1. The True Story of a Detective's Search for His Past Life Looking for Carroll Beckwith, after hypnotic regression by Robert L. Snow

▪ What do a nineteenth - century painter and a twentieth-century police commander have in common ? Perhaps their very souls.

▪ Captain Robert L. Snow, commander of the homicide branch at the Indianapolis Police Department, is about to embark on a startling journey one that will take him far away from the orderly and controlled life he has known. Captain Snow is about to go back in time and meet who he was in a previous life.

▪ In Looking for Carroll Beckwith, Robert Snow tells the true story of his search for his past, hints of which he discovers while under hypnosis. Haunted by the images he recounted, Robert L. Snow sets out to prove them wrong, using the rational, just the facts techniques of a veteran police investigator.

▪ Instead, in an enthralling and surprising journey, he proves not only to himself but also to the entire world the amazing truth: that almost every recollection he had while hypnotized actually happened nearly 100 years earlier !

▪ But every word is true. Read it, and you too will believe that Robert Snow was indeed Carroll Beckwith.

▪ Robert Snow avoided using psychics in his police work. The idea was totally lame to him and after 35 years on the force he wouldn't even talk seriously to anyone about it.

▪ But a buddy dared him to go to a past life regression therapist and explore the unknown.At first he agreed but then put it off for as long as he could. He was quite sure that his mind was too strong and would never allow him to be hypnotized. But he was wrong. Soon after sitting on the couch of Dr. Mariellen Griffith, a psychotherapist with 15 years of experience, Snow was experiencing visions of his former lives.

▪ Yes, Snow had many lives, but one in particular impressed him so much that he couldn't stop thinking about it. It was so vivid - so real - that he began to doubt his sanity. Surely the images he saw were from a movie he'd seen, something he had read about or imagined... but even then, they were so strange.

▪ Where did they come from? He had to know. So he used his investigational skills to find the truth.

The strong vision that he had was of a 19th Century artist‟s studio.

▪ I have a small display case and a file cabinet... I am so lonely... I think I am an artist -- the whole place is filled with paintings... I'm painting a portrait of someone. I don't like doing portraits... I need the money. -- from tape recording of Snow's regression. had seen it in a book or museum. That was something he could rationalize… anything but from a past life. He searched hundreds of books in libraries but had no luck.

▪ After a year, and quite by accident, his wife convinced him to take a vacation in New Orleans. One afternoon he happened to walk into a gallery in the French Quarter where there was an exhibit of old paintings from a private collection. There, he viewed the portrait of the hunchbacked woman, which was identical to the one he vividly saw in his past life regression. -Whirling around, I stared open-mouthed at the portrait, reliving an experience I'd had once when I grabbed onto a live wire without knowing it, the current freezing me in my tracks as huge voltage surged up and down my arms and legs…

▪ For the next several minutes, I didn't move from the front of the portrait, but instead continued closing my eyes to see again and again the scene of me painting this very portrait in my studio, and then opening my eyes to see the actual finished portrait. The situation began to feel surreal, more like a very vivid dream that you wake up sweating from, a dream that you have to keep telling yourself over and over again was only a dream. It wasn't real.

▪ Finally, even though I knew with absolute certainty that this was the same painting I had seen while under hypnosis, I convinced myself that stumbling onto it by accident like this was simply too bizarre to be true. I toyed with the idea for a few moments that perhaps I'd had some kind of stroke and just thought I stood in front of this portrait, when in actuality I was in a hospital bed somewhere or maybe even in a nursing home. After giving this possibility a few moment's consideration, I realized how very desperate I had become to find a rational answer for what was happening. But desperate or not, things like this just didn't happen in real life. What were the chances, after all the months of systematic searching, that I would just happen onto the painting like this?

▪ What were the chances that Melanie would just happen to want to go to New Orleans, and that we would just happen to visit this gallery, just when they happened to have this painting for sale?" Captain Snow would later learn that the man who painted the portrait was Carroll Beckwith who walked with a cane and had a small studio. He pursued this lead and finally discovered that Beckwith had a personal, hand written diary which was kept by the National Academy of Design. Inside were details from the artist's life, from age 19 to the day before he died at 65 years old.

