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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 – 1 September 1988
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- ASIN : 0671657860
- Publisher : Touchstone (1 September 1988)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780671657864
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671657864
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.52 x 21.43 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The messages he also received via his patient under deep hypnosis, was also inspiring.
Definitely recommend! I think there is something in this, for everyone.
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And then let's assume that somehow her "superconscious" mind could connect the dates and tally them with the current calendars, why couldnt she even name the years in many of her other regressions?
In several past lives, she says she cant tell the date as there're no newspapers around. Such glaring inconsistency.
And Dr Weiss keeps on reiterating how his logical scientific mind is refusing to believe and how he's got such a rational mind and yet he doesnt even once try to verify any of her past life stories. Like Eric, the fighter pilot from Germany was a recent incarnation so it should've been easy to locate his records if Dr Weiss wanted. But he doesnt even try. And yet he espouses the logical attributes of his own scientific and cynical mind every so often in lieu of any real research.
It is my belief that Dr Weiss decided to use his expertise of the human mind to see if he could get away with deceiving millions of people and make money at the same time. Let me clarify...I very much believe that past life regression therapy works and i am also sure that Dr Weiss has had experience on it with his patients. But was there a singular real person who experienced all these past lives in her regressions...that I seriously doubt. All the information about karmic debts, people seeing light when they have near death experiences, different planes, dimensions etc is already well documented.
I had a baby cousin sister who could remember a past life. So we took her to the place and she had died young in that life so her parents, siblings etc were still alive and she was able to name all of them. That's the way past lives are verified for real. If a 3 year old can recall that kind of information why cant many of Catherine's past lives? Dr Weiss doesnt apply any serious scientific rigour to verify and investigate at least recent past lives at all. Why is that? I've absolutely no idea.
However do not let me dissuade you from reading this book. The book is really gripping as far as narrative goes and the subject matter will be revelatory fir those who've never dabbled in metaphysics before. And even for seasoned outliers the book does sort of put things into perspective. Reading about the subject's past lives and "her" imediate concerns pertaining to the circumstances of the scene in that particular past life.......It feels odd......ridiculous even....so we keep coming back again and again feeling the same way, repeating the same patterns, wishing and hoping, struggling and coping...... The ego seems shattered even if only for a moment. And one feels less combative, less demanding, less "me me me" actually and more considerate of others. I'm changing my rating....I give the book 4 stars now as I always wanted people to read this book after all. Only the author's insistence on his scientific cred sufficing for lack of any serious inquiry had bothered me. The book is great..... trancendental even. Frankly I...well I have always been obsessed with past lives and such. My favourite movie is Kudrat that I watch a few minutes of every now and then (deals with past life and regression)..........
Another thing.....Dr Weiss never once mentioned how his "research" was received. Here I should add, I'm reviewing my review in 2020 and have had a bit more experience of life since and have a bit more of a handle on how things are....frankly I never though I would get this many upvotes......but here's what I think now. That thing that I wrote about deceiving....I don't think that was correct not entirely anyway...but it made for interesting reading didn't it.. haha? Here's the thing....there are big powers/ Institutions that deny the truth of rebirth and reincarnation. If Dr Weiss had applied scientific rigour to his research...I mean he must have countless case studies....then the truth of rebirth and reincarnation would be accepted fact. But as of now it's still in the realm of conjecture and here he could have really revolutionised the world. Did the powerful institutions that deny rebirth have a hand in this? Who knows?
This book changed my life. There is no other way for me to say it. As a standalone book it is intriguing, easy to read, gripping, and beyond interesting. As a self help book, something that I genuinely don't think was the author's intention, this book quickly became the book I was recommending to those closest to me.
I was reading Memories Of Heaven by Dr Wayne W Dyer & Dee Garnes, and this book was referenced. That's how I "found" it. To be honest I think the book "found" me.
If you are interested in Regression at all then this book is for you. If you have an open mind and you are intrigued by reincarnation then this book is for you. If you are considering trying a session of Regression Therapy then THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY FOR YOU. I was so blessed by it, and gleaned some important information for my own life. It gave me an insight into the Therapy side of Regression and prepared me for my first session. Up until I read this book I was merely curious about past lives and the whole concept of reincarnation. After reading it I understood a lot more and was a lot more aware of the healing potential and spiritual benefits of Regression Therapy.
I hope this review helps someone make their mind up either way. xx
I was a little creeped out on the first page in Chapter one where Dr. Weiss, in his description of Catherine, depicts her as 'an extraordinarily attractive woman' and by Chapter three 'she was beautiful to begin with, now more radiant than ever.' I appreciate this book was written in a different time, but no doctor should evaluate his patient in those terms. He also tells us that apart from her day job, she works part-time as a swimwear model and she's been having an affair for six years with a man who sounds exactly like Dr. Weiss (married, Jewish, with two children) She almost sounds made up!
From there, he gives us one anecdotal therapy session after another, where Catherine recalls past lives under hypnosis, including what year it is BC. (which if you lived in that time, you would be unaware of) Her hair is the most important feature in her descriptions and mostly was blonde and in a braid. There are a few exceptions: e.g when she had black hair as a slave on a plantation and as a dark curly-haired girl in Ireland.
As the book progressed, the lives became less detailed, a dark icy cave here, some nice flowers and a gammy leg there, dates, names, and locations, so exact before, now unknown. Perhaps it was no coincidence the author had openly admitted losing interest at this point in the rather banal, drudgery-filled past lives and deaths of Catherine and instead wanted to hear more about the 'masters' - voices that came through between life tales, 'with wisdom beyond Catherine's capabilities.
This wisdom, it turns out, informs the author that he, Dr. Weiss, is near the top of the evolutionary/spiritual tree. 'You know so much more than the others,' the Masters inform him. 'Be patient with them. They don't have the knowledge that you have.' This is when I decided that was enough.
As other reviewers have stated, Dr. Weiss has taken Catherine's (if she even exists, I am dubious) word as proof of the afterlife, without researching or trying to verify any of her testimony. He simply implies she is a woman of basic intellect who could never know anything about history or spiritual matters and expects us to accept that.
If you are interested in these sort of topics - albeit being dubious, like me - this is a book that you <can> read. And there are many others written by authors (physicians and scientists, mainly) which are beyond suspicion. I also believe it is too easy a position to say "that's all bonkers and the author must be a nutter". Putting our own believes in doubt is a hard and painful process. However: how else are we going to grow? So, although the read is probably not for everybody, I strongly recommend it because it will make you think and ask questions.
I found the read easy, gripping and well representative of what a man of science must go through when confronting such an extraordinary experience.
The only reason why I do not give 5 stars, is because I believe that the author should have add a chapter explaining how the academic world has received this story. Indeed there are a few lines about it, yet I believe that a more detailed account would behelpful. Reading how others, especially in the scientific world, have reacted and why they have accepted it or not, may help readers to make sense of their doubts and questions,