I haven't been active in this forum for many years--I think it's been since I was working on my documentary, which was about 18 or 19 years ago. I have posted occasionally since then, but even that's been awhile. I want to briefly summarize what I've been doing. Some of this may be familiar to some of you. Having studied the strongest cases I could find, and the methods used to research them (including both scientific research and layman's studies), I stumbled upon a proposed past life of my own as obscure 19th-century author, Mathew Franklin Whittier. He was the younger brother of Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. This was in 2005; in 2009, I began researching it in earnest. I utilized two hypnotic past-life regressions (one in 2008, and another in 2009); and two psychic readings (both in 2010). The psychics have been verified as genuine, inasmuch as many of the details they got were later verified in the deep historical record. Some of those details were unknown to me at the time, as well. That includes my past-life first name, coupled with a small town that Mathew and his wife lived in for a few months--which I knew nothing about, at the time. It's the only town with that name in the U.S. (Methuen). Then, with the help of a few different researchers over the 10 years of the study, I began digging into the historical record. As I did so, I recorded and dated my past-life impressions, and also dated the discoveries I made, so I could see whether I was legitimately predicting those discoveries. These impressions included recognitions, emotions, and cognitive memories. A very few of the memories were so detailed, unique, and obscure, that being verified amounted to having proved the case. Which is to say, they indicate that I was studying a genuine match. Then, there were a number of other memories which were very close to being proven (but since we are now dealing with a genuine case, they are stronger than they would be otherwise). And there were a great many more impressions which were at least plausible, even if at first glance they didn't seem to be. In February of last year, I moved to Portland, Maine where I would be in a position to expose myself to places and situations that Mathew, himself, experienced. I recorded all of my impressions at these sites in real time. What I learned is that in normal waking consciousness, past-life impressions--or at best, past-life flashbacks--are likely to be triggered when two conditions are met: 1) the stimulus is very much still as it was in the past life; and 2) there was strong emotion associated with the stimulus in the past life. If either of those two variables were missing, the past-life impression was far less likely to be triggered. Obviously, I have a sample-size of one; so it begs a larger study. But just for example, my past-life grave, which has undoubtedly been redone, triggered no recognition. The outside of Mathew's boyhood home likewise triggered none, or none to speak of--but it has been renovated and painted. But once inside, I was hit with a powerful emotional experience of recognition. The inside is much as it was during Mathew's childhood. I wasn't expecting that, based on the lack of reaction I had to the exterior. Once I was up here in New England, it was easier for me to access historical materials, as well. I made a great many amazing discoveries, as a result. All of this was put into a sequel. Both books are in e-format only (being far too large for physical print), and both of them sell very, very poorly. I average perhaps one sale per year, though my website gets a fairly healthy 400+ hits per day. Now comes the interesting part. Although MFW is said by historians to have only written one satirical, anti-slavery series in his lifetime, beginning in 1846, I discovered that he began publishing in 1825, at age 12, continuing at least until 1875. I have painstakingly identified over 1,600 of his published works, including seven books. Mathew was secretive, and during much of his career, he was engaged in dangerous undercover anti-slavery work. As a result, in an era of rampant plagiarism, his work was often claimed for, or by, other authors. He was not in a position to defend his work publicly against these claims Some few of these authors were, and still are, famous. And this is where it gets tricky--I sometimes almost wish I hadn't discovered these results, but I did, so since research by its very nature has to be honest, I have to report them. I found that it was Mathew, and his young wife, Abby Poyen (first cousin to Charles Poyen, who introduced hypnotism to America), who wrote the original of "A Christmas Carol" (probably, during their stay in Methuen); it was Mathew who wrote "The Raven" after Abby's death; the future Elizabeth Barrett Browning published two of Mathew's poems in her compilation, "Poems"; and with one or two exceptions, it was Mathew writing the star-signed reviews and essays for the 1844-46 New York "Tribune," not Margaret Fuller. In addition, it was Mathew signing as "F." in "The Dial," not Fuller. There are a number of other mistaken attributions where Mathew's work is concerned, but these are the famous ones. Now, the trick of all this is, that of course it pushes everybody well past their boggle threshold. But it is quite real, and the evidence is very solid. IF these theories--along with their evidence--ever goes mainstream, it will create a controversy--both in the public sphere and in academia--which won't die down for many years, or even decades. Reincarnation--a proven reincarnation case--is inextricably bound up with these discoveries. (They actually couldn't have come to light any other way.) Therefore, every single time that these theories are debated, the question of reincarnation will come up along with them. This will bring reincarnation into the public arena in such a way that it cannot be swept back under the rug--which, as Carol knows, is the problem we have been fighting for many years, as for example with the Leininger case. That case definitely had an impact--but the gatekeepers of Society were able to squelch it such that the average person isn't aware that a genuine proof case was on mainstream TV. They won't be able to do that with this one. I am pushing this work as hard as I can, and reaching out to everyone in the field. So far, I am almost universally ignored (or worse). I expect that. But I need help from everyone who wants to see reincarnation pushed front-and-center into the public arena. If this forum software will let me do it, I'll provide the links to two half-hour videos I just recently released, describing the strong evidence that MFW was the real author of "The Raven." So far, I hardly get anyone to watch them. According to the stats on YouTube, when they do, the average is only the first 7 minutes. But I really have proved it. If anyone watches both videos all the way through--an hour of your time--with an open mind, they will see that I have. I've been at this a long time, as Carol will tell you. I released my documentary featuring an interview with her, in 2003. And I had been studying the Western research and cases since beginning work on that film, in 1997. I haven't gone crazy. I've just been very, very busy. My website URL remains as it always was: http://www.ial.goldthread.com Stephen Sakellarios, M.S.