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James M's Experience

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As far back as I can remember, during my childhood, I was aware that I had lived a life prior to my birth, and knew that I had had a wife and children.  It was when these thoughts surfaced in my conscious mind that I would feel I should contact them to let them know I was alive.  However, as a young child I did not have any idea as to how I would find them.  It was then I made a promise to myself that one day; as an adult, I would locate them.  Throughout childhood I experienced a phenomenon, which at the time I did not understand, but now know is termed Spontaneous past life recall.  Years later, after I began researching my past lives, I discovered I actually had had dreams in which I had relived experiences, which occurred in my past lives.  Today I know that as a child, I experienced recall visions and dreams from not just one past life, but from multiple past lifetimes. 

In the summer of 2002 I decided it was time to attempt to keep the promise I had made as a child, and begin searching for my past life identity.  As I began my research, I wasnít sure that I even believed in reincarnation 100%, but I strongly suspected that it existed.  Through my research, I also hoped to find proof that validated the existence of reincarnation.  By the fall of 2002, I had not had any success, and was beginning to believe I never would, when I happened to stumble across the evidence I needed, while doing genealogical research.  I discovered that some of the recall visions and dreams I had had matched very specific experiences from the life of my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882).  I also discovered that we share the same facial architecture too.

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Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882)   

In May 2010, I discovered my identity in a past life that occurred in France during the 16th century.  In that lifetime my name was Francis Valois, (1544-1560).  He was a member of the royal family and briefly ruled France as King Francis ll.  After making this discovery, I began to research the life of Francis on the internet.  This is how I happened to come across a website, where a person named Brian Stalin had posted that your grandfather Patton had been Francis Valois in a past life.  My first reaction was to think that Brian Stalin had to be wrong.  In order to determine, who; your grandfather or myself, resembled King Francis ll the most, I closely compared pictures of the faces of each.  To my surprise, I discovered that all three faces resemble one another. 

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It was then that I began to research the life of your grandfather, to see if it was possible for me to have been George S. Patton Jr. in one of my past lives.  Prior to my research, I had only a basic knowledge of General Patton.  I knew he was a famous American General that served in the European Theater, during World War Two.  Although I had never watched the 1970 movie; Patton, I had watched the movie; The Last Days of Patton when it aired on television in 1986.  Therefore, I tended to incorrectly associate George C. Scottís voice and appearance for that of your grandfather.  From my study of the subject of reincarnation, I did know that General Patton had believed in reincarnation.  Thus, I was interested to discover who he believed he had been in his past lives.  I learned that he believed he had been both Hannibal and Michel Ney.  I knew Hannibal from history as the man, who brought war elephants across the Alps, but I couldnít recall Michel Ney, so I went to Wikipedia and read Neyís biography.  The most personally significant aspect of Michel Neyís life; for me, was his death.

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 As a very young child, I had experienced his death in the form of a very specific spontaneous past life recall vision.  This particular spontaneous past life recall vision occurred when I was a very young child; during the early 1970ís, as I was a passenger in my parents car, on a trip to visit my Grandmother.  Allow me to please take a moment to explain what a spontaneous past life memory is.  It is when a memory from a personís past life suddenly surfaces in the conscious mind.  For me it was like watching a movie in my mind.  The difference being that the vision was not limited to only sight and sound, but engaged all the senses.  On the day I experienced Michel Neyís death, without warning, my vision shifted from the passing scenery I saw as I looked out the car window, replaced by sunlight coming through a small window in a room where I found myself.  Looking out of the window I could see a group of men coming down the street and halting just outside.  I knew they had come for me and that meant I was in serious danger.  The door to the outside opens and some men enter.  I try to fight them off, but there are too many of them and they subdue me.  My hands are bound behind my back and Iím forced outside where a blindfold is placed over my eyes.  We then proceed down the street.  I did not like being unable to see and request that the blindfold be removed.  The procession stops briefly and the blindfold is removed.  We proceed further.  Shortly thereafter, Iím placed before a group of men armed with muskets.  Iím allowed to speak to them.  When I finish addressing them, at my order, they aim their weapons at me and fire.  Thus, the vision ended and once again I was seeing the passing scenery as my parentís car continued down the road.  Having identified this particular vision from my childhood as the final moments of Michel Neyís life, I began to suspect that perhaps I might actually have been George Smith Patton Jr. in a past life. 

As I began to research the life of General Patton, the first thing I happened to recognize was the film clip of the speech he made in Los Angeles in June 1945.  I had experienced this exact scene in a vision I had had in childhood.  However, as a child, I did not have any idea as to what it was that I was experiencing/remembering/reliving.  From the vision I remember being introduced and then standing, approaching the microphones and looking out at the large crowd as I spoke.  Listening to the speech on YouTube, I believe that General Pattonís voice  and my own voice are similar; the difference, perhaps being the accent, due to his being a native of California and the fact I have always lived in the Carolinas.   

