cover image Create Your Perfect Future: Heal Your Past to Create the Life of Your Dreams

Create Your Perfect Future: Heal Your Past to Create the Life of Your Dreams

Anne Jirsch, with Anthea Courtenay. Piatkus (IPG, dist.), $19.95 trade paper (254p) ISBN 978-0-7499-5965-4

Psychic Jirsch will divide the believers from the doubters with this self-help guide that promises to heal wounds inflicted in childhood or inherited from ancestors or past lives. Jirsch claims we are tethered to our problems through “etheric cords” that “keep you tied to a pattern lifetime after lifetime.” An exercise called “the Three Passageways” aims to isolate the location of your particular obstacle in time so that these cords can be severed. Jirsch applies the concept to various aspects of life, including health, love, employment, and wealth. More grounded exercises involve guided visualizations for resolving past mistakes, creating a happy outcome to current conflicts, and imagining your life’s purpose. Regardless of how readers feel about Jirsch’s mystical worldview, they should find that Jirsch’s clients have compelling stories to share: a bulimia sufferer carrying guilt from his 17th-century ancestors’ crime; a painfully shy man grappling with a facial deformity from a former life; and—less fantastically—a woman overcoming debilitating attitudes she absorbed from her mother in childhood. Jirsch also has some useful advice about moving on from past traumas, but if you are skeptical of things like psychic predictions of 9/11 or visitations from “future selves,” best seek counsel elsewhere. [em](Dec.) [/em]