Many Lives, Many Masters

“Many Lives, Many Masters” is a book written by Dr. Brian Weiss. It is the true story involving his young patient and the past life therapy that changed both their lives. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School. He is also the Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Besides this he maintains a private practice is Miami. In addition, Dr. Weiss conducts national and international seminars and experiential workshops as well as training programs for professionals. He is the author of several top selling books based on his real experiences and encounters as a psychiatrist and healer.


Many Lives, Many Masters is his first book in which he describes the insights of his young patient, Catherine. At first, when Catherine begins to recall her past life traumas, Dr. Weiss was astonished and skeptical. Her past life details seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. Dr. Weiss is further flabbergasted when she begins to channel messages from the space between lives, which not only contain messages for her but also contained important revelations about Dr. Weiss’s family and his dead son.


Catherine first visited Dr. Weiss in 1980 seeking help for her anxiety, nightmares, panic attacks and phobias. Dr. Weiss tried his conventional clinical methods of psychiatry for 18 months to help her overcome her traumas. When she showed no signs of improvement, he tried hypnosis, which he explains to the readers, “is an excellent tool to help a patient remember long forgotten incidents….the patient’s body relaxes, causing the memory to sharpen… eliciting memories of long-forgotten traumas that were disrupting their lives.”


During the initial sessions, when she is regressed back to her early childhood, she strained and stretched her mind to bring out some deeply repressed and long forgotten memory fragments. She recalled how at the age of three she was molested by her drunken father. She also remembered that at the age of five she swallowed water and felt gagged when pushed from a diving board into a pool. She remembers living 86 times in physical state both as male and female. She explicitly described the details of each birth- her name, family, physical appearance, her work, landscape and how she was killed.


She also began to channel messages from ‘the space between lives’ and messages from the many Masters who according to her were highly evolved souls not presently in body. Catherine also confirmed his belief that when people float out of their mortal bodies, they are guided towards a bright light before re-entering into a body. She reveals that while waiting to be reborn in the in-between-lives state, she learns from the Masters great wisdom and becomes a passage for transcendental knowledge.


At many places in the book, incidents look unreal and hard to believe especially for the people who do not believe in past life therapies and hypnosis. We cannot verify the truth of this story but it’s hard to dispute a man of such great caliber and repute. The teachings of the Master Spirits are quite compelling though they look very similar to a religious discourse. At the end of each session Catherine never remembered anything. Dr. Weiss recorded everything. Later she says that she didn’t want to hear any of those recordings and maybe all those messages from the Master Spirits were for him. When she is cured of her anxiety attacks and phobias, she ends the therapy.


This fascinating book is an interesting blend of psychiatry and metaphysics. It is a well written book which manages to hold the interest of the reader from start to finish due to its fast pace. It is an enjoyable read and easy to understand. People may vary in their reactions to the quotes of the Master spirits. For example, the Master Spirit says, “Humans just destroy. They will eventually destroy themselves.” While some of the readers will agree with this, others may find it too judgmental. Nonetheless, the book is a great read for all. Just read the book for a new insight on reincarnation, past life therapy and hypnosis.


Shikha Tandon

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