RETURN TO ELYSIUM

1947

‘My unconventional approach to psychotherapy has always seemed as natural as second-sight or far-memory,’ wrote Joan Grant in Many Lifetimes. She continued:

‘I presumed this stemmed from Egyptian incarnations until, in 1945, I began to record Return to Elysium. I was born in Greece towards the end of the second century BC; my name was Lucina, and I was the ward and pupil of a philosopher who, on his estate near Athens, tried to cure patients by convincing them that sanity consisted in accepting that they had no hope of immortality.

‘Lucina had retained sufficient far-memory to know that this was nonsense, and eventually, after undergoing many “scientific” tests, was able to convince her guardian, to whom she was devoted, that there was a fundamental flaw in his cherished premise. Instead of being glad of this insight he became distraught; so Lucina went to Rome and established a flourishing, if somewhat discreditable practice on an island in the Tiber.’