Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason


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We all face times when we need to be healed – some traumatic experience or grave disappointment overwhelms us, burying the pain deep inside, where it is hidden for days, months, even years.

In Defy Gravity, bestselling author Caroline Myss challenges the conventional approach to healing, which maintains that we can always find reasons for why things happen as they do. The truth is, we can’t and now it’s time to explore a model for healing that leads us into deeper and more effective truths. Drawing from her years as a medical intuitive and teacher, Myss shares real-life stories of people who were considered ‘terminal cases’ and, through nothing short of a miracle, survived their illnesses.

This inspiring book teaches you that it is possible to heal yourself and other through the power of grace.

Inspired by these ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological ailments – from cancer to advanced diabetes – Myss utilises the wisdom of the great mystics, whose writings provide a deeper understanding of the spiritual underpinnings of healing. Based on these studies, Myss introduces a model of healing that draws on an understanding of the relationship between our seven shadow passions and our seven inner graces. Integral to this mystical healing approach is the engagement of the soul, which we experience through abandoning the fruitless quest for reason and logic and working in harmony with the mystical laws that govern our lives. This knowledge holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought. In doing so, you come to understand how to bring closure to personal suffering and find the courage to build a new life. This inspiring book teaches you that it is possible to heal yourself and other through the power of grace.


  • Foreword
  • A Mystic’s Introduction to Healing
  • Beyond Reason: Healing in the Age of Energy
  • The First Truth: You Can’t Reason with Illness, Crisis, or God
  • The Second Truth: Connect with Meaning and Purpose
  • The Third Truth: Courageously Navigate the Dark Night of the Soul
  • The Fourth Truth: Rely on the Power of Your Graces
  • The Fifth Truth: Defy Gravity and Learn to Reason Like a Mystic
  • Beyond Illness: Living in a Field of Grace
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • About the Author
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Author Bio:

Caroline Myss is an internationally renowned medical intuitive, a pioneer in energy medicine, the bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can and co-author with C. Norman Shealy (founder of the American Holistic Medical Association) of The Creation of Health. Myss conducts ongoing workshops on ‘Sacred Contracts’ all year round, all over the world. She tours Australia at least twice a year, always to sellout audiences.


“It is rare that an author and teacher as accomplished and influential as Caroline Myss would, with each book, discover whole new vistas, and then report back to us with her legendary clarity and passion. With Defy Gravity she has done it again. Anyone in need of healing–healing from illness, anxiety, fear, or heartbreak–will find enormous help in this book. It is a tonic made of light and wisdom” – Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder, Omega Institute and author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow.

“In Defy Gravity, Caroline Myss offers a new model of transformation and healing that will shift how we perceive crisis and illness. A must-read” – Deepak Chopra, author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul.