What a lovely New Year’s present! Story Circle Book Reviews just posted a nice review of Past Lives: A Journey. I’m linking to it here. I’m always interested in seeing what others find in my writing. Reviewer Doris Anne Roop-Benner picks up on one of the book’s central questions when she says of the stories, “They are interesting because we don’t know what is driving them.”
When I read this collection of stories, I can identify nothing that would either support or refute the idea that I might have lived a previous life. None of the women in the stories are “me.” And yet, the crisis each faces strikes a chord with me. My own life has posed the same questions each woman must answer. Sometimes I have answered well, sometimes otherwise.
None of which sheds any light on how those questions arose in the first place. The only thing in my entire experience with self-directed past-life regression that provides even a flicker of an answer is something I discovered almost in passing: My deepest fears and scars do not seem to arise as a result of the earliest memory to which I can attach them. Rather, those memories haunt me because the fear was there first. There is, in those memories, a sense of remembered pain and shame, the knowledge that the experience has evolved out of something in me that predates memory.
Since my earliest flashes of memory reflect events from before I was a year old, I find myself wondering how any infant could have caused a chain of events that resulted in such deep shame and pain. The idea that I may have faced similar circumstances before offers at least a speculative answer. Still, though, the brain is a mysterious and marvelous thing; who knows what one may create in its efforts to make sense out of that which makes no sense?
In the end, I have to agree with Story Circle’s reviewer: The stories gain much of their power because no one knows what drives them–not even me.
Past Lives: A Journey is available for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. It’s available for free download on Kindle to AmazonPrime members, and free is always nice. Check it out, and let me know what you think.