Intimate Conversations with the Divine: Prayer, Guidance, and Grace (Hardcover)
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit, a timely guide with 100 prayers for entering into a personal relationship with the Divine.
In her most personal book to date, beloved teacher and best-selling author Caroline Myss draws on her own practice to help us regain our fluency in the language of prayer and renew our connection to the sacred.
Intimate Conversations with the Divine offers 100 of Myss's personal prayers as a resource and inspiration to start a prayer practice of your own. Each prayer illustrates a different type of grace that feeds the human soul, from awakening, endurance, and healing, to silence, surrender, and trust.
"We are one holy system of life and great cosmic truth, which is that all life-including all of us-breathes together," Myss writes. "I hope this book, these prayers, will bring you comfort and grace, and help you through the difficult times ahead. And I hope they will inspire you to believe that with God, all things are possible."
About the Author
Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of CMED (Caroline Myss Education Institute), and has taught workshops on consciousness, healing, energy medicine, and mystical theology around the world for 35 years. Caroline offers a number of courses on her website: www.myss.com.
"I've loved so many of Caroline Myss's books, but maybe none so much as Intimate Conversations with the Divine. Has there ever been a more urgent need for her unique and profound (and sometimes wonderfully cranky) take on our spiritual reality, healing, and the language of holiness? . . . Her words raise my spirit."
- Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help, Thanks, Wow
"Intimate Conversations with the Divine shows us that prayer isn't some esoteric activity reserved for a holy few; it's a language we are born knowing. These pages will encourage anyone who has lost the habit of daily prayer to take it up again, and inspire anyone who has never prayed to start the conversation now."
- Maria Shriver, best-selling author and award-winning journalist
"Caroline Myss has written a book that sets the power of Prayer free from the monastery, allowing it to enter our hearts and minds as an essential Grace for these challenging modern times. In re-envisioning how we dialogue with the Divine, Caroline's profound, clear spiritual direction offers new direct access to Prayer's healing power and enduring capacity to help us up any mountain that we've been called to climb. New soulful summits of your life's potential await you through Intimate Conversations with the Divine."
- Robert Ohotto, intuitive strategist and best-selling author of Transforming Fate into Destiny
"These heartfelt conversations with the divine offer a profound invitation to express our own spiritual questions and concerns, yearnings, and deepest dreams. With the warmth and wisdom of a good friend, Caroline Myss has given us a treasure trove of spiritual insight for these troubled times."
- Clark Strand and Perdita Finn, co-authors of The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary
"What is the prayer you most need to pray in your life? Do you know how it begins? In Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Caroline Myss teaches you a whole new way to pray. Praying with God, not to God. Filled with 100 beautiful prayers-holy moments of divine intimacy-this mystical handbook helps you cultivate a practice of daily deep prayer that invites a whole new level of guidance, grace, and inspiration into your life."
- Robert Holden, author of Holy Shift! and Finding Love Everywhere
"In this book Caroline Myss invites us to listen in as she prays to the Lord her God. As we listen, we realize she is encouraging us to speak to the Lord Our God of all the expected and unexpected things our heart wants us to say. And, as our own voice falls silent, to then listen to the still small voice of God that is always there guiding and sustaining us in each passing moment of our lives."
- James Finley, Contemplative Teacher with the Center for Action and Contemplation
"Once again, Caroline Myss lights the way, showing us how the epidemics of this time must ultimately be addressed at the level of the soul. . . . This is prayer with power and energy-the power to breathe and instill life; the energy of unconditional love that opens us up so that we once again feel that which most nourishes and ultimately heals."
- Jeffrey Rediger, M.D., M.Div., Harvard Medical School, author of Cured: The New Science of Spontaneous Healing
"In A Course in Miracles it's written that 'prayer is the medium of miracles.' At no time in the world has it been more obvious that humanity is in need of power that we alone cannot bestow. Caroline Myss presents the most ancient of powers in a startlingly relevant way."
- Marianne Williamson, author
"Caroline Myss beautifully succeeds in awakening the lost language of prayer, a holy language that our world needs as never before. Her prayers are flashes of her intimacies with the divine. . . . It is always brave to share the intimacy of the messages hidden in silence. When this courage is matched by true gentleness, the effect is powerful healing; her prayers will heal sick souls. Caroline's evident care for others and her spirit of service will make this book a true friend and companion for those in need at every step of their life's journey."
- Laurence Freeman, Benedictine monk and leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation
"Every thought is a prayer. Thinking sets in motion spiritual forces to create change. Intimate Conversations with the Divine provides that essential thinking for the optimal mystical life."
