Caroline Myss' interest in medical intuition and healing dates back 35 years, but it wasn’t her first choice for a career.

Myss was a journalist and publisher who aspired to be a writer. On the side, she would do medical intuition readings for the patients of a neurosurgeon.

Myss says that's where she developed an interest in the nature of suffering and illness.

"What made people sick and what could make people better?" Myss said. "That is why I went into this work."

The best-selling author, medical intuitive, and speaker in the fields of human consciousness and mysticism, presents "An Evening of Healing at Oregon State University" Friday night in LaSells Stewart Center. Medical intuitives use their self-described intuitive abilities to find the cause of a physical or emotional condition.

In the presentation, Myss said, she helps audience members understand how the body, mind and spirit function as an integrated system, with an emphasis on the power of the soul to participate in healing.

The New York Times best-selling author has written "Anatomy of the Spirit," "Sacred Contracts," "Invisible Acts of Power," and "Why People Don't Heal and How They Can." The Chicago native has also made appearances on "The Oprah Show."

In her seminars, like the one Friday night, Myss said she likes to share with people the challenges they face in healing and why they don't heal.

For instance, Myss said lying can have an impact on our ability to heal.

"People don't realize the impact of being dishonest and what that does to their immune system. Dishonest people will discover they have a very rigorous time healing," Myss said.

She also talks about the power of words, like "stress."

"That is a word that is as helpful as it is harmful, because we pack a lot of meaning into that one word. I like to take that apart," Myss said.

Myss said her goal is to have people leave her seminars with five to seven truths they haven't thought of before.

"I always like to give people a handful of jewels that will make a difference for the rest of their life," she said.

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