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THE TRUE STORY his young patient of a prominent psychiatrist, and the past-life therapy that changed both of their lives
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my wife. to the end of time. . Whose love has nourished and sustained me for longer than I can remember. We are together.To Carole.
here and there. my editor at Simon & Schuster. . Jordan and Amy. who forgave me for stealing so much time from them to write this book.My thanks and love go to my children. I also thank Nicole Paskow for transcribing the audiotapes of the therapy sessions. who have made this book possible. Julie Rubin's editorial suggestions after reading the first draft of this book were most valuable. for her expertise and her courage. My heartfelt thanks go to Barbara Gess. My deep appreciation goes to all of the others.
I first met he r i n 198 0 whe n sh e was twenty-seven year s old . Sh e ha d com e t o m y offic e seeking help for her anxiety. fro m Columbia Universit y i n Ne w Yor k i n 1966 . degre e i n 1970 . Every day she found herself mor e emotionall y paralyze d an d les s abl e t o function . magn a cu m laude . bu t wit h tim e an d patience it will come to light. I wa s graduated Ph i Bet a Kappa . I ha d grow n u p i n a loving home . Followin g a n internshi p a t th e Ne w York University-Bellevu e Medica l Center . i n th e recent past they had become much worse. m y lif e was flowing smoothly.I kno w tha t ther e i s a reaso n fo r everything . and phobias. Althoug h these symptom s ha d bee n wit h he r sinc e childhood .D. So it was with Catherine. m y lif e seeme d alway s t o hav e bee n on a straight course . two young children. She was terrified and understandably depressed. I the n wen t t o the Yal e Universit y Schoo l o f Medicin e an d receive d m y M. I returne d t o Yal e . panic attacks . Perhap s a t th e moment that a n even t occurs we have neithe r th e insigh t no r the foresigh t t o comprehen d th e reason . I ha d a good stabl e marriage. In contras t t o th e chao s tha t wa s goin g o n i n he r lif e a t that time . an d b y m y sophomor e yea r in college I had made the decision to become a psychiatrist . and a flourishing career. Aca demic succes s ha d com e easily . From th e beginning .
D. moldin g m e alon g th e narro w path s of conservatis m i n m y profession . I d o no t hav e a scientifi c explanatio n fo r wha t happened . By tha t time . There i s far too much abou t th e huma n min d tha t i s beyon d . an d sh e resume d he r life . M. I wa s promoted t o the ran k o f Associat e Professo r of Psychia try a t th e medica l school . Sh e als o was abl e t o ac t a s a condui t fo r informatio n fro m highl y evolved "spiri t entities. her symptom s disappeared ." and through them sh e reveale d man y of th e secrets of lif e and of death . I wa s aware o f som e o f th e studie s i n parapsycholog y tha t wer e being conducte d a t majo r universitie s acros s th e country . I t al l seeme d to o farfetche d tome. After four years at the university . In jus t a few short months . I distruste d anythin g tha t could no t b e prove d b y traditiona l scientifi c methods . I accepted a facult y positio n a t th e Universit y o f Pittsburgh . Two year s later . I joine d th e facult y o f th e Universit y o f Miami. headin g th e psychopharmacolog y division . happier and more at peace than ever before. Nothing i n m y backgroun d ha d prepare d m e fo r this . an d I wa s appointe d Chie f o f Psychiatry a t a larg e university-affiliate d hospita l i n Miami . I was absolutely amazed when these events unfolded. In a series of trance states . Upo n completion . I ha d alread y publishe d thirty-seve n scientifi c papers and book chapters in my field. bu t they di d no t hol d m y attention . Fo r eighteen month s I use d conven tional methods of therapy to help her overcome her symptoms.52 52Brian L. Then I met Catherine. Weiss. Catherin e recalle d "past-life " memorie s tha t proved t o b e th e causativ e factor s of he r symptoms . I tried hypnosis. Years of discipline d stud y had traine d m y mind t o thin k a s a scientis t an d physician. Ther e I achieved nationa l recognitio n i n th e field s o f biologica l psy chiatry and substance abuse. When nothin g seemed to work. to complet e m y residenc y i n psychiatry .
wh o refus e to examin e an d evaluate th e considerabl e evidenc e bein g gathere d abou t sur vival afte r bodil y deat h an d abou t past-lif e memories . especiall y th e branc h dealin g with our experiences befor e birth an d afte r death. theology. It too k m e fou r year s t o writ e abou t wha t happened . I hav e slightly change d Catherine' s identit y t o ensur e confidentiality . Catherin e wa s able t o focu s i n o n th e par t o f he r subconsciou s min d tha t stored actua l past-lif e memories . have much to gain fro m research int o the mysterie s of the mind . When Galile o discovered th e moons of Jupiter. the astronomers of tha t tim e refuse d to accep t or eve n to look a t these satellites because the existence of thes e moon s conflicted wit h thei r accepte d beliefs . Many Masters 11 our comprehension . This book i s my small contribution t o the ongoing researc h in th e field o f parapsychology . Throughout history .Many Lives. psychiatry. humankin d ha s bee n resistan t t o change an d t o th e acceptanc e o f ne w ideas . an d I have delete d onl y thos e part s tha t wer e repetitious . Obviously . Thei r eyes stay tightly shut. Stride s ar e bein g mad e t o uncove r thi s information . the energy sourc e tha t surround s u s an d contain s the memories of the entire human race . an d philosophy . unde r hypnosis . fou r . We. ' as a society. particularl y in the fields of medicine . but th e proces s i s slo w an d i s me t wit h muc h resistanc e b y scientists and lay people alike. the continuatio n o f lif e afte r death. scientifically rigorous research i n this area is in it s infancy. I hav e adde d nothing . However. th e ramification s ar e limitless . Ever y wor d that yo u wil l b e readin g i s true . S o i t i s no w wit h psychiatrists an d othe r therapists . Scientists ar e beginning t o see k these answers . an d the influenc e o f ou r past-lif e experience s o n ou r presen t be havior. Historica l lor e i s replete with examples. Perhaps . o r perhap s sh e ha d tappe d into wha t th e psychoanalys t Car l Jun g terme d th e collectiv e unconscious. the soul .
I rushe d ou t o f th e showe r an d sa t dow n a t m y des k wit h the stac k o f audi o tape s I ha d mad e durin g m y session s wit h Catherine. I though t o f m y old Hungaria n grandfathe r wh o ha d die d whil e I wa s stil l a teenager. The knowledg e ha d com e throug h Catherin e an d no w ha d to com e throug h me . I ha d a strong feeling that th e tim e was right. M. years t o garne r th e courag e t o tak e th e professiona l ris k o f revealing this unorthodox information. In th e we e hours o f th e morning. that I shoul d no t withhold th e informatio n an y longer . h e woul d lovingl y encourag e m e b y repeatin g hi s favorite Englis h expression : "Va t th e hell. Whenever I would tel l him that I was afraid to take a risk . no t t o b e kep t private . Weiss." . I fel t compelled t o pu t thi s experienc e dow n o n paper . Th e lesson s I ha d learne d were mean t t o b e share d wit h others . "vat the hell. " h e woul d say .D. Suddenly on e nigh t whil e I wa s takin g a shower . I kne w tha t n o possibl e consequenc e I might fac e coul d prov e t o b e a s devastatin g a s no t sharin g the knowledg e I ha d gaine d abou t immortalit y an d th e tru e meaning of life.52 52Brian L.
Actually . past th e couc h an d t o a larg e leather chair. wit h medium-length blon d hai r an d haze l eyes . silent . preferrin g tha t sh e choose the opening. both of whom she trusted. sh e worked as a laboratory technicia n i n the hospital where I wa s Chief o f Psychiatry . Catherine i s a n extraordinaril y attractiv e woman . Fo r th e previous twent y minute s sh e ha d bee n pacin g th e corrido r outside th e Departmen t o f Psychiatr y offices . A t tha t time . We sa t acros s from each other. my semicircula r <fesk separating us. I wen t out to the waiting room to greet her. i t ha d take n he r tw o month s o f courage gathering t o mak e a n appointmen t t o se e m e eve n thoug h she had bee n strongl y advise d t o see k m y hel p b y tw o staf f physicians. I noticed that hers were cold and damp. Catherine leane d bac k i n he r chair . but after a few minutes I began inquirin g 15 .T h e first tim e I sa w Catherin e sh e wa s wearin g a vivi d crimson dress an d wa s nervousl y leafin g through a magazin e in my waitin g room . I waited . confirming her anxiety. she was here. not knowin g wher e t o begin . Finally. trying t o con vince hersel f t o kee p he r appointmen t wit h m e an d no t ru n away. I ushere d he r int o my office. an d sh e earne d extr a mone y modelin g swimwear. Sh e wa s visibl y ou t o f breath . and w e shoo k hands.
and if she could manage to swallow pills. In answe r t o m y questions . I n order t o fee l safe . She suffered two to three hours of insomni a before being abl e to fall alseep. she would slee p lightl y and fitfully. too. I woul d offer her some mild anti-anxiet y medication s to mak e her mor e comfortable . This wa s standar d textboo k treatmen t for Catherine' s symptoms . Weiss.D. Over th e year s I ha d helpe d man y patient s like Catherin e throug h th e agonie s o f thei r fears . Once asleep . Usually this kind of insigh t helps to alleviat e anxiety. wa s ver y athletic . I decided we would begi n by delving into her childhood. looking for the original source s of he r problems. awakening frequently . He r speec h wa s rapid . about he r past . I coul d sens e ho w deepl y she wa s suffering . an d sh e wa s terrifie d o f dying. he r fear s ha d begu n t o worsen . sh e becam e noticeably mor e tens e an d nervous . feare d th e dark . o r eve n antidepressan t medicines . feared choking t o th e exten t tha t sh e could no t swallo w pills . A s he r fear s an d symptom s increasingl y paralyze d her . she became more and more depressed. an d h e enjoyed a freedo m tha t sh e wa s neve r allowed . He r life ha d alway s bee n burdene d wit h fears . she often slept i n th e walk-i n close t i n he r apartment. Sh e feare d water . Catherin e reveale d th e stor y of her life . The nightmare s an d sleep walking episodes that had plagued he r childhood wer e return ing. If necessary . I n th e recen t past . He r brother . reare d i n a conservativ e Catholic famil y i n a smal l Massachusett s town . t o trea t chronic . restin g he r elbow s o n th e desk . and sh e leane d forward . When w e starte d t o tal k abou t he r symptoms . born thre e year s earlie r tha n she . feared airplanes. an d I fel t confident that I could help her. As Catherin e continue d t o talk . an d I neve r hesitate d t o us e tran quilizers.52 52BrianL. Sh e wa s th e middl e child . M. . O n tha t first visi t w e bega n t o unrave l wh o she was and why she had come to see me. He r younge r sister was the favorite of both parents.
not just the suppressio n o r covering over of symptoms. He r mother' s strang e withdrawa l from the famil y necessitated visit s to a psychiatrist wit h ensu ing electroshoc k treatments . He r father' s increasin g alcohol consumption led to his having frequent fights with her mother. Whe n sh e wa s abou t five years old. As sh e straine d an d stretche d he r min d t o remember . Things wer e bette r outsid e th e home . mos t o f who m . M y experience s wit h Catherine an d other s lik e he r hav e proved thi s t o me . I kep t tryin g t o gentl y nudg e he r back t o he r childhood . Thi s experienc e with her mother frightene d Catherine. Whe n Catherin e wa s eleven . He r fathe r ha d a long-standin g histor y o f alcohol abuse . Catherin e sai d tha t he r fears dissipated . No medicine can reach th e rea l root s o f thes e symptoms . a s her mothe r im proved an d becam e "herself " again . I mad e a menta l not e to consider hypnotherap y a s a possibl e shortcu t t o overcom e this repression. he r mothe r ha d be come severel y depressed . an d sometime s Catherine' s brothe r ha d t o re trieve thei r fathe r fro m th e loca l bar . Many Masters severe 17 fear s an d anxieties . who would then become moody and withdrawn. Thes e treatment s ha d mad e i t difficult for he r mothe r t o remembe r things . Catherine viewed this as an accepted family pattern. During th e first session . However. but . sh e ha d neve r fel t comfortabl e in water . if at all. Sh e sai d tha t eve n be fore tha t incident . however . Sh e date d i n hig h school an d mixe d i n easil y wit h he r friends . iso lated memor y fragment s emerged. Becaus e Catherin e remembere d amaz ingly fe w events fro m he r earl y years . Now I know there can be cures. No w I us e thes e medicine s muc h more sparingly and only temporarily. she had panicked when someone ha d pushed he r off a diving board int o a swimmin g pool . She could not remembe r an y particularl y trau matic moments i n he r childhoo d tha t woul d explai n th e epi demic of fears in her life.Many Lives.
Jewish . Sh e had neve r rea d an y metaphysical o r occul t literature. Ther e wa s a n irresistibl e chemistry betwee n them . an d she ha d neve r reall y doubte d th e truthfulnes s an d validit y o f her faith . i f not . Catherine me t Stuart . During he r first year i n Miami. A patriarcha l Go d an d hi s So n made thes e final decisions . h e wa s totall y differen t from an y othe r ma n sh e ha d eve r dated . I late r learne d tha t Catherin e di d not believe in reincarnation. bu t thei r affai r was rock y an d tem pestuous. yo u would b e rewarded b y going to heaven . Somethin g abou t hi m dre w ou t he r passion s an d . She was secur e i n he r beliefs. you would ex perience purgator y o r hell . H e wa s a successful physician.52 52Brian L. Catherine's lif e i n a smal l tow n ha d bee n easie r tha n he r life in Miami turned ou t t o be . an d wit h tw o children . However. Catherine completed a two-year technical program. havin g ha d n o interes t i n it . Her religio n wa s simpl e an d unquestioned . stron g an d aggressive . especiall y thos e outsid e he r smal l circl e o f friends. she knew very littl e about the concept. yet sh e wa s glad sh e ha d fled her family problems. After high school. she found it difficult to trus t people . M. She move d t o Miam i i n th e sprin g o f 1974 . i n fact. Catherine lande d a jo b i n Miam i a t a large teachin g hospita l affiliated wit h th e Universit y o f Miam i Schoo l o f Medicine . although she had read sparingly about the Hindus. Reincarnation wa s a n ide a contrar y t o he r upbringin g an d understanding. Sh e wa s raise d to believ e i n traditiona l Catholi c ideolog y an d practices . She believe d tha t i f yo u wer e a goo d Catholi c an d lived properl y b y observin g th e fait h an d it s rituals . Weiss. Arme d wit h a profession an d encourage d b y he r brother' s mov e t o Tampa . a t th e ag e o f twenty-one. she had known for many years. emergin g a s a laboratory technician . Mar ried.D.
Frank wa s driving t o a smaller. out-of-th e wa y hospita l give a lecture. sh e sought ou t Dr . Severa l time s h e ha d meant t o sa y somethin g t o he r bu t ha d hesitated . he r relationshi p wit h Stuart . Dr . The y ha d bot h fel t a n instan t rappor t an d ha d de veloped a close friendship . Chie f o f Surgery . Catherine talke d freel y to Ed . Eight week s passed . an d impulsivel y . I n th e crunc h o f m y bus y practic e a s head o f th e Departmen t o f Psychiatry . whic h wa s clos e t o tha t hospital . and manipulations . E d wa s a kindl y pe diatrician who m Catherin e ha d me t whil e workin g i n th e hospital. her affai r wit h Stuar t wa s i n it s sixth yea r an d ver y muc h alive . On e after noon. h e explaine d that . It too k hour s fo r the nursin g staf f t o cal m her . h e though t only I coul d trul y understan d Catherine . H e ha d notice d he r recen t unhappiness an d sense d he r tension .Many L ives. fo r som e reason . Afte r he r recover y i n th e hos pital. Fran k Acker. eve n thoug h th e other psychiatrist s als o ha d excellen t credential s an d wer e skilled therapists. Catherine did not call me. no t wit h an y of my associate psychiatrists. i f no t well . Many Masters 19 a w a k e n e d her . Catherin e coul d not resist Stuart althoug h he treate d he r poorly . I ha d forgotte n abou t Ed's call . On th e way. tell ing hi m o f he r fears . Edwar d Poole . broken promises. A t th e tim e Catherine starte d therapy . a s i f sh e wer e charme d b y him . Sh e had bee n anxiou s prio r t o th e surger y bu t wa s absolutel y ter rified upon awakenin g i n the recover y room . Several month s prio r t o he r appointmen t wit h me . an d sh e wa s furious at his lies. He insiste d tha t she make an appointmen t wit h m e an d onl y me . When E d called t o tel l m e abou t his referral . however. an d tha t she fel t she wa s losin g contro l ove r he r life . he saw Catherine drivin g t o he r home. Cather ine had require d voca l cor d surger y fo r a benig n nodule . ha d know n Catherin e casuall y fo r years. and they often bantered good-naturedl y whe n h e visite d the laborator y wher e sh e worked . Catherine' s fear s an d phobia s worsened .
She began having two recurrent nightmares.52 52Brian L. a bridge collapsed whil e she was driving acros s it.D. " Al though surgeon s ofte n ac t impulsively . and that I would never be the same again. and she was trapped and drowning . At th e tim e o f m y first sessio n wit h Catherine . stumblin g an d fallin g ove r things . "N o delays. eve n Fran k wa s sur prised at how emphatic he was. she came to see me. tha t th e frightened. Catherine's pani c attack s an d anxiet y wer e increasin g i n frequency and duration. confused woma n acros s th e des k fro m m e woul d be the catalyst. " I wan t yo u t o se e Dr . waved he r t o th e sid e o f th e road . I ha d n o idea tha t m y lif e wa s abou t t o tur n upsid e down. M. . Finally. unabl e to find a way out. sh e wa s trappe d i n a pitch-black room ." h e yelled throug h th e window. Weiss now. Weiss. Her car plunged int o the water below. In one. I n th e secon d dream .
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thoughts. an d extremel y eage r to get well. and sh e expresse d ange r mor e appropriately . Her slee p was stil l fragmented and unrefreshing . During tha t time . and of bein g closed in . afrai d o f 23 . She was experiencing hear t pal pitations. such a s her mer chant seama n father' s absence s fro m th e hom e an d hi s occa sional violen t outburst s afte r drinkin g to o much . Sh e under stood much more about her turbulent relationshi p with Stuart. Th e vivi d re current nightmare s continued . an d dreams. He r recognitio n o f recurren t behavio r pattern s pro vided he r wit h insigh t an d understanding . an d sh e wa s stil l terrifie d o f the dark. wit h Catherine comin g t o se e me once or twic e a week. Anxiety an d pani c attack s stil l torture d her .Eighteen month s o f intensiv e psychotherap y passed . Sh e continue d t o refus e an y medicines . and when they develop insigh t and view their problems from a larger. capabl e o f insights . of water . w e explore d he r feelings . But Catherine had not improved. whe n the y lear n t o recogniz e an d correc t maladaptive behavior patterns . Patient s almos t always improv e whe n the y remembe r unpleasan t influence s from thei r past . I fel t tha t sh e should hav e bee n muc h improve d b y now . verbal . Sh e was a good patient. Sh e remembere d many more significan t details fro m her past. more detached perspective.
And the n a strang e thin g happened . M. I ha d hypnotize d hundred s o f pa tients an d ha d foun d i t helpfu l in reducin g anxiety .52 52Brian L. There i s nothing mysterious abou t it . wher e the y joine d a guide d tour. eliminat - . she now reluctantly agreed. Whil e there . sh e told m e wha t ha d happened . Unde r th e instruc tion o f a trained hypnotist . causin g the memor y t o sharpen . choking o n th e pills . an d sh e was right ! Th e guid e wa s surprised . Catherin e wa s stunned . When th e guid e bega n t o describ e some o f th e artifact s in the exhibit . she pressure d hi m int o visitin g th e Egyp tian exhibi t a t th e ar t museum . Somehow. Althoug h sh e wa s in tensely afrai d of flying and ha d t o fortify herself wit h severa l drinks whil e sh e wa s o n th e plane . sh e foun d hersel f correctin g hi m . s o sur e o f hersel f tha t sh e correcte d th e guide i n public ? Perhap s th e memorie s wer e forgotte n fro m her childhood. Weiss. Catherin e accompanie d Stuart t o a medica l conferenc e i n Chicag p i n th e sprin g o f 1982. the patient's bod y relaxes . Months earlier I had suggeste d hypnosi s to Catherine. I was going to help Catherine. wit h my sense of frustratio n came an added sense of determination . an d that n o matte r wha t I did . But . I fel t a s i f I ha d reache d a wall . . She was hardly a schola r an d ha d neve r studie d tha t tim e i n history . At he r nex t appointment . but sh e was afrai d an d sh e resisted . How did she know these things? Why di d she feel so strongly that she wa s right .D. Becaus e of he r experienc e a t th e Egyptian exhibit. tha t wall woul d remai n s o hig h that neithe r o f u s woul d b e abl e t o clim b ove r it . Catherine ha d alway s ha d a n interes t i n ancien t Egyptia n artifacts and reproduction s o f relic s from that period . Hypnosis i s a n excellen t too l t o hel p a patien t remembe r long-forgotten incidents . . but somehow the pieces seemed familiar to her. It i s just a stat e o f focuse d concentration .
a t m y instruction . She felt her entire body sinkin g deepe r an d deepe r int o th e couch . Sh e remembere d a traumati c experienc e a t th e . her arms. an d aidin g i n th e recal l o f repressed material . I felt confident that hypnosis would help Catherine.Many Lives. Sh e wa s abl e t o concentrat e o n m y voic e an d exclude al l backgroun d noises . sh e entere d a deepe r leve l o f relaxation . B y th e coun t o f one . I instructe d Catherin e t o li e o n th e couc h wit h he r eye s slightly closed an d he r hea d restin g on a small pillow . sh e wa s already i n a moderatel y dee p stat e o f hypnosis . I counte d backwar d slowl y fro m te n t o one . Then I instructe d he r t o visualiz e a brigh t whit e ligh t a t the to p o f he r head . He r tranc e state deepened . it completely relaxe d every muscle. th e ligh t filled he r bod y and surrounded her as well. wit h eac h inhalatio n she relaxe d eve n more . I tol d her to visualize he r muscle s progressivel y relaxing . then he r nec k an d shoulders . I ha d bee n successfu l i n re gressing patients bac k t o thei r earl y childhoods. and finally he r legs . a s I ha d th e light spread slowly down her body. Late r on . mor e an d mor e peacefu l an d calm. askin g he r t o recal l memories o f progressivel y earlie r ages . Wit h eac h number. At first we focuse d o n he r breathing . Many Masters 25 ing phobias. back an d stomac h muscles . After a whil e I bega n t o regres s her . Th e entir e process had taken about twenty minutes. Eventually . changin g ba d habits . thu s elicitin g th e memorie s of long-forgotte n trauma s tha t wer e disruptin g thei r lives . insid e he r body . O n occasion . Sh e wa s abl e t o tal k and t o answe r m y question s whil e maintainin g a dee p leve l of hypnosis . ever y nerve . Wit h eac h exhalatio n sh e re leased stored-u p tensio n an d anxiety . Afte r severa l minute s o f this . eve n t o whe n they wer e two or thre e year s old . beginnin g with her facia l muscles an d jaw . ever y organ—al l o f he r body—bringin g her int o a deepe r an d deepe r stat e o f relaxatio n an d peace . She fel t sleepie r an d sleepier .
and her fear of him . his aloofness. " Sh e wa s terrifie d an d bega n t o cry .D. b y posthypnoti c suggestion . We spen t th e remainde r of the sessio n discussin g he r suddenl y vivi d memor y o f th e trauma with her father. I awakene d he r after I ha d instructe d her . the ke y to th e lock . an d whil e talkin g about i t she began t o gag in my office. Th e sobbin g ended . Th e gagging stopped . Catherin e began to sob. I softl y suggeste d t o he r tha t th e experience wa s over . Sh e was still in a deep trance. stil l i n a trance . I too k her forward in time to her current age . Sh e had gagge d and choke d then . H e reeke d o f alcoho l then .52 52Brian L. but I knew th e understandin g sh e ha d gaine d wa s wort h th e mo mentary discomfort. In m y office . I felt that we had the informatio n now . Sh e vividl y remembered th e terrifyin g experienc e a t ag e five whe n sh e was pushed fro m a diving boar d int o a pool. H e touche d he r an d rubbe d her . th e wors t even t o f al l ha d occurred . an d sh e resume d he r norma l breathing . tha t sh e wa s ou t o f th e water . even "dow n there. At ag e three . Sh e no w understoo d he r relationshi p with her father. on m y couch . I ha d entirel y forgotte n t o loo k fo r th e possible childhood connectio n t o he r knowledg e o f th e Egyp - . In th e dram a o f uncoverin g he r painfu l an d deepl y re pressed memories . tha t sh e wa s n o longe r i n he r bedroo m but wa s restin g quietly . s o h e covered her mouth with his rough hand. dentist tha t occurre d whe n sh e wa s six years old . I tried to help her accept and integrat e her "new " knowledge . his reactions to her. Sh e re membered awakenin g i n he r dar k bedroo m an d bein g awar e that he r fathe r wa s i n he r room . Weiss. twenty-fiv e years later . I suggeste d t o he r tha t the experienc e wa s over . t o re member al l tha t sh e had tol d me . and sh e could smel l i t now . swallowin g som e water . Sh e wa s stil l shakin g whe n sh e lef t th e office . She could not breathe. M. I wa s sur e tha t he r symptom s woul d improv e quickly an d dramatically .
I wasn' t sur e wha t wa s happening . th e uncontrolle d anxiety . Th e yea r is 1863 B. However .Many L ives. . . . of th e water . . Coul d something hav e happene d earlie r tha n ag e three ? W e ha d uncovered mor e tha n sufficien t reasons fo r he r fea r o f chok ing. bu t sh e recalled n o significan t memories . I se e a marketplac e i n fron t o f th e building . . th e next week sh e reporte d that he r symptom s remaine d intact . som e o f th e materia l tha t i s repetitious is not included here. He r night mares wer e a s terrifyin g a s before . . an d o f bein g trapped . (Th e ellipse s represent pause s i n he r speech . Becaus e o f this . a sack made of roug h material . a bi g whit e building wit h pillars . I decide d t o regres s he r further. Many Masters 27 tian artifacts. o f th e dark . were al l stil l devastatin g he r wakin g moments . hot. "I se e whit e step s leadin g u p t o a building . I am eighteen . an d ye t the piercin g fear s an d symptoms . She had remembered several terrifying events. ) Slowly. Yo u carr y th e baskets o n you r shoul ders. But at least she understood more about her past. .C. and I expected a significan t improvement in her symptoms. . My hair is braided. I aske d her wha t th e yea r was . I wa s abl e t o writ e dow n he r word s verbatim an d hav e quote d Catherin e directly . We liv e i n a valley . . Despite this new understanding . and sandy." I was totally unprepared for what came next. There ar e baskets. I instructe d he r firmly an d clearly: "G o bac k t o th e tim e fro m whic h you r symptom s arise. I'm wearing a long dress . Catherine spok e in a slow and deliberat e whisper. . Ther e ar e n o doorways . no t deletion s o f word s no r editing o n m y part . There i s a well. I too k Catherin e bac k t o th e ag e o f two . "Arond a . Ther e i s n o water . I coul d no t understan d wha t wa s wrong . long blond hair. . ope n i n front . a s sever e a s ever . While hypnotized ." I wa s confused. I wa s surprised. wha t he r nam e was . The area is barren.
bu t I wa s o n th e lookout fo r traumatic event s that might underli e current fears or symptoms . It's cold. I wasn' t sur e ho w t o intervie w someon e i n th e middle of suc h a n explici t fantas y (o r memory?) . Sh e was still i n a . but I canno t . no rivers . I ha d examine d thousands o f psychiatri c patients . an d I ha d never come across fantasies like this before—not even i n dreams. I tol d he r t o go several years ahead in time and to tell me what she saw. salt y water. Weiss. I drown . [Rache l i s presentl y he r niece . . M y bab y i s with me . "There ar e trees an d a stone road. the water is cold. coarse brown dres s an d sandals. man y unde r hypnosis . M. and her breathing became deep and even. clothes . . Suddenl y he r bod y relaxe d com pletely. I have to save my baby.j be her niec e now? I was even more confused. I can' t breathe . . I'm wearin g a long. There's no place to run. jus t have to hold he r tight . . "There are big waves knocking down trees. My baby i s torn ou t o f m y arms. My hair i s blond.52 52Brian L. and th e roo m fel t cold. My stomach knotted. I instructe d he r t o g o forwar d t o th e tim e o f he r death. . Water come s int o th e valle y fro m th e mountains. She' s Rachel . thi s lifetim e had ended. .D. can' t swallo w . She wa s no t at al l tentative . Apparentl y a flood or tida l wav e wa s devastating the village. I see my brother." I wa s startled. th e wate r chokes me . " Catherine wa s gasping an d having difficult y breathing. " After she relate d mor e topographica l details . trees—all see n vividly ! What wa s going on here ? Ho w coul d th e chil d sh e ha d then. I a m twenty-five . Her visualization s an d recal l seeme d s o definite. "I se e clouds. . . An d other s from my village." She was resting . they hav e alway s ha d a n extremel y clos e relationship. dates . ] It' s very hot. The event s aroun d th e tim e o f deat h coul d b e particularly traumatic . . I hav e a gir l chil d whos e nam e i s Cleastra. Names . . I see a fire with cooking .
an d ther e i s black lac e on my head. bu t fro m where ? M y gut reaction wa s that I ha d stumble d upo n somethin g I kne w very littl e about—reincarnatio n an d past-lif e memories . Sh e ha d neve r experienced an y auditor y hallucination s o f hearin g voices . [Lon g pause] I' m sick . He r us e of alco hol was minimal. " I said . I couldn't explain it . Sh e di d no t hav e multipl e o r spli t per sonalities. She was not an actress. Ther e wa s onl y on e Catherine . Many Masters 29 deep trance . I'm danc ing.) 1756 . She had no sociopathic or anti social tendencies. I have dark hai r wit h gray i n it . but I couldn' t deny the realit y o f i t either . nor did she ingest hallucinogenic substances . or any other type of psychotic episodes. I tol d myself .D. Schizophrenia ? No . I wa s stunned ! Previou s lifetimes ? Reincarna tion? M y clinica l min d tol d m e tha t sh e wa s no t fantasizin g this material . "D o yo u remembe r anythin g else? " Sh e re membered fragments of two other lifetimes. too . an d he r consciou s mind was totally aware of this . her expressions . visual hallucinations or visions while awake. She had no neurological or psychological ill nesses tha t coul d explai n thi s vivid . It's [ A. "I hav e o n a dress wit h blac k lace . sh e ha d neve r ha d an y evidence o f a cognitiv e o r thinkin g disorder . These wer e memorie s o f som e sort .Many Lives. bu t he r psychiatric stat e an d he r characte r structur e di d no t explai n these revelations . My nam e i s Louisa an d I' m fifty-six. He r thoughts . I t couldn't be . immediat e experienc e while hypnotized. She did not use drugs. Ye t her e i t was . happenin g righ t befor e m y eyes . I a m Spanish. al l wer e different from her consciou s state. m y scientificall y traine d min d re sisted it . I hav e a . "Go on. other s ar e dancing. no r was she out of touc h wit h reality . She was not delusional. th e attentio n t o particula r details . The whol e gamut o f possi ble psychiatri c diagnose s flashed throug h m y mind . a littl e unnerve d bu t fascinate d b y wha t was happening . tha t sh e was no t makin g this up .
Apparently. th e logica l par t of me ruminated. . Yo u ar e ver y wise . but m y hea d stil l hurts . After Catherine left . col d sweats . Man y die. an d relate d phenomena . i f any ." (Thi s wa s approx imately twelve-hundre d year s befor e th e note d Gree k Cyni c philosopher Diogenes. bu t I don' t understand . . Yo u teac h u s from books . Th e yea r i s 156 8 B.C. out-of-bod y experiences. . Eve n mor e amazin g one s were yet to come. The name was not an uncommon one. . sittin g o n a ledge .D. Lot s o f peopl e ar e sick . . I pon dered the details of th e hypnoti c regression. this could be her fantasy. . I wa s ver y skeptical abou t lif e after death. and over the nex t several days . ) The first session ha d ended . fro m th e water . M. i n he r remem brances. Afte r all. an d this sessio n wa s hardl y "normal. " I recover . Since Catherine ha d recognize d he r niece in a n ancien t lifetime." Later she told m e that sh e was a prostitute i n tha t lifetime. . It wa s natura l fo r me t o ponder . Th e doctor s don' t kno w i t wa s fro m th e water. triangles . You teac h u s symbols. You r nam e i s Diog enes. I impulsivel y aske d he r i f I wa s presen t i n an y o f he r lifetimes. i n contras t t o th e previou s very slow and deliberate recall . reincarnation . but sh e had no t relaye d tha t informatio n because she wa s embarrassed by it. Yo u ar e ol d wit h gra y hair . . Weiss. while hypnotized. peopl e ar e dying. . " I n addition . Catherine could censor some of the memories she transmitted back to me. "You ar e m y teacher . . my eye s an d hea d stil l hur t fro m th e fever . " I too k he r ahea d i n time. Sh e responde d quickly . . . I wouldn't actuall y . fever. Ver y fe w detail s emergin g fro m eve n a "nor mal" therap y hou r escape d m y obsessiv e menta l analysis .52 52Brian L. You'r e wearin g a white dres s [toga ] wit h gol d trim . I wa s curious abou t m y role .
I ha d another naggin g thought. too. prone t o anxieties and fears to begin with. Keep an open mind. Get more data. be too frightened to underg o hypnosis again ? I decide d no t t o cal l her . althoug h muc h mor e dimly .Many L ives. the thought said . Would Catherine . . Ther e migh t b e somethin g more than meets the eye—o r any of th e othe r senses . o f a furthe r and less emotional thought. He r "memories " migh t not b e fantas y o r imagination . Many Masters 31 be able t o prove an y of he r assertion s or visualizations . true scienc e begins wit h observation . Keep an open mind. I would wait until next week. Le t he r diges t th e experience. Bu t I was also aware.
The concept s o f pas t live s an d reincarnatio n wer e alie n t o her cosmology. Ye t sh e was concerned abou t ho w thi s fit in with her upbringing and her beliefs. I n A. Catherin e bounce d int o m y offic e for he r next hypnosi s session . the sight s and sound s an d smell s s o clear . sh e wa s mor e radiant tha n ever . th e knowledg e tha t sh e wa s there s o powerful and immediate .D. He r fear s of chokin g wer e somewhat diminished. ha d delete d reference s t o reincarnatio n containe d i n the Ne w Testament . alon g wit h hi s mother . an d yet he r memories were so vivid.D. Ther e wer e indee d reference s t o reincarnatio n i n the Ol d an d th e Ne w Testaments . 553 . Sh e happil y announce d tha t he r lifelon g fear of drownin g ha d disappeared . Althoug h sh e ha d re membered th e detail s o f he r past-lif e recall . confirme d thi s actio n an d declare d th e 35 . meeting i n A. Beautifu l to begi n with . sh e ha d no t ye t truly integrated the material. Sh e di d no t doub t this . th e experienc e was so overwhelming. During th e week I had reviewe d m y textbook fro m a comparative religion s cours e take n durin g m y freshma n yea r a t Columbia.week later . 32 5 th e Roma n emperor Constantin e th e Great . Th e Secon d Counci l o f Constantinople . tha t sh e fel t sh e must hav e actually bee n there . Hel ena. Her slee p was no longer interrupte d by the nightmar e o f a collapsin g bridge .
