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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

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The true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published March 12th 1996 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1988)
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Ajita There is a marker now. When a body goes into hypnosis, it is wide awake and well aware of current day as well. Don't mistake that it is powerless and …moreThere is a marker now. When a body goes into hypnosis, it is wide awake and well aware of current day as well. Don't mistake that it is powerless and forgotten the present. It sees everything from a distance and if doesn't want to disclose any particular event- it will not.(less)
Jamie McGuire Dr. Weiss mentions two authors in the book that he learned from before reading this book. I haven't read them, but they're next on my list! One is a c…moreDr. Weiss mentions two authors in the book that he learned from before reading this book. I haven't read them, but they're next on my list! One is a case study of over 300 children with past life memories, and he followed up and proved their statements to be true (at least that's the premise). (less)

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Jon Danzig
This is one of the worst books I've ever read - parading as a scientific analysis when it is nothing of the sort.

Dr Weiss has conducted his research without scientific protocols or peer review, yet as a "scientist", Dr Weiss should have the skills and resources necessary to have conducted his "investigation" properly and scientifically. The fact that he chose not to has, I believe, discredited his book as a work of fairy tale-like fiction.

Rather than a conventional review, I will go through some
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Burned out New Age Hippies.
Recommended to Jaidee by: A burned out New Age Hippy.
Half a "Stay Away, Stay Away" Star (The lowest rating I have ever given a book that I completed.)

Worst Read of 2015

This was wretched but I had to read it to the end. Believe it or not it was worse than the Celestine Prophecy (remember that one!!)

I decided I just have to have a little fun and rewrite the title of this book:

" Many Lies, Much Malarky: The Fairy Tale of a Narcissistic Psychiatrist, His Duped Patient, and the Past Life Bullshit That Made the Doctor Millions of Dollars".
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was INCREDIBLE!!! It's now one of my favorites; I read it in only two days! I would totally recommend it to anybody, adults and older kids. It's about a woman who goes to a therapist to get help with her anxiety and phobia problems. The therapist (whose point of view the book is told from) then hypnotizes her to find the source of her phobias, and the woman starts telling him accurate details about her past lives! There is even more to the book, but I won't give it away. This book ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting one and a fast read. It kept me up late two nights in a row! You know, you have to read these things with an open mind, but also with a critical one. You can't just completely accept or reject what he has to say. His and Catherine's experiences about past lives are truly fascinating, and no matter how you feel about reincarnation, the lessons from the Masters about how to live are quite universal. In the end, it all comes down to love, patience, and forgiveness.

Even if yo
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks

Life or lives

That I'll always wonder,

Above the hills or

Shallows downunder.

I'll remember you,

Regardless of my rebirth.

It's the body that goes on in a cycle,

For the soul, it's just another miracle.
Mar 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every one irrespective of how u see this world.
AMAZING is the world. Well this book is about Dr. Brian Weiss of Yale who's a very logical person untill he met catherine, the patient who was depressed, tried to hypnotised her into her childhood so as to know the cause of trauma , how she goes beyond that....into many of her pervious lifetimes, how the events in our present life are predefined according to our past lives , how we have to understand/conqiure negative feelings in our life for our spiritual growth, the immense peace nd love soul ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have to agree with what all of my friends have said about this book - it is amazing and you cannot put it down - a read it in a few hours - but the information in it will stay with me for a lifetime (and maybe longer!). Everyone should read this book! All those times you have felt a connection with people and not known why - or have realized that you have impacted someone's life in an amazing, yet unintentional way - it will all start to be clear to you. This is a wonderful book that will make ...more
Renee Amberg
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just wow. Amazing read!! This is truly a spiritually awakening book. Weiss does a great job of diving straight to the point, sharing his revelations, and telling stories through an all around approach with no bias. He explains his experience as a skeptic turned believer which I really enjoyed ... he’s a realist. This has easily become one of the best books I’ve ever read! He even mentioned Dr. Raymond A Moody Jr’s studies, which is one of my favs. The more and more I read about the soul / spirit ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Sorry Darlene & John...

It took too long to get me to shake my initial impression of the ego centrism of Dr. Weiss. I'm certain he is a nice guy, a competent doctor, and a compassion human being. But, as I stated in our discussion while I was reading, my interpretation is that the book feels more about him than anything else. Take the title for example, it starts, "The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist...", I'm sure he is but I didn't feel it needed to be called out. His questions were leadi
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Pretty fascinating read. Is it true? I'd like to think so, but who knows...

I recommend it as a feel-good page turner for the spiritually inclined.
Little Miss Esoteric
Dnf therefore no rating.

Look, I have no issues with the idea of reincarnation (and yes, even the Bible mentions it) but something about this book just isn't clicking for me. I think it's the mentioning of BC dates, when a concept of BC itself, would have no meaning to someone who lived in those times. I'm not saying it's contrived, but it all feels too 'neat' for me.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't buy what Weiss was saying in this book, BECAUSE he didn't give me a reason to. I couldn't shake the feeling that this book was total BS, because there was absolutely nothing else to back up Weiss's claims except Weiss himself. He claims that there are other writings, etc, that support what he is saying, but if you're going to write a book about a topic like this, YOU HAVE TO CITE YOUR SOURCES. That was my main problem with this book. There were no references or citations at all. "Accord ...more
Siddharth Chandra
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Dr. Brian Weiss is very convincing about the whole reincarnation business. I too want to believe all this as it makes me feel good about life when I start believing that there is no such thing as death and we'll be living forever and never be destroyed. When I read the book I too started believing in it and do want to continue to believe in reincarnation, but there is something at the back of my mind that asks me for more evidence before blindly believing in this.

