Caroline Myss’s Sacred Power: Self Esteem and the Power of Choice

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Self-esteem is misrepresented, according to Caroline Myss, leading expert in medical intuition, energy medicine, human consciousness, and higher living. “To esteem the self means to recognize what the power of your soul is,” she says.

Myss’s new Gaia series “Sacred Power,” takes viewers on a journey into how self-esteem and the power of choice profoundly impact the development of our soul and our ability to live wholly. 

Self Esteem and the Power of Your Soul

Myss looks beyond the first layer of what we normally associate with self-esteem to the deeper, core ingredients: intuitive clarity and trust in oneself. As opposed to being something that gains us attention, self-esteem at its highest purpose is quiet, self-contained, liberates us from seeking others’ approval, and sustains our health and well-being. 

The strength that comes from developing a healthy self-esteem, in which we rely on our values and personal sense of integrity, help us to create a resiliency that is, as Myss says, “unshakeable no matter the circumstances.” Learning to develop one’s self-esteem in this way is not an option, Myss advises; today’s demanding and stressful world makes it a necessity.

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Quantum Power and Self Esteem

Myss believes we are in an era where we are the first generation to “add power to self.” What does she mean by that? All we have to do is look at the personal development and self-empowerment books that line the shelves of our local bookstore. But self-esteem doesn’t fit in one package; it can be best understood by what Myss calls the “Three Levels of Self-Esteem”:

    • Level One, Survival Self-Esteem: Inner qualities such as cleverness, endurance, physical stamina, or our survival gut instincts. 
    • Level Two, Inner Self-Esteem: Refinement of personal qualities of character that include courage and integrity, and learning how to rely on your values in life. 
    • Level Three, Mystical Self-Esteem: Capacity to rely upon your inner spiritual experiences and guidance, creating a harmonious balance between the interior and exterior consciousness.

 

Myss points out that the deep transformation that emerges from the development of our three levels of self-esteem can not only have a global impact, but is also causing a shift in our relationship to the world, one in which we have become hypersensitive. She relates this to the amount of personal power we contain; by learning how powerful we are and the potency of our words and our lives. We are navigating a “mindfield” that is also a “minefield,” what our mind contains and what we claim as “mine.” 

What is Mine? What is Mind?

Hypersensitivity can be the portal to understanding what is “mine,” as well as the “mind” because it can give us critical information about what power feels like.

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We’re able to learn to transform the small hurts into a sense of mindfulness and personal power that is the “microcosm of our own soul power,” or as Myss calls it, “charism,” the grace an individual soul has; one’s “single tone in this universe.” Myss sees this charism as both a response to our rapidly changing world, and part of a sacred “archetypal initiation” essential to our self-esteem’s fullest potential.

When we move away from worrying about what others will think, we tune into and trust what Myss calls the “interior, the unreasonable self-esteem…where miracles are.” It is the place where we go from living by fate, allowing fear to determine the outcome, to living by destiny, trusting in and listening to our inner guidance. To do so requires that we understand we have a choice, and there is power in our choices. 

The Power of Choice

Do you pay attention to how much time you spend in your day being concerned with how other people view you, or giving away your power through accommodation, or what others say about you and your actions? Do you rely on self-guidance, or on other’s guidance? Myss suggests if we offer up our inner life for others to sort through and return to us, rather than relying on our own self-esteem and the power of our own choices, we’re taking the path of fate, and not of destiny. 

While the path of destiny is full of risks, it is one rich with inner guidance. It is a path we choose to walk on where our esteemed power is released. “Power is the fundamental ingredient of the human experience,” Myss shares. “And choice, it is our great tool.” As creatures of energy, she continues, our power fuels our being with choice being the expression of our power. But really, how powerful can one active choice make for you, or those around you? 

Choice as a Powerful, Transformational Instrument

What if your choices could change the quality of your health, your life, or the direction of our world? What if our choices contained that much power? Well, Myss believes they do; she believes all of us are that powerful to positively impact the way in which our lives unfold. As we are more and more in contact with our intuitive, energetic selves, and the energetic world, we’re beginning to make more energetically-focused choices which contain more power than any physical ones. 

Energetic choices assist us in looking beyond the obvious and to attune the underlying energies that are there to help us live in balance and truth. These deeper choices represent “power of one clear truth of one clear choice” and represent what Myss calls our “inner-net,” an energetic grid of life made up of our emotions, thoughts, and actions. 

Whether you believe in God, Buddha, or a divine higher energy, Myss teaches that we’re led into “guidance so that you can make a choice. You are always being directed to make choices that empower you.” In fact, she believes we’re living in an “energetic Renaissance” in which every choice needs to be thoughtful and is profound. Myss also believes the times in which we live dictate a different “power strategy,” a strategy based on investing in the power of our life force and life choices. 

But in order to develop our “power strategy,” we must learn to discern what choices empower us and which disempower us. To assist with this, Myss shares eight of the most important power biophysical spiritual choices one can make:

-To not betray yourself or others

-To live with integrity and truth

-To know and live your values

-To have a spiritual world view

-To practice kindness

-To be reflective daily

-To be of service

-To empower others

 

These biophysical spiritual choices are ones, Myss says, that don’t live in the outside world; they can only be seen by the person making the choices and “take place in the world behind your eyes.”

