My Own Beginnings – Brian L. Weiss

I graduated from Columbia University and received my medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, where I also completed my residency training in psychiatry. I taught at several highly respected medical schools, and I also published more than 40 scientific papers, mainly in the field of psychopharmacology and sleep disorders.

When the experience took place that changed my entire outlook on life, I was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. I was an academic psychiatrist, utterly skeptical about what I considered “nonscientific areas.” I knew nothing about the concept of reincarnation, and didn’t have the slightest interest in the subject.

Then I started to treat Catherine, a woman in her late 20s who was suffering from depression, phobias, and panic attacks. A year of conventional psychotherapy had produced no results, which prompted me to try hypnosis—I felt that recalling her repressed childhood traumas might explain her current symptoms. But despite uncovering several traumatic incidents from her childhood, she still failed to improve.

I continued using hypnosis, looking for even earlier childhood traumas. I instructed her to go back to the time and the events that caused her phobias. To my complete amazement, she went back approximately 4,000 years to a former life in the Middle East. Catherine then started to describe her experiences, with an extraordinary wealth of detail about her surroundings, and narrated remarkably emotional events. At first, I thought that her memories were merely fantasies. But Catherine began to improve after that session, and all of her symptoms eventually vanished as she recalled more past lives while under hypnosis. Within a few months, she was completely cured—without the use of any medication.

“I knew nothing about the concept of reincarnation, and didn’t have the slightest interest in the subject.”

This series of events with Catherine (and subsequent patients) prompted a deep-rooted change in me. Although still somewhat skeptical, I searched through medical libraries and bookstores, seeking works that told of similar phenomena. I found some fairly good research, such as that by Dr. Ian Stevenson, who was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Stevenson told of some incidents involving children who were able to recall details of their earlier lives—these reports were later validated by thorough investigation. I’m certain that there are a great many additional medical professionals who are wary of telling the public about what they have observed in their practices, for they’re frightened of losing their credibility. I know that I went through such a process: I waited five years before I wrote about my experiences with Catherine. I was fearful of damaging the reputation I had so carefully cultivated over many years of training and professional practice.

Now, there is no doubt in my mind that past-life regression therapy offers a rapid and effective way of treating physical and emotional symptoms, in addition to offering may other benefits. Thousands of patients—now with symptoms improved and fears and grief assuaged—attest to the power of this therapeutic technique.

This is an excerpt taken from the book, Mirrors of Time, by Brian L. Weiss (Hay House, $29.95), available at all bookstores.

One Response to “My Own Beginnings – Brian L. Weiss”
  1. Ornella says:

    Well I want to start by saying I have read books by Dr.Weiss and Iam always excited to hear or see any comments made by him or comments made by others about him.
    I absolutely loved the story on Catherine In Many Lives Many Masters and it was also very telling not only about Catherine but also about Dr.Weiss’ life. How great that both Dr. Weiss & his wife were able to expierence in something so profound! I remember in the book that his wife come into one or more of Catherine’s sessions.
    For me I have always had some kind of connection to the paranormal existance! Reincarnation was not an area I ever really wanted to delve into; but I would of been missing out on alot if I hadn’t looked into it.
    My interest began when I started watching John Edward the Medium over 11 years ago! With his program Crossing Over with John Edward! Well as Dr. Weiss says he had a life changing expierence well this was it for me. I felt for the first time at 30 years old that words that I understood were being expressed. Then going to one of John Edwards sessions he was talking about Reincarnation and I thought oh God do I have to learn about something else now LOL. And of course because I had trust in what this Medium had to say I Read the book By Michael Newton PH, D Journey of Souls! An incrediable Book. I refer to it often. As years past I went to another Seminar of John Edward and sure enough someone in the Audience said to me after speaking to him for awhile, he said you have to read Many Lives Many Masters and I am so grateful for that person for introducing me to Dr. Brian Weiss’ wonderful work. The rest is history! So my only advice to whom ever If you don’t want to live this life again, live your life full with all good Intentions or you’ll be back!! LOL All in fun.

    Ornella from Canada~

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