"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." -- John Lennon
After research spanning three decades, and ten journeys to England, Jewelle St. James has finally put her love affair with John Lennon to rest.
Born in 1953, Jewelle St. James grew up in Field, B.C. before moving to Revelstoke in her teens.
Imagine. Just imagine. That's what John Lennon of the Beatles asked people to do. And that's just what Jewelle St. James has done.
Inexplicably her life was blown off course, backwards through time, by an inescapable feeling that she had been John Lennon's lover long, long ago--in a Medieval English village during the 1600s.
This obsession, or spiritual possession, began when John Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980. For four years afterwards, St. James was in a state of perpetual grief. Her husband Bob was, in a word, skeptical. She couldn't explain why she was grieving for someone she had never met.
The quest to validate her feelings led her to the Sussex Records Office, trying to make a connection between John Lennon's soul and a 17th century Fittleworth resident named John Baron. Was her soul somehow related to the soul of a woman named Katherine James of Petworth? born in February of 1666? Possibly on February 12th, her own birthdate?
Delving into reincarnation led to the demise of her marriage and also produced a remarkably readable self-published account of her predicament and quest, Just Imagine (1995). Whether you're a complete skeptic or not is secondary to the fact that it's quite readable and engaging.
St. James' psychic journey continued in All You Need Is Love (2003), introducing new characters that included one of the Bronte sisters. Towards the end of the second book she begins to understand how her imagined love affair with John Lennon--when he was John Baron and she was Katherine James--resembled her own teenage love affair with the dashing Patrick Brian White of Revelstoke.
Just as she had been struck to the core by news of Lennon's death in 1980, Jewelle St. James was shocked to hear of her boyfriend's death in the summer of 1974. She heard the news on the radio that he was killed after his vehicle had skidded out of control, hitting a B.C. Hydro truck.
Channelled through a psychic, John Lennon once spoke to her, saying only, "Follow your heart, Katherine. I am waiting in the wings." And some floxgloves had once whispered, "Heal, Heal." But feelings keep transforming. Love, apparently, is a many-splendoured, many-splintered thing. Whenever she hears Van Morrison singing 'Crazy Love', she thinks of Patrick Brian White, not John Lennon.
St. James' third and final book related to Lennon was first released as The Lennon-Bronte Connection (St. James Publishing 2011). It purported to reveal that John Lennon was the reincarnation of the troubled Branwell Bronte, brother to England's literary sisters Emily and Charlotte who apparently bore some obvious resemblance to John Lennon.
John Lennon might have been pleased. He and Yoko Ono had speculated that they were the reincarnated spirits of the Victorian literary couple Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browing. Possilby influenced by George Harrison's investigation of eastern mysticism that led them to a brief sojourn to India, the Beatles were not resistant to the possibilities of reincarnation. After John Lennon died, the remaining three members of the group recognized John's presence was revisiting them (in the form of a bird).
Dissatisfied with the book herself, St. James "went back to the drawing board" and rewrote revised the book with a new title, John Lennon and the Bronte Connection (2015), available via Red Tuque Distribution. She did so after the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire, England requested a copy of the new book for their Research Library. St. James had visited the museum for her research that included a stop at the town's local pub where a chair supposedly favoured by Branwell Bronte is proudly displayed.
Skeptics will want to know Jewelle St. James also wrote a fourth book, Jude (St. James Publishing, 2006), that recalls her past life as a young Jewish woman in Auschwitz in the 1940s, with archival photos as illustrations. It includes a disclaimer. "The views or opinions expressed in this book and the context in which these images are used do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of, nor imply approval or endorsement by, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum."
CITY/TOWN: Revelstoke, B.C.
DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 12, 1953
PLACE OF BIRTH: Duncan, B.C.
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Home Health Care
Just Imagine (St. James Publishing 1995)
All You Need Is Love (St. James Publishing 2003)
Jude (St. James Publishing, 2006; 2009)
The Lennon-Bronte Connection (St. James Publishing / Red Tuque 2011) 978-0-9732752-4-7 $17.95 / John Lennon and the Bronte Connection (2015)
[BCBW 2015] "Supernatural"
All You Need Is Love (St. James Publishing $14.95)
"You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”—JOHN LENNON
Imagine. That’s what John Lennon asked people to do. And Jewelle St. James complied. Inexplicably her life was blown off course in 1980, backwards through time, by an inescapable feeling that she had been Lennon’s lover in a medieval English village during the 1600s.
This obsession, or spiritual possession, began when the married Beatle was assassinated on December 8, 1980. For four years afterwards, St. James was in a state of perpetual grief. Her husband Bob was, in a word, skeptical. She couldn’t explain why she was grieving for someone she had never met. The quest to validate her feelings led her to the Sussex Records Office, trying to make a connection between John Lennon’s soul and a 17th century Fittleworth resident named John Baron. Was her soul somehow related to the soul of a woman named Katherine James of Petworth? Born in February of 1666? Possibly on February 12th, her own birthdate? Delving into reincarnation led to the demise of her marriage and also produced a remarkably readable account of her predicament and quest, Just Imagine (St. James Publishing, 1995).
