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Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient and the Past-life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives [Paperback]

Brian L. Weiss
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By Laura De Giorgio TOP 100 REVIEWER
Many Lives, Many Masters is easy and entertaining to read. In this book, Dr. Weiss, describes the past life explorations of a patient he referred to as Catherine. Catherine suffered from a wide-range of fears and after unsuccessful treatment using his standard psychiatric techniques, Dr. Weiss decided to experiment with hypnotherapy and ask Catherine to return to the time when the problems originated. The entire book goes back and forth over Catherine's various lifetimes - she apparently had 86 lifetimes, but only several seemed significant for helping Catherine deal with issues she was facing at a time when she visited Dr. Weiss.

At times in this book Dr. Weiss sounded as if he were trying to convince either himself or the readers of the validity of experiences presented in this book. From therapeutic standpoint though, while historical details of past life regressions may be debatable, past life regression is considered one of many useful tools in hypnotherapy for clearing inner obstacles and perplexing issues. And in this book, through this lengthy process of exploring Catherine's different experiences, not only did her current fears clear spontaneously, but some spiritual powers started to emerge.

Apart from Catherine's account of her experiences, in the interlude between her lives, other spiritual beings to whom Dr. Weiss refers to as "masters" would come true and offer tidbits of spiritual wisdom. Some of the wisdom came from Catherine's higher level of awareness, like:

"We all have abilities far beyond what we use. Some of us find this out sooner than others."

"You should check your vices. If you do not, you carry them over with you to another life. Only we can rid ourselves of the bad habits that we accumulate we we are in the physical state. ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars An easy swallow for the Gullible March 3 2002
I am a physician and a pathologist. Let me say right off the bat, an academic physician and any respectable physician making an unusual observation for the first time calls their colleague in for their opinion. The behavior of Dr. Weiss does not reflect academic objectivity. He distrusts the judgment of his colleagues and writes in the popular lay press where his observations and interpretations are not subject to peer review.
I have read the comments of reviewers mentioning the "B.C." problem and the problem of Netherlands geography. Here are some more unmentioned:
Most people who lived in the past, lived extremely provincial lives. They did not travel, or even know where in the world they lived. The village and the one beyond the next hill was all they knew. How is it the people in these past lives knew their geographic location, what language they spoke?
Here's another. In several passages, Catherine relates the foul smell of furs and the surroundings. People become accustom to their surroundings. Those who backpack for several days become accustom to their own body odor.
Yet another: page 111: "Osiris . . . Sirus . . . something like that" Please, did a person living in Egypt speak the name of the god just as we would thousands of years later?
Here's another: page 117: "What kind of plane do you fly?" "Some kind of chopper plane. It has four propellers. It's a fixed wing." The Germans flew very few four engine planes. It would have been a very easy matter to pinpoint who this was with a few more questions. The FW 200 Condor, Junkers Ju 290, Heinkel He 277, to my knowledge are the only four propellors planes in the Second World War German Air Force probably numbering less than several hundred produced and only several dozen flying at any one time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Questionable Dec 23 2003
Why did she provide a B.C. year when asked what year it was? (Living at that time, one would not know that it was before the common year "1"). How did she know her own eye color when asked to look at and describe herself while "inside" herself in a past life? These are just two of the questions that arose in my mind when reading the book, and the author never even recognized the issues on his own. I have serious doubts about the author's claim that before doing prenatal regressions on patients, he lacked belief in paranormal or supernatural phenomena. In addition, it seems likely that "Catherine" is a composite character, not a single individual. The book has a very serious credibility gap. Notwithstanding all that, the book is very entertaining, as perhaps some form of reincarnation is possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many Lives..............Many Masters......... May 17 2004
By Tauros
If You dont believe in Rebirth,Reincarnation or Past Lives Please do read this book.
This book is written by a Psychiatrist who never belived in these things because of his scientific mind & till he started tretment of his client Catherine through Hypnosis.
His client was feared of water,Closed places & many more things.After treating her for 18 month as psychiatrist he decided to use hypnotism & tried to look for cause of her symptoms in her childhood traumas.
He regresses her till year 2 but still dont finds anything useful.Then He Gives her suggestion "Go back to the time from which your symptoms arise" & this one sentence changed both their lifes,Catherine goes back to her past lives.
Book is very intresting.First, author tries to deny that this is case of past lives.Then cattherine tells him some of his very personal things & authors eyes opens.
You will find answers to questions like why some people fear Water,Fire,Closed places etc etc.
It also cotains messeges from masters who channel catherine to teach author many things about life principles.
Some times you will feel a little bored but still it worth reading.
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I thought the story went on and on a bit much. It was one of the rare books I have ever read that I just could not finish.
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