What I feel is that the patient
Jan 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One indication that past life regression through hypnosis is nonsense is reflected multiple times in this book. The hypnotist asks the hypnotized patient what year the memories that she is now experiencing are from, and she replies something like, "1568 B.C." Even if one believes that reincarnation is real (and it may be) and that people can remember past lives through hypnosis (which may not be impossible), it is impossible to have a memory of date like 1568 B.C. Our current calendar didn't exi ...more
Sharon Joag
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are open-minded
Recommended to Sharon by: Dawn
One of the most thought provoking books I have read. It gives credence to the ideologies of Reincarnation and makes one feel more peaceful about our purpose on earth and our life after death.
It is a must read for those who enjoy thinking about and talking about the ephemeral.
It will not appeal to those who are not open-minded or who are not ready to receive and soak up this book.
Sash Chiesa
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The events & experiences recounted in this book are incommunicable, and if communicated, are unbelievable.
To me, this seems like yet another book, maybe it's the pioneering book, or one of the, which almost completely borrows from East, and presents the information as some sort of divine revelations coming from enigmatic sources. Many Lives, Many Masters is an account of Dr.Weiss' (really, just Dr.Weiss') experiences with his patient Catherine, who under hypnosis is able to remember her past liv
Gidge Black
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No matter your views on reincarnation, this book is a beautiful, impressionable read. It left me feeling open to possibilities and more at peace about human suffering (which I was really struggling with at the time I read this). It reinforced that I do not have all the answers and I am not meant to have all the answers, which was a relief and a welcomed concept I hadn't completely felt before. It reinforced my belief that we are meant to open ourselves as we move through life, take in lessons, a ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-beyond
I have always been interested in reincarnation and past lives. When I first read this book it gave me a sense of knowing that what I always thought- was true. This book just proves over and over again how we never truly die.
Yelda Basar Moers
As someone who has psychic abilities herself, and has always had one foot in this world and one foot in the other, I have to sadly say that I was very disappointed by this book. My biggest problem with it was that I didn't find it believable at all!

Now I have no doubt that Dr. Weiss is a brilliant and accomplished psychiatrist. He and his patient Catherine spent much time together while she underwent past life regression therapy (Catherine was under hypnosis by Dr. Weiss) to cure anxiety and ot
Diana Lowrie
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Open-minded metaphysical philosopher
anyone wanting to meditate about life, ponder the timeline of mortality or just in for a ride with an open mind

Life is delicate. This time here on earth is limited and should be enjoyed without regret or self-doubt. There are possibly many lives before this one. I believe that what we know in this life is built on from the last. The life experiences we gain and meant to occur for us to proceed in the next life and the lessons not learned will carry over. Basically I learned a lot about myself. W
Emrys Csato
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely do not listen to the reviews that say this book isn’t worth reading. But in order to really get the best experience from it, you have to empty your cup of beliefs and go into it like a child. Otherwise your dogma will veil your ability to learn what this book has to offer.

This isn’t a fantasy story, this is a recounting of true events that were recorded, of a patient with significant mental and emotional distress recalling over a dozen past lives under hypnosis. As she goes through he
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
favorite book!!! It opened my eyes to a different way of looking at life!
Sep 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Amey Nadkarni
The only two self help books i have managed to complete and enjoy are "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrnes and another one that i read 15 years back when i was in my tenth standard. The reason for this being that the theories to get over your mental blocks are more or less the same. It is largely in the manner that they are presented makes for an interesting read. Of course, some self help books no matter how mundane can simply hit a chord in you on account of your mind-set at the time you leaf through ...more
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
[WARNING - THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS] Granted, I believe in a God who was the product of a virgin birth and rose from the dead, but this book was just too much for me to swallow or stomach. First, the author must be one of the most gullible people on the planet because, without conducting his own investigation of the facts, he believes absolutely everything that his patient (a/k/a conduit to the netherworld) tells him about herself and the alleged messages from the spirits which she channe ...more
Ravi Gangwani
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bad, hyped
So I met Brian Weiss one day and he did my regression therapy session. The findings were very shocking: In my previous life I was Leonardo Da Vinchi, after five minutes my soul was in the body of Picasso, then Newton, Galileo, Plato and so on ... I was so shocked Oh my god!
Do you believe on this ?
That's what happened with my belief system on this book. There is no evidence who is Catherine, in every five minutes she finds herself in new body as a slave and then there is death and transition and
I don't think any review can accurately describe how amazing and larger than life book this is, but I'll try to give a coherent review.
Before this book I'd never thought that I'd ever get a reason & cure for my fear of dark. I never had a positive view towards life and didn't care to.
Never really given a piece of mind to the thought of Rebirth, though its a part of my religion: Hinduism.
But this life-changing, perspective-changing book had done all the above for me and successfully.
This book tel
Neetu Nazareth
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book about past-lives and reincarnation before this one. A friend recommended this book and the topic interested me, so I dived right into it without second thought.

You should not read this book if you do not have an open mind about the idea of reincarnation, immortality and life after death. I had an open mind, that's why I could enjoy this book in a way that most others will not.

I read most of this in two nights, in bed before sleeping and some parts - the parts where the Ma
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You only live once is a belief that places a lot of pressure on individuals like me. Each passing second can be seen as a lost opportunity, and so most seconds are failures to truly live. This book is very fitting for people like me who truly struggle with the belief that this life must be lived perfectly, as it reminds us that we have certain lessons to learn each time, and the best we can do is practice them as well as we can we love and empathy.
Negin Hdzdh
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can never say if I liked it or not! Specially cause I’ve read the Persian translation and I know that it’s not that faithful to the original one. I should say It only depends on which side you take and if you want to believe it or not. I ended up like ok what if it is true? Or maybe it is too stupid to actually believe it, and the author is super creative! No one knows. Put me in the agnostic group please.
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