Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the…

Paperback | July 15, 1988

byBrian L. Weiss

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As featured on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” the classic bestseller on a true case of past-life trauma and past-life therapy from author and psychotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss—now featuring a new afterword by the author.

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.

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Dr. Weiss was skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas. But as he began working on past-life therapy, and the patient began channeling messages about Dr. Weiss's family and dead son, his skepticism eroded. Curing his patient, Dr. Weis embarked on a new, more meaningful phase of his career

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As featured on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” the classic bestseller on a true case of past-life trauma and past-life therapy from author and psychotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss—now featuring a new afterword by the author.As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling p...

After graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University and receiving his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine, Brian L. Weiss, M.D., served his internship at New York University's Bellevue Medical Center and went on to become chief resident, Department of Psychiatry, at the Yale University School of Medicine. Cu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:July 15, 1988Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For all believers and unbelievers I read this book on a spur and ended up reading for 4 hours straight until 2 am. Woke up and read another 3 hours and finished this book! What a great insight into life - meaning, our transient state and what our purpose we have. Makes you feel that true spirit is all there is(your own conscience). Nothing else matters, its transient and will pass.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not put-it down! My friend suggested this book and I was a little sceptic when I read the reviews, but all I can say is that I couldn't put it down! It still haunts me, in a very good way because I realised that there's so much we need to learn to grow as human beings and this book does just that. It is very valuable and is also an easy read. I recommend-it to every person who's willing to open-up to hypnosis.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from . Easy read, thought provoking, will read his other books....
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unlimited possibilities A Very interesting way of looking at life. It would sure answer some of the unexplainable fears and birthmarks. I have always believed so this book just reinforces my own thoughts.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply mind blowing! Revelation of our soul journey and life purpose. An eye opener to really question our life existence and opening up our perspective to experience truth.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proof that our souls are eternal... Loved reading this book! So interesting to read about one woman's past lives and how revisiting them helped her overcome her current life mental health issues. I will definitely be reading more of his books.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I absolutrly enjoyed this book and truly believe in reincarnation. I believe we are here to learn and pay our dues. I also believe that we achieve the lesson we will be one step closer to god.8 >o
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I absolutrly enjoyed this book and truly believe in reincarnation. I believe we are here to learn and pay our dues. I also believe that we achieve the lesson we will be one step closer to god.8 >o
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Provides factual evidence of reincarnation and explains a few unexplained parts of our lives. Thanks to @Monika Nahata.
Date published: 2013-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Eye Opener! This is the true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, Catherine, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. Catherine came to see Dr. Weiss for help with her life. She was suffering from various fears, recurring nightmares, anxiety attacks, relationship difficulties and depression. Dr. Weiss asked her permission to hypnotize her and was utterly shocked when Catherine began recalling past-life traumas. He was a little suspicious at first but soon his skepticisim turned to total belief. Catherine began to channel messages from the space between our earth when we die and the beyond. What cemented Dr. Weiss’ belief is the fact that Catherine began to deliver news about his family and his dead son! Using past-life therapy, Dr. Weiss was able to cure Catherine and now regularly regresses patients to past lives. If you are an unbeliever regarding reincarnation, I’m quite sure that after reading this book, it’ll give you food for thought and it just might make a believer out of you. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book since I turned the last page!
