From the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love
by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
Our task is to learn, to become God-like
through knowledge. We know so little. . . . By knowledge we approach God,
and then we can rest. Then we come back to teach and help others.
For those of you meeting me for the first
time, a few words of introduction are needed. I have come a long way from
that fateful day when I, a classically trained physician, professor of
psychiatry, and confirmed skeptic, realized that human life is grander and
more profound than even my rigorous medical training had led me to
Educated as an academic, I received my
undergraduate degree from Columbia University and my medical degree from
the Yale University School of Medicine, where I was also the chief
resident in psychiatry. I have been on the teaching faculties of several
university medical schools, and for eleven years I served as chairman of
the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach,
Florida. By the time I first met Catherine, the patient whose story is
told in my first book, Many Lives, Many Masters, I had published more than
forty scientific papers and book chapters, and I had achieved
international recognition in the fields of psychopharmacology and brain
chemistry. Not surprisingly, I was completely skeptical of
"unscientific" fields such as parapsychology. I knew nothing
about the concept of past lives or reincarnation, nor did I want to.
And then came my sudden and shocking
introduction to the spiritual, the "right-brain", the
non-linear. Catherine inexplicably began recalling what seemed to be
past-life memories. Somehow, all of her clinical symptoms improved via
this regression process. I was amazed, but I was also beginning to find
the harmony between science and intuition.
This process began twenty years ago. And
since then I have regressed more than two thousand more patients to
perinatal, in-utero, or past-life memories. I have already written three
books about these experiences, and the books have been translated into
nearly thirty languages.
Because my work deals with the themes of
reincarnation, past-life regression therapy, and the reunion of soulmates,
I have become the unofficial dean of reincarnation. I welcome this
characterization, because I believe we do reincarnate until we learn our
lessons and graduate. And, as I have repeatedly pointed out, there is
considerable historical and clinical evidence that reincarnation is a
But this book, which reflects what I teach
my patients and audiences today, is about much more than reincarnation and
regression therapy. These are important parts of the puzzle, but there are
also other important pieces, and one must know them all and know them
well. I have studied healers, mediums, psychics, and others involved in
holistic and alternative practices, and I have learned that there are
other avenues to one’s spiritual awakening.
This book represents the culmination of
twenty years of experience and studies, not only with reincarnation, but
in the movement known as New Age. It is my attempt to remind you about
love and joy and to teach you how to bring these qualities into your life
now, while you are in physical state. You will learn techniques for
achieving levels of inner peace and happiness that may be lacking in your
present lives. You will find a great deal of material about the nature of
the soul, about immortality, and about values. There are many practical
tips and techniques for transforming your life, your relationships, your
moods and mental states, your physical health and well-being, and your
destiny. Knowledge of past lives is not necessary to achieve these
positive changes. The ultimate key is understanding. As you understand
your true nature and your true purpose, your life will be permanently
transformed, and then you can begin to transform the world.
My life has been changing the same way.
Past lives are still a significant concept and value for me, but
understanding and experiencing and expressing love, joy, and inner peace
in my everyday life have become more significant. I am extremely grateful
that Catherine came into my office on that fateful day and opened my mind
to the concept of past lives, as this became the avenue to my personal
awakening. And this awakening led to spiritual growth and understanding.
A striking and important feature of
Catherine’s regressions was her ability while deeply hypnotized to
channel or transmit detailed and accurate information from higher sources
of knowledge. This material has been inspiring and life-transforming to
many thousands of people from all over the planet. Catherine attributed
the source of this wisdom to the "Masters," highly evolved souls
not in physical form. They told her "wise and wonderful things,"
and she relayed this information to me. After emerging from the hypnotic
state, Catherine could remember many details from the past lives she had
just experienced, but she never remembered anything about her contact with
these Masters because the messages from the Masters were transmitted
through her and did not originate from her memory.
In letters and at speaking engagements, I
am regularly besieged with requests for more messages from the Masters.
"Have you heard more?"
"Are you still in contact with
"What more have you learned?"
The answer is yes. The answer is this book.
Though other patients, my travels, and my own meditation, I have learned
so much more.
In addition, it has become clear that we
need to understand at a deeper level what has already been provided. Thus,
key messages from my earlier books have been partially reproduced here, in
italics, at the beginning of each chapter and sometimes within the
In knitting together the old and the new, I
have become aware that an entire spiritual philosophy has been gently
unfolded and handed to me. At its center is love. I believe that we, as
humans, are ready to embrace it.
