I have an open mind about voyages into the unknown. I have had out-of-body experiences and lucid dreams, so I have lost the ability to have a closed mind about matters that other people find incredible and are sceptical of. The part work ‘Man, Myth & Magic’ featured a full page article about my lucid dreams and I even received a letter from Oxford University requesting I come to their dream laboratory, but I was so involved in promoting bands seven days a week I never had the time.
Mind you, a bit of healthy scepticism doesn’t go astray. I used to buy the books by Carlos Castenada (as did John Lennon), but he turned out to be a fraud. In the Sixties I also bought the books by Lobsang Rampa, supposedly a Tibetan monk, but he turned out to be a bloke living in the English suburbs.
Yet the search for knowledge of unusual things has always possessed me and I have more books on mystical avenues of thought than any others – and I’m passionate about books. I loved ‘The Morning of the Magicians’ and gave a copy to Mike Love of the Beach Boys. I also gave a copy to a group called Home, who I promoted (although the manager never did manage to pay me) and they were so impressed by the book that they composed a complete album around it called ‘The Alchemist.’
My favourite author is the late Colin Wilson and I was also an enthusiast of the works of Herman Hesse while a particular book that impressed me was ‘The Razor’s Edge’ by Somerset Maugham.
Currently I am exploring the incredible new discoveries in Quantum Physics and they are proving to be a fascinating glimpse into the existence of the paranormal phenomenon. As a dedicated science-fiction reader in my youth I later became more interested in inner space than outer space!
Quantum physics might explain time anomalies, poltergeists, ESP, telekinesis and PAST LIVES, while also exploring the theories of multiple universes, hidden dimensions, time travel and energy fields. I’ve always wanted to maintain the sense of wonder, awe and delight of the universe opening around us that a child has.
Currently I’m fascinated by dreams. I’ve kept dream diaries on and off for decades and only recently began to explore the thought that in dreams I catch fragments of the lives of other me’s in alternative universes. This is because I get so much detail and vividness of areas of London and Liverpool in my dreams and return to the same places years, months or weeks later. They are exactly the streets and cities of my dreams, but they are different from the real world of my awareness. Lots of the people I meet in dreams are people who I’ve known during my life, but they are also different. It’s hard to explain without going into great detail, but I’m happily exploring this path of dreams taking me to other realms.
Marie D. Jones in her book PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena” writes: “One form of clairvoyance or remote viewing may involve insights into the past…past lives, that is. Past life recall is a widely reported phenomena that crosses religious and cultural boundaries, including boundaries of age. People from housewives to doctors, from small toddlers to senior citizens, have reported the recall of places,events, and people that they could not possibly have known in their present lives.”
George Harrison was a firm believer in reincarnation and I discovered that all four Beatles were open-minded about life after death. John had his inner demons and fought with his believe or disbelief in God throughout his life, sometimes expressing his doubt in songs. Yoko believed that she and John were a reincarnation of Robert and Elizabeth Browning, and both came to strongly believe in the supernatural. Over the decades I have received many contacts from spiritualists who say that John has attempted to contact me, but I don’t follow them up. I do have some of my research under the name ‘John Lennon in the Spirit World’ on my website www.mersey-beat.com.
John Lennon was to say, “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”
A little research reveals that the Beatles were curious about life after death.
Cilla Black was to say that after Brian Epstein died the Beatles went to a séance to try to contact him in the other world. She recalled, “They wanted me to sit in with them, but I didn’t. I mean, if he had shown up, I wouldn’t have known what to say and anyway, it would only have made his death worse.”
Paul actually believed that John haunted the recording of their ‘Free As A Bird’ single in the form of a white bird. Paul, Ringo and George were posing for a photograph outside the recording studio where they’d been recording the number when a bird wandered into the shot. Paul said, “That’s John. Spooky, eh? It was like John was hanging around. We felt that all through the recording.”
In 2009 I wrote a foreword to Jewelle St. James’ intriguing book ‘All You Need Is Love’, which was described as ‘the heart-wrenching spiritual journey of one woman discovering her past life shared with the seventeenth-century incarnation of John Lennon.’
When writing about books I don’t take the critical stand of a reviewer, many of whom try to prove how clever they are at pulling a writer’s work to pieces. I like to seek the writer’s point of view and present their comments on the work. I asked Jewelle to present some of her personal background and she related:
“British Columbia is where I was born and have lived my whole life. My childhood was spent in a region called Shuswap Lake where my grandparents, Canadian pioneers, settled. We then located to a village nestled in the Rocky Mountains where we enjoyed an outdoor type life, skiing, hiking and such.