Among the earliest flashes I had in childhood of what I now believe were scenes from General Pattonís life are scenes from the hospital where he was a patient after his fatal car accident.  In one flash Iím lying on a hospital gurney and it has been placed in a side hall off of the main corridor, I imagine for privacy.  This I believe occurred shortly after arriving at the hospital.  As I am lying there, Iím thinking I am about to die and feel sad and lonely that my life is going to end this way.  Iím missing my family and wishing I could see them, but doubting that Iíll ever see them again.  As a child, I wondered why, if I was feeling so lonely, I didnít just get off the gurney and walk back to where I could hear the voices of people up the hall behind me.  I also recall having visions of being in a bed in a hospital room and talking with a doctor and nurse, who were both standing next to the foot of the bed and of a time when I was alone in the room, looking towards the window and feeling depressed.  As a child, I had two other rather generic visions, which I believe are from the lifetime of George S. Patton Jr.  In one Iím alone driving a convertible down a tree lined road on a sunny day and feeling very relaxed, content and peaceful.  In the other vision, Iím finishing a telephone call and then step out on to a balcony, which overlooked a tropical view.  I recall, seeing palm trees.  On the balcony Iím with a woman, who I have always believed to be my wife.  I believe we were drinking coffee, because the beverage was in a handled cup with a saucer beneath.  

As a child, I was always fascinated by my dreams.  They were so realistic, that I often wondered if what I recalled after I awakened from a nightís sleep were actual experiences I had had in some other reality, while my physical body was in bed asleep.  If I had a particularly fascinating dream, I would replay it in my mind, and try to recall as many of the details as possible.  Therefore, when I began researching your grandfatherís life I was surprised to discover that there are two photographs of General Patton I recognized from a dream I had in childhood.  One is a picture of General Patton as a four star General that was made in England that shows a man in what appears to be possibly a police uniform standing to

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one side behind him.  In the dream I arrived in a chauffeured automobile at what might have been a hotel.  I get out of the car and have a piece of luggage in my hand.  The gentleman in the uniform opened the door and held it for me as I enter the building.  Inside I spoke to someone and set my piece of luggage on the floor.  Then I stepped back outside; the same uniformed man once again held the door as I exited.  Outside, a photographer was standing behind the trunk of the car in which I arrived.  He called my name and held up a large camera with a bellowed lens and a large flash reflector and looking toward the photographer, I paused stood erect and allowed him to make my picture.

The other photograph, which I recognized from my dream, was made in July 1945, and depicts President Benes of Czechoslovakia awarding General Patton a decoration.

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 Upon seeing this photo, I not only recognized the room, but also the two men, who are depicted in the picture along with General Patton.  From the dream, I remember arriving at the location in a chauffeured vehicle, before President Benes and his party arrived.  I remember walking around in the room and taking note of the details of its architectural design and interior decoration as I waited.  Once President Benes arrived, the award was quickly presented and as soon as it was over I got back in the vehicle in which I arrived and departed.  

Even as a young adult, I had a dream, which I recently discovered, was an experience from General Pattonís life.  The dream occurred sometime in the mid to late 1990ís.  At that point of time I was in my twenties.  As the dream began, I was in a small boat or landing craft on a rough and choppy sea.  The little boat is being tossed about.   A battle is underway and there are numerous little crafts and large ships.  The waters seem almost crowded with them.  The little boat Iím on pulls up next to a large ship, and despite the conditions, Iím able to make my way up rope netting on to the ship.  A short time later Iím standing on the deck of the ship, along with a few other men.  We were standing next to the rail looking towards the coast, watching the battle.  I recall having binoculars, through which I would occasionally observe the action.  As we stood there, we were surprised, when a large ship that was moored in the harbor fired a shell directly at us.  We had thought that the ship was unable to engage in the battle and, thus not a threat.  We heard it fire and saw the smoke coming from the mouth of one of its large guns.  This was the most frightening part of the dream.  I still recall thinking that I was about to be killed when the shell reached its target.  There was enough time to think Iím going to die, but not enough time to actually move from where I was standing, between the time the shell was fired and the moment it made impact.  The shell hit the side of the ship, directly below the spot where I was standing.  When it did, I was splashed with seawater and what appeared to be bright yellow paint.  Thinking that it was going to be my last moment alive, I was surprised and relieved to have been only splattered.  A young man approached and offered to help me clean and dry the paint and water off my clothes, but I politely declined and laughed off the mess I was in.  Then I proceeded back to my cabin to clean myself up.  It is at this point the dream ended and I woke up.  Afterwards, I replayed the dream over and over in my mind, trying to determine why I had had such a dream.  It was such a realistic and detailed dream, except for when the shell exploded and rather than being killed, I was splattered with yellow paint, which seemed to me like something that would occur in a Looney Tunes cartoon.  The only possible answer I came up with was that I had been in Navy JROTC when a student in the 9th Grade, and had once gone on a fieldtrip to Patriots Points in Charleston, South Carolina.  However, that had been at least twelve years before, and I had not given it much thought since.  As I was researching your Grandfather Patton, I was recently surprised to discover that this was an actual experience from his life.  It occurred on November 8, 1942 as General Pattonís troops were making an amphibious assault at Fedala.  General Patton was standing on the deck of the USS Augusta when the French ship, Jean Bart fired upon it, resulting in your grandfather being splattered with yellow paint. 

