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From author and psychotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss comes the
classic bestseller on the true case of the past-life therapy that
changed the lives of both the prominent psychiatrist and young patient
involved—now featuring a new afterword by the author.

/>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 she began to channel
messages from the “space between lives,” which contained
remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’ family and his dead son.
Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a
new, more meaningful phase of his own career. With more than one
million copies in print, Many Lives, Many Masters is one of the
breakthrough texts in alternative psychotherapy and remains as
provocative and timeless as it was when first published.

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September 24, 2017

Most-likely to change minds...
As a secular Buddhist, I have been hoping to find evidence that would allow my mind to accept the notion that there is something larger than ourselves, something to be hopeful for after death. I have read many, many books on the topic (many of which I have reviewed here through Amazon) and they have all been severe disappointments...until now.

While I will not go so far as to say that I am "convinced" after reading this book, I am far less closed to the notion of reincarnation/a life after death than I had been previously. I adopted the belief years ago that after death we just "turn off" like a computer and that was that. However, this belief left me with a lingering depression that I have not been able to shake, and that has led me to my current search for proof (or even just a "more likely than not" scenario) that my belief in nothing was wrong.

After reading "Proof of Heaven" by "Dr." Eben Alexander, and afterwards discovering his tarnished reputation and record, I was skeptical about reading yet another life after death book by a Dr. However, I can not find anything to point to Dr. Weiss being anything but genuine, honest and legitimate...and, I assure you, I have tried to find it....which, again, speaks volumes when you consider the poor reputations of others making similar claims.

The book was filled with examples that made me feel far more comfortable with what might happen after death. Again, I'm not quite ready to say I've changed my mind, but I am much less sure of my stance now; I have this book to thank for giving me that hope and opening my mind where others had failed.

November 19, 2017

Shook the Foundations of my Skepticism
My brother recommended Many Lives, Many Masters to me. Had he not, I probably would not have read it. But this is one area where we really connect (intellectually) when we fail in other areas (emotionally, spiritually).

I used to believe in psychic phenomena. I used to believe I was actually psychic to a degree, all topics addressed in my memoir. I was born and raised Catholic but shied from Catholicism as the Church illustrated God as something to be terrified of and terrorized by. This was back in the 80’s when I was a wee child but I still never was able to get over the psychological trauma and the indelible God impression that was imprinted in my mind and soul with more fearful connotations than Satan.

I always preferred to believe in the mystical things, but whatever I believed in shattered when my mother died young of a heart attack at the age of 52. For over a decade, I’ve struggled with this impossible grief and inability to make sense of anything. I never asked my brother why he read this book. He never told me. He just said to read it and that it might change my perspective on things.

So I read it—in almost one sitting, which is practically damn near impossible with an 8 month old at your heels. I read some of it to him (because who says you can’t read a baby “adult” books?). At first I questioned whether this was some grand scheme that was concocted for mild fame and fortune… or at least some best selling recognition. But as I read more, the story rang true. It was either brilliant concocted with randomly missing pieces and gaps that just never were filled in to give it a ring of truth to it… or it just was… possibly true.

I’ve decided that I’m going to believe it’s true. I am glad I have made that decision because in doing so it has given me the first kind of peace I have felt in over a decade. I have a little bit of hope that one day I will be reconnected with my mother, my best friend and that we will have the chance to work though our relationship in a way we didn’t get to in this life time.

I’ve decided I’m going to use this life and not waste another second of it. I feel so much lighter making that decision. I have more patience with my little baby. It’s hard. I am not a single mother but I live like one. I only see my fiance on the weekends and my precious little baby zaps all of my energy but I started to see things differently, even in my moments of exhaustion. I’ve started to view him as a little being who chose to come back to this earth to be reunited with me and I have to do whatever is in my power to guide him on this journey and to help him learn his life lessons so we can both reach higher planes when we transition. I feel blessed that my little man chose me, not burdened anymore – which I was sometimes feeling in my isolation.

I even like to think that my mother and my grandmother had a hand in sending him down to me from “Heaven” or another plane/dimension…. somewhere up there. It has given me this immense appreciation for my little one and this book has given me a new way to look at life. I saw a mother behind me in the Starbucks drivethru today and I picked up the tab for her order. I just wanted to share something with her – mother-to-mother, to do a nice deed for someone else. I want to learn these life lessons not only for myself but I think it’s important for anyone that knows this information to share it and help others to reach their potential on this plane so they can transition over with ease when the time comes.

I have enough burdens in this life. I don’t want to carry them over when I cross. Maybe it’s all BS. But maybe it’s not. And the worst thing that can happen if it is BS and living like it’s not – is that we make the world a better place, regardless of what happens when it ends or when we end.

November 2, 2016

I still have down moments but nothing like before. Love this book and have recommended it ...
I read this book after the death of my parents. It gave me so much comfort and honestly changed the way I feel about life. I no longer wonder "why me" about having a mentally ill daughter. I know that it is a life I chose (and she chose) to learn certain lessons and that helps me make it through each day. This book prompted me to read all of Brian's books and many more books about reincarnation and life selection. I still have down moments but nothing like before. Love this book and have recommended it to many others.

