1. Author: Dr. Brian Weiss
  2. Release: 1988
  3. Pages: 217
  4. Genre: Non Fiction
  5. Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  6. Language: English
  7. Audience: Seasoned Reader
  8. Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34452.Many_Lives_Many_Masters?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

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 was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from the space between lives, which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’ family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.

About the Author

The American Psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss was born and brought up in United States. He graduated from Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Dr. Weiss had spent years practicing psychology in the traditional way. The skeptical scientist cum psychotherapist that Dr. Weiss was he trained himself to practice psychology the scientific way declining to believe in the concept of reincarnation and other theories that failed to prove themselves scientifically. He went on to become Head of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami. His encounter with his patient changed his life and area of research. His areas of research include reincarnation, past life regression, future life progression and survival of human soul after death. He has in total written 7 books, Many Lives Many Masters being the first one.

Review

It’s a non fictional book based on the true story of Dr. Weiss’s encounter with his patient Catherine. Catherine, a young girl of 27 had major anxiety issues and was very stressed and disturbed due to a number of phobias she had. She went to see Dr. Weiss on the recommendation of a few friends who were familiar with his work. Dr. Weiss used the same conventional method of healing and also suggested Catherine with some anti-anxiety tablets which she could take if she feels her condition is worsening but Catherine refused to take any medication. She was also very reluctant to getting hypnotized by the doctor and didn’t go for hypnotherapy session on the day of their first encounter. Catherine, who was then dating a guy named Stuart, went out with him to a museum.

At the museum Catherine corrects the guide as the guide tells them some wrong details about Egyptian history. This leaves Catherine in an awe and makes her wonder how could she know details about Egyptian history as she has neither been to Egypt before nor has she ever studied about it. Clearly baffled by this unusual event, she decided to go for a hypnotherapy session. Weiss conducted the hypnotherapy sessions in order to ameliorate Catherine’s conditions by making her remember some incidents from her childhood. Even after finding out some traumas from childhood like sexual abuse by an alcoholic father, Catherine’s condition saw no progress, instead it worsened. In the next session, Catherine went back to her past life where she finds herself as a young girl named Aronda who lives in a village which survives on the melted water from mountains. Weiss was shocked to see Catherine making revelations from her past life as neither did he believe in reincarnation nor had he experienced any such case before.

Moving forward, Catherine in total remembers 86 lives from past. In these lives, she had always been an ordinary person, though her gender and nationality kept on changing. From her past lives revelations, Weiss got to know that Catherine had died due to drowning, poverty, claustrophobia, war and many other hardships which were the reasons of her present life anxieties. He also got to know that people from her past were present in her current life as well. Even Dr. Weiss himself had played a role of teacher in one of Catherine’s past lives. Dr. Weiss recorded all these sessions. What intrigued the Doctor most was the time when Catherine died in her past life. During this session, after Catherine died, there was a space in which master spirits came and made revelations about doctor’s life and gave spiritual lessons.

They also told doctor the truth about his dead son who died just 23 days after his birth. The more Catherine recalled her past lives the better she got. Dr. Weiss offered her to go through the tapes he recorded but she refused to listen to them as she feared that it would trigger her phobias again. The treatment went on for 18 months and came to an end because of Catherine’s sudden withdrawal which left the doctor disappointed. His encounter with Catherine enlightened him and changed his life completely. He was influenced by his experience with Catherine to the extent that it inspired him to write this book. Though past life therapies are not the solutions to all the cases but Weiss was able to cure many cases after Catherine with the help of past life regression. Also he cherished the knowledge shared by master spirits and used it to heal others.

Characters: 

Though the story majorly revolves around the characters of Dr. Weiss and his patient Catherine, but the character of Dr. Edward Poole largely went unnoticed but raised a ray of hope in me. Edward met Catherine in a hospital where she went for surgery of her vocal cords and developed an instant rapport with Edward. Catherine found solace in sharing her anxieties and worries with Ed. Later it was revealed in the story that Ed has been Catherine’s well-wisher from her past lives.

Doctor Edward’s character gave me a hope that no matter how hard life gets, our well-wishers will find their way to us and help us pull out of our problems.   

Language: 

The book is written in English language and has been translated to various other languages as well. The flare of the book is easy going. The writer very well knows what language to use to glue his reader with him till the end.

Final Thoughts

The experience of Dr. Weiss with Catherine not only transformed his life but also transformed the lives of its readers. It gave an opportunity to Dr. Weiss to share such life changing knowledge and experience with all of us. I personally have always believed in the concept of reincarnation and it was easy for me to accept the experiences revealed in the book. But the revelation that we all are surrounded by our guiding angels who always take care of us and are the ones who come to receive us when we finally leave gives a feeling of reassurance. It comforts us by the idea that we are not alone and they will guide us in one way or the other to deal with good and bad experiences of life.  

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