Apparently . concept o f reincarnatio n a heresy . terminal embarrassment. Although thi s turned ou t t o b e excellen t prepara tory trainin g fo r a caree r i n psychiatry . Th e earl y Gnostics—Clement o f Alexandria . I wa s the peacemake r an d statesma n i n m y family . I was not convince d abou t this concept. Origen . Weiss. Ye t the origina l reference s ha d bee n there . W e belonge d t o a conservativ e Jewis h synagogu e i n Red Bank . the y though t this concept woul d weake n th e growin g powe r o f th e Churc h by giving human s to o muc h tim e t o see k thei r salvation . I emerged fro m it as a very serious young man. as he took al l of life . she use d guilt. I would hav e preferred. Actually . I. th e earl y Churc h fa thers had accepte d th e concep t o f reincarnation. N o boundar y stood i n he r way . M. He too k it very seriously. one who got used to taking on too much responsibility. a small tow n nea r th e New Jerse y seashore . m y childhoo d wa s heavier an d more responsible than. I wa s th e oldes t o f fou r children .D. His children's academi c achievements wer e th e greates t joy s in hi s life . however. martyrdom. M y fathe r wa s more involved with religio n than the rest of u s were. leavin g m e to mediate . I had neve r really spent much time thinking abou t it . an d vicarious identification with her children a s manipulative tools. A simple r perso n tha n m y father . in retrospect. My mothe r wa s alway s expressin g he r love . Sain t Jerome . all without a . He wa s easil y upset b y household discor d an d woul d withdraw . Although my earlier religiou s training taught abou t som e kind o f vagu e existence of th e "soul " afte r death. had neve r believe d i n reincarnation. an d many others—believe d tha t the y ha d live d befor e an d woul d again.52 52Brian L. al l space d thre e year s apart.
M y youngest brother . I kne w that educatio n wa s m y pat h ou t o f th e smal l town . comfortable as it was. I ha d me t Carole during a summer vacation at a Catskill Mountain hote l where I wa s workin g a s a busbo y an d sh e wa s a guest . fel l i n love . an d I s o u g h t refug e in my books . We ha d t o divid e si x peopl e int o ou r smal l two-bedroo m garden apartment . Peter . an d I wa s n o exception. W e corresponded . especially whe n thing s ar e flowing smoothly. I wa s a seriou s an d studiou s youn g man . Many Masters second 37 thought . Sh e wa s bot h brigh t an d beautiful . dispassionate . Everythin g seemed t o be falling into place. W e both experience d a n immediat e attractio n t o each other an d a strong sens e o f familiarit y an d comfort . wa s born whe n I wa s nine . I read endlessly whe n no t playin g baseball o r basketball . I decided to become a psychiatrist because the field combined m y interes t i n scienc e and my fascination with th e workings o f th e huma n mind . an d w e could al ways count on her love and support. Medical schoo l an d residenc y a t Yal e Universit y furthe r . In addition . I wa s becomin g a scientist an d learnin g t o thin k i n a logical . By the tim e I receive d a full scholarship t o Columbi a Uni versity. "prove-it" kind of way. My fathe r ha d a goo d jo b a s a n industria l photographer . and I was always first or second in my class. In the meantime . and although w e alway s ha d plent y o f food . Fe w young me n worr y abou t life and death an d lif e after death. Academi c success continued t o com e easily . an d wer e engage d b y m y junio r yea r a t Columbia.Many Lives. a career i n medicin e woul d allo w m e t o expres s m y concer n and compassion fo r other people . Life i n thi s smal l apartmen t wa s hecti c an d noisy . I majore d i n chemistr y an d was graduated wit h honors . Ye t sh e wa s rarely gloomy. m y othe r childhoo d passions . dated. money wa s very tight.
smell the bodies. I can smell it. intense. lecture d a t loca l an d nationa l conferences . and inflexible . sh e eagerl y prepare d fo r th e hypnosi s an d wen t under quickly. a young girl who had lived in 186 3 B.52 52Brian L. th e mother. I felt totally prepare d t o treat an y person wh o walke d int o m y office for therapy. "I a m throwin g wreath s o f flowers on th e water . The soul passes on. crystallized thi s scientifi c method . and be came quite a hotshot in my field. M. you could take it with you." Catherine continued. but to a differen t par t o f it . We pu t th e bodie s i n brine for thirty days. different from an y o f ou r beliefc. We are wrapping bodies. Thi s i s a ceremony. . I joine d th e ne w bree d o f biologica l psychiatrists . However. M y researc h thesi s wa s o n brain chemistr y an d th e rol e o f neurotransmitters . I was a bit obsessive. They dry out and the parts are taken out. Then Catherine became Aronda. and I hel p with the food. t o b e prepare d fo r th e nex t an d greater life. You take your belonging s wit h you . thos e merging th e traditiona l psychiatri c theorie s an d technique s with the new science of brai n chemistry. "In a separate building. bu t thes e wer e usefu l trait s i n a physician . t o whe n he r dut y wa s t o prepar e bodies after their death." She was expressing what seemed like an Egyptian concept o f deat h an d th e afterlife .D. I wrote many scienti fic papers. Somebod y ha s died . somebod y in the Royal House .c O r wa s i t th e othe r wa y around ? An d her e sh e was again. Weiss. "I can see the bodies." She had spontaneousl y gon e back to Aronda' s lifetime . whic h at e chemical messengers in the brain tissue. . I'm wearin g a brown dress wit h gold . . My hair is blond an d braided. happier than I had ever seen her. In that religion. I a m a servant with th e Royal House. an d sandals . I agai n worried tha t Catherine might b e afrai d to continue .
C. . Ther e ar e funn y marks o n them . " Sh e lef t fo r anothe r time. It's . . M y father' s name is Perseus. M y daughter's husban d i s there. "He's [father ] lyin g i n a dar k room . Raymon d Moody' s studie s o f victims o f near-deat h experiences . Many Masters 39 She lef t th e lifetim e an d rested . . It' s cold. Hi s subject s als o remem bered floating. lik e letters . "I see ice. "There are some buildings and a cart with stone wheels. I wondered if Catherine could remembe r any- . . dirty . . He' s hugging me." The yea r di d no t fit exactly . "Now I' m old an d feeble . " I wa s ugly . H e says you are very smart and I shoul d liste n t o you. and their children. There are many people around. hanging i n a cave . I'm happy. Sh e pause d fo r severa l minutes before entering an apparently ancient time. Float ing? Thi s reminde d m e o f Dr . and government. My father is there. Peopl e ar e writin g al l day . The lan d i s barren . My husband i s alread y dead . rocks . I t i s 153 6 B. He' s m y father. I ha d read his book several years previously an d now made a mental note to reread it. the n bein g pulle d bac k t o thei r bodies . law. Later sh e described wha t sh e ha d see n of her self." Her deat h wa s peacefu l thi s time . and she was now visibly uncomfortable. I took her ahead in time. . . The cart ha s straw i n it . it' s Edward [th e pediatricia n wh o insiste d sh e se e me] . nea r m y bed. mak ing a library. Yo u an d h e tal k about crops. "My fathe r know s yo u [meanin g me] . I fee l s o empty. Sh e wa s floating. He' s ol d an d sick . . . . " I too k he r furthe r ahea d i n time . " Sh e wen t ahea d t o he r death . " She vaguely described a dark an d miserable place. My hair i s brown wit h a cloth o n it . Peopl e writ e o n papers . We liv e i n a valley wit h trees .Many Lives. bu t I wa s sur e sh e wa s i n th e same lifetime that she had reported during the previous week's session. staying in that lifetime. My daughter i s there. . . There ar e oliv e an d fig trees i n th e yard . . an d smelly.
D. Whethe r throug h . Martin Ebon . . well-researched . Could they al l b e mistaken o r deceived ? Th e evidenc e seeme d t o b e overwhelmingly supportive . Ther e ar e libraries filled wit h thi s researc h an d literature . With a new insatiabl e hunger fo r any scientifi c papers tha t had bee n publishe d o n reincarnation . an d th e writing s o f Professo r C . M. th e abilit y t o spea k a foreign languag e t o whic h the y wer e neve r exposed . Overwhelmin g or not. Much of thi s research was conducted.D. Dr . Catherin e ha d bee n tormente d b y he r fear s fo r man y years an d wa s finally feelin g som e relief ." I awakened her and ended that session. i n ou r ow n ways . Dr. an d replicated by reputable clinicians and scientists. and Dr. With grea t interes t I examine d th e ES P dat a fro m Duk e University. an d fe w peo ple kno w about it . the more I wante d t o read . Both Catherin e an d I . Weiss. an d I wa s expandin g th e horizon s o f m y mind. Hi s case reports ar e carefull y complete . Catherin e wa s improv ing emotionally . m y educatio n ha d bee n ver y limited . an d trul y re markable. I studie d th e works of Ia n Stevenson . Frederic k Lenz .52 52Brian L. I rea d a n excellen t scientifi c overvie w b y Edga r Mitchell . Gertrude Schmeidler . I hunte d throug h th e medical libraries . a well-respecte d Professo r o f Psychiatr y a t th e Universit y o f Virginia. wh o ha s publishe d extensivel y i n th e psychiatri c literature. M. Man y exhibite d xenoglossy . yet I still doubted. an d I intentl y analyze d th e studie s o f Dr . thing mor e afte r he r death . Dr. Ducass e o f Brown University . I found it difficult to believe. Stevenso n ha s collecte d ove r tw o thousan d ex amples o f childre n wit h reincarnation-typ e memorie s an d ex periences. I bega n t o realiz e tha t eve n thoug h I ha d considere d mysel f wel l educate d abou t ever y dimensio n of th e mind . verified. bu t sh e coul d onl y sa y "I' m jus t floating. ha d alread y bee n profoundly affecte d by the experience. J . Edith Fiore. Hele n Wambach . Dr . The mor e I read .
lookin g ou t . . "I se e step s leadin g u p t o a towe r . . sh e ha d relate d a drea m abou t a game bein g playe d o n ol d ston e steps . an d whether sh e could se e or hea r a year. bu t als o th e sea . an d water. what sh e believe d o r thought could still underlie her symptoms. lik e checkers. daggerlik e pieces . Ther e i s a fortres s . Many Masters 41 actual memorie s or vivi d fantasies . . and I wa s unsure of this . and I was not going to stop now. Th e drea m ha d seeme d es pecially vivi d t o her ." She was progresse d t o he r death . . brow n an d white. overlookin g th e mountains. strang e hair . . t o g o bac k an d se e i f he r dream had roots in a previous reincarnation. I no w tol d he r t o g o bac k beyon d th e normal limit s o f spac e an d time . but not . the lan d goe s dow n t o th e sea ." I aske d he r th e nam e o f th e plac e i n whic h sh e lived . I wa s stil l lookin g fo r th e singl e overwhelmin g trau matic event tha t coul d eithe r caus e or explai n he r current-lif e symptoms. guards . I had seen people traumatize d b y thei r dreams . . "I' m i n a seapor t now . a gam e playe d wit h a checkerboar d wit h hole s i n it . My name is Johan. . Som e coul d no t remem ber whethe r a childhoo d traum a actuall y happene d o r oc - . . no t square . m y mothe r cookin g i n a cla y pot . M y clothe s ar e short . The y ar e dirty . I se e a hu t . . Kirusta n [pho netic spelling ] Territory ? Fro m th e Netherlands . mad e fro m anima l skins . . The pieces have anima l head s on them . Some me n ar e o n to p o f th e tower. The y pla y a game. After all. A t thi s poin t i n ou r ses sions. Eve n i f thes e remarkabl y explici t visualization s were fantasies.Many Lives. whic h fit int o th e holes. . aroun d 1473. Prior to th e hypnoti c induction . They pla y wit h sharp . I a m a boy . I ha d foun d a way to hel p her. For a brief momen t I thought abou t all of thi s as Catherine drifted into a trance at the beginning of th e nex t session. . The boar d i s round . M y hai r i s blond . .
Thes e dam aging influences . Sh e re ported tha t a n enem y fighter ha d grabbe d he r fro m behind .D. strange oars on the boa t . overwhelmingly traumatic event. There ar e other boat s with u s [apparentl y a raiding party}. becaus e the y blen d int o th e everyda y back ground o f ou r lives . are even mor e difficul t to remembe r an d exorcise. Ther e ar e n o lights . . She . bow s an d arrows . such as a parent' s scathin g criticisms . "There ar e boats . spears . A chil d whos e famil y is impoverishe d an d ha s ver y littl e foo d availabl e o n a day to-day basis might eventually suffer from the same psychological problems as a child who experienced on e major episode of accidental near-starvation . fro m anima l skins . foulsmelling animal skins . I a m afraid . yet the memory of tha t trauma still haunted their adult lives. A constantl y criticize d chil d ca n los e a s muc h confidence an d self-estee m a s on e wh o remember s bein g humili ated o n on e particular . Providenc e area. Weiss. M y knife is in my hand. brightl y painted . around th e neck .52 52Brian L. [Long pause ] M y fac e i s ho t fro m th e fire." Suddenly sh e began t o gurgle an d gas p fo r breath . . M y peopl e ar e killing th e others . W e ma y b e lost . bu t bigger. like sack s . My shoes loo k funny. Catherine began to speak. . . bu t I a m not . . coul d caus e eve n mor e psy chological traum a tha n a singl e traumati c event . M. . tie s a t th e ankle s . slings . curred in a dream. I d o no t wan t t o kill . horrifyin g day. an d ha d sli t he r throa t wit h hi s knife . We slee p o n dirty . I'm afrai d of th e animals . We ar e scouting. We hav e weapons . There ar e big. i t i s dark . lik e canoes . What I di d no t ye t full y appreciat e wa s tha t th e stead y day-in an d day-ou t poundin g o f underminin g influences . everyon e has t o row . I would soon realize that the day-in and day-out pounding o f negativ e forces had t o be recognize d and resolved with as much attention a s that paid t o the single .
I t wa s Stuart . . She was about to be born. roug h nightshir t on m y mother. Soon sh e fel t hersel f bein g pulle d int o a "tiny. warm" space. . feelin g per plexed an d confused . group s o f souls ten d t o reincarnat e togethe r agai n an d again . Johan ha d died at the age of twenty-one. I t hurt s t o ru b agains t it . Sh e drifte d u p t o th e clouds . It's . In my attempt to understand this strange. The room has funny windows . . ." she whispered slowly and dreamily. . I ha d instructe d he r t o closely observe the significant people in these lifetimes to see whether she coul d identif y the m a s significan t peopl e i n he r presen t lifetime a s Catherine . There's a funny . "someon e wh o helpe d wit h th e birth . She' s wearin g a green dres s wit h a whit e apron . unbeknown to the rest of the world.Many Lives. . Accordin g t o mos t writers . man y sections. observin g the scen e below . t o evaluate this most unusual material emerging from Catherine's lips. . she had begun to . "Somebody is holding me. . She had intuitions about people and events that proved to be true. She nex t foun d hersel f floating abov e he r body . in my quiet. H e looked differen t then. Sh e ha s a whit e hat . dimly lighted office. During the hypnosis. Many Masters 43 saw the fac e of he r kille r befor e sh e died . lessons to be learned) ove r the span of many lifetimes. it' s the same mother I have now!" During the previous session . folde d back at the corners. Between session s Catherin e hersel f wa s becomin g increas ingly more psychic. whic h I ha d rigorously use d ove r th e pas t fifteen years i n m y research . dark hair. workin g out their karma (debt s owed to others and t o th e self. I t feel s good t o b e in the sun and to be warm again. My mother has long. She wants to hol d me . but sh e knew it was he. spectacular drama that was unfolding. The building is stone. . I wanted to verify this information. I fel t th e nee d t o appl y th e scientifi c method .
And i f thes e abilitie s wer e rea l an d coul d produc e tangibl e proofs.52 52Brian L. I coul d no t den y he r psychi c abilities . He' s no t lik e h e wa s before . . Once she knew that she had prove d he r point. she took al l of th e mone y tha t sh e ha d won an d gave i t to th e first poor streetperso n sh e met o n he r way out of th e track. This incarnation seemed to be more recent. anticipate m y question s befor e I ha d a chanc e t o as k them . . . He's mad because the food is cold. bent. wit h a brothe r an d tw o sisters . M y fathe r i s ther e . no t th e sam e . My mother and father are fighting again. To prove to him that it was true. "I'm olde r now . could her recitations of past-life events also be true? Now she returned to the lifetime in which she had just been born. an d sh e wa s tremblin g visibly. but she could not identify a year. righ t befor e hi s eyes . whe n he r parent s cam e t o visi t her . He was stunned. H e hit s m y mother . I se e th e dinner table . sh e proceede d t o pic k th e winner of every race. M. Weiss. This wa s n o coincidence.D. the y ha d a muc h highe r meaning . bac k fo r a n encor e performanc e a s he r father] . . He's alway s drinking . } H e pushes th e kids . She had th e winnin g ticke t t o every race. especially the episode at the racetrack. she took him to the racetrack. . [Catherine' s voice wa s frightened . . For her . Her name was Elizabeth. . he' s Edwar d [th e pediatrician. Sh e tol d m e tha t this experience wa s a little frightenin g to her . Many of her dreams had a precognitive. but sh e was s o pleased wit h th e progress she had mad e that sh e was eager t o continue wit h th e regressions . On on e occasion . The food is potatoes and beans. he r father expresse d tremendou s doub t abou t wha t wa s happen ing. Somethin g ver y odd wa s happening ove r thes e pas t severa l weeks . They fight a lot. There . an d I struggle d t o keep m y perspective . She intuitively fel t that th e ne w spiritua l powers she had gained should not be used for financial reward. I wa s bot h shocke d an d fasci nated by her psychic abilities. . This was tangible proof . or foretelling.
My questionin g o f he r durin g thes e session s wa s certainl y very different from what I used in conventional psychotherapy .] We hav e no children yet. Ou r hous e ha s on e bi g room . . I aske d i f sh e could identify the area in which she lived. year s coul d whi r by in minutes. Ever y facial gesture. however . Behavio r pattern s ar e painstakingl y pieced together . Ther e ar e bi g fanc y letter s . . Catherine' s session s were lik e drivin g th e Ind y 500 a t ful l throttl e . Wit h Catherine ." . Many Masters 45 person. and we're happy. I don't lik e him . . I don' t kno w him . searchin g fo r traumati c events an d harmfu l pattern s tha t migh t explai n he r current day symptoms." Apparentl y sh e ha d successfull y escape d fro m th e oppression i n her parenta l home . "I'm marrie d now . Conventiona l therap y i s conducted a t a muc h more detaile d an d leisurel y pace . tryin g t o revie w a n entire lifetim e i n a n hou r o r two . every bodil y movement . I returne d m y attentio n t o Catherin e an d aske d he r t o ad vance in time. The bi g one close s with a strap. h e ha s no t appeared in Catherine's present lifetime. " Sh e wa s speaking as a child would speak. We lov e each other. " I se e books with funn y old covers .Many Lives. an d tryin g t o pic k ou t face s i n th e crowd. Ever y wor d chose n b y th e patient i s analyze d fo r nuance s an d hidde n meanings . It's th e Bible . I wis h h e would g o away. M y hus band ha s blon d hair . "Brennington?" Catherin e whispere d hesitatingly . . ever y inflectio n of th e voice i s considere d an d evaluated . . Gaeli c lan guage. . He' s very nice to me. I acte d mor e a s a guid e wit h Catherine . [Tha t is . . Ever y emotiona l reactio n is carefull y scrutinized .
Brenning ton? I se e a farm with pigs and lambs . You are here to be my teacher. " Suddenl y he r hea d hurt . . highl y evolve d soul s no t presentl y i n body . i n betwee n life times. . She had neve r spoken like this. She agai n floated ou t o f he r bod y afte r he r death . using these words. bu t thi s time she was not perplexed or confused. t o becom e God-lik e throug h knowl edge. "Our tas k i s to learn . in her bed at home with her family around. He r voice was now husky and loud. "We liv e inland . She was relaying what wa s being sai d to her . Count y . without hesitation . . Weiss. as the source . This i s our farm. from th e in-betwee n state . " She had gone ahea d i n time .D. They could spea k t o me throug h her . Th e olde r is gettin g married . "We hav e tw o boys. At tha t momen t I di d no t realiz e tha t althoug h Catherin e had uttere d th e words . no t nea r th e sea . an d Catherin e was in pain .52 52Brian L. bu t no t in the slow whisper she had always used previously. Minutes passe d i n silence . Whethe r they were Gaelic or not. Sh e died of old age. I ca n se e th e churc h steepl e . Then w e come back to teach an d hel p others. but sh e recovered . M. . . Eve n th e tone of her voice was totally different. an d the n we can rest . this phraseology. clutching he r lef t temple area . She later identi fied the Masters . " I wa s speechless . Her e wa s a lesso n fro m afte r he r death . Wha t wa s th e sourc e o f this ma terial? Thi s did not sound a t all like Catherine. . Suddenly sh e spoke . . Here sh e sai d som e word s I coul d no t identify ." She was resting. you get energy from this light. sh e ha d no t originate d th e thoughts . Sh e reporte d tha t she had falle n on th e stone steps. I have so much t o learn . B y knowledge w e approac h God . a ver y old ston e building. bu t no w sh e . Not onl y could Catherin e b e regresse d t o pas t lifetimes . We know so little. after death. It's wonderful. I have no idea. "I am aware of a bright light.
Yet she was relatin g simila r experience s t o thos e describe d i n thes e writings. ye t remained . After she awakened . I f onl y ther e wer e mor e facts. Beautifu l knowledge. If only I had more facts. Raymond Moody. Many Masters 47 could channe l knowledg e fro m the beyond . I n th e future sh e woul d neve r remembe r an y detail s o f th e in between states. Thi s wa s a proo f o f sorts . "By knowledge w e approac h God. She could only remember the lifetimes. I struggled to retain my objectivity. However .Many Lives. " W e wer e o n ou r way . Catherine had never read the studies of Dr . A new dimension had been introduced. Catherin e remembere d th e detail s o f her pas t lives . more tangible details I could verify. Althoug h sh e denie d an y consciou s remem brance of suc h an articl e or show. She had never heard of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. perhaps sh e retained a subconscious memory. Bu t sh e wen t beyon d thes e previou s writ ings an d transmitte d a messag e bac k fro m thi s in-betwee n state. who hav e bot h writte n abou t near-deat h experiences . sh e coul d no t remembe r anything tha t happene d afte r he r deat h a s Elizabeth . My skepticism fluctuated. a s always . . Elisabeth Kiibler-Ross or Dr. Mayb e sh e ha d rea d abou t near-deat h research i n a magazin e articl e o r ha d see n a n intervie w o n a television show .
1 see a square white hous e with a sandy roa d i n front. " Catherin e wa s speakin g in her usua l dream y whisper . . I clea n th e rooms . H e ha s a beard. . . . lik e slav e houses. corn . . "Ther e ar e tree s . I progressed he r fifteen years in time to 1888. an d sh e watched i t burn down. I make butter. not straight. He treat s m e well . . . too!" Catherine wa s whisperin g slowly . The ma n wh o owns the hous e i s named Jame s Man son. I liv e in a hous e o n th e property . Virginia? " Sh e thought the date was 1873. Th e mai n hous e wa s o n fire. She was black. cleaning a mirror o n th e secon d floor of a house . People on horse s ar e goin g bac k an d forth. I don' t recogniz e hi m [a s some one in Catherine' s presen t lifetime] . . . usin g ver y simpl e term s 31 T . "There ar e horse s an d lot s o f crop s . tobacco. Ther e i s a schoolhouse on the property. and i t has knobs on the end. . "I'm wearin g a n ol d dress . a bi g hous e wit h a bunc h o f smalle r houses . wit h lot s of panes. a bric k hous e wit h window s . but I'm no t allowed in the school. The mirror i s wavy. and he r name was Abby. It' s ver y hot . and he r bod y tensed . a planta tion. It' s i n th e Sout h . H e ha s a funn y coat wit h thre e button s an d a big blac k collar. She was a child. . " She an d th e othe r servant s at e i n a kitche n o f th e bi g house . She felt a foreboding.
bu t w e don' t alway s liv e together . Other people ar e in the distance. We ha d alread y spen t ninet y minutes explorin g he r lifetim e a s a servant . . bu t I don' t thin k w e ar e married . . . butter. Something i s making my eyes itch. We slee p togethe r . I'm picking apples.D. I was hungry for a more spiritual lesson . shriveled woma n i n her sixties . They'r e rubbin g a linimen t o n m y chest. I learne d ho w t o mak e butter . . "M y hear t hurts . " Sh e wa s coughing now . I advance d he r to he r death." After the excitemen t o f las t week' s session . . Feve r ." Catherine wa s grimacin g wit h he r eye s closed. There ar e apple trees and ducks. I t smell s funny . an d mor e luminous . I fee l oka y abou t him . . W e waite d i n silenc e as minutes slowly passed. Suddenly she was in another lifetime. she could se e her bod y i n th e bed . Weiss. . They'r e burnin g u p woode n barrels. thousands of years before Abby. too. "I t happen s a lot . bu t nothin g special . t o waterproof. "It' s th e smoke. " Sh e quietl y died . The wind i s blowing it this way . giving me leave s to drin k [a tea] . I moved he r ahea d in time. They'r e makin g th e insid e of the barrels black . She was jus t floating. . " Catherin e was gasping . Abby' s knowledg e o f churning butter was new to Catherine. I ha d learne d about bedspreads. I don' t se e an y children. bu t I fee l ver y cold. . "I a m wit h somebody . I' m s o col d . m y body' s shaking. feelin g herself draw n towar d it . . waiting for someone to come and help her. M. . "It's har d t o breathe . and payin g grea t attentio n t o detail . . The ligh t wa s becoming brighter . a small . "Peopl e ar e i n the room .52 Brian L. Forsakin g m y patience. Floating u p to th e ceiling . She became awar e of a light. Ove r th e nex t five minutes. . it' s beatin g fast. i n obviou s pain . M y ches t hurt s s o much. I wa s eage r t o reach the in-betwee n stat e again. and barrels. ta r . th e smok e from burning wood . " Catherin e bega n to shiver .
Many Lives. floods . M y fathe r ha s alread y died . dates. . "I se e an old ma n wit h a beard. or other openings. but that's what is killing us. I'm by the water to bring more back. ] I als o hav e som e disease fro m the water . peopl e ar e sick because of th e floods. Wate r . "I se e lots of garlic . . M y mothe r i s buyin g garli c an d th e othe r herbs . floating abov e an d the n bein g draw n t o a wonderful . Bu t so man y hav e died . . It i s believed t o kill man y evils i n the bloo d an d t o cleanse th e body. You just keep them in. plague . I was fascinated by the way her conceptions o f death an d th e afterlif e changed s o much fro m lifetim e t o lifetime . Sh e woul d the n wai t fo r someon e t o com e an d help her. so similar. . . Embalming. Sometimes you just keep them in your mouth. Th e people are unhappy abou t this. Many Masters 33 Catherine wa s softly whispering. killin g th e people . These plants help you . M y brother s ar e ver y sick. I bring the water back. He' s one of th e healer s i n the village. The garlic is outside too. too . ener gizing light . A conscious part of her would leave the body around the moment of death . burial rituals. Other herbs are there . There is some type of . hanging in an open room. Th e dis ease i s o f th e bowe l an d stomach . The soul automatically passed on. Somebody i n the hous e i s sick. They fee l the sou l cannot pass on thi s wa y [contrar y t o Catherine' s after-deat h reports] . I t make s your stomac h hurt . or an y othe r procedur e afte r death ha d nothin g t o d o . Th e cattl e ar e dying . or ears. He tells you what to do. . every time. Yo u los e s o muc h wate r from the body. They'r e no t embalmin g be cause they're afraid of th e disease. and other herbs ." I paused before progressing her in time. figs. . . . I can smell it . An d ye t he r experience o f death itself wa s so uniform. . These ar e strang e roots . on top of a garden. I see my mother an d brothers. People ar e jus t buried. but yo u must tak e it every day. [She appar ently just realize d thi s bit of epidemiology.
On e o f m y brother s has died. pulling the air from my lungs. M. Th e roo m fel t icy cold. "I'm lyin g on a pallet with some typ e o f covering. draw n t o th e familia r light . H e mad e a grea t sacrific e for you ou t o f hi s love . she did not live much longer. He r voic e wa s agai n husk y an d loud. . Also. . Sh e waited patiently for someone to come to her. lik e walk ing through a just-opened door. Your fathe r say s yo u wil l kno w hi m becaus e hi s nam e i s Avrom. I se e n o mountain s around here .D. Also he wanted t o show you that medicin e coul d onl y g o s o far . What sh e said next left me breathless. fo r Go d i s i n eac h o f us. Your son's heart wa s also important. lik e a chicken's . Catherine kne w ver y littl e abou t m y persona l life . for it wa s backward . an d I sa t i n a n awe d silenc e as m y numbe d min d trie d t o sor t thing s out . . jus t land . no preparation necessary . Hi s death satisfied his parents' debts. . "The lan d i s barre n an d dry . Weiss. Soo n sh e wa s floating abov e he r body . his death was due to his heart. Her hea d bega n t o rol l slowl y fro m sid e t o side . and your daughter i s named afte r him. . . "Your fathe r i s here . " How ever. tha t it s scop e i s ver y limited. "They tel l m e ther e ar e man y gods . a s i f sh e were scannin g som e scene . an d n o amoun t o f garlic o r othe r herb s coul d preven t he r death . It was automatic. I' m feelin g better." Catherine stoppe d speaking . an d you r son . " Sh e wa s ver y ill . very flat an d dry . wh o i s a smal l child . bu t th e pai n i s still there. On m y . with it .52 52Brian L. Hi s sou l i s very advanced ." I recognize d th e voic e fro m th e in-between-live s stat e b y its huskines s a s well a s by the decidedl y spiritua l ton e o f th e message.
enlarging the arena of the patient's mind. grinnin g happil y with her two bottom bab y teeth i n an otherwise empty mouth. Adam. I wa s enjoying my internship i n interna l medicine . Th e diagnosi s was extremely difficul t to make. I firmly de - . wh o die d several day s later . About te n day s after we had brough t hi m hom e fro m th e hospital . I ha d bee n waverin g abou t my earlier choice of psychiatr y a s a career. a blank tablet upo n whic h th e patient coul d projec t her ow n feelings. "It occur s onc e i n approximatel y ever y te n millio n births. Extremely. Thes e the n coul d b e analyze d b y th e therapist. Our son. Afte r Adam' s death . ou r hope s an d dreams dashed. thoughts. early in 1971 . who wa s only twenty-thre e days old when he died. and I ha d bee n offere d a residency positio n i n medicine . h e ha d develope d respiratory problem s an d projectil e vomiting . which wer e suppose d t o brin g oxygen ated blood back to the heart. I had never even displayed my diplomas in the office. At th e tim e o f Adam' s death . Jordan. Heroic open-hear t surger y coul d no t sav e Adam. enterin g the heart on the wrong side. I had kep t this therapeuti c distanc e wit h Catherine . a grateful balm for our wounds. It was as if hi s heart wer e turne d around. Sh e reall y kne w m e only as a psychiatrist. The therapist was supposed to be a tabula rasa. extremely rare. "Total anomalou s pulmonar y venous drainag e wit h a n atria l septa l defect. I had bee n well schoole d i n traditiona l psychotherapeuti c tech niques. were incorrectly routed . The greates t traged y i n m y lif e ha d bee n th e unexpecte d death o f ou r firstborn son . Otherwis e Catherin e kne w virtually nothin g abou t m y famil y o r m y persona l history .Many Lives. nothing of my past or of m y private life. W e mourne d fo r months . " w e wer e told . backward. was born a year later. My son' s pictur e wa s nex t t o it . an d attitudes . Many Masters 55 desk I ha d a bab y pictur e o f m y daughter . " The pulmonar y veins .
an d m y daughter' s naming—i t wa s to o much. and she was named after him. Thi s wa s about nine months before Catherine's first appointment. could not save my son. My fathe r ha d bee n a religiou s man . to o true . Here. our daughter . was born. tha t I ha d a so n wh o die d i n infanc y fro m a one-in-ten millio n hear t defect . with all of it s advanced skill s and technology. Amy. Thi s unsophisticate d laborator y technician was a conduit for transcendental knowledge. She was resting.D. a deafenin g cascade o f hidden . bu t hi s hear t wal l ha d bee n irretrievably damaged .52 52Brian L. Weiss. Catherine could no t possibly know this information. And if she coul d revea l thes e truths . and I love d th e water. Alvin. M y arm s were gooseflesh. Four months after his death. My father had been in excellent healt h unti l h e experienced a massiv e hear t attac k earl y i n 1979 . my father' s death . He survive d th e initia l attack . a t th e ag e o f sixty-one . mor e ritualisti c tha n spiritual. I was angry that modern medicine ." I sputtered . and he r hea d stoppe d rollin g from side to side. suite d hi m bette r tha n the English. tiny baby. i n 1982 . " Catherine's breathin g slowed . but th e implications of wha t she had said were distracting me. "th e Maste r Spirit s tel l me . I wante d t o go on. cided that I would make psychiatry my profession. M. Hi s Hebre w name . M y father' s Hebrew name . Ther e wa s n o plac e eve n t o loo k i t up . "Who. wha t els e wa s there ? I neede d to know more. They tell me I have lived eighty-six times in physical state. an d h e die d thre e day s later . i n m y quiet . " sh e whispered . "wh o i s there ? Wh o tell s yo u thes e things?" "The Masters. I wa s swimming i n a spiritua l sea . Did she really have eighty-six previous lifetimes? And what about "th e Masters"? Coul d i t be ? Coul d ou r live s b e guide d b y spirit s . my broodin g abou t medicine . Avrom . secre t truth s wa s pourin g upo n me . this simple. darkene d office . to o specific .
