Phenomenon – Everything You Need to Know About the Paranormal by Sylvia Browne
“As time goes on, more and more people are figuring out that so-called ‘psychic phenomena’ aren’t so unnatural or uncommon after all; that the worlds of the paranormal and spirituality are handmaidens to each other; and that both can actually deepen and enhance a whole spectrum of even the most devout religious beliefs.” – From the book

The paranormal, mysterious, and unexplained have intrigued humankind for millennia. With the dawn of the internet, ancient wisdom and mystical lore are now at the fingertips of anyone with computer access.  Concepts like the third eye, clairvoyance, the “silver cord”, psychic detectives, reincarnation, chakras, and auras are making their way into the mainstream, and curiosity about the Other Side and “paranormal” experiences are at an all time high. However, some of these terms and practices may be unknown or confusing to those unfamiliar.

Psychic and author Sylvia Browne has compiled a thorough encyclopedia of metaphysical topics in her book Phenomenon: Everything You Need to Know About the Paranormal. This 332-page book demystifies, explains, and sometimes debunks the various practices, experiences, and concepts of the New Age.

Some of the topics she covers include:

Akashic Records
Cell Memory
The Chart
Exit Points
Hall of Records
The Rapture
Psychic Attacks
Remote Viewing
The Underworld

As one who is quite familiar with New Age topics (I was the New Age Editor for the 2nd largest women’s site on the web for two years), I didn’t expect to find anything new in Phenomenon. However, I found this book to be an engrossing read. Sylvia’s concept that we all have Option Lines, which fall under seven life areas, is intriguing. Before we incarnate, we include an Option Line in our chart, which represents an area of challenge that we just can’t seem to master. Despite our good intentions and attempts at improvement in this area, we just can’t make it work out. For Sylvia—who has had three troubled marriages—her Option Line is Family. For myself, I recognized immediately that my Option Line was Social Life.

The concept of Option Lines explains why some individuals just can’t seem to find—or maintain—a healthy romantic relationship. I’ve had little patience with these types, especially as one who has had no trouble choosing, keeping, and thriving with a man. I now realize that these individuals aren’t necessarily weak or stupid, but that they have a Family/Relationship Option Line in their chart. This realization has fostered a sense of compassion for sure.

Sylvia’s description of the Other Side was comforting and familiar, especially Cocooning, our Spirit Guide, The Council, Hall of Wisdom, and The Tunnel. Her accounts echo the experiences chronicled in books on past life regression—namely, Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls, both by Dr. Michael Newton.

If you’re interested in TV shows like Medium and Ghost Whisperer—as well as “paranormal” practices such as Tarot, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, and Channeling—Phenomenon by Sylvia Browne is an absorbing read. This book will remind you that there is oh-so-much more to life than the “real” world in front of our eyes, affirming the reality of the spirit world, our Divine spark, and the loving, benevolent Beings who nurture and guide us.

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