- Paperback: 219 pages
- Publisher: Fireside (July 15, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671657860
- ISBN-13: 978-0671657864
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2,395 customer reviews
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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 – Print, July 15, 1988
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Psychiatry and metaphysics blend together in this fascinating book based on a true case history. Dr. Weiss, who was once firmly entrenched in a clinical approach to psychiatry, finds himself reluctantly drawn into past-life therapy when a hypnotized client suddenly reveals details of her previous lives. During one hypnosis session his client introduces the spirit guides who have been her soul therapists in between lives. This is when the story really takes off for Weiss, who discovers that these guides have specific messages about his dead son as well as Weiss's mission in life. No, we cannot verify the truth of this story using the limited scientific tools we have available. However, it is hard to dispute that this well-respected graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School has discovered a personal truth that has led him to be an enormously popular speaker, author, and leader in the field of past-life therapy. --Gail Hudson
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In 1980, Weiss, head of the psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, began treating Catherine, a 27-year-old woman plagued by anxiety, depression and phobias. When Weiss turned to hypnosis to help Catherine remember repressed childhood traumas, what emerged were the patient's descriptions of a dozen or so of her hitherto unknown 86 past lives, as well as philosophical messages channeled from "Master Spirits." Catherine's anxieties and phobias soon disappeared, says Weiss, and she was able to end therapy. The previously nonspiritual, scientific Weiss, awed by Catherine's and the masters' revelations, has written this book to share his new-found knowledge about "immortality and the true meaning of life." Whether or not one believes in reincarnation and channeling, Weiss's book will disappoint. Catherine's descriptions of her past lives are not particularly compelling or insightful. Moreover, the teachings of the Master Spirits ("We are not to kill. . . . Only God can punish," "Charity, hope, faith, love . . . we must all know these things," and "Our body is just a vehicle for us while we're here. It is our soul and our spirit that last forever"), while admirable and comforting, are little more than restatements of traditional religious values.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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While I will not go so far as to say that I am "convinced" after reading this book, I am far less closed to the notion of reincarnation/a life after death than I had been previously. I adopted the belief years ago that after death we just "turn off" like a computer and that was that. However, this belief left me with a lingering depression that I have not been able to shake, and that has led me to my current search for proof (or even just a "more likely than not" scenario) that my belief in nothing was wrong.
After reading "Proof of Heaven" by "Dr." Eben Alexander, and afterwards discovering his tarnished reputation and record, I was skeptical about reading yet another life after death book by a Dr. However, I can not find anything to point to Dr. Weiss being anything but genuine, honest and legitimate...and, I assure you, I have tried to find it....which, again, speaks volumes when you consider the poor reputations of others making similar claims.
The book was filled with examples that made me feel far more comfortable with what might happen after death. Again, I'm not quite ready to say I've changed my mind, but I am much less sure of my stance now; I have this book to thank for giving me that hope and opening my mind where others had failed.
Of course, the subject matter makes for fascinating reading, and the young woman is helped by the process. In many ways, she and Dr. Weiss are able to understand why she is fearful of certain situations and also her motivations in others.
The book is limited in scope to the narrations and dialogue of the sessions only, and does not delve into the mystery and vast research involving reincarnation. It's like a tease - to make you want to know more. Two interesting aspects that do come to light in the book are the peacefulness of death itself (the release of the soul, not the process of dying, which can be quite painful and traumatic) and the reincarnation of souls in family groups. I had some knowledge of the latter from previous reading and the idea is very comforting to most people. Basically, the "evidence" is that souls may wait for other family members and friends to pass on and they then re-enter the world in ways and locations where they can closely re-connect again and again. The relationships may be different, but the familial and friend relationships are often quite close. For example, I could have been my mother's sister in a past life. I do find this intriguing since I've always been curious about how we often meet "new" people, yet seem to have an instant connection to them.
An easy an interesting read if you are curious about the subject.
This book has made me a spiritual man. I recommend it highly for anyone who has lost a child( the worst hurt of all)