Recently, as I was reading the Patton Papers 1940-1945, I discovered that a dream I had when I was a student in the upper grades of elementary school, or Jr. High, also was an experience from General Pattonís life.  What I recall of the dream was that it began early in the morning when it was still dark outside.  I had just got out of bed and dressed and groomed for the day.  I then happened to look out of an upstairs window to a courtyard below, and saw some people I recognized gathered there.  I remember I had been looking for one of these people, wondering where he had gone, and realized he had already awakened and dressed ahead of me.  I then proceeded down the stairs and out to the courtyard, where a strange sight greeted me.  The courtyard was paved with stones, and in the center of the court yard was a large deer lying on a circular bed of leaves with its head propped up on a stick making it appear as if it was watching me.  Equally strange was the sight of three women who appeared to be in their mid 50ís to 60ís, down on their hands and knees with scrub brushes and buckets of water, cleaning the blood from the stones where the deer had apparently bled as he was placed in the courtyard.  It was at this point, that the dream ended when my mother awakened me to get up and get ready for school.  Again, this was a very detailed and strange dream and I replayed it over and over in my mind trying to determine its significance.  I was surprised to discover that General Patton actually described this experience in his diary.  It occurred on September 19, 1945 when he was on a hunting trip with General Ernest Harmon near Pilsen.  At the time they were guest at the Chateau of the Prince Schwartzenburg family. 

  There is another dream I had, during my childhood, of your Grandfatherís life, which I believe could provide solid evidence that I am the reincarnation of George S. Patton Jr.  I call it the dream within a dream.   This dream began with me in the mid-19th century; sometime before or during the Civil War.  I still recall that during the dream I happened to see my reflection in a mirror and I had dark hair.  I now realize that this was a dream of an actual experience I had, during my past life incarnation as Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882).  I then awaken to discover I had been dreaming.  When I awoke, I was sleeping on a cot inside of a tent.  I then began to dress and groom for the day.  I happened to look in a mirror as I was getting ready, and as I did I realized that my face looked about the same as it had in the dream of my Civil War lifetime, the difference being the color of my hair.  I was very excited about the dream of a life in the mid-19th century and shared its details with a man, who I encountered just after stepping out of my tent.  I also recall writing a letter to someone in which I believe I mentioned the dream of a lifetime, during the mid-19th century.  Shortly, afterwards, I awakened to discover I had still been asleep when I had thought I had awakened the first time, I had had a dream within a dream.  As I researched General Pattonís life, I made a discovery, which I believe may pinpoint when, where, and why he had the dream in which he relived a scene from his past life during the mid-19th century.

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 I came across a photograph of General Patton made at Camden, South Carolina on November 26, 1941, during the Carolina Maneuvers.   

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Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882), the person who I believe reincarnated as your Grandfather Patton was born in Kershaw County, South Carolina.  In 1859 he purchased a house in the town of Camden and resided there the remainder of his life.  I believe your grandfather likely experienced the dream of his past life as L.W.R. Blair, while he was in Camden in November 1941.  I suspect that General Patton wrote an account, or made mention of the dream in his diary or in a letter to his wife or sister.         

It has been noted in documented cases of reincarnation research that facial architecture remains consistent from one lifetime to another.  As I compared General Pattonís facial architecture to that of my own I can see that the facial architecture has remained consistent.  This consistency can also be seen when comparing General Pattonís face to the faces of my other identified past lives, which occurred prior to General Pattonís birth.  It surprised me to discover that General Patton and I also share the same height and identically proportioned bodies. 

Another piece of observable evidence, useful in establishing past life identity, is the appearance of members of oneís soul group; the people with whom an individual has shared a close association over multiple lifetimes.  Based on the consistency of facial architecture from one incarnation to another, I believe my mother is the reincarnation of General Pattonís motherís sister; Annie Wilson, who was like a second mother to Georgie.  Annie Wilson died on November 26, 1931 and my mother; Margret Frances Parsons was born December 27, 1937. 

