Synopses & Reviews
Internationally renowned motivational teacher, spiritual instructor, and popular theologian Caroline Myss has created a transcendent work of unique insight and revelation in Entering the Castle.
This exciting new teaching of contemporary mysticism is also a brilliant synthesis of the psychology of consciousness and of Eastern and Western mystical traditions. Myss provides a highly original inner path to self-knowledge -- which is also the road into a spiritual knowledge of God and your own soul -- as she reveals a necessary external path, one that takes you out into the world to serve God and others as a mystic without a monastery -- without having to retreat into total silence, self-denial, or isolation.
As her main template for this extraordinary, modern spiritual journey, Myss uses the beloved, revered writings of The Interior Castle by Teresa of Ávila. Adapting Teresa's vision of the soul as a beautiful crystal castle with many floors, or mansions, and many rooms within those mansions, Myss guides us from room to room, helping us meet different aspects of our self, our soul, and our spirit -- preparing us for the ultimate encounter with God and our own divinity. Through intense practices and methods of spiritual inquiry adapted for contemporary life, she helps us to develop our personal powers of prayer, contemplation, and intuition and to ascend the seven levels of soul knowledge that build an ever stronger interior castle of our own -- a soul of strength and stamina.
As in all her books, Myss also recounts stories of profoundly moving real-life experiences -- of her own, as well as of her students and of renowned spiritual figures -- that bring home the universal truth of her insights. Presiding over the entire book and journey are the great mystics, ancient and contemporary, of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism with their inspiring lives and discerning spirits. And over all, the benevolence, truth, and gentle and tough love of Teresa of Ávila shine through.
Doubtless Myss's most deeply personal, revealing, compassionate, and transforming book yet, Entering the Castle is a comprehensive guidebook for the journey of your life -- a journey into the center of your soul. There, peace, God, and a fearless bliss wait for you to discover them...and claim them for your own.
"Entering the Castle
is...based on St. Teresa's seven interior mansions, which are explained and elaborated here...so beautifully, clearly, compassionately, lightheartedly, wondrously...[as] seven steps...to your own deepest self or soul. Teresa became not only a spiritual woman who had written a brilliant practice manual, but a saint who saved Caroline's life, showed her her soul, awakened her heart, and set her on the never-ending...timelessly fulfilled road of practice. I just know that Teresa would say 'amen' to this luminous book as the fruit of her calling to you, a calling to all of us to be mystics without monasteries in a world sorely in need of a touch of the divine...the true self in each and every one of us."
-- From the foreword by Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything and Integral Spirituality
"Caroline Myss's brilliant, brave, and profoundly moving book takes us deep into the burning heart of Teresa of Ávila's vision of divine consciousness. Seekers on all parts will find here mature wisdom and deep sacred passion expressed with thrilling directness and a fierce psychological precision worthy of Teresa herself."
-- Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path and Son of Man
An inspiring motivational teacher and "New York Times" bestselling author presents an exciting new guide to awakening the spirit within, in order to build an interior castle sustained by prayer and the practice of silence, healing, channeling grace, and forming circles of soul companions.
A motivational teacher and "New York Times" bestselling author presents an exciting new guide to awakening the spirit within.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ken Wilber
A Far Too Personal Preface
Introduction: The Call
Part I: Preparing For The Journey
1: Mystics without Monasteries
Teresa of Ávila's Significance
2: Approaching the Castle: Readying the Soul Recognizing Your Soul's Voice
The Deeper Path: Self-Examination and Contemplation
Unveiling God: The Four Veils of God
3: Crossing the Drawbridge: The Key to the Castle
And Then There Are the Reptiles
Transitioning between Worlds
Shall You Cross the Drawbridge?
Part II: The Soul's Journey
The First Mansion: The Power of 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
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
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
The Sixth Mansion: Essential Wisdoms and the Final Fire
Five Essential Wisdoms about Praise and Criticism
Rooms of Gifts
Rooms of Secrets
Be Mindful of Evil
Characteristics of Mystical Experiences
Rooms with Divine Communications
The Experience of Holy Rapture
The Seventh Mansion: Divine Marriage, Healing, and Reentering the World
The Mystical Trinity Revealed
The Mystical Roots of Healing
The Tranquil Soul
A Return to the World
Essential Guidance for Mystics Outside the Castle Walls
About The Author