Love from Both Sides: A True Story of Soul Survival and Sacred Sexuality

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In this memoir, memorial, and celebration, Stephanie Riseley shares the deeply emotional and powerfully physical story of the continued relationship between her and her husband Dan after his sudden death. Exploring the ways in which love and forgiveness can transcend the boundaries of life and death, the book intends to change perceptions of the emotional and spiritual relationships two people can share. Problematic marriages and challenging relationships will take on positive ...
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In this memoir, memorial, and celebration, Stephanie Riseley shares the deeply emotional and powerfully physical story of the continued relationship between her and her husband Dan after his sudden death. Exploring the ways in which love and forgiveness can transcend the boundaries of life and death, the book intends to change perceptions of the emotional and spiritual relationships two people can share. Problematic marriages and challenging relationships will take on positive new dimensions.
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"With unmitigated, raw emotion and profoundly moving passages, [Love from Both Sides] is fascinating for anyone with even the slightest interest in life beyond this world. It was quite a revelation for even a sceptic like me."  —Jayne Howarth, books editor, The Birmingham Post

"Riseley's mind-blowing account of communicating with her deceased husband is easily one of the most thought-provoking and irresistable books of our young century."  —Creations Magazine

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  • ISBN-13: 9781844091393
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephanie Riseley lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Free at Last!     1
Welcome to the In Between     9
"When Harry Met Sally"     16
"Moonstruck" or "Meet The Parents"     26
"War of the Roses" or "Philadelphia Story"     32
"No Way Out"     43
"Truly, Madly, Deeply"     50
Sex and the Single Widow     68
Bea's Here! Death Experienced as Birth     88
Who the Hell is Enoch?     98
Soul Paths or Let Me Get this Straight     107
Enter Cobalt Blue     125
We've Got A Movie!     149
Travelin' Man     161
"Porcelain" or We Have a Song?     172
It's How You Play the Game     185
"The Nun's Story"     208
"An American in Paris"     240
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  • Posted September 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Love from Both Sides

    This is a book about love beyond physical death, about determination and perserverance, about grieving and about finally being able to let go. For those who are not saddled with a limiting belief system, this book could help them think beyond the finality of the material body and explore the energy of the soul and the power of the mind. Published in 2008 at 249 pages, I believe this book has the ability to comfort many who have lost a loved one.
    The book is well written, interesting, and chronologically captures the channelling from Dan and a few other "guests". Did we not love to cry at movies written about hearing from loved ones after their physical death? Why? Because it allows us to release our own grief, and that feels good. Because it lets us know they are "ok". And because it perpetuates the hope that there is more to life than one shot on the earth plane. I got a lot out of the book. one example would be the insight that "everyone else cares about themselves, and that's the way it should be." simple, and maybe those of us who like to think we are caring people don't want to hear it, but upon reflection it makes perfect sense to me. "only focus your energy where it is reciprocated" is another good one. common sense, but still, a nice reminder. I actually took notes while reading this book, as there was a lot of solid and practical advice in it.
    I would have been happier if it were 30 pages shorter, and/or abridged in places, as it got repetitive toward the end. however, the author was very honest with her story, making little effort to make sure she "looked good for the reader"

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

    Inspirational Book

    I loved Stephanie Riseley's book, Love From Both Sides.<BR/>It is a powerfully illuminating book on love and courage. It is a personal journey of her experiences which touched my heart in a beautiful way. She gave a unique insight into the realm of love. It is a book that transformed my views on love from the other side. I honor her courageous spirit and highly recommend this book for others to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    A Wild Ride Through Hollywood and a Paranormal Lovestory

    Ever since I read Love From Both Sides I have been opening up The Hollywood Reporter and Variety each and every day looking for a headline like: "Love From Both Sides Woos Director Michael Bay Who Is Turning Paranormal Lovestory Into Big Box Office." In my imagination Susan Sarandon plays my sister and Liam Neesen plays my brother-in-law. This book really has it all: A heated love affair, an unexpected death, and then surprising sack romping with a disembodied... um... listen... send the children out of the room... a floating... an erect, floating... I can't say it. How is Michael Bay going to shoot that scene with the erect floating? Listen, Bay is a master of special effects and if he's going to direct a movie based on this book he's going to need them because literally half of this book comes straight out of the afterlife!

