Ask Joanne DiMaggio what is her soul's purpose and she gives her answer with a smile: "I am a reporter for the Universe." Joanne says writing is part of her spiritual DNA and sees her soul's mission in this life to observe, record and disseminate information about her particular area of expertise in esoteric studies: soul writing and past life exploration.
A professional writer and author of three books and hundreds of magazine articles for both mainstream and esoteric audiences, in 1987 she began devoting all of her time to her esoteric studies, specializing in past life exploration, research and therapy. She eventually combined her passion for soul writing with her knowledge of reincarnation and today is considered a respected expert in both fields.
Born and raised in Chicago, Joanne has been actively involved with Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) since 1987. In 1990, she became one of the founding members of the A.R.E. Heartland Region headquartered in Chicago. There she oversaw the region's public relations, newsletter, and special event programming. She has been the Coordinator for the A.R.E. Charlottesville, VA team since August 2008.
Joanne earned her Masters in Transpersonal Studies degree through Atlantic University. Her thesis on inspirational writing served as the basis of her first esoteric book: Soul Writing: Conversing with your Higher Self. She also earned her Spiritual Mentor certification through Atlantic University, where she was named Outstanding Graduate of the year. She later formed A.U.'s Alumni Association, which she served as president for two years.
Joanne has given talks on the subject of past life exploration and soul writing to A.R.E. audiences in Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Durham, NC; the Washington DC area; and throughout Virginia. She also has made many presentations at Unity churches. In addition, Joanne has been the guest on over 50 national and international radio programs, including Coast to Coast AM and the Shirley MacLaine Show.
Joanne has been professionally pursuing past-life research and therapy for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the Eastern Institute of Hypnotherapy, completed additional training in hypnosis at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL and studied under Dr. Irene Hickman, a pioneer in the field of non-directive hypnotherapy. The years she spent as the head of her own past-life research center enabled her to interact with some of the leading past-life therapists, authors, and other renowned practitioners from across the country.
In addition to Soul Writing, her other books include Your Soul Remembers: Accessing Your Past Lives Through Soul Writing and her newest book, Karma Can Be a Real Pain: Past Life Clues to Current Life Maladies. Joanne maintains an office in Charlottesville, VA where she continues with her research and conducts private past-life regressions and soul writing sessions.