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Book Heaven Wednesday Presents: Past Lives, Present Stories: Healing and Wisdom Through Past Life Ex

Title: Past Lives, Present Stories: Healing and Wisdom Through Past Life Exploration

Author: Judith Marshall

Genre: Nonfiction, Metaphysical

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Book Blurb:

Discover how flashes from past lives can appear as signs and synchronicities, childhood impressions, dreams and memories, even spontaneous shifts in consciousness or time. Providing time-tested exercises, Past Lives, Present Stories shows how to explore your past lives and use the lessons you’ve learned to flourish in your present incarnation.

Join author Judith Marshall as she takes you through the full range of techniques for piecing together information to help you on your path. Through examples of her own glimpses into her past lives, Judith illustrates how illuminating and healing past-life discovery can be.


In the summer of 1993, I spent a few hours in Plymouth, England. As I wandered the cobbled, medieval streets of the historic quarter, a sense of déjà vu washed over me. One road in particular stood out, for I seemed to know each twist and turn before it came. After a short time, I came upon the entrance to an Elizabethan Garden, and the urge to see it grabbed hold of me.

A sign blocked the entryway: “Closed for maintenance.” My heart sank, and I turned to leave.

“Can I help you, Miss?” a deep voice asked.

I spun around. A workman in white stood on the threshold. By all appearances, he was a painter, but how he’d materialized so quickly and quietly was a mystery.

“I-I’m only here for a few hours,” I stammered, “and I was hoping to see the garden. I see it’s closed, though.”

“You’re American,” he said. It wasn’t a question.

“I am.”

“And you’re alone?”

“As alone as you can be.”

He looked right and left, then moved the sign. “Come in then, just for a bit.”

As I stepped through the archway, I wondered if I’d get him in trouble. On impulse, I turned to thank him.

He was nowhere in sight.

My hands found my hips. “What the—“

Go on, an inner voice advised. Look around. You’re supposed to be here.

I shrugged, then wandered into the garden. When I reached the heart of the site, I paused. An odd sensation—part premonition, part awe—gripped me. Lightheaded, I looked for a bench.

Flash! It was nighttime. The air was pungent with the warring scents of roses and manure. Beyond the refuge of hedge and herb, horse hooves clopped on stone. Laughter mingled with shouts.

Bam! Daylight returned, and I was back in the present. I took a deep breath and steadied myself. Then I studied my surroundings, acutely aware of what “belonged” and what did not. The Elizabethan stone and hand-carved arches were right; the modern buildings clashed.

Have you or someone you know had a similar experience? Did you ever travel someplace new and feel the creeping suspicion you’d been there before? Have you sensed an immediate connection—positive or negative—with a complete stranger? What about dreams that seem too real to be a kaleidoscope of fantasy, or out-and-out memories you know stemmed from another time and place?

Belief in reincarnation is essential to many philosophical and spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism. It found a home among the ancient Greeks and Celts and figured in Norse mythology and Inuit traditions. It also appeared in Kabbalistic texts and early Christian writings and persists in Orthodox Judaism and Modern Gnosticism.

In the natural world, we need only look to the rhythm of the seasons and the scientific fact that energy—neither created nor destroyed—simply changes form. Not once, but over and over again, ad infinitum.

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Author Biography:

Judith Marshall has a BA in history, an MA in linguistics, and a lifelong passion for the paranormal. Her personal encounters with the spirit world sparked more than twenty-five years of research into spiritual metaphysics. Past Lives, Present Stories and her previous book, My Conversations with Angels, have been translated into multiple languages. Her two fiction series—The Novels of Ravenwood and Guardians of Erin—are published under Judith Sterling. She lives with her husband and twin sons in Salem, Massachusetts.

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