I ha d the proof. an d provin g i t b y providin g specific. I wa s overcoming years of alternative programming. the y had neve r reall y died . yet I stil l struggled t o believe. I t wa s goo d t o hea r fro m them again. year s afte r thei r burials . very secre t information . i n view o f wha t sh e ha d jus t re vealed. And wha t abou t m y fathe r an d m y son ? I n a sense . Ye t thi s tim e I kne w better . My life would never be the same again. the y were still alive . I ha d th e facts . fel l int o place . Perhap s it' s jus t ES P or som e psychi c skill . i n addition. An d sinc e al l tha t wa s true . even in tha t momen t o f th e mystica l experience . bu t i t doesn' t prov e reincarnatio n o r Maste r Spirits. Are there steps on the way to God? Was this real? I found i t difficul t to doubt . th e ol d an d fa miliar logica l and doubting part o f m y mind lodge d a n objection. Yet. it' s quite a skill . Granted . I had misse d m y fathe r an d m y son . even in that very instant of joy and understanding. She was revealing truths. Catherine' s memorie s an d messages wer e true .Many Lives. They were talkin g to me . Beneath m y chill. was m y so n a s advance d spirituall y a s Catherin e ha d said ? Did he indeed agree to be born to us and then die twenty-three days late r i n orde r t o hel p u s wit h ou r karmi c debt s and . All of m y reading. But in my head and my heart and my gut. Th e thousand s o f case s . M y intuition s abou t th e accurac y o f he r experiences ha d bee n correct. Many Masters 57 who hav e n o physica l bodie s bu t wh o see m t o posses s grea t knowledge. to teach me about medicine and humankind. a strong feeling of onenes s an d connectio n wit h th e heaven s an d th e earth . A hand had reache d down and irreversibl y altere d th e course of m y life. which ha d bee n don e with careful scrutiny an d skep tical detachment . I knew she was right. I fel t a great lov e stirring . to nudge me back to psychiatry? I was very heartened by these thoughts.
recorded in the scientific literature. I was not awar e of wh y I was changing so much. I knew I was more calm and patient. beliefs. o f havin g birthmarks a t th e sit e o f previou s morta l wounds. worryin g abou t th e usua l things. an d mor e satisfac tion i n m y life . I knew what she was and what she wasn't. At time s ove r th e succeedin g week s I woul d forge t th e power an d immediac y o f thi s session . al l echoe d Catherine' s message . Thi s wa s real. Doubts would surface . I wa s les s afrai d o f losin g others . At first. tended t o drift back int o the old patterns. cosmetic surgeries.52 52Brian L. more joy . affairs with younger people. I fel t more hope . Ho w powerfu l th e fea r o f deat h is . how I seemed mote reste d and happier. and others were telling me how peaceful I looked. and skepticism. procreatin g t o carr y on a name. exercis e obsessions. more purpose . . and s o on.D. striving to be more and mor e youthful. No. when no t focused. A t time s I woul d fal l back int o th e ru t o f everyda y life . I wasn' t afrai d of m y own death o r o f nonexistence . It dawne d o n m e tha t I wa s losin g th e fea r of death . my mind could not fool me this time. o f thes e sam e childre n knowin g wher e treasure d ob jects wer e hidde n o r burie d thousand s o f mile s awa y an d de cades o r centurie s earlier . Sh e woul d verif y mor e an d mor e a s ou r session s pro gressed. It wa s as if m y mind. accumulatin g materia l possessions . M. The proo f wa s to o stron g an d to o overwhelming . Peopl e go t o suc h grea t length s t o avoi d th e fear : mid-lif e crises . But then I would remind myself—this actually happened! I appreciated how difficult it is to believe these concepts without havin g persona l experience . Bu t the impact of experience always fades to some degree. especially those of childre n speaking foreig n language s t o which the y ha d neve r been ex posed. Weiss. I knew Catherine's character and her mind. Th e experienc e i s neces sary to add emotional belie f t o intellectual understanding . eve n thoug h I woul d cer tainly mis s them .
And yet I could n o longer deny that the framework was already there. bu t I remaine d war y an d skeptica l abou t wha t I rea d i n the popular literature . The incred ible fact s about m y fathe r an d m y so n coul d no t b e obtaine d through the usual senses. tha t Catherine' s utterance s wer e real . Althoug h I wa s tryin g t o becom e les s serious. ever y piec e o f information. My min d wa s indee d no w ope n t o th e possibility . I didn' t nee d t o b e i n control al l th e time . It made sense to believe her. an d othe r amazin g paranorma l events? Ar e the y traine d i n th e scientifi c metho d o f observa tion and validation? Despit e my overwhelming an d wonderful experience wit h Catherine . I would examin e i t fro m every angle. eve n th e probability. I woul d chec k to se e i f i t fit int o the framewor k being built wit h every session . . sometime s so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives. Many Masters 59 We ar e frightfully concerned wit h our own deaths . Her knowledge and abilities certainly proved a n outstanding psychic ability.Many Lives. with a scientist's microscope. Who ar e these people reportin g psychic phenomena. lif e afte r death . I stil l ha d much to learn. I wa s als o becomin g les s obsessive . I kne w m y naturall y critica l min d would continu e t o scrutiniz e ever y ne w fact . thi s transformatio n wa s difficul t fo r me .
w wer e still in the middle of the session. Catherine ended her res t an d bega n talkin g abou t gree n statue s i n fron t of a temple. I roused myself fro m my reverie and listened. She was in an ancient lifetime, somewhere i n Asia, but I wa s still wit h the Masters . Incredible , I though t t o myself . She' s talkin g about previou s lifetimes , abou t reincarnation, an d ye t com pared t o hearin g message s fro m th e Masters , i t feel s anti climactic. I was already tealaing , however , that sh e had to g o through a lifetime before she could leav e he r bod y an d reac h the in-betwee n state . Sh e coul d no t reac h thi s stat e directly . And it was only there that she could reach the Masters. "The green statues are in front of a large templ e building, " she whispered softly , "a building with peak s an d brown balls . There ar e seventee n step s i n front , and ther e i s a roo m afte r you clim b th e steps . Incens e i s burning . Nobod y ha s shoes . Their head s are shaven. They have round face s and dark eyes. They are dark skinned. I am there. I have hurt my foot and have gone ther e fo r help . M y foo t i s swollen ; I can' t ste p o n it . Something i s stuc k i n m y foot . They pu t som e leave s o n m y foot . . . strang e leave s . . . Tannis ? [Tannin , o r tanni c acid, which occur s naturall y i n th e toots , wood , bark , leaves , and fruit of man y plants , has been use d since ancient times a s a medicine because of it s styptic or astringent properties.} First 63
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my foot was cleansed. This is a ritual befor e the gods. There is some poiso n i n m y foot . I steppe d o n something . M y kne e i s swollen. My leg is heavy with streaks on it [bloo d poisoning?}. They cut a hole in the foot and put something very hot on it. " Catherine wa s no w writhin g i n pain . She wa s als o gaggin g from some terribl y bitte r potio n tha t sh e wa s give n t o drink . The potion wa s made fro m yellow leaves . She healed, but th e bones i n he r foo t an d he r le g wer e neve r th e sam e again . I progressed he r i n time . Sh e sa w onl y a blea k an d poverty stricken life . Sh e live d wit h he r famil y i n a smal l one-roo m hut withou t a table. The y at e some kind o f rice , like a cereal, but they were always hungry. She aged rapidly, never escaping the poverty o r th e hunger , an d sh e died. I waited , but I coul d see Catherine' s exhaustion . Befor e I coul d awake n her , how ever, sh e tol d m e tha t Rober t Jarro d neede d m y help . I ha d no ide a wh o Rober t Jarro d was , o r ho w I coul d hel p him . There was no more. After awakening fro m the trance , Catherin e agai n remem bered man y o f th e detail s o f he r past-lif e recall . Sh e remem bered nothin g a t al l o f th e after-deat h experiences , nothin g from th e in-betwee n state , nothin g o f th e Master s o r o f th e incredible knowledg e tha t ha d bee n revealed . I aske d he r a question. "Catherine, wha t doe s th e ter m 'Masters ' mea n t o you? " She thought thi s was a gol f tournament ! Sh e wa s improvin g rapidly now, but she still had difficulty integrating the concept of reincarnatio n int o her theology. Therefore, I decided no t t o tell he r abou t th e Master s yet. Besides, I wasn' t sur e how yo u broke the news to someone that she was an incredibl y talente d trance mediu m wh o coul d channe l wonderful , transcendenta l knowledge from the Master Spirits. Catherine agree d t o allo w m y wif e to atten d th e nex t ses sion. Carole i s a well-trained, highl y skille d psychiatri c socia l
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worker, an d I wante d he r opinio n abou t thes e incredibl e hap penings. Afte r I tol d he r wha t Catherin e ha d sai d abou t m y father an d ou r son , Adam , sh e wa s eage r t o help . I ha d n o trouble takin g note s o f ever y wor d fro m th e lifetime s whe n Catherine whispered quite slowly, but the Masters spoke much more quickly, and I decided to tape-record everything. One week late r Catherine cam e i n fo r her nex t session . She continued to improve, with diminished fears and anxieties. Her clinical improvemen t was definite, but I still was not sure why she wa s s o muc h better . Sh e ha d remembere d drownin g a s Aronda, having he r throat slashed a s Johan, being a victim of a water-borne epidemi c a s Louisa, an d other terrifyingl y traumatic events. Sh e ha d als o experienced o r re-experience d life times of poverty an d servitude and of abus e within he r family. The latter are examples of th e day-in and day-out minitrauma s that als o ge t groun d int o ou r psyches . Th e remembranc e o f both type s of lifetime s could b e contributing t o he r improve ment. Bu t anothe r possibilit y existed . Coul d th e spiritua l ex perience itsel f b e helping ? Coul d th e knowledg e tha t death i s not wha t i t appear s t o be contribut e t o a sense of well-being , of diminutio n o f fears ? Coul d th e entir e process, not jus t th e memories themselves, be part of the cure? Catherine's psychi c abilitie s wer e increasing , an d sh e wa s becoming eve n mor e intuitive . Sh e stil l ha d problem s wit h Stuart, but she felt able to cope with him more effectively. He r eyes sparkled; he r ski n glowed . Sh e had ha d a strang e drea m during the week, she announced, but she could only remembe r a fragmen t o f it . Sh e ha d dreame d tha t th e re d fi n of a fish was embedded in her hand. She went under quickly and easily, reaching a deep level of hypnosis within minutes. "I see some type of cliffs . I'm standin g on th e cliffs, looking down. I should be looking for ships—that's what I'm suppose d
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to be doing. . . . I' m wearing something blue , a blue type of pants . . . shor t pant s wit h strang e shoe s . . . blac k shoe s . . . an d the y buckle . Th e shoe s hav e buckles , ver y funn y shoes. . . . I see on the horizon there are no ships." Catherine was whisperin g softly . I progresse d he r i n tim e t o th e nex t significant event in her life. "We're drinkin g ale , stout ale . It's very dark. Th e tankard s are thick . They're old , put togethe r wit h meta l stays . It' s ver y foul-smelling in this place, an d man y peopl e ar e i n there. It' s very loud. Everybody is talking, very noisy." I asked her if she could hear anybody calling her name. "Christian . . . Christia n i s m y name. " Sh e wa s a mal e again. "We're jus t eating some type of mea t an d drinking ale . It's dark and very bitter-tasting. They put salt on it." She coul d no t se e a year . "They'r e talkin g abou t a war , about ship s blockadin g som e ports! Bu t I can' t hea r wher e i t is. If the y would b e quiet, we could hear , but everyone' s talk ing and noisy." I aske d he r wher e sh e was . "Hamstea d . . . Hamstea d [phonetic spelling] . It' s a port , a seapor t i n Wales . They'r e talking British. " Sh e wen t ahea d i n tim e t o whe n Christia n was on hi s ship . " I ca n smell something , somethin g burning . It's a terribl e smell . Burnin g wood , bu t als o somethin g else . It burn s your nose . . . . Somethin g i n th e distanc e i s on fire, some typ e o f vessel , a sailin g vessel . We'r e loading ! We'r e loading something with gunpowder." Catherine was becoming visibly agitated. "It's somethin g wit h gunpowder , ver y black . I t stick s t o your hands. You hav e to move fast. The shi p has a green flag on it. The flag is dark. . . . It' s a green and yellow flag. There is some type of crown with three points on it." Suddenly Catherin e grimace d wit h pain . Sh e was i n agony . Uh," she grunted, "the pain in my hand, the pain in my hand!
experiencin g th e apparen t hear t attac k tha t Christian wa s havin g o n th e bridge . I blocke d th e pain . however. onl y m y han d i s hurt . I fee l pai n i n m y chest—pressure . H e seemed to be largely uneducated . ." Obviously Christia n enjoyed seeing and touching the books. . I hav e sur vived . printin g somethin g wit h blocks and ink. The book s ar e wonderful . ho t meta l i n m y hand . th e port side. She began t o cough an d to gasp for air. . It' s burnin g me ! Oh! Oh! " I remembere d th e drea m fragmen t an d understoo d no w about th e re d fin embedde d i n he r hand . . I' m walkin g ove r th e bridge . man y men . but she was still moaning. . . I se e a re d book . . th e leather. . . "I se e a bridge over a river. Thei r cover s ar e s o smooth . It' s somethin g abou t history. I wa s concerned. Catherin e wa s no w lyin g peacefull y . . Th e books hav e leathe r cover s an d string s holdin g the m together . . I'm a n old ma n . .Many Lives. They're wonderful books. terribl e pressure—pain i n m y chest ! Oh! " Catherin e wa s makin g gur gling sounds . they teach you. letting her pick out the next significant event. Was re experiencing a hear t attac k fro m a previou s lifetim e danger ous? Thi s wa s a ne w frontier. They're printing an d binding books. he r fac e and nec k wer e covered wit h sweat . ver y old . . " I took her ahead in time. . I progressed Chris tian to the last day of his life. "I se e som e typ e o f printshop . . Christia n died . Many Masters 67 There's som e metal . nobod y kne w th e answers . leather strings . the y haven't finished the printing . They have the fire under control. t o th e other side . . . Many me n hav e bee n kille d . . Th e shi p w e wer e o n wa s destroyed . . bu t i t heal s wit h time. . It's difficult to walk. . Finally. and h e diml y realize d th e potentia l o f learnin g thi s way . I can't se e the title. "The splinter s ar e metal . . He r breathin g wa s rapi d and shallow.
Sh e wa s silen t again. "I should hav e been more forgiving. her life as Christian. "They wil l cal l me. . Mor e minute s passed . Some of u s find this out soone r than others . whether sh e ha d reincar nated many times. She answered immediately. "How wil l you kno w whe n the y ar e ready. I a m not the only one. . . an d her voice. I see eyes . . other people. . . breaking the long silence." Catherine whispered . her head bega n t o roll fro m side to side ." I aske d if sh e had an y thoughts abou t th e lifetim e that ha d just ended. . on th e couch . " sh e answered . breathin g deepl y an d evenly . Tha t i s somethin g I neve r learne d either. "I' m just floating i n darknes s . . . "There are many souls in this dimension. I didn't forgive the wrongs. M. "bu t I mus t wait . signaled the change. free. an d I shoul d have . "What kind of eyes? " "The eyes of th e Master Spirits. We mus t b e patient . " Minutes passe d i n tense silence. but I wasn't. . .52 52Brian L. suddenly. I le t ou t a dee p sigh of relief. . That we all have abilitie s far beyond what w e use. . jus t floating. sensing the contact. Wha t plan e w e g o t o de pends upo n ho w fa r we'v e progressed . . "I fee l fre e . . eyes. I hav e things t o thin k about. Each one is a leve l o f highe r consciousness . " I aske d expec tantly. I aske d he r wha t lesson s sh e ha d t o lear n i n orde r t o progress. Then. . Ther e ar e man y dimensions . . an d spirits. . "That we must share our knowledge with other people. " "Eyes?" I echoed. I did no t forgive the wrongs that peopl e di d t o me . . I held them inside .D. and I harbore d them for many years. Weiss. Ther e i s a ligh t around . hoarse and firm. "I have been to different planes at different times. That yo u should chec k your vice s . " I aske d he r whether sh e ha d bee n her e before . " Catherin e gentl y whispered .
so that I could understand. Those wh o resist will mee t wit h danger . No. . This i s the importanc e . Her voice had a dreamy tone. Many Masters 69 before you come t o thi s point . . . becaus e the y hav e bee n accrued fro m othe r times . If yo u choose to fight and no t t o ri d yourself . I knew these thoughts were not hers. You must also go to those people whose vibrations ar e wrong . "We als o mus t lear n no t t o jus t g o t o thos e peopl e whos e vibrations ar e th e sam e a s ours. the n yo u wil l carr y the m ove r int o another life . .Many Lives. . highe r forc e strugglin g with her mind an d vocal cords to translate these thoughts int o words. . . I f yo u do not . Sh e ha d neve r talke d i n suc h a concise . the n yo u wil l n o longer have them in your next life. . "People who are in comas . Thu s peopl e ar e no t al l create d equal. It i s normal t o fee l drawn t o somebody wh o i s on th e sam e leve l tha t yo u are . th e beaut y o f th e word s an d thoughts . thes e people. But eventually w e will reac h a point wher e we will al l be equal." Catherine paused. th e philosophica l implications o f thes e utterings—thes e wer e al l beyon d Cath erine's capabilities . poetic manner . Some of u s possess power s greate r tha n others . ar e in a state of suspension . Only w e can ri d ourselves . . of the bad habits that we accumulate when we are in a physical state. this was not Catherine . Bu t beyon d that. An d onl y whe n yo u decid e tha t yo u ar e stron g enough t o maste r th e externa l problems . . i n help ing . yo u carry the m over with you to anothe r life . wit h yours . I coul d fee l another . They are not ready yet to cross into the other plane . . sh e knew noth ing abou t plane s an d dimension s an d vibrations . The Masters cannot do that for us. Bu t thi s i s wrong. She had no background i n physics or metaphysics. . unti l . W e ar e not sent back fro m each plane with equal powers . "We ar e give n intuitiv e powers w e shoul d follo w an d no t try to resist.
.52 52Brian L. the n they are allowed to cross over. Thi s informatio n meshe d nicel y with th e researc h bein g publishe d abou t near-deat h experi ences. and wh y som e people chose to return . O f course . That i s a res t perio d fo r them. Only they can decid e this. moder n medicine notwithstanding . Weiss. A s the y becom e aware that their tasks on earth are not yet completed. They become detached from their bodie s an d "watch " resuscitatio n effort s fro m a poin t above their bodies. If the y fee l they hav e n o mor e learnin g . . Jacob had been run over and knocked uncon scious by a motorcycle in Holland i n 1975 . They eventuall y become awar e of a bright light or a glowing "spiritual" figure in the distance. . I have had several patients with near-death experiences. they have decided whether they want to cross or not. in physical state . the y ca n g o directl y t o th e spiritua l state . a tim e when their mental powers can rest. If the y fee l there i s nothing further to learn .D. taking not e of th e am - . the y ar e immediatel y rejoine d t o their bodies and once again ar e aware of pai n an d other physical sensations." So peopl e i n coma s ca n decid e whethe r o r no t t o return . depending upo n ho w muc h learnin g the y hav e ye t t o accom plish i n the physica l state. al l o f th e peopl e interviewe d abou t thei r near-death experience s returne d t o thei r bodies . eve n if the y d o no t wan t to . But if the y hav e mor e learning . M. Ther e i s a striking similarity i n their stories. and they must retur n t o thei r bodies . . Other s wer e no t given th e choice . when he was in his early thirties. sometime s at th e en d o f a tunnel . the y ha d t o retur n becaus e ther e wa s mor e to learn . the n the y mus t com e back . The most interesting accoun t was that of a successful South Amer ican businessma n wh o wa s seen b y me fo r several session s of conventional psychotherap y abou t tw o year s afte r Catherine' s treatment ended. He remembers floating above his body and looking down a t the scene of th e accident . The y fee l n o pain .
regained consciousness . many lifetimes distant. D o no t forge t what he has told you. whil e travelin g i n Israel . Jacob fel t th e wisdom an d powe r o f th e monk . that h e ha d t o retur n t o hi s body. " The ol d ma n pause d fo r a moment. h e ros e t o leave . I wondered wha t ou r Foundin g Father s woul d hav e though t abou t the propositio n tha t al l human s ar e no t created equal . In 1980 . an d a s h e approache d it .Many Lives. and powers accrued fro m other lifetimes. In the office." Five years after the acciden t an d thou sands o f mile s distant . lookin g closel y a t Jaco b before continuing. "But eventually we will reach a point where we will all be equal. Th e mon k tol d Jaco b tha t thi s wa s no t hi s tim e to pass over. A n old Muslim ma n cam e up to him an d said . He became aware of a golden light in the distance. all of whic h later occurred. The y ver y rarel y si t dow n t o pra y wit h us. He sa w the nearby mosqu e an d sa t down t o pra y with th e Muslim s there . fo r th e first time . Afte r a while. Many Masters 71 bulance. Jacob was whooshe d bac k int o hi s body . wh o i s Jewish . no w i n a hospita l bed . abilities. th e docto r attendin g hi s injuries . Afte r hi s experienc e i n Hol land." I suspected tha t this point was many. a n ol d ma n kne w abou t Jacob' s en counter wit h th e monk . visited th e Cav e of th e Patriarch s i n Hebron . "Yo u hav e me t th e monk . pondering Catherine's latest revelations. Jacob . "You ar e different from the others . an d th e growin g crowd of onlookers. h e ha d becom e mor e religiou s an d ha d begu n t o pra y more often. and . becam e awar e of excruciating pain. a n encounte r tha t happene d whil e Jacob had been unconscious. . wh o als o relate d severa l future events in Jacob's life. Peopl e are born with talents. h e sa w a mon k wearin g a brown robe . whic h i s a hol y site t o bot h Jew s an d Muslims .
other souls. H e ma y b e i n anothe r plane ." I asked her whethe r ther e wa s somethin g t o teac h u s whil e sh e wa s waiting. avoiding and often fearing outsiders. Fascinating . I could fee l the spiritua l truths in her words." I still could not understand how I could help. I f the Masters were not there for her to hear. too. ." Apparentl y sh e coul d no t find him . " sh e whispered . Catherine could no t independently provide the knowledge. I asked her what she was seeing and feeling. "W e als o must lear n not t o jus t go t o thos e people whos e vibration s ar e th e sam e as ours." To help thes e other people . "Oh . . "Onl y whe n h e wants. " I mus t com e back. stating that he needed my help. . Wa s thi s materia l fo r me ? O r wa s I to hel p Rober t Jarro d b y bein g taught ? W e neve r di d hea r from him. M. "I don' t know. ." Suddenly sh e wa s alarmed . oh . only i f h e decides to come t o me. . "They ar e no t her e t o tel l me. I'v e hesitate d muc h to o long. I aske d he r wh o Rober t Jarrod was . I though t abou t how people tended t o congregate i n homo geneous groups. " she replied . " Catherin e resumed . " Catherine answered . "I must go back. Wa s thi s als o a carry-ove r o f forme r abilities ? Apparently we carried over abilities as well as debts. "Can you tell us what we must know?" I asked. not I. Becaus e I hesitate d I hav e t o wai t again." This wa s interesting . "I mus t com e back. He needs your help. ." she repeated. "Just other spirits. This was the roo t of prejudic e and group hatreds . She ha d mentione d hi s nam e durin g th e las t ses sion. " Whil e she waited. "h e will send me a message. I though t abou t the young Mozart an d hi s incredibl e child hood talents .72 Brim L Weiss.D. "Bu t yo u ar e th e on e to be taught. "I don' t know . They're waiting. . "I must go to the light first. no t thi s one." Bu t I wante d t o hea r more .
if i t existed. . She had never known about the premarital pregnancy. ." "Your brother. " She wa s whining . It' s ver y heavy. she was Catherine a t ag e five. Finally th e tim e mus t hav e bee n right . . minute s silentl y passed .Many Lives. i t hurts . They weren' t marrie d whe n . Many Masters 73 "I'm very restles s being here . a swing on the tree. Her mothe r later confirmed the accuracy of Catherine's revelation. ." I aske d her to loo k at herself. I wa s curiou s whethe r Catherin e coul d reac h thi s state . h e wa s conceived. Why doe s he d o this t o us ? Wh y i s h e s o mean?" I aske d he r t o se e her lif e from a highe r perspectiv e an d t o answe r he r ow n questions . he' s hittin g m e wit h a stick . "He feel s we're an intrusion in his life. But she must b e ther e for some reason. " I wa s surprised . . My nam e is Catherine. The y neve r planne d fo r m y brother. H e doesn't want us. . Although sh e wa s recountin g a lifetime . speakin g like a child. a whit e house . I liv e in the house . . an d a house . " Again . . I' m fiv e years old. . a shortcut to insight and understanding ." This proved to be startling new information for Catherine. m y brothe r eve n more . . . . . worms . Sh e ha d entere d he r presen t lifetime. "I se e appl e tree s . . blond hair . . n o goo d t o eat. "He neve r wante d us. The apple s ar e rotte n . There is a swing. I ha d recentl y rea d abou t peopl e bein g abl e t o d o this. I' m afraid. Whe n the tim e i s right . I d o want t o go. . "H e won' t sto p till he' s hurt us . Sh e ha d falle n int o another lifetime. too?" I asked. . Catherin e no w exhibited a wisdom an d a perspective abou t he r lif e that ha d . "Did something happen there. H e . If sh e could. 'cause we're no t suppose d t o be outside . . the woul d b e a powerful therapeutic technique. " she whispered very softly . Catherine?" "My father is angry at us . "Yes. Som e writers calle d thi s perspectiv e one' s Highe r Sel f o r Greate r Self. . "I have light hair . I wil l go.
. however . I wondere d i f th e prophet s an d sage s of Eastern an d Western religions .52 52Brian L. She could no t tap int o thi s superconscious state ." I aske d her if sh e knew what h e had to learn. awak e intellec t an d he r trance-level superconsciou s mind . . M. "Yes . "This knowl edge i s no t reveale d t o me. such a s he r brother' s conception . "What i s revealed to me is what is important to me. " He r ton e wa s detached . Somehow ther e wa s a "higher " par t o f he r mind . distant . Although no t i n contact wit h the Masters an d their spectacula r knowledge . a stat e wit h simi larities to Catherine's superconscious.D. her fathe r was tormenting her. If so . He wrot e abou t th e collectiv e unconscious . Perhap s thi s wa s th e Highe r Sel f tha t other s have described. Whe n awake . Sh e live d i n the worl d o f everyda y detail . an d th e reason s were becomin g evident . state . a sor t o f superconscious. Catherin e had n o interes t i n philosoph y o r relate d matters . " I stated in a questioning way. Meanwhile. Whil e sh e wa s hypnotized . "H e ha s man y lesson s t o learn. i n he r supercon scious stat e sh e possesse d profoun d insight s an d information . obliviou s o f th e geniu s withi n her. was much mor e anxious an d limited . previously bee n restricte d to the in-between . " wer e able to utilize this superconscious stat e to obtain thei r wisdo m and knowledge . when awake . for we mus t al l posses s thi s superconscious . or spiritual. I woul d hav e fascinatin g philosophical dialogue s wit h he r a t the superconsciou s level . s o he does. much sim pler an d comparatively superficial . Th e consciou s Catherine . what con- . Th e psychoanalys t Carl Jun g wa s awar e o f th e differen t levels o f consciousness . I woul d becom e increasingl y frustrate d b y th e uncrossabl e gulf betwee n Catherine' s conscious . Weiss. nevertheless . those called "actualized. then we all ha d the abilit y to do so.
too. I explained the obvious. Catherine spok e i n a raspy whisper. "I kne w hi m before .o r herself ." She was only three years old. You didn't do anything. "So he must pun ish me . . The y mus t b e learne d one at a time . wha t h e o r sh e lack s o r wha t w e lack . He's making me eat it. I gave her detailed instructions. Only then can we know what th e next perso n needs . and he r whispe r conveyed a feeling of loving detachment. . it was your father. "He' s makin g m e sick ! He' s makin g m e ea t thi s stuff that I don' t want . . In a moment I a m going to count . What could a three-year-old do? It wasn't you. . We hav e lessons t o lear n . I must go back to that time. . ." She spoke in a soft whisper. th e childlik e voic e ha d re turned. Yet she had carried this guilt deep within he r ever since . Many Masters 75 cerns me . He hate s me because of wha t he did. . But he doesn't care!" Catherine began to gag. I wanted to go back to their previou s relation ship.Many Lives. "I t mus t fill some void in him. "You wer e jus t a baby . . and he r fathe r was drunk. lettuce .or hersel f . " sh e gentl y whispered . and he knows I'm gonn a b e sick. " I ha d nearl y forgotte n abou t th e sexual assault when sh e was three years old. Eac h perso n mus t b e concerne d wit h him . ." "He mus t hav e hate d m e then. an d h e hate s himself. onions . eac h on e o f us . I mus t hav e don e somethin g t o mak e hi m d o that. It' s som e foo d ." Although several hours had already passed . . . whole . "You are i n a deep state. t o make us whole. bu t I canno t dra w o n tha t informatio n now. He hate s me for that. Yo u mus t no w reliev e yoursel f o f this guilt. wit h makin g him . . She was gasping for air. stuf f I hate. i n order. I agai n suggested that she view the scene from a higher perspective. . When Catherin e spok e again . that she needed to understand why her father acted this way.
I decide d t o postpone ou r pursui t of th e past-life connection t o her father. . strong an d clear . My eyes met Carole's . The y wil l suffe r greate r retribution i f w e le t the m live . bu t I se e people being killed!" He r voice became lou d an d husky . Thre e .D. And the y wil l b e sent back. Your mind wil l b e free to roa m bac k i n time again . W e hav e n o right . yet peaceful and relaxed . from three to one. When I sa y 'one. We ar e no t t o kill . backward. Only God can punish. "We hav e no righ t t o abruptl y halt peoples' lives before they have lived out their karma. . And they will have to mak e u p t o thos e peopl e tha t the y hur t fo r th e injustice s that the y di d agains t them . back t o the tim e whe n th e connectio n t o your fa ther i n your curren t lif e began. The y ar e haltin g thes e people' s lives. . The y wil l b e lef t i n a very restles s state. but their lives will be very hard. You will be in a deeper state and will fee l totally safe . . The Maste r Spirit s ha d give n u s on e mor e messag e today . When the y di e an d g o t o th e next dimension . not us. and I brough t her out of her trance. . We wer e als o exhausted. and they have no right to do that. They will have n o peace . And we ar e doin g it . Onl y Go d can punis h them. She remembered nothing except her incarnation s as Christian an d a s young Catherine." she whispered.52 52Brian L. Weiss. ' yo u wil l g o bac k t o that lifetim e an d remembe r it ." A minute of silence passed. one. They will be punished. Catherine wa s exhausted. I t i s importan t fo r you r cure . the y wil l suffe r there. "I do not see him . as if a huge weight ha d bee n lifte d from her. n o matte r wha t th e cir cumstances. W e ha d shared an incredible experience. We ha d shiv ered and we had sweated. "They are gone. You ca n d o that . back t o th e tim e tha t ha d th e most significan t bearing on wha t happene d i n your childhoo d between yo u an d him . . . She was tired. tw o . M. " Ther e wa s a long pause. hanging on t o every word .
They lea d ou t t o a path .I no w scheduled Catherine' s weekly session s at the end o f th e day. "Some type of coverin g on the floor. Without givin g him any details. . of th e face . She still ha d tha t peaceful look about her when she came in the following week. she had. Bi g trees ar e al l around . . . "There are books next to the fireplac e o n bot h sides . . It's fuzzy like it's . . . Ther e ar e som e horse s 79 . in her way. . . Bu t then . "I see a porcelain dol l sittin g on som e type of mantel. I marveled at the rapidity of he r progress . It's him . She had talke d wit h he r fathe r on th e phone. . the man' s face . I asked her what she was seeing. forgiven him. yes . " She had quickly fallen into a deep trance. of course . an d th e cours e he r therapy had taken was certainly unique. it is an animal skin. It' s a roo m withi n som e house . because they were lasting several hours. There ar e fou r steps—column s on the fron t of th e house—fou r steps down. . som e type of animal-ski n cover ing on th e floor. Catherine wa s hardl y a n ordinar y patient . I had neve r seen her this serene. To th e righ t ther e ar e tw o glas s door s . There ar e candlestick s nex t t o th e doll . . . " Sh e wa s scannin g the room. . deep-seate d anxie ties and fear s to improv e s o dramatically. . that lea d out onto the veranda. An d a paintin g . It was rare fo r a patient wit h suc h chronic.
. . remainin g amon g th e flowers. th e year mus t b e somewhere . The horses kicked me. big flowers . It' s neithe r ho t no r cold. I work there. No w I foun d mysel f i n th e mos t un usual positio n o f havin g reincarnatio n bein g prove d scientifi cally righ t i n my offices in the Departmen t o f Psychiatry . I took he r back int o th e house . . "I don' t se e a name. . "My le g i s very . awa y fro m the fascinat ing yellow flowers. th e flowers ." Sh e wa s distracte d b y thes e flowers." W e wer e no t makin g an y progres s i n identifyin g th e locale. . I t hurts. Sh e ha d never eve n remotel y approache d th e statu s o f a Cleopatr a o r a Napoleon . . "I hav e brow n hair . "ver y heavy . . Weiss. "I can' t . . ." I told her to look at herself. . ofte n point t o th e muc h highe r tha n expecte d frequenc y of incarna tions a s famou s people. "bu t th e year . ther e ar e tree s an d yello w flowers. t o som e post s tha t at e sitting out front. hi s so n does . "It's ver y temperate . "No . Catherin e too k a deep breath." "Do yo u kno w wher e thi s is? " I inquired . " Onc e agai n sh e wa s cas t a s a servant . Th e horse s ar e bridle d . . Doubter s o f reincarnation . . " sh e whispered . yellow flowers with blac k center s i n them. bu t it' s no t breezy . It' s th e eighteent h century . M." Sh e paused . I t almos t feel s like it' s no t there . I kee p hearin g Aaro n . I aske d her about the climate. . M y le g i s hurt .52 52Brian L." I aske d i f h e owned th e house. I hav e som e typ e o f . " Catherine continued . . outside. "The y smell wonderful . . brown curl y hair . includin g m y ow n scientifically traine d sel f unti l th e past tw o months . . bu t I don't . An d much more than reincarnatio n was being revealed. the y smel l sweet . .D. and I aske d he r whos e portrai t wa s abov e the mantel. strang e flowers. ver y prett y yellow flowers. I wa s re minded o f a field of sunflower s in the sout h o f France . hi s nam e i s Aaron.
" Sh e wa s visibl y i n grea t pain . He's a very. M y famil y wa s ver y poor. I d o no t kno w them. . some type of whit e bonne t .Many Lives. W e gathe r u p th e eggs . . shoe . "The wif e i s rather plump . He ha s very curl y hai r an d blu e eyes. an d white . I t hurt s ter ribly. . the fee d i n th e barn . a blue dres s with some typ e of pinafor e on the dress . whit e wit h man y ribbon s o n it. but not a child. . . I see a man. They'r e brow n eggs. . . very dowdy-looking . of course. . H e kicked m e wit h hi s shoe . no. "I se e somethin g whit e . I don' t se e anybod y wit h me. Some type of bonnet." I asked if they are married. . There ar e chickens . Very small . . " sh e added . bu t no t i n the main house. . " I live d here . "It' s . I wa s brough t t o th e estat e whe n I wa s ver y young. "I wa s responsibl e fo r servin g . Ther e ar e othe r peopl e workin g i n the stable area. Many Masters 81 bonnet on. " I can smell th e hay." I aske d i f sh e live s there . I als o ha d somethin g t o d o wit h milkin g th e cows. " He r voice grew softer as the pain finally subsided. . I inquire d abou t he r own fam ily in the eighteenth century. . I don' t se e them. fo r servin g i n th e bi g house. I t jus t happened . . Bu t m y le g hurts . My house i s very small . I directe d he r t o mov e ahea d i n tim e t o th e nex t significant event in that lifetime. " I fel t a bit stupid . on e room . . An d ther e are tw o daughters . apron . th e house i s provided fo r us. " He r mat e di d no t see m familiar. "Not thei r understandin g o f marriage ." I asked about her duties. with feathers and white ribbons. " I wanted to know more about the owners. "I don' t know . . yes . anticipating m y nex t questio n whethe r an y ha d appeare d ye t in Catherine's curren t lifetime . I'm young." "Who is wearing the hat? Is it—" She cut me off. I liv e with him. . very mea n horse. . Must be a hat. " Wa s sh e bor n there? "No . . "Sho e . "The lad y of th e house .
