The reason for presenting this case of reincarnation is that it is remarkable for certain details. Both men were brilliantly, perhaps cold bloodedly, aggressive military generals, although historical details are lacking to make a close comparison of their character. General Patton asserted that not only was he the reappearance of Hannibal but that he remembered details of the battles he had fought as Hannibal in the same territory that he fought the Germans. As Hannibal, the use of armored elephants was a parallel to Patton as a tank commander. The comparison of their faces is rather startling for the sameness of the character that they project.
This is one of those cases of the rebirth of a very outstanding scientist that was set in Myers' path so that he could not miss it. In the process of looking up something else, the picture of Sir William Herschel shown above came to his attention. It was only natural for Myers to be struck by the physical resemblance which then triggered the investigation of the possibility that Herschel had been reborn as Albert Einstein. In this case, there was some very special evidence of the kind that would not be expected in the lives of two men noted as scientists. Both were accomplished violinists. Herschel was born Frederich Wilhelm Herschel of Hanover, Germany. His family was Jewish and he was educated for a career in music. He moved to England to make his living as a music teacher, organist, and concert master. His interest in astronomy was stimulated early by his father and he developed the talent to construct superb telescopes, along with expanding his knowledge of astronomy. His work came to the attention of King George III and he was offered the position of court astronomer. Herschel is credited with the discovery of the planet Uranus and his work made a great mark in the field of astronomy. The parallels in the character and talents of Einstein and Sir William Herschel are as remarkable as those of their features. It is a wonderful thing to realize that a great man like Herschel takes his talents and development with him and returns to express them again among his fellowman.
Nothing about our physical bodies is more unique than our hands and our ears. The opportunity to have the photograph of William Dean Howells' hand to compare with that of his return as Roy Thompson furnishes remarkable evidence of how the character of the inner man is written in the palm. This case is most special to Myers because he remembered being friends with William Dean Howells when they were contemporaries. Myers recognized Roy Thompson immediately when they met around 1969. Thompson wrote a superbly well detailed story for the Winston-Salem Journal from his interview with Myers concerning his memories of previous lives. The parallels between the character and talents of William Dean Howells and Roy Thompson, as outstanding journalists, in particular, are very notable. William Dean Howells was highly honored and recognized as an important influence upon American literature. He is called the first of the "realists."
They lived several hundred miles apart but when Myers learned of his brother-in-law's keen interest in spiritual mediums and psychical research they began an extended correspondence. Over a period of time they learned many details of each other's experiences. When Myers learned of Morris' great interest in the man that Edgar Cayce referred to as his predecessor, Andrew Jackson Davis, a medical psychic like Cayce, he was eventually stimulated to consider the possibility that Morris was indeed the return of Andrew Jackson Davis. In the process of investigating this possibility, Myers learned that a medical doctor, who was also an unusual kind of spiritual medium, had drawn an aura chart for Morris with colored chalk. She had done the same for Edgar Cayce. Dr. Pierrette Austin had done many of these charts and was highly regarded for such. But she made her living teaching medical doctors in the field of nutrition. When she completed Morris' chart, she had made an astounding comment. It was the only aura chart she had ever done, she said, that had certain unique characteristics which she had seen only once before in the aura chart that she had done for Edgar Cayce. The pictures making the comparison between Andrew Jackson Davis and Frederick N. Morris speak for themselves. The details of ears in these pictures are clearly defined to show that this key element of the most individually unique form of a member of the human body, the ear, matches almost perfectly. All similar aspects that could be compared closely match between these two incarnations of the same soul-entity.
This was a case that Myers was alerted to investigate by a book review that was written by a friend and published in the Winston-Salem Journal in the fall of 1984. An author living in Winston-Salem, David Payne, had just had his manuscript published by Houghton Mifflin as their Literary Fellowship Award. The book titled, Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, was fiction with powerful and extensive philosophical passages. Having read several of Melville's works, the idea that this author could be Melville's return stimulated Myers to call the friend who had written the review. In their discussion, she quickly asserted that the book reminded her of Melville's most famous novel, Moby Dick. Personal contact with David Payne and comparing handwriting and pictures eliminated any question in Myers' mind concerning the validity of this case of reincarnation. While Payne's book had parallels in its style of writing, Myers found that it had such graphic descriptions of certain events that he would not read it.
