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3.0 out of 5 stars Past Life/ Reincarnation Primer, January 17, 2002
This review is from: 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)
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss, M.D. was an easy, enjoyable read. Well written and fast paced, I read it in one sitting. Most of the subject matter covered will not be new to a long-time student of reincarnation. This book is geared for readers new to the subject, as Dr. Weiss was at the time the events he describes took place. His analysis of events may annoy those who don't require concrete proof of spiritual realities. He offered no verifiable scientific proof of what he presented anyway. It was encouraging to see a serious scientist open his mind to faith without proof. Dr. Weiss' enlightenment on the subject (in this, his first book) is limited to one patient he regressed through 12 of her 86 past lives. The ones that are delved into aren't described in much depth. Though the regressions reveal personal insight into her present life difficulties, there's not much applicable universally. Some "Masters" he quotes seem a little too judgmental to be enlightened spirits: "Humans just destroy. They will eventually destroy themselves." Much of their wisdom offered little new in the way of insight: "Wisdom is achieved very slowly." The methods he describes using to obtain this material don't rule out contact with less enlightened spirits, which Dr. Weiss admits at one point. So the "many masters" may not have been masters at all. He does show how past life regression can be a powerful tool in healing emotional problems and phobias. Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton, Ph.D, another regression therapist, are much more in depth and informative, though they deal with life between lives more than the mechanics of reincarnation itself. If your budget calls for more bang for your buck, your money might be better spent on classic "must read" books on reincarnation: Many Mansions by Gina Cerminara & You Were Born Again To Be Together by Dick Sutphen. Two newer "must reads" are: Adventures in Reincarnation
by Brian Jamieson and Past Lives, Present Dreams : How to Use Reincarnation for Personal Growth
by Denise Linn
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Initial post: Oct 8, 2006 5:12:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2006 5:13:55 AM PDT
Gabriela says:
Carol and Jerry,

Thank you for the four other books recommendation. I look forward to learning more on the subject from good sources, which are hard to find.

Posted on Oct 8, 2006 5:17:59 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 7:48:19 PM PDT
sophie says:
Also thank you for offering your suggestions. When a rating of 4 or less occurs and the reviewer fails to provide their alternate choices for reading its frustrating, and for me diminishes their reviews objectivity.

Posted on May 30, 2009 1:01:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2009 1:01:43 PM PDT
Nice review but question why only 3 stars? You said it's an "enjoyable read Well written and fast paced" but on amazon 3 stars is neutral. I would have given it
4 stars so it would be favorable.

Thanks for the book recommendations.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 6:47:53 PM PDT
Mavis says:
Thank you for all the extra reading material. While this book might not impact those who are much more well read on the subject, I do think it's a wonderful book for those who are new to reincarnation. I found this book incredibly inspiring to move on to "more" material. I don't know why I never have as I have been a firm believer from my early 20's (I am not 60) when I read Ruth Montgomery's A World Before, and while that might seem like pulp 'fiction' to the more serious minded, it changed my life. I did find the "Masters" to be a bit severe, but I am not so sure they were Masters. However I didn't think what they said about humans was judgmental, "Humans just destroy. They will eventually destroy themselves.". I thought it to be the truth. It might be harsh. But it's quite obvious, one only has to look at our history and after all, these are just shells we inhabit in this particular plane. Being human is only means in which the soul must learn and advance. While I probably don't know as much as you, I imagine there are other entities the soul can inhabit other than human. What of other lives on other planets. They too have souls and I am sure in some cases are far more advanced than us. Are our souls only limited to the human form on this planet? I hope not.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 8:24:51 AM PDT
Taliking about that many master may not been Masters at all. I would recommend reading is: Sant Rajinder Singh's "Spark of the Divine", here is a scientist who actually experienced what he is written about. Not so much about reincarnation, but about experience God in you!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 6:08:34 AM PST
David Wu says:
Great! Support your view!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 12:47:47 PM PDT
Bigso says:
I agree with the book review. People who are interested in this field (reincarnation-soul-life purpose) should next read Dr Michael Newton's "Journey of souls" and "Destiny of souls" as they provide more insight to the soul world, purpose of life etc....reincarnation is commonly known knowledge level is understanding who we truly are and about the world we spent time between lives. So, read those two books and most likely you will find the answers that you've been looking for all your life. Love and peace to you all.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 1:32:01 PM PDT
Being says:
I, too, thought the "Humans just destroy" quote a bit harsh for an enlightened master. Or, maybe it's like Kennedy Schultz famously said, "Nobody is improved by being dead."

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 3:02:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2013 3:03:07 PM PDT
Marie says:
There is a possibility that at least some people travel a journey of reincarnation, but I must say that even within the first few pages of this book I could see right through the patient "Catherine."

1) She's a young, beautiful swimwear model who feels lost & insecure due to her unstable, unloving childhood. Lots of people have issues. Beautiful people get a disproprtionate amount of attention.

2) At the point we are introduced to Catherine she's deep into a 6-year adultress relationship with a married man who treats her very poorly.

3) Her history of unstable relationships is a cocktail for unhappiness, anxiety, depression. Who's to say she didn't just make up stories of 86 past lives to tell her doctor when she didn't want to discuss the true details of her crappy life? Then she emerged from treatment much happier and at peace merely as a result of having the care of a stable, intelligent, trustworthy person for the first time in her life? Even if it took a doctor to finally be that person for her.
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