained in a few ancient sources including the biblical covenants with Noah and Abraham, Vedic Mithra, ?the Lord of the covenant, Norse mythology but above all in Plato in book 10 of the Republic. Myss has found a common thread in a few ancient sources and applied it universally.
Identify the Five stagesTaking her cue from a classic study of mysticism by Evelyn Underhill, Myss suggests that there are five stages to a sacred contract: contact, heeding the call, renaming, assignments and surrender. These stages are illustrated by recounting the lives of Abraham, Jesus, Muhammad and the Buddha and the reader is supposed to identify the ways the stages as they appear in their own lives. (108)
This she calls a road map for charting the stages of spiritual transformation and together with the chakra map and the wheel of archetypes this will enable the reader to interpret the meaning of their own contract.The biggest problem I see here is that it is too ambitious in a spiritual sense. The majority of people are not nor never will be mystics even if they truly desire to be nor great religious leaders and therefore it will be difficult or impossible for them to find the stages. But perhaps I am underestimating the power of suggestion ? if you seek hard enough you will probably find. Myss here is playing upon peoples desires and even mentions later that most people attending her workshops would choose ?mystic? as one of their archetypes.(478)
The main interactive work you have to do is to choose your personal archetypes. This is the heart of the system. But the list of archetypes are relegated to the back of the book and only 5 pages out of 500 are given to explaining ?how? to select eight archetypes from hundreds. Myss includes summaries of about 70 at the back of the book but you are not limited to these, you can identify others if they are more suitable.
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