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Children of the 21st century haul lots of psychological baggage. Not only do we carry around the hurt of our early lives, according to world-famous psychic Sylvia Browne, but we bear the hurt of past lives as well. “Your past lives, here and at Home, are no different than the stages of this life,” Browne explains, “and, like every other moment of your past, [they affect] your life today in more ways than you might imagine.” In this sequel to the bestselling Life on the Other Side and The Other Side and Back, Browne explains how memories from past lives can impinge on our present bodies and minds -- and how even non-psychics can harness those memories’ power.
As millions of fans know, Browne has worked for nearly half a century as a psychic healer. She counsels thousands of seekers, illuminating for them her visions of the Other Side. “You have lived on earth in many different bodies, during many different eras in many different parts of the world under many different circumstances for your own carefully chosen purpose, depending on the goals and needs of your spirit’s progress,” insists Browne. “What you’re living right now is simply the current phase of one life, the same eternal life your spirit has been living and will go one living forever.” And since we hold onto the memories of all phases in our eternal life, she explains, we need to understand our past lives just as we need to understand our childhoods.
In Past Lives, Future Healing, Browne presents us with case after case in which clients heal present troubles through regression to the past. Many of these studies read like little fables; their characters feel richly colored even while their meaning is obvious to all. In one case study, for example, Liza is desperately afraid of losing her loving husband until she regresses to colonial Delaware and ancient Egypt. There, she finds that she was widowed and abandoned many times over; her “irrational” fears were actually based on past traumas. Browne encourages Liza to let these troubles go. Months later, her husband reports: “She’s much happier, and best of all, she finally seems to trust me.”
Whether you’re one of Browne’s loyal admirers or a skeptical-yet-curious reader, Past Lives, Future Healing offers an intriguing take on the power of past lives. And with a section describing how you can use the tools of regression in your own life, it may offer you healing in the present, too. (Jesse Gale)