Maria Inês Rebelo

A Return to the Past

Author´s Webpage

Webpage of Maria Inês Rebelo, Author of the Book Hypnosis, A Return to the Past and The Light of Marva, the Story before Jasmine 

A hypnosis fiction novel. A magical realism book. A novel of Magic or Realism? Or both? Find more!



First of all, I would like to thank you for taking an interest in this page!

My name is Maria Inês Rebelo, I’m Portuguese, and in addition to being an avid reader of several literary genres, I have also written 3 books: two fiction (one of which is a short spin-off of the "main book") and one non-fiction.

In 2017, I self-published the book Hypnosis: A Return to the Past through the I AM Self-Publishing service, along with a short tale (which comes free when you buy the main book) entitled The Light of Marva: The Story Before Jasmine. Both books are currently available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and on all major book sales platforms.

After an intense review and having read the kind comments made by readers, the book was re-published in 2018. Finally, in 2019 came out the 3rd revised edition of the book, which is the current one on sale. Through this site you can find out more about the story, its characters and get answers to the questions most frequently asked by readers.

In my experience as a reader, I have observed that it is not very common to find fiction books centered around medical subjects, or in any way related to our physical and psychological/mental health. How many main characters in books are, for example, doctors, nurses, psychologists or osteopaths? How many stories take place in a hospital? These locations are far more common in the movies and television series than in the books. I believe in fiction that serves people, their well-being, their entertainment, but also their soul.

Therefore, I ask you this:

  • Would you like to find a different, challenging, somewhat provocative, critical book? 
  • Are you interested in inspirational and/or spiritual fiction?
  • Do you feel enthusiastic about time-travel stories?
  • Do you have an interest in hypnosis or past life regression therapy (or other alternative medicine topic)?
  • Are you curious about alchemy and reincarnation?

If you're looking for something a bit DIFFERENT to read then you might just have come to the right place.

This is the story of a famous hypnotist named Marcus Belling, who has a profound knowledge of the healing power of hypnosis. With 20 years of professional experience, Belling seems to have a profound knowledge of practically all human circumstances. Or does he? In actual fact, is he about to find our that he knows nothing about the capabilities of the human mind and its ability to overcome obstacles?

As the story unfurls, young Anne Pauline Roux will walk into the hipnotists’s life, leading her to discover that she has the ability to interact with people from her past lives when she is hypnotized, and, by doing so, that she can change future events. Her power is a pure diamond that Josef Salvaterra, another hypnotist and a rival of Belling’s, will try to seize to gain social projection.

Hypnosis, as well as other alternative medicine therapies, are still fertile land for human imagination. The reality is that many of us have been healed, whether physically or psychologically, through these types of remedies. These treatments are based on the idea of overcoming your internal obstacles and discovering your own potential.

Thus, I have a DIFFERENT book to offer you: A book of fiction, in which the main character is a reputed hypnotist who also has ties to traditional medicine, and who discovers he had been completely wrong about the assumptions made within the area he has worked in for two decades. It’s also a book of fiction with content that is motivational and inspiring, without being a self-help book in the traditional sense. It is a book that I hope will awaken a curiosity inside each and every reader to find out more about their deeper selves.

If you are also interested in past life regression therapies, you will certainly find the book interesting. In fact, the question I get asked most often is: Is the book based on reality or fiction?

If you like Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel books, I think this book is sure to be one you’ll enjoy.

I hope the book helps to create more interest around hypnosis, and precisely because of that, here are some of the main sites where you’ll be able to find hypnotists, after all, don’t forget that hypnotism is also used in conventional medicine! Clinical hypnosis is already being used during operations to reduce pain. Have I caught your attention? Then find out more in the book!