▪ Everything was in the texts... how Beckwith [pictured above, left] loved wine, how his wife was unable to have children, his loneliness, how his mother had died from a blood clot, reference to his cane or walking stick, how he hated painting portraits, and the final note -- the day before he died -- about the portrait he was painting of the hunchbacked woman. In fact 28 specific facts which were revealed in Snow's past life regression session were validated in the 17,000 pages of Beckwith's diary.

▪ After the initial realization, Captain Snow had to adjust his entire way of looking at the world. It all had new meaning and purpose. While he tried to cope with this new knowledge he also had to hide his investigations of reincarnation because his position might be seriously jeopardized. He finally revealed everything when he retired and his case is one of the most thoroughly researched and convincing cases of reincarnation.

1. Robert Snow's memories of his most recent past life were entirely obtained from several regression sessions, without any spontaneous memory.

2. He was particularly obsessed with two paintings seen in his past life.

By an amazing coincidence, he encountered one of them in a small art gallery while on vacation.

3. He identified some 28 separate facts relating to his past life visions which he attempted to verify. A very unusual data source turned out to be more than 15,000 pages in a daily diary kept by Mr. Beckwith during the last 46 years of his life. The only significant variance between the facts resulting from Snow's regression and the facts uncovered in the extensive investigation was a mistake in remembrance of his wife's name, about which he felt somewhat uncertain when he first related it.

2. The Reincarnation of James, the Submarine Man, by Rick Brown, The Journal of Regression Therapy, Vol. V, Number 1, 1991.

▪ Summary This paper concerns an investigation of the life of a claimed past personality, James Johnston, who died early in World War II aboard a U.S. submarine. This past life was described in 1987 during hypnotic regression of a patient being treated for claustrophobia and fear of water.

▪ As James, the patient told the story of serving aboard the USS Shark (SS-174), stationed in Manila Bay at the outbreak of hostilities with Japan.

▪ He described his life before going into the Navy as well as pre-war operations of Shark. He identified other crew members, and the nature of at sea operations.

On February 11, 1942 the Shark was sunk by an enemy depth charge. James described the immediate sequence of activities and individuals perceived during a Japanese destroyer attack and the progressive flooding which took place during Shark's sinking. The detachment of the spirit from James body was reported. The patient was born in 1953.

▪ Rick Brown, the hypnotherapist who conducted the therapy and subsequent investigation, obtained documents from the Civilian Conservation Corps and the U.S. Navy, as well as high school and birth records. Brown conducted research on the naval operations described by James at the U.S.

▪ Naval Historical Center and Operational Archives. He visited James hometown in Alabama and interviewed several friends and relatives. Most of the recollections of James obtained during hypnotic regression were able to be verified through these sources.
▪ This paper is strong evidence for reincarnation where the past life has been uncovered during hypnotic regression

3. A Mother's Search for Her Past Life Children Across Time and Death By Jenny Cockell, Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Summary from book cover

▪ For as long as she could remember, Jenny Cockell had known that she had lived before as Mary Sutton, a young Irish woman who had died over twenty years before Jenny was born. Her constant dream memory was of Mary dying, alone and desperately worried about what would happen to the eight young children she was leaving behind. When at last her own children were born, Jenny finally acknowledged that she needed to find out what had happened to her lost family.

▪ Across Time and Death is the compelling story of a mother's love that reached from one life to another to reclaim her children. In a voice so honest, plain, and sincere that you know her story must be true, Jenny Cockell writes of the dreams that haunted her childhood, the painstaking search for facts and details that confirmed the existence of her past life, the discovery of the fate of her family, and their emotional reunion.

1. Memories of a past life as Mary Sutton began early in childhood, both while awake and during dreams.

2. Maps and sketches of where Mary lived in Ireland were drawn very early, and later were found to be accurate.

3. Jenny demonstrated considerable psychic ability since childhood.

4. A series of hypnotic regression sessions resulted in much more detail becoming available concerning Jenny's past life, which was subsequently verified.

