The Inside Scoop

Katy Koontz

I discovered Caroline Myss (this issue’s “Listening in With …,” page 26) in 1995, the year before she became a best-selling author. A friend sent me some of Myss’s audiotapes, in which she discussed starting her career as a journalist and attending an Elisabeth Kübler-Ross seminar. Myss initially viewed the grande dame of death and dying with skepticism—but their meeting was a pivotal experience inspiring Myss to earn a master’s degree in theology.

Myss then moved to New Hampshire to cofound a small New Age publishing company and began giving medical intuitive readings. Soon after, she honed her skills working with Norm Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association. This was the start of what has become a lifetime of exploring energy medicine, mysticism, spirituality, and our relationship with the Divine.

Even early on, I was impressed by Myss’s candor, her tell-it-like-it-is style, and her uncanny ability to intuit, analyze, and then teach others to connect the dots between our thoughts and emotions and the effect they have on our physical bodies—not to mention tracing how those relationships affect our spiritual growth. 

With Anatomy of the Spirit in 1996, Myss shared her keen analysis of the parallels between the seven Christian sacraments, the seven Hindu chakras, and the seven levels of the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. Captivated, I signed up for what was to be the last of her intimate intensives—a weeklong workshop/retreat for 30-some people outside Guadalajara, Mexico, in early 1998. There she gave us a preview of where her latest insights were leading her—into the study of archetypal energy later outlined in Sacred Contracts, published in 2002. 

The year after Sacred Contracts came out, Myss founded her CMED (Caroline Myss Education) Institute to offer what was then a two-year course of six seminars in Chicago working with archetypes. I was in her first class and in the fall of 2004 became a certified archetype consultant. 

These days, CMED’s offerings consist of three-day workshops in the United States, foreign tours to sacred spots around the globe, and various online classes. Myss’s ever-evolving insights have taken her into a profound exploration of the mystical aspects of healing, but what hasn’t changed is Myss’s passion for studying spirituality and her dedication to teaching others how to mine the depths of their souls.

Speaking of evolution, you’ll notice two new elements in this issue. Gerald Jampolsky, M.D., and Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D., who graced our previous cover, return as regular columnists. In “Attitude Is Everything,” the founders of Attitudinal Healing International share how a shift in attitude can help you achieve inner peace. 

Our very own David Penner, Unity Magazine’s lead copy editor, debuts the “Around the Village” department. When Penner joined our staff this past August, he was enthralled with the many special features of Unity Village. He suggested we develop a way to showcase those features to share what an amazing place this is—and so the new department was born. We invite you to come visit and see for yourself!

Katy Koontz, Editor