Anatomy Of The Spirit (Caroline Myss): Book Review


“Your biography becomes your biology” says internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Caroline Myss, in her book ‘Anatomy Of The Spirit’. She sees a clear relationship between ‘disease’ and disruptions in one’s ‘energy fields’ (the Yogic chakras). She illustrates how many illnesses (including cancer) can be healed by creating positive energy through conscious thought, word and deed. Find out how.

“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

The spirit can induce positive energy healingComplementing this idea is the book “Anatomy of the Spirit”, written by internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Dr. Caroline Myss.

Take charge of your recovery with positive energy healing

Dr. Myss highlights a common failing: that we converse in what she calls “woundology”. She asserts that we tend to play the victim and develop relationships on the basis of the pain we have suffered. It becomes a “who suffered more” contest. Do you ever use emotional wounds to control people or situations? It’s something to think about.

As she says “I am responsible for the creation of my health. I can participate in the healing of any illness by simultaneously healing my emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual being.”

Conventional Vs Holistic

We often veer between conventional and holistic treatments – it’s a never-ending debate that plays on our minds.

  • Conventional treatment is a passive process, which helps “cure” the disease i.e. the patient might recover from the symptoms, but may never fully deal with the source of the disease, which might result in its recurrence.
  • Holistic treatment is an active process that helps “heal” the person. It requires the active involvement of the patient, along with introspection into one’s outlook, memories and way of life. This changed attitude can help develop a range of possibilities to live life, along with cancer, king size!

Is all this feasible? Most certainly. The book has numerous examples of real-life patients who have been “awakened” and changed their approach, adopted a radically different lifestyle in some cases, and healed themselves.

Resignation Vs. Surrender

Myss also emphasizes the importance of “surrendering personal will to Divine Will”. This does not mean resigning yourself to your fate, rather, it means surrendering yourself – your dreams, desires, needs – to God. We can all use His guidance to work through the challenges life brings us.

The worst thing in life often contains the seeds of the best!

Can all illnesses be healed? Yes, but there is no guarantee that every illness will necessarily be healed. Sometimes an illness has to be endured to help the person confront his or her own fears or negativity, or to resolve the soul’s unfinished business.

As Joel Siegel said, “Cancer changes your life, often for the better. You learn what’s important, you learn to prioritize, and you learn not to waste your time. You tell people you love them. If it wasn’t for the downside, having cancer would be the best thing and everyone would want it.”


  • How likely are you to blame others for your suffering? Rather than slipping into victimhood, what can you do to take charge of your situation?
  • Balancing mainstream treatments and holistic approaches can be confusing? Can you consult a holistic cancer coach or another expert to create a healing plan for yourself?
  • How often do you stress over things that our beyond your control? How can you ‘do your best and leave the rest to God’?
  • Cancer is devastating experience and it can also have meaning. What life lessons you have learnt from your cancer journey?


Book: Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss (This link is for your information only. We do not stand to make money when you click it)


Written by Aditi Kapoor, an undergraduate in Communication Studies at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.

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