Some cases Myers has no clear explanation about how he learned about them. It was an intuitive experience but when and how it occurred he cannot say. It certainly fits the aspect of his hypothesis regarding the return in association with others and returning to carry on the same activities. In their particular case we have the interesting reversal of position of D. L. Moody and Farwell, who ran the Sunday School of Moody's church in Chicago, to lead position as Billy Graham and Grady Wilson (deceased), as right hand man. The great Ira Sankey joined the team in Chicago as George Beverly Shea. There are several other members of the team, but only those who are public figures may be shown on this web site.
This is a case that came up when Edgar Cayce was in a trance state giving a life reading. He not uncommonly introduced cases such as this in a life reading if there was some connection to be noted with the individual for whom information was being sought. We will have to pretty much takes Cayces' word on this one, for there is hardly any way to verify it. However, the sculptured head of Alexander the Great, certainly does exhibit parallel characteristics with the head of Thomas Jefferson in the oil painting copied here.
An interesting aside in these two individuals is that Alexander the Great vigorously instigated law and order and enforced the use of the Greek language in the cities he conquered. On the other hand, Thomas Jefferson is quoted for the opinion he held that "the government that governs best, governs least." Possibly the soul-entity had a change of heart which he exhibited when he got the chance to be in a similar position.
In this particular case, Myers was lecturing on his research findings concerning reincarnation on the campus of George Washington University of Washington, DC. It is many years ago now, in the 1970's. It was summertime and the gathering was sponsored by a New Age group. A number of speakers were invited and several hundred people came. Henry Nagorka of that city, whose bi-monthly parapsychology magazine had printed several of Myers' articles, instigated the event.
After Myers spoke, Patricia Allen approached him to ask that he and his wife arrange to spend an hour or so with her to hear her tell her story of a past life memory. Briefly, this is her story: She was by herself in a compartment of a tram in London when a male voice spoke in her ear to say that she had been Emily Dickinson. She turned around but no one was there. At that time, she had no idea who Emily Dickinson might be. Her education had been in Scotland and they did not teach about English poets, much less American poets. But her father, a professor, was able to tell her about Emily Dickinson.
After that she developed a strong urge to come to America. She responded to an opportunity to become a secretary in Washington, DC. There was such a shortage of secretaries directly after W.W.II that secretarial personnel were being recruited from England. When Myers investigated this case, it turned out to be unquestionably a valid example of an individual remembering a past life. Besides the pictures, there were many other parallels, including handwritings verified by an expert to have very similar characteristics.
While individuals may return with talents that made them famous in a previous life, very often conditions are so different that a later life may be obscure. In the case of Emily Dickinson, she was altogether obscure until her poetry was published posthumously. Some previously famous but presently obscure individuals have declined for their cases to be publicized for quite understandable reasons. But not all feel that way. Some appreciate how very helpful that knowledge of reincarnation may be to others. We are grateful that Patricia Allen is among those.
It was a unique gathering sponsored by Ernest Shafenberg, a man with detailed memories of several past lives. Shafenberg had become wealthy from oil wells on his property in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. This event was described as the first national symposium of authors on reincarnation and took place the first weekend in May of 1980. There were a number of noted speakers, including Gina Cerminara, Sybil Leek, Brad Steiger and Ruth Montgomery. But Jess Stern, whose name was on the brochure, had to cancel on short notice. Myers was asked to fill in for Jess Stearn. All the speakers were put up in nearby Oklahoma City in a large hotel.
After Myers spoke and showed slides of a number of examples that illustrated his research findings, Sybil Leek approached him to arrange for some time together. It developed that Myers and his wife asked Sybil Leek to come to their hotel room. They had an interesting and quite extended conversation and Sybil Leek thought that she would like to have Myers do some writing for her journal. It was that contact which precipitated Myers recognition that Sybil Leek was the reappearance of Madame H. P. Blavatsky. An investigation using Myers' hypothesis confirmed that she was indeed the return of Madame H. P. Blavatsky. However, events did not develop to further their communication and Sybil Leek did not live very long after that occasion. Nevertheless, this was a very heartening experience for Myers because of his familiarity with Blavatsky's writing and having the opportunity to inform Sybil Leek of her previous life identity as Blavatsky. She had not realized this before that time.
It is likely that she was ridiculed and humiliated after telling a few people of her memory of having been Marilyn Monroe. The memories were probably so real to her that it did not occur to her that there might be an overlap between her birth and Marilyn Monroe's death. Many who may consider themselves knowledgeable concerning reincarnation have no real background of research or study. But they make assumptions which they believe have ironclad validity. The assumption that a soul-entity cannot possibly be reborn before the passing of the previous physical body is an example of such an assumption.
