“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.