December 5, 2014

Real Life Documentation Is A Reincarnation Primer
Dr. Weiss decides to hypnotize a young woman patient he has been unable to adequately help in conventional ways. He is shaken when she begins to relate details of a past life. They repeat the hypnotism weekly thereafter and she reveals many past lives, sharing personal experiences and particular cultural information she would have no way of knowing. Dr. Weiss is stunned when, in one session, she discusses something very personal about his family life that he has never mentioned to her.

Of course, the subject matter makes for fascinating reading, and the young woman is helped by the process. In many ways, she and Dr. Weiss are able to understand why she is fearful of certain situations and also her motivations in others.

The book is limited in scope to the narrations and dialogue of the sessions only, and does not delve into the mystery and vast research involving reincarnation. It's like a tease - to make you want to know more. Two interesting aspects that do come to light in the book are the peacefulness of death itself (the release of the soul, not the process of dying, which can be quite painful and traumatic) and the reincarnation of souls in family groups. I had some knowledge of the latter from previous reading and the idea is very comforting to most people. Basically, the "evidence" is that souls may wait for other family members and friends to pass on and they then re-enter the world in ways and locations where they can closely re-connect again and again. The relationships may be different, but the familial and friend relationships are often quite close. For example, I could have been my mother's sister in a past life. I do find this intriguing since I've always been curious about how we often meet "new" people, yet seem to have an instant connection to them.

An easy an interesting read if you are curious about the subject.

February 16, 2016

This book helped me cope with the terrible suffering I witnessed
I recently lost my son after years of progressive body degeneration from a rare disease. This book helped me cope with the terrible suffering I witnessed. We became familiar with muck of the UM staff over the years.
This book has made me a spiritual man. I recommend it highly for anyone who has lost a child( the worst hurt of all)

December 26, 2018

Many questions arise
It’s well written and easy to follow, but many questions arise that are not even contemplated. When accessing previous lives the patient was accessing stored memories. It does not make sense that the doc was able to talk to “the Masters” through her, because she was recalling history, not actually traveling there. Why does the info from ‘the Masters” is not questioned at all and it is treated as the absolute truth? What if instead of guiding people to the truth the doc is being used to do the exact opposite? If you have read The Bible you know that there is a reason why humanity is not supposed to eat those apples, nor make contact with the dead. It could be that that knowledge was stripped away to keep the masses dominated, but also, the warning could be meant for our own good. Accessing the spirit realm is a double edged sword. You don’t know for sure who are you really talking to on the other side.

January 25, 2017

I read this book maybe 12 years ago. It ...
I read this book maybe 12 years ago. It was loaned to me from a co-worker. I picked it up and could not put it down. All these years later, I found the need for multiple reasons to find this book and buy it and kept a cop0y for me and gifted it to a friend. Both of us have lost children and something about the reincarnation helps me be positive about seeing my son again.

July 28, 2016

I couldnt put the book down!
I couldn't put this book down. I appreciate the fact that the author has a PHD and is a prominent psychiatrist rather than just an author who has a great imagination. When a prominent doctor is willing to put his reputation and life's work on the line by making such statements as he has in this book then we must listen! After all, we once thought the world was flat. We never knew that electricity was invisible but had its own powers. And...if you put salt in a glass of water........we have no idea that there is more than water in that glass. I recommend this book. Again, I couldn't put it down! I also have a college education!

February 1, 2017

Great Book regarding Past Lives
Influential and interesting book if you are open to the concept of past lives, and you believe that through hypnotherapy/hypnotism a therapist can access memories stored in a persons mind. If you dont believe that such a thing is possible (because the person may be experiencing a simple case of imagination), then the additional "weird" is that lots of these situations have real world evidence that would potentially support what the therapist discovered.... that the patient simply couldnt have known, but turns out to be real/true in the historical record. Anyway, either way, the book is great and does explore the concept of past lives in the most "scientific" of ways through the use of psychology.

September 3, 2018

Fortune Cookie?
I admit it. I not only bought the physical book, I bought the audio book. I've read some horrible drivel, by accident and by choice. This was undoubtedly the worst. I found it sad that these wise elder spirits had little to no wisdom to share. They were just reading snippets from horoscopes. The worst thing was it wasn't bad in a funny way. I just felt like someone picked my pocket and the only wisdom I got, I could have read in a fortune cookie.

April 28, 2019

Verification to these claims??????
Makes some outrageous claims without offering any evidence other than assuming that his prior academic and professional experience are worthy of trust which ironically it seems that he didn’t use when writing this book as this book is not written to the verifiable and professional scrutiny and fortitude that would have been assumed in his academic/ professional writings. Further, his critics sound much more convincing dispelling his works after critical examination is challenged.

