Many Lives, Many Masters

Last December, around the turn of the year, I started doing a terrific amount of research on reincarnation and ghosts that attach themselves to living family members because that was the direction that The Charm Quilt was taking. I don’t think I really needed to do so much research because all that I read about I seemed to already know intuitively.

I found Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss, M.D., at the end of one of the books I consulted in a list of books for further reading. I looked the title up at the New York Public Library and was amazed at the list of holds for this one book published back in 1988. There were something thirty holds on one circulating copy of Many Lives, Many Masters. I added my hold to the list and promptly forgot about the book.

A few weeks ago I got notification from the library that Many Lives, Many Masters was in for me, and so much time had passed that I did not even remember what the book was about or why I had put it on hold. I picked up the book at the Mid-Manhattan branch, and it was such a humble-looking paperback, dog-eared, worn, and much loved judging by its appearance. I was surprised that somebody had not just taken the book. Often when there’s only one circulating copy of a popular title, that item ends up disappearing from the library.

The book follows the hypnosis sessions that a psychiatrist performed on a patient who was suffering from anxiety to an unusual degree but was not improving with the usual psychotherapy techniques. She was afraid of choking and so refused to take any anti-anxiety meds, and she also suffered from claustrophobia and feelings of suffocation. The patient couldn’t really remember any details of her childhood, and her therapy was at a standstill until Weiss hypnotized her

While under hypnosis, the patient was able to remember those elusive moments of her childhood but then went back much further to her psychiatrist’s surprise, recalling former lives as an Egyptian servant girl, a sailor who had his throat cut, and so on. The more the patient remembered delving into her past lives, the more she recovered psychologically until she was anxiety-free.

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