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The one expert millions of readers have learned to trust, one of the few psychics instantly recognizable to television viewers, Sylvia Browne is back. She has proven herself, in her fifty years of working as a medium, to be the reigning queen of psychic phenomena. Here is an insightful look at how much of one's present life is informed by one's past lives, and how many health and relationship problems have their roots in unresolved past lives. From unexplained illnesses to bizarre phobias, from irrational anxieties and fears to the choice of partners, each can be traced back to past lives. Even birthmarks and recurring dreams are signs of issues from past lives. Sylvia helps readers recognize where their deep-rooted problems, fears, and hang-ups all began-and how to ultimately resolve them.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Sylvia Browne was a psychic and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of End of Days, Blessings from the Other Side, Adventures of a Psychic, The Other Side and Back, and Life on the Other Side.
Lindsay Harrison is a writer and teacher living in New York City.
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It was dark and cold, the end of a long day, and I hoped as I left my office that I'd make it home before the approaching storm arrived. I was saying good night to my staff when I noticed that my assistant Michael was on a call that was clearly troubling him. He looked at me, mouthed the name of a client I remembered fondly from a few years back, and pantomimed that she was crying. I stepped back into my office, closed the door, and picked up the phone, barely noticing the low rumble of thunder that shook the window beside me. “Robin, it's Sylvia.”
“Oh, Sylvia, thank God I got through to you. You're my last hope. Or should I say our last hope. It's about my husband.” I could hear the fear in her voice as a disturbing story spilled out of her. It seems that one day four years earlier her husband, Rick, a successful landscape architect, had headed out for a routine trip to the grocery store, returned without groceries a half hour later in an absolute panic, shut himself in their bedroom, and had essentially refused to leave the house ever since. He couldn't explain this sudden, desperate agoraphobia to himself, let alone to her or to the battery of doctors and psychiatrists she'd begged him to see, and after thousands of dollars worth of treatment and medication, he wasn't one bit better. His terror of leaving the house had naturally cost him his clientele and his career; they were on the verge of bankruptcy. As much as she'd loved the man she'd married ten years ago, Robin wasn't sure she could go on living with this frightened recluse she seemed unable to help. “Please, Sylvia,” she pleaded through her tears, “I can't take this anymore, and neither can he. In fact, if this goes on much longer, I'm afraid he might try to take his own life. You know I trust you, so just tell me what to do and I'll do it.”
“Can you get him to come here?” I asked.
“Forget 'can,' I will,” she told me. “When?”
“Now. Right away. I'll wait for you.”
Three hours later Rick and I were alone in my office while a hard rain fell outside. He was shockingly pale, with the gaunt look of someone whose once healthy body had taken on more stress than it could handle, and his gray eyes looked haunted by a dark, soul-wrenching fear. Like most clients who genuinely want to be helped, he let me lead him easily into a deep hypnotic trance and take him back to the grocery store trip four years earlier that seemed to have triggered his breakdown. It sounded unremarkable until he frowned slightly and added, “Oh, and there was this little boy in the produce department.”
I asked what the little boy was doing.
“He took an apple and started to bite into it. But his father ran over to him yelling, 'Don't eat that without washing it, it might poison you!'”
Poison. A potentially traumatic word. I jotted it on my notepad while calmly asking, “And did that mean something special to you?”
There was a long silence before he realized, “I'd forgotten about this, but yes, it did. I was four years old, and my family was on a vacation in Mexico. There were some kids playing beside the water in a drainage ditch, or sewage ditch or something, and I went over to play with them, but suddenly my dad grabbed me and hollered at the top of his lungs, 'Don't touch that water, it's poison!' I remember it scared me to death at the time.”
Poison again. Twice in one lifetime. And a father and young son as well. I didn't have to be psychic, or even all that bright, to link those two events. But a parent's admonition to a four-year-old, no matter how loud and dramatic, doesn't necessarily frighten the child that deeply. So I repeated, “And did that mean something special to you? Let yourself go farther back, see if you can step past the veil of this life and tell me what if anything happens.” As strongly as I felt that something else was buried in his spirit's memory, I couldn't help him by leading him to it. He had to find it on his own.
