September 20, 2020 ~~ Volume 1 Number #14


by Shari Harris

"If people really knew what they were, there'd be no wars, there'd be no poverty,
there'd be none of the ills that face humanity today."
William Buhlman, Monroe Institute

Past Life Series: John B. Gordon/Jeffrey Keene

Just Who Do We Think We Are?
Jeffrey Keene Says...
After receiving several clues about a past life as General John B. Gordon and eventually seeing a picture of him, Jeffrey Keene wrote:

"I turned back to the page with the picture of the Sunken Road, and on the page across from it was another picture. This time a chill ran through me and the hair on the back of my neck stood up again. The picture was of Brigadier General John B. Gordon. The face was not unknown to me, I knew it well, I shave it every morning."

Jeffrey Keene, Someone Else's Yesterday,
as quoted in Born Again by Walter Semkiw, M.D., p. 102

I hope you enjoy this issue which features another case of my favorite topic: fascinating past life memories! It is about a firefighter named Jeffrey Keene from Connecticut who relived memories of Colonel John B. Gordon, a Confederate Army regiment commander in the Civil War. His story is typical of reincarnation stories but amazing in itself.

I also want to introduce you to Walter Semkiw, M.D., another collector of verified reincarnation stories, including Jeffrey Keene's. He has written three books about reincarnation and maintains a fascinating website called Reincarnation Research. The pictures of Keene and Gordon are from Semkiw's website. A link is provided with his description below.

I believe that if people accepted the concept of reincarnation and realized that we live many lives in which we can find ourselves living in bodies of different races and sexes and as citizens of different countries and members of other religions, the world would begin to see fewer prejudices, less hate, and would start to understand the futility of war. The knowledge that we live lives of differing experiences will perhaps help us to begin to see that we are all basically the same. In the case of Jeffrey Keene, a Connecticut Yankee, he ironically found that he had lived a life as a Confederate Army Officer, the very army that his ancestors in this life had fought against.
Best wishes!
Be well and enjoy your amazing life!

Jeffrey Keene's Story
Jeffrey Keene is a retired firefighter in Westport Connecticut. He eventually became the Assistant Fire Chief and was decorated for his outstanding service. In the spring of 1991, Keene was vacationing with his wife in Sharpsburg, Maryland, where the Civil War battle of Antietam was fought. As his wife was antiquing in shops, Keene visited the battlefield and listened to an audio tape about the battle of 1862, which told about the Sixth Alabama Regiment commanded by Colonel John B. Gordon. As Keene walked to a spot called the Sunken Road, he felt sudden and overwhelming emotion. The description below is from a book written by Keene about the incident.

"A wave of grief, sadness and anger washed over me. Without warning I was suddenly consumed by sensations. Burning tears ran down my cheeks. It became difficult to breathe. I gasped for air as I stood transfixed in the old roadbed. ...[A]s these feelings passed, I found myself exhausted as if I had run a marathon. ...It was difficult getting back to the car because I felt so weak. ...I was a bit shaken to say the least and wondered at what had just taken place. ...I did not have any answers, just questions." Jeffrey Keen, Someone Else's Yesterday.

Gathering Clues
Later on that trip, Keene bought a magazine in a gift shop entitled "Civil War Quarterly: Special Edition Antietam," which he took home and put in a drawer, unread for a year and a half.

At a Halloween party that he and his wife attended, a clairvoyant named Barbara Camwell was present to give readings. When it was Keene's turn, he briefly mentioned his experience at Antietam. She told him that he had been a soldier in that battle and that he was shot "full of holes." She also told him that he was angry and shouted "No!" But Keene, without knowing why, corrected her and said he had shouted "Not yet!"

The Face Was Not Unknown
After the party, Keene finally decided to read the magazine. In it, he came across a picture of Sunken Road and was stunned when he saw the quote "Not yet!" It was an order given by Colonel John B. Gordon who told the soldiers to wait to fire at the enemy until they were 100 yards away. Reading the story, Keene relived the same emotions he felt when he visited the battleground. He learned that Colonel Gordon had suffered four gunshot wounds. Then on the opposite page, he found a picture of Colonel Gordon and wrote about it later in his book, Someone Else's Yesterday, with the same statement quoted above: "The face was not unknown to me. I knew it well. I shave it every morning."