It is not common but examples of such are often brought to the attention of the public unknowingly. How can this occur? It is demonstrated when an exceptionally gifted child, a child prodigy, displays the talents of a natural musician, mathematician, or artist, which it acquired with little training as soon as its little body was coordinated enough to express such.
There have been many feature stories done from time to time on such child prodigies. One soul-entity with two bodies is a condition which may also occur in the case of identical twins. This seems to be quite rare but when it occurs, either of the twins can immediately tell the current circumstances and activities of its twin. If separated at birth, such identical twins lead phenomenally similar lives, even living close to each other with no conscious knowledge of each other.
It appears to have been a case of overlap with regard to Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 but Madonna was born four years earlier in 1958. The character, talent and physical appearance, combined with the memories experienced by Madonna, appear to validate the reality of this being a case of an overlapping rebirth.
"Come and see! There's a picture of Merle in here." Laura Celeste was almost dancing with excitement.
So, that's why I stopped here, I thought to myself. Mary and I quickly followed Laura into the next room of the old wood frame farm house that had recently been converted to an antique shop. The house needed paint and the yard had bare patches of hard baked earth. The shrubbery was overgrown and in need of trimming. A few old iron items, like hand grinders and corn huskers, stood here and there in the yard. But the new proprietors were beginning to put things into order, the kind of cluttered order that one finds in the combination junk and antique shops which spring up from time to time along side of the highways linking southern communities.
We were rolling along in our unrestored 1946 Ford through the countryside between Winston-Salem and Lexington, when an intuitive flash caused me to make an unexpected stop. The road was a narrow two lane section of old Highway 52 that snaked its way through small rural communities and joined I-85 at Lexington. It was the fall of 1966 and the three of us were on our way back to Charlotte. We had just done a live eight-thirty in the morning talk show on channel twelve in Winston-Salem, hosted by Jim Tucker and Gail Puzsak. Our talk shows were usually on psychical research subjects, especially reincarnation and Unidentified Flying Objects.
Sometimes we stayed awhile at the studio after the shows and talked with some of the staff over cups of coffee. But his morning we had left shortly after the program was over, planning to drive the seventy-five miles back to Charlotte without even a stop along the way. Fields lay on either side of us and the road ahead lay straight enough for me to be driving pretty fast when I saw a sign, "Antiques," not painted very skillfully. Ordinarily, we would have passed by the old house without a second glance but, after a moment of indecision, I braked hard to slow the old Ford down enough to pull into the dusty and rutted dirt driveway. The unexpected stop was a surprise to Mary and Laura, but they were glad to go in with me to look around. It wasn't uncommon for us to top at shops, such as this one, because of Mary's interest in antiques and my interest in old books. But on this particular occasion we had not intended to stop along the way.
That was Myers' account of how the case of the return of Jesse Hamilton Hargrave, a slave owner of one hundred fifty years ago, came to his attention. It was several years later that Myers and his wife, Mary, moved to Tyro, a small community eight miles west of Lexington, NC. Eventually, it developed that the Myers became acquainted with the Hargraves, a prominent family. Possibly ten years had elapsed since the incident in the antique shop when Myers had bought the large old framed photograph of Jesse Hamilton Hargrave for two dollars. The picture itself had a little water damage (as you can see in the photograph above).
By happenstance, a letter, it was a kind of receipt written by Jesse Hamilton Hargrave, turned up when his old antique desk was passed down to another generation. In this transfer of the old desk, the upper part was lifted off and the old letter cropped up in a secret compartment. That was all that it took to enable Myers to apply the acid test, the comparison of handwritings. Combined with the pictures, the handwriting comparison cinched the case. Merle Randle (deceased) was a highly valued friend of the Myers family of many years standing.
"Sometimes we have a phenomenal coordination of events that suggests some unseen intelligence is pulling strings." Such was Myer's comment regarding the case of the return of the often quoted poet in religious circles who wrote, The Hound of Heaven.
Francis Thompson was the son of a doctor. In those days, laudanum was a common prescription drug and often furnished to the patient by the doctor. It was a tincture of opium. Francis Thompson's involvement with opium was precipitated by his use of laudanum. This led to circumstances that he was eventually rescued from by a compassionate catholic acquaintance. This, of course, is the background which, in time, contributed to the writing of the amazingly powerful, very long and beautifully worded poem, The Hound of Heaven.
Myers' wife, Mary, was memorizing this exceedingly difficult poem when Myers picked up and hitch hiker and brought him home for supper. There is no need to elaborate the parallels in the lives of Francis Thompson and Arnold Askew. As with Francis Thompson, Arnold Askew's father was a doctor. The inclinations suggest that his present mother and father had been his parents previously, when he was Francis Thompson. The astonishing physical resemblance found in this case would suggest this possibility.