." Her voic e was louder an d husky . lyin g o n th e bed . She answered quickly. " Sh e wa s breathin g rapidl y an d shal lowly. " sh e answere d softly . " I see a wonderfu l light . Weiss. . . We ca n only watc h th e peopl e coming and going. . He r breathin g returne d t o normal. It's difficult to breathe." "Why? D o they treat you poorly?" "Because w e ar e poor. . . . . . i n grea t pain . . It has a minty odor to it. in a loud whisper. . the marriag e o f on e o f thei r daughters . I fee l very light . It' s a ba d pai n . "I liv e ou t m y lif e there. My chest is very heavy. I hav e pai n i n m y ches t an d m y back . If ther e was.D. And we have so little compared t o what the y have. I don't believe they have newspapers there. " Documentatio n wa s provin g difficul t to com e by i n thi s lifetime . M. I see nothing lik e that. ." "What are you feeling?" "Hatred. Wonderful people. "I se e a house. They'r e giving me something to drink. "D o yo u se e yoursel f a t th e wedding? " I asked. an d he r bod y relaxed . . He r lif e wa s bot h difficul t an d hopeless . . "I hav e left my body. . I'm lyin g i n bed . The servants are not allowed. . They are coming to help me. I progressed her to the day of her death. "We're no t a t th e wedding. he r fac e softened. " There wa s a lon g pause . . Th e whol e estat e joined i n the celebration. "No. something warm." I asked if there wa s anything i n the newspaper abou t the wedding. I would hav e had her look at the date. They ar e no t afraid. "an d we'r e bonded t o them. . Ther e ar e peopl e comin g t o me .52 52Brian L." "Do yo u eve r ge t t o leav e th e estate ? O r d o yo u liv e ou t your life there?" She answere d wistfully . Afte r a fe w minute s o f agony . difficul t t o talk. " I coul d feel he r sadness .
an d yo u wil l accep t you r death ." Catherine asked. . You r sou l i s peacefu l an d serene . It's a tim e of comfort. "What are you experiencing?" I ventured. Fo r now. ." She paused. You'r e amon g you r friends. But we're there. It's wonderful. " I thin k th e understanding o f thi s wil l hel p us . It's like a power source. Yo u leav e al l th e bodil y pain s behin d you. . "I have a question to ask. "Somebody—you o r th e Masters." "Of whom." She continued to wait. th e soul finds peace here . lik e th e su n i s alway s shinin g o n you . "Yes. I se e man y people . . resting in this light. we choose when we will come into our physical stat e and whe n w e wil l leave . It' s a wonderfu l feeling • • • wonderful . others are not. W e kno w whe n w e hav e accom plished wha t w e wer e sen t dow n her e t o accomplish . Many Masters 83 "Do yo u hav e an y thought s abou t th e lifetim e yo u jus t left?" "That i s for later. Is there anyon e there wh o can answe r tha t question?" Th e roo m fel t cold. When Catherin e spok e again . I jus t feel the peace. waiting. . her voice was deeper an d more resonant . " "Does it have a color?" "It's many colors. The ligh t i s s o brilliant ! Everythin g come s fro m th e light ! Energy come s fro m thi s light . The part y mus t b e comforted. It's almos t lik e a magnetic force that we'r e attracte d to . It knows how to heal. as minutes slowly passed. jus t peacefulness . Som e ar e fa miliar. Th e questio n i s this : D o we choos e th e time s an d th e manne r o f ou r birt h an d ou r death? Ca n w e choose our situation ? Ca n w e choose th e tim e of our passing over again? I think understandin g that will ease a lot of your fears.Many Lives. It was the voice of a poet. Ou r sou l immediately goe s there. "Nothing . " I hedged . Th e sou l . I decide d t o push fhe pace. It wa s a voice I ha d never heard before. W e know whe n th e tim e i s up . They ar e al l there .
somebod y wh o con trols things . yet detached an d universal . and it felt distantly familiar. The love felt warm an d real. M. Whe n yo u hav e time . a chance to fulfill what they must when they're in physical state. Sh e wa s someho w listenin g to . you are allowed t o choose your re-entry bac k int o th e physica l state . wit h a characteristi c voic e an d style ." She also knew this knowledge was not coming from herself. fro m who m the previou s wisdom-lade n message s ha d come . Thi s wa s a new spirit . ye t whos e voic e an d thought s wer e steepe d wit h love. poeti c an d serene. I ca n onl y hea r hi s voice and try to tell you what he says. someon e wh o "control s things. "wh o is talking?" Catherine answere d i n he r familia r sof t whisper . Th e voic e o f someon e ver y . . "In the Masters. Weiss. "Wh o i s speakin g t o me. who are not sure of thei r return here . bu t I don' t kno w wh o i t is . It relaye d a feeling of lovin g detachmen t o r detache d loving kindness. " Thu s anothe r Maste r had appeared . no r fro m th e unconscious . then conveying to me. differen t from the one . " I implored . or several . they might los e the chance that was given them. " I don' t know. whe n yo u hav e ha d th e tim e t o rest and re-energiz e you r soul . It fel t blissful ." "No faith in which people?" I queried.D.52 52Brian L. No t even he r superconsciou s self . the words or thoughts of someon e very special." "No faith?" . yet no t smotherin g o r emotiona l o r binding . . not fro m th e subconscious . Catherine's whispe r gre w louder . " I hav e n o fait h i n thes e people. For you kno w tha t you can get nothin g mor e out of thi s lifetime. Thos e peopl e wh o hesi tate. This was a Master who spoke about death withou t an y hesitation." I kne w immediately an d completely that thi s was not Cath erine speaking .
. faith . Th e res t o f u s continue t o as k fo r rewards rewards an d justification s fo r ou r behavio r . I hav e lac k o f faith . bu t I don' t hav e any . . Ther e ar e s o man y ways to demonstrate them . doin g unselfishly. "People o f th e religiou s order s hav e com e close r tha n an y of u s hav e becaus e they'v e take n thes e vow s o f chastit y an d obedience. to mak e ourselve s better ? Are our paths the same? " I asked . w e mus t hav e faith . Many Masters 85 "No. Som e o f u s are quicke r t o accep t the m tha n others . . But I did not have the faith." She was calmly eval uating he r eighteenth-centur y life . That's wh y m y lif e has bee n s o difficult. rewards that we want. I aske d he r wha t sh e ha d learned in that lifetime. It' s no t jus t on e hop e an d on e fait h an d on e love—s o many thing s fee d int o eac h on e o f these . "Everybody's pat h i s basically th e same . but doin g without expectin g anythin g . . . were al l different from both Catherine's and from the masculine. love . The reward i s in doing. The voice. . And ye t we'v e only tappe d int o a little bit of each one. the tone . hope . whe n ther e are no rewards. I als o ha d t o lear n tha t I hav e no control ove r my life. They will guide me through out. I must have faith in the Masters. I ha d n o faith in that lifetime. We al l mus t lear n certain attitude s whil e we'r e i n physica l state . "What shoul d yo u do . I wan t control . . . . . W e must hav e fait h . I neve r looke d a t thing s ver y pleasantly . w e mus t al l kno w thes e thing s an d kno w the m well. "I learne d abou t ange r an d resentment . poetic Master who had just spoken." She paused. The answe r cam e fro m the Master wh o las t wee k ha d spoke n o f intuitiv e power s an d of returning fro m comas.Many Lives. . I choose to doubt instead of believe. They've given u p so much without askin g fo r anything i n return . An d I doubt . abou t harborin g your feeling s towar d people . Charity . I felt like I was doomed from the beginning . the style . . and I do.
D. o r shoul d I change something ? O r follo w up i n a specific area? Ho w ca n I help her the best?" The answe r cam e i n th e dee p voic e o f th e poe t Master . an d I felt the lovin g detachment of a universal spirit. " I nee d guidance . not fo r her. " I added . "I hav e no t learne d that. I leaned forward in my chair. "Forme?" "Yes. But thi s is for you. " . "Can I kno w you r names? " I asked . No t t o overindulge. . "Anything don e to exces s . "You ar e doing what i s correct. I have so much to know. but he said "we. Yo u wil l understand . . . several Master Spirits in attendance. "I'm trying. the n you r lif e wil l b e ended . Perhap s th e Master s ha d no t ye t left . ." There were . Weiss. You have much time ahead of yo u . M." She paused again. immediatel y wincin g at th e mundan e natur e o f m y question . " Catherin e added . . For a momen t I wa s confused b y th e wor d "chastity. Bu t no t befor e then. The voice was soft and tender. The n I decide d t o focu s o n Cath erine. . muc h time. " bu t I remembere d tha t the root meant "pure. i n time. . . . "You wil l b e guide d i n time . Yo u really do understand. indeed. "What ca n I d o to bes t hel p Catherin e t o overcom e he r fear s an d anxieties ? And t o lear n he r lessons ? I s thi s th e bes t way . Yo u wil l b e guide d . " referring to a much different state from that of just sexual abstinence. I listened in awe." Not onl y wa s he referrin g to Catherine in the third person. "." sh e continued." The answe r wa s a lov e poem ." Once again. i n he r sof t whisper. the message was that this was for my benefit more than for Catherine's. a poe m abou t m y lif e an d my death.52 52Brian L. . . What w e sa y is for you. Whe n yo u accomplis h wha t yo u hav e bee n sen t her e to accomplish . i n excess .
The implications were overwhelming. Th e transformatio n graduall y crep t int o m y awareness . The Masters were gone. I pon dered th e miraculou s messages . Catherine wa s becomin g restless . not i n years. watchin g a gam e w e both enjoy . lifetime s measured i n lessons learne d and tasks fulfilled. Bu t fo r wha t purpose ? Wha t was I sen t her e t o accomplish? The dramati c message s an d event s cascadin g upo n m e i n the offic e mirrored dee p change s i n m y persona l an d famil y life. For example. I was driving with m y son to a college basebal l game whe n w e becam e stuc k i n a hug e traffi c jam . charity. faith. . fall ing.Many Lives. I wa s gla d h e w as no t mor e specific . and no w we would mis s the first innin g o r tw o a s well . The light after death and the life after death. M y nec k an d shoulde r muscle s wer e relaxed . too. falling . an d w e wer e passin g th e time talking t o each other. the whol e outin g would have been ruined. the sure and unerrin g guidance of th e Masters. . tryin g t o find m y lif e . our choosing when we are born and when we will die. . hope. Sh e spoke in a small whisper. I didn' t take ou t m y irritatio n o n m y son . I wa s awar e o f no t bein g annoyed. ver y personalize d message s from very spiritual sources. Ha d w e chose n t o shar e th e . "I'm falling . I woul d loo k a t m y childre n an d m y wif e an d wonde r i f we ha d bee n togethe r before . . Many Masters 87 I wa s simultaneousl y anxiou s an d relieved . I wasn' t projecting the blam e o n som e incompeten t driver. I becam e aware of jus t wantin g t o spend a happ y afternoo n wit h Jordan . doing withou t expectation s o f return—thi s knowledg e wa s for me . The goal o f th e afternoo n was t o spen d tim e to gether. If I ha d become annoye d an d angry . and I did. I hav e always been annoye d by traffic jams." She sighed. and love .
scientific manner. I realize d tha t their flaws an d fault s ar e minor .52 52Brian L. I didn't need to try to be perfect or in control al l the time. Sh e kne w ho w driven I was to pursue the experience with Catherine in a careful. As the critica l evidence mounte d tha t Catherin e wa s indee d revealin g grea t truths. trials an d tragedie s an d joy s o f thi s life ? Wer e w e ageless ? I fel t a great lov e and tenderness toward them . There really was no need to impress anyone. Carole fel t and share d m y apprehension s an d m y joys . I wa s ver y gla d tha t I coul d shar e thi s experienc e wit h Carole. fo r th e same reasons. Weiss. Carol e ha s a n analytical min d an d i s ver y wel l grounded . Thes e ar e no t reall y s o im portant. Love is.D. W e woul d ofte n tal k afte r dinne r an d sor t ou t m y feelings an d reaction s t o Catherine' s sessions . M. . I eve n foun d mysel f overlookin g m y ow n flaws. an d she would pla y th e devil's advocat e to help me look a t this information objectively.
" I wondered how long these sessions would continue because she wa s improvin g ever y week . We ha d no t ha d a traditiona l psychotherap y sessio n fo r months. We woul d cha t fo r a fe w minutes to catch up on the events of th e week . " I prevaile d upo n he r t o listen . Afte r all . an d the n sh e mad e m e turn i t off . None wa s necessary . sh e wa s providin g m e wit h celestia l poetry i n additio n t o past-lif e recall . She sai d tha t i t wa s jus t to o weir d an d mad e he r uncomfortable.V Vhe n Catherin e arrive d fo r he r nex t appointmen t on e week later . I remembered "thi s is for you. Otherwise her progress was remarkable. beautiful. No w onl y a fe w ripple s re mained i n her once-turbulent pond . I tol d he r tha t sh e ha d related informatio n from after-death experiences. Silently. i t was al l somewha t "eerie. I t was wonderful . I wante d t o share it with her . Besides . I wa s ready to play th e tap e of las t week' s incred ible dialogue . not for her. then mov e quickly 91 . and i t cam e throug h her . even thoug h she had n o memory a t al l of th e in-betwee n o r spiritua l state . and the relationship with Stuart was still literally touch and go. uplifting. Overwhelmingl y improve d an d happier. She wa s reluctan t t o listen . She was still afrai d of en closed places. She listened t o her sof t whisper on th e tap e fo r onl y a fe w minutes . she ha d n o nee d t o liste n t o thi s material.
We hav e t o sta y awa y fro m the vil lage. sh e wa s nearl y cured . tha t ther e ar e deficiencies in one or several brain chemicals. And sh e was radiant. serene . . . to the hypnoti c regression . Catherine was virtually cured . There ar e other peopl e wit h me . H e ap pears. Her voic e wa s a sof t whispe r again . It's very hot i n th e room . the absenc e of symptoms . The ceiling is blue an d gold . . th e patient s ar e als o often i n intensiv e psychotherap y o r attendin g phobi a grou p therapy sessions . "I' m i n a building . bu t . Psychiatrist s are now using high doses of tranquilizer s and antidepressan t medicine s t o trea t peopl e wit h Catherine' s symptoms. Ther e ar e man y figures i n th e room . Whether du e t o th e actua l memo ries o f majo r trauma s o r dail y minitrauma s o r t o th e proces s of relivin g the experiences. ." "Are you sick?" "Yes. . o r group therapy . with wings. Ther e ar e also some pieces. ol d .D. He's very evil.52 52Brian L. Sh e was n o longe r afrai d of losin g control. As I hypnotize d Catherin e t o a deep trance state . I though t about ho w remarkabl e an d wonderful i t wa s that i n a perio d of weeks . I n additio n t o th e medicines . M. Thi s wa s no t jus t th e suppression o f symptom s no r th e grittin g o f teet h an d livin g through it . very old an d dirty. He' s very large. Man y psychiatrist s believ e tha t symptom s such a s Catherine' s hav e a biologica l basis . something with a domed ceiling. . It' s ho t becaus e ther e ar e n o openings int o th e room . we ar e al l sick . very hot . a life racked by fears. Sh e had no fea r of death o r dying. He r phobias and panic attack s had just abou t disappeared. traditional therapy . Weiss. There's something wrong with us. They're dresse d i n . . . I don't kno w ho w we got there . I don't kno w wha t i t i s we have. some pieces standing on some stone structure. without the us e of medicines . . an d happ y beyon d my wildest hopes. There's a larg e gol d figure a t on e en d o f th e room . . This was a cure. som e type of robe .
" "Is there no hope?" I felt the infectious despair. The ai r is very dry . lik e leprosy . ver y stale . He' s brow n wit h horns." sh e answere d gloomily . Ther e i s no cure for this. And there i s much pai n in m y hands." "Do you know th e nam e of th e illness ? Wha t i s it called? " "No. We hav e bee n curse d . Ther e is no way back. living in a cave. too. big horns. My whol e body i s weak. Many Masters 93 our ski n dies . . t o die. I a m old . W e must stay out. "We mus t hun t fo r our food . fo r some evi l w e hav e done . i n th e spiritua l state . We ar e sick. We have been cast out ." This diseas e sounde d terrible . . Th e ski n get s ver y dr y an d shrivel s up . We wil l al l die. . . . we just await our death. an d you'r e lef t ther e to die. and reassur ing constancy. Some of the faces are deformed. "How long do you have to stay there?" "Forever. Onl y afte r death. It become s ver y black . . And thi s i s our punishment. W e canno t retur n t o th e village . was there a welcome. "Do you know what year it is?" "We have lost track of time. " Th e sand s of he r theolog y wer e constantly shiftin g i n th e hourglas s o f he r lives . I se e some type of wil d beas t that w e ar e huntin g fo r . I fee l very cold . we ha d no t ye t stumble d acros s it .Many Lives." She suffered a wretched existence. "There i s no hope. "unti l w e die . wit h horns . the y canno t g o neat o r the y wil l suffe r from the evil ." ." "Does anybody visit you?" "No." "What happens when you cannot move anymore?" "You ar e move d t o anothe r cave . There ar e others who have jus t arrived . I hav e bee n there fo r years. I t i s difficult for me to move. I f sh e ha d onc e had a glamorou s lifetime .
an d I can' t move. just lying there." "What is the room for?" "It is for the worship .D. building s wit h roun d columns . feel s . . "Yes. . i n th e hot . They're movin g somebody. Weiss. It's wonderful!" "Are you in pain?" "No!" Sh e paused. . The mout h o f th e cav e wa s already seale d shut . Sh e wa s frightene d an d miserable . M. sh e was whiske d away . "I fee l ver y ligh t . " "Is it you?" "I don't know . It's very hot." Catherine' s lip s wer e draw n thi n i n pain . an d I awaite d th e Masters . We ar e outside. . I can't se e . . . s o hot . I too k he r to the da y of her death." "Do they ever seal a cave before the person i s dead?" I wa s searching for a clue to her fear of enclosed places. I se e something white. "I se e something white . dark cave . Instead . " Sh e wa s dying . I hav e neve r bee n there . "I' m fallin g ver y fast . "I se e buildings . He r breathing gre w mor e rapi d an d irregular . s o ho t i n her e . . It' s ver y beautiful . "Is it hard to breathe?" I asked. an d sh e mercifull y died. We ar e watchin g something . . . There ar e trees—olive trees— around. . some type of canopy. She was still panting. It' s ver y brigh t here. . It's very hot. I'm agains t the wall. ver y dark . . "I d o no t know . I will welcome death. lik e I' m floating. My body is in so much pain. . ." I advance d he r i n time.52 52Brian L. "What do they do with the dead?" "They seal the entrance to the cave. I' m i n th e roo m with other people. I'm goin g bac k t o a body!" She seemed as surprised as I was. an d sh e wa s panting becaus e o f th e hea t i n the cave . ending this anguished life. Ther e ar e many buildings. man y gods. paralyze d and alone .
these cover their faces . They're dresse d i n lon g robes ." Her choice of words was interesting . He r description of hersel f an d the presence of oliv e trees reminde d me o f Catherine' s Greek-lik e lifetim e fiftee n hundre d year s before Christ. square s and circles. ." She paused. yo u ar e m y mother's brother. They are on a platform ." "What else do you know of me? " "You ar e old ." "Are there people with you that you know?" "Yes. "Do you have children?" "I am with child now. Diogenes. You teach. Someho w w e ar e relate d . somehow ancien t an d no t a t al l lik e Catherine' s consciou s style. . an d the y hav e masks that cove r their faces . You ar e there somewher e . Many Masters 95 People have on very funny masks. . . "What do I do there?" "You are just watching. you are there. We wer e bac k thirty-fiv e centuries . It i s some festivities ." "What do you look like? Look at yourself. . but you teach. when I wa s her teacher . . ." "Do you know others of my family?" . funny things." "Are you watching a play?" "Yes. I do not know him " [in her present lifetime].Many Lives. Diogenes . . " So I wa s right . my husband is sitting next to me." "I hav e brow n hair. . I decided t o investigate. "Is your father there?" "I d o no t se e him. . bu t no t with me. W e have learned fro m you . "Do you know the date?" "No. . abov e where we sit. My hair is in a braid. They preten d t o b e wha t they'r e not.
. It' s ver y cold . Somebod y must hel p me." "Yes. ." I tol d he r t o breath e deeply . I'm too tired. I want my baby. . Her labor lasted several more agonizing minutes.52 52Brian L. . I' m afraid . "Where are you?" I inquired." "Has your father raised you?" "Yes." "And you're afraid it will happen to you also?" "It happens many times. sh e died very young." "Did that happen to your mother?" "Yes. Weiss. I' m havin g pain. "Do you feel better now?" "Very weak . . s o much blood!" "Do you know what you will name her?" "No.D. Yo u hav e sons." "Your baby is here. . . an d your children. . I a m frightened . ." "Is this your first child?" "Yes." "You're expecting a baby?" "Yes. an d I ha d no t delivere d an y in th e fourtee n year s sinc e m y obstetric s rotatio n i n medica l school. She had a daughter. She was panting an d groaning a t the same time. " Sh e wa s exhausted . I in - . "a little girl. but I am married now. . The baby wa s about to be born . Catherine ha d neve r ha d a baby. M y mother ha s died . I' m ver y big . I t i s uncomfortable fo r m e t o move . . I t i s cold. m y husban d i s pleased. "I kno w your wife . and then he r child was born. M. . I d o no t wan t t o di e whil e th e bab y i s born. ." I ad-libbed. Two o f the m ar e older tha n I . I expec t i t soon . " Sh e ha d moved hersel f ahea d i n time. Somebod y mus t hel p me . "I'm lyin g o n somethin g stone . th e bab y woul d b e bor n without pain.
. You have helped my sisters. " "Is it a pretty land? " "Yes. . Un fortunately. "Yes.Many Lives. I did not have access to that information. bu t I know you. . "Do you feel better now?" "Yes. . I wa s he r uncle ." sh e whispered . yo u understan d th e symbols . . . i n tha t lifetime . " Thi s wa s a twist . with much food. Yo u g o wit h th e younge r peopl e because you understand the charts. . . " "It sounds like a Greek town. " . I awakened her from the nap. . s o yo u ca n kno w what yo u teach . There are many things in the baskets . . Yo u ar e old . . Yo u trave l t o learn . Cathenia." I prompted. Yo u have helped us. . They have baskets on them. I se e animals . ." "Which charts do you mean? Charts of the stars?" "You. . olde r an d wiser . . . . sh e was asking me if I knew the answe r to my own question." "All right. hel p them to make maps." "Do you recognize other people from the village?" "I do not know them . . it's very comforting. I hav e not. Since. . foo d . "Have you lived all your life in the village?" I asked. I lik e t o jus t si t nex t t o you. . "bu t yo u travel . . . Do you know that? You have been away from the villag e an d returned . som e red fruits. . Yo u ar e ver y kind . The y ar e carryin g somethin g o n their backs. Yo u ca n hel p the m t o make ." "Do you kno w th e nam e o f th e land ? Wha t d o you call i t when a stranger asks you the name of the village?" "Cathenia . t o lear n th e lan d . After a minute or two. You are very wise. "I don't know that. . . . the different trade routes so you can put them down an d mak e maps. Many Masters 97 structed her to take a short nap and to awaken refreshed . How is our relationship?" "Very good . .
but she's not with me. my fathe r an d m y husban d an d I . ." "Yes. though . . " Ther e wa s a lon g pause." "Do you recognize your father?" "Yes . then?" "Yes . she returned to her grief. lookin g fo r tha t recognition o f a significan t person i n Catherine' s curren t life . fo r I a m old.52 52Brian L. M." She was not ready to deal with my death." "What is the occasion?" "It is some . very flat and thin. . "I have three. . an d re d fruit . whe n I mus t leav e you . It's wher e they put people when they die. I don' t want to see him.D. flat bread. Edward . . An d othe r peopl e in the village." "Do you have to look?" "Yes. I know . it' s a square box. ." "Did someone die. I feel very sad. Weiss." "No. " I suggested ." "Are people eating the bread?" "Yes. figs and olive s . "There come s a time . They will take him away to bury him." "Is your baby there?" "Yes." "Is your father there?" "Yes. There i s flat bread. ye s . Ho w man y childre n d o yo u have? " Th e re porter in me was not letting her grieve. . . An d the y hav e kille d some sheep . . There ar e figs. two boys and a girl. "I see something white. som e festival. "It's a white . ." After dutifully answering my question. "Yes. The y ar e roastin g th e sheep. " She had again progressed herself i n time. . . I don' t lik e t o loo k a t him . m y father . "I see some bread. "They have put hi s . . She's with my sister." "Look closel y a t you r sister. . . I do not know her.
even though sh e had no t experienced he r deat h in that lifetime . "Have I died by this time. This week we had gone through two lifetimes in considerabl e detail ." "Have yo u outlive d you r children ? The y wil l tak e car e o f you. I awaite d th e Masters . " sh e explained ." She sounded lik e a little girl ." "Are you feeling better yet?" "No! When you die I'll be alone." "But you know so much. We ar e drinking some grapes. unde r som e cover . Afte r severa l mor e minute s o f waiting .Many Lives. . I asked if she could talk to the Master Spirits. " I reassured her. " I canno t speak until I do. "You wil l ge t by . " Sh e seeme d very sad. too . You'l l b e safe. ." "What do I look like now?" "You are very. Afte r muc h waiting . Many Masters 99 body unde r something . " Sh e ha d apparentl y crosse d ove r int o th e spiritual state . ." She neve r di d reac h tha t plane . "Are you more peaceful? Where are you now?" "I don' t know. "I hav e no t reache d tha t plane. too?" "No. grapes in a cup. Yo u kno w a lot . bu t Catherin e continued t o rest . and she appeared to be resting peacefully. . very old. I brought her out of the trance.
from Master Spirits who spoke with a wisdom and in a style well beyond Catherine's capabilities . evaluating and treating outpatients. lying o n a tropical beach . I ha d treate d man y patient s wit h borderlin e syn 103 . Over the years I ha d treated man y hundreds . Ther e was . an d the y reflecte d th e entir e spectrum of emotiona l disorders. and various other settings. indeed . I ha d spen t years in psychiatri c emergency rooms. waking state. perhaps thou sands. a lo t t o contem plate. and facts—whic h she ha d n o knowledg e of in her normal. birth an d rebirth .Ihree week s passed before our nex t session. o f psychiatri c patients . improvement i n her symptom s through th e regressions—improvemen t no t eve n remotel y achieved by conventional psychotherapy over the first eighteen months o f treatment . On my vacation. about life and death. spiritua l poetry . chillingl y accurat e revelation s fro m th e after-death. an d lesson s abou t th e dimension s after death. conveyin g knowledg e sh e ha d n o access to . I knew all about the audi tory an d visua l hallucination s an d th e delusion s o f schizo phrenia. outpatient clinics. processes. spiritua l state . I ha d th e tim e an d distanc e t o re flect on wha t ha d transpire d wit h Catherine : hypnoti c regres sion t o pas t live s wit h detaile d observation s an d explanation s of objects . I had directed inpatien t unit s at fou r major medical schools.
Eve n i f Catherin e wer e a skille d actress . Som e of i t wa s particu larly psychic. Sh e i s not a scholar .D. and she had no sociopathic traits. It wa s real .g. no t ou t o f touc h wit h reality . I was certain that th e material originate d fro m som e portio n o f he r unconsciou s mind. Weiss. Sh e ha d knowledg e tha t she ha d neve r ha d acces s to ." an d ha d neve r ha d an y spli t o r multipl e personalities . i n he r presen t life. historica l events . o r accumulated . dromes an d hysterica l characte r disorders . Thi s knowledge . includin g spli t o r multiple personalities . such as the references to specific events an d facts from my own pas t (e. an d poetr y tha t cam e through her. . She did not use drugs. lyin g beyond her capacity. details. That is . descriptions . Wha t had occurre d wa s no t a manifestatio n o f psychiatri c illness . Catherine had none of these symptoms or syndromes. the knowledg e abou t m y fathe r an d my son) . she was generally awar e of wha t she wa s doin g an d thinking . a s wel l a s th e whol e experience . The materia l sh e produce d wa s ofte n beyon d he r consciou s capabilities i n bot h styl e and content . di d no t functio n o n "automati c pilot. wa s alien t o he r cultur e an d upbringin g an d contrar y t o man y o f her beliefs. beyond an y doubt . She did not have a hysterical personality. . an d I wa s ver y familia r wit h th e gamu t o f drug effects on the brain. As a psychiatrist. an d sh e had neve r suffere d fro m hallucination s (seein g o r hearin g things not actually there) o r delusions (fals e beliefs). and she did no t have dissociative tendencies. M. funded by the National Institut e of Dru g Abuse (NIDA) . I ha d bee n a Caree r Teache r i n Dru g and Alcoho l Abuse . The knowledg e wa s to o accurat e an d to o specific . She was no t psychotic .52 52Brian L. an d sh e coul d no t hav e invente d th e facts . Catherine i s a relativel y simpl e an d hones t person . a scientist. sh e coul d no t hav e recreate d thes e happen ings. a s wel l a s fro m he r own .
poverty an d starvation . and her geneti c line was interrupted repeatedly . but als o the daily insults to our bodies . And what of he r surviva l after death an d the in-betwee n state ? Ther e was n o body an d certainly n o genetic material. he r improvement wa s dramaticall y rapid . a forc e apparently muc h mor e effectiv e than conventiona l therap y o r modern medicines . except that the time frame was several thousand years. I wa s lookin g fo r th e pattern s o f thes e in sults. Geneti c memor y require s the unbroke n passag e o f geneti c materia l fro m generation t o generation. suc h a s a trau matic death experience . or b e childless. o r an y othe r horrifying even t tha t migh t leav e a permanen t imprint . an d egos . Onc e w e ha d stumble d int o thi s ne w realm . mas s catastrophe . Th e forc e include s rememberin g an d re living not just momentous traumatic events. and so on. Sh e [an d other s I late r woul d trea t wit h hyp notic regression] was being cured with tremendous rapidity . rather tha n th e usual te n o r fiftee n years. Bu t th e succes s o f ou r unorthodo x exploratio n wa s unquestionable. persisten t persecution and prejudice. In m y questions.Many Lives. and yet her memories continued. Her geneti c pool ended and was not transmitted. or di e i n her youth. illnes s an d handicaps . There i s som e powerfu l curativ e forc e i n thi s realm . No. . Many Masters 105 I pondered the therapeutic purpose of exploring Catherine' s past lives . But wer e ther e othe r explanation s fo r Catherine's past-lif e memories? Coul d th e memories be carried i n her genes? Thi s possibility i s scientificall y remote . pattern s suc h a s chroni c emotiona l o r physica l abuse . a s we scanned lifetimes . Therefore my ques tions were more direct and more leadin g than i n conventiona l therapy. repeated failures . withou t an y medicine . the genetic explanation had to be discarded. She would die in a flood with her offspring. minds. Catherine live d al l over the earth. I also kept an ey e ou t fo r thos e mor e piercin g tragedies . Th e technique was similar to reviewing a childhood in conventional therapy. rape .
M. eve n befor e th e visi t fro m m y father and m y son. and my bones also knew. An d wha t abou t th e Master s an d thei r messages ? This cam e throug h Catherin e bu t wa s no t o f Catherine . An d their wisdo m wa s als o reflecte d i n Catherine' s memorie s o f lifetimes. eve n i n dreams . I thought Catherine' s memories were too specific to be explained b y Jung's concept . " Despit e th e three-week hiatus . He r knowledg e coul d no t hav e bee n acquire d i n he r childhood and then similarly suppressed or repressed from consciousness.D. Accordin g t o Jung . Catherine's knowledg e wa s no t onl y detaile d an d specific . Sh e knew thing s tha t could no t b e gleane d fro m a boo k an d the n temporaril y for gotten. My brain with it s years of carefu l scientific training knew this. I t include s motive s an d images that spring anew in every culture. She di d no t revea l symbol s an d universa l image s o r motives . but als o beyon d he r consciou s capacity. She relate d detaile d description s o f specifi c people an d places . What abou t Jung' s ide a o f th e collectiv e unconscious . An d ther e wa s stil l th e in between stat e t o consider . Jung's idea s seeme d to o vague . Weiss. "I se e pot s wit h som e typ e o f oi l i n them.52 52Brian L. I kne w tha t thi s informatio n an d thes e message s were true . I kne w thi s no t onl y fro m man y year s o f carefu l study of people . bu t I als o kne w thi s intuitively . reincarnatio n mad e th e most sense. without relying upon historical traditio n o r dissemination . thei r mind s an d brain s an d personalities . a reservoir o f al l huma n memor y an d experienc e tha t coul d somehow b e tappe d into ? Divergen t culture s ofte n contai n similar symbols . Al l i n all . Catherin e ha d quickl y lapse d int o a dee p . th e col lective unconsciou s wa s no t personall y acquire d bu t "inher ited" someho w i n th e brai n structure .
They're mov ing the jar s and the pots around. a very flat tail. . Sh e wa s enmeshe d i n anothe r body . . I se e a bird. wit h som e type of wa x . ." "Do you know what the oils are used for?" "I don't know." She paused as she observed herself. I see men there ." "Do yo u wor k fo r thes e priests—o r th e men—wit h th e shaved heads?" "It i s my jo b to seal th e jars with the wax. and it s head i s pointing down . your hands . . I have some type of lon g . brow n skin. Tell m e what yo u look like. the y hav e no hair on their heads. stacking them up and puttin g them in a certain area. Th e pot s are re d . I' m sealin g up some of th e jars ." . somethin g o n you r head s an d you r hands . . "There ar e different oils i n the pots . somethin g on th e head s . . "I have a braid. . I don't know what it is. . Their skin i s brown . . ther e are men in the cave. . . Many Masters 107 trance. Their heads are shaved . . wha t i t is . It seem s t o be some typ e of storehous e o r someplac e wher e the y stor e things. . a gold bird. It's flat." "Do yo u se e yourself? Loo k a t yourself . . . long-materia l garmen t on . It ha s a flat tail. . . There's a black .Many Lives. There's a braid in my hair. black sticky substance. that' s aroun d m y neck . . " "But you don't know what the jars are used for?" "They appea r t o b e use d i n som e religiou s ritual . red . . That's m y job. Bu t I' m not sur e . blu e band s aroun d th e top ." "To your feet?" "Yes. I t ha s a gol d borde r around the outside. t o my feet. mad e ou t o f som e typ e o f re d earth . . " "Are you there?" "Yes . There' s som e anointing . . that's th e wa y i t mus t b e worn . The y have blu e band s aroun d them . . . sealin g the top of th e jar s with the wax. . i n anothe r time .
It's very hot and dry." . We jus t kee p the m supplied with the ointments. Go to the events. som e typ e o f whit e jar . The climate is very hot. " "About how old do you appear to be now?" "Sixteen. some type of gold inlay on it. Th e handl e on the top is gold. I t ha s somethin g t o d o wit h th e passage into the other world. "There's a whit e jar . they're empty. ." "Are you living with your parents?" "Yes.D. no t me . somebody's baby. It' s no t very large. som e typ e o f ston e dwelling . . too ." "Is that your baby?" "No. bu t I don' t know what for. The y us e that . "Where is it?" "It's i n a marble container . I do not know the name." I progressed her in time. and a baby." "Do you see other people around in your family?" "I see a brother." "Are you the person to be passing now?" "No! It is no one I know." "I'm there." "Go to your house." "What is significant now? G o t o something significan t that explains your symptoms i n your curren t lifetime . the incense.52 52Brian L. a ston e house . We nee d t o understand. . Weiss." "What is in the jar?" "Some typ e o f ointment . and my mother i s there. M. too? T o prepare people for this passage?" "No. or the date?" "There's nothing on the walls. It is safe to experience it. Th e pries t mus t d o that ." "Is ther e anythin g i n th e cav e fo r you t o rea d s o tha t yo u can tel l m e th e nam e o f th e country—th e place—wher e yo u live." "Is this your job.
exactly a s she ha d recounte d th e life time severa l month s ago ." "But you get sick. You become ill. . The y ." "People dying?" "Yes . Many Masters 109 She answere d i n a very sof t whisper . . . . the y don't know what it is. I' m ver y col d . . not from this?" "No. The y thin k i t come s fro m th e wate r . water. . I do not die. fac t for fact. . one that sh e had regresse d t o previously. "But you don't die. The bodie s wer e kep t i n caves . a water-born e plagu e ha d kille d Catherine's fathe r and one of he r brothers. But first." "What wa s the practice? " I marvele d a t th e consistenc y o f her recall . Many peopl e ar e dying. . bu t sh e ha d no t die d fro m it . Catherine ha d als o suffered from th e illness . . ver y cold . . Th e people use d garli c an d othe r herb s t o tr y t o war d of f th e plague." "An illness? " Suddenly it dawned on me that she was agai n touching on a n ancient lifetime . Agai n thi s deviatio n fro m the nor mal burial customs greatly upset her. " I alread y kne w the ending. I n tha t lifetime . Someon e dies. The y mus t bur y them . "Everythin g i n time . They must bur y th e peo ple. .Many Lives. Catherin e ha d bee n upse t becaus e th e dea d wer e no t being properly embalmed." "Yes. She's very weak . an d some thing black. an d on e brothe r die s also . . th e bodie s ha d t o b e prepare d b y th e priests . But no w w e had approache d tha t lifetim e fro m a different angle. I nee d wate r . "People wer e put i n caves . "Does it have something to do with the water?" I asked . I see people dying. . an d peopl e ar e upse t becaus e it' s against religious practices. . "They believ e so ." "Who dies?" "My fathe r dies . sh e recovers. M y mothe r i s okay.
