Discovering the Life Plan
Are you wondering how to save the world, or to get yourself out of a mess? Here you'll find how!
This book goes through the WHOLE of life in stages, but it begins not at birth, or even conception, but in the planning stage, in what is known by Tibetans as the Bardo - the inter-life stage - when important decisions are made re one's chief purpose(s) in the forthcoming life, the main lessons that need to be learnt, the karmic debts to be paid, and the main cast of characters. (Some people choose a happy life living with a soul mate, while others realise that they will learn more, overcome more important challenges and complete more of their karma by living a life on their own or one with more pain and difficulty.) And the book ends not at death, but rather shows how death is not the end, describing some fictional post-death scenarios. It includes numerous true case histories, many of which demonstrate the impact of previous lives on a persons present life, and each chapter is followed by useful self-help exercises. Above all it shows how there is a good reason for everything that happens in life.
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Why are you here? What is your true purpose? Drawing on many years’ experience of studying reincarnation, the author explains how we decide on our Life plan, and the technicalities of incarnating. Using real case histories, she considers each stage of life from a psychological, astrological, emotional and spiritual viewpoint, concluding with a fascinating account of possible post-death scenarios. Includes self-development exercises at the end of each chapter. ~ Mind Body Spirit, Issue 37 Spring 2014
Many readers will be familiar with the idea of a life plan devised within the concept of reincarnation – the idea makes its first appearance in Plato's Myth of Er where we witness souls choosing their next life in accordance with their predispositions. Ann Merivale is a Deep Memory Process therapist, trained by Roger Woolger, but who also has a rich spiritual background including an affiliation with Sai Baba. The book is structured around 7 year cycles up to age 56. Then, we are told, we are on the last lap even though we don't know how long this lap is going to be. Each chapter conveys the author's understanding of the phase in question, with a number of case histories and accompanying spiritual insights. The last two chapters consider death and a dramatic scenario of the afterlife, which to me demonstrated Ann's profound understanding of spiritual processes. Each chapter contains notes as well as exercise suggestions to help the reader work with the material. Anyone sympathetic to this perspective will gain considerably from the insights in this wise book. ~ Journal of the Medical and Scientific Network
The book is a journey through life and helps us to think about why we are really here. The author follows the soul from its decidison to incarnate, through life on Earth to the departure from this world and Afterlife. The book is divided into stages based on the suggestions of clairvoyant Lilla Bek, who originally co-planned the book with Ann Merivale. Ann also makes reference to true stories, and each chapter is followed by exercises. Reincarnation and the concept of karma are of course the book's cornerstones, and overall the impression is often that the author is talking to an old friend; this gives the book a relaxed style, but often makes for repetitions in the text - the value of Deep Memory Process therapy and past life regression, for example, are mentioned very often. If you have recently started to explore reincarnation and karma this book can help you to go a bit further - quite useful is the bibliography at the end; but don't expect too much from the exercise section. ~ Marta Dorigo, Kindred Spirit, Sept-Oct, 2012
A fascinating, informative and inspiring book, drawn from rich personal experience as well as from experience as a past-life regression therapist. It offers the welcome perspective of past lives and how these may impact our lives in the present, shedding light on issues that people find difficult and perplexing and offering insights and exercises to orient them on their present life path with trust and confidence. An outstanding synthesis.~ Anne Baring , Jungian analyst, co-author of The Myth of the Goddess and author of the Dream of the Cosmos: who are we and why are we here?
A very interesting look at the karmic patterns influencing each stage of our life cycle. Teeming with cases, quotes and fascinating information. Highly recommended. ~ Dr. Roger Woolger, Jungian Psychoanalyst, renowned author and founder of Deep Memory Process therapy.
Discovering the Life Plan is overflowing with keen insight and inspiring wisdom. With great compassion, Ann Merivale has probed deeply into and beautifully illuminated this mysterious thing we call “life.” If you have questions – and who among us does not? – there are answers within these pages.~ Robert Schwartz, Author of Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born