While the faces and ears of Thompson and Askew offer an excellent demonstration of the natural laws that govern the reappearance of the soul-entity in a similar physical vehicle, this case presents the rarest of opportunities in that there is available a plaster cast of Francis Thompson's hand. Myers likes to quote the surprised comments of a professional who analyzed character by examining hands. She exclaimed, "The comparison of those two hands alone would be enough to make me a believer in reincarnation."
One of the legendary gunmen of the old west, Billy Comstock, was a man who could draw a six shooter from its holster and fire as fast as he could move and hit right on the mark without taking time to aim or sight down the barrel. That remarkable ability is very rarely seen. Annie Oakley had the same kind of gift. Since Myers grew up in the thirties in California, the lore of the old west was still in the air and he learned of the legendary skills of Billy Comstock. And so, it was a special experience to meet the return of Billy Comstock in the man who founded the Shafenberg Research Institute and was responsible for the occasion in 1980 that Myers and his wife, Mary, were in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, to speak on his reincarnation research findings.
As with many cases of this kind, there is little more than a few pictures and very little authentic material besides to verify purported past life memories. But photographs convey so many individual aspects that the possibility of chance producing such parallels is eliminated by astronomical odds. In this case, there is a delightful happenstance for the researcher. Comstock was photographed with a friend who turned up in his present life again as a friend. However, this friend, himself, is a most remarkable example of how similar physical bodies can be from one life to the next. McHone, his friend in this life, a professional wrestler, was photographed with Billy Comstock in their previous lives.
If one comparison of pictures of two lives represented odds of a million to one against the number of parallel characteristics found, then two such pictures would represent odds of one million times one million or one trillion to one against the chance occurrence of such parallels.
"Hello!" I was looking into the face of a slim, dark haired child of ten years old. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was sitting by myself on a concrete bench in Dilworth Park, just two blocks off East Boulevard in Charlotte, when Christine approached me with three or four of her younger brothers and sisters in tow. It was a very interesting and intense, or perhaps I should say, alert and intelligent child's face that I found myself looking into. I think we were equally struck with the sense of kinship or familiarity there was between us.
Christine's family lived right adjacent to the park and possibly not more than a hundred yards from the city's loveliest Catholic church. They were a Catholic family and Christine was the eldest of several stair step spaced brothers and sisters. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon this little park was as peaceful and charming an area as could be found for a person to be quiet and contemplative. It was just right for someone like myself, who was trying to re-establish a relationship with nature, perhaps I should say, a kinship with the reality behind the trees and shrubs and flowers. In the early 1960's the park was a safe place and an ideal playground area for children like those of the Juneau family.
But why had little Christine approached a stranger with such warmth and confidence in her greeting? Why were we so drawn to each other the moment we looked into each other's eyes?
Our friendship was instant and if you would speak of love at first sight, I certainly experienced it in that moment. It was a delightful experience between two souls who, at the moment of their meeting, are oblivious of age differences and feel very understanding and find they share a deep respect for each other.
Those bright eyes and the happy smile of little Christine will always be a memory that I shall cherish. She loved just to be around me and I had come to believe that I understood why. It seemed the two of us were experiencing the joyous reunion of a mother and her son, for, perhaps, Christine was the reincarnation of Bellamy's mother. During all of his life, Edward Bellamy and his mother were very close, had a warm personal relationship and shared their philosophical views with each other.
The foregoing is Myers own first hand description of the wonderful experience of meeting the return of his own beloved mother, Maria Putman Bellamy. He had been the son of a minister, Rufus King Bellamy, and was born in 1850, in Chicopee Falls, MA. Ten years later, the picture made of Christine Juneau Williams to be compared with Maria Putnam Bellamy was made when she was about 21 years old.
The circumstances of his birth and growing up, particularly the influence of his mother, stimulated Bellamy to acquire the kind of education that eventually enabled him to write the book that brought him international recognition. His book, Looking Backward, in the year 1936, was ascribed to be the most influential book written in the preceding fifty years by an American author and internationally rated second only to Das Kapital by Karl Marx.
Since meeting the return of Bellamy's mother, he has re-written Bellamy's Looking Backward, with a different approach but the same objectives; to contribute toward the creation of an intelligently functioning democratic form of government, a utopian society. His present book is entitled Edward Bellamy Writes Again. (www.comdemco.com)