    In the interest of full disclosure, yes, you did read that the last name of the author of this very special book and my last name are the same. Author Stephanie Riseley is my sister. Please do not be confused into thinking that my enthusiasm for this book is simply a result of my good wishes for her continued success, while I wish her excellent success, I need to be very honest with readers of this review: This book is simply too awesome not to read. I can prove it!

    GHOSTS, REINCARNATION and SEX

    It's about ghosts. Partly. It's about reincarnation. A lot. And it's about sex more than any other book ever about ghosts and reincarnation. Everyone likes ghosts, reincarnation and sex.

    Why did the movie Ghost do so phenomenally at the box office? Ghosts and Sex. I hope I have made my point here.

    Can you imagine another fascinating thread woven into this book that is already packed full of so much? Wait for it... wait for it... Hollywood insider gossip. The book literally has everything. Stephanie Riseley is both an actress and screenwriter who has optioned scripts and been in development deals for over two decades. She shares the inside scoop on what she calls "development hell."

    EDGE OF YOUR SEAT NAIL-BITER

    So how do ghosts, reincarnation, sex and Hollywood all figure meaningfully and comprehensibly into a single book? This book is an autobiographical journey of Stephanie's experience through the sudden loss of her husband. She struggles to overcome not only grief but a serious ailment and during all of this she is sitting on the precipice of having one of her scripts produced by a big studio. This book is an edge of your seat nail biter!

    DEAD HUSBAND RETURNS FOR HOT SEX

    And in it her dead husband returns to make love with her. This is not a zombie book. He does not knock at the door. He is simply "there." Listen, that's going to be hard for you folks who have never had something like this happen to you but you need to just get it: "there." Stephanie is able to communicate with him via automatic writing and the keyboard of her computer. She can ask questions and he answers. The transcripts are right there in black and white before our eyes.

    And now I need to share something from my interesting vantage as Stephanie's brother. Long before any idea of a book about this ever occurred to Stephanie, she was sending out e-mail messages to her friends and family telling these incredible stories of how Dan had come back and the long conversations she was able to have with him. She also tactfully mentioned the more intimate stuff

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Love is Love and not Fade Away

    A friend recommended this book to me and of course I was cynical but Ms. Risely's wonderful storytelling won me over.<BR/><BR/>Even if you don't believe in psychic phenomena, voices from the dead, estorica, et al. you will surely believe in the real, engrossing, dynamic love story that unfolds in the course of this fascinating book. The author is a wonderful writer who invites you into her world, and that of her husband Dan and lets you see the authentic progression of a true marriage across time and space.<BR/><BR/>It gave me hope for the future, and even hope for the past, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2008

    An Intimate Memoir that will Challenge You

    "Love from Both Sides" is an intimate memoir that will surprise and challenge all your notions about the meaning of life, love and death. <BR/>The author is remarkably courageous in revealing personal details of her life both before and after her husband's death. Her spiritual experience provides a window into which we are privileged to look. I don't want to give away too much, but you will come out of this book enlightened, stimulated, perhaps shocked, and definitely wanting to know more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    Skepticism becomes fascination becomes motivating

    "Love from Both Sides" will answer many questions regarding the mystery of what transpires after death. Initial feelings of skepticism soon gave way to <BR/>fascination as I recognized shared feelings and events appearing in this beautifully told love story. Prepare to be captivated!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Major Breakthrough in Interdimensional Relationships

