Friday, March 25, 2016

Jenny Johnston on Healing Soul Trauma Using Past Life Regression

Jenny Johnston talks to Alexander “The Engineer” Lim, host of AuthorStory by about her book, Tapping Into Past Lives.

“I take people up into their higher learning so that they’re looking down on their life and seeing it differently and getting the higher learning from that.” ~Jenny Johnston (on past life regression)

Jenny is an occupational therapist by profession who discovered EFT while working for her hypnotherapy diploma, and she then began using it in her work to help her clients resolve their personal issues. She was also interested in past life regression and combined this into her work after receiving messages from the spiritual channeler Kryon about “mining the Akash,” which is about remembering one’s past lives to mine the gifts found there. At present, she works with whom she calls “higher guides” to release the blocks that are keeping people from progressing in this lifetime, or to recall positive aspects of past lives that can be used in this present lifetime.

EFT, commonly called “tapping,” is part of a field called “energy psychology” and is the most well-known. It involves using the body’s acupressure points to deactivate the body’s fight or flight instincts and create a state of relaxation, as well as using cognitive methods to bring one’s brainwaves from the conscious down into the subconscious. This enables one’s body to be able to identify a trauma and then release the body’s instinctive response to it, thus creating a calmer response to that issue. Quantum EFT is an aspect of EFT that Jenny created, based on her knowledge that sprang from past experience with her clients, wherein a person steps into that memory of when that trauma began, whenever it might have started, releases the beliefs around that trauma, and learns higher lessons from that situation and bringing these into one’s present life. Unlike standard methods of hypnotherapy, the client is awake all throughout the session.

During the course of her practice, Jenny discovered that a lot of traumas in people’s present lifetimes had an origin in their past lives, and these are essentially “soul traumas,” and that people who don’t necessarily believe in past lives weren’t able to figure out why they were sabotaging themselves until they discovered the source of this, which sprang from a past life. Soul traumas aren’t necessarily limited to the emotional and the psychological, Jenny noted, but can also manifest themselves physically. Jenny gave an example of a woman who suffered from severe headaches that normal therapy couldn’t resolve, who, after undergoing sessions with her, discovered that that woman had been a businessman in a previous life who had died from head injuries suffered during a car accident. Once the woman had undergone therapy with Jenny to clear and resolve that issue, her headaches were gone.

Jenny wrote her book because she felt that the stories and experiences she had gathered throughout the course of her practice, be it in private sessions or in her workshops, were so profound and amazing that these needed to be shared. She also hopes that some readers will get their own “A-ha!” moments about such possible things in her life, and mentioned that readers don’t necessarily have to believe in past lives to get something out of it. Jenny also included links to various videos where people talked about or revealed their experiences. She remarked that having an “ideal reader,” someone whom she could envision whom she was writing her book for, helped out greatly where writing the book was concerned. For Jenny, writing the book has enabled her to step into her true purpose, stepping out of occupational therapy and becoming an EFT practitioner and trainer full-time, which is what she loves to do.

To those who are suffering from trauma, Jenny recommends that they deliberately create the intention to go to the trauma’s origin, wherever or whenever it might be, and to see it as part of a whole, as the trauma might have begun a long time ago. She also advises people to view their life as being not just the one in the present, which is but one chapter of the life of their soul, but to recognize themselves as their soul. She hopes the book will enable its readers to access the healing from wherever they are in the world, without Jenny needing to physically be with people to help them out.

Jenny Johnston’s websites for her book, Tapping Into Past Lives, are, as well as,

Friday, March 18, 2016

Lynn Jackson on Mermaids and Aiden, the Merman Prince of the Sea

Lynn Jackson talks to Alexander “The Engineer” Lim, host of AuthorStory by about her merman book, Aiden: Prince of the Sea.

“I’ve always had a child’s heart.” ~Lynn Jackson

Lynn had always loved anything to do with the sea, and had always been interested in mermaids. To be different, however, she decided to write a story with a merman rather than a mermaid, and this was how she came up with the story, with Aiden being a merman prince. The other main character in the story, Dana, is a sixteen-year old girl who wasn’t in the popular set in high school and was bullied for the wrong reasons, and over the course of the book, they teach each other various things about each other’s society and world. Lynn also wrote the book in a way that reflected the ways by which we humans, as a species, interacted with our environment - both the good and the bad impacts humans have had. Dana remarked that it’s a family story which adult readers can enjoy as well, and she hopes that this opens up the “child’s heart” in adults.