Especially over the past thirty years, we
have been searching for stability by reviving ancient wisdom, as if the
sheer volume of our scientific and technological advances has thrown us
out of balance. Fortunately, we have also been distilling this old wisdom
to discard outdated superstitions and myths. Our consciousness has finally
evolved into accepting this filtered wisdom of the ages.
We are swimming in a sea of New Age,
holistic, and spiritual awareness that seems to have flooded over the dams
of old beliefs and of constricted consciousness. The evidence is
everywhere. New Thought is becoming mainstream.
The National Institutes of Health is
funding studies in acupuncture, herbal medicine, hypnosis, and altered
states of consciousness. Insurance companies are covering alternative and
complementary healing techniques. Old-line advertising companies are
promoting commercial products with international campaigns that feature
reincarnation as a selling tool. Movies and television programs trumpet
New Age themes to millions of interested viewers.
Why is this happening?
For several hundred years, people have
mistakenly believed that technology, once fully developed, would solve the
ills of mankind, that science would provide the path out of the woods,
away from illness, poverty, misery, and pain.
We now know that technology and science
alone are not capable of solving our problems. Technology can be used for
good or for bad purposes. Only when used with enlightenment, wisdom, and
balance can technology truly help us. We must find the right balance.
Love is the fulcrum of this balance.
When people have intense spiritual
experiences, the energy of love is nearly always evoked. This form of love
is unconditional, absolute, and transcendent. It is like a pulse of pure
energy, an energy that also possesses powerful attributes, such as wisdom,
compassion, timelessness, and sublime consciousness. Love is the most
basic and pervasive energy that exists. It is the essence of our being and
of our universe. Love is the fundamental "building block" of
nature connecting and unifying all things, all people.
Love is more than a goal, more than a fuel,
more than an ideal. Love is our nature. We are love.
I hope that this book will teach you how to
recognize love, how to cultivate and enlarge your experience of love
(especially toward yourself and in relationships), and how to manifest and
radiate your love to others. By doing so, you will inevitably experience
more joy, health, and happiness in your life.
Love is the ultimate healer. In the near
future some attributes of its energy will indeed be studied
scientifically, will be quantified, measured, and understood. Other
attributes will remain mysterious, transcendent, and beyond measurement.
Fortunately, when the energy of love is deeply felt, its healing effects
are experienced, whether or not it is measured or understood.
Physicists know that everything is energy.
Nuclear bombs are built based upon techniques of energy transformation and
release. Herbal and traditional medicines work because of energy
transformations induced at the cellular level. The results are vastly
different, but the underlying mechanisms are the same: energy
The energy of love is potentially more
powerful than any bomb and more subtle than any herb. We just have not yet
learned how to harness this most basic and pure energy. When we do,
healing at all levels, individual and planetary, can occur.
Prior to this book, I have been describing
the phenomenology, the characteristics of various metaphysical
experiences: reincarnation, the nature of the soul, healers and healing,
psychic events and mediumistic abilities, the near-death and after-death
experiences, and the incredible wisdom of the beings who appear to exist
on the "other side."
Now is the opportunity to understand and to
experience the energy that is common to and connects all of these
experiences, phenomena, and beings. When you do, your life will be
expanded and enhanced, and you will be able to remove the blocks and
obstacles to your inner peace, joy, and happiness.
Our souls are always drawn toward love.
When we truly comprehend the concept that love is an all-encompassing
energy whose healing pulse can quickly transform our bodies, minds, and
souls, then we will transcend our chronic pain and ills.
How to Use This Book
It is vital to carry your logical, rational
mind on this journey. To accept everything without reflection,
contemplation, and thoughtfulness would be just as foolish as rejecting
everything in the same manner. Science is the art of observing carefully
with an unbiased, non-prejudicial eye. I have tried to do that. I have
encountered some extremely talented people–psychics, mediums, healers,
and others–and I have encountered even more who have limited talent or
skill and are mostly opportunists. I have spent many years learning and
applying the scientific method, and my skeptical mind is always on alert,
passing all my experiences through this scientific filter. But I have also
been careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. One person or
one experience might be disappointing, but the next might be truly
extraordinary and should not be discounted because of previous events.
I have written this book to give back a
little of that which has been given to me. I pondered how important
another book could be. After all, I have already written three, and there
is much to digest in those. And spiritual guidance books seem to be
everywhere these days. What would another book add?
