Return of the Revolutionaries
puts forth a couple interesting concepts: 1) that reincarnation
is indeed real and that when we can find record of our past lives,
and find photographs or images of the previous personalities,
we tend to resemble them in many ways today. In the case studies
Dr. Semkiw has collected, there are repeatedly many uncanny physical
resemblances, as well as parallels in thought, mannerisms, and
geographical travels; 2) that a soul group seems to be reassembling
in the United States, and that these are the people who played
important roles in the founding of our country and in the writing
of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Many are
now to be found as figures in the spiritual movement.
Penney Peirce had been given
profiles (in great detail) of her two previous incarnations in
a life reading around 1980. She was able to find both personalities
in American biographical references, and upon doing further research,
found stunning parallels between both previous lives and her current
life. The interweaving of Penney's lives is featured in Chapter
6, "The Three Lives of Penney Peirce and the Intuitive Way,"
in Return of the Revolutionaries.
This is exciting, thought-provoking
material, made especially so by the many graphic illustrations
of the parallels between the personalities represented in the
below depict facial comparisons between Penney Peirce and Rev.
Charles H. Parkhurst (1842-1933) and poet Alice
Cary (1820-1871). Below these are the facial comparisons
of Penney's sister Paula Peirce and Alice Cary's
sister Phoebe Cary (1824-1871).
parallels: the first two pictures, of Parkhurst at around 90 and
Penney at 5, were taken only 23 years apart! Note the bowtie in
both photos. In the third set of pictures, note the glasses are
two previous lives overlap each other by 28 years. Metaphysically,
we know that souls can have a number of lives running concurrently,
but when they share a time period, they do not intersect in space.
See the account in Chapter 6 (above) for the description of Parkhurst
and Cary's near misses.
Laugh, you who never had
Your dead come back; but do not take from me
The harmless comfort of my foolish dream:
That these our mortal eyes,
Which outwardly reflect the earth and skies,
Do introvert upon eternity;
And that the shapes you deem
Imaginations just as clearly fall,
Each from its own divine original,
And through some subtle element of light,
Upon the inward spiritual eye,
As do the things which round about them lie,
Gross and material, on the external sight.
We need men and women, prophets
and prophetesses of the latter day, that shall look upon all the
worthy enterprises of life as threads that are woven into the
tissue of God's conduct of the world and purpose for it —
men and women who shall appreciate, with a deep and tender feeling,
that all of this is God's world, that we are even now His angels
— that is, His messengers — commissioned by Him on
errands of holy service, none of the world's work that we enter
into so common as not to be sacred, nor our own powers of effect
so abundant as not to require replenishment from divine sources;
that thus our efforts may be lifted into range with the works
of those who have wrought mightily and who have been able to work
thus, not because of any unusual native endowment, but because
they felt the sanctity of the material in which they laboured,
and so have been baptized with that spirit of love, wisdom and
power which always attends those whose hearts have been reached
by God's touch.
—Rev. Charles H. Parkhurst