Many Lives Many Masters



Many Lives, Many Masters is a book about a psychologist Brian L. Weiss, who by helping his patient he helps himself as well. Through Catherine he learned that his conventional approach through the scientific method and medication was not the proper way to heal his patients. Catherine comes in with anxiety, panic attacks and phobias and wants a way out of it all. Dr. Weiss approaches the situation in a scientific manner as he does with all of his patients, he doesn’t get very far until he decided to use hypnosis. He would have liked to use medication but her fear of swallowing pills prevented that. During hypnosis she begins to remember her childhood but not this childhood her past life. At first Dr. Weiss is very skeptical I mean there is no scientific explanation for this but he decides to continue. In her past lives he begins to discover why she has so many of the fears and phobias that she has. As well, during hypnosis she begins to identify others in her life now as some from her past lives. During one of these hypnosis after her death a different voice begins to speak. This voice knows things about Dr. Weiss’ past that no one else would and could know because he never shared the details with Catherine about his personal life. This Masters begins to tell him about his meaning in life, a message. One that through his religious beliefs as well as through his scientific methods he could not understand. The Masters spoke of many plains that were reached throughout your past lives. You could only reach these plains if you solved the problem you had in your life. For example, if you leave a life and never learn to trust in your next life, you must learn to trust. If this is achieved you would be able to reach to the next plain and receive more knowledge. He began to believe and listen. Through this listening, he began to have new meaning in his life and learned how to help Catherine through hers. He than began to try to reach the end of Catherine’s lives to get to the end in the hope that the Masters would relay another message through Catherine. The masters did not appear every time that Catherine remembered a death in her past life only when they decided to relay this message. These messages then stopped and Catherine was cured. Then years later Dr. Weiss believed it was time for him to pass this message to others through his book Many Lives, Many Masters.
In the beginning of the book I was very captivated by Catherine’s past life regressions. The belief that there was past lives and knowledge obtained from each life was a great revelation. Then, the masters began to speak; this became a little far fetch for me. I’m not saying that Dr. Weiss didn’t hear these masters speak but that he might have misinterpreted the message the masters are really trying to bring across. He was very naďve at the time, and began to learn about things beyond the scientific method and was not ready to learn so much information. I can not say with certainty that maybe later in his next books he learned the deeper meaning of the masters messages. I also think that when the masters spoke of the religious individuals “People of the religious orders have come closer than any of us because they’ve taken these vows of chastity and obedience.” reaching a higher plain much faster because of it. This was his way of somehow holding on to faith something he was taught growing up. Not all the book is full of weaknesses though, the stories that Catherine remembered from her past life regressions were I believe the strongest points in this book. She spoke of people in her past lives as though she knows them now or strangers. The idea that we decide to come back with certain people and that somehow we decide to meet again was the most fascinating. The same as in Mutant Message were Marlo learns that in a past life she made a promise with now one of