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Souls United: The Power of Divine Connection Paperback – Aug 8 2009
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About the Author
Ann Merivale (United Kingdom) is a highly trained regression therapist who studied with renowned Jungian psychoanalyst Dr. Roger Woolger and has been practicing professionally since 1998.
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Ann Merivale does a thorough and professional job of covering previous works on the subject as well as covering historical background for the concept of the twin soul, going all the way back to the writings of Plato and other cultures to develop a foundation for this topic. Ann Merivale also writes of historical people who likely were twin souls, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, St. Francis and St. Clare, Pierre and Marie Curie, and more modern twin souls such as Peter and Eileen Caddy, Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, and Edgar Cayce and his family members.
The outstanding aspects of her book are:
1) Numerous case studies from her own practice and people she's personally interviewed to serve as experiential examples of this type of connection. All of the examples are from real life interviews and cases, and in my opinion are representative and realistic of how twin souls may manifest in this life.
2) A multi-dimensional view of how the twin soul relationship manifests in this life. This has been my own observation, so I found it affirming that Ann Merivale presented some alternate relationships to the more traditional and one-dimensional view that the twin soul relationship is the ultimate "romantic partnership." In her excellent book "Soul Mates and Twin Flames," Elizabeth Clare Prophet says,"...Now I have to tell you that sometimes and in some circumstances, because of such a difference between twin flames, God actually works it so that they embody as brother and sister, or as father and child, or as members of the same sex..." Ann Merivale's research agrees with this and in her case studies there are examples of twin souls who are best friends, twin sisters, same-sex twin souls (who are not always romantic partners), as well as a few examples of homosexual and heterosexual non-romantic but very bonded partnerships between twin souls.
3) Ann Merivale's research also has many examples of more traditional and romantic couple relationships drawn from her case studies and from modern public figures. Through these examples, the author presents some helpful applications for loving relationships for all couples and for those who believe themselves to be twin souls.
4) The final ways in which Ann Merivale's book excels is all the numerous references to other books on both twin soulship and spiritual subjects, so that her book is itself a reference work and resource. Thanks to "Souls United," I've had the great pleasure to be introduced to all of Joan Grant's work, which includes some beautiful descriptions on the twin soul relationship. I've also been introduced to authors like Anne and Daniel Meurois-Givaudan, Simon Bushnell, and the writings of Peter and Eileen Caddy, who founded Findhorn.
I found helpful information on practically every page of the book. For instance: (1) Clarification of the term itself, “Twin Soul” being a special kind of Soul Mate, compared to “Companion Soul Mate” or “Karmic Soul Mate.” Everyone has a Twin Soul, although your TS may not necessarily be living on the planet at the same time you are. When Twin Souls do incarnate on the planet in the same lifetime, it is to augment and hasten each other’s development. (2) Demystification of the TS concept: Everyone has a TS. While the connection is strong, it is not necessarily a happily-ever-after relationship, and is not always conjugal or between a man and a woman. Twin Souls can be siblings, parent-child, close friends. (3) A variety of real-life Twin Souls are presented from the author’s personal contact and from her experience as a professional regression therapist. (4) Fascinating and brief introduction to Deep Memory Process, a form of past life regression developed by the late Roger Woolger, PhD, and practiced by the author.
As Ann Merivale states in the introduction, this is not a book about how to find your Twin Soul. Rather it is an exploration of the Twin Soul encounter, the different relationships that can develop between TS, and the enhanced learning, often through pain, that can occur from our TS encounter in a given lifetime. I highly recommend the book as a foundational start on the topic of Twin Souls, and a good reference work as well.