Last week, I was searching through Amazon for something to download to read. I wanted to find some “true” ghost stories, in keeping with Halloween being this month. “Many Lives, Many !asters” by Brian Weiss, MD came up in the search. The book is not a ghost story or perhaps it is.
Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist who was trained in traditional practices for his discipline. Dr. Weiss was Chief of Psychiatry at an urban hospital. A young lady who worked as a lab technician at the same hospital, Catherine, was referred to him for anxiety and fear. Catherine was afraid; of water, choking, airplanes, the dark, and dying. Her fear was causing her to have nightmares, insomnia, and depression. Her fears were taking over her life. She had no history of emotional or physical traumas that could be causing her fears. After 18 months of traditional therapy, she was still having significant symptoms. Dr. Weiss decided to use hypnosis. They discovered a couple of traumatic events, which they processed. But, still the symptoms remained. During a later session, Dr. Weiss gave the command to “go back to the time from which your symptoms arise.” Catherine
saw herself in a past life, where she died of drowning. This begins Dr. Weiss’ work with past life regression as a therapy tool. Over time, Catherine visited several past lives and connected with death experiences. She met her Guides and Teachers on the other side of death. Her symptoms completely abated as she went through the experience.
I found this book fascinating. The concept of reincarnation is present in many different religions, including early Christianity and Jewish teachings. As a pagan, I found the concept of reincarnation both frightening and intriguing. I enjoy this world. It is filled with beauty and moments of joy. But, it also is a place of pain, trauma, disasters, and sometimes, evil. When I thought of the Afterlife, I didn’t want to stop growing, to have no experiences beyond rest. I wanted a mission: to help others who are still on earth or some other important work. I also wanted to return to this earth. Even with the TBI, I enjoy life.
Catherine’s experiences in the spirit realm were informative. Spirits are greeted by family, friends, and their Guides. The afterworld is a time of healing and growth. Each soul has a purpose in life. We are here to learn and grow spiritually. In the Afterworld, the lessons are reviewed. We get to choose, with our Teacher/ Guide’s help, the circumstances of our next life. What lessons will we focus on? To some degree, what happens to us is planned. We still have free will and make our own decisions, so our journey will vary from the plan somewhat. What intrigues me is the concept of karma. We may face lessons according to our past life decisions. In a sense, life challenges are tests. How do we handle it? Have our souls grown? I struggled with this concept. Things like rape, war, abuse as a test seems wrong. Would this mean a victim now was an abuser in a prior life? Perhaps. Or they may be a victim of the free will of others. Our lives are fluid. How we respond matters.
One concept I liked was soul mates. We share our journey with a group of souls. We meet both while incarnate and in the spirit world. Our mother in this life could have been our brother in the past. People who we have strong connections with now will be with us in the future.
If you are curious at all about the concept of reincarnation, this is a great book to read. I don’t agree with everything in the book. But, it challenged me to think about reincarnation and the meaning of my life journey in a different way.
Life doesn’t end at the death of our bodies. There is a Source of Life. What The Source is called varies: God, Allah, Buddha, Brigid, Cerridwen, Goddess, Jesus. The Name doesn’t matter. The Source is love.