Review: A Soul Remembers Hiroshima by Dolores Cannon

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A Soul Remembers Hiroshima by Dolores Cannon

Dolores Cannon (1931-2014) was a hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression. Her interest in hypnosis started in 1960s and has seen some of the trailblazer books on the subject of past life regression.

As she wrote somewhere, most of the people would come to her voluntarily either because they had some problem or had strange experiences which their conscious mind was unable to comprehend. She would not charge for doing the past life regression (PLR) on them. However protecting the identity of her subjects, she wrote these books – their past life as they saw and described to her in the hypnotic state of trance.

A soul remembers is a very poignant past life of one of one of her woman subject. The subject said she had a strange experience when she was watching TV footage of atomic bombs being dropped in Japan. She felt as if someone had entered into her body, and she could simply not see the visuals on the television.

In this book, there are two remarkable concepts that have been explored relating to the field of PLR. One is that of walk-in, where a soul is not part of the body from birth, but decides to exchange the body with the original soul residing in the body. The second concept that gets explored is that the soul that walks-in inherits some of the memory of the original soul that has left the body.

This book is about the soul that has walked in, who happens to be a Japanese and a man in his previous life by the name of Nogorigatu Suragami. He was living in Hiroshima on the day when the bomb was dropped.

It captures the true spirit of pre-war and war-time Japan as an eye-witness account. The subject recounts the life before the war, the kind of life he lived in the Japanese countryside. And how gradually the situation deteriorated in the country, the reasons why he was there in Hiroshima at the time of bombing of the city. Nogorigatu eventually dies in the bombing. This is such a beautiful and heart rending story that even if one does not believe in past life, they should read it.

One should remember that this is narration of one person as he saw the things around him. If the reader starts to search for History of Japan of that time in this narration then they would miss the point. The book is not history, but its like a personal observation of daily life. It is like self-portrait, similar to that of Diary of Anne Frank. But while Anne Frank wrote her diary, here the person recollects his past life in the vivid expression in state of trance. Nogorigatu describes his life from 1930s until his death as an old man in the bombing in 1945. The subject obviously has no inkling of what is happening in the corridors of power, except to see the facts that happens in front of him, like his residence, things about his family, movement of soldiers, their mistreatment by the soldiers, the daily markets, the planes on the sky etc, and the things he hears in the conversations. In a way, this is an intense and deeply moving personal account of a person re-living the life he had once lived, and dying the horrific death once again.

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