About Brian L. Weiss

Brian Leslie Weiss (born 1943) is an American psychiatrist, hypnotherapist, and author who specializes in past life regression. His research includes purported reincarnation, past life regression, future life progression, and survival of the human soul after death. Wikipedia

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Brian L. Weiss (quotes)

Principles for living


We are spiritual beings hiding as humans

  • They tell me there are many gods, for god is in each of us.
  • Our body is just a vehicle for us while we’re here. It is our soul and our spirit that last forever.
  • For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.
  • The important question regarding spirituality is not which God you follow but are you true to your soul? Are you living a spiritual life? Are you a kind person here on earth, getting joy from your existence, causing no harm, and doing good to others.
  • Spiritual beings should think and behave like spiritual beings; that is our nature and ultimate destiny. But when the circumstances of everyday life lead us astray and we forget our true nature, that is when sorrow, worry, and fear enter. That is when inner peace, joy, and happiness exit.
  • As we become aware of our spiritual nature, we recognize our true essence. We are immortal and divine. Renouncing violence, hate, dominance, selfishness, and ownership of people and things becomes even easier with this recognition. Accepting love, compassion, charity, hope, faith, and cooperation becomes the natural thing to do.

Earth is a school for souls

  • You might look into the eyes of an infant, born mere minutes ago, to find that she is a thousand years old. Their limitless warmth and wisdom belie her true age.
  • Realize that life is more than meets the eye. Life goes beyond our five senses. Be receptive to new knowledge and to new experiences.
  • The earth is like a one-room schoolhouse in which students of different grade levels are assembled together.
  • Learning the lessons of life can be so simple if you believe in immortality.
  • Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness . . . the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Hardships are an opportunity for soul growth

  • A hard life is not a punishment, but rather an opportunity.
  • More learning can occur when there are many obstacles then when there are few or none. A life with difficult relationships, filled with obstacles and losses, presents the most opportunity for the soul’s growth. You may have chosen the more difficult life so that you could accelerate your physical progress.
  • Our task is to learn, to become God-like through knowledge. We know so little. You are here to be my teacher. I have so much to learn. By knowledge we approach God, and then we can rest. Then we come back to teach and help others.

Soul mates are an opportunity for spiritual evolution

  • If you can leave a relationship with love, empathy, and compassion, without any thoughts of revenge, hatred, or fear, that is how you let go.
  • Sometimes, soulmates may meet, stay together until a task or life lesson is completed, and then move on. This is not a tragedy, only a matter of learning.
  • To see and appreciate the soul of others with whom you are in a relationship is a higher state of awareness. To see only their outer characteristics provides a limited and incomplete perspective. Their current personality, just like their current physical body, is a temporary manifestation. They have had many bodies and many personalities but only one enduring soul, only one continuous spiritual essence. See this essence and you will see the real person.

Patience is a spiritual virtue

  • All is love…All is love. With love comes understanding. With understanding comes patience. And then time stops. And everything is now.
  • Everything will be clear to you in time. But you must have a chance to digest the knowledge that we have given to you already.
  • Patience and timing . . . everything comes when it must come. A life cannot be rushed, cannot be worked on a schedule as so many people want it to be. We must accept what comes to us at a given time, and not ask for more. But life is endless, so we never die; we were never really born. We just pass through different phases. There is no end. Humans have many dimensions. But time is not as we see time, but rather in lessons that are learned.

Happiness is simple, it comes from within

  • Happiness is really rooted in simplicity. The tendency to excessiveness in thought and action diminishes happiness.
  • Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people. You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.

Choose to give love rather than fear

  • The reward is in doing, but doing without expecting anything…doing unselfishly.
  • To reach back and help, and expect neither reward nor even thanks.

To reach back and help, because that is what spiritual beings do.
  • Your task is not to judge or punish. Karma will take care of that. Your task is to love.
  • One of the most important of life´s lessons is to learn independance, to understand freedom. This means independence from attachments, from results, from opinions, and from expectations. Breaking attachments leads to freedom, but breaking attachments does not mean abandoning a loving and meaningful relationship, a relationship that nourrishes your soul. It means ending dependency on any person or thing. Love is never a dependency.

Acts of love are more important than worldly success

  • The number of days and years one lives on Earth is insignificant. It’s the quality of those days and years that’s important, quality measured in loving acts and achieved wisdom. ‘Some people do more good in one day than others do in a hundred years.’ This is their message. ‘Every soul, every person is precious. Every person helped, every life aided or saved, is immeasurably valuable.

Learn to balance the head with the heart

  • Come from the heart, the true heart, not the head. When in doubt, choose the heart. This does not mean to deny your own experiences and that which you have empirically learned through the years. It means to trust your self to integrate intuition and experience. There is a balance, a harmony to be nurtured, between the head and the heart. When the intuition rings clear and true, loving impulses are favored.

Love—or the lack of it—is the great decider of wellbeing 

  • Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. … I am not aware of any other factor in medicine—not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery—that has a greater impact on our quality of life, incidence of illness, and premature death from all causes

Thoughts and actions are powerful creators

  • Our thoughts and actions have consequences, all the more reason to be loving and compassionate and not fearful or harmful. They create our destiny and our future.
  • I believe we can see the future because some part of us responds to the fact that past, present, and the future are one, occurring in a simultaneous time… Quite literally the future is now, and even on this planet we can shape our ‘nows’ by our actions. That is why it is so important to prepare not only for the rest of our lives but for all our lives to come–for immortality.

Things that limit us



  • Do you know what hate feels like? Ten thousand pounds upon our shoulders. Every time that we are judged or we judge others, another pound is added, until our bodies are so heavy that we cannot move.

Living in the past

  • Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.

Repeated patterns of behaviour

  • Understand the nature and influence of repeating patterns, from childhood experiences or even from past lives. Without understanding, patterns tend to repeat, unnecessarily damaging the relationship.

Not trusting yourself

  • If you rely exclusively on the advice of others, you may make terrible mistakes. Your heart knows what you need. Other people have other agendas.

Being in a rush to inner peace

  • Don’t push the river. It will travel at its own speed anyway.
  • Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace.

Believing something is wrong with you because of someone else’s behaviour 

  • Often we take personally the slings and arrows of our ‘abusers’. But frequently we are merely the interchangeable pawns of their own neurotic dramas. Anyone else in your position would have received the same treatment. There is nothing especially noxious or negatively noteworthy about you.

Being scared to death of death

  • We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives.

Thinking people need saving

  • You can only make choices for yourself. You can offer to help others find their way, but it is their decision if they will accept your help. You cannot force them to accept, even if you are in the right.
  • People do not need saving. People need love, support, and encouragement that they can withstand any trials and will always come out stronger, wiser, and more compassionate. I cannot shelter anyone from the storms of life, or they will never grow, learn, and expand.

Being guided by greed and ambition

  • Humankind has not learned about balance, let alone practiced it. It is guided by greed and ambition, steered by fear. In this way it will eventually destroy itself. But nature will survive; at least the plants will.