- C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., president of Shealy-Sorin Wellness and Holos Energy Medicine Education
"At a time when we need to reawaken our relationship with the Divine, along comes Intimate Conversations with the Divine, which spoke deep inside the heart of my longings, visions, and truths. This book will awaken anyone who is asleep, and to those who are awakened, it will add more fuel to your 'awakeness.' The whole world needs to deepen their conversations with the Divine, and Caroline's new book will take you to a place to find all of your life's solutions. The best read I have come across in decades!"
- Sister Dr. Jenna, Brahma Kumaris, radio host, America Meditating
"Sometimes I feel as if I go through the day barely able to see, unable to hear, saying things I don't really mean. A lost human being in a sea of other stressed-out, disconnected people. What to do? I'll tell you what to do: read this book! It clears a path through the dark woods of our times. Caroline Myss says that the true meaning of prayer is a request for help in how to see. Reading Intimate Conversations with the Divine gave me new sight, opened my ears, and helped me say beautiful, meaningful, powerful new prayers."
- Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open and Cassandra Speaks
"In this honest and unique spiritual diary, Caroline Myss invites us to a daring journey into the inner truth of our deepest selves. . . . Myss shares with us a deeply personal glimpse into her own mystical soul and-if we listen deeply-into our own. . . . In a time of religious deconstruction, Myss dares to reconstruct. She calls us to the deeper meaning and practice of prayer-one that will serve us well in these challenging times."
- Matthew Fox, author of Prayer: A Radical Response to Life, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas, and Naming the Unnameable
"The power of prayer is resurfacing in our collective consciousness right at the moment we are all experiencing the shattering effects of the pandemic together. Right at the moment we are all in the same conversation about our vulnerabilities and concerns about the future, we are realizing that we need, once again, to pray. Caroline has shared a pathway of prayers back to the Divine. Only prayer can lead us now."
- Jim Garrison, Ph.D., President of Ubiquity University
"Open this book and be astonished. It is at once a revelation and a spirit-quaking reminder of the power and practice of prayer. It Is also the Passion Play of a mystic, Caroline Myss, as she daily enters into spirited conversation with the Divine, receiving insights that are as welcome as finding cool spring water in the desert. Soul deep and winsomely wise, Caroline brooks no whiny naysaying but persists in her talks until the laughter of God brings fresh insights, potent knowings into our human space and time. But be warned. You cannot commune with this book without being changed and charged. For you come to discover that you only live in the sacred cosmos but that it also lives in you. We are One Holy System. And then the great duet begins!"
- Jean Houston, Ph.D., Chancellor of Meridian University, author of The Wizard of Us and The Search for the Beloved
"Caroline is giving all of us exactly what we need to nourish our courage and embolden our embattled hope-a book on prayer that is not only a mystical classic but direct guidance as to how to align, nakedly and passionately, with the Divine from the most authentic part of ourselves. This book is far more than a masterpiece-it is a blazing manifesto of Truth and Empowerment which no sincere lover of God can afford not to read, learn from, and integrate profoundly."
- Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and, with Carolyn Baker, Savage Grace: How to Live Resiliently in the Global Dark Night
"I inhaled this book-a very personal and powerful prayer journey that is a gift to us all. The importance of holy language is critical, now more than ever. The perfect read for anyone who needs a boost of much-needed grace."
-Jenniffer Weigel, Emmy Award-winning journalist, author of This Isn't the Life I Ordered and I'm Spiritual, Dammit!
"In this luminous collection of sacred conversations, Caroline Myss reclaims holy language and offers it back as blessing, as birthright, as a lighthouse beckoning us home from the storms of the human condition. Each prayer is drenched with potency, richly wrought, simultaneously particular and universal. What a gift to be invited to listen in on the intimate conversations between a master teacher and her God, and to find here the possibility of a direct response to our own innermost yearnings."
- Mirabai Starr, translator of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, author of God of Love and Wild Mercy
"When Caroline Myss asked me to review her book Intimate Conversations with the Divine, I was unprepared for what I was in for. On the surface her book is about how prayer is the sacred language through which we intimately connect with something beyond and greater than ourselves. While reading her words, however, I was shocked-and delighted-when I began having the experience that something alive was speaking to me, as if I was in dialogue with another part of myself. But even more than that, in reading her book I began to intuitively feel through my heart that her words weren't about prayer, but were, in a very magical and unexpected way, answering a prayer of mine. It was as if a deeper part of myself had dreamed up Caroline's book to come my way at exactly the right moment in time in order to remind me how to deepen my communion with my own soul. I can't recommend Intimate Conversations with the Divine highly enough. Caroline has offered us a true gift that couldn't be more needed at this time in our history."
- Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko and The Quantum Revelation
"These prayers help us name our longings and give us permission to show up before God with new honesty and vulnerability. They encourage us to listen to those almost-silent whispers of God, who-like a gentle mother-is always eager to embrace us in our brokenness and bring us closer to Her heart."
- Fr. Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism and director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in New York