    I can't say enough on behalf of this book. It is a "first" in many ways, and represents a whole new genre of metaphysical information slowly seeping into this reality. There are many dimensions to this tome, just as there are many dimensions of reality, which author Stephanie Riseley deftly conveys in her personal story of love and sacred sex as it exists from the physical world to the divine realm. But don't let this scare you off; the book is reader-friendly. Whether you are metaphysically inclined or just in need of comfort over the loss of a loved one, there are powerful messages in here for you. This book has been a godsend to me personally, as I had an almost identical experience from someone I had wanted to marry when I was young, and didn't. I did not learn the whole truth about our brief relationship in this world until he passed over to the other side last year and came back to me, after having been parted for several decades. We analyzed together what had happened between us. This miracle DOES occur between dimensions; these encounters ARE happening more and more, and communications from the "other side" are coming through with more and more crystal clarity. When my experience began last year, I went searching for others who had had this type of encounter. I didn't get anywhere. Then in June 2008, I "accidentally" picked up a magazine I rarely read, and there was a full-page ad for Love From Both Sides. I was stunned; I couldn't believe someone had finally had the moxie to write about this subject, which is so intimate to people who have experienced it personally, as I have. It's even harder to talk about it. I went to a metaphysical bookstore right away, but the store didn't have it. Thank goodness for Amazon; I was able to order the book before it was actually out there in the stores. Stephanie Riseley conveys this miraculous story of inter-dimensional relationship healing with wit, candor, charm, thoughtful self-analysis of her own initial skepticism, and subsequent validation that indeed her partner had returned to her for a while after his "death" which is really just another form of birth. He came back to help her understand the missing pieces of their relationship, and to grow from it, and to get their story out to those of us who need it. I bless you Stephanie for teaching us that there truly is no death, just transformation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

    Could also be called Sacred Sexuality: A Beginners Guide

    Fair warning: this is the kind of book where you find yourself saying: "These events could not POSSIBLY be true!" The fact that some people can sense the presence of spirits, even loved ones, will not shock most readers... but that is only the beginning of Stephanie Riseley's story. Far from hazy dreams or unexplained noises, Riseley actually becomes a STENOGRAPHER for her deceased husband (and other souls.) The information they impart is thrilling, surprising, confusing, and sometimes even mundane. But what most struck me, as someone who lost my wife just a few months after the events described in this book, is the amazing opportunity that presented itself to the author to understand what was, at the very least, a difficult, disappointing marriage. Though admitting he'd blown many chances while on earth, Dan is so filled with love and longing for Stephanie that he is able to somehow break the boundaries between our worlds to explain, if not forgive, his actions. He is sincere, flirtatious, demanding, and often quite funny. He is as "real" a person as I could imagine. Hints are dropped about the afterlife that are mind-blowing, and again, nearly impossible to believe. But most radical is the idea that sexual energy can be every bit as strong as love: that sex is a sacred gift which can bring two people spiritually closer to each other and to the "source of all things." This was the part of the book I found the most intriguing and the most fun, and I have tried to integrate that lesson into my own life, to celebrate without shame or fear everything I feel sexually about my partner... which is veering quite wildly from a strict catholic upbringing that still gives me nightmares! For this idea alone, I am thankful for this book. The understanding it brought me regarding my own troubled and tragically short marriage was an added bonus. I don't think of myself as particularly new-agey, but I believe I was MEANT to read this book, and hopefully many others will find it, as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    Fun reading well written book!

    I read this book before reading the reviews here and discovered it to be an outstandingly well written and entertaining work (any negative reviews posted here TOTALLY miss the point). As a space scientist it is my general belief that anything is possible, so I found the author's lucid exposition of her experiences with the "In Between" most fascinating as a metaphysical possibility. The author's story is told with clarity, insight, wit, and focused energy. Above all, this book reminds each of us to always enjoy "The Moment", despite that we may have been conditioned by others to think and act otherwise. This book was definitely worth my reading; I was extremely impressed by the author's excellent writing style and skill. I couldn't stop reading once I had started. I highly recommend this book to all !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    LOVE FROM BOTH SIDES : A TRUE GEM

