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Your Soul Remembers: Accessing Your Past Lives through Soul Writing Paperback – September 16, 2013
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Joanne DiMaggio, MA, CHt, is an inspired teacher, a member of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies, and has been professionally pursuing past-life research and therapy for over 25 years. She headed her own past-life research center outside of Chicago and brought that to Virginia in 1995. Joanne earned her Masters in Transpersonal Studies degree and her Spiritual Mentor certification through Atlantic University. Her
thesis, on inspirational writing, served as the basis of her first book, Soul Writing: Conversing With Your Higher Self. Joanne continues to lecture and conduct workshops on soul writing across the country, sharing her knowledge through blogs, online courses, magazine articles, and radio programs.
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What DiMaggio's group learned through 'soul writing' which is entering a mild mediative state in order to access subconscious memories, is that we're all connected and that every life has meaning, no matter how mundane it might seem And that through service to to others, we grow in both compassion, and as spirits, all on our way back to merging with the Divine Creator.
What I found amazing about this book was the synchronicity that each of the volunteers experienced. Groups of three people all visited the same era in time, and had overlaps in their past lives. It's wonderful how brilliant our souls are and what they can accomplish if we just humbly let them guide us.
One man wrote of a past life during the age of gladiators as a woman. She was privileged which meant that she was one of the ones watching the gladiators fight for their life for her entertainment. Disgusted with her life and the sociopaths around her, she commits suicide. In his current life, the same man experienced working with a group of sociopath but instead of killing himself, he leaves his job(the book didn't state whether he worked for one of the too-big-to-fail-banks). He felt good about changing the outcome to his circumstances.
Some people learned of the good they'd done, and the soul growth they'd accomplished, and some learned they had died young through impulsive acts, but once they'd seen the over-all arch of their many lives, it all made sense.
This next passage from the book explains our Holiday blowups perfectly.
"As we travel from lifetime to lifetime, our souls tend to repeat patterns of behavior. We recreate the same setup we experienced before so that we can tackle a lesson we did not complete in the previous lifetime. With this pattern in place, it's easy to understand why should groups are attracted to each other to complete the unfinished business between them." pg. 23
It's almost comical to think that we've probably been nursing hurts that go back centuries.
Not only does soul writing help us to make sense of our lives on a spiritual level, but there have been spontaneous healing, such as a man who was a prophet right before Mt. Vesuvius blew up, suffering from asthma. Having died from suffocation from the volcano, the man felt that if he'd just been more serious and less egotistical about warning his people he might have saved them. He'd then carried the energy of that life into his current life, along with the guilt manifesting in an inability to breathe, which he felt he deserved.
One man felt that he'd wasted an earlier life and that now he realized how brief a human life was and so was determined to make up for lost time spiritually. "This reading let me to the conclusion that knowledge of God's presence has to be combined with Grace for progress and defense. Grace can best be achieved by chanting . . . God is best pleased when we repeat His name. The highest, most powerful mantra is Om Namah Shevaya." pg. 51
As DiMaggio says, 'it's our birthright to communicate with Source', just as a parent always has time to listen to his child, we too always have our Creator's ear. DiMaggio shows how it can be done in this book and her book Soul Writing.
At any rate, I found DiMaggio’s book to generate within me a greater interest in things like “soul writing”. I have for decades been an inveterate daily journal writer. I’ve done considerable writing that I referred to in my journal as “spontaneous” writing or “stream of consciousness” writing. However, I had never made any attempt to make contact with the aspects of my soul that would possess memories of past lives – even though I have long believed that I have lived in previous lives.
Let me make one criticism of the book under review here. That is the paucity of references to God or the Divine. Quite a number of references were made to “spirit” (usually not capitalized), but very few references to God or the Divine. If our purpose for being in this human life is specifically for seeking to come into union with Ultimate Reality (God, in other words), then why would one not be in a very intense search for what character traits (in this life) need to be corrected or improved upon? Why should spiritual issues so rarely crop up in one’s discussions of lessons from past lives? As for myself, life now is devoted to arriving at harmony with Ultimate Reality. That is, in other words, the central focus of my life. I care relatively little about what experiences I had in previous lives, unless knowledge of such experiences would help me to better decipher how to maximize my spiritual growth and my character improvement in this life. The fact that most of the author’s subjects with whom she did past live regressions and soul writing rarely referred to spiritual lessons or spiritual concerns made me seriously wonder about those people’s priorities. As for my life, the bottom line is the spiritual side of life. That is the raison d’etre for my sacrifices and struggles in my current life. I strive to achieve, as much as is possible, spiritual perfection. The book under review did not much encourage me, nor did it much enlighten me in regard to how I can best accomplish my purpose for being in this life. I wish there were more spiritual emphases in the book. Other than that criticism, I regard it as a very engaging and inviting book for a spiritual seeker to read. I would recommend it to anyone who’s searching for deeper understanding in the struggle to make this time around (this life) a truly fruitful and beneficial one.