52 52Brian L. must b e wrappe d an d anointed ." "Do you remember the names of any gods?" . bu t the lan d i s flooding." "Tannis. . "Is that wha t they called it? Tannis? " "I just . I t wa s a religio n o f fea r . ." "Is there a way of treating it? Did anything work?" "We wer e given herbs . . you r nose. . . Purpl e . . I can smell it!" "Do you recognize the smell?" "It's white. fruit o r somethin g roun d wit h purpl e covering . .D." "Is it like garlic?" "It's hun g aroun d ." "Is the purple a fruit of some sort?" "Tannis. . . yes . . I keep hearing 'Tannis. th e propertie s ar e similar . fear . "th e religio n of tha t time .' " "What i n this lifetime has buried itsel f i n your current lifetime? Wh y d o you keep coming back here ? Wha t i s it that i s so uncomfortable?" "The religion. you r ears . The odor s . ." "Would that help you? Is that for the illness?" "It was at that time. . " "Do you recogniz e the culture tha t you'r e in ? Doe s i t see m familiar?" "I don't know. Weiss." I repeated . . . different herbs. . purpl e ski n to it. yo u pu t i t i n you r mouth . The y sa y th e wate r i s bad . an d so many gods. everywhere . M. . . Th e odo r wa s strong . th e herbs and . . . . It s properties . . Don' t drink the water. They hang it from the ceiling. The y wer e kep t i n caves. smel l the odor. I t wa s believe d t o block th e evi l spirit s fro m enterin g you r body . " Catherin e quickl y whispered . There wer e so many things to fear . agai n tryin g t o see i f sh e wa s talkin g about wha t w e refer to as tannin or tannic acid . .
an d joy ." "I do not see it . if the pronunciation wa s accurate. He' s a guardia n o f som e typ e . . somethin g lik e that . I se e a blac k . but before you have died. sandals. . I se e sandals. a phoenix. wa s th e Egyptian goddes s o f love . . flat. Hathor . a goddess . " She was silent again. the goddess?" "Osiris .Many Lives. was the brother-husband o f Isis. " I se e peopl e an d buildings. i t look s like a jackal . . a war m light. I don't see me anymore. . Wha t happens to you? You can see it. . . It's gold. . "Bird . . . . . "I s i t on e o f th e gods?" I asked. I se e a light . " There was a long pause. I se e a n ey e ." "What happens ? G o t o th e tim e of you r dying now. I se e a woman . . ." "Where are you? What do you see?" "Nothing ." Sh e ha d alread y died . . Go to your final day. Siru s . Tell m e wha t you see. "Hathor! Hathor. alread y passe d ove r t o th e spiri tual state . . . . . mirth . . just an eye." She answere d i n a ver y sof t whisper . There i s a rough cloth . wit h som e typ e o f a head piece on. althoug h I kne w tha t Osiris . . . som e type of roug h cloth. jus t darkness . an eye on a chain. He' s i n a statue . ." "An eye?" "Yes. . som e typ e o f . I late r learned . . . a majo r Egyptia n deity . "Can you come to the light?" I asked. eye . "Go ahea d i n tim e no w t o you r fina l da y i n tha t lifetime . ." "Do you know her name. he' s flat . . Many Masters 111 "I se e eyes. Wh o is Hathor?" "What?" "Hathor! Who is that!" I ha d neve r hear d o f Hathor . . . Apparentl y sh e di d no t nee d t o experienc e he r ac tual death again.
s o w e neve r die." ." There was a long pause. "Is there more I should learn?" I asked. " "Yes. . "They've gone. But you must hav e a chanc e t o diges t th e knowledg e tha t w e hav e give n t o yo u already. But tim e i s not a s we se e time . Sh e continue d t o wait . One must have patience. "What are you seeing now? What's happening? " Her voic e wa s louder . Ther e i s no end . "Everything will be clear to you in time." The answe r came from the poe t Master ." sh e whispered . Human s hav e man y dimensions . Bu t lif e i s endless . an d no t as k fo r more . Weiss. go on. waiting again.D." Catherine was silent. . . cannot be worked on a schedule a s so many peopl e want i t t o be . A lif e cannot be rushed.52 52Brian L. a s they al ways di d whe n sh e wa s i n hypnoti c trances . He r hea d wa s turning from side to side. . "Can yo u loo k backwar d no w o n th e lesson s o f tha t life time? Are you aware of them yet?" "No. Suddenl y sh e appeared alert ." She was resting peacefully. someone' s talkin g t o me!" "What do they say?" "Talking about patience. . . . "Patience an d tim ing . " I don' t hea r any body. The poet Master continued. w e wer e neve r reall y born . " I fee l . everythin g comes whe n i t mus t come. We mus t accep t wha t come s t o u s a t a give n time. "I am going. M. W e jus t pas s throug h differ ent phases . althoug h he r eye s remained closed . " sh e softl y whispered . bu t rathe r i n lesson s tha t ar e learned.
.E a c h wee k anothe r laye r of neuroti c fear s and anxietie s wa s stripped awa y fro m Catherine . "Do you know where it is?" "I can' t se e . . "I se e a fuselage and an airstrip. Von Marks (phonetic] . by the Masters . Fro m prehistori c cave s t o ancien t Egypt t o moder n times—sh e ha d bee n there . I ha d n o idea where the thread s of her live s woul d emerge . some kind of airstrip. Catherin e fel t mor e loving. somewhere beyon d time . but not as Catherine. Th e inne r diamon d that wa s her true personality wa s shining brilliantly fo r al l t o see. Catherine's regression s spanne d millennia . An d al l o f he r lives had bee n lovingl y overseen. "Alsa tian. an d peopl e wer e draw n t o her . Some type of brow n helme t or 115 . I n today' s sessio n sh e emerge d i n th e twentiet h century. ." "In France? " "I don' t know . . Alsatian? " Then . jus t Alsatian . mor e definitely . She was more con fident. " she whispered softly. a bit softer and more patient. an d other s gav e lov e bac k t o her . Eac h tim e sh e entered a hypnotic trance. . I se e th e nam e Vo n Marks. Eac h wee k sh e appeare d a bi t more serene.
I continued the questioning. Th e lan d is torn u p fro m . Describ e yourself . They'r e carryin g them away. I have to.52 52Brian L. an d sh e had hazel eyes. . M y jacke t i s very dirty . Loo k dow n an d se e what you're wearing. . I see buildings. M. That's my job. a ha t wit h goggle s o n it . . bombings . ." "Are you trained to help with the wounded?" "No. I'm a pilot ." "What do you see?" "I see buildings destroyed. som e type of pilot." Catherin e hersel f wa s twenty-nine . There' s a ver y wel l hidde n area." "Do you drop the bombs." "I hav e som e typ e o f jacke t on . I t appear s t o b e a ver y remot e area . . Ther e ar e man y wounde d people. Th e troo p ha s bee n de stroyed. There's a navigator. "Do you have a name? Is it on the jacket?" "There ar e wings on the jacket. I don' t thin k there's a town nearby." "Who makes you fly?" "I'm in service to fly. Weiss. . .D. not blue. a ha t . I hav e blon d hair ." "About how old are you?" "Thirty-five." . . . too?" "We have a gunner on the plane. " "Look a t yourself . I hav e blue eyes ." "What are you doing?" "I'm helpin g the m wit h th e wounded ." "You fly the airplanes?" "Yes." "Do yo u liv e ther e o r wer e yo u brough t there ? Wher e d o you live?" "I don't know.
Many Masters 117 117 "What kind of plane do you fly?" "Some typ e of choppe r plane . but I want you to relax." "Yes. I see a blond-haired child. Onl y a fractio n o f thi s knowledge . I pressed on. . But. It' s a fixed wing. a girl. Try an d remember." "Who are they?" "The Englis h . . I t ha s fou r propellers. Eric . the time with your family back a t home . ." "Is that your daughter?" "Yes. I wondere d wha t sh e woul d thin k "fixe d wing" meant ." Catherine paused . " I hea r th e nam e Eri c . I'm afrai d . My friends are dying!" "Who are you afraid will come back?" "The enemy. was available to her everyday. conscious mind. I know it's hard. afrai d they will com e back ." "Let's go back in the same lifetime. We're on a picnic. th e English. .Many Lives. Margot. however . The day is beautiful. under hypnosi s sh e possessed a vast stor e of knowledge . th e America n Arme d Force s . before the war. it must be . . lik e the makin g o f butte r o r th e embalm ing of th e deceased. the n whispered ." . . . Do you remember your family?" "Remember it? There's too much confusion. Yo u can see that. becaus e Catherin e kne w nothin g about airplanes . ." "Are they safe?" "I don't know. " "Is she close to you?" "She's with me. . back to a happier time ." "Is anyone else there with you? Besides Margot?" "I see a woman with brown hair sitting on the grass. "Do you have a family?" "They are not with me." I wa s amused .
. I kne w he r fro m some where. th e war ha s started. "Do yo u kno w Margot? " Loo k a t Margo t closely .52 52Brian L. an d th e bombings . . It' s later . bu t I mus t d o m y duty. bu t I' m no t sur e ho w . " sh e answered . To o man y peopl e wan t t o mov e in to o man y directions . " sh e added . The Englis h an d th e American s ar e droppin g bombs near you. Ther e ha d bee n a n instan t rappor t a t thei r firs t meeting.D. D o yo u know her?" "Yes. an d th e war . I t wil l eventuall y tea r u s apart . t o th e plan e o n the ground. the politica l structure . " [Lon g pause ] "Yes . ." "Yes. Judy. "Yes. . Yes . . . But I must fight for my country. sh e smiles like her. "Judy?" I repeated." "It will come to you. that's good. knowin g th e other' s thought s an d need s befor e they were verbalized. ." "Do yo u stil l hav e th e sam e feeling s abou t dut y an d kill ing and war?" ." "Go bac k now . Jud y wa s presentl y Catherine' s best friend . or are there problems?" "There ar e n o problems. Are you happy at home. I fee l it i s wrong t o kill . I don' t kno w her. . . Do you see the plane again?" "Yes. Look into her eyes." "Do you have strong feelings for your country?" "I dislik e war . She looks like her . "Is she your wife?" "Yes . i t i s a time of unrest . referrin g t o a recognition of someone in Catherine's present lifetime. bac k t o wher e yo u were . Weiss. an d they had becom e true friends . There's a problem deep in the German govern ment. implicitly trustin g each other . M. Go back." "It's Judy.
befor e they return. . o n a smal l plane ." "I don' t wan t t o go. " "Have you any friends left?" "Yes." "Do you fly again in the plane?" "Yes. "They ar e no t leaders ." "Some people call them mad. . . I f the y wer e leaders . we will die for nothing. . ." "What?" "We will die for nothing. . ther e woul d not be so much internal strife .Many Lives. but my plane wasn't destroyed. . som e plane flying cargo." she repeated in a louder whisper. there are still some alive. . w e mus t hurr y t o ge t th e remaining aircraf t of f th e strip . . "But you must to get it off the ground. And to kill ourselves. t o allo w the m to drive us ." "Are ther e an y tha t yo u ar e particularly clos e to ? I n you r airplane crew ? Ar e you r gunne r an d you r navigato r stil l alive?" "I don't see them. " "What kind of profession did you have before the war? D o you remember? What did Eric do?" "I wa s secon d i n comman d . . . . ." "It's so senseless. ." . i n government." "Even though these were the leaders of you r country? The y can be wrong—" She quickly cut me off. " It wa s a s if sh e could negotiat e wit h me. Does this make sense to you? Power-crazy?" "We mus t all be mad to be driven b y them. "Nothing? Wh y fo r nothing ? I s ther e n o glor y i n it ? N o defense of your land or your loved ones?" "We will die for defending the ideas of a few people." "Go into your plane. Many Masters 119 "Yes. t o kill people.
" "Good. Is i t over?" She paused. We ar e driven to it . ." "Go ahea d i n time. . . I hav e n o body . Rest . .D. Ca n you do that?" "There is no next flight. . . . . "You loo k more comfortable. awa y fro m my body . peopl e wh o hat e an d the y don' t kno w why . b y the evil. She had gon e ahea d t o the da y of he r death . . "Blood ! Bloo d i s everywhere ! I have pain i n my chest. an d a loo k o f peacefulnes s came over her. wistfully. . . senseles s killin g ." He r breathin g wa s accelerating . Weiss. " I instructed . . M. Restor e yourself . bu t soo n he r breathin g slowe d an d becam e mor e reg ular. nobod y survives a war. "I'm floating . too?" "Yes. the n answered very softly.52 52Brian L. "Yes. I am in spirit again. . an d sh e wa s be coming agitated . . My party's bein g tor n apar t b y the fire. "What's happening? " "I'm runnin g fro m the fire. I recognized the calm of the transition state. " "Is ther e a highe r dut y tha n dut y t o th e country ? Some - . You'v e ha d a difficul t lifetime . Yo u nee d t o rest . ." "Do you survive this?" "Nobody survive s ." "That took you away from home a lot?" She answered very softly. "t o th e nex t flight . What did you learn from that lifetime?" "I learne d abou t hat e . . misdi rected hat e . I've been hi t i n my chest . . . . he r facia l muscle s relaxed . I'm dying! " Her breathin g wa s heavy . ." "Does something happen to you?" "Yes. "So you were a pilot then. an d m y neck . . an d m y leg . Yo u wen t through a difficul t death. . It' s s o muc h pain . when we are i n physical state. " Sh e wa s i n agony.
The y mus t first be pu t int o a leve l very . that i s natural t o you. that is where you must reac h them. Bu t o n th e outsid e i s wher e th e troubl e lies . " We waite d for several more minutes. It's a dimensio n like th e othe r dimensions . . an d th e origina l Maste r Spirit . . "You were correct in assumin g this i s the proper treatmen t for thos e i n th e physica l state . Many Masters 121 thing tha t coul d hav e prevente d yo u fro m killing ? Eve n i f you were ordered? A duty to yourself?" "Yes. tha t th e trouble s lie .Many Lives. insid e th e mountai n i t i s quiet. I t wil l take u s longer. . Yo u mus t eradicat e th e fear s from their minds. it' s like bein g sen t bac k t o somethin g w e d o no t know . . So much is wasted. no t th e poet Master. and the n you are renewed . The mountains . " "Good. When w e ar e sen t back . It's only on th e surfac e . . T o d o i t yo u hav e t o g o dee p inside. bu t yo u ca n g o muc h deeper . There i s a state of renewal . . was speaking. Then you can reac h them. It stifle s the m fro m fulfillin g wha t the y wer e sen t her e t o fulfill! Take you r cue s fro m you r surroundings . . the y will come. You hav e t o se e the volcano . Dee p withi n thei r soul. . . an d yo u hav e almos t succeede d i n reaching that state. . When you are in spiritual state . where the ideas are created. everythin g is energy. . ver y dee p . I woul d lik e t o tal k wit h the m whe n the y come. . Then abruptl y he r voice was lou d an d husky . i t i s calm a t the center . I must wait. . . . "Are you waiting for something now?" "Yes . . I' m waitin g t o g o int o a stat e o f renewal . . In the spiri t world yo u have to wait. . . It i s a waste of energ y when fea r is present. . " . . They will come for me . "To be in physical state is abnormal. " But she did not elaborate. Hu mans ca n onl y se e the outside . wher e the y n o longer can feel their body. "Energy .
constan t fea r tha t n o amoun t of mone y o r powe r ca n neutralize—thi s i s th e core . ho w muc h les s ange r an d desir e fo r vengeanc e the y would harbor . But you are correct in what you are doing . If they kne w tha t act s o f violenc e an d injustice s agains t peopl e did not go unnoted. whe n . They don't have the knowledge tha t you have. Yo u un derstand so much more. s o w e neve r die . I t wa s mor e tha n jus t a confirmation o f th e effectiveness of hypnosi s a s a therapeutic tool . This energy must not be wasted. If the y knew tha t spirit s wer e aroun d t o hel p the m whil e the y wer e in physica l stat e an d tha t afte r death . Yo u kno w s o muc h mor e tha n th e others . I kne w I wa s successfull y getting ri d of Catherine' s fears. . That will be the greatest weapon you have. ho w muc h safe r they woul d feel . The fea r of death . includin g thei r decease d love d ones . Weiss. . tha t hidden . on e b y one . I t involve d eve n mor e tha n past-life regressions . Spirits will be sent back to hel p you. I pondere d th e meanin g o f this incredibl e message . . w e wer e never really born.52 52Brian L. " The Maste r Spiri t wa s silent . Bu t i f people kne w tha t "lif e i s endless . If the y kne w that the y ha d live d countles s time s befor e an d woul d liv e countless time s again . An d i f indeed . continue . whic h woul d b e difficul t to appl y t o th e general population . whic h i s the fea r dee p withi n th e volcano . No . . M. i n spiritua l state . the y would joi n thes e spirits .D." then this fear would dissolve. how comforte d the y woul d be . You must get ri d of th e fear. "b y knowledg e w e approac h God. "Yes. . but ha d to be repaid i n kind i n other lifetimes. I believe d i t concerne d the fea r o f death . Be patient with them." o f wha t us e ar e materia l possessions . I f the y kne w tha t guardia n "angels" reall y did exist . o r power . Ho w coul d I b e approachin g the stat e o f renewal ? " I hav e almos t reache d it? " I aske d in credulously. This caugh t m e b y surprise . ho w reassure d the y woul d feel . but this message had a more global meaning.
I thin k h e wants me t o know he' s al l aroun d m e .Many Lives. a re mote an d mos t unlikel y possibility . he' s jus t jumpin g al l around . if fait h is not enough . "Oh . . . synagogues . . scientific manner by people trained in the behavioral and physica l sciences . "He's there. ye s . These traits retard the progress of th e soul. He won' t stop . He'll be back when I need him." "Good. and reporte d i n a detached. practicing greed and manipulation an d self-centeredness. He' s trying t o talk to me. analyzed. . Yet ." "What does he say?" "He's al l around . they go back into their competitive ruts . Many Masters 123 they ar e a n en d i n themselve s an d no t a mean s t o tha t ap proach? T o b e greed y o r power-hungr y ha s n o valu e what soever. But how to reach people with this knowledge? Mos t peopl e recite prayers i n thei r churches . Gideon . a t thi s time . . . something . Perhaps experiences such as Catherine's and mine need to be studied. But he's playing with me now." "Does it make you feel safer?" "Yes. man y spirits . Help me do what? Catherine stirre d an d bega n t o whisper . Ye t after worship is over." "Gideon?" I repeated. . . bu t he' s playin g . So. He's som e type of guard ian . "Someon e name d Gideon. every where. . . mosques . someon e name d Gideo n . Are there spirits around us?" She answere d i n a whisper ." "Is he one of your guardians?" "Yes. fro m th e perspectiv e o f he r superconscious mind . or tem ples. perhaps science will help. writin g a scientifi c paper o r a boo k wa s the furthes t thing fro m m y mind . prayer s tha t proclai m th e immortalit y o f th e soul . I wondere d abou t th e spirits who would be sent back to help me. The y onl y .
come when they want to. . ." "A baby carriage?" "No. W e mus t fee l th e pain . whe n they want to. yo u ca n hurt . We hav e been guardians. ." "Is there a mean horse. . We ar e al l spirits . Bu t other s . . . An d other s ar e guard ians. too. . . He's so much bigger than I am. . When yo u ar e in physical state . M. . a carriage tha t yo u rid e in ." "Do you rid e the carriage?" B y the natur e of he r response s I knew she was a child. bi g feet. an d w e mus t lear n some o f the m i n th e flesh. . . th e gra y one . Whe n you're a spirit you feel no pain. blue outside. It is a period of renewal . Weiss. . The othe r one' s nam e i s Duke. " "Do horses pull the carriage?" "It ha s bi g wheels . They won' t bite you.52 52Brian L. . . But we all go there. a gra y on e an d a brow n one ." "Are you there?" "Yes." She had become silent again . becaus e h e like s apples . a sens e o f well-being . us . . yo u can experience relationships. you ca n fee l pain . I don' t se e anybod y i n it . som e ar e i n physica l stat e and other s ar e i n a period o f renewal . . Somethin g blue ! A blue fringe on the top. They're very nice. "I see a carriage." she began. "a blue carriage. bu t jus t tw o horses hitche d t o i t . Whe n you'r e i n physica l stat e i n th e flesh. You r soul i s bein g renewed ." "Why d o w e com e bac k t o learn ? Wh y can' t w e lear n a s spirits?" "Those ar e different levels o f learning . It will be okay." "I understand. They come . But it' s a renewa l perio d fo r . too? A different horse?" "No. . I n spiritua l for m yo u do no t feel . Ther e i s onl y happiness . Th e horse's nam e i s Apple. They have big feet . They're ver y nice .D. I can see his nose. Th e interactio n be tween peopl e i n the spiritua l for m i s different. . Minutes passed.
" the child answered. " I wa s amused at this. too. I have brown hai r . "Do they call your name?" ". lots of food. I had told her it was all right t o go inside." "Do you know the boy? Your friend? Your brother?" "He's a neighbor . . Mand y . "Is that where you live?" "Yes. Other peopl e wil l b e dresse d well ." "Can you smell it?" "Yes. . . . It's a n important day . ." "How old are you?" "Very little .Many Lives." "Is your house nearby?" "It's a big house. Many Masters 125 "There are horses. . You can loo k int o th e hous e now . There's a boy there. Brea d . . . weddin g or something." "They're cooking food. We were told not to get dirty. something ruffly over it. it' s okay." "How do you feel about that?" ." "Are these your party clothes? Good clothes?" "It's a whit e . som e party . and now she had been ordered out again. I don' t thin k I kno w ho w t o count. wear ing special clothes. . . . Mand y and Edward." "Is he the boy?" "Yes. and it ties in the back. . . som e typ e o f whit e dres s wit h a . . meat. They'r e makin g som e typ e o f bread . He' s ther e fo r ." "They won't let you stay in the house?" "No. . They'r e having a . too . ." "Do you know who is getting married?" "No. shoes that button on the side all the way up. . . We'r e tol d t o g o bac k outsid e again." "Good. I don' t know . they're too busy. .
sh e was a friend. . . "Sh e . " "Yes. black . It's hot . Firs t you r mother .52 52Brian L. But perhaps th e distinctio n wa s no w not s o clear . I think she' s Becky . Look around you." "Look at her closely. wit h a funn y hat . . I se e man y people . There' s a parso n there . . . . ." "Is she pretty?" "Yes. The y wer e close . a bi g ha t ." "Is she much older?" "Yes." Catherine took several deep breaths. th e parson' s there . "I don't know her. Weiss." "That's good ." . much smaller. . I t come s out over his face . . not family . . Do you know he r fro m another time ? Look at her eyes. Are your parents there?" "Yes. She has lots of flowers around her hair. Bu t it' s har d t o sta y clean . W e can' t d o anything. It' s crowde d i n th e room . Afte r all . "We don' t care . bu t smaller . . ." "Do yo u se e her now ? I s she wearin g he r weddin g dress? " "Yes." "Good. sh e like s m e . Loo k a t the m closely . Se e if you remember her. . . . ." "Do you get to the wedding? Late r that day?" "Yes . yet Catherine resented Becky' s judgmental attitud e an d he r in trusiveness int o Catherine' s lif e an d decisions . M." "Do you know who's getting married?" "Just my sister. her mouth. " Becky wa s Catherine's frien d an d coworker ." "Is this a happy time for your family?" "Yes.D." "Do they like you as much?" "Yes. an d I ca n stan d near the front because she does. quit e a ways. a ho t day . Look at her face. .
. He must ru n th e farm. "What's your relationship with him like?" "I lov e hi m very muc h . I had been reluc tant t o discus s he r revelation s wit h othe r professionals . listening carefully. "I don't hear that" Sh e was silent again. h e like s t o pla y wit h us . . But he's very good t o us . So. Loo k a t hi s ex pression." "Does that sometimes annoy him?" "Yes. . d o yo u wan t t o explor e mor e i n thi s lifetime ? T o go ahead in time or is this—" She cut me off. Do you know him?" "He's Stuart. we must learn from the teacher." "Is it a big farm?" "Yes." During this entire process with Catherine. That's why we go to school . ." I had . "This is enough.Many Lives. not from him. Look a t hi m closely . his eyes . except we ask to o man y ques tions." "That sound s lik e hi m talking . . This was worth exploring further." "Do the y eve r mention th e cit y or th e state ? Th e nam e of the town?" She paused. als o his mouth. Many Masters 127 "Look a t you r father . except for Carole and a few others who were "safe. Actually. . Bu t h e thinks I am a nuisance. Stuart had surfaced once again. Doe s h e sa y tha t t o you? " "Yes. "Okay. But w e as k to o man y ques tions." she quickly answered. He thinks children are nuisances. t o learn." "Is he too serious?" "No." "Do you know where it is?" "No. he' s very good t o me . he has more important thing s to do.
t o pretend .52 52Brian L. not share d thi s remarkabl e informatio n wit h other s a t all . or others. past-life dreams. I was still concerned with my reputation. He talk s t o hi s deceased father . muc h mor e fre quent tha n peopl e realize . even thei r ow n familie s an d therapists. week afte r week. b y sharing thei r experiences .D. out-of-body experiences. my lif e became simple r an d mor e satisfying . Ther e wa s n o nee d t o play games . t o ac t ou t roles . The respecte d chairma n o f a majo r clinica l departmen t at m y hospita l i s a ma n wh o i s admire d internationall y fo r his expertise. whether ESP. woul d conside r the m od d o r strange . Relationship s becam e mor e hones t an d direct . who ha s severa l . Many had neve r even tol d thei r spouse s abou t thes e experiences. Family lif e wa s les s confusin g an d mor e relaxed . with al l their dram a and immediacy . I woul d ofte n repla y th e audio tapes and reexperienc e the sessions. Peopl e wer e almos t uniforml y afrai d that . others . My personal skepticis m had been eroded by the proofs that. Bu t th e other s woul d hav e t o rel y o n m y experiences. I t i s onl y th e reluctanc e t o tel l others abou t psychi c occurrence s tha t make s the m see m rare . career. As I graduall y accepte d an d believe d th e messages . Ye t thes e parapsychological event s ar e fairl y common. fel l from her lips . I fel t compelled to gather even more data. Man y tol d m e o f their ver y privat e experience s o f parapsychologica l events . I knew th e knowledg e fro m our session s was both tru e an d ex tremely important . deja vu. mos t peopl e wer e very intereste d an d wante d t o kno w more . M y reluc tance to share the wisdom that ha d bee n give n t o me throug h Catherine bega n t o diminish . ye t anxiet y abou t th e reaction s o f m y pro fessional an d scientifi c colleagues cause d m e t o kee p silent . Weiss. powerfu l bu t nevertheles s no t thei r own . and what others thought of me. Surprisingly . And th e mor e highl y traine d ar e the mos t reluctan t t o share . o r t o b e othe r tha n what I was . M.
I understoo d wh y thes e highl y traine d professional s re mained i n th e closet. Anothe r well-know n docto r usuall y know s wh o i s calling him on the phone before he answers it. Sh e unerringl y knew wha t wa s aroun d th e nex t corner . Yet our training was in many ways diametricall y opposit e t o th e information . Sh e ha d neve r tol d anyon e tha t when sh e first visited Rome.Many Lives. . Althoug h sh e ha d never bee n t o Ital y previousl y an d di d no t kno w th e lan guage. Anothe r professo r has dream s tha t provid e th e missin g step s o r solution s t o hi s complex researc h experiments . The wife of th e Chairman o f Psychiatr y a t a midwester n universit y ha s a Ph. I wa s on e o f them . He r researc h project s ar e alway s care fully planned an d executed . she moved through th e cit y a s if she had a road map imprinte d i n he r memory. Th e dream s ar e invariabl y correct.D. Many Masters 129 times protecte d hi m fro m seriou s danger . Italian s repeatedl y approache d he r i n Italian . and beliefs we had accumulated. experiences . i n psychology . So we remained quiet. con tinually mistakin g he r fo r a native . We coul d no t den y our own experiences and senses. He r min d struggle d t o integrate her experiences in Rome.
I had listene d over an d ove r agai n to the tape of las t week's session. She rushed hi m outside . Everythin g wil l b e clea r t o you i n time . At th e beginnin g o f thi s sessio n Catherin e relate d a frag ment of a dream she had had several nights ago. but he r fathe r was dawdling an d seemingl y indifferent to th e urgenc y of th e situation .l h e wee k passed quickly. She quickly entered a deep hypnotic trance. She could not remember what it was. I decided not to interpret the drea m yet . Bu t yo u must hav e a chanc e t o diges t th e knowledg e tha t w e hav e given to you already. ." So I would wait. The n he remembere d somethin g h e ha d lef t i n th e house . helpin g t o evacuat e th e house. She wa s i n control. . "Patience an d timin g . . An d now spirit s woul d b e sen t bac k t o hel p me . I remembere d the words of the poet Master. an d h e sent Catherine bac k int o the ragin g fire to retriev e th e object. In the drea m she was living in her parents' house. Bu t wha t wa s I supposed t o do ? Whe n woul d I find out? Woul d I b e u p t o the task ? I kne w I mus t wai t an d b e patient . . How wa s I approachin g th e state of renewal ? I di d no t fee l particularly enlightened . and a fire had broken ou t during th e night . everythin g comes when i t mus t come. . "I see a woman 133 . bu t t o wai t an d se e i f th e opportunit y woul d arise while she was hypnotized.
Se e i f yo u ca n find yourself . It' s mad e o f som e typ e o f marbl e . Are there other buildings. Blac k hel mets wit h som e typ e o f gol d . M. . . . . . white." "Is it some sort of temple or religious building?" "I don't know. . some soldiers ." "Look around . bu t I' m no t m th e building . There' s a mountai n i n th e backgroun d wit h som e snow on the top of it ." "Is it a large building?" "No. . . o f the helmet. . an d th e whit e build ing. gol d tassel s hangin g off . . . . a red sash around the waist. . . ." Then she was silent. But the grass is green i n the valley . I se e som e typ e o f blac k material . . just o n he r hair. Bu t I' m nearby." "Prison?" I repeated . . " "Do you recognize the building?" "No." "Are you able to go into the building?" "Yes." "Are there any soldiers around you?" "Maybe two or three. where we're at. . . . brocad e material wit h a gold desig n o n it . black wit h gold shoulde r pad s . an d th e gras s . . they'r e no t situate d nea r thi s . And a red sash. I se e a buildin g wit h some type of structural points on it .D. They hav e blac k uniforms ." "Are you there?" "I'm somewhere . no t coverin g he r face . "Can you see that now? The hood?" "I los t it . I thought it might be a prison. Weiss. "Ar e ther e peopl e i n th e building ? Around it?" "Yes. . . with a hood over he r head .52 52Brian L. ver y col d t o the touch. somethin g pointe d an d gold on the top . too?" "If ther e ar e othe r buildings . Th e mountains ar e there.
" "Are you in the town?" "Yes." "Do you live there?" "I believe so." "Are the soldier s know n b y an y other name ? D o the y cal l themselves anything special?" She listened." "Why i s tha t importan t t o you? " [Lon g pause ] "D o yo u know the name of the town or country where you are ? Wher e the soldiers are?" "I keep seeing 'Ukraine. "Do yo u se e a year ? Doe s tha t com e t o you ? O r a period of time? " "Seventeen-seventeen. I don' t kno w wha t thei r pur pose is. the n cor rected herself ." sh e answere d hesitatingly . . a fountain where they water the horses. .Many Lives. See if you can find yourself an d wher e you live. There ar e man y soldiers . I se e on e ." "Do yo u thin k it' s a for t o r a priso n o r somethin g lik e that?" "It might be." "Good. fascinate d b y th e diversit y o f he r lifetimes. I had to be a very active interviewer." "What else do you see or hear?" I inquired. . "But you're seeing them nearby? " "Yes. it' s very isolated. Many Masters 135 one." "Are you among them?" "No." He r answer s wer e agai n a child's . a wall. . "Seventee n fifty-eight ." "Do the soldiers ride horses?" "Yes. . . isolated . "I don't hear that. wit h som e typ e o f wal l buil t behind it . but . " .' " "Ukraine?" I repeated . . With long swords that curve. seventee n fiftyeight. "I see a fountain. shor t an d ofte n monosyllabic. .
His clothes are ragged." Her answers were brief. He might never see his father again. ver y sad ." "Do the y kno w fo r ho w lon g hi s fathe r wil l b e i n th e prison? Or if he will live?" "No!" sh e answered . He r voic e quavered . "Are you the boy?" "I'm not sure." "The boy doesn't understand completely?" "No. . "I se e some ver y ragge d clothes . ye t sh e was visibly agitate d b y the events she was witnessing an d ex periencing. he' s very afraid." "What has his father done?" "He ha s stole n somethin g fro m th e soldiers . afraid they might kill him. somehow unsure." "Someone he knows is a prisoner. . "Okay. "I don' t se e that. Sh e wa s no t providin g muc h detail . Do you know the boy's name?" "No." "Can he get to see his father at all?" "No." "A friend? A relative?" "I believe it's his father. a boy . . . som e paper s or something. I se e jus t a child . ." "Do yo u kno w ho w h e feel s abou t hi s fathe r bein g i n prison?" "Yes . . Sh e wa s ver y upset. He's cold.D. M. Weiss. " "Does h e hav e a hom e i n th e town? " Ther e wa s a lon g pause." "What happen s t o th e boy ? G o wit h him . Sh e seeme d t o b e havin g some difficult y connecting wit h thi s lifetime . Sh e wa s some what vague in her answers.52 52Brian L. Se e wha t hap pens." sh e continues .
." "His father is executed. . darkness." she whispered. "What di d yo u lear n fro m tha t lifetime ? Wh y wa s i t im portant?" "People cannot b e judge d hastily . I kno w it' s hard . Something happens. . He wil l probabl y die . "tha t kind of fear and anxiety. "Have you left the boy?" "Yes. " She fell silent again . " Sh e had either die d or someho w disconnected from the sad boy who lived in the Ukraine mor e than two hundred years ago. ." "I don' t believ e h e understand s full y ." "The boy must be very upset about this. "What else do you see?" I asked. Many Masters 137 "You ca n fee l wha t th e bo y i s feeling. I don't know what i t is. wha t ha s hap pened. Do you feel it?" "Yes. Go ahead in time. . "What happens ? G o ahea d i n tim e now . . Many live s were ruine d b y being hasty i n our judg ments. "Nothing . . a han d closin g aroun d somethin g . and minutes passed." Again.Many Lives. ." . . but his life will be very hard. . the n seeme d t o b e lookin g around . She was resting. "What are you seeing?" "I se e a hand . . . white. You have to be fai r with someone. Bu t the y execut e peo ple for no reason at all. ." "Does he have other people to turn to?" "Yes. " I wen t on. She was again silent . ." "How does he feel now?" "It wa s fo r something h e neve r did . she was silent." "What becomes of the boy?" "I don't know . " She sounded s o sad.