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A BOOK I WON'T EVER FORGET!!! This was a phenomenal book! I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering what happens after we die. Is there another life in some other place, are we reincarnated, or is everything we've each believed in and been taught a big hoax and there is nothing after this life? Dr. Weiss's book takes you through the 'true story' of his hypno-therapy sessions with a 35-year-old women named Catherine. Catherine was having a lot of difficulties in her life, was unhappy and had many fears and phobias. During her many months of hypno-therapy with Dr. Weiss, Catherine began remembering MANY past lives, 86 to be exact although only about 35 were covered in this book. I was so taken in that I read this book in one sitting, I could not put the book down, it pulled me in right from the beginning. It's not filled with a lot of medical jargon that us layman can't understand, but simple every day English and in very straight forward terms. To learn of the past lives of this woman was amazing and so much detail was given that you almost can't NOT believe, however that is for each of us to decide. What I've learned from this book has given me a great deal of food for thought and has dramatically changed my outlook on life and death. This is a book I'll never forget reading and one that I will encourage all who I come in contact with to read. Once you're done you can make your decision as to whether you believe it or not.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow wow wow this book came on my radar a few times over the past year, so i finally ordered it. then someone serendipitously recommended it to me, so i put other books aside and read it immediately -- and like many others’ testimonies, i could not put it down! whether you believe in multiple lives or not, this book will be a great and valuable read. if you’ve ever wondered why with some people you feel so comfortable or on familiar grounds even though you just met them... if you’ve ever wondered why you feel a special connection to certain human beings... this will all very likely make sense once you’ve read this book. if you have serious anxieties or fears, this might also help tremendously by shedding some light on those dark subjects that are often hard to talk about. it might help you take a different avenue towards your recovery... who knows. in any case, i highly recommend this book to everyone, as everyone can benefit from such a great testament of spirit and profound inspiration. we all could open our minds a little wider to a new realm of possibilities for our existence. kudos to doctor weiss for his open-mind and being courageous enough to share this story!
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I just could not put this book down, I just could not get enough of this book.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome! Great book! Loved it and have recomended to many friends and family members.
Date published: 2007-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Open your mind to other times, other worlds... What if when we died there was no such thing as "the end"? What if we kept coming back to relive through the ages, the trials and tribualations of life and all its struggles, over and over again ? Weiss' book truly takes a detailed look into the life of a seemingly ordinary young girl who has a lot more to her than meets the eye. A definite must-read if you want to expand your knowledge about re-incarnation and all that it encompasses.
Date published: 2006-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening This book really changed my view of life, for the better! Hopefully it can also encourage others to be more patient and loving. As well, it's comforting to know that our loved ones will always be close by. Dr. Weiss' writing style is very readable and engaging.
Date published: 2002-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Reading A very well written book. Highly recommended for people seeking the true meaning and significance of human life. The authenticity of the content of the book is formidable, since it comes from a man of science, an MD and a professional clinical psychiatrist.
Date published: 2002-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many Lives, Many Masters If you are a sceptic about re-incarnation, perhaps this book is one to read. Dr. Weiss' account of the experiences of Catherine may change your life, as it has changed his. What if we are to return again and again? What if we have lived other lives in other places? What if the people we interact with now are from other lives and other places? This book contains many soul-searching questions ...and answers.
Date published: 2002-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many Lives, Many Masters - Lessons To Learn Dr. Brian Weiss was most skeptical when Catherine began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. When she begins to channel personal messages from his deceased father and firstborn son, all skepticism vanishes, especially after the revealing of numerous truths, truths that Catherine was never privy to. Catherine also reveals ancient truths as channeled through the Master Spirits about: past lives, reincarnation, karma and karmic debt, astral planes, dimensions, vibrations and intuitive powers. Having read this book, you, too, may find that your life focus becomes more humanistic and less accumulative in nature. This being the case, you shall then be on your way to discovering that "happiness comes from filling one's heart with love, from faith and hope, from preaching charity and dispensing kindness" (page 210). To merely give lip service benefits no one, least of all ourselves. These are the lessons we are all here to learn.
