Friday, November 11, 2011

Guest Post: M.J. Rose Author of The Hypnotist

M.J. Rose
A few years ago I was reading a book about reincarnation and became interested in the ways that people access they’re past life memories. From incense to hallucinogens to hypnosis there were tools people used to help them enter deep meditation which enabled them to access past incarnations.
What if there were twelve ancient memory tools - talismans to help people meditate into a state where they can access their past lives. And what if they’re lost to modern civilization?
And what if I wrote a series of novels – each revolving around the search for one particular memory tool?
In The Reincarnationist the tool is a group of ancient stones with a Sanskrit meditation engraved on their surfaces. In The Memorist the tool is a flute made of human bone that winds up in Beethoven's possession for a time.  In The Hypnotist the took is– well that’s the mystery of the novel.
Behind my memory tools – is the idea that we all have the ability to re-member.  It’s something that I’ve always been fascinated by.
As has bestselling authors Katherine Neville. She has a character in her novel, The Eight, who can “remember the future". A mental phenomenon that many famous seers claim to have possessed. Neville believes, as do I, that we all are capable of some kind of "second sight" or "sixth sense".
Many of us have ourselves – or know people who have experienced the ability to know something is going to happen just before it does. Neville told me about brain research done with electronic recording that show a surge in our frontal lobes shortly before something is about to happen — regardless of how randomly and unpredictably the stimuli may be coming in.
“We don't have a scientific explanation for how this occurs. But who cares how or why it works? It seems to me that if we all possess an important skill like this, instead of trying to find out why or how, we should try to figure out how to develop it for the betterment of our own lives and life on the planet,” Neville said.
She went on to describe something that happens to her that in fact happens to me too – something I don’t often talk about because it can sound a little “out there.”
When I write sometimes I come up with ideas before doing the research that the research then corroborates. Obscure and often odd things. For instance, before I started   The Memorist I came up with the idea of having Beethoven as a character  - and having him interested in Indian philosophy. It was a curious thought. Nothing that watching the movie Immortal Beloved might suggest. And other than seeing the move and hearing his music – I didn’t know anything about him.
And yet when I went to do the research I found he was in fact very interested in it.
Some think these phenomena are part of our cellular memory. Carl Jung believed they are part of our collective unconscious. Hindus and Buddhists believe we’ve lived before and have actual memories of previous lifetimes.
Having written three books exploring this subject, I’m personally not sure – but I remain utterly fascinated.
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SYNOPSIS: Haunted by his inability to stop the murder of a beautiful young painter twenty years ago, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work with the FBI's Art Crime Team. Investigating a crazed collector who's begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation—dedicated to the science of past-life study. There, to maintain his cover, he submits to the treatment of a hypnotist.
Under hypnosis, Glass travels from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie capital of the world. These journeys will change his very understanding of reality, lead him to question his own sanity and land him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history: a fifteen-hundred-year-old sculpture the nation of Iran will do anything to recover.
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