“My skin,” he finally said.
“What about your skin, Rick?”
“It's brown. Golden brown.”
“Are you male, or female?”
“I'm male. Tall. Very muscular. My hair is long and black, and I have large brown eyes.”
“Where are you?”
“South America. Near the coast. On a high hilltop. I can see the ocean in the distance from the courtyard of my house where I'm sitting.”
“What's the year?”
Without hesitation he answered, “Fourteen hundred eleven.”
“Are you alone?”
He shook his head. “My advisers are with me. I'm Aztec. A ruler. Royalty. We're being served a meal. There's tension. A lot of tension. No one's speaking. The only sound is all of us eating. I can hear our metal goblets on the stone table.”
Suddenly, without warning, he grabbed his throat and began choking violently, convulsing.
“Rick, what is it?”
“It's like my throat is on fire! Something in the food! Oh, God, I've been poisoned! I'm dying! These men have killed me!”
I sat forward and raised my voice to penetrate his panic. “It's not happening now. You're just observing it, you're just watching a moment from a life a very long time ago. You're safe. You're perfectly safe. That's a whole other life, not this one, and you have nothing to be afraid of. In this life you're living now, you're never going to be poisoned, not ever again.” I kept up a firm, reassuring monologue until Rick's choking subsided, his convulsions stopped and, wringing wet, he went limp on the sofa. His breathing slowed and became peaceful. He didn't bother to wipe away the tears that were streaming down his face, and I thought what a relief those tears must be.
Rick's wife, Robin, stared when he emerged from my office, and she saw that he was smiling. It was obviously his first smile in a very long time, and it lit her eyes with hope as they hugged. She called me a few weeks later to report that Rick was healthy, happy, and back at work, not a trace left of the panic that had held him captive for so long.
“Rick's psychiatrist can't believe it,” she added. “And you should have seen the look on his face when I told him Rick was cured by a psychic.”
“Let me guess.” I laughed, having been through this before. “The psychiatrist claims I cured Rick with nothing but a posthypnotic suggestion.”
“That's exactly what he said,” she told me.
“Robin, if all Rick needed was a posthypnotic suggestion, why didn't his psychiatrist give him one?”
She chuckled. “Good question. I'll pass that along.”
“Better yet,” I said, “tell him I'm working on a book that will explain how and why Rick was healed, and all he has to do is read it with an open mind.”
To Rick's psychiatrist, and to all of you, welcome to the blessed healing power of cell memory.
Reprinted from Past Lives, Future Healing by Sylvia Browne with Lindsay Harrison by permission of Dutton, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright © Sylvia Browne, 2001. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced without permission.
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Exclusive Author Essay
Past Lives, Future Healing is about research that spans close to 40 years. It guides the reader through events we can all relate to, whether it is a debilitating phobia or an undiagnosed illness. It also has a strong spiritual message, namely, that the soul survives death.
An interesting side effect is that more times than we are aware of, we carry over past-life memories that are transferred into fears and illnesses in our current life. This is by no means to rule out modern medicine, however. As readers begin to identify with these case histories, they are relieved to share with others certain frights of life; and it is then clear that we all carry past-life "overlays" which, when revealed, dissolve in the light of reason.
It is "the unknown" that is the most frightening. Once the intellect can shine its light onto a shadow, many times the fear is dispelled. It reminds me of a child lying in bed who looks over at the chair and is certain a monster is sitting there. Then turn on the light, and it is simply clothes piled on the chair. So it goes with life. We begin to amass so many memories, a "morphic resonance" as I call it. For example, we get to a certain age in this life and suddenly begin to fear water. Going through regressive therapy (past-life hypnosis), we may find out that at that same age in the past, we drowned. Miraculously, more times than not, the phobia is dispelled just by letting the mind view it.
