Learning Symbolic Sight

(from Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss)

First and foremost, focus your attention on learning to interpret your life's challenges symbolically. Find a meaning in them. Think and feel how they connect to your health. Bring attention every day to the challenges you face and to how your mind and spirit respond to them. Observe what causes you to lose power, and where you feel the loss. Evaluate the spiritual and biological activity that occurs as a consequence.

Second, think of yourself at all times as an energy being as well as a physical one. The energy part of yourself is the transmitter and recorder of all your thoughts and interactions. Keep in mind at all times that your biography becomes your biology. Develop the habit of evaluating the people, experiences, and information you allow into your life. Developing symbolic sight begins with intention: consciously and regularly evaluate your interactions and their influence on your emotional and physical power. And remember that if you have a private agenda--that is, if you want to see things in a certain way--you will interfere with your reception of energy information.

Third, conduct energy self-evaluations on a daily basis. After you become skilled at it, self-scanning will take only a few moments. To practice...Reflect on each power center for a minute or two in a quiet, objective way. Don't wait to become ill before you attend to the health of your energy system. Learn to sense the stress accumulating in your energy field, and take the steps to heal yourself at the energy level. Make self-evaluation a habit.

Fourth, when you discover an energy leak, focus on only the essentials that can help you recover your energy. Always address the question "Why am I losing power?" In healing any imbalance, whether it is energetic or physical, you must always involve both your mind and your heart. Always strive to see beyond the physical components of a crisis. Refer to each of the seven sacred truths of energy.... One or more of those truths will be involved in your stressful situation. Ask yourself which of those truths are symbolically represented there....By grabbing hold of that one perception you lift yourself out of the quicksand of illusion--you get the spiritual or symbolic height you need to interpret your situation impersonally and to learn the power lesson that the situation holds for you.

Spiritual instruction teaches us to keep our focus on ourselves—not in an egocentric way but as a way of consciously managing our energy and power.So, your fifth task is to learn what rather than who draws power from you. Understand that the person who seems to be drawing your energy is actually only a reflection of some part of yourself.....You need to refocus on your power center until you get an impression of what kind of power that person has in relation to you. Once you set your sights on the lesson rather than the teacher, you have achieved a significant benefit of symbolic sight: you see that truth being delivered to you through the challenge.

Sixth, simplify your requirements for healing. The requirements to heal any illness are essentially the same. Think of the illness as a power disorder--almost like a technical malfunction. Once you identify which sacred truth applies to your situation, organize your internal healing process around learning from that truth. Combine your internal healing with any conventional medical treatment that is essential, and stick to your program. Reach out for any support that you require, and use that support appropriately. Remember that the task is to move through your wounds, not to live in them. Don't waste time by thinking, acting, or praying like a victim....The specific changes you make are not the important point here. The point is to actually make the changes that healing requires.

Seventh, simplify your spirituality....Seek to believe only what heaven has issued as essential. For example,


The information here is abstracted from Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (New York: Harmony Books, 1996), pp. 57-61.

For further information on Carolyn Myss and her works, see her Web site.

See also A Daily Meditation from Carolyn Myss.


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