Happy reading!
- Maria Inês Rebelo

The book has collected some awards that we quote here:

2020 Book Excellence Award Finalist (Inspirational Fiction)
2020 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD Winner (Visionary Fiction)
Book Finalist in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards 2019
Book Finalist and Winner in the American Fiction Awards 2019
2019 Readers´Favorite Honorable Mention in Time Travel Fiction genre
Winner of the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards ("Outstanding Paranormal/Supernatural" category Winner)

Since the book was released, lots of readers have shared their personal views about it with me. Most of these reviews (and I read all of them) were reasonable, sensible questions about the story itself, questions that I knew needed answers, but that I never got round to answering - it never seemed like the right place, or the right time.

And then, suddenly, I felt a need to create my very own webpage. So, let’s get down to it, what were all these questions about?

Every single one was very reasonable. Common ones included: Is my book, Hypnosis, fiction or non-fiction? Is the story based on real events? Have I ever been hypnotised? Did I wanted to share a personal experience with my readers?

Above all, readers seemed to get a feeling, something you might even call intuition – they felt that unknown phenomenon that happens when you’re hypnotised… the descriptions in the book felt somehow… real.

But I won't give it all away just yet.

LEARN MORE on this Webpage! 


About About About

I was born in Lisbon in 1985. I grew up in Portugal, where I did a Degree in Law and then went on to finish my Master’s in 2012. Once I had left education, in 2015 I had my first non-fiction book published: Voluntary Work, a legal and social reflection (to find out more, click on my article, A Writer of Fiction or Non-Fiction?). This was my first book.

Then, with the help of Leila and Ali Dewji, the heads of I AM Self-Publishing, in 2017 I published two versions of my first fiction book, one is available on Kindle and the other is a paperback version: Hypnosis, A Return to the Past. Rachel Lawston is the book designer and the final result was amazing! I hope you also enjoy it, as much as I do.

The book tells the story of a famous hypnotist called Marcus Belling who is faced with a new approach to hypnosis when he meets a new patient, Anne Pauline Roux.

Anne Pauline has a unique power, so unique, in fact, that no one’s ever seen it before: when she is put under hypnosis to undergo Past Life Therapy, she is able to have conversations with people from her past lives, and even change events in the past… which then resonate in the future. Josef Salvaterra, a hypnotist and Marcus Belling’s biggest rival, tries to influence Anne Pauline. He wants her to mould the past to fit his plans and ambitions - to become the greatest hypnotist of all time!

When you buy the book, you get a free short story to be read alongside it: The Light of Marva, the Story before Jasmine. Marva is not a completely fictitious place. The real-life inspiration for Marva was Marvão, a historic village in Portugal, located at an altitude of 900 meters. You can see photos of the beautiful village on this Website, in the Gallery. To learn more about The Light of Marva, go to my Landing Page.

Hypnosis, A Return to the Past

Marcus Belling is a world-famous hypnotist.
For the past 20 years, many exclusive clients have benefited from his skills and desire to help people.
However, everything changes when a mysterious woman named Anne Pauline Roux knocks on his door.
She holds a rare power when hypnotized, which will affect both their lives in ways they could never imagine.

The Light of Marva, the Story before Jasmine

You’ll get this free story for free when you buy the book: Hypnosis, a Return to the Past.
It tells the story of Jasmine, one of the characters in the main book, who goes on a journey around Marva, a special, secret place, to expand her visionary powers. On her journey she finds her inner powers, and is accompanied by an anonymous character, which could well be you!


I found it important to dedicate a few words to Inspiration.

As we all know, inspiration plays a key role in a writer's life, although discipline and work ability are key. But where am I going to get inspiration?

Every place I have visited in recent years has served as an inspiration to me, and to what I write. This book and the story "The Light of Marva" were written based on a Portuguese village called Marvão. Its charm and magic have inspired me in various parts of my stories. Because of this, you can find in the Gallery of this site, a set of photographs about Marvão (which in my fiction is called Marva).

I also invite all readers to check out my Flickr page and to appreciate the moments that have inspired me. You can also click HERE!

Good inspiration to all! 

You are more than welcome to leave comments here on the page or to contact me at: or 

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