5. In these sessions, the period between lives was found to be blackness.

6. During Jenny's first meeting with Mary's oldest son, she was able to produce a wealth of detail about the earlier life, memories of their cottage, its surroundings, meeting her son at a jetty, a pet, and Mary's husband and parents. This information was corroborated by the son.

7. She was able to locate all of her eight children from a past life that were still living. Some of these became comfortable with the claimed reincarnation of their mother and participated in a video documentary with Jenny which showed them exploring the ruins of their old cottage and exchanging memories of their life there.

8. The narrative contained in the book gives the reader a sense of honesty about the recollections that are described.

▪ To provide additional evidence of the reality of reincarnation and the nature of past life memories. To provide a demonstration that hypnotic regression can be used to bring forward accurate details about a past life.

4. Under the Inquisition, An Experience Relived by Linda Tarazi,Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 1997.

Summary from book cover

Regression Therapy has uncovered numerous cases suggestive of reincarnation. In most, the details of the past life are either too vague and unverifiable or too widely known. In the mid-70's, therapist Linda Tarazi was introduced to L.D., who gave a detailed description of her life in Spain during the Inquisition. What impressed Tarazi was the vast amount of specific details in the woman's account. Tarazi spent three years researching L.D.'s case, including a year in Spain combing through archives of the day.

▪ She was able to verify with over 130 endnotes countless details of daily life and obscure references that in some cases corrected the official history of the period. Casting the account in narrative form, replete with details from over 1,000 taped transcriptions, Tarazi here presents the most convincing recreation of a past-life recall since the Search for Bridey Murphy.

Key results and summary of evidential findings

▪ This summary is taken from a paper written by Wade Bettis: Researching Past Lives, Facts or Subjective Experience? in the December 1998 Journal of Regression Therapy, published by the Association for Past-Life Research and Therapies. -Tarazi, together with a Dutch therapist, carried out 36 formal regressions numbering over a thousand pages of taped transcripts with her client, L.D.

▪ L.D. was an American woman who gave a detailed description of the life of -Antonia. Antonia was a woman who lived in Germany, England, Spain and Peru during the sixteenth century. This was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the Spanish Inquisition, and the build-up of the Spanish Armada.

▪ Tarazi….considers her study an example of a rigorous quantitative in-depth case study using a single subject who is regressed to a previous life over a large number of sessions with follow-up research to check the accuracy of the information given…L.D. was a teacher, married and with two children, at the time Tarazi worked with her. She was troubled by headaches and felt she needed help in controlling her weight. She had no Spanish ancestry, did not speak Spanish, had no familiarity with the language, had never been to Spain, and was not knowledgeable about Dutch, English, or Spanish history.

▪ Yet some of the historical information L.D., as Antonia, gave was so accurate that upon closer inspection of official records and archives historians had to correct their previous and erroneous historical concepts. Some of the information L.D. gave was verifiable only in antiquated Spanish books, and some of the facts were to be found only in the old Municipal records of the city of Cuenca, Spain, to which Antonia moved in 1584.

▪ The first hypnotherapist to work with L.D. was from Holland. As he began to question her on the details of Dutch history in the 1580's she would respond with answers that most Americans would not be expected to know unless they were historians or had a love of 16 th century Dutch history;

▪ these things were not true of L.D. L.D., as Antonia, would sometimes correct the hypnotherapist with what turned out to be accurate historical information but of which the hypnotherapist was unaware. For example, in one session Antonia reported that the Spanish Governor of Holland at the time she lived there was don Fernando de Toledo. The Dutch hypnotherapist attempted to correct her, saying that the Spanish Governor was the Duke of Alva.

▪ Antonia replied: - Of course. That is the title. I gave his name. She was right.

▪ The Duke's title is historically better known and is most often given when he is referenced in history books. But the name she gave for the Duke was accurate, known to Antonia and not L.D. (and not the Dutch hypnotherapist, either). This bit of information was relatively obscure but verifiable.

▪ Antonia's information regarding her trip to and stay in Lima, Peru is important and is found in the Table Tarazi includes in her book. This information was finally verified only in a centuries old volume found at Northwestern University that had never been checked out of the library it mainly quoted from sixteenth century sources and was difficult reading even for a Spanish teacher who acted as a translator.