“In my teenage years my parents became interested in spirituality, although I wasn’t interested until my adult years. I married young, and later divorced. My children are now grown with families of their own. For twenty years, through my writing years, I’ve been employed in health care.” Now, Jewelle didn’t just discover one reincarnation with John, as detailed in her first book. A second discovery took place, which she details in her second book. I asked her about the two lifetimes she depicts were linked with John and what she considers would be other previous lifetimes which she might explore.
She tells me, “There are other lifetimes together, all vague. But concerning ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘JL and the Bronte Connection’, it took thirty years to realize the two lifetimes were sides of the same coin. I didn’t foresee investigating more lifetimes, but who knows!
“’All You Need Is Love’ took three books to finally get it right – as my journey grew, I kept adding to the never-ending story. ‘Just Imagine’ (1995) evolved into ‘All You Need Is Love’ (2003) and to ‘All You Need Is Love’, the second edition with your Foreword (2009).
“For three years after John’s death I was devastated. I wasn’t a Beatles fan, although loving all 60s music, the private lives of bands didn’t interest me. In April 1984, when my grief felt unbearable, I turned to my mother who was a big psychic and asked why? Why was my heart broken over the death of John Lennon?
“She said I’d known him in another life, giving names, place names etc. This began my search and searching became a distraction to the grief and, besides, I wasn’t sure if her analysis was correct. “In 1985 I visited England for the first time. The trip was a failure, or so I thought at the time. Then John began communicating. It began with my young daughter announcing that ‘a man was watching her.’ I freaked out of course, until she explained that the man was a ‘man-spirit’. I humoured her, asking if he had a name.
“She replied, “Its John Lennon.” I played along and said, “Let’s ask him some questions.” Through my daughter I asked if John could give his Auntie’s name, the woman who raised him. She said, “It’s like M-M-M-M. (Mimi). I asked her what his mother’s name was, my little girl said, “It sounds like Lia” (Julia). I asked for John’s uncle’s name, with no hesitation she replied, “George!” And John’s birth date? Joanne said it was either July or October (October).
“There was more from my daughter and John, but honestly I didn’t have the sense at the time to write it all down.”
“My Mother soon ‘jumped ship’ saying I was becoming “too involved.” My sister, whose psychic skills had developed when her body was breaking down with M.S. began ‘speaking’ to John herself. For four years she gave Konni information, including where we had met in the 17th century. I’ve now visited that town in Sussex, England, many times and feel more at home in Petworth, West Sussex, than any place I’ve ever lived.
“This was the beginnings of ‘All You Need Is Love’, yet the Bronte’s were always lingering in the background. When an intuitive friend announced that my past life initials were E.B. and that John Lennon had been E.B’s brother it was all strange since we’d just been ‘fooling around’, testing her psychic abilities.
“When I visited the Bronte’s home in Yorkshire in 1994, following tourists from room to room, I had a flash of insight that Bronte’s kitchen was wrong. Two seconds later I noticed a sign on the wall – the kitchen of Bronte’s home had been renovated in recent years.
“Continuously, John’s spirit guided me towards the Bronte’s, to take them seriously, and while unearthing connections between John Lennon/Baron and Branwell Bronte, other Bronte family members entered the scene.”
I next asked Jewelle about her efforts to get her work published and she commented, “In the beginning I had an agent who supplied me with many rejection letters from publishers. I learned a lot from the agent, including the fact that self-publishing was an option – so that’s been my path ever since.”
I also asked her if she had been the butt of much scepticism and she told me, “Scepticism from others hasn’t been too noticeable. Mostly people are kind and in my day-to-day life, my journey, although ever-present, I don’t discuss too much.” I then mentioned that people are sceptical about reincarnation because too many of the reported stories in the media are about people who claim to be famous people such as Napoleon or Cleopatra. I also asked whether she was going to continue to see if there were any other past life associations with John and there would surely be associations with lesser known folk. In addition I asked if she had learned in her knowledge of reincarnation whether people were reborn into the same sex – and also whether they could become reborn as animals or insects.
Jewelle commented, “There’s this myth that everyone who claims a past life is a Cleopatra or Queen of Sheba. But how many people do we know that actually declare this? I’ve heard many people discuss their past lives and very few are famous, yet there must be others suspecting a famous past-life who stay quiet about it because of possible ridicule.
“My favourite ‘case’ was a friend of a friend – a young man who was a car mechanic. Although he had no interest in reincarnation he knew that he lived another lifetime in New York City where he was a car mechanic. End of story!
“Throughout my searching years, and undergoing a dozen past-life regressions, a little boy often emerged and I knew he was a past life. He was a pick-pocket at about age ten, and died at the same time, in London. Details checked out enough to satisfy myself that I was that little boy. “I’m not familiar with other lives of John’s, and whether he was ever female. Nor have I become aware of animal incarnations of people.”