Knowledge is powerful, and Past Lives, Future Healing gives you so many answers, so many authentic case histories of why we love who we love, what we don't love, the source of irrational fears, and on and on it goes. My book is targeted to clear away those ancient memories that hinder your spiritual growth, by positively integrating your past with your current life. This will allow you to move forward through life, free to explore the wonder and glory that is you. (Sylvia Browne)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book focuses on our past lives and how they affect us in this life. Many of our fears, phobias, and current ailemnts or sicknesses come from our past lives that we cannot seem to let go of in this life because our soul remembers even though we do not. Its a great book that helps you to understand why you may be suffering or scared of something in this life. And all these things from the past can be released so you no longer have to suffer in this life. This book is filled with stories of Sylvia's clients who she has helped to rid the negativity in this life that was coming from their past lives. It is easy to read and understand....and many of these stories you will be able to relate to.
One reader wrote the inaccuracy of someone's past life being burned as a Salem Witch. I followed up on this, and the reader was right that the Salem witches were hanged and not burned. However if this alone will keep you from reading her books, then you weren't really connecting with her and what she is trying to do anyway.
There is such a wealth of knowledge in Sylvia's books... knowledge that we have known, but have perhaps forgotten in our day to day activities of this lifetime. Books like this help us remember beyond this one lifetime. Another book that is exceptional for its gifts in this area is, Islands of the Soul: A Guide to Personal Truth and Happiness, by Victoria Tunnermann. I highly recommend both!
This book will give you a glipse of another side to life you've never thought existed. At the end, there is a meditation and an excersie for drawing upon your own past life memories. For only $5, you'd be crazy not to buy it!
I really enjoyed reading this book. The stories are very easy to relate to and very interesting. To me, each story was a little more proof of an afterlife being true. Sylvia's books are really great for developing your spirituality.
This is the first book I've read by Sylvia Browne and I will buy more in the future. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!!! Ms. Browne helps you to understand how complex our souls are and how, by understanding our past, we can heal and move forward in this life.
I've read other books by Sylvia, I've seen her on tv and loved her. I read this book in 6 hours...it was great! I can't wait to try the excercises at the end! She's honest, to the point and very bold! I love that in a person!
Past Lives, Future Healing revolves around Sylvia's clients experiences with their own past lives and how you are able to make this life healed from any past life trauma. There were so many amazing stories in this book. Everyone has their own view on history, the present, and beyond. Sylvia's books just answer so many questions, so I recommend taking time to read this book. Other readers have been discussing the Salem witch topic in this book, but no one is really sure what happened in Salem. I have heard many theories and 'truths' - so don't jump to conclusions - be skeptical.
Sylvia Browne was about as psychic as the glass of soda I just drank! I wouldnt even waste my time reading one word of this trash. The only reason i even tapped one star is because I couldnt give my honest opinion without a star. Believe me when I say that I wouldnt give this book any stars!
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
You are the only person who actually made me understand there is an afterlife! I always believed wego somewhere. But thank you for letting us know we dont stand around for an eternity, but we are active there an the ones who were ourfriends, parents can come back as another family member or friend. I was so happy to learn earth is not our home an we have been with God an Jesus an all since the beginning of time.
I have never been so profoundly inspired by a book as I have by this one! Past Lives, Future Healing will give you an entirely different perspective on your life here on earth, and guide you to help you get through it. Though some may argue Sylvia Browne's validity, I would put my money on her any time! She has proven herself time and again not to be trusted. Check it out for yourself. You won't be dissapointed!
While I have always enjoyed Sylvia Browne's works and like the New Age genre in general, I feel I must speak up about this particular book. Sylvia Browne includes several case studies of people whose past lives are affecting their present lives and causing phobias...including a woman whose current fear of fire allegedly was caused by 'being burned as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts.' While this may make logical sense in the course of the narrative, as any child who has ever read about the Salem witch trials could tell you, THERE WERE NO people burned as witches in Salem, Massachusetts! The Salem witches were all hung on 'Gallows Hill,' save for one, Giles Corey, who was pressed to death with rocks. European witches may have been burned but not the Salem crowd. Ladies and gentleman, I think our Ms. Browne has gone way too far this time! I for one will not be able to trust this author again.
Be careful everyvody with this woman go to this website to know many bad things and She is a liar stopsylviabrowne.com