M. he r father' s unconcerne d dawdling . For som e reason . tha t h e saves." I decide d t o pursu e th e drea m fragmen t abou t th e burning house . ." She was silent again. . "The boy' s lif e wa s shor t an d har d becaus e o f tha t judg ment . Are you resting?" "Yes.D. . thi s brie f lifetim e ha d bee n particularly grueling. . I gave her instructions to rest. "Are yo u seein g somethin g els e now ? D o yo u hea r any thing?" "No. with you r father." "Yes.52 52Brian L. He r detaile d recollectio n o f th e drea m conten t unde r hypnosis contrasted dramaticall y wit h her sketchy recall whil e awake. . agains t his father. . you r soul i s resting . . . "Rest. "I hav e a questio n no w abou t th e drea m yo u ha d . " sh e an swered. hidden area s of th e mind . othe r times . Ar e yo u feelin g better ? Rested ? I t wa s difficult fo r th e littl e boy . Hypnosi s wa s a powerfu l tool . othe r memories. You're in a deep trance. . ." "What wa s in i t that h e wanted s o badly t o sen d yo u bac k into a burning house?" "His stamp s an d hi s coin s . D o yo u remember that?" "Yes . i t was a metal box. an d hi s sending he r bac k int o th e conflagratio n i n orde r t o retriev e something of his. Do you remember?" "Yes. . Weiss." "You wen t bac k int o th e hous e t o ge t something . Fee l peacefulness . it' s safe . but als o allowing a much more detailed memory. . Ver y hard . Your bod y i s healin g itself . no t onl y providin g access to the most remote . Bu t no w you'r e rest ing again . ." Agai n ther e wa s th e brie f answe r an d the n silence . You ca n remembe r i t now . "Were his stamps and coins very important to him?" . You r min d ca n tak e yo u t o othe r places .
" "Why wa s h e s o leisurely ? Yo u wer e fast ." "Because he tries to hide from things. "i t i s unimportan t tha t ou r bodie s ge t burne d i n fires if w e don' t nee d them . Was there a risk to you." "No. . though?" "Yes. why didn't he go back instead of you?" "Because he thought I could go faster. "He doesn't. an d hav e muc h t o teach him . Many Masters 139 "Yes." "Yes. yo u kno w muc h more ." "Was ther e mor e meanin g t o tha t drea m fo r you ? Abou t your relationship with your father?" "I don't know. ." "He thought it was safe ?" "Yes. . Whil e h e dawdle s and send s yo u bac k fo r materia l objects . but he didn't realize that. I hav e a feeling tha t th e fire represent s tim e runnin g out ." "That's how I see the dream. tha t yo u realize th e dange r an d tha t h e doesn't . . But you can't force him. an d he r voic e becam e dee p an d husky. "He didn't think he was risking it.Many Lives." I seized this moment to interpret part of the dream." "I see. it's an old patter n o f his ." "No. . "Yes." sh e agree d again ." "Then. I hop e h e can learn fro m you." "But t o ris k your lif e to g o back int o a burning hous e jus t for stamps and coins—" She cut me off. like fetching the box." "He didn't seem to be in much o f a hurry t o get ou t o f th e burning house. " A Maste r Spiri t ha d she d a n . yo u sa w th e danger. and yo u do thing s fo r him . Only he can realize this." she agreed. but h e doesn' t see m to want to learn.
continuou s growth . we go on. and I could only parrot back the thought. . some for longer than others before they return. Whe n w e ge t t o th e spiritua l plane . an adult int o old age . "We don't need our bodies?" "No. I wa s surprise d a t this sudden entrance. Learnin g i n th e spiritua l stat e i s muc h faster . . I f w e nee d t o com e bac k t o wor k through a relationship.D. an d a stag e o f decision . w e come back. We hav e t o g o throug h a renewal stage . An d they stay in spiri t for m . M. When w e arrive .52 52Brian L. . We g o through s o many stage s when we'r e here . They choos e to g o o n t o an other stage of development. I t i s our sou l an d ou r spiri t that last forever. w e kee p growin g there. entirely different perspective o n th e dream . . Some choos e no t t o com e back ." I di d no t recogniz e the voic e or style . w e continu e t o grow. from child t o a n adult . . "Is learnin g i n th e physica l stat e faster ? Ar e ther e reason s that people don't all stay in the spiritual state?" "No. . a learnin g stage . In spiritual for m you can alway s contact thos e that ar e i n physical state i f yo u choose to. W e don' t jus t sto p growing . W e decide when w e want t o return ." . i f you have to tell them something that they must know. I wante d t o know more about these spiritual realms. fa r accelerated fro m tha t i n th e physica l state . where . Weiss. an d speakin g o f importan t knowledge . too . go into a child's. A "new " Maste r wa s speaking. an d fo r what reasons . we're burne d out . But only i f ther e i s importance there . Ou r bod y i s jus t a vehicle fo r u s whil e we'r e here . Bu t w e choos e what w e nee d t o learn . W e shed a baby body. W e g o throug h differen t stage s o f development . Why shouldn' t w e go one step beyon d an d shed th e adul t bod y an d g o o n t o a spiritua l plane ? Tha t i s what w e do . If w e ar e finished with that. It is all growth and learnin g .
Many Lives. perhap s I ca n teac h yo u t o undertan d it . . why i s i t no t accessibl e t o yo u whe n yo u ar e awak e an d i n the physical state?" "I gues s I wouldn' t understan d it . " S o she gave th e credi t t o th e Masters. Her whisper was faster and firmer." she replied simply. they sa y thing s similar t o wha t yo u ar e tellin g m e now . "And this comes from your own mind?" "But the y hav e pu t i t there. s o that i t doesn't frighten you. an d look the same way you did when you were here. The y understand . and so that you learn. Yo u mus t shar e a great dea l of information " I was intrigued a t the wisdo m sh e possessed when she was in this state. bu t mos t ofte n th e perso n know s wha t it pertain s to . Sometime s th e messages ar e cryptic . It' s mind-to-min d con tact. whic h i s ver y importan t . he r clinica l progres s ha d bee n incredibl y rapid." "When yo u hea r th e voice s of th e Masters . She was right." "Then. "Sometime s yo u ca n appea r befor e tha t per son . "Th e knowledg e tha t yo u hav e now . "Yes. . "Ho w d o I bes t communicat e i t back to you so that you grow and lose your fears?" "You have already done that. Many Masters 141 "How d o you mak e contact ? Ho w doe s th e messag e com e through?" To my surprise. Onc e th e hypnoti c regres sions ha d begun . Catherine answered. . "Yes. . he r fear s were nearl y gone . I' m no t capabl e o f un derstanding it." I spok e t o Catherine . Other time s yo u jus t mak e a menta l contact ." I acknowledged . thi s wisdom ." she answered softly . this information . ." "Yes.
She knew th e area s tha t neede d attentio n an d work . . M. She paused. fro m them. He knows that I' m afraid . Sh e kne w he r weaknesse s an d he r strengths . "Trust?" I repeated .D. Stuar t is trying to keep me in prison. bu t sh e fills m e wit h . and he uses that knowledge to keep me with him." "Qui you break away from that?" "Not completely . . I' m learnin g to trus t . Sh e ha d know n wha t he r principal task was. And sh e trie s t o plan t thos e seed s i n m y mind . . I'm afraid of Stuart . surprise d b y th e quicknes s o f he r retort. bu t b y itsel f i t wa s no t enoug h t o transform her life." sh e answere d quickly . I mus t lear n t o hav e faith . He know s I' m afrai d to b e awa y fro m him ." "And Becky?" "She's constantl y tryin g t o brea k dow n m y fait h i n th e people tha t I hav e fait h in . bu t fro m some of thei r ideas . Whe n I se e good ." Her insigh t wa s tremendou s whe n sh e wa s i n thi s super conscious state . . Weiss. and he is succeeding. "Yes. peopl e I shoul d trust . "What lesson s d o yo u nee d t o lear n now ? Wha t i s th e most importan t thin g yo u ca n lear n durin g thi s lifetim e s o that you can continue to grow and prosper?" "Trust. . It' s keepin g m e wit h othe r people that I should break away from. yes. "Who are these people to break away from?" I asked. sh e see s evil . I don't . Superconsciou s in sight wa s fascinating . . bu t als o t o trus t people . "I am afraid of Becky. Th e onl y proble m wa s that thes e insight s neede d t o reac h he r consciou s min d an d needed t o b e applie d t o he r wakin g life . Tha t makes m e sta y awa y fro m people an d situation s tha t I prob ably shouldn' t sta y awa y from .52 52Brian L. that somehow harm will come to me . I thin k everybod y i s tryin g t o d o evi l t o me . an d sh e knew wha t t o d o t o improv e matters .
Many Masters 143 doubts abou t them . too. I kne w this . bu t onl y t o a certai n extent . . " I wante d he r t o b e complet e an d indepen dent." "Yes. I don' t kno w th e others . i t i s true . . I can' t le t he r make me think her way. " sh e whispered . Th e awak e Catherin e di d no t possess these attributes. They were good friends. H e wa s anothe r physi cian in the hospital. bu t I knew she needed to trust people in her everyday life even more. not dependent on me. secre t facts . Th e hypno tized Catherin e woul d mak e a n excellen t psychiatrist . "I ca n trus t m y sister . H e doe s car e abou t me . In hi s confusio n h e unknowingl y i s doin g me harm. "Yes. people who can b e with yo u mote tha n I can. Catherine wa s abl e t o pinpoin t major characte r flaws i n bot h Beck y an d Stuart . An d that' s he r problem . Coul d the y als o kno w facts fro m the future ? I f so . em pathic an d unerringl y intuitive . ha d know n specific . I ca n trus t Stuart. could w e shar e thi s foreknowl edge? A thousand questions burst into my mind. ." she conceded. but he' s confused . through the Masters. You are close to me. i n the future. It was my task to bridge the gulf. "Thin k abou t it .Many L ives. you can. She. He r dramatic clinica l improvemen t mean t tha t som e o f thi s wa s seeping through. but you must get closer to other people in your life. She had been so accurate about the past. "Yes. Mayb e ther e ar e stil l mor e fo r yo u t o mee t . Wh o ar e the peopl e yo u ca n trus t an d lear n fro m an d ge t close r to . I s ther e anothe r ma n tha t yo u ca n trust? " "I ca n trus t Robert." In he r superconsciou s state . I attempted more bridge-building. Who are they?" "I ca n trus t you." "Yes. "Who ca n yo u trust? " I asked . The ide a of futur e knowledge wa s distractingly intriguing . " sh e answered .
" "But he protects you from danger?" "Yes.D. The y wil l no t allow it. " "Yes. and hav e thi s wisdom . . " I don' t se e that . I di d not push it. " "It is possible?" I echoed. Weiss." "Are they talking to you?" "No." "Can yo u d o thi s withou t bein g frightened ? Ca n yo u g o into th e futur e an d obtai n informatio n o f a neutra l sor t tha t will not be frightening to you? Can you see the future?" Her answe r wa s swift . . "Are they around you now?" "Yes. I don't believe so. " So ." "The Masters. Ar e thes e message s availabl e t o yo u eve n when they'r e no t speaking ? D o the y pu t thought s i n you r mind?" . "bu t I se e nothin g now. M.52 52Brian L. like now . . bein g monitored . ." "Sometimes they hav e messages for me. "The spirit that was around you before. Perhap s th e adventure woul d hav e mad e Catherin e to o anxious ." I knew she meant the Masters. Perhap s w e ha d nothing t o gai n personall y fro m such a glimpse. " "I don't see them. Gideon . . sh e was no t permitte d t o pee r int o th e future . The y monito r everything." "That i s possible. "I believe so. "When yo u find contac t wit h you r superconsciou s mind . Perhap s we were not yet prepared t o cope with thi s information . do you als o develo p abilitie s in th e psychi c realm ? I s i t possibl e fo r yo u t o loo k int o th e future? We have done much in the past. messages tha t hel p you an d hel p me ." sh e conceded ." "What does he need? Why i s he near? D o you know him? " "No.
"No. . experiencing psychi c phenomena . " "Yes. " Whethe r Catherin e was hearin g thei r voices . t o be a channel?" This wa s a delicat e question . . ." ". "Do you know why they have chosen you. visualizin g pas t image s an d vistas . ." "Certainly there are people not to trust." "So there is a purpose in this explanation of lifetimes ." she agreed . . so we lose our fear of death. . even beyon d that . T o brin g u s the disappearance of fear. o r havin g thought s an d ideas placed i n he r mind." "And other times not?" "Yes. whe n the person is knowledgeable. "W e kno w no w tha t w e are eternal. to ai d u s on ou r path b y providing insight s an d knowledge .Many Lives. th e purpos e was th e same—t o sho w that the y do exist and ." "Do the y monito r ho w fa r yo u ca n go ? Wha t yo u ca n remember?" "Yes." I added. . "Whe n I' m tol d something. Fo r yo u an d fo r m e . . . t o teac h us . "Does it frighten you?" "Sometimes. ." ". "Yes. ." "Yes. t o hel p u s become godlike through wisdom. And th e peopl e I kno w I shoul d . to hel p us . sinc e th e awak e Catherin e could no t even liste n to the tapes . " I added . Many Masters 145 "Yes." she softly whispered. . She paused . . I mus t lear n t o trus t wha t I a m tol d . . " She had returne d t o he r lifetime' s major lesson . " "No." "There ar e man y way s o f communication ." "It ca n b e reassuring. . . t o sho w tha t the y d o exist. bu t I' m confused . The y choos e many . "I mus t lear n t o trust.
"thoughts. becomin g excited . "You r relationshi p wit h you r fathe r i s anothe r area . I fight agains t tha t feeling . we mus t explore . You've ha d muc h t o learn fro m thi s relationship . abou t th e possibilit y o f m e choking when they did the surgery on my throat. The y were talkin g abou t m y choking . Weiss. "About th e anesthesia . . too. trust." She was silent as I again admired her insight. even though certain hardships were less . . Sh e was whisperin g rapidl y now ." So I turne d agai n t o he r trouble d relationshi p wit h he r father. "Your min d i s ver y muc h awar e o f what' s goin g on .52 52Brian L. Do you remember? You r sister's wedding?" "A little. " sh e concluded . . in a garden wit h horses. . " she added. Ther e ar e s o man y thing s i n a lifetime . . . . "Thought s . ." "Was there more to gather from that time? D o you know?" "Yes." I remembere d Catherine' s voca l cor d surgery . can you hear ? Yo u can stil l hear! " Sh e ha d answere d he r ow n question. bu t i t won' t com e back now." "Yes. . whic h wa s performed just a few months before her first appointment with ." she answered simply.D. An d yet . Yes. one that has affected you deeply in this life. " "Was mor e o f a burden. " "What thoughts?" I sensed she was in a new area. having you r fathe r here. ther e i s s o muc h knowledg e t o attai n . "Last time we talked abou t you as a child. . An d I don' t wan t t o trus t anybody. And thi s loss did no t happe n t o you thi s time. "It i s another are a to explore yet. . When the y giv e you anesthesia . Compar e i t t o th e littl e bo y i n the Ukrain e wh o los t hi s father at a n early age . M. from each lifetime ." "Would i t b e worthwhile t o g o back no w an d explor e it? " "It won' t com e bac k now .
influence d positively o r negativel y by the remark s made durin g th e operation ? Ha d anyon e die d because o f negativ e expectation s overhear d durin g surgery ? Had they. The y pu t a tub e i n m y throat . I remembe r i t now . Catherin e n o longe r ha d an y fea r o f swallowin g o r choking. th e arguments . " Afte r today' s session. "That the y ha d t o pu t a tub e down ." "Do you feel free?" I asked. I remembere d th e casua l conversa tions durin g operations . . Many Masters 147 me. an d th e surgeons' tempe r tantrums . just given up? "Do you remember what they were saying?" I asked. my throat migh t swel l up. And then I couldn't talk afterward to tell them anything. th e cursing . I remembere d th e jokes . Yo u are. . What ha d the patient s heard . a t a subconscious level ? Ho w muc h registere d t o affec t thei r thoughts an d emotions . . "Al l th e anixet y . I t wa s a s simpl e a s that. The y shoul d b e ver y carefu l of wha t they say . You can reverse what they did. "I thought I would choke. during th e tim e sh e was under dee p anesthesia . No w i t ap peared tha t wha t wa s sai d b y th e surgeon s durin g th e opera tion." "Can I?" "Yes. That' s wh y I ha d al l th e problems." "But you did. th e patient' s ver y recovery fro m the surgery . bu t sh e wa s absolutely terrifie d upo n awakenin g i n th e recover y room. Whe n the y too k th e tube out.Many L ives. thei r fear s an d anxieties . Sh e ha d bee n anxiou s prio r t o th e surgery . They didn' t thin k I coul d hear. "Yes. " sh e continued. . . whil e th e patient s wer e anesthetized . " . afte r the y awakened? Wa s th e postoperativ e course ." "Yes. M y min d flipped bac k t o medica l schoo l and m y surger y rotation . ha d pre cipitated he r terror . I t had take n th e nursin g staf f hour s t o cal m her . feeling hopeless.
no t me. the n bega n t o tur n he r hea d fro m sid e t o side . I wa s the on e doing th e healing. D o yo u kno w wher e that messag e cam e from ? I wa s hopin g th e Master s woul d appear. " She fell silen t fo r a minut e or two . ye t thi s revelatio n wa s nevertheles s more importan t fo r me than fo r her. these resonat ing octave s o f meanings . Tha t wa s th e sourc e o f you r choking. She woul d b e cure d o f the terro r o f choking . You can undo what they did. He r simpl e answe r containe d man y level s o f mean ing. "Somebody was speaking to you?" "But they're gone. . "Now you're free. He r an swer reverberate d throug h m y mind . " She was resting.D. ." "Someone told me" was her cryptic answer. . . "Yes." I tried to bring them back." I conceded .52 52Brian L. "bu t th e messag e abou t th e anesthesi a was ver y importan t fo r you ." "Yes. no t whe n I choose. I hear d the m talk . I woul d advanc e a quantu m lea p into th e understandin g o f huma n relationships . I fel t that i f I truly understood thes e levels. "You don't have any control over it?" "No." "Okay. Yo u did hear them. Sh e seemed to be listening to something. M. Perhap s th e helping was more important than the cure. Weiss. We ha d bot h learne d a great lesson. " sh e retorted . . . to help us out. . . "You see m t o b e hearin g messages . . . "For me to help you?" I asked. . . "See if you can bring back spirits with messages for us . " she answered firmly. You have bee n undoin g what the y did." "They com e only whe n the y wan t to ." "It wa s importan t fo r you .
Sh e looke d up and said. ver y happy . and I fel t vety. I've loved you for forty thousand years. hugging m e aroun d th e legs . " I looke d dow n a t he r littl e face . cam e running over to me.Many Lives. . "Daddy. Amy . Many Masters 149 Shortly afte r he r thir d birthda y m y daughter .
visualizin g m y hypnotizing he r i n th e office .c/everal night s late r I wa s jolte d awak e fro m a dee p sleep .M. heard m y voice. Sh e decide d t o meditat e t o relax . Countertransfer ence is the reverse. i t was 3:3 6 A. She pictured m y face . Bu t thi s 3:3 0 A. I had a vision of Catherine's face. several times larger tha n life-size . Someho w th e hypnosi s wa s opening u p this channel . communication wa s neither. She was sweating an d he r hear t was racing . At about 3:30 that same morning. There ha d been n o outsid e noise s t o awake n me . Carol e wa s sleepin g peacefully beside me .1 could hea r my old psychiatry professors talking abou t transferenc e an d countertransferenc e reaction s i n therapeutic relationships . Sh e looke d upset . an d wishe s onto th e therapist . an d appar ently so was 1. Instantly alert. O r wa s i t th e audience . as if she neede d m y help. the therapist's unconscious emotional reac tions t o th e patient . wh o represents someon e fro m th e patient' s past . Catherine wa s becomin g increasingl y psychic . a divers e grou p o f m c . Catherine had awakene d in a panic from a nightmare. Transferenc e i s the patient' s projec tion o f feelings . thoughts.M. I looke d over a t the clock . This was a telepathic bond along a wavelength outside the norma l channels . and gradually fell back to sleep. I dismisse d th e inciden t an d fel l bac k to sleep.
.D. . continuin g to breath e heavily . It' s very scary . It's very smok y . . It' s har d t o breathe when you're around it. She was instantly alarmed . "Is it like a gas? I s it coming from the mountain itsel f . a white one. It's lik e a big mushroom. Weiss. Can you get closer to it?" "I don' t wan t t o ge t closer! " sh e answere d sharply . like a volcano?" "I thin k so ." She was breathing rapidly.52 52Brian L. . very smoky. it scared me. Catherine quickl y reache d a dee p hyp notic level." She was breathing laboriously . "It's a vo l . It's har d t o breathe. . . ." "But not a bomb? It' s not an atomic bomb or anythin g like that?" She paused and then continued. M. Oh. Could she look into the future? "Can you see the mountain? I s it like a bomb?" "I don't know. I t cam e an d wen t quickl y . " Sh e remaine d alarmed . It's off at a distance. . . . There' s dus t i n th e air. " "You're safe. . I don' t wan t t o b e there." "Why did it scare you?" "It was very sudden. . I think. In th e nex t session . som e typ e o f volcan o o r something . " I se e a big cloud . spirits—Masters an d guardian s an d others—tha t wa s responsi ble fo r th e ne w wavelength ? I wa s beyon d th e poin t o f sur prise. . . I wa s afraid she was seeing a bomb. "I thin k it' s som e chemical s o r something . It was there. It's big. "Why are you so afraid of it?" I asked again. It was just there. " Slowl y he r breathin g returne d . That' s wha t i t look s like . . somethin g up hig h o n a mountain. I t wa s rare for her to be so resistant. "Is it still there?" "I don' t know .
"Is it her room. What ar e you seeing now?" "Nothing. or are you the lady?" "I don't know. ." "A pitcher?" "Yes. . You can se e through it . . Ther e ar e funny . She had left this frightening scene. ." "Is there anything on the blue stone?" "No. and then littler stones underneath that. . . she' s jus t standin g nex t t o th e table . ." "Is anybody else around?" "No. ther e ar e n o picture s i n th e room . dark curtains." "Are you there. The lad y ha s black hair and a blue hat on . There' s a per fume bottle o n th e table . There's a pitcher on the table. . But she looks older than what she is. Many Masters 155 to the usua l dee p an d eve n respiration s o f th e hypnoti c state . or is it in a store?" "It's her room . I se e a necklace." . There's a brus h an d a com b wit h silve r handles. wit h a big feather. it's see-through. "Is it easier to breathe now?" "Yes. a necklace on somebody' s neck." "Is she doing anything?" "No. I'm not the lady." "But you see her?" "Yes. It' s whit e wit h gree n flowers on it . There's a bed i n i t . . and th e dress is velvet. it' s silver and has a blue stone hanging off it." "Good. " I wa s im pressed with her eye for detail. wit h fou r posts on it." "Do you know the lady?" "No. It's a brown bed." "How old is she?" "In her forties. It's blue .Many Lives.
" "Do you know the lady's name?" "Belinda. Weiss." Once again she was a servant. . . . "Do they live nearby?" "Close enough . She's very elegant. . Are you still seeing her now?" "No.D. . " "I see. fourteen. There's a table with a black coverin g on it . ." "Where are you now?" "In anothe r room . Sh e reminde d m e o f m y preteenage son. " Interviewin g teenager s wa s neve r easy. "How old are you now?" "Maybe thirteen. It wa s fortunat e tha t I wa s wel l practiced." . an d fring e aroun d th e bottom . I t smell s o f man y herbs . I t i s necessar y fo r us to work . "What relationship does this lady have to you?" "I serve her. "Have you been with her long?" "No . . "I haven't left them. t o serve.52 52Brian L." "Do you like that necklace?" "Yes." He r shor t answer s require d m y activ e steerin g i n order t o obtai n basi c information . . " About the same age. a few months. . W e ar e ver y poor ." "Good. . M. "I jus t work there. Do you go home to your family after that?" "Yes. ." she corrected me. . "Why have you left your family?" I inquired. . Do you work hard?" "It's no t ver y tiring." Her answers left little room for exploration. ." "Does she treat you well?" "Yes. even i n pas t lifetimes . "Good. heav y perfume." "Have you ever worn the necklace?" "No.
This was an ironic twist . Many Masters 157 "Does thi s al l belon g t o you r mistress ? Doe s sh e us e a lo t of perfume?" "No. . She says I will marry. . I se e a car d with a man or boy carrying a shield. There' s another car d wit h a chalic e o n it ." . an d yet . bu t poles . I see nothing else. "many shawls." "Dark how? Can you see her?" "She ha s man y covering s o n he r head. spears . spannin g lifetime s an d di mensions beyon d eve n that . on e wh o probabl y rea d taro t cards . o r som e kin d o f line .Many Lives. " Catherin e whis pered. ." "For what?" "So she may do the cards. sh e ha d visite d a psychi c t o find ou t abou t he r future. . " Intuitively I kne w tha t sh e ha d gone t o a fortun e teller . "She sees things. som e kin d o f pole s o n it ." "Do you see the lady?" "I see some coins. tha t I might marry. these things frightened her." "Whose room is this?" "It belongs to some dark lady. this is another room. ." "What does she say when she does the cards?" "The car d wit h . but I will not marry this man. Her e Catherin e an d I wer e involve d in an incredibl e psychi c adventure . . . perhap s tw o hundre d years earlier . . I kne w tha t Catherin e ha d neve r visite d a psychi c i n her present life . I'm in another room. . a cup . Pole s an d flowers . and sh e ha d n o knowledge whatsoeve r abou t tarot cards or fortune-telling. . . She's old and wrinkled. "Does she read fortunes?" I asked." "Do you have a question for her? What do you want to see? What do you want to know?" "About some man ." "What is your relationship to her?" "I've just gone to see her.
" "Jewels?" "Yes. . I don't know. . .D. . . Thi s lifetim e ha d no t bee n spectacular . "Are you resting?" "Yes . ." "See i f ther e i s a yea r imprinte d o n th e coins . jewel s of different colors. " Sh e wa s silent again. . "X's and I's." "What do the coins look like?" "They're gold." "No?" I wa s surprised . "No. "Are you still with her. hopin g t o pic k u p th e thread of this life several hundred years ago. I don' t kno w when. . ." "Some foreign numbers. Sh e ha d re membered onl y som e descriptiv e highlight s an d th e interest ing visit to the fortune-teller. We waite d for several minutes. . . but they loo k lik e jewels . " "Does her fortune come true?" ". . . Somethin g that you can read . " Catherin e whispered ." she replied." she whispered. " . The edges are not smooth. Wher e wa s she ? "D o yo u kno w your nam e i n thi s lifetime? " I asked ." "Do you know what year that is?" "Seventeen .52 52Brian L. M. something . It was not necessary for her to experience her death to do so. "I'm gon e fro m there. She could do this now on her own. . . " Sh e ha d lef t the lifetim e an d wa s resting. i n lettering. Weiss." "Do you see anything now?" "No. They ar e squared. or is this a different place?" "I am with her. "Why is this fortune-teller important to you?" "I don't know. "Do you see anything now?" I asked again. . They're reall y lights . There's a crown on one side. "It' s gone . Bu t she' s gone. .
" I wan t t o know abou t thes e things . whe n i t happens . "Yes. it wa s th e voic e o f th e poe t Master ." she answered. Many Masters 159 "What else?" I asked . Natur e wil l sur vive. They will eventually destro y themselves. " sh e paused . for some mitigating possibility. But we will not. bu t w e wil l see i t" "Is ther e n o wa y o f teachin g humankind? " I kep t lookin g for a way out. and restoration . . n o pla n t o wha t the y do . " I reminde d her .Many Lives. . Th e beast s liv e i n harmony . "When will this happen?" I asked. Natur e i s energ y an d lif e . "There are many word s and thought s tha t ar e flying around. . . We wil l b e on anothe r plane. "Coexistence an d harmony. . It' s s o differen t i n nature. . ." he answered . Can you tell me?" "Right now they're just words. "Everythin g mus t b e balanced . I wa s thrille d t o hear from him again. . They destroy other humans . When sh e an swered. "Yes. . "I just . Ther e is n o harmony . Natur e i s balanced ." This wa s a n ominou s prediction ." "Can we do anything to prevent that destruction?" "No." I urge d he r on . anothe r dimension . "It wil l happe n soone r tha n the y think . It' s abou t coexistenc e an d harmon y . . . The y destroy na ture. th e balance of things." I knew the Masters were nearby. Plants will survive. Human s hav e no t learned to do that. " "Will thi s destructio n happe n i n ou r lifetime ? Ca n w e avert it?" "It wil l no t happe n i n ou r lifetime . I hope d thi s woul d no t b e soon . . Everything must be balanced. an d the n he r whispe r wa s lou d and firm. . Wit h th e worl d con stantly in chao s and turmoil . Natur e is balanced . They continue to destroy themselves. An d human s jus t destroy .
And all this is just lessons . but not here. Finally. . "Peopl e seem s o pett y no w . fo r w e wil l al l reac h th e level . . sh e restin g an d I pensivel y absorbe d i n th e dramati c pronouncements o f th e past hour." I looke d o n th e brigh t side . not here in this dimension. . W e waited. or do they have to learn this for themselves?" "You canno t reac h everyone . "The jewels are gone. though." "Yes. a s we know it . they'r e gone. they will learn . she broke the spell . I t canno t b e stopped. There is much to learn. ambitious . Thi s lesso n wa s a profoun d one . power-hungry . Weiss. W e ar e al l th e same .52 52Brian L. On e i s n o greate r tha n th e next . When the y progress. The lights . the n ou r soul s progres s in different places. . " I hav e a nee d t o teac h thes e people ." "Can I writ e anythin g t o hel p these people? I s ther e som e way?" "You know the way. . greedy . too? The words?" . It wil l al l be t o n o avail . W e wil l lear n fro m that. I n orde r t o sto p th e destruc tion yo u mus t reac h everyone . . " "Eventually there will be peace?" "Yes." she whispered. an d yo u cannot . They forge t abou t lov e an d understandin g an d knowledge ." "Yes. There will be peace. an d I needed tim e t o diges t it . on another level. W e will see it. We do not have to tell you. Is there a way. They will learn . . " I complained . We wil l n o longer be . Catherin e ha d becom e silent . but I don't know how to reach them." I agreed ." "Yes. "The jewels are gone. an d the y wil l see.D." I conceded . "Well. here ." "It seem s s o fa r away ." "Yes." "The voices. M. an d punishments. . "It wil l b e don e o n anothe r level .
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"Yes. I se e nothing. " A s sh e paused , he r hea d bega n t o move from side to side. "A spirit . . . i s looking." "At you?" "Yes." "Do you recognize the spirit?" "I'm no t sur e . . . I thin k i t migh t b e Edward. " Edwar d had die d durin g th e previou s year . Edwar d wa s trul y ubiqui tous. He seemed to be always around her. "What did the spirit look like?" "Just a . . . jus t whit e . . . lik e lights . H e ha d n o face , not like we know it, but I know it's he." "Was he communicating at all with you?" "No, he was just watching." "Was he listening to what I was saying?" "Yes," she whispered. "Bu t he' s gone now . H e jus t wante d to be sure I'm al l right. " I thought abou t the popula r mythol ogy o f th e guardia n angel . Certainl y Edward , i n th e rol e o f the hovering , lovin g spiri t watchin g ove r he r t o mak e sur e she was all right, approached suc h a n angeli c role . An d Cath erine ha d alread y talke d abou t guardia n spirits . I wondere d how man y o f ou r childhoo d "myths " wer e actuall y roote d i n a dimly remembered past. I als o wondere d abou t th e hierarch y o f spirits , abou t wh o became a guardian an d wh o a Master , an d abou t thos e wh o were neither , jus t learning . Ther e mus t b e gradation s base d upon wisdo m an d knowledge , wit h th e ultimat e goa l tha t o f becoming God-lik e an d approaching , perhap s mergin g some how, with God. This was the goal that mystic theologians ha d described i n ecstati c term s ove r th e centuries . The y ha d ha d glimpses o f suc h a divin e union . Short of suc h persona l ex perience, vehicle s suc h a s Catherine , wit h he r extraordinar y talent, provided the best view. Edward ha d gone , an d Catherin e ha d becom e silent . He r
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face was peaceful, and sh e was enveloped i n serenity . What a marvelous talen t sh e possessed—th e abilit y t o se e beyon d lif e and beyon d death , t o tal k wit h th e "gods " an d t o shar e thei r wisdom. W e wer e eatin g fro m th e Tre e o f Knowledge , n o longer forbidden. I wondered how many apples were left. Carole's mother , Minette , wa s dyin g fro m th e cance r tha t had spread from her breast to her bones and liver. The process had bee n going on for four years and now could n o longer b e slowed dow n b y chemotherapy. Sh e was a brave woma n wh o stoically endure d th e pai n an d weakness . Bu t th e diseas e wa s accelerating, and I knew that her death was approaching. The session s with Catherin e wer e going on simultaneously , and I share d th e experienc e an d revelation s wit h Minette . I was mildl y surprise d tha t she , a practica l businesswoman , readily accepte d thi s knowledg e an d wante d t o lear n more . I gave he r book s t o read , an d sh e di d s o avidly . Sh e arrange d for an d too k a cours e wit h Carol e an d m e i n kabbalah , the Jewish mystical writings that are centuries old. Reincarna tion an d th e in-betwee n plane s ar e basi c tenet s o f kabbalisti c literature, ye t mos t modern-da y Jew s ar e unawar e o f this . Minette's spiri t strengthene d a s he r bod y deteriorated . He r fear o f deat h diminished . Sh e bega n t o anticipat e bein g reunited wit h he r belove d husband , Ben . Sh e believe d i n th e immortality o f he r soul , an d thi s helpe d he r endur e th e pain . She wa s holdin g o n t o life , awaitin g th e birt h o f anothe r grandchild, he r daughte r Donna' s first baby . Sh e ha d me t Catherine i n th e hospita l durin g on e o f he r treatments , an d their eyes and words joined peacefully and eagerly. Catherine' s sincerity an d honest y helpe d convinc e Minett e tha t th e exis tence of an afterlife was indeed true. A wee k befor e she died , Minette wa s admitte d t o th e hos -
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pital's oncolog y floor. Carol e an d I wer e abl e t o spen d tim e with her, talking about life and death, and what awaited us all after death. A lad y of grea t dignity , sh e decide d t o di e i n th e hospital, where the nurses could care for her. Donna, he r hus band, an d thei r six-week-ol d daughte r cam e t o spen d tim e with her and say good-bye. We wer e almost continuously wit h her. Abou t si x i n th e evenin g o f th e nigh t Minett e died , Carole an d I , havin g jus t arrive d hom e from the hospital , both experience d a stron g urg e t o g o back . Th e nex t si x o r seven hour s wer e filled wit h serenit y an d a transcendenta l spiritual energy . Although he r breathing was labored, Minett e had n o mor e pain . W e talke d abou t he r transitio n t o th e in between state , the bright light , and the spiritua l presence . She reviewed he r life , mostly silently , an d struggle d t o accep t th e negative parts . Sh e seeme d t o kno w tha t sh e couldn' t le t g o until thi s proces s wa s completed . Sh e wa s waitin g fo r a very specific time to die, in th e early morning . Sh e grew impatien t for thi s tim e t o come . Minett e wa s th e first perso n I ha d guided to and through death in this manner. She was strengthened, and our grief wa s assuaged by the entire experience. I foun d that my ability to heal my patients ha d significantly expanded, no t jus t wit h phobia s an d anxieties , bu t especiall y in death-and-dying , o r grief , counseling . I intuitivel y kne w what wa s wrong an d wha t direction s t o tak e i n therapy . I was abl e t o conve y feeling s of peacefulness , calm, an d hope . After Minette's death , man y other s wh o wer e eithe r dyin g o r who were the survivor s of a love d one's death cam e fo r help. Many wer e no t read y t o kno w abou t Catherin e o r th e litera ture abou t lif e afte r death . Bu t eve n withou t impartin g suc h specific knowledge , I fel t tha t I coul d still delive r th e mes sage. A tone o f voice , a n empathi c understandin g o f th e pro cess and of thei r fear s and feelings , a look, a touch, a word all coul d ge t through , a t som e level , an d touc h a chor d o f
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hope, o f forgotte n spirituality , o f share d humanity , o r eve n more. An d fo r those read y fo r more, t o sugges t reading s an d to shar e m y experience s wit h Catherin e an d other s wa s lik e opening a windo w t o a fres h breeze . Th e one s wh o wer e ready wer e revived . The y gaine d insight s eve n mor e rapidly . I believ e strongl y tha t therapist s mus t hav e ope n minds . Just a s mor e scientifi c wor k i s necessar y t o documen t death and-dying experiences , suc h a s Catherine's, s o i s more experi ential wor k necessar y i n th e field. Therapists nee d t o conside r the possibilit y o f lif e afte r death an d integrat e i t int o thei r counseling. The y d o no t hav e to use hypnotic regressions , bu t they shoul d kee p thei r mind s open , shar e thei r knowledg e with thei r patients , an d no t discoun t thei r patients ' experi ences. People ar e no w devastate d b y threat s t o thei r mortality . The plagu e o f AIDS , nuclea r holocaust , terrorism , disease , and man y other catastrophe s han g over our head s an d tortur e us daily. Many teenagers believe that they won't live past their twenties. Thi s i s incredible , reflectin g the tremendou s stresse s in our society. On th e individua l level , Minette' s reactio n t o Catherine' s messages is encouraging. He r spiri t had strengthened, an d sh e had fel t hop e i n th e fac e o f grea t physica l pai n an d bodil y deterioration. Bu t th e message s ar e fo r al l o f us , no t jus t th e dying. There i s hope for us, too. We nee d more clinicians an d scientists to report on other Catherines, to confirm and expan d her messages . Th e answer s ar e there . W e ar e immortal . W e will always be together.
