Lifetimes Ago: A love story inspired from past life memories, by Susie Schecter
(published by iUniverse, March 15, 2010)
Susie Schecter is a writer and teacher based in Orange County, California. In 2001, she and her new boyfriend experienced several “meaningful coincidences” around the start of their relationship. “This feels like it was meant to be,” he said. They decided to turn to hypnotic past life regression to uncover whether they were soul mates or if they had ever met in another life.
Past life regression is an effective technique used to go back in time to review people, situations or events associated with previous lifetimes. (I have written of my own recent regression experiences on this site.) The therapy works on the premise that we are eternal beings who have lived before, and that our present lives often provide opportunities to heal emotional wounds from past life events. It is not uncommon for people in a present relationship of some sort (husband-wife, parent-child, sibling-sibling, worker-boss, etc) to find that they have been together in other relationships in the past — sometimes with the roles reversed, sometimes in different roles altogether.
In an interview for the Orange County Register, Susie says that this book is her first-hand account of dealing with the possibility of reincarnation.
“The initial past life regression sessions and those that followed were more successful than either of us could have imagined,” says Susie.
The book tells the story that emerged from eight past life regression sessions, with details gleaned from subsequent research.
The story is set against the Great Depression in the USA. In Rensselaer, Indiana, in 1934, independent-minded teacher Elsie Wilkins meets handsome apprentice architect John McDonald and feels an immediate and intense chemistry. Before long, he has swept the off her feet:
Despite the fact that Elsie is still married to a man who abandoned her without warning, she and John begin a fervent courtship as all social mores fall away. As the Great Depresssion continues to wreak havoc around them, John and Elsie feel no hunger other than for each other. Just when their infatuation transforms to a powerful love, Elsie’s husband makes an appearance and suddenly, the joyful future they have planned together is threatened. Despite an unbearable tragedy, John and Elsie’s deep love for each other transcends sixty-six years proving that true love never dies.
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