Her psychic journey continues in All You Need Is Love (St. James Publishing $14.95), introducing new characters that include one of the Bronte sisters. Towards the end of the second book she begins to understand how her imagined love affair with John Lennon—when he was John Baron and she was Katherine James—resembles her own teenage love affair with the dashing Patrick Brian White of Revelstoke. Just as she had been struck to the core by news of Lennon’s death in 1980, Jewelle St. James was shocked to hear of her boyfriend’s death in the summer of 1974. She heard the news on the radio that he was killed after his vehicle had skidded out of control, hitting a B.C. Hydro truck. Channelled through a psychic, John Lennon had once spoken to her, saying only, “Follow your heart, Katherine. I am waiting in the wings.” And some foxgloves had once whispered, “Heal, Heal.” Whenever she hears Van Morrison singing ‘Crazy Love’, she thinks of Patrick Brian White, not John Lennon. Love, apparently, is a many-splendoured, many-splintered thing.
Jewelle St. James was born in Duncan in 1953. She grew up in Field and Revelstoke. And she lived in Sussex, England in the 1600s. All You Need Is Love 0-9732752-0-0
[BCBW Winter 2003]
John & Branwell
Review from AXS Entertainment:
“John Lennon and the Brontë Connection” is a new book published by Jewelle St. James (2015, St. James Publishing) about her journey in discovering a past life connection between former Beatle John Lennon and the tragic poet Branwell Bronte. This book replaces her earlier 2011 book called “The Lennon-Bronte Connection”, as the author told the John Lennon Examiner that many more revelations and information have surfaced since that time, warranting a fresh rewrite of the subject.
Jewelle’s connection to John Lennon was first explored in the book “All You Need is Love” (2003, 2009). It begins with her life as a housewife in Canada, who went to pieces when John Lennon was killed in 1980—an unexpected reaction since she was not even a Beatles fan. Her journey, guided by psychic information, dreams, and synchronistic events, lead her to the knowledge that she had been Katherine St. James in 15th Century England and John Lennon had been her lover by the name of John Baron. Not one to blindly accept the notion, she actually flew to England on a mission to research whether the people in question had actually existed. Finding proof of the couple, in the exact spot she had been told--was a chilling revelation that changed her life.
In that book, the discovery that she may have also been Emily Bronte, the author who wrote the classic “Wuthering Heights,” and that John Lennon may have been her brother Branwell Bronte was briefly touched on. This was discussed during psychic readings that were quite profound and independent of each other, lending credibility to the idea and intrigued the author.
Now she provides in this book a deeper look at the connection, going deeper than she ever imagined, to unearth the facts surrounding the Bronte family’s life, experiences, and tragic deaths. Following a psychic urging from John’s spirit, she again visits England, traveling to Yorkshire where the Brontes lived and died. Staying in a B&B within steps of their estate at Haworth (now restored as a museum), she takes the reader on a fascinating tour through the Bronte home and their lives. At the same time, she details her very synchronistic journey that supports her inner knowing as well as her spiritual evolvement. For example, thinking the kitchen seemed wrong, even though she'd never been there—she then discovers it had indeed been renovated in recent times.
A strong theme throughout the book is her heroic defense of Branwell, who has been so maligned since his death. She quotes from several biographical sources that support her feelings. The quotes also provide support for her feeling that Emily Bronte did not write Wuthering Heights on her own, but that it was Branwell behind the pen throughout much of the book.
The similarities between Branwell and Lennon are striking, in appearance, personality and life story. Both were artists of course--both loved to write stories and do drawings. But that's just the beginning. The focus of the story is still more heavily weighted on Branwell than Emily; but if Jewelle St. James really is the reincarnation of Emily, she is following a soul trait. Biographical sources describe Emily as shy, forever in the background, never one to toot her own horn. So it is with this book, as Jewelle becomes more accepting of the notion that she might have been Emily, but still reticent, by the end of the book.
One riveting section of the book comes towards the end, when Ms. St. James comes across a stunning revelation that Branwell, in one of his stories, had given one of his characters the name “John Baron Flower.” Was Branwell actually subconsciously remembering his former life as John Baron? Again, it’s all about unmistakable synchronicity that will leave the astute reader momentarily speechless.
Jewelle’s experiences, if one has an open mind with a willingness to explore these unseen realms, lead to the understanding that it’s possible that we have reconnected with loved ones in different lifetimes over the centuries.
I recommend this book to those interested in reincarnation, spiritual subjects, John Lennon’s afterlife, and the history of literary England in the 1800s.