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Date published: 2000-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic book I read this book many months after my dad passed away, and found comfort. I think that when dealing with difficult issues like life-after-death, people need to feel a sense of hope and belief that there is something more. I'd recommend it for anyone who is dealing with grief right now or anything else!
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Chapter 1The first time I saw Catherine she was wearing a vivid crimson dress and was nervously leafing through a magazine in my waiting room. She was visibly out of breath. For the previous twenty minutes she had been pacing the corridor outside the Department of Psychiatry offices, trying to convince herself to keep her appointment with me and not run away.I went out to the waiting room to greet her, and we shook hands. I noticed that hers were cold and damp, confirming her anxiety. Actually, it had taken her two months of courage gathering to make an appointment to see me even though she had been strongly advised to seek my help by two staff physicians, both of whom she trusted. Finally, she was here.Catherine is an extraordinarily attractive woman, with medium-length blond hair and hazel eyes. At that time, she worked as a laboratory technician in the hospital where I was Chief of Psychiatry, and she earned extra money modeling swimwear.I ushered her into my office, past the couch and to a large leather chair. We sat across from each other, my semicircular desk separating us. Catherine leaned back in her chair, silent, not knowing where to begin. I waited, preferring that she choose the opening, but after a few minutes I began inquiring about her past. On that first visit we began to unravel who she was and why she had come to see me.In answer to my questions, Catherine revealed the story, of her life. She was the middle child, reared in a conservative Catholic family in a small Massachusetts town. Her brother, born three years earlier than she, was very athletic, and he enjoyed a freedom that she was never allowed. Her younger sister was the favorite of both parents.When we started to talk about her symptoms, she became noticeably more tense and nervous. Her speech was rapid, and she leaned forward, resting her elbows on the desk. Her life had always been burdened with fears. She feared water, feared choking to the extent that she could not swallow pills, feared airplanes, feared the dark, and she was terrified of dying. In the recent past, her fears had begun to worsen. In order to feel safe, she often slept in the walk-in closet in her apartment. She suffered two to three hours of insomnia before being able to fall alseep. Once asleep, she would sleep lightly and fitfully, awakening frequently. The nightmares and sleepwalking episodes that had plagued her childhood were returning. As her fears and symptoms increasingly paralyzed her, she became more and more depressed.As Catherine continued to talk, I could sense how deeply she was suffering. Over the years I had helped many patients like Catherine through the agonies of their fears, and I felt confident that I could help her, too. I decided we would begin by delving into her childhood, looking for the original sources of her problems. Usually this kind of insight helps to alleviate anxiety. If necessary, and if she could manage to swallow pills, I would offer her some mild anti-anxiety medications to make her more comfortable. This was standard textbook treatment for Catherine's symptoms, and I never hesitated to use tranquilizers, or even antidepressant medicines, to treat chronic, severe fears and anxieties. Now I use these medicines much more sparingly and only temporarily, if at all. No medicine can reach the real roots of these symptoms. My experiences with Catherine and others like her have proved this to me. Now I know there can be cures, not just the suppression or covering-over of symptoms.During the first session, I kept trying to gently nudge her back to her childhood. Because Catherine remembered amazingly few events from her early years, I made a mental note to consider hypnotherapy as a possible shortcut to overcome this repression. She could not remember any particularly traumatic moments in her childhood that would explain the epidemic of fears in her life.As she strained and stretched her mind to remember, isolated memory fragments emerged. When she was about five years old, she had panicked when someone had pushed her off a diving board into a swimming pool. She said that even before that incident, however, she had never felt comfortable in water. When Catherine was eleven, her mother had become severely depressed. Her mother's strange withdrawal from the family necessitated visits to a psychiatrist with ensuing electroshock treatments. These treatments had made it difficult for her mother to remember things. This experience with her mother frightened Catherine, but, as her mother improved and became "herself" again, Catherine said that her fears dissipated. Her father had a long-standing history of alcohol abuse, and sometimes Catherine's brother had to retrieve their father from the local bar. Her father's increasing alcohol consumption led to his having frequent fights with her mother, who would then become moody and withdrawn. However, Catherine