▪ Tarazi notes that -most significantly, the pages had never been cut apart. They were still connected at their outer margins so that the book could never have been read. This volume also helped to confirm the information Antonia reported regarding the life and conflict that arose between Inquisitor Juan Ruiz de Prado and the Viceroy of Peru at the time Antonia travelled to Lima, Peru.

▪ Antonia died by drowning in the Caribbean while attempting to escape from English pirates as she was returning from visiting her Inquisitor uncle, Juan Ruiz de Prado, who she had learned was her biological father, a man who had become an important Spanish official in Lima, Peru. -During these sessions Antonia revealed that a dispute had arisen between Inquisitor Ulla and Viceroy Villar; de Prado supported Ulloa.

▪ The name Villar was found with some difficulty in an English source, but Ulloa and de Prado were not found until many years later in a very obscure old Spanish book. Antonia gave the names of several friends in the late sixteenth century town of Cuenca.

▪ Because nobody believed the names could be verified, at first nobody attempted to verify their existence. Tarazi, when she later visited Cuenca in an attempt to verify information, was able to find eight of the friends named by Antonia in the Inquisition records and/or in the Municipal and Diocesan Archives.

▪ Two of the facts Antonia reported contradicted the present authorities in Spain. In both cases, further research proved Antonia to be correct and the authorities to be in error. One of these was the description of the building that had housed the Tribunal of the Inquisition. The Government Tourist Office in Cuenca reported it had been at 58 Calle de San Pedro. This building did not even slightly resemble the one Antonia had described.

▪ Later, in an obscure Spanish book on Cuenca, I found that the Tribunal had been moved in December 1583 from the given address to an old castle overlooking the town, which fits Antonia's description perfectly. In 1989, more was found on this in the Episcopal Archives of Cuenca. Antonia claimed to have arrived in Cuenca in May 1584, five months after the move.

▪ The other recondite fact was L.D.'s reference to a college being founded in Cuenca, Spain. Tarazi believed that this would be easy to check, but ran into immediate difficulties, as did some history professors whom she consulted to assist her in this search for information. Neither Tarazi nor the historians could find any reference to a college being founded in Cuenca in the mid-1500's.

▪ Even the archivist at the Municipal Archives in Cuenca had never heard of a college in that town. But Antonio had been firm in her declaration that a college had existed and that the students and faculty of this college had met regularly at Antonia's inn. Finally, Tarazi was directed to Loyola University to check an old seven-volume work in Spanish.

▪ I checked and found that Vol II mentioned the founding of a college in Cuenca in the mid-sixteenth century. Even a person who reads Spanish is not likely to wade through this tome unless involved in historical research.

▪ Another apparent contradiction from the regressions with L.D. was Antonia's insistence that there were only two Inquisitors at the time she was in Cuenca Spain, which was from 1584 to 1587…..The records revealed that -during the entire period that Antonia lived in Cuenca there were only the two Inquisitors whom she had named…

▪ Another twenty-five to thirty facts reported by -Antonia were located with a great deal of difficulty and verified as accurate. Even though some of the information was found in published Englishtexts, even finding those required the searching of numerous libraries:

▪ Examples of some of the information that was verified from these sources include: -The date of the first publication of the Edict of Faith on the Island of Hispaniola; Spanish laws governing shipping to the Indies; types of ships used in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and details about them; dates and contents of the Spanish Indices of prohibited books and how they differed from the Roman Index; and names of priests executed in England in 1581 and 1582, and the method of execution. Over a dozen facts did not seem to be published in English at all, but only in Spanish. As noted, a few could be found only in the Municipal Archives or the Diocesan Archives in Cuenca, Spain. Importance of this Work: Nearly all of this book tells the story of the heroine, Antonia, and reads like a historical novel.

▪ The evidential basis for reincarnation contained in the book is summarized above and it is not recommended that the book be purchased unless

(1) the novel-like aspects of the book are appealing or

(2) the reader would like to examine in more depth the historical information presented. This work provides one of the most important examples of hypnotic regression used to uncover a mass of detail concerning a past life, nearly all of which was verified by exhaustive research.
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