September 18, 2019

Good read
Requires that you open your mind to the possibility of reincarnation and past (or future) lives. I am open to this and would have given it more stars except for the gnawing feeling that someone is going to come out and debunk this particular work. There was a certain lack of details or rigor juxtaposed with some very specific information that seems too elusive to be entirely true. But I will take it on faith for now 😃

October 18, 2019

Comment on book
Book may be an accurate reflection of the author's interaction with his patient but there is no substance or detail to the stories that make it remotely interesting. As well, some of the purported recollections of past lives state that the patient lived in, for example, 1863 BC. Obviously someone living in a time period before the AD / BC convention started to be used would not know they lived in a specific year in the BC period.

December 11, 2018

Damaged gift book
The book arrived yesterday and the back cover was bent backwards. It was to be a Christmas gift for my college student nephew, and I can hardly see how I can gift it - its worse than used. So disappointed.

July 2, 2018

One mistake is a tip-off that the whole book is a fraud!
I did not buy this book on Amazon, so my review may not appear here. I read it in the '90s. It's a compelling read, quite convincing, until Dr. Weiss describes the experience of a young woman patient of his, who, while under hypnotherapy, tells him that she's living in Greece, in a year she describes as "B.C." !!! If she had really lived back then, she couldn't possibly refer to the year as "B.C." This howling mistake is a giveaway that the whole book is a fraud. Dr. Weiss may have been involved in hypnotherapy in some way, but this book can't possibly be a "True Story."

June 23, 2019

Many Questions
If we do not have a method for vetting ideas and claims, using only our feelings as a guide, it should follow then that we should believe anything. And that should scare the heck out of us. I approached the book with an open mind, which meant that at every page I was ready for some evidence. Maybe Dr. Weiss’s evidence is to be found outside this book. I’ve done a little searching. But Weiss has our attention with THIS book. Why has he neglected to provide even a shred of proof? Every positive reviewer of Many Lives, Many Masters should ask this question. I have a desire to believe in reincarnation as much as the next guy, but my fear of believing something false overrides this. Are people not concerned of the consequences of false beliefs? Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

January 18, 2019

Interesting...but sureal
If I knew it was not written as a "true story" I would have given it more stars. However, all seemed very professional and real until "the masters, the spirits, etc" appeared. There is when I kept reading considering it a "fiction novel".

Sorry, but I meditate and did a group regression lead by a student of Dr. Weiss, however never did I hear of spirits and voices or anything of the sort and I still had a wonderful experience.

Interesting read though.

May 27, 2018

Lame. We all have universal shared memories. All of the "lives" are easily read in history books, seen on TV or the big screen or heard about.

March 27, 2018

An Inaccurate detail in one of the regressions
I don't doubt reincarnation. I don't doubt that Dr. Weiss's material and methods have helped a great many people. I don't doubt that his patient entered strongly altered states of consciousness that portrayed alleged past lives and that relieving and working through them helped her recovery in this lifetime.

What I *do* doubt is the veracity of the past lives themselves, or at least, one of them. Specifically, the patient regressed to an Egyptian lifetime where she stated that the religion was a "religion of fear." There is no evidence that Egyptian natives felt that way about their religion or their gods; in fact, just the opposite. She names a goddess, Hathor. The problem with this is that the real name is Het-Heru; "Hathor" is a later Greek adaptation.

What to make of this? I suspect modern feelings and learned constructs act as a filter for the retrieved information. Catherine was conventionally religious and had heard all the usual Judeo-Christian stories about the "evils" of ancient Egypt. I think it was out of her sphere of understanding that ancient Egyptians might actually have *liked* their deities.

As I said, I think this is useful work, but I am not 100% on board with it being fully past-life regression sans contemporary filters.

October 1, 2019

Ripped book
I will update this when I read the book but I was saddened to have this book arrive ripped and bent.

June 18, 2019

Pathetically unprofessional and unscientific
I read this book many years ago while si was still debating between being some sort of a believer or not. I found the author’s method to be incredibly unprofessional and unscientific. Seems like he just wanted something to believe or maybe write about. If you want desperately to believe in this mumbo jumbo anything will help you stay the course. If you are rational and will not take the easy way out you will agree this book is crap.

January 6, 2019

It’s ok
It’s ok. It did not make any sense.

November 19, 2018

This is an ABRIDGED VERSION of the book
This audiobook is amazing and important
I’m giving one star for Amazon / Audible neglecting to indicate anywhere that I can see that it’s an ABRIDGED VERSION
I could have listened to the abridged version for FREE on my library audiobook app

November 11, 2018

Paranormal belief is usually based on flimsy evidence.
I read this book long ago. I wanted to believe, but seriously, it’s pure garbage. Wake up and snap the hell out of it!! None of this crap is repeatable, right? So...FAIL.

October 24, 2019

I'd suggest reading some of the reviews prior to reading the book. It seems people either love it or hate it. The majority of the book was dialogue of Catherine's recollections or "stories" which was dull and repetitive. The book lacked any scientific knowledge of the topics presented and some facts seemed imaginative. I'm giving it a two star because it was an easy, quick read.

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