Learning More
In researching John B. Gordon, Keene found that Gordon had written a book called Reminiscences of the Civil War. In reading Gordon's book, Keene learn that he had many of the same habits and traits that Gordon had. Keene also learned about Gordon's four battle wounds, two on his face and neck and two on his legs, and realized that scars on Keene's face are in the same locations.

Remembering back fifteen years to an unusual event on his 30th birthday in 1977, Keene reflected that he had gone to the ER for facial and neck pain, but no cause had been found. He realized now that the pain had been in the same locations as Gordon's wounds, which Gordon had received in the battle when he was also 30 years old in 1862.

Keene went on to study much more about John B. Gordon, who recovered from his life-threatening wounds and eventually earned the rank of Brigadier General. Keene wrote in his book that he felt he had been guided to find the connection to his past life and that he felt the reason had been to tell others about it.

Linguistic Analysis of Gordon and Keene
In his book, Born Again, Walter Semkiw, M.D., relates Jeff Keene's story and tells that he asked a linguistics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct a linguistic analysis of two documents, one written by Colonel John B. Gordon in his book describing his men putting out a fire in Pennsylvania and the other written by Jeffrey Keene regarding his fire department's response to an emergency. The analysis confirmed definite structural similarities between the two passages, such as sentences of similar length, similar use of compound sentences and clauses, and use of passive voice to summarize the paragraphs. It was determined that the paragraphs seemed to be "of the same voice."
Information summarized from Born Again by Walter Semkiw, M.D., Chapter 7
Reincarnation Research
Walter Semkiw, M.D., maintains a fascinating website called Reincarnation Research ( which contains many reincarnated matches. Semkiw believes that people have similar facial features from one life to another, and his website has hundreds of matches and pictures which endeavor to support his theory. We can see very clearly that Keene and Gordon have almost identical features.

Semkiw also theorizes that groups of souls incarnate together and families often reunite in other lives, but not always in the same relationships. Parents and children can change places, spouses can become siblings, best friends may become brothers, etc. Even work associates and friends may reincarnate at the time. Jeffrey Keene came to understand that some of the firefighters that he worked with had also been in the Sixth Alabama Regiment with him. There is more about that in his book.

Semkiw wrote a second book called Return of the Revolutionaries in which he indicates that many of the same people who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States are reincarnated today and working again (in some cases together) toward the good of our country. This is another fascinating book for those interested in learning more about reincarnation. In it he also explains his methods of determining the matches on his website and in his books. His third book has been published recently entitled Origin of the Soul.
Thoughts About Reincarnation
James Van Praagh
"The belief in reincarnation is found in almost every religion and civilization known to man. It was certainly part of Roman times and referred to by several ancient Greek philosophers, most notably Plato. The Egyptians' ancient religion shared a form of it as well. The belief in 'coming back' and returning to this earth is just as strong today and is gaining ever more acceptance in mainstream thought." 
James Van Praagh in the Foreword to Return From Heaven by Carol Bowman
Ann C. Barham
"There really is nothing to fear from the concept of reincarnation. Today over half the world's population espouses this belief -- for good reason. There is a great sense of serenity that comes from knowing that the deepest parts of ourselves will always exist, that we are much more than just our current physical bodies, and that we have many opportunities to master human existence and learn the lessons we are here to learn. For many people, the idea just makes sense."
Just Who Do We Think We Are?
Shari Says...
I believe we are eternal spiritual beings who are currently
living one of our many lives on Earth and who are the co-creators
of our experiences through our thoughts and beliefs.
Shari Harris
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#1 February 15, 2020, Dr. Brian Weiss
#2 March 1, 2020, Edgar Cayce
#3 March 26, 2020, Abraham (Esther Hicks), Part 1
#4 April 7, 2020, Abraham (Esther Hicks), Part 2
#5 April 22, 2020, Past Life Story Series: Robert Snow/Carroll Beckwith
#6 May 5, 2020, Past Life Story Series: Jenny Cockell/Mary Sutton
#7 May 20, 2020, We Are Not Here By Accident
#8 June 1, 2020, Children's Past Lives (Carol Bowman)
#9 June 22, 2020, More Children's Past Lives (Ian Stevenson and Jim B. Tucker)
#10 July 2, 2020, Four Stories of Children Who Remembered a Past Life
#11 July 23, 2020, Near Death Experiences/Raymond Moody
#12 August 9, 2020, Near Death Experiences/Anita Moorjani
#13 August 28, 2020, We Are Co-Creators