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By Amazon Customer on 11-12-13
Some amazing insights
I found Transforming Trauma to be an amazing book. Caroline Myss presents the first and last chapters, while James Finley talks for the main part of the presentation. They both gave me some wonderful insights through their own unique ways of presenting.
I find Caroline Myss isn't always the easiest person to listen to, mostly because she says things that I may not always want to hear even though they ring true. She's definitely someone that tells it how it is, however after listening to a few of her presentations now, I've started to comprehend where she's coming from and gleaned some amazing insights from her.
I found James Finley's presentation to be very gentle, though his words were very deep and profound. Listening to his life, experiences and insight brought about in me a profound respect for him.
Both he and Caroline's insight have opened me up to looking at not only my own experiences, but also life in a different and more profound way, which for me really has been a way of transforming my traumas.
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By Angela Lynn Piccola on 22-02-10
For anyone who has worked to overcome, but still can't get to the root. As someone who has worked to overcome post traumatic stress disorder, this book/lecture has been a gift. After 3 years of therapy and huge spiritual and emotional changes, this provided the tools to actually move forward instead of feeling like a failure for not being able to let go. Caroline Myss and James Finley are amazing.
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By MJ on 20-09-11
Unlikely (but brilliant) pairing
Caroline Myss and James Finley couldn't be more dissimilar in their delivery -- Myss is edgy and off-the-cuff, Finley is gentle and deliberate -- but these two teachers compliment each other brilliantly in this program. Myss is a wonderful "big picture" teacher, and here she presents a macro-level view of trauma, using her well-developed critique of contemporary spirituality to explain why healing from trauma is primarily a mystical experience, not a rational, linear process that one can engineer through superficial New Age means. She then wisely hands the reins over to James Finley who proceeds to present a highly detailed, multifaceted spiritual road map for how to approach healing trauma through contemplative practice. (Be prepared to review this portion of the program several times -- the information is extremely complex and cannot possibly be absorbed in a single listen.) The program wraps up with final thoughts on trauma, mysticism, and healing from Myss.
So many people trash Caroline Myss because of her strident tone, but people have got to take into account the junk-food spiritual culture of our times and the delusional mindset of the majority of her audience. The New Age has perpetuated so many psychological and spiritual falsehoods over the last several decades that the ground has to be cleared for any kind of meaningful teaching to get through, and Myss does a fantastic job of this.
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