Byline: BY MONICA CAFFERKY
TRAPPED in a black hole of depression, Irene Spiers-Caskie was afraid she'd never find happiness again.
But a trip to Nepal followed by a brush with her past life took her on a journey back to happiness.
"I split up with my partner and I wasn't happy in my job as a psychotherapist," recalls Irene, 55.
"I couldn't be bothered to eat or see anyone and I was miserable all the time."
Her GP told her she was suffering from reactive depression and she had tried to beat it with unconventional therapies such as reiki, massage and even shamanic healing.
"Nothing worked and I continued slipping further into a black hole," she says. "In desperation I booked myself into a retreat in Nepal."
During the trip she was invited to the house of a Tibetan 'rinpoche', a holy man.
"He singled me out from the crowd and I was directed to sit in front of him. Within seconds I had a flashback to a former life up a mountain.
"It was very detailed, like someone playing a film in my mind. I could see a castle and the square and I was enjoying a feast. I just knew I was in the 14th century."
And minutes later the holy man recounted exactly what Irene had seen.
"He told me: 'You need to love yourself and find peace.' But I had no idea what he meant and I left his house none the wiser."
Back home in Stuartfield, Aberdeenshire, Irene continued searching for the cause of her unhappiness.
"Quite a few people suggested I try past life regression," she says.
"By this time I didn't care how wacky it sounded. I was exhausted from 12 months of constant anxiety and lack of sleep." So in September 2005, Irene had a past life session with expert Denise Linn.
"Denise used visualisation to take me into beautiful countryside," says Irene. …