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"Many Lives, Many Masters" by Dr. Brian Weiss

A Book that will Change Your Life!

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Many Lives, Many Masters
Many Lives, Many Masters is the true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives.

As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss, M.D., graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and Yale Medical School, spent years in the disciplined study of the human psychology, training his mind to think as a scientist and a physician.

He held steadfastly to conservatism in his profession, distrusting anything that could not be proved by traditional scientific method. But when he met his 27-year old patient, Catherine, in 1980, who came to his office seeking help for her anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias, he was taken aback at what unfolded in the therapy sessions that followed, which jolted him out of his conventional ways of thought and psychiatry. For the first time, he came face-to-face with the concept of reincarnation and the many tenets of Hinduism, which, as he says in the last chapter of the book, “I thought only Hindus… practiced.”

For 18 months, Dr. Weiss used conventional methods of treatment to help Catherine overcome her traumas. When nothing seemed to work, he tried hypnosis, which, he explains, “is an excellent tool to help a patient remember long-forgotten incidents. There is nothing mysterious about it. It is just a state of focused concentration. Under the instruction of a trained hypnotist, the patient’s body relaxes, causing the memory to sharpen… eliciting memories of long-forgotten traumas that were disrupting their lives.”

During the initial sessions, the doctor regressed her back to her early childhood and she strained and stretched her mind bringing out isolated, deeply-repressed memory fragments. She remembered from age five when she swallowed water and felt gagged when pushed from a diving board into a pool; and at age three when her father reeking of alcohol molested her one night. But what came next, catapulted skeptics like Dr. Weiss into believing in parapsychology, and in what Shakespeare had said in Hamlet (Act I scene 5), “There are more things in heaven and earth… than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

In a series of trance-like states, Catherine recalled “past life” memories that proved to be the causative factors of her recurring nightmares and anxiety attack symptoms. She remembers “living 86 times in physical state” in different places on this earth both as male and female. She recalled vividly the details of each birth – her name, her family, physical appearance, the landscape, and how she was killed by stabbing, by drowning, or illness. And in each lifetime she experiences myriad events “making progress… to fulfill all of the agreements and all of the Karmic (from Hindu concept of Karma) debts that are owed.”

Dr. Weiss’s skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from “the space between lives”, messages from the many Masters (highly evolved souls not presently in body) that also contained remarkable revelations about his family and his dead son. Often he had heard his patients talk about near-death experiences when they float out of their mortal bodies guided towards a bright white light before reentering their discarded body once again.

But Catherine revealed much more. As she floats out of her body after each death, she says, “I am aware of a bright light. It’s wonderful; you get energy from this light.” Then, while waiting to be reborn in the in-between-lives state, she learns from the Masters great wisdom and becomes a conduit for transcendental knowledge.

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Many Lives, Many Masters, Member sunitasudhir2004

Dr. Brian Weiss brings to us in this book a very strong concept - that of past lives, rebirth and of a higher consciousness or state - and his inadvertent revelation to the same through his unsuspecting patient. As a practicing professional and of sound Christian beliefs, he admits to being a reluctant believer of a continuum or existence after death but has to confront these very thoughts in the face of strong evidence. As a devout Hindu, I would certainly say that spiritually, I accept and live by the laws and teachings of one of the basic tenets of Hinduism that urge us to invest in our good karma for the sake of better lives and births going forward or even the ultimate pleasure of moksha. As a student of science though, the need to have hard facts before concluding an inference is very strong. The logical mind needs to analyze and seeks proof before committing to these concepts. Science of course can never prove what happens to a person after death because all of science is limited to this realm of reality – this present physical plane. So how does one rationally explain the occurrence of spirit and soul – when half the world believes in it as simply as the existence of good and evil! The debate that this book can strike between the believers and the challengers is one that can never conclude and yet, ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’ does bring something else to the table apart from all this contention – simple truthful logic. The messages and wisdom that the ‘higher beings’ convey through Catherine are so basic and logical in nature - simple and clear rationale that cannot be disputed. Could it perhaps be that all these beliefs that we are conditioned with – that of karma, re-birth, spirit and moksha are all part of an elaborate veil sheathed over us to coerce mankind into living responsible righteous lives or is it perhaps true that death – ‘the ultimate leveller’ – will lift the veil of ignorance to the ultimate truth? Only crossing over will settle the matter and quiet the debaters!

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