Tuesday, 18 June 2013 04:54

Sacred Contracts: Book Review by Patrick Iroegbu Ph.D

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This book Sacred Contracts was first released in January 28, 2003 and published by "Three Rivers Press". Nevertheless, I want to make the connection by drawing from another work. Thus, in 2007, there was the Kpim Book Series in which the Father Pantaleon Foundation of Nigeria published The Kpim of Death, a book, which explored “why are we born to die?” To address the issue, scholars wrote from their field of research perspectives and experiences of life and dying in societies where they live and work. The book found out that for every human life, there is a purpose realized or in progress. And by and large it must be known that it does not matter at what age and time one submits to death. Death it argued is a clear message to life that in one way or another it must come to an end when its time is due. It therefore encourages the living to face this symbolic transformation with critical understanding. The dimensions of death are gears to what happens to life as a lived experience, which must transform, and in Pantaleonian kpim or innermost point of thinking – to time, that is to eternity. As such, why are we out there living as humans? What gives us the understanding of our sacred contracts of life that we must live out? How do we find out the transactional relationships of the promise to be and eventually become who we are?  

For our interest here, the author of Sacred Contracts: Awakening of Divine Potential Dr. Caroline Myss is known as a medical intuitive energy writer. Her influential book Anatomy of the Spirit captured my curiosity to know that spiritual energy is like any other life-force to get things done for a purpose. In her book Sacred Contracts, which has now become widely reviewed, Caroline Myss has found as it is described in the back-cover page 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.

Furthermore, Myss’s work here 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 loaded divine—potential.

Both visionary and practical, Sacred Contracts is a bold and enlightening powerful work of spiritual wisdom. It shows that, there is no doubt your most intriguing challenge in life is to recognize your spiritual commitments and live them to the fullest. She offered models that appreciate the pathways.

Gail Hudson, writing for www.amazon.com, describes the book – stating that we all come into this world with Sacred Contracts according to bestselling author Caroline Myss. Some know it as a calling. Some see it as a life mission. "In short, a Sacred Contract is an agreement your soul makes before you are born", Myss explains. "You promise to do certain things for yourself, for others, and for divine purposes. Part of the Contract requires that you discover what you are meant to do". Herein lies the rub. Decoding our Sacred Contract requires us to become fluent in the language of symbols and archetypes so that we can interpret dreams, understand the meaning behind "coincidences", and learn to follow our intuition.

This is why Myss offers an extensive lesson on helping readers recognise their personal archetypes (there are about 12 of them), such as the Avenger (righteous activists), Networker (journalists, messengers), or Prostitute (someone who "sells out" easily). Myss then goes on to help readers create their own "Chart of Origin" (which profiles your "spiritual DNA"), using the teachings of the chakras and astrology. Part science, part ancient tradition, and part magic. Reviewer, Gail, states that this book will gratify readers who are prepared to study the fine print of their Sacred Contracts.

Chapter seven of the book, for example, shows that we seek purposes and guidance to attain meanings. Whether through biblical visions and overtures, runes, divination, casting lots, numerology, and other astrological steps and cultural traditions – Western, African, Asian, etc., to gain access to the unconscious realm, we need to work with our archetypes, chakras, life force or spiritual backbone to channel our energy and intuition. It suggests that the quality of the guidance that we seek and receive from any of the methods of knowing depends on the intension and attitude we adopt. In short, the chapter points out that people seek guidance from intuitive methods for reasons ranging from curiosity and entertainment to desperation and the yearning for divine connection (pp.202-203).

Although, most people seek guidance to try to gain or maintain control over their personal life, loved ones, health, and property, including even the quest for knowing. This can be bolstered in an imagined and realistic human drive to have directions to act on a safe path. While doing so, the author opines that we must attempt to cultivate a detached or symbolic point of view. We need also to seek and reduce our brazen suspicion bets to see deeper by avoiding the limitations, which our suspicions can place on us. That is, to look at events that magnify and shape our lives not only from the first prizen of experiences but also from the third physical, if you like archetypical or symbolic nuances and columns of our being there and becoming something of critical value.

Appraising this book, Sacred Contracts, we find that the author has woven together for us a complex subject of personhood and spirituality, destiny and opportunity to respond to the question of what contract do we have with God and society in which we live and will die. The Sacred Contacts illuminates the fact that if one is not oneself a sage or saint, the metaphysics of daily life scenes calls the one out to learn about others who were and systematically gain symbolic and spiritual guides to get to where our destiny must launch us to land.

Caroline Myss warns us in Chapter 10 that we all need symbolic distance to elevate our inner souls and realities. To do so, we must not ask loose questions. We must ask adult questions for some learning curves in our relationships, spiritual and social connections and contracts. We must not quit from our dreams and fascinations. In other words, we must draw up agendas – personal and collective. Taking a symbolic distance, otherwise a detachment is, indeed, to criss-cross an axis of knowledge and action from a unique or common situation. What can we do differently to earn a magical experience to blossom our identity and hope? Frankly, how to stay committed to the choices we made in line with our esoteric and game plan should push and pull us through.

Overall, the Sacred Contracts enjoins us to explore our triple vision – an ability to remain centered in any situation whether it be joyous, disturbing, or neutral. It will give us poise and perspective.  

I have truly enjoyed reading Caroline Myss, who has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for over 25 years. Interestingly also, The Sacred Contracts depicts a contractarian path to question our self-identity, our destiny, cosmology and economic spirituality. This entails understanding our emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why our bodies and minds are healthy or have developed illness and ways to cure – to find harmony and peace in the layers of attitudes and symbols that govern our realities and lives. 

This book therefore offers insight into the sacred matters of life as well as identifies models of knowing our sacred contracts - if you like our divinized destiny and opportunity to connect and realize it. It asks the question, what is your purpose? By reading this book you will find your chakras from when you formed a human person and delivered to the world, entered into a pack to be born, live a life, and to transform back to your sacred essence at origin for a more critical cycle of life and meaning. By not reading this exploratory book on our sacred odyssey, we are only left with a naive anthropological gaze on what is life and what is our beginning and end of life as a desired purpose at best.                            

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Book Details:                        

  • Title of Book: Sacred Contracts
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (Jan 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609810111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609810118 
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Patrick Iroegbu Ph.D

Patrick Iroegbu is a Social and Cultural (Medical) Anthropologist and lectures Anthropology in Canada. He is the author of Marrying Wealth, Marrying Poverty: Gender and Bridewealth Power in a Changing African Society: The Igbo of Nigeria (2007). He equally co-ordinates the Kpim Book Series Project of Father-Prof. Pantaleon Foundation based at Owerri, Nigeria. Research interests include gender and development, migration, race and ethnic relation issues, as well as Igbo Medicine, Social Mental Health and Cultural Studies.

Website: www.igbomedicine.webs.com