The daughter of a well-known hypnotherapist was suffering from cataracts, a disease that threatened to leave her blind. Fortunately, through her father’s past life regression therapy, she was able to look into herself to find the root cause of her illness. Miraculously, she recovered.
Amy Weiss is the daughter of the famous psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss. Dr. Weiss graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1970, and is best-known for his unique technique known as “past life regression therapy.” This treatment is said to enable a person to view scenes in his or her previous life through hypnosis.
Amy Weiss (Photo: The Epoch Times)
Amy Weiss and her father, Dr. Brian Weiss (Barry University School of Social Work/ Facebook)
Amy had been subject to her father’s hypnosis treatment on many occasions, as a child, and as a teenager, but she had never glimpsed her previous lives. At 25, she was diagnosed with severe cataracts and her prognosis was devastating: eventual blindness.
After hearing the diagnosis, Amy thought: “How could I have the eyes of an elderly person at my age?”
Given previous attempts and failures, she didn’t expect that past life regression therapy would work for her, but this time, it did.
Amy talked about the therapy that changed her life on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday TV show. At that time, she was a volunteer at a hospital where her father was serendipitously hosting a workshop on “Remembering Previous Lives.”
“I decided to try to see if it was possible to use this method to find the cause of my cataracts,” she recalls.
“The past life regression therapy had never worked for me before. So when I entered the room,” Amy continued, “I just thought, ‘Maybe I’ll take a nap and have a good rest [while listening to my father’s lecture].’”
To begin the hypnosis, she and the other participants closed their eyes. Then she heard her father telling everyone to return to the past at the time when their symptoms emerged. All of a sudden, Amy had the distinct feeling that she was no longer a young woman, but in a very different body.
“I immediately found myself an elderly medieval with long silver hair. It seemed to be the 15th or 16th century,” she recalled. “I was living in seclusion in a cave and never interacted with anyone.”
“Because of my isolation, the villagers thought I was an evil wizard, and they took torches and set all my possessions on fire,” Amy explained. “The fire burned my eyes and blinded me.”
“I felt like my heart was connected with this man. I could feel his pain. He was extremely hopeless.”
Then Amy’s father told everyone to go to the end of the “previous life” world they were inhabiting and listen for words of wisdom destined specifically for them. Amy claims that she heard a voice, clearly saying: “The suffering has eclipsed your eyes.”
“For me, this statement has two meanings,” Amy clarified. “Not only did it indicate that I have literally brought the cataracts and blindness with me from my previous life, but it also suggested why I still can’t see everything in this world clearly.”
“It is because I have brought this man’s suffering into my present life,” Amy said.
Shortly after the hypnotherapy, Amy’s cataracts disappeared. She thought that there might be some physiological reason for this recovery that she wasn’t aware of, “but that doesn’t matter to me,” she explained. “Most importantly, the cataracts have disappeared and my eyes have healed.”
Amy also said that this experience has helped her to gain a deeper understanding of past life regression therapy, and the whole experience profoundly deepened her relationship with her father.
Why does the psychiatrist believe in the existence of previous lives?
During his conversation with Oprah, Dr. Weiss shared why he believed in reincarnation. He said that after graduating from his medical studies at the Ivy League universities Columbia and Yale, he was still young and skeptical about everything he had learned.
In 1980, a female patient named Catherine came to his office for treatment and she changed his worldview completely.
At the time she came to see him, Catherine was extremely unstable. She confessed that she could not only recall the fact that she had drowned nearly 4,000 years ago, but also believed that this was why she was afraid of water in this life.
Dr. Weiss remembered: “At that time, my thoughts were very leftist, with my mind full of academic theory [fixed and rigid],” he said. “When I heard what she shared, I tried to find a rational explanation in my mind.”
“Maybe she was too influenced by a movie or a book,” the doctor mused. “There might have been something about Carl Jung’s collective unconsciousness? But a week later, when she came back, her fear of water had completely vanished.”
Catherine and Dr. Weiss met four or five additional times. In a trance, she was able to find the root cause for her severe case of hydrophobia.
It turned out that she believed she had been an 18-year-old girl named Aronda in 1863 B.C. In that life, she was swallowed by a tsunami and drowned. Dr. Weiss felt that her memories were so real, he finally had no choice but to believe that what she said was true.
Dr. Brian Weiss
But Catherine didn’t only tell him about her past, she also claimed to see his as well.
Catherine told Dr. Weiss, in a trance, that she could see his father and his son in another dimension before the process of reincarnation.
There were no pictures on Dr. Weiss’s desk to suggest this to Catherine. What’s even more bizarre is that, at the time, there was no internet, so it was unbelievable that someone could find information about Dr. Weiss’s relatives on their own.
The woman described Weiss’s son as very small. His body glowed, and he has a “long, upside-down heart.” Just as she intuited from her vision, Dr. Weiss’s son had died of rare heart disease just 23 days after being born. Catherine also said that Weiss’s father had died of heart failure, and she was correct.
Dr. Weiss was so shocked by these revelations that he was determined to support the use of “past life regression” therapy to treat other patients.
Later, he was appointed Head of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Here, he wrote the books “Many Lives, Many Masters,” and “Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past-life Memories,” in addition to numerous other bestselling books.
His daughter Amy was the co-author of his 2012 book, Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past-Life Memories, given her incredible insights into the process and her personal experience of healing.
Dr. Weiss’s conviction about the existence of reincarnation has forever changed his life, and continues to change the lives of many others in need of healing.