A few days ago, I finished an interesting book called Soul Sessions by Carson Gage. It’s the story of a highly successful businessman named Nick Dalton as he learns to discover his true self and what’s holding him back in life. The story involves past life regression. What prompted me to want to read this book was something that happened in my own life.
To give you a little background on me, I am an atheist. I grew up in a Christian home and graduated from a private Southern Baptist high school. To make a long story short, in my late teens, I found a path that made sense to me, and I let go of the idea of a god. Personally, I don’t believe there is any evidence of an afterlife or a soul. However, I had an experience that I can’t explain away with science.
I was a new mom at the time with my first baby, and I was usually asleep when my ex-husband left for work. One day, he woke me to endorse a check so he could put it in the bank on the way to work. He handed me a pen and the check, and I vaguely remember signing it in a twilight-like sleep. I handed it back and promptly fell back asleep.
The next thing I know he shook me awake and asked “what the heck is this?” I was confused and had no idea what he was talking about. Then, he handed me the check. I had clearly signed the name “Jane Englund” in a very strange handwriting which was not my own. It was almost like chicken scratch. I write bubbly and loopy, and my name has always been Stephanie. For the next few years, he and I would bring it up and talk about it. I could never figure out why or how I did that. It never happened again, but I still think about it to this day, nearly 15 years later.
Could we really have past lives? Was that someone I was in a past life? I have no explanation. This curiosity made me want to read this book and see what it was all about.
I purchased the Kindle edition of Soul Sessions on Amazon. I have to admit I used to be against e-books, but I’ve come over to the dark side. I love the instant gratification of downloading a book immediately.
The story is a journey toward a spiritual awakening. Soul Sessions starts in current day Chicago, where Nick Dalton is a highly successful investment banker with a trophy girlfriend and an extravagant lifestyle. Despite all his success, Nick falls into a deep depression after just missing a flight in which the plane crashes.
One of his friends recommend a psychologist – Katrina DuMont. Using past-life regression techniques, they explore several of Nick’s prior lives, where he soon discovers a beautiful woman who repeatedly appears as his lover and soul mate. Through this journey, Nick realizes he’s met her in this life, too, and he goes on a search for her.
This book gave me a lot to consider. I enjoyed reading about who Nick was in each past life. I wanted more of those back stories. I also really got into the part when he was searching for his soul mate in this lifetime. My only wish was that it could have been a bit more interactive among the characters because it felt like much of the story was just Nick on the couch in his past life regressions with Katrina. Those parts just felt very clinical to me.
Even though this is a fictional story, the description in the story how soul mates know each other in each life made me think of my husband. This is a second marriage for both of us, but we hit it off better than I ever have with anyone. I can read him like the pages in a book, and I was able to do that right from the start.
In the story, the soul mates have ways to tell each other subconsciously that they know each other such as a touch or a phrase. I felt that way with him. From the first few minutes we met, I felt this incredible urge to massage his neck. Thinking about it now seems so strange to do to someone you just met. Even now years later, it’s something that he still likes me to do, and I know it makes him feel loved.
All of this does not jive well with my atheism. I just don’t know what to think. I don’t know what happens when we die or if soul mates are a real thing. My own experiences have me very curious. I wish the universe could give us the answers to the questions we all have about life.
Do you think we have multiple lives? Do you think there are soul mates?
About the Author:
Carson Gage has been interested in the mysteries of life and death since the age of seven, when he survived being run over by a speeding car. This experience led him on a journey of discovery for answers to some of life’s biggest questions.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.