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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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The author, a psychiatrist, presents himself as an initial skeptic who did not buy into reincarnation or religion or mysticism. He presents statements by his patient - about himself (her treating psychiatrist) - as evidence that his patient was credible in experiencing past lives. However, he could have checked into specific elements of her stories (that were not about him) to determine whether she was credibly experiencing something historical, but he never does this (and it is a fairly obvious thing to do).
He states that his patient was persuasive in part because she was not being reincarnated as someone special or famous ---- but then presents stories in which she was a German fighter pilot in WWII (how many people alive during WWII were fighter pilots), an assistant in the house of the pharoh, etc. Oh, and his patient relates that he ---- her treating psychiatrist ---- lived previously and was Diogenes! It would appear that indeed, someone has been a great person in past lives, and it is the author himself...
The author also states that his medical academic career has been highly meritorious and successful. I am also a person in a medical academic career, and the author's self-description strikes me as pretty egotistical for people in my field.
The author also initially stated that he had no belief in mysticism or, basically, new age beliefs. But then later in the book he stated that before encountering this patient, he had read books in this genre. So I wondered how unbiased he actually was before entering into this experience with this patient.
As I say, I wanted to believe this book and find the author credible. But after reading the full book, I ended up with doubts about what was presented as the initial neutrality of the author, and found several points that led me to wonder about the ego of the author. I did not end up finding this book very credible. This author was interviewed on Oprah (SuperSoul Sunday series), and even Oprah seemed to uncharacteristically say (to one her guests) that not all members of her audience would accept his views. During that Oprah interview, the author also stated, unequivocally, that animals also have past lives, that they cycle with their humans, and that people tend to cycle together through past lives. This calls to mind for me the adage that we should respect those who seek the truth, and doubt those who find it.
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Even if she could remember past lives, how would she know it was 1260 BC?
How come I or no ne I know has ever dreamed about being someone else?