Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
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New York Times bestselling author and medical intuitive Caroline Myss has found that when people don’t understand their purpose in life the result can be depression, anxiety, fatigue, and eventually physical illness—in short, a spiritual malaise of epidemic proportions. Myss’s experience of working with people led her to develop an insightful and ingenious process for deciphering your own Sacred Contract—or higher purpose—using a new theory of archetypes that builds on the works of Jung, Plato, and many other contemporary thinkers.
Myss examines the lives of the spiritual masters and prophets—Abraham, Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad—whose archetypal journeys illustrate the four stages of a Sacred Contract and provide clues for discovering your own. Myss explains how you can identify your particular spiritual energies, or archetypes—the gatekeepers of your higher purpose—and use them to help you find out what you are here on earth to learn and whom you are meant to meet. Exploring your Sacred Contract will shine a light on the purpose and meaning of your life. You are meant to do certain tasks, you are meant to have certain relationships.
In coming to know your archetypal companions, you also begin to see how to live your life in ways that make the best use of your personal power and lead you to fulfill your greatest—in fact, your divine—potential.
Both visionary and practical, Sacred Contracts is a bold, powerful work of spiritual wisdom. Without a doubt, your most intriguing challenge in life is to recognize your spiritual commitments and live them to the fullest.
on discovering that his Judge archetype had landed in his eleventh house, which rules our relationships to the outside world, had a first impression that he was always judging everyone and everything in the outside world. He had originally chosen the Judge because he had a lifelong regard for the workings of the law, but he also found this archetype active in other areas of his life. “I realize,” he said, “that everyone has opinions, but I am obsessive about my judgments. I find something to
people wherever she met them. The idea of settling down represented a form of imprisonment. Julie’s Wanderer resided in her twelfth house (the unconscious), and in pursuing the question of what inner fears she most associated with this archetype, she said that confinement represented a death sentence. “Physical confinement is only one aspect of confinement, however,” she added. “I fear intellectual, emotional, and spiritual confinement just as much. Yet I fear doing any serious spiritual
compassion. I forgave each one of those guards while I was sitting totally naked and bleeding half to death in that Mexican prison.” Meanwhile, however, another American was caught, and under interrogation he told the officials the actual meeting place of all of the escapees. The guards now knew that Mickey had lied, and they were furious at having sent a large number of men on a wild-goose chase. “This time I could feel a red-hot aura coming into the room before the door even opened.” Up to
can hurt others around us as well as ourselves. If we don’t have a clear sense of how to see the “bigger picture” when things go wrong, we are not able to respond appropriately to events or people. A man named Philip once told me that he would probably still be happily married, if he had only had a better sense of what he should be doing and where he belonged. He had been frustrated for years and his chronic discontent took such a toll on his wife that she finally left him. Even after his
to be awakened and prepared in this first stage of awareness so that he could live out the full magnitude of his Sacred Contract. The early deaths of his parents had directed him inward, and once he made that connection to his soul, the transcendent level of his Sacred Contract could begin to unveil itself. Muhammad then spent more time in the cave of Hira in worship and meditation, preparing for his mission. According to his earliest biographers, the Prophet was initially terrified by his