Friday, March 19, 2010

Past Lives?

Back in 2004 I wrote my first screenplay. It was called "Lost Son" and it was inspired by the true story of a six year old boy who seemed to have the memories and personality of a World War II pilot who died in battle. As I conducted research into stories of other children who had memories of prior lives, I discovered Dr. Brian Weiss.

In 1980, Dr. Weiss was a psychiatrist who was having trouble helping one particular patient overcome anxiety, depression and a range of phobias. After months of therapy he tried hypnotizing her and told her to go to back to when her symptoms first arose.  That resulted in detailed stories of her life 4,000 years ago.  Other sessions brought other vivid recollections of even more lives.  Weiss didn't believe in reincarnation, but the more his patient talked about traumas in these prior lives, the more her current symptoms alleviated.  He was very hesitant to speak of this to anyone but at one point Dr. Weiss' patient told him things she couldn't possibly know about his own deceased son and father.  He started to believe and wrote the best seller, Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives.

Why am I telling this story?  Because Dr. Brian Weiss is doing a full day seminar tomorrow in Boston with John Holland called "Experiencing Your Past Lives." Lori and I are both going and I'll be sure to tell you what happens, unless it just totally freaks me out.

In other big news - the PhilosophersNotes 50 Day Challenge is complete! Today was day 50 and it ended with another fantastic book that I had never heard of but will now be reading; The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. I can't say enough good things about Brian Johnson and his PhilosophersNotes.  I learned so much more in these 50 days than from any single class or seminar I've attended.  Simply a phenomenal experience.

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