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Another person from General Pattonís life that I have been able to identify as having shared a close relationship with him in a previous incarnation is Jean Gordon,(1915-1946).  It was during General Pattonís mid-19th century past life incarnation, when his name was Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882), he was married to a woman named Sarah Thompson Workman, (1830-1879).  Sarah T. Workman appears to have reincarnated as Jean Gordon, (1915-1946). 

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Among the friends of Mr. and Mrs. L.W.R. Blair in Camden was Dr. Simon Baruck, (1840-1921), who also served as the Blair family physician.  Dr. Baruckís son; Bernard, (1870-1965)became a titan of Wall street, adviser to presidents, and credited with coining the term ďCold WarĒ to describe the post war relationship, between the West and the Soviet Union.  He also made a favorable impression on General Patton when the two met in 1945.  Comparing the life of L.W.R. Blair to that of George S. Patton Jr. reveals two interesting corresponding patterns.  The first is the fact that they both attended school for a time in the state of Virginia, but left to complete their education elsewhere.  L.W.R. Blair served as a field officer in command of Co. A of the 7th South Carolina Battalion, during the Civil War, and General Patton commanded the 7th Army for a time, during World War Two. 

There are a number of interest and abilities, which I realize General Patton and I share.  The most obvious being our belief in reincarnation.  We also both share a passion for history and genealogy.  As a student, history was always my favorite subject, and where I performed the best.  Just like George S. Patton Jr., math was the subject where I struggled, particularly in upper level mathematics, when I was a student in high school and college.  Another interesting similarity is the fact that George S. Patton and I have both twice suffered a broken arm.     

As I reflect on my childhood, I recall something, which in hindsight seems significant.  It was my reaction to the Eisenhower stamp, which in the early 1970ís appeared on the envelopes of the mail coming in and going out of my parentís home.  Upon seeing the facial image of the man my father identified as President Eisenhower, I always experienced a very warm, positive feeling, which was accompanied by a strong desire to see him in person.  I remember a number of times; showing the stamp to my father and asking him to take me to see the man whose picture appeared on the stamp.  My father would then explain that it was not possible, since President Eisenhower was dead.  His answer always left me feeling disappointed. 

It was while researching General Patton; I came across a post on the internet by an astrologer named Thomas Callanan.  According to Callanan, your grandfatherís astrological birth chart indicated the solar return of George S. Patton Jr. in 1969, which as he pointed out corresponded with the making and release of the movie Patton.  I was born August 6, 1969, the date that marked the 24th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The significance of this event for General Patton was that it ended any chance he had of being sent to China to fight the Japanese. 

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 James D. McColl                                                                     George S. Patton Jr., (1885-1945).



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                                                                                        Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882)


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                                                                                        Lovick William Rochelle Blair, (1821-1882)

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George S. Patton, (1885-1945)                                   Lovick William Rochelle Blair,(1821-1882) 

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          Margaret Francis Parsons, born 1937                                         Annie Wilson, (1858-1931)


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It is hard to describe the part of the experience where Blair encounters both his past life and future life incarnations, and realizes that they are all one and are all returning to the spiritual realm at the same time, although chronologically as we experience time, there dates of deaths span over numerous centuries.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     I was shot three times at close range with a Spencer rifle.   According to the medical examiner's report, one bullet stuck me in the stomack, another in the lung, and another in the heart.  Two bullets left exit wounds, while one lodged in my body.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    It seemed about the same all the way through.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    Normal consciousness and alertness

            It seemed about the same all the way through.

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  No      

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?
            Yes     I kept hearing a voice that sounded as if there was a person standing next to me.  However, I could never find the person who was speaking to me.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            surprised, frightened, cautious, curious

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Yes    

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     The Mysterious Voice.

Myself from past and future incarnations.

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    Uncertain      I saw myself in my past life incarnations and also from two or three future incarnations.  I also wonder if the Mongol warrior on horseback was me from a past life.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     I found the historical records of LWR Blair's assassination.  I have also obtained a copy of the medical examiner's report.  I believe I actually witnessed the Doctor examine my dead body.

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?            Yes     The corridor that I found myself in.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     It felt like I had only been in the tunnel for less than an hour maybe 20 minutes, but I saw myself in the coffin, which could have been several days later.  According to one newspaper, Blair was buried on July 8, 1882.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Yes     I think it was at the end of the vision that LWR Blair came to understand that the soul goes through numerous incarnations.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

Did you become aware of future events?       Yes            I saw my future incarnations.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     Yes     During my childhood I had numerous memory flashes and dreams of my past lives.  Today I have been able to discover my identity in several past lives based on this information.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I kept quiet about as a child, but started to share it with people over the last few years.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    No      

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was probably real   

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?   

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real            Now that I have found evidence that supports what was revealed to me as a child, I know for sure it is real.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Uncertain      I'm cautious not to say anything about it unless I believe the person will be receptive.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No                  

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes    

Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience?   Perhaps, a question pertaining to knowledge of a past life, or reincarnation.