Messages from the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love
Brian Weiss is the author of the above entitled book (Warner:N.Y., 2000). Dr. Weiss is a physician trained as a psychiatrist. He received his medical training at the Yale University school of Medicine and is the former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. He lives in Miami and runs The Weiss Institute where he and his colleagues (psychologists and social workers) use regression therapy and the techniques of spiritual psychotherapy to help people. He has written a series of best selling books built primarily on his experiences in helping clients visit their past lives in order to heal them from problems they are experiencing in this life that have their origin in those past lives (his books include Many Lives, Many Masters and Only Love Is Real). You can learn more about his work by visiting his website at www.brainweiss.com and reading his books.
He starts out his book with the following statement: “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” (p. 1).
In many ways those few sentences summarize the book. The first two sentences are ones that we have heard for centuries. It is that third sentence that is the heart of what he has to offer that is his special contribution. “…we come back to teach and help others.”
Weiss bases this statement on years of working with clients as well as a variety of other research efforts to obtain a clear picture of what life is meant to be for all of us.
“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. Love is our nature. We are love” (p. 5).
This book will present for many readers some very challenging ideas about how the world works and it is important for you to be cautious whenever you approach revolutionary ideas. Weiss is a man of science of logic of critical thinking of skepticism so he warns his readers that: “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” (p. 7).
The ideas he will be presenting can dramatically change your life for the better. However, Weiss warns that: “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” (p. 9).
Weiss confidently believes that we can tap into messages from the Masters. The Masters are souls that are currently with us in this life. A brief summary of his belief system is that all of us go through reincarnation. Some of us when we pass on return to another body after a while and other souls are present with us in our daily lives. He has learned this through the past life regressions of clients and through his study of authentic mediums or psychics who are able to contact the souls who are not bodily with us.
“The messages from the Masters…remind us to allow our minds to return to what is important---love, peace, eternal life, spiritual thoughts and practices---and to put side what is unimportant---material things, pride and ego, violence, fear, worry, and hatred” (p. 10).
“We decide when we want to return, where, and for what reasons…It is all growth and learning…continuous growth. Our body is just a vehicle for us while we’re here. It is our soul and our spirit that last forever…Our lives are not the result of random actions and events….We choose our parents, who usually are souls with whom we have interacted in prior lifetimes” (p. 11).
If you have not already slowed down, stopped reading, and pondered these ideas, then do so now! These are very profound ideas and are in sharp opposition with much of what you have been taught so far in your life.
“After our souls leave our bodies at the time of physical ‘death,’ our learning continues on higher planes, which are really higher levels of consciousness. We review the lives we have just left, learn our lessons, and plan for our next life. Learning does not end with the death of the body. (After the bodily death) we review our lives. We re-experience every encounter, every relationship. We feel the emotions of the people whom we have helped or hurt, loved and hated, or affected positively or negatively” (p. 12).
Weiss got into this work of helping people through past life regressions because he discovered how they were being negatively affected in this life. “Often events in the distant past are sill influencing current relationships. Becoming aware of the root causes in prior lives can heal the relationship in the present. Awareness and understanding are powerful healing forces” (p. 12).
He gives a number of examples of his work including one where he “…regressed a fifty-year-old South American woman who suffered from profound claustrophobia, a fear of being trapped in small or enclosed places. She had been afflicted with this phobia since her early childhood. In the regression she remembered being entombed alive when she was an Egyptian slave whose owner, a relative of the pharaoh, had died. After this memory her claustrophobia disappeared and has never returned” (p. 40).
“Recalling these events with their associated emotions, called catharsis or abreaction in clinical terms, is a cornerstone of psychoanalysis and other traditional psychotherapies. The very act of bringing such buried memories into consciousness is extremely helpful…The second reason that these memories promote clinical improvement is that as we experience ourselves in other goodies and in ancient times, as we watch our many deaths and re-births, we are filled with the sure and unerring realization that we are eternal souls, not just individual bodies…This realization of our true spiritual nature is a powerful healing force” (p. 41).
“Often, people who were adopted wonder whether their life plan has been somehow disrupted. The answer is no. Adoptive parents are chosen as well as the biological ones. There are reasons for everything, and no coincidences exist on the path of destiny. Although every human being has a life plan, we also have free will, as do our parents and everyone with whom we interact. Our lives and theirs will be affected by the choices we make while in physical state, but the destiny points will still occur. We will meet the people we had planned to meet, and we will face the opportunities and obstacles that we had planned long before our births. How we handle these meetings, however, our reactions and subsequent decisions, are the expressions of our free will. Destiny and free will co-exist and interact all the time. They are complementary, not contradictory” (p. 45).
“The soul appears to make a reservation for a particular physical body around the time of conception…The union of body and soul is not completed, however, until the moment of birth. Before this time, the soul of the unborn child can be both in and out of the body, and it is often aware of experiences on the other side…The soul can never be harmed. Neither miscarriages nor abortions harm the soul” (p. 45).
“You progress by paying your debts…The surest way to reincarnate in a particular race or religion is to be manifestly prejudiced against that group…Sometimes a soul learns to love by becoming what it most despised. It is…about learning, not about punishment” (p. 55).
“Sometimes a soul will choose a particularly challenging lifetime in order to accelerate its spiritual progress…A hard life is not a punishment, but rather an opportunity. We change races, religions, sex, and economic advantage because we must learn from all sides” (p. 56).
“It is primarily through relationships that we learn…lessons. Only in community, only in relationships, only in service can we truly understand the all-encompassing energy of love” (p. 61).
“Our hearts know the path to happiness and inner peace. Spiritual practices such as meditation and prayer remind us of what we already know. When we forget our heart’s message and fall into life’s ruts and crevices, we feel unfulfilled and unhappy. We get depressed and anxious. We have blurred our perspective, forgotten the bigger picture, and lost the way. The remedy is simple. Take the time to remember your divinity, your spiritual nature. Remember why you are here” (p. 218).