    Love from Both Sides is a detailed account of losing your spouse and then trying to rebuild yourself back up. It is emotional to the point where even you have never suffered through that you can still relate to it. She draws the reader in like fly to spider. It is full of exroticsim , mystery and passion. Ok there are sometimes that you will want to smoke a cigarette, masterbate, get laid,laugh or cry. It delisciously funny at times while still being enlightening. Stephanie is one of those rare gems in life that want to see and hear more of. You want to read again and again. In short it's perfct.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Love From Both Sides

    To call Stephanie Riseley's Love from Both Sides(1) amazing is like calling Niagara Falls a stream. This book is astonishingly ahead of its time. In the midst of her stunning grief, real-life hypnotherapist, Stephanie Riseley, is revisited by, and begins conversations with, her newly-dead husband, Dan. This is supported by similar episodes between Dan and his son, Sam. The information they exchange is a course in "being" from these two "teachers," as they have been dubbed by their "oversouls," guardians, and guides. Things in my own life that I'd considered anomalous oddities were validated and fell into place as I read this book about living, dying, and living after dying.

    In their interactions, she meets "Barushe," her oversoul, who offers insights and wisdoms crucial to navigation through all of this. Eventually they all merge into the voice of Cobalt Blue, the wise and profound "master" who becomes her ultimate guide. The life lessons, pronouncements and truths i.e. "No one but you can feel your pain." are as stunning as they are remarkably simple and true.

    One paragraph leaves me somber or joyous with relief and recognition, then in another I am laughing out loud (such as when Dan reveals his next incarnation). Another leaves me wanting to reach into the book and stir things up, get the attention of one of the entities, ask a question, clarify, shake them for what seems to have been an unnecessary cruelty. She is more forgiving than I, and I didn't even know the man. This is a book to be cherished and read at varied points in one's life. There is a palpable sense of the strength and energy of souls, which ratifies one's longing for and sense of posterity. So captivated was I by the healing potential of this book, that I wanted to pass out cards with the title to ER docs to read for themselves and to recommend to patient's families.

    Love From Both Sides is laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, sad, infuriating, and liberating book. The experiences and explanations are so logical and credible that this should be a curriculum in all the life courses that try to teach us about living, loving, and the natural course of life. This book is a physiology to journey through with all its very-real experiences, commentary, learning and emotions - - and what a journey it is! Those who believe will find strength and validation, those on the cusp of believing will find a path, and those who doubt will one day seek out this life-changing book. What becomes imminently clear is that we are but one phase in the trajectory of this thing called "life." The revelations are pure, simple, and right on. We recognize their truths at once - - we really are more than just the sum of our immediacy.


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    Love From Both Sides by Stephanie Riseley
    Findhorn Press
    Scotland, UK: 2008

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

    Thank you!

    For decades, centuries, millennia, and eons ¿ in this lifetime and myriad others ¿ human beings have suffered with death and dying and grief and loss often to no avail. We repeat our suffering time and again perhaps because we have not yet learned all there is to know about what it means. In ¿Love from Both Sides,¿ Stephanie Riseley punches through into the unknown, providing us with a number of answers to our age old questions about what happens after we die and what life can be like for those of us left behind. She cannot give us the experiences she had after her husband died, but she has given us the space to have our own experiences and to know that the end is really anything but.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    Love After Death: Lessons to be Learned

    I loved this book! It was very different from what I had imagined or expected. It's the story of a widow who's lost her husband and then the husband "comes back" and chats from the In Between. (and yes, he even wants to have sex!). Even for those of us with a bit of scepticism about psychic phenomenon, this book is mostly about a "fated" marriage. Not only what the real marriage was, but what it might have been. And those are sad words: "What might have been". What you will find here is a newly dead person with a sense of honest regret (and a sense of humor!) who attempts to apologize for bad behavior in husbands. It might give many peple "perspective" on their own relationships and marriages, while they still have a chance to make changes. Don't let the title or subject of this book scare you away. This book is touching and provocative and Ms. Riseley is a wonderful storyteller!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