viewed this as an accepted family pattern.Things were better outside the home. She dated in high school and mixed in easily with her friends, most of whom she had known for many years. However, she found it difficult to trust people, especially those outside her small circle of friends.Her religion was simple and unquestioned. She was raised to believe in traditional Catholic ideology and practices, and she had never really doubted the truthfulness and validity of her faith. She believed that if you were a good Catholic and lived properly by observing the faith and its rituals, you would be rewarded by going to heaven; if not, you would experience purgatory or hell. A patriarchal God and his Son made these final decisions. I later learned that Catherine did not believe in reincarnation; in fact, she knew very little about the concept, although she had read sparingly about the Hindus. Reincarnation was an idea contrary to her upbringing and understanding. She had never read any metaphysical or occult literature, having had no interest in it. She was secure in her beliefs.After high school, Catherine completed a two-year technical program, emerging as a laboratory technician. Armed with a profession and encouraged by her brother's move to Tampa, Catherine landed a job in Miami at a large teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Miami School of Medicine. She moved to Miami in the spring of 1974, at the age of twenty-one.Catherine's life in a small town had been easier than her life in Miami turned out to be, yet she was glad she had fled her family problems.During her first year in Miami, Catherine met Stuart. Married, Jewish, and with two children, he was totally different from any other man she had ever dated. He was a successful physician, strong and aggressive. There was an irresistible chemistry between them, but their affair was rocky and tempestuous. Something about him drew out her passions and awakened her, as if she were charmed by him. At the time Catherine started therapy, her affair with Stuart was in its sixth year and very much alive, if not well. Catherine could not resist Stuart although he treated her poorly, and she was furious at his lies, broken promises, and manipulations.Several months prior to her appointment with me, Catherine had required vocal cord surgery for a benign nodule. She had been anxious prior to the surgery but was absolutely terrified upon awakening in the recovery room. It took hours for the nursing staff to calm her. After her recovery in the hospital, she sought out Dr. Edward Poole. Ed was a kindly pediatrician whom Catherine had met while working in the hospital. They had both felt an instant rapport and had developed a close friendship. Catherine talked freely to Ed, telling him of her fears, her relationship with Stuart, and that she felt she was losing control over her life. He insisted that she make an appointment with me and only me, not with any of my associate psychiatrists. When Ed called to tell me about his referral, he explained that, for some reason, he thought only I could truly understand Catherine, even though the other psychiatrists also had excellent credentials and were skilled therapists. Catherine did not call me, however.Eight weeks passed. In the crunch of my busy practice as head of the Department of Psychiatry, I had forgotten about Ed's call. Catherine's fears and phobias worsened. Dr. Frank Acker, Chief of Surgery, had known Catherine casually for years, and they often bantered good-naturedly when he visited the laboratory where she worked. He had noticed her recent unhappiness and sensed her tension. Several times he had meant to say something to her but had hesitated. One afternoon, Frank was driving to a smaller, out-of-the way hospital to give a lecture. On the way, he saw Catherine driving to her home, which was close to that hospital, and impulsively waved her to the side of the road. "I want you to see Dr. Weiss now," he yelled through the window. "No delays." Although surgeons often act impulsively, even Frank was surprised at how emphatic he was.Catherine's panic attacks and anxiety were increasing in frequency and duration. She began having two recurrent nightmares. In one, a bridge collapsed while she was driving across it. Her car plunged into the water below, and she was trapped and drowning. In the second dream, she was trapped in a pitch-black room, stumbling and falling over things, unable to find a way out. Finally, she came to see me.At the time of my first session with Catherine, I had no idea that my life was about to turn upside down, that the frightened, confused woman across the desk from me would be the catalyst, and that I would never be the same again.Copyright © 1988 by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.

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Dr. Weiss was skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas. But as he began working on past-life therapy, and the patient began channeling messages about Dr. Weiss's family and dead son, his skepticism eroded. Curing his patient, Dr. Weis embarked on a new, more meaningful phase of his career

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Jeanne Avery author of Astrology and Your Past Lives A profoundly moving account of one man's unexpected spiritual awakening. This significantly courageous book has opened the door to a marriage between science and metaphysics. Must reading for a soul-searching, hungry world.