It' s ver y dam p . I jus t wanted t o tell yo u that. As usual. both men an d women would rus h t o joi n her . There's som e typ e of 167 . . It's in a very mountainou s area. An d a wa r that' s bein g fought . wit h a peacefu l energ y aroun d her . Peopl e were draw n t o her . . somethin g flying on th e end of a stick. it' s mad e ou t o f stone . sh e san k quickl y int o a dee p hypnoti c tranc e i n my dimly li t office.T h r e e an d a half month s ha d passe d sinc e our first hypnosis session. I se e a wago n goin g b y . They'r e carryin g some type of banners . I hea r the m talkin g abou t Moor s . her blon d hai r spilling over i n rivulet s o n the familiar beige pillow. th e front . . " the y woul d say. some kind o f stra w or ha y or somethin g fo r the animals t o eat . "I se e a buildin g . it' s ver y dam p outside . "Yo u look s o beautiful. I se e a wagon. . . Very brigh t colors . An d there' s something pointed o n the top of it . bu t sh e had progressed beyon d merel y bein g cured . sh e woul d ree l the m i n o n a n invisibl e psychic line . Moors. . She wa s radiant . Lik e a fisher. Whe n sh e at e breakfas t i n th e hospita l cafeteria. . . Ther e ar e som e me n there . And sh e had bee n eatin g unnotice d i n th e sam e cafeteria for years. No t onl y ha d Catherine' s symptom s virtuall y dis appeared. Th e wago n has hay in it .
. . som e village. . . " sh e answere d softly . The y hav e som e typ e o f knif e o r swor d . "It's the banner of the king's soldiers." "I hav e brought som e of th e provisions. It' s a village. some type of banner. tw o wheel s an d a n ope n back." She was definite about this. . ." "Is it the banner of your people?" I asked. metal. It' s th e feas t o f som e saint . . ver y heavy. the end s ar e roun d . "Is this your king?" "Yes. . " I instructed . . "I doh' t se e that." "See i f yo u ca n find yourself. Are w e fighting the Danes ? Som e wa r i s bein g fought.D.52 52Brian L. ." "Are you there?" I questioned. He's not there." She was silent." "I'm not a soldier. . . som e typ e of head covering made of metal . They'r e open . Somethin g about Danes . It's red and white . The year i s 1483 . "Look around. "What do you see now?" "I see a banner. leather tuni c ove r . But th e end s ar e curved. "I se e th e wagons . ." she responded. You'r e seein g the m fro m some where. . ver y heav y meta l i n th e shape of a cross." "Do you know the king's name?" "I don't hear that. Perhaps you'r e a soldier . ." "Can yo u loo k an d se e wha t you'r e wearing ? Loo k dow n and see what you're wearing. th e side s ar e ope n wit h slats . something meta l coverin g thei r head s . somethin g mew l they wea r aroun d thei r neck s . They are preparing for some battle. white with a red cross." "Some typ e o f leathe r . som e typ e of woode n slat s hel d together . very blunt end. . . They hav e tw o wheel s o n them . I se e . M. o n th e cross . I se e swords. ove r . . "Loo k around . Weiss. .
" "How is your life?" "We are tired. I've los t a chil d i n a pre vious skirmish." "Are you alone. . and there's some gray to it." "How do you feel about this war?" "It ha s becom e m y wa y o f life . " Catherine had been both mal e and female many times . . I remembe r him . an d my daughter. She' s old ." "No.Many Lives. . We are very poor. sh e ha d patente d numerou s childre n in her other lifetimes. W e hav e som e goats. . Som e typ e of animal-ski n shoe s ." "Have ther e bee n man y war s i n you r land ." "Does your daughter still live with you?" "No." "What was your son's name?" "I don' t se e hi s name . with much tragedy?" "Yes." . "Yes. Childless i n he r presen t life . you and your wife?" "Yes. . . something lik e wheat. What color is your hair?" "It's light. but the grief was palpable. "What does your wife look like?" "She's ver y tired . throug h you r life. wheat . then. more lik e boot s or moc casins. ." She was sad. ver y tired . Do you miss him?" "Yes. she is married and left some time ago. no t shoes . it' s short ." "A son?" "Yes." "I understand. There's whea t . I se e m y wife. No one's talking to me. . Many Masters 169 a ver y roug h shirt . It has not been easy. but I'm old. A leathe r tuni c . "Have you been a farmer?" I changed the subject. You've lost your son." she answered simply. "Who's left for you? Who's left in your family?" "My wife .
. . I see bowls. sh e wa s likely t o find someon e ther e wh o wa s als o significan t i n he r current lifetime. " she explained. . Weiss. "Okay. . Se e i f yo u recogniz e anyon e els e i n th e villag e o r your family. "But you have lived to be old. . I don' t kno w her. over many mountains. but it must have a name. a very har d life . . "Do you own horses? Or does somebody else?" . yellow ." "But the y fight awa y fro m the village . yes. I don't see it. " sh e added . . " "All right. What ar e yo u thinking of?" "Horses. Not for me.D. tryin g t o quicke n th e pace . ." "Do yo u kno w th e nam e o f th e lan d tha t yo u liv e in ? O r the town?" "I don't see it. " I added . . referring to her life as Catherine. ." she whispered. She is alive. ." "Is thi s a very religiou s tim e fo r you ? Yo u se e crosse s o n the soldiers." "Brothers and sisters?" "I hav e a sister. somethin g yellow . "They mus t travel to where they do battle . Somethin g mad e ou t o f ke r .52 52Brian L." "Your parents have died?" "Yes." "Is this your house?" "Yes. something fro m cor n . " I f peopl e di d reincarnat e i n groups ." "Is anybod y aliv e ye t fro m th e res t o f you r family . "Thi s ha s been a very har d lif e for you. . M. othe r than your wife and your daughter?" "No. . W e eat this. o r somethin g . no t in th e village. "I see a stone table ." "For others.
What wa s happening wa s happening. "You'r e ver y old . go ahead i n time." "Go ahea d i n tim e now. one o f the m bein g th e plan e o f recol lection. They are mostly wild." she whispered softly. Do you know?" "No. go ahead. rest. Ar e yo u seein g something? " A minut e o r two passed before she answered. I'm still there. On that plane you are allowed to collect your thoughts. som e o f them . "There ar e seven plane s i n all." "Yes. . .Many Lives." "Nothing o f significance. "Is there mor e t o happe n i n thi s lifetime?" I asked . " sh e objected . " More minutes passed silently. Try to go to the last day in your lifetime as an old man. Mostl y the y walk . Bu t they're no t horses . "It is important for us to know. I coul d no t sugges t awa y th e actua l memories ." "I don't know. Let' s find out wha t you needed to learn. "Do yo u kno w no w wha t yo u neede d t o learn ? I t wa s an other hard lifetime for you. Abruptl y sh e spoke . " sh e answere d withou t emotion ." Sh e ha d entere d th e spiritua l stat e again. "Have you left him now?" "Yes. seven planes. I know . I'm just floating. eac h one con sisting of man y levels . "Then. Her voice was loud and deep." "But I' m no t ver y old. soldier s ." "Okay. Then she seemed t o b e listenin g t o something . I could no t get he r to change the details of wha t ha d happene d and been remembered. " I instructed . Sh e wa s no t particu larly suggestible i n thes e past lives. chang ing my approach. You are allowed to see your life that ha s just passed. I' m floating. they'r e donkey s o r somethin g little r tha n horses. Rest . Those of . . "I'm just floating. . Many Masters 171 "No. This was not Catherine.
a dominant trait .52 52Brian L. when yo u retur n yo u wil l hav e t o carr y tha t trait . Whe n you're i n physica l for m an d yo u ar e workin g through . In tha t plane it is determined wha t you wil l tak e bac k wit h yo u int o th e nex t life . Yo u mus t lear n t o overcom e greed.D. Bu t yo u determin e whe n yo u ar e going back. you must return t o the plan e of recollection. an d ther e yo u mus t wai t unti l th e sou l yo u ow e the deb t t o ha s come t o se e you. W e wil l al l have . . . . "We hav e debts that mus t be paid. t o pay that debt. tha t ha s jus t passed. M. I f yo u d o not . then w e must tak e the m int o another lif e . There you wait. a s well a s another one . to teach us what we must do. . This migh t b e greed . Yo u progress b y paying your debts . Only those souls on the higher level—the sages—are allowe d t o cal l upo n histor y an d pas t event s . onl y th e on e yo u have just come from. . i n order that they may be worked through . I f somethin g interrupt s you r ability . int o you r nex t life . you'r e working throug h a life . Bu t w e o f th e lowe r levels are only allowe d t o see our own lif e . You determine what must be done to pay that debt. . seve n throug h whic h w e must pass before we are returned. . . . . . Some souls progres s faster than others . bu t whateve r i s determined . With eac h lif e that yo u g o throug h an d yo u di d no t fulfill these debts . . If w e hav e not pai d out these debts. The n yo u mus t overcom e thi s i n tha t lifetime. Th e burden s wil l becom e greater. to help us. the n yo u ar e allowed t o return . th e nex t on e wil l b e harder . . you will b e given a n eas y life. And whe n yo u bot h ca n b e returned t o physica l for m a t th e sam e time . One of the m i s the plane of transition. . I f yo u fulfill them. Weiss. So you choos e wha t lif e . the higher levels are allowed t o see history. . . . yo u nee d t o fulfil l your debts t o thos e people . "There ar e seve n plane s . or i t migh t be lust . You will no t remembe r you r othe r live s . They ca n g o back and teac h u s b y learnin g abou t history .
" Catherine fell silent." Catherine was whispering softly. debts owed t o other s an d t o one's self. lov e an d wisdom . Many Masters 173 you will have . Thi s knowledge spoke of lov e and hope. h e owes me something. you ar e responsibl e fo r th e life you have. o r t o hal t anyone' s life. and . . Th e styl e o f deliver y differed . I n th e nex t phase . This was apparently no t fro m a Master. faith and charity. "What state are you in?" I asked. Was th e stag e of renewa l one o f thos e planes ? An d wha t abou t th e learnin g stag e an d the stag e o f decisions ? Al l o f th e wisdo m reveale d throug h these message s fro m souls i n variou s dimension s o f th e spiri tual stat e wa s consistent . We are the gods. " Bu t th e knowledg e transmitted wa s both clear and practical. He identifie d himself a s "w e o f th e lowe r levels. th e wisdo m i n th e balanc e o f nature. th e phraseology an d gramma r differed . I was acquirin g a systemati c bod y o f spiritua l knowledge . . th e eradicatio n o f fears . and they are us. It include d pas t lifetime s an d spiritua l plane s betwee n lives . " i n compariso n wit h thos e souls o n th e highe r level—"th e sages. There wa s much practica l advic e along th e way : th e valu e of patienc e an d o f waiting .Many Lives. "Nothing . . beyon d spac e an d be yond time. progres s towar d a mystica l an d ecstatic connection with God. the sophisticatio n o f vers e and vocabulary differed . th e unshakabl e knowledg e tha t w e ar e im mortal. the accumulatio n an d us e o f intuitiv e powers . . ." . the nee d fo r learnin g abou t trus t an d forgiveness . I' m floating. You choose it. . per haps mos t o f all . I wondered abou t the five other planes and their qualities. "I'm floating. th e im portance o f learnin g no t t o judg e others . especially th e fea r o f death . It examined virtue s an d vices . . We ar e beyon d lif e and death . And i t talke d o f th e soul' s progres s throug h harmon y an d balance. Edwar d owe s m e some thing . but th e conten t remaine d coherent.
" "Find who?" I questioned. An d h e owe s me somethin g . something . th e southern par t o f Vermont . The adoptio n wa s arrange d b y the Church . Som e knowledg e . He r father is a doctor. . M. An d th e onl y wa y sh e ca n d o that i s throug h me . "Do you know what he owes you?" "No. The y were teenager s a t tha t time . "My siste r an d he r husband ." "Yes. . . He'll tell me. I was confused. " sh e an swered. he' s practicing somewher e i n Vermont . "No. Then he will tell me." I agreed. I se e a blanket lyin g o n th e outsid e o f a stall." "What other information does he have for you?" "I don' t know . . bu t h e ha s thing s t o tel l me .D. "Is she very close to you?" I asked. "Are you tired?" I asked." "Stephanie? What d o you need to know about her? " "I nee d t o kno w ho w t o ge t i n touc h wit h her." I late r learne d tha t Catherine' s siste r an d he r sister' s future husband ha d pu t thei r infan t daughter u p fo r adoption . "Tackl e o n th e wall. H e owe s me something. . I don' t kno w what . . Ther e wa s n o in formation available after that time. H e ha s information . maybe about my sister's child. but she'll want to find them." "Is it a barn?" ." She was silent. "Yes." "Your sister's child?" I echoed. "Yes . H e ha d something to tell me. Weiss. h e owe s me . A bridl e . . Her name is Stephanie. . Th e informatio n wil l com e t o m e when it's needed. an d the y wer e no t ye t married . . "When it' s the right time.52 52BrianL. I' m th e link . Catherine ha d neve r mentioned anythin g t o me abou t this niece. it' s a girl. . . "I se e a bridle " wa s he r whispere d reply .
she' s bigge r tha n me. pulling his carriage. I se e a siste r ." "Do you have a favorite?" "Yes. bu t I ca n fee d him things . . ." "What do you see now?" "I just see the horses." "Who else is with you?" "My mothe r i s there . whe n a hors e name d Appl e ha d als o ap peared. . Many Masters m "They have horses there. with gray hair." "Do you like horses?" "Yes. I lik e th e smel l o f th e barn. Hi s nam e i s Apple. He's very big." "Is this a happy time for you?" "Yes. I don't see anyone else. . We live nearby. He has big feet If you're not careful. " Sh e wa s bein g ver y specific. Wa s sh e agai n -repeatin g a lifetim e w e ha d alread y experienced? Perhap s sh e wa s approachin g i t fro m anothe r perspective." "What else do you see?" "I se e many trees—wit h yellow flowers. " I realize d I wa s talkin g t o a child. He' s use d fo r pulling th e master's wagon. "Apple . He take s car e o f th e horses. M y horse .Many Lives. a girl. "Do you smell the horses?" . " I remembere d he r lifetime a s Mandy." "Does you r fathe r ow n th e horse s o r jus t tak e car e o f them?" "He just takes care of them. in the barn. yes . he'll step on you. referring to that moment in time. My fathe r i s there." "Do you see yourself?" "I'm a child . . "What does he look like?" "He's very tall. They have many horses. . Does your father let you ride Apple?" "No.
" My questio n ha d jolte d he r ou t o f tha t lifetim e int o he r observing. An d w e coul d ge t sodas . Weiss. He's good to you. "Do you still miss him?" I asked. . some black ones and some cats . He love d us . M y grandfathe r love d u s very much ." "Yes. Whe n the y hun t for birds." . he' s no t m y rea l father ." I wa s explain ing. Th e ma n wh o i s takin g car e o f th e horses. . Sh e wa s viewin g Catherine' s life now and her relationship with her grandfather. He has green eyes. H e neve r hollere d at us . he' s . trying to minimize her hurt." "He's m y grandfathe r . superconsciou s state . . . no . m y grandfather . H e like d us. . thei r face s ar e s o soft . M. .52 52Brian L.D. "He's not your real father?" "I don' t know . ." "Look in his eyes—green eyes—and see if yo u can recogniz e him. He liked that. but you'll be with him again. "Do you grow up on this farm?" "Yes. Bu t he is like a father to me. too ." "Does anything happen to you?" "No. . "Yes. W e use d t o g o wit h hi m to wher e h e woul d drink . "But yo u se e he ha s bee n wit h yo u before." "The hay?" "Yes . "Yes. blac k ones. "He wa s very goo d t o us . H e use d t o take u s ou t wit h hi m al l th e time . He is very good to me. He use d to give u s money an d take u s with hi m al l th e time. lot s of animals . . Th e dog s ar e use d fo r hunting . the dogs are allowed to go. . He's a second father. You know that. He loves you. "He's not really my father. Ther e ar e dog s there . " Sh e paused. H e love d u s very much ." I was confused. But he died." she answered softly." My question was too vague.
" "Yes. He will have to do it again. "He has to learn to love. " "Those are the two that I'm familiar with.Many Lives. " sh e explained . . There w e jus t res t an d wait . . "What ar e they. " "I know. . "We learned today about debts. H e ha s com e bac k . . My fathe r ha s no t pai d hi s debt . . jus t lik e th e othe r stages of evolution . . ." she answered." "Yes. also. The stages in physical for m ar e hard . " sh e interjected ." "You hav e learne d a t th e sam e tim e I did. Thos e i n th e astra l plan e ar e easy ." "Why doe s on e lov e yo u s o muc h an d trea t yo u s o well . They're so different. " I observed . to nurture. and the other one is so different?" "Because one ha s learned . We hav e to go through th e infanc y stage. "Th e transitio n stage and the stage of recollection. . th e chil d stage . " I added . . I'v e bee n wit h hi m before ." she agreed. without understanding." "We will know the others later." "Yes. It is very important. "the y trea t chil dren like property. befor e we reach our goal . . the bab y stage . " "How many planes are there in the astral state?" "There are seven." . . Many Masters 177 "Yes." she answered. H e ha s paid a debt h e ha s owed." "Yes. We hav e s o man y stage s w e g o through whe n we'r e i n physica l stat e . . Thes e ar e th e har d stage s now." "Your grandfather already knows. "I've onl y bee n tol d two. "Your father still has to learn this. instead of like people to love. "If the y don' t understan d this." I agreed. H e wa s no t lik e m y father. W e hav e s o fa r t o g o before we reach . " I questioned . lookin g t o confir m thos e beyond the two mentioned earlier in the session.
" "Are you able to deal with this?" "Yes. "You are learning so much.D.52 52Brian L. "You're my teacher. "Good." "Yes. "No. The y aren' t importan t t o me ." I ha d hear d thi s before . T o hel p her . M. " she added. " I wen t on ." she agreed. "I' m no t afraid. "You see m t o b e gettin g s o much bette r now. but mor e than that . They feel some psychic pull to me. I will help you." she replied. too. Yet I could not quite fathom what the greater purpose could be. and I' m abl e to help them." "I know. "Why ar e people no w so drawn to you? Attracte d t o you?" "Because I've bee n free d from so many fears . " sh e adde d enigmatically. "Will you remember these planes?" I inquired ." Ther e wa s n o questio n abou t it . "I wil l remembe r wha t I shoul d remember. Weiss." . This wa s fo r me . To hel p me. The y ar e importan t t o you. but more than that .
Peopl e ar e makin g pots . "Can you describe yourself. . . som e long red material on. That's where we are. . . Sh e was healthy beyon d normal . They'r e re d . What do you look like?" "I have some type of re d . " sh e began . bu t what I did no t realiz e on this autumn da y as she agai n settle d into he r hypnoti c tranc e wa s tha t five month s woul d elaps e between thi s hypnosi s sessio n an d he r next . "Som e o f the m ar e don e i n gold. ." "Can you see yourself whil e you're working?" I asked. I have funn y shoes. "I se e carvings. a rod in his hand. some type of brown structure. It's a figure of a man . ." "Are you in the brown building or near it?" "I'm in it. I se e clay . lik e sandals .c V atherin e ha d gotte n ri d o f he r distressin g symptoms ." "Is this done in a factory?" 181 . I' m work ing on making some type of figure. . some typ e of re d materia l they'r e using . I se e a brow n build ing. what you're wearing? Loo k down. som e out of metals. He has some kind of a stick. The other peopl e ar e making things out o f . whic h woul d b e her last. . I kne w w e were approachin g a termination point . He r lifetime s were beginnin g t o repeat. We're working on different things. I hav e brow n hair . a man. . a . .
" "The statu e tha t you'r e workin g on ." "Have you been doing this long?" "No. I'm only learning. but I see brown boxes. th e ma n wit h th e stick." .52 Brian L." "Do you need more experience?" "Yes." "Do you like it?" "Yes.D. something red." "Do you ever deal with these nobles?" "No. The rest will be sold. The y hav e a doorway i n them ." "Brown boxes?" I repeated. They'r e mad e o f wood. It' s har d t o work on. It' s a ver y funn y material . do you know who it is?" "No." "Are you good at it?" "Not very." "What will happen to the statue after you make it?" "It wil l b e sold . it' s jus t a man . It keeps crumbling. W e jus t kno w what the y loo k like . som e typ e o f wood . Som e wil l b e sol d i n th e marketplace . Do you still live with your family?" "I don't know. "They hav e littl e openings . M. th e cows. "It's just a building. Onl y thos e wit h the finest workmanship will b e given t o th e house s of nobles . Weiss." "Is this your job?" "Yes. Just red." "Do you know the name of the material?" "I don't see that. The building's made out of stone. and som e o f th e statue s si t insid e th e door ." "I understand. . Some wil l b e give n t o th e different nobles. . There ar e lots of the m [statues ] around . H e take s car e o f th e cattl e . W e hav e t o mak e th e statue s fo r them.
They are angry. ." "What laws have you disobeyed?" "Those that have been set down by the nobles. It' s ver y dr y . Many Masters 183 "What is the function of the statues?" "They're religious. "Because we have disobeyed the laws. We must protect ourselves. too. . to o . We mus t protec t ourselves . too. I'm afraid . sandy. "What religion is there—the statue?" "There ar e man y gods . Everyone is afraid. . . " "Is there water around?" "Yes. man y gods . ." "Is there a particular god that the people fear most?" . i t come s dow n fro m th e mountains. "There's much fear. becaus e th e god s ar e angry. "Yes." she answered. Lots of people are dying." "Do you see anything else there?" "It's very hot. gam e board s wit h hole s i n them ." "What kind of sickness? " "Something is killing everyone. ver y hot ." "How can you appease the gods?" "You mus t wea r certai n things . Som e peopl e wea r thing s around their necks." "From the water?" I inquired. man y protector s . . "Why ar e th e god s angry? " I asked . People are very frightened. I recognize d th e religio n o f fear . the religion of Osiris and Hathor. "Are the people afraid?" I explored. "Are they superstitiou s people?" "Yes. We mak e games . . alread y knowin g th e answer. and they ar e punishing us. very hot and dusty . They will help you with the evil. ." She was revisiting the lifetime wit h th e tanni s cure . Animal heads go in the holes. " Thi s lifetim e was beginning to sound familiar. Ther e i s sickness ." she answered. There are many thing s made here.Many Lives.
I don't know. . "They're afraid of al l of them. "Yes. There's on e tha t look s lik e a bird. ." "But members of your family do. I do not die." "What do you see?" "Something white . Their head s ar e bald . . ." I remembered . alabaster . " ". . . . . There' s one tha t has a huma n bod y bu t ha s th e hea d o f a n animal . the y hav e oi l i n it . . I make the statues. They run a rope around their necks. it' s a lamb . . . it' s late r . . he's black. o f the priests?" I added. ." "Your brother?" "My brother . There' s another on e tha t look s lik e a sun. . I only se e them. som e typ e o f basi n . . some anima l . no . .D. . "Yes . The y ar e preparin g som e sacrifice. . "Is there a problem there for you?" "Somebody ha s don e somethin g i n th e templ e tha t ha s angered the gods. he' s dead. . "I se e some thing with oil in it. It's used to anoint the heads." "What i s you r functio n now ? D o yo u hel p wit h th e oil? " "No. Weiss." "Is this in the same brown building?" "No . the n change d th e focus . M. "Why d o you survive ? I s there somethin g particula r abou t you? Something you've done?" "No. . a temple. . . . . My mother is okay. " Sh e looke d distresse d for some reason. I jus t se e priests." "Do you live through all this?" "Yes." "Do you know the names of any gods?" "I don't kno w th e names . " "Was it you?" "No. ." sh e answered .52 52Brian L." she remembered. I t almos t look s lik e marble . It' s . m y father. . . .
A Master was present. Bu t tha t i s al l . Bu t th e othe r planes . . "It's like starting over . no r o n thei r faces . To some people i t may b e to o frightening. Bu t no t everyon e chooses to have communication wit h these. . . . "But how do they reach this state?" "They mus t b e i n a ver y relaxe d state . You only g o to this plane i f i t i s useful for you to g o there. . a s i f sh e wer e listenin g t o something . Other s hav e th e power o f movemen t an d ar e allowe d t o telepathicall y mov e objects. an d minute s slowl y passed . t o whic h th e agreement mus t b e fulfilled. Abruptl y sh e be came alert . ." "Does the light give you energy?" I asked. They are allowe d t o com e bac k . She began to whisper very softly. this woul d b e a reaso n fo r you t o g o t o thi s plane . .Many Lives. I f yo u hav e lef t a n agreemen t tha t ha s no t bee n ful filled. " She fel l silent . Thi s i s wher e you'r e al lowed t o us e you r psychi c abilitie s an d communicat e wit h people i n physica l form . "It i s on this plane that som e souls are allowe d t o manifest themselves to the peopl e who ar e still in physica l form . If you r lif e had bee n abruptl y ended . Whe n sh e spoke. ." "How ca n peopl e i n physica l for m fee l thi s energy ? Ho w can they tap into it and be recharged?" "By their minds. ." she answered softly. . . it' s a rebirth. Yo u ca n rene w . " Catherine fel l silen t an d seeme d t o be resting. Some ar e allowe d th e powe r o f sigh t an d ca n sho w them selves t o th e peopl e stil l i n physica l form . onl y i f the y hav e lef t som e agreement unfulfilled . O n thi s plan e intercommunicatio n i s allowed. Man y peopl e choos e t o come here becaus e they ar e allowed t o see those who ar e still in physica l for m an d ver y clos e t o them . you ma y choos e t o g o her e an d communicat e i n som e way. Ther e ar e man y way s t o d o this . her voice was deep. "I see the light. . Many Masters 185 They hav e n o hai r o n the m a t all .
Yo u mus t b e ver y relaxe d so you no longer ar e expending energy. and I decide d t o expand th e questioning . bu t they do no t understan d wha t the y hav e experienced . She began to whisper softly again." "Eighty-six?" "Yes. Weiss.52 52Brian L. latel y thes e ha d bee n repeating . whe n i t i s importan t fo r m e t o remembe r them. . M. what other places. t o fulfil l al l o f th e agreement s and all of the debts that are owed. bu t yo u ar e renewin g yours. throug h light . What progress she made from here. "Hav e they all been here in this environment. an d I hav e not .D. "not all here. " Sh e wa s i n he r superconscious state . Whe n yo u slee p yo u ge t renewed. migh t no t depen d o n th e recollectio n o f lifetimes ." "But you are making progress." "What other planes. the earth . at least in my terms. "Some peopl e touc h th e astra l plan e b y usin g drugs . Ap parently sh e had no need to remember the remainin g seventy five o r so lifetimes. do you go to?" "I have no t finished what I have to do here. "We always make progress. "How man y time s hav e yo u bee n reborn? " I asked ." she answered. from this point. . . Ther e will b e man y lifetime s ." I observed. ." "Do you remember them all?" "I will . " We ha d experience d eithe r fragment s o r majo r portion s o f ten o r twelv e lives ." "How man y time s hav e you bee n throug h lifetime s on th e earth?" "Eighty-six. " I ha d no t aske d he r abou t . She had indeed made remarkable progress . and. or elsewher e as well?" "No. Bu t the y have bee n allowe d t o cros s over. through ligh t . Her future progress might not even depend on me or my help. I cannot mov e on unti l I'v e experience d al l o f life .
They will see k out thos e who nee d the developmen t an d hel p them.Many Lives. a window wher e yo u migh t loo k ou t ont o th e sea . bu t no t s o importan t here as it will be in the other planes. It's brass. sharin g knowledge ." "What is the house like?" "It i s small . she entered another lifetime. "I se e th e ocean ." I remembere d sh e ha d don e thi s i n anothe r pas t life time." sh e agreed ." "Are you there?" "Yes." "Important to me and to you?" "Important to all of us. Leavin g he r supercon scious state. That i s part of evolutio n and growth. ." "What do you do?" "We repor t th e merchan t vessel s whe n the y com e int o port. I t ha s som e typ e o f towe r o n th e to p ." Sh e lapse d int o a lon g silence . "How do we develop these faculties?" "You develo p throug h relationships . . wood and brass. The ship s com e an d g o fro m th e port ." "Yes. "Yo u see m t o b e developin g thes e mor e an d more. She was teaching . looking for confirmation. whe n sh e wa s Christian . ." "Do you use this telescope?" "Yes." she replied. I se e a hous e nea r th e ocean . Ther e ar e som e wit h higher power s wh o hav e com e bac k wit h mor e knowledge . th e sailo r whos e han d wa s wounded during a naval battle. "Can't yo u us e you r psychi c power s t o hel p yo u progres s here?" I asked . to look for the ships. "I t i s important . I t ha s som e type of telescope. Many Masters 187 drags. "Are you a sailor?" I asked. whethe r I aske d specifically or not. It' s white . I ca n smel l th e sea water.
. D o yo u sai l again? " "Yes. ver y har d t o stitch . W e mus t defend the coastline. bu t th e ac t o f doing so caused her to jump ahead to that future. . ." "What happens next?" "I just see the ship. "Th e sail s are torn ." "Your han d heals . the y have a large fleet. I see the port. .52 52Brian L. " She was scanning the shi p for damage. . . i n my hand. It's very difficult to stitch the fabric on the sails. G o ahea d i n time . alread y knowin g the outcome. par t of the port side has been blown away. writhin g i n agony . an d sh e wa s agai n relivin g the sea battle. " "Can you see what you're wearing?" "Yes. "We mus t repai r th e sails . sails .D." She winced. ." Sh e wa s indee d Christian . " sh e winced . They have much pain. . som e typ e o f canvas . I a m a sailo r late r i n m y life . " Sh e coul d se e int o he r future ." "Do you recover?" I asked. Weiss. "W e ar e i n Sout h Wales . M y han d i s hurt. They'r e mad e o f canvas. bu t I' m watchin g other s . There ar e shops. "I'm hurt. . " I reassure d her . "I don't know . "Yes." "Are you able to work with your hand?" "No. ." Sh e paused . ." "Who is attacking you?" "I believe they are Spanish . They must be repaired. . Man y people are dead. "Was there an explosion?" "Yes . Some type o f whit e shir t an d brow n shor t pant s an d shoes wit h bi g buckles . In som e . . . . "Many people ar e dying!" She was still agitated . . but no t now. "What is it?" "This pain . maybe. M. . I smell gunpowder!" "You wil l b e al l right. .
. Do you ever go in the book shops?" "Yes. . . . "They serve al e . . I like them very much. ver y larg e bread . . They ar e writ ten abou t town s . there ar e many. but I am safe. Just the women in the town. Ther e ar e shop s wher e the y buy books. "Yes ! Wha t d o you want?" "Where is your family. Th e al e i s ver y bitter . She answere d loudly . " I decide d t o call he r b y name. I se e many books . an d lon g woode n tables. . . . . very dar k al e . Many Masters 189 of th e shop s the y mak e candles . Christian?" "They are in an adjacent town. . "Chris tian. The re d one is with history . jus t th e wome n . The books are wonderful . too ." "Who is in your family?" "I have a sister . a sister. .Many Lives. There' s a shop where they have hats." "Is ther e a plac e wher e yo u drink? " I remembere d Chris tian's description of the ale. ." "Do you have children?" . We sail from this port. . I returne d t o sailing . som e mut ton an d bread . I fight i n many battles. wit h som e typ e o f mea t . . Ther e ar e maps . . The y hav e wine . ." I called emphatically. . . ." she responded. I ca n tast e it . th e land ." "Do you ever marry?" "I believe so. " "Yes." "Yes. Mary. . ver y bitter." "Nobody special?" "No. to se e her responses . I lik e thi s book. . I see a ring." "Where is your girlfriend?" "I don't have one. withou t hesitation ." "You grow old. "Yes. .
it' s fro m th e food .52 Brian L. I too k he r ahea d i n time . We've eate n som e foo d tha t i s bad. an d th e gaggin g ceased. M y so n wil l als o sail . . a ring with a hand. . I can' t se e what . "Yes. . The ring is a hand. .D. . it' s a hand clasping something. It' s a hand holdin g something . It' s sal t pork. Weiss. an d s o I brough t he r out of the trance." Catherin e began to gag. She was already exhausted. . M. There' s a ring . "What's wrong?" "The peopl e o n th e shi p ar e sic k . " He r gag ging continued . I decided no t t o progress her through Christian' s hear t attack again .
but m y heart was not in it. She announced that she was doing so well and feelin g s o muc h bette r tha t sh e di d no t fee l hypnosi s could hel p he r an y mor e tha n i t alread y had . but whe n w e began th e session .JLhree week s passe d befor e w e me t again . Unde r ordinar y circumstances . she seemed anxious. Catherine wa s nearly cured. We ha d continued i n part because o f m y interes t i n th e message s fro m the Master s an d because som e mino r problems stil l persiste d i n Catherine' s present-day life . M y brie f illnes s and he r vacatio n ha d cause d th e delay . and th e lifetimes were repeating. Bu t I di d no t fee l right abou t insisting . sh e fel t som e jo y an d rea l happines s i n he r life . Five month s drifte d by . w e migh t hav e be gun terminating therapy weeks ago. Sh e wa s datin g othe r me n now . althoug h Stuar t wa s still i n th e picture . We chatte d abou t th e event s o f th e past thre e weeks . Fo r th e first tim e sinc e sh e wa s a youn g child. Catherin e continue d to prosper during this period. of course . Sh e wa s right . He r fear s an d anxietie s wer e minimal. I agree d wit h her . Occa193 . But what if th e Masters had mor e to tell me ? How coul d w e communicat e withou t Catherine ? I kne w sh e would continu e ou r session s i f I insisted . Th e quality o f he r lif e and he r relationship s wa s dramaticall y up lifted. Catherin e maintaine d he r clinica l improvement. Wit h som e sadness .