Teaching is such an individual process, I
remembered, dependent on style, timing, personal preferences, values, and
so many other factors. Other people, in books or seminars or by example,
may tell you similar things, but perhaps in a different way. Even though
there may be one truth, many approaches exist to this truth. Yet the
answer is always the same; the truth did not change. It does not mean that
one teacher is better than the others or that the methods and philosophy
of that teacher are superior. Just different, that is all. What works for
you is fine, and what does not work for you will work for someone else. We
are all going to the same place.
My path to understanding more about our
spiritual nature came through many years of arduous academic study,
culminating in my medical training, psychiatric specialization, and
several decades of post-academic experiences and clinical studies. That
has been my path. Others may reach a similar place by having a powerful,
spontaneous, and overwhelming experience, such as an NDE (near-death
experience). Still others might reach this level using a single technique,
such as the practice of meditation, over a longer period of time. These
may be their paths. There are many roads to enlightenment. Together we can
Our beliefs can be altered by the power and
immediacy of personal experience. You can begin to understand something
when you experience its essence. Your belief becomes a knowing.
It is not enough just to read about the
concepts presented here or to rely exclusively on the experiences of
others, those presented as examples or illustrations of the concepts.
Therefore, throughout this book are exercises and various techniques to
enhance your own experiences, to help to transform you directly.
For many years I have advised my patients
to keep a dream journal, jotting down memories of dreams as soon as
possible after awakening. With a little practice, dream recall is
significantly enhanced. And the more details are remembered and recorded,
the easier it becomes to analyze the dream accurately. The same is true
with meditation and visualization. As you try these exercises, you may
find it a useful practice to write down or to journal your thoughts,
feelings, observations, and experiences. As with dreams, the more you
journal, the easier it becomes for you to remember and to process the
details of your experiences.
Practicing these techniques has been
difficult for me, so I can tell you from experience not to get frustrated.
Progress may seem quite slow. I find myself getting lazy, not meditating
for weeks at a time before I am reminded to resume the practice. I still
fall into the ruts and potholes of life, swept away at times by pride or
envy or insecurity. We are all human and life is hard. Frustration is a
normal and common reaction. We are not a patient species.
As I have mentioned, it is the direction
that matters, not the speed. If you are evolving into a more loving, more
compassionate, less violent person, then you are moving in the right
direction. Like me, you may become distracted, make wrong turns at times,
lost until you find the way back. It may seem as if you’re taking two
steps forward and then one step backwards, but that’s all right.
That’s how it works when we’re in human form. Enlightenment is a slow
and arduous process, requiring dedication and discipline. It’s perfectly
fine to rest now and then. You are not really going backwards; you are
consolidating and resting.
Progress is not always linear. You may be
very advanced when it comes to charity and compassion, but more of a
novice concerning anger or patience. It is important not to judge
yourself. If you don’t judge yourself or allow others to judge you, you
will not become frustrated.
The experiences you will encounter as you
go through this book are meant to aid your evolution into a loving,
joyful, non-violent, and non-fearful being. Since progress along the
spiritual path is not linear, you may find some of the concepts and
exercises quite easy and others more difficult. This is to be expected.
I have fallen down many times, recovered my
awareness, and resumed my journey. You probably have also. With this book,
I hope to help you to fall less frequently and to find it easier to
recover and to progress. I know that with your letters and feedback to me,
you will help me in the same way.
Without the wisdom and inspiration of the
Masters, this book would never have been written, for these quotes are
stepping-stones to the ideas and practices that are presented in the
chapters. The thoughts and concepts contained in the messages are like
special seeds that have grown and ripened in my mind over the years into
beautiful flowers, and these flowers are now presented to you.
The quotes from the Masters are also like
the bells that the Buddhists often sound to remind them to return their
wandering minds back to the present time, back to mindfulness and
awareness. The messages from the Masters similarly remind us to allow our
minds to return to what is important–love, peace, eternal life,
spiritual thoughts and practices–and to put aside what is
unimportant–material things, pride and ego, violence, fear, worry, and
The quotes, like the bells, ringing us back
to awareness. Every time you encounter some words in italics, slow down
and digest their meaning. You will rarely taste anything sweeter.
We are all rowing the same boat, and there
are ominous storms on the horizon. Violence and shortsightedness seem to
dominate our world. We need to row in harmony, to renounce hatred, anger,
fear, and pride. We need to have the courage to do the right thing. We
need to love and respect one another, to see and appreciate the innate
beauty and dignity of everyone, because we are all souls, all of the same
Only by rowing together, as one crew, can
we avoid the storms and find our way home.
Copyright © 2000 by Brian Weiss
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