Dana had started out as an author writing children’s stories, so despite her also being the author of the dark House of Dorstanton vampire series, it wasn’t a stretch for her to write Aiden: Prince of the Sea, whose fantasy characters aren’t broody vampires. She admits that there is an aura of beauty and fantasy about merfolk that make them attractive to the ordinary people, and she noted that she made Aiden as real as she possibly could, including such details as what Aiden eats and what his enemies are, to the point of making him a bit of a “smartass” (in Lynn’s words) so that the reader could believe that he exists in reality. Lynn also did research on such things as surfing, which is an integral part of the story, as well as on sharks.

It took Lynn around three months to write Aiden: Prince of the Sea, but she admits that the editing process took up a lot of time. Lynn admits that she goes over the stories she writes four or five times over, after which she has her husband, Mark, and others whom she trusts, look them over as well to make sure the words are correct, and admits that, sometimes, corrections are spotted only after a manuscript has been checked over around a dozen times.

To those who are considering writing a fiction book, Lynn recommends that they pick something they enjoy and then go with the flow of things. She recommends thinking up personalities and the character’s environs, including friends and enemies. She says that a lot of her characters in her stories just grow on their own and gave troll characters, which are always antagonists, as an example.

As of this writing, Lynn has come up with a new Christmas story which she hopes to get released before The Holidays, and is also still working on the House of Dorstanton series. She has also released Taming the Steel, which is a modern Western/steam punk science fiction story, as well as Hauntingly in Love, which is a ghost story. Aiden: Prince of the Sea, is a bestselling book in England.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Sylvia Martinez on Inventing & the Maker Movement in Education

Sylvia Martinez talks to Alexander “The Engineer” Lim, host of AuthorStory by about her book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, which she co-authored with Gary Stager.

“Learning is about experiencing something firsthand.” ~Sylvia Martinez 

Sylvia started out as an electrical engineer who began her career in the aerospace industry, then moved to video game development, among which she created educational games. As she remarked, she, like several engineers, liked teaching children, and this desire to find out how people learned was what led her to get a postgraduate degree in education. She learned that the present generation of children didn’t have the kind of hands-on experiences she had while growing up, and this was part of the reason she teamed up with her co-author, Gary Stager, who has been teaching robotics and programming for thirty years, to write a book and make the so-called Maker Movement understandable to teachers and the general public.

The Maker Movement is a worldwide movement found in such countries as The Netherlands, Italy and India, wherein ordinary people take matters into their own hands to create things on their own, usually with the aid of computers and a three-dimensional (3D) printer, which is a printer that lays down layer after layer of plastic to create an item or a form, such as prosthetics and moisture sensors, relatively inexpensively and quickly, compared to present-day manufacturing processes. She notes that the wave is catching a lot of people unprepared and foresees a time when designs for three-dimensional printers can be bought on Amazon in the same way books are, and that three-dimensional printers themselves will become as commonplace as regular printers are nowadays.

Computers, Sylvia points out, are important to the Maker Movement, as these allow children to create iterative designs similar to the way engineers create their own designs in the real world, creating a real-world experience for children when it comes to experimentation and problem solving. Sylvia also notes that using computers to create objects is a fusion of art and science, as a knowledge of both is necessary to create something using a three-dimensional printer, which is actually more the case in the real world. She gave the example of a website called “Enable the Future,” where requests for prosthetic devices can be made, and the requests can be filled by children who have access to three-dimensional printers far more cheaply and inexpensively than by going through conventional channels.

She remarks that the Maker Movement ties in with the way kids should learn, by tackling their own problems, figuring things out on their own and making things that really work, effectively combining art and science, rather than having these separated, as they are in present-day conventional education, for purposes of efficiency. Sylvia remarks that studies, such as those being done by the Graduate Schools of Education of both Harvard and Stanford, are presently being conducted, which are pointing out that kids need to “mess around” to learn effectively, and those who have had the kind of experiences the Maker Movement offers feel that they can solve problems, which increases their confidence in their own capabilities. Children, she points out, learn by exploration and experience, and this was also pointed out by such educational experts as John Dewey and Jean Piaget, and remarks that these experts had been saying this for decades now.

Sylvia notes that the present educational system could be more improved to align with the way children learn, and gives tests as an example, for while tests might be useful in figuring out what a child doesn’t know, these don’t give an accurate picture of what the child already knows. She also notes that the same subjects have been taught in the same way for generations, and that these could be out of date, as in the case of mathematics, which has undergone a tremendous expansion since the end of World War II, yet remain unengaging to children, as in the case of history, where past events are taught as a series of dates that need to be memorized.

Sylvia is involved with CMK Press, which produces books that deal with the Maker Movement, and on a personal note, is considering writing a book about girls and science and engineering education.

Sylvia Martinez’s website for her book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, is

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