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sionally, w e woul d pas s eac h othe r i n th e hallwa y o r i n th e cafeteria line, but we had no formal doctor-patient contact. Winter passe d an d sprin g began . Catherin e schedule d a n appointment i n th e office . She ha d bee n havin g a recurrin g dream abou t a religiou s sacrific e of som e sor t tha t involve d snakes i n a pit . People , includin g herself , wer e bein g force d into th e pit . Sh e wa s i n th e pit , tryin g t o clim b ou t b y dig ging her hands into the sandy walls. The snakes were jus t below her . A t thi s poin t i n th e drea m sh e woul d awaken , he r heart pounding wildly. Despite th e lon g hiatus , sh e fel l quickl y int o a dee p hyp notic state. Not surprisingly , sh e was instantl y bac k i n a n an cient lifetime. "It i s ver y ho t wher e I am, " sh e began . " I se e tw o blac k men standin g nea r ston e wall s tha t ar e col d an d damp . The y have headpieces on. There i s a rope aroun d thei r righ t ankles . The rope is braided with beads and tassels coming off it. They are makin g a storag e hous e ou t o f ston e an d clay , puttin g wheat i n it , some type of crushe d grain . The grai n i s brought in a car t wit h iro n wheels . Wove n mat s ar e o n th e car t o r part o f it . I se e water, very blue . Someone i n charg e i s givin g the order s t o th e others . Ther e ar e thre e step s dow n int o th e granary. There is a statue of a god on th e outside. He ha s th e head of a n animal, a bird, and the body of a man. He i s a god of th e seasons . The wall s ar e seale d wit h som e sor t o f ta r t o prevent ai r fro m coming i n an d t o kee p th e grai n fresh . My face i s itching . . . . I se e blu e bead s i n m y hair . Ther e ar e bugs o r flies around , makin g m y fac e an d hand s itch . I pu t something stick y o n m y fac e t o kee p the m awa y . . . i t smells terrible, the sap from some tree. "I have braids in my hair and beads in the braids, with gold strings. M y hai r i s dark black . I a m par t o f th e roya l house -
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hold. I a m there becaus e of som e feast. I hav e com e to watc h an anointin g o f priest s . . . a festivit y t o th e god s fo r th e coming harvest . Ther e ar e onl y anima l sacrifices , no humans . Blood fro m th e sacrifice d animal s run s fro m a whit e stan d into a basi n . . . i t run s int o th e mout h o f a serpent . Th e men wea r small gol d hats . Everyone i s darkskinned. We hav e slaves from other lands, from across the sea. . . . " She fel l silent , an d w e wer e waiting , a s i f th e month s ha d never passed . Sh e seeme d t o becom e vigilant , listenin g t o something. "All i s so fas t and complicate d . . . wha t the y ar e tellin g me . . . abou t change and growth and different planes. There is a plane o f awarenes s an d a plan e o f transition . W e com e from one life , and, i f th e lesson s ar e completed , w e mov e o n to another dimension, another life . We mus t understand fully . If w e do not, we are not allowed t o pass on . . . w e must re peat becaus e w e d o no t learn . W e mus t experienc e fro m all sides . W e mus t kno w th e sid e o f wanting , bu t als o t o give. . . . Ther e i s s o muc h t o know , s o man y spirit s in volved. Tha t i s wh y w e ar e here . Th e Master s . . . ar e jus t one on this plane." Catherine paused , the n spok e wit h th e voic e o f th e poe t Master. He was speaking to me. "What we tell you is for now. You must no w learn throug h your own intuition." After a fe w minutes, Catherin e spok e i n he r sof t whisper . "There i s a black fenc e . . . withi n ar e tombstones . Your s i s there." "Mine?" I asked, surprised at this vision. "Yes." "Can you read the inscription?" "The nam e i s 'Noble' : 1668-1724 . Ther e i s a flower
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on it . . . . I t i s i n Franc e o r Russia . Yo u w e r e i n a re d uniform . . . throw n fro m a horse . . . . Ther e i s a gol d ring . . . wit h a lion's head . . . use d as an insignia." There wa s n o more . I interprete d th e poe t Master' s state ment t o mea n ther e woul d b e n o mor e revelation s throug h Catherine's hypnosis , an d thi s wa s indee d th e case . We wer e to have n o furthe r sessions. Her cur e ha d bee n complete , an d I ha d learne d al l tha t I coul d throug h th e regressions . Th e rest, wha t la y i n th e future , I ha d t o lear n throug h m y ow n intuition.
bu t I understoo d Catherine' s curiosit y an d her nee d t o see k som e adde d confirmatio n fo r wha t sh e ha d experienced. the presenc e o f th e ne w Catherine.I w o month s afte r ou r las t session . Catherine ha d recentl y hear d abou t Iri s fro m a friend . and place of he r birth. T o he r amazement . I wa s a littl e surprised . When sh e walke d int o th e office . She had called and made an appointment without telling Iris about anything that had transpired in my office. From this. Iri s 199 . she would construct a n astrological wheel that. smiling . and she really didn' t kno w wha t t o expect . happy . would enable her to discern details from Catherine's past lives. an d radiatin g a n inne r peac e tha t made her glow. Iris had aske d her only for die date. in conjunction with Iris's intuitive gifts. I was glad she had the confidence to do this. This was Catherine's first experience with a psychic. Catherine ha d gpn e t o se e Iri s Saltzman . time. I though t about the ol d Catherin e an d ho w fa r sh e ha d com e i n suc h a very short time. Iris explained t o her. Catherin e calle d an d scheduled a n appointment . briefly surprised me. a well-know n psychic astrologe r wh o specialize d i n past-lif e readings . For a moment. Sh e sai d sh e ha d somethin g ver y interesting to tell me.
She went on to describe a life of sailing. and Iri s coul d see flames and destructio n i n th e villag e man y centurie s ago . In another life she was the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy . with shor t blac k pants an d shoe s wit h od d buckle s o n them . She loved to wear blue stone jewelry. in poverty. Iris gradually worke d hersel f int o a n altere d stat e b y talk ing and b y making notation s on th e hastily constructe d astro logical graph . In another lifetim e Catherine wa s Spanish and ha d lived a s a prostitute. an d sh e wa s very psychic . leaving a permanen t scar . She said that Catherine had bee n a young man a t the tim e of his death. Ther e wer e larg e se a battles . Ther e wa s a brief lif e i n Paris .D. She would appl y ointment s t o wounds an d giv e herba l medicines . Iri s reached for her own throat and announced that Catherin e ha d been strangle d an d ha d ha d he r throa t cu t i n a previous life . Her name began with the letter L Sh e lived with an older man.52 Brian L. M. an d the location was off the English coast. Iris describe d mor e fragment s o f lifetimes . Weiss. validated mos t o f wha t Catherin e ha d discovere d unde r hyp nosis. The throa t cuttin g ha d bee n i n a time o f war . exclaimin g that somethin g shar p ha d entere d an d damage d th e hand . Another time she was a female American India n o n th e southwes t Florid a coas t Durin g thi s life time sh e wa s a heale r an d walke d aroun d barefoo t Sh e wa s darkskinned an d ha d od d eyes. a lot of lapis . where Catherin e wa s agai n a bo y an d ha d died young. with a red stone intertwined. Minute s afte r sh e ha d entere d thi s state . Suddenl y Iri s grabbed he r lef t hand an d fel t a throbbin g pain . Iris's eye s appeare d glaze d a s she nex t describe d Catherin e as a young male dressed i n a naval uniform .
wher e sh e wa s involve d wit h a mon astery. The correspondence t o Catherine' s own recal l whil e unde r hypnoti c regressio n wa s startling Christian's han d injur y whil e i n th e nava l battl e an d th e de scription o f hi s clothe s an d shoes . I n one . finally. involve d wit h book s an d teaching . In ye t another lifetim e she was a Nubian slave in ancient Egypt . Iris saw the famil y crest on mug s in th e larg e house . ver y scholarly . I wa s fascinate d b y th e detaile d accurac y o f thes e past-life events as described b y Iris. She wa s a femal e an d ha d tw o sons . speaking the language and involved in magical practices. In still another life. Johan. sh e lived i n Florenc e an d wa s involve d wit h religion . there wa s a more recen t lif e as a German sol dier who was killed in battle. Sh e said that Catherin e wa s very fai r an d had long . She worked with schools and lived to an old age. tapering fingers. Arond a an d the Egyptian burials. At one point she was c&ptuted and thrown into jail. She wa s fon d of gold an d gold sculpture .Many Lives. Louisa' s lif e a s a Spanis h prostitute. She played th e harp . The unifor m was red and gold. In anothe r life . In a n ancien t lifetim e sh e wa s Egyptia n an d wa s involve d in the burial rites of that culture. In Franc e she had been imprisoned in a cold and dark place. probably Russian . the young . Her marriag e was arranged . Catherin e love d animals . Many Masters 201 father who had many titles. She was a female with braided hair. Iris sa w Catherin e a s a mal e i n a re d uni form. and sh e wore a gold cross. And. Once she lived in Haiti. an d she treated the animals better than the people around her. Sh e late r moved t o Switzerland . especiall y horses . In a brief lifetim e she was a young Moroccan bo y who died of a n illness in his youth. involved wit h horse s and soldiers. She ha d severa l lifetime s i n Franc e an d Italy . Catherine was a male in Japan .
What Catherin e ha d arrive d a t throug h hypnoti c regression . raider whose throat was cut by a previous incarnation of Stuar t while Stuart' s villag e ha d burned . and I think it is important to relate it here. however . Iris had reached through psychic channels. There were also correspondences to Catherine's present life. feelin g safe r wit h the m tha n wit h people . By no mean s woul d I cal l thi s experience a vali d scientifi c experiment. For example . I ha d n o wa y of controllin g th e variables . an d the y si t i n a "trance " telling a n enrapture d and awestruc k audienc e suc h platitudes a s "I f yo u ar e no t i n harmony wit h nature . Sh e wa s no t wearin g any . Very fe w people woul d b e abl e t o d o wha t Iri s did . Sh e ha d alway s love d animals . Perhap s Iri s uncon sciously use d telepathy an d "read " Catherine' s mind . and so on. Th e popularit y o f book s suc h a s Shirley Mac Laine's Out on a Limb ha s brough t fort h a torren t o f ne w "trance mediums." Thes e pronouncement s ar e usuall y intone d i n a voic e quite differen t from the "medium's " own.52 Brian L.D. especiall y lapis lazuli . natur e wil l no t b e i n harmon y wit h you. th e doome d Germa n pilot. Today. However i t was done. the tw o of the m obtaine d th e sam e informatio n b y differen t means . if sh e could pick one place in the world to visit. durin g he r reading wit h Iris . advertisin g thei r pres ence locally . O r perhaps Iris really was able to discern past-life information by the use of he r psychic abilities . Weiss. Man y people wh o cal l themselve s psychic s ar e merel y capitalizin g on people's fears as well as their curiosity about the unknown . " Man y rov e around . since th e past lifetime s wer e alread y i n Catherine' s subconscious . Catherin e love d blu e ston e jewelry . Eric . Bu t i t happened. especiall y horses an d cats . "psychic " hack s an d fake s see m t o b e comin g ou t o f the woodwork . often tinged wit h a . it would be Florence. And. I a m no t sur e wha t occurre d tha t day . M.
The important strides that are going to be made in this field will b e mad e usin g scientifi c methodology . It is important to weed out the false from the true so that th e field is not discredited. Ian Stevenso n at the University of Virginia. an d sociopath k (conning ) tendencies . Once the scien tists have what the y think i s a sound theory . Serious behavioral scientist s are needed t o d o this importan t work . Ofte n the message s dea l principally wit h th e spiritua l dimensions . Gertrud e Schmeidler a t th e Colleg e o f th e Cit y o f Ne w York . Fro m there . whic h i s a preliminar y assumptio n mad e abou t a series of observations . Psychiatrist s ar e neces sary to make diagnostic assessments. Th e message s ar e vagu e an d ap plicable t o a wide variet y o f people . whic h ar e difficul t to evaluate. th e hypothesi s mus t b e teste d unde r con trolled conditions . . Department o f Psychiatry . and the results should be the same. is initially created to explai n a phenomenon. of Dr . of Dr . Many Masters 203 foreign accen t o f som e sort . an d o f many other serious researchers prove that this can be done. The detailed . a hy pothesis. Josep h B. an d physicist s ar e als o vita l fo r these evaluations and for further testing.Many Lives. psychologists . scientificall y acceptable studie s of Dr . Rhine at Duke University. Th e result s o f thes e test s mus t b e prove d and replicate d befor e a theory can be formed . i t mus t b e tested again and again by other researchers . Statisticians. malingering (faking) . I n science . to rule out mental illness .
•/^^.lmost fou r years have passed since Catherine and I shared this incredible experience . It ha s changed u s both profoundly . On occasion , she drops into my office to say hello or to discuss a problem that she is having. She has never had the nee d nor the desire to be regressed again, either to deal with a symptom o r t o fin d out ho w ne w peopl e i n he r lif e may hav e re lated t o he r i n th e past . Our wor k i s done . Catherin e i s no w free t o full y enjo y he r life , n o longe r cripple d b y he r dis abling symptoms. She has found a sense of happines s and contentment tha t sh e neve r though t wa s possible . Sh e n o longe r fears illness or death. Life has a meaning an d purpose fo r her now tha t sh e i s balance d an d i n harmon y wit h herself . Sh e radiates an inner peace that many wish for but few attain. She feels more spiritual . T o Catherine , wha t ha s happene d i s al l very real. She does not doubt the veracity of an y of it , and she accepts it al l a s an integra l par t o f wh o she is. She has no in terest in pursuing the study of psychic phenomena, feeling that she "knows " i n a wa y tha t canno t b e learne d fro m books o r lectures. People who are dying or who have a family member dying ofte n see k he r out . The y see m draw n t o her . Sh e sit s and talks to them, and they feel better. My lif e ha s change d almos t a s drasticall y a s Catherine's. I have become more intuitive, more aware of th e hidden, secret 207
and o f deat h a s a natura l par t o f life . I thought onl y Hindu s an d Californian s practiced . I hav e becom e mor e patient. to carefully and scientifically document their unity. unti l recently . colleagues . mor e loving . represented b y ou r bodie s an d physica l needs . Wha t goe s aroun d trul y does come around. an d th e greate r world of th e nonphysical planes. M y jo b i s t o connec t th e worlds. mediums. lectur e a t professiona l meet ings. I know ther e wil l b e a pric e t o pay . and others appear in my life with increasin g frequency . less accumulative focus. Jorda n ha s become a powerful and charismatic teenager . healers. a . My family has flourished. a natural leader . During th e severa l month s afte r Catherine's las t session . Weiss. mor e empathic . even befor e I should . I see m t o kno w a great dea l abou t them. Carole and Am y have turned ou t to hav e above-averag e psychi c abilities . She has become particularl y skillfu l i n death-and-dyin g coun seling. somethin g that . Th e lesson s transmitted throug h Catherin e hav e becom e a consciou s par t of m y dail y life . And I sometime s have un usual dreams. an d friends . I know that the worlds are connected. Rememberin g th e deepe r meanin g o f life . that all is energy. represented b y our soul s and spirits. an d w e playfully en courage th e furthe r developmen t o f thes e skills . parts o f m y patients. and ru n th e Departmen t o f Psychiatry .D. My values an d life goals have shifted to a more humanistic. Carol e ha s develope d alon g wit h me . I stil l writ e scientifi c papers . I als o fee l mor e re sponsible fo r m y actions .52 Brian L. I hav e begu n t o meditate . and I have started t o systematicall y evaluate thei r abilities . th e negativ e a s wel l a s th e lofty . an d sh e no w run s suppor t group s fo r patient s dyin g from AIDS. Yet the y ofte n see m s o fa r apart . I a m finally becoming les s serious. M. Psychics. Bu t no w I strad dle two worlds: th e phenomenal worl d of th e five senses.
carous e to o muc h (o r to o little) . Wisdo m i s achieved ver y slowly . ' o r subconscious . Th e flower i s enjoyed . the concep t will wither and fade . le t alon e practiced it. Th e source s o f sustenanc e ar e dippe d into an d the n replenished . at least the plants will. Onc e trans formed. ". This is not the way of nature. knowledge . I would sometime s hav e a vivid dream . Without action . "Balance an d harmony ar e neglected today . easil y acquired . Theoretical knowledg e without practica l application is not enough. th e imprin t i s permanent . th e frui t eaten. Thi s i s becaus e in tellectual knowledge . "In nature there is balance. All or none. "Humankind ha s not learned abou t balance. "Happiness i s reall y roote d i n simplicity . tal k to o muc h without content. Jogger s neglec t aspects of themselve s an d others because they ru n excessively . Plants are consumed an d the n grow . Peopl e are overweigh t becaus e the y ea t excessively . . durin g whic h I woul d either b e listenin g t o a lecture o r askin g question s o f th e lec turer. smok e too much. Ecological systems are not eliminated en masse. The first was a lecture . Beasts destroy in small amounts .Many Lives. the root preserved. Th e tendenc y t o . The y drin k to o much . Bu t natur e wil l sur vive. worry too much. an d I recognize d th e influenc e of th e messages from the Masters. Many Masters 209 peculiar tendenc y ha d begu n t o appea r durin g m y sleep . Upon awak ening. It is guided b y greed and ambition . The teacher's name in the dream wa s Philo. Behaviora l practic e i s th e necessary catalyst of thi s reaction. . There is too much black-orwhite thinking. In this way i t wil l eventuall y destro y itself . Everythin g i s don e t o excess . I a m includin g a fe w examples here . I would sometimes remember som e of th e material dis cussed an d jo t i t down . mus t b e transforme d into 'emotional. People see m excessivel y mean . yet they ar e the foundations o f wisdom . steered by fear.
Religiou s peopl e tel l u s tha t happi ness comes fro m filling one's hear t wit h love . to feel purity. The perma- . I t i s th e commo n denominato r o f all religions.52 Brian L. "If a part o f humankin d i s eternal. No one is greater than another . It is easy to read about or to talk abou t love an d charit y an d faith . thi s othe r valu e system? An d onc e reached . i s th e key . balance an d harmon y usually follow. Given those attitudes. ho w ca n i t b e sustained ? Th e an swer appear s t o b e simple . Weiss. Memorizin g i n Sunday Schoo l i s no t goo d enough . bu t thi s nee d t o actualiz e b y experience . almos t re quires an altere d state of consciousness. Not th e transient stat e induced by drugs. then why are we doing such bad things t o ourselves ? Wh y d o we ste p o n an d ove r other s fo r our persona l 'gain ' whe n actuall y we'r e flunking th e lesson ? We al l see m t o b e goin g to th e sam e place ultimately . M. Li p servic e withou t th e behavior has no value. alcohol. to ri d itsel f o f it s chronic fearfulness. t o make th e subconsciou s imprin t permanen t b y 'emotionaliz ing' an d practicin g th e concept . they ar e a n altere d stat e o f consciousness . But t o do it . In thes e days. These are collectively a state of being . The y actually ar e right. excessiveness i n though t an d actio n diminishe s happiness . I t mus t reach a n altere d stat e i n orde r t o fill itsel f wit h lov e an d charity and simplicity. to feel it . Ex cesses cloud basi c values. fro m practicin g charit y an d dispensin g kindness .D. an d ther e i s much evi dence and history to think so. We ar e all i n school. Intellectuall y th e answer s hav e al ways been there . It i s so simple if you can believe in immortality. Humankind i s immortal. or unexpected emotion. fro m faith an d hope. albei t at different speeds. I t i s as i f hu mankind wer e no t i n it s natural stat e whil e o n earth . an d wha t w e are doin g now is learning out lessons . "Consider th e lessons . "How doe s on e reac h thi s altere d state .
eac h perso n possesse s withi n hi s or he r breas t a brillian t diamon d wit h a thousan d gleamin g facets. by practice. We ar e al l rowin g the same boat. "Ho w i s i t tha t yo u sa y al l ar e equal . underneath th e dirt . finances. they do not sparkl e so. I t i s sustained b y physical behavior . ad infinitum?" The answe r wa s a metaphor . The onl y differences amon g peopl e ar e th e numbe r o f facet s cleaned . al l tha t pres sure released. I t is takin g somethin g nearl y mystica l an d transformin g i t t o everyday familiarity by practice. The diamon d i s perfect. rights. making it a habit. The light s remain. ou r plant s ar e goin g t o b e awfull y lonely. but th e facet s ar e covered with dirt and tar. Bu t each diamond is the same. Practice helping another . Th e diamon d ha s a thousan d facets . "I t i s a s i f a larg e diamon d were to be found inside each person. It is the job of the soul to clean each facet until th e surface is brilliant an d can reflec t a rainbow of colors. th e diamon d return s t o th e pur e energ y that i t was originally. Many Masters 211 nent stat e i s reache d b y knowledg e an d understanding . Others have only managed to clean a few. in a different dream I was asking a question. by act and deed. ye t th e obviou s contradictions smac k u s i n th e face : inequalitie s i n virtues . and each is perfect. not on e flaw. Yet. If we don' t pul l together . abilities and talents . "When al l th e facet s ar e cleane d an d shinin g fort h i n a spectrum o f lights . "Understand tha t n o on e i s greate r tha n another . . The pure energy exists in the rainbo w of lights . and the lights possess consciousness and knowledge." On anothe r night . Fee l it . some have cleaned man y facet s and glea m brightly . temperances. It i s as if th e proces s that goe s int o makin g th e diamon d i s reversed . intelligence .Many Lives. Picture a diamond a foot long. "Now. mathematical aptitude.
As a result. in this instance to a vast audience of psychiatrists. The last example I will cite was a message to other psychiatrists. I a m s o tired .D. We ar e the ones who still tal k t o ou r patients . W e still take the time t o do this. insulating. Idealistic. whic h heal s th e patien t and provide s satisfactio n to the doctor . Ye t ca n I sa y no when the y ar e so needy and I can hel p them? I s it righ t t o say 'No. I awakene d abou t si x i n th e mornin g fro m a drea m where I was giving a lecture. M. per sonally gratifyin g approache s t o medicin e los e groun d t o economic. Th e patient s fee l rushe d an d empty . We promot e th e conceptua l un derstanding of illness ." Sometimes th e question s ar e complicate d an d th e answer s simple.52 Brian L. albeit sometimes vague. uncare d for. The y prefe r technology t o talk . "And all of the diamonds are perfect. other branche s o f medicin e ar e finding thes e traditiona l approache s t o healin g muc h to o inefficient. teachings of our profession. "We shoul d avoi d bein g seduce d b y hig h technology . rather tha n jus t wit h lase r beams. Weiss. "In thi s da y an d age . healing with understandin g an d the in duced discovery of self-knowledge . efficient . " I kno w I can trea t an d hea l peopl e i n pain . We still use hope to heal. patientl y an d wit h compassion . time-consuming. i t i s important that we do not abandon the traditional. an d satisfaction-destroyin g ap proaches. computer-generate d bloo d chemistrie s t o th e personal physician-patien t chemistry . . "What a m I t o do? " I wa s askin g i n a dream . an d unsubstantiated . ethical. enough already?' " "Your role is not to be a lifeguard" was the answer. They com e to m e i n num bers beyon d wha t I ca n handle . our colleagues fee l increasingly isolate d and depressed . "In th e rus h towar d th e medicalizatio n o f psychiatry .
I d o no t kno w fo r sure whether my dreams and intuitions are influenced by them. Many Masters 213 Rather. somethin g invariabl y goes awry. I consider these phenomena t o be an expansion of m y intuitive abilities . or sometime s while driving on th e highway . especially not now. Taking mor e time t o talk. W e should demonstrat e ho w patience . although onl y occasionally. I stil l fee l the Master s aroun d me . in meditation. an d I a m heartene d b y them . an d com passion hel p bot h patient and physician. We ar e the teachers. These ofte n seem ver y different from my conscious and usual way of thinkin g or conceptualiz ing. We shoul d no t abandon thi s rol e for the sake of assimilation. Whe n I do . t o awake n hop e an d th e expectatio n o f recov ery—these half-forgotten qualities o f th e physician a s healer— these we must alway s use ourselves and b e a n example t o ou r fellow physicians. T o me . bu t i t can . The y ar e frequentl y ver y timel y an d solv e question s o r problems I am having. o r even whil e daydreaming . Often. we should b e the rol e model s fo r our colleagues . I liste n t o m y dream s an d intuitions . Psychiatr y can b e the most dignifie d of th e medical spe cialties.Many Lives. "High technolog y i s wonderful i n researc h an d t o promot e the understandin g o f huma n illnes s an d disease . It ca n b e a n invaluable clinica l tool . t o teach . even if I hav e a long way to go. the y are signs that I am headed in the right direction. never replac e thos e inher ently persona l characteristic s an d method s o f th e tru e physi cian. thing s seem t o fal l int o place. . I use them in therapy an d in my everyday life. understanding ." I stil l have such dreams. phrase s an d thought s an d visualiza tions will po p int o my mind. but I suspect so. When I d o not .
too . She ran a nineteenthcentury btothe l i n Ne w Orleans . A Jewis h housewif e fro m Miami Beac h vividl y remembered bein g rape d b y a grou p o f Roma n soldier s i n Palestine shortly after the death of Jesus. All improved dramatically. Catherine remains cured . He r message s hav e bee n extremel y psychic . live d i n a monaster y i n France i n th e Middl e Ages . She . withou t an y recurrenc e o f he r origina l symp toms. I hav e don e detaile d re gressions to multiple past lives in a dozen more patients. an d I a m currentl y i n th e pro 217 . None of thes e patients wa s psychotic. The twelve patients have widely disparate background s an d personalities. knew fact s and event s fro m my past Sh e has even more of a facility for accuratel y predictin g futur e events . o r experiencin g multiple personalities. I have been very careful about regressin g other patients . She is the only one of th e patient s othe r tha n Cath erine who could transmi t message s back fro m the in-betwee n state. and b y an intuitiv e feelin g on my part that thi s is the pat h t o take . b y the ability to be easily hypnotized. by the patient's openness t o this approach. hallucinating. Sinc e Catherine . I a m guided b y the patient's particula r constellatio n o f symp toms an d b y hi s o r he r refractorines s to othe r treatments . but the story goes on. He r message s come fro m a particular spirit .T h e boo k is now completed. an d ha d a distressin g Japanes e lifetime.
A restauran t owner. wh o coul d no t driv e ove r bridge s o r throug h tunnels . Life goes beyond ou r five senses. when h e was a Viking. A televisio n executiv e wa s tormente d si x hun dred years ago in Florence. Realiz e tha t lif e is more than meet s the eye. An artis t was torture d durin g th e Spanis h Inquisition . These peopl e remembere d stil l othe r lifetime s a s well . For th e rest . All o f he r materia l mus t b e scrutinized . A young physician recalled his trauma at sea.52 Brian L. I am still the scientist. It i s no t necessar y tha t everyon e ha s regressio n therap y o r visits psychics or even meditates. an d floating t o th e brigh t light . i f heeded . and that th e . Each now firmly believes tha t h e or sh e ha s live d befor e an d wil l again . Non e could transmi t message s o r thought s bac k t o me . an d vali dated. Thei r fear of death has diminished. The informatio n tha t I hav e share d i s far more importan t and . leaving thei r bodies . will b e fa r more beneficia l t o the world than anythin g I can do on an individual basis in my office. evaluated . cess of carefully cataloging her sessions. Symptoms resolved a s the lifetimes unfolded. Be receptive to new knowledge and to new experiences. to become God-like through knowledge. Weiss. Those with disabling or bothersome symptom s ma y choos e t o d o so . I hop e that you will be helped by what you have read here. remembered bein g burie d aliv e i n a n ancien t Near-Easter n culture. A brillian t stockbroke r lived a pleasant but boring life in Victorian England . The others were not able to remember muc h beyon d dying .D. M. The list of patients goes on. Bu t al l ha d vivid memorie s o f previou s lifetimes ." I a m n o longe r concerne d wit h th e effec t thi s boo k ma y have on m y career. that your own fear of death has been diminished. keepin g an ope n min d i s the mos t importan t task . "Our task is to learn.
Many Masters 219 messages offere d to yo u abou t th e tru e meanin g o f lif e wil l free you t o g o abou t livin g your s t o th e fullest .Many Lives. seeking har mony and inner peace and reaching out in love to your fellow humans. .
you wil l fin d ou t how t o transfor m you r life . Pedr o an d Elizabeth . Using vivi d past-lif e cas e studies . I n Only Love Is Real psychiatris t an d past-lif e therapis t D r Brian Weiss describe s th e extraordinar y cas e o f tw o o f hi s patients. Messages From The Masters Messages From The Masters is a spiritual guideboo k tha t shows yo u ho w t o captur e th e healin g energ y o f love. Dr Weiss show s how regressio n therap y ca n hea l th e bod y b y healin g th e mind. In Messages From The Masters. someone wh o i s specia l t o us . happines s an d fulfilment. Could they hav e love d . Based o n hi s extensiv e clinica l experience . h e reveals ho w h e use s regressio n t o pas t lifetime s t o provid e the necessar y breakthroug h t o healin g mind . health. destiny an d you r true purpos e i n life .an d los t . whose share d live s an d lifetimes unfolde d quit e separatel y i n hi s office .Also b y D rBrian Weiss Only Love is Real We al l hav e a soulmate.eac h othe r acros s time ? Through Time Into Healing In Through Time Into Healing Dr Bria n Weiss shed s ne w light o n th e extraordinar y healin g potentia l o f past-life therapy. body an d soul. inner peace . your relationship s an d you r self — throug h th e ultimat e healin g powe r o f love . D r Weiss draw s o n th e wisdo m o f th e spiri t guide s know n a s The Master s t o explor e a variety o f topic s including : reincarnation an d th e natur e o f th e soul . .
Dr Brian Weiss reveals how ou r future lives can transform us in the present. just a s he ha s shown tha t journeys into ou r past live s can cur e physical o r emotiona l wounds in th e present. but als o progressed the m int o the future. Dr Brian Weiss. Dr Weiss demonstrates th e therapeuti c benefit s of progression therap y t o bring patients mor e peace. ha s not onl y regressed al l of his patient s into the past . Many Bodies In this astounding an d groundbreaking ne w book . He has discovered tha t ou r futures are variable an d th e choices we mak e no w will determine th e qualit y of ou r lives when w e return . All of u s will live future ones. What we d o i n this life will influence our lives to come a s we evolv e toward s immortality. Using dozens o f case histories. joy and healing . Many Masters. the bestsellin g autho r o f Many Lives. .The latest book from Dr Brian Weiss Same Soul. We have al l lived past lives .
Sh e ha s appeared o n The Montel Williams Show (wher e sh e ha s double d th e ratings ever y tim e sh e ha s bee n a guest) . Unsolved Mysteries. Strange phobias .Past Lives. Future Healing sh e show s h o w many o f th e healt h an d relationshi p problem s w e ar e experiencin g in ou r presen t live s coul d b e th e resul t o f unresolve d issue s i n ou r past lives . and eve n birthmark s an d recurrin g dream s ca n b e trace d bac k t o a n earlier existence . I n he r n e w b o o k Past Lives. Sylvia B r o w n e provide s a healin g j o u r n ey an d include s powerfu l stories o f peopl e w h o hav e change d thei r live s fo r th e bette r through thei r understandin g of thei r previou s lives . irrational anxietie s and th e partner s w e choos e ca n al l hav e thei r root s i n ou r pas t lives . Sh e ha s amaze d an d helpe d million s through he r reading s an d televisio n appearance s an d he r f o r t h c o m i n g liv e show s ar e sol d o u t unti l th e yea r 2004 . . unexplaine d illnesses . Future Healing by Sylvia Browne Sylvia B r o w n e i s a world-renowne d psychi c an d best-sellin g author. CNN and Entertainment Tonight. Sylvia B r o w n e i s a n extremel y wel l k n o w n America n psychi c an d an exper t i n pas t lif e healing .
Past Lives. Discover ho w to : recall your pas t lives and work wit h them. Present Dreams: How to use reincarnation for personal growth by Denise Linn In Past Lives. The y enabl e us to tun e in t o ou r inne r guidanc e an d clea r blockages fro m our pas t lives which ar e affecting our live s today. write r an d heale r who i s considered a creative force in both pas t life therapy and drea m interpretation . a s we approac h th e new millennium . Denise Linn is an international lecturer . work wit h you r dreams . Present Dreams Denise Lin n explain s how. T o thriv e in th e coming years . chang e th e past t o alter th e present. hug e an d excitin g changes wil l occur withi n ou r universe . Sh e has over 2 0 years' experienc e in this increasingly popula r field. us e part lif e therapy t o help wit h a variety o f health and emotiona l problems . Th e technique s i n this book wil l help yo u t o ste p int o the future with love . and work wit h spiri t guides . Denis e show s how pas t life therapy an d ou r dream s hav e an important par t to play i n this process o f change and growth . w e need t o undergo a process of change an d transformation i n our lives . embracing th e new healin g energ y a t work i n the universe . ge t in touc h wit h futur e lives. . angel s an d powe r animals.
He is the author of the international bestsellers Through Time Into Healing.99 Dr Brian W . A c t i n g as a channel for i n f o r m a t i o n f r o m highly evolved spirit entities called t h e Masters. and provides i m p o r t a n t i n f o r m a t i o n on t h e mysteries of t h e m i n d . Florida. www. for eighteen m o n t h s . t h e continuation of life a f t e r death and t h e influence of o u r past life experiences on o u r present behaviour. C a t h e r i n e revealed m a n y secrets of life and death. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School.uk ISBN 978-0-7499-1378-6 Cover desigo by Button One to One Printed in Great Britain £10. D r Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist w h o lives and practises in Miami. D r Weiss t u r n e d t o hypnosis and was astonished and sceptical w h e n C a t h e r i n e began recalling past-life t r a u m a s which s e e m e d t o hold t h e key t o her problems. W h e n his t r a d i t i o n a l m e t h o d s of t h e r a p y failed. which contained r e m a r k a b l e revelations a b o u t his own life. C a t h e r i n e was suffering f r o m r e c u r r i n g nightmares and chronic anxiety attacks. Only Love Is Real and Messages From The Masters (all published by Piatkus). and is the former Chairman of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Miami. D r W e i s s ' s scepticism was e r o d e d w h e n C a t h e r i n e began t o channel messages f r o m ' t h e space b e t w e e n lives'. a young p a t i e n t .Psychiatrist D r Brian Weiss had been w o r k i n g w i t h C a t h e r i n e . This fascinating case dramatically a l t e r e d t h e lives of C a t h e r i n e and D r Weiss.piatkus.co.
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