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Did you ever have that déjà vu moment where you enter a room and find yourself surrounded by familiar faces? Or you’re in the middle of an activity where you experience for a fleeting moment an overwhelming sensation of “I’ve been here before–in this situation, among these people.” That used to happen to me quite often when I was younger, but as I grew older, it became less and less frequent.

Dr. Ian Stevenson (1918-2007) was a renowned psychiatrist and founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies, which investigates the paranormal. He became internationally known for his research into reincarnation and the idea that emotions, memories and even physical injuries can be transferred from one life to another. Dr. Stevenson believed that young children are much more susceptible to remembering past lives than adults. He traveled the world extensively over a period of forty years, investigating three thousand cases of children who claimed to remember past lives and authored roughly three hundred papers and fourteen books on reincarnation.

Did you ever meet someone who you had an instant rapport with? The conversation flowed so easily between the two of you that you felt as though you’d known each other for years. Maybe you married that person, believing you had truly met your “soul mate.”

What if you’d known this person in a past life?

Frederick W.H. Myers (1843-1901) was a Cambridge Classic scholar and writer at the turn of the twentieth century who became heavily involved in the investigation of the afterlife.  He was one of the pioneers who founded the British Society for Psychical Research. Departing from the mainstream that considered strange or out-of-the-ordinary mental phenomena to be normal aspects of human consciousness, he believed they were not pathological symptoms requiring treatment, but instead possible indicators of the continuation of consciousness after death. He found evidence through events including telepathy, hypnosis, automatic writing, etc., which encouraged his growing belief that personality and consciousness survive the death of the body. His book, Human Personality and the Survival of Bodily Death, analyzes phenomena associated with what he called the ‘Subliminal Self,’ and is regarded as a major theoretical contribution to understanding these anomalous mental experiences.

What if these pivotal moments really are connected to past memories? What if the ones we love truly do remain with us forever?

In my paranormal suspense novel, Chapter Thirteen, the protagonist, Katy Barton, suffers through such unexplained visions, nightmares and déjà vu moments, compelling her to seek out answers through hypnotherapy. At the end of the book, you, the reader, may ultimately be forced to ask yourself the same question:  “What if?”

You can check out Chapter Thirteen at:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08ZHX9Z7N