I wanted to like this book. When I received Beyond Past Lives from Hay House for review purposes, I thought I was really going to love this book and be forever changed from it. I was wrong. I didn’t like it and had a very hard time reading it. In fact, it took me about a month of painful reading just to get through it. This is very rare for me with a book like this, so let me explain what the book is about and why I didn’t like it.
What Is Beyond Past Lives?
The book is made up of lessons she has learned through her clients during past-life regressions.
It is a book that talks about how past lives are not really past lives, but are happening right now at the same time as our current life. In fact, Mira talks about how she experienced two lives as the same person, existing at the same time. And, some people are reincarnated, not in the future, but in the past as well.
It talks about how you can talk with your higher self, and gives many examples of Mira talking with her clients – or rather, their higher selves.
The book talks about how every choice you make creates a new reality, not just in your future, but in your past as well.
It also talks about how you can manipulate time, and how Mira herself went from standing in a long line of people waiting for a taxi at the airport to, suddenly, being the next in line.
Why I Didn’t Like Beyond Past Lives
In short, I didn’t buy into much of what she said.
The longer version?
I consider myself a pretty decent reader. I can follow along with complex ideas. However, I couldn’t follow along with her explanations and beliefs. I’m not sure if the sentences were worded awkwardly or if I just couldn’t grasp what she was saying. Either way, I found myself more ticked off than anything. Even worse, I didn’t want to reread the sections to try to understand it further. I didn’t have any desire to do so! That is highly unusual for me.
I also didn’t find the scientific explanations that scientific. In fact, many of the things she talked about left me thinking, how do you know?
I realize that there was some science to explain why her beliefs could be true. For instance, she talks about the ‘many worlds theory’, and how it states that everything that is possible happens. She writes it like this, “Each event splits into different realities and the observer, or the person existing within the event, also splits as his world does. In the moment that an event is observed, the act of the observation creates the event and creates a split in which all possible variations of the event are formed into a parallel reality, each having its own version of the observer.” Apparently a quantum physicist named Aaron O’Connell created an object that was both vibrating and not vibrating, which meant that it was in two different places at the same time.
Still, besides a few bits of science, a lot of what she said was true, was simply because her clients had said so during the regression. For instance, when Wayne Dyer’s daughter was talking about a plane that she was seeing under regression, Mira says, “The plane Serena was seeing was a place souls pass through on their way to be incarnated. On that plane souls get their colors, and the different color combinations give each soul its uniqueness.” How does she know that? And, more importantly, what the heck does that mean?
One client talks about being a flower. Mira discusses what it feels like to be the flower with the client. That just doesn’t seem right to me, and it is not really explained why that would happen. She talks about how the client realizes he was the spirit knowing itself as the flower. She talks about how the flower fulfilled the purpose of its existence. (Wasn’t that the soul of the client in the flower? Was that its reincarnation? I’m confused!)
Also, a lot of stuff contradicted itself. For instance, in one conversation with a client about creating new souls, the client said, “There is infinite space to fill up and it will never be filled up,” but in another conversation a client said, “Every time a new soul is created, which is not that common anymore because the Earth is more complete…”
Are you confused yet? That is how I felt reading Beyond Past Lives!
Lastly, a lot of the conversations with the ‘higher self’ felt weird to me. I’m no stranger to talking to entities. I firmly believe that Esther speaks to Abraham. Why? Because some of the answers from Abraham are incredible, and they are always quick, intelligent, and spot on. Does it seem silly that I would believe that and not a lot of the stuff from this book? Maybe. But it’s true. I had a hard time believing that the higher self would be so basic in a lot of cases. It was almost as if it was stuttering and unsure of itself. To be honest, to me, it just sounded like the client saying what they wanted to believe.
In the end, I believe in past lives. I just had a hard time getting into this book. I feel like Beyond Past Lives was all about the author’s beliefs rather than the clients’ experiences. I’ve read some regression books where the clients all aligned with what they were saying, like Journey of Souls, and it was hard to believe it was all a coincidence in those cases. But, this was more about her and her theories or beliefs based off of different experiences she has had with different clients.
That said, I have seen others who really seem to like Beyond Past Lives. There are a few good reviews of Beyond Past Lives on Amazon. So maybe you would have a different experience with the book. But, I wouldn’t recommend it.