Myss recommends we set aside time every day to take stock of what motivates us, what directs our inner agenda, and the consequences our choices bring with them. For while self-esteem, self-empowerment, and self-choice are at the center of this discussion, every choice has a ripple effect on the whole of our world and we must accept responsibility for how our choices impact the entirety of life itself. 

Myss’s “Sacred Power” teachings are ushering us into a new era of authentic power in which if we, individually and collectively, embrace our power, then we can empower others. For Caroline Myss, she considers this “the greatest choice I can do…because I am now giving grace away.”

The Power of Choice


7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Negativity

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At some point in your life, you’ve encountered a negative person. It may be that you have a negative person in your life at this very moment, whether it be a spouse, family member, co-worker, friend or even a stranger. An encounter with a negative person can be emotionally taxing. These people can imprint their negativity onto you in such a way that may leave you feeling sad, angry, afraid, or completely drained of energy. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

As there are many reasons behind a person’s negativity, there are also many ways to protect yourself from that negativity.

There is a well-known idea that our thoughts are responsible for creating our reality. The more I thought about this, the more I saw the actions of negative people in a much different light. I started to think that it isn’t the negativity of the people that are bringing me down and draining my energy, but rather how I allow their negativity to affect my life. What I found is, by not allowing the negativity of others to impact me, the less I experienced, because I no longer attracted it.

Everyone is responsible for his or her own actions. It’s the negative person’s choice to be negative, just as it’s your choice of how you respond to the negative person. If someone says something negative to you, whether it be discouraging you on your goals and dreams, saying something disrespectful, or even making you feel less than what you really are, your first impulse may be to feel hurt, angry, or perhaps a sudden hatred toward that person. All of those are negative reactions, which subliminally enhances the negative person even more. Our bodies are reactors that radiate and transfer energy onto others. Even if we don’t verbally respond to the negative person, we still absorb their negativity into our psyche. Here are seven ways we can deflect the negativity and protect our own emotional well-being:

Use the Power of Affirmations

During a negative encounter, say to yourself, “I choose not to allow this person to impact me in a negative way.” Imagine a beautiful white light surrounding you as it creates a barrier to prevent the negativity from seeping through.

Know That You Are Not At Fault

If the negative person is making you feel discouraged or not worthy, know it’s no fault of your own. Usually, when one attacks our dreams, desires, goals, and ambitions, it’s a sign that they’re not where they want to be in their own lives. Instead of allowing them to transfer negativity onto you, try talking to them about why you want to pursue what you’re doing and even encourage them to reach for the stars, too.

Send a Loving Thought

We may have a random encounter with a stranger who has an unpleasant attitude or could’ve had a bad day and is taking it out on anyone they can. (Unfortunately, that person happens to be you.) Before engaging the person, imagine the beautiful white light barrier and silently use the affirmation, “I choose not to allow this person to impact me in a negative way.” This prevents absorbing the negativity the person is emitting.

Smile, be friendly, and stay calm. Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed to stabilize their mood. When the person is no longer in contact with you, silently send a loving thought to them hoping that their day will become better.

Think Something Positive

Often, an encounter with a negative person will leave lasting effects long after the initial encounter. Perhaps something happened with a person at the start of the day that really made you angry. As your day goes on, you keep thinking about it over and over again. You’re upset, and you can’t shake it from your mind. It’s these particular types of encounters that leave one feeling the most depleted of energy because the situation is on instant replay.

I’ve found the best solution is to shift the mind. If you keep dwelling on that negative moment, immediately think of something positive: something or someone that brings you joy, like a loved one, a pet, nature, a favorite movie or a hobby.

Trigger the Brain

Shift your train of thought by thinking about what happened in the last chapter of a book that you’re currently reading, or by mentally reciting the lines to a favorite song. This causes the brain to divert its attention and keeps the negative thoughts at bay.

Silence the Ego

You may feel the urge to fight or argue with the negative person. Perhaps you think that you’re right and they’re wrong, or you’ll feel better by standing your ground. It’s actually combat of the ego-mind: in most circumstances it only makes you feel worse, as all it does is fuels the fire for the other person. When they sense your anger, they feed off it by taking your energy. This gives them more power and leaves you feeling drained.

Withdrawing from an argument doesn’t make you weak, and you don’t need to prove you’re right. Ask yourself, “Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?”

Remove Yourself

Simply say “I’m sorry you feel this way.” If possible, either walk away or leave the room. Once out of sight, silently send loving thoughts to the person. You don’t have to absorb their anger. Dismiss it and let it go. Usually, the argument will naturally dissipate.

If these practices sound too easy, it’s because they are! The human mind thinks that every solution needs to be complex in order for it to work. Far too much time is spent thinking and searching for the correct way to solve negativity (or anything in the world, for that matter), when in fact each of us is made up of the very ingredients of a solution.

That solution is love. Radiate love. Be love. Love is what ultimately heals us all.

There will always be negativity in the world. It’s the Yin and Yang of life. If someone doesn’t like or agree with something that you did or would like to do, then that’s their conflict, not yours. What they think is right may not be right for you, and everyone’s entitled to their own choice. No matter how negative the opinions of others are or how you may be perceived by them, know this: you’re a beautiful, magnificent being and you’re so loved – and that’s the absolute truth.

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