    Food For Thought

    We all know that life is about growth, but here we get to see how death is about growth as well. After her husband's death, the author is "contacted" by her recently deceased husband. With the clarity and openness that comes from no longer being in a physical body, Dan is able to communicate valuable information that helps Stephanie move through her grief and allows her to heal, forgive and celebrate love. Because of Stephanie's remarkable ability to receive these communications, she is able to help Dan to do the same. A fascinating and thought provoking journey! Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Bad

    What an incredibly silly book! I'm glad that having this make believe relationship with her dead husband helped her heal from his loss. It's obvious that it was very painful. I just wish people like this would not give false hope to people grieving the loss of their loved ones that they are going to return and have conversations about "the other side" with them. Do not waste your money on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Don't purchase

    This book was horrible. Only finished it because I paid for it.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Very Interesting Account of Life & Love after Death

    For those of you who have an interest in life after death and are open to the idea of reincarnation, I think you will really enjoy this intimate account of love, loss and rediscovery.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Definitely a must read!

    What a wonderfully creative book. Open your mind, expand your thinking, jump in and read this book. How courageous to be able to bare your soul and write from the heart. I loved the journey she took me on. To be so aware and acknowledge your soul is such a gift. Thank you for being brave and sharing that in a book. I especially liked hearing the perspective from "both sides". Thank you Stephanie!

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

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    As in Life, So in Death

    Stephanie Riseley has produced a book that will be a solace to many who have 'lost' their loved one - because, as she so clearly and wisely puts it, that loved one is not at all 'lost', but just 'beyond'. Riseley is a 'hypnotherapist specializing in past-life regression and future progression, who helps people change their self-sabotaging behaviors.' And though some may look at the full title of this book - LOVE FROM BOTH SIDES: A TRUE STORY OF SOUL SURVIVAL AND SACRED SEXUALITY - and expect to see a mention of M. Night Shyamalan, this is not a book waiting for that director of films 'from beyond' to embrace. Instead what is here is a book with one of the most appropriately descriptive covers (the writer and her husband as deck of card placed characters, the upside with Stephanie in focus, the bottom image with departed husband Dan in focus), a book that invites us to get close to this fine writer and share her year of intimacy, communicating both in word and in physical sensitivity after her husband Dan's heart stopped beating under her hand and she felt a rush of presence that her own sensitivity interpreted as death not having won. In her words ' My own journey to awareness began the night Dan died and continued for more than a year. I discovered what agreements we made with each other, what we were meant to achieve together, what we managed to accomplish, what we didn't and why. Yes, my husband died that night, but truth be told, he died so that our love would live. For in the months before his dying, we'd almost lost each other and we'd almost lost our love. We simply weren't "paying attention".'

    What follows is a book that is unlike most others that deal with communicating with the 'dead'. Riseley has elected to share her time with Dan by describing how she communicated him at the computer (his thoughts driving her fingers to place a message of conversation on the screen), and by moments of solitude when his presence became palpable. Now if the reader is expecting a story like the film 'Ghost', then this book is not for them. Instead this is a very personal telling of what happens when two people who have shared a profound love continue that support despite the one's physical absence. There are many very amusing passages, paragraphs of light writing that bring warm smiles of recognition of conversations with our own loved ones, and some very firm lessons about how to deal with unfinished business once one partner has entered the 'In Between'. Stephanie Riseley uses her professional training to write a book that leads us to understand phenomena perhaps not considered by us before. And like every fine teacher she makes her book accessible and entertaining and full of the joy of being truly alive.

    Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    a very thought provoking subject.

    in reading this book, i had to wonder how much of it i actually believed but at the same time couldn't help bet feel for the authors overwhelming honesty in each word she wrote. you must read this book with an open mind in order to enjoy her story. it will make you think of how you would react to your life if significant changes were to occur and you hadn't the controll to stop the future from happening right from your heart.

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