Thursday, April 5, 2007

Life After Death After Life: James 3 (Part One)

The story of six-year old James Leininger...

James Leininger is a playful and very normal eight year old today. But two years ago, the boy made national news while being featured on Good Morning America, The Montell Williams Show, and ABC News. Little James was conveying knowledge and experiences no child would have recollection of. What many people believed was that six year-old James Leininger was a reincarnation of a World War II pilot, James Huston Jr.

When James Leininger was 20 months old, his parents brought him to an airplane exhibit. James had a fascination with airplanes, and Bruce and Andrea Leininger had always tried to create a hands-on learning environment for their young son. James kept going back to the World War II exhibit, and he refused to leave even after 3 hours.

For you parents out there, how many 20 month year-old boys do you know can be so focused on something for that long???

At age three at another plane exhibit, James got inside the cockpit of a vintage display and did something that caught his parents' attention. He started to maneuver the controls and go through the instrumentation as if he was doing a pre-flight check. He even went so far as to do a quick once-over on the outside of the plane. It was as if he knew what he was really doing. Bruce and Andrea were fortunate to get the whole thing on video.

Interesting, but easily dismissed as coincidence. Maybe the kid is just very bright.

Later, they bought James a toy plane. Andrea pointed out what looked to be a bomb on the underside of the plane. James corrected her and said, "No, that's the drop tank." His mother was a little surprised, as she had no idea what a drop tank was. She looked it up, and sure enough, her little son was correct.

They had never before talked about Corsairs, World War II, or aviation prior to all of this. James' parents were very protective about what was on TV. Nothing but educational programming like Sesame Street was on.

At this time, James was having horrible nightmares. Three, sometimes four nights a week, James would be screaming about being shot down and being engulfed in flames, screaming, "airplane on fire...little man can't get out!"

Bruce and Andrea would try to figure out exactly what James was dreaming about. What freaked them out was all the details James was able to provide. Words like "Corsair" and "Natoma" were simply words that weren't in a normal 3 year old's vocabulary. Bruce did some searching on the internet and found that there was indeed a ship called The Natoma Bay that housed fighter planes in the Pacific. But he chalked it up to coincidence, especially when he said the pilot's name in his nightmares was named James too.

The nightmares continued, and Andrea's mother first suggested that maybe little James was remembering past life memories. At this time, he was signing his name on every piece of artwork with "James 3." Maybe it was because he was 3 years old.

On October of 2000, James provided another very specific detail - a name. That name was Jack Larson. He said he was a guy that he had flown with. By this time, Andrea was beginning to believe what her mother believed. They continued to ask James questions, to talk about his "memories." The nightmares finally began to subside. Despite this, Bruce remained a skeptic.

Bruce had gotten a book, Battle for Iwo Jima, which had come in the mail as part of a history book club. While leafing threw it, James jumped on his father's lap to watch cartoons. The boy pointed to a map of Chichi Jima near Iwo Jima and said, "Daddy, that is where my plane was shot down."

James had pointed to a very specific spot on this large map - a harbor. And who was this Jack Larson James was talking about? Could Jack Larson have been a real person...a real fighter pilot that had flown with James in a past life? And why did his son keep referring to himself as James 3???

Very soon, Bruce would learn just how accurate his son's "memories" were.

To be continued...

34 comments:

Pixie said...

How scary.

Jennifer said...

Very cool.

I am a total believer in Reincarnation.

We've had some interesting experiences with it.

My eldest, while we were driving somewhere and listening to the radio broke into song along with the radio. It was a song I hadn't heard in FOREVER, and she knew it word for word. She was singing and bopping away in her car seat (she was maybe 2 at the time) like she had partied to that song before. "I" couldn't remember the last time I had heard the song. It was from the 60's or 70's. She has done this several times since, but to only that genre of songs.

I believe we are drawn towards things in our last lives that we loved, and on the flip side, repelled away from things that were negative in our past lives.

I feel a connection with Briton and France. I felt like I was I was "coming home" when I was there. I would dearly love to pack up everything and move there. Glen thinks I'm nuts. He is also obsessed with the Vietnam war. He reads everything about it he can, watches everything etc, yet he has an aversion to actually GOING there. I on the other hand cannot STAND to watch anything to do with WWII. At all. Its a visceral reaction for me. My heart races, I sweat, I HAVE to turn it off. When I was a kid and had to sit through the Remembrance day ceremonies, I would ball like a freaking baby. It was a complete overwhelming sense of sadness and loss. Even now, I cannot watch them on TV or even read the poems.

KC said...

Incredibly interesting and freaky! I can't wait to read the rest of it.

BrianAlt said...

Hmmm, thinking about the Holocaust makes me cry. Maybe there's something to that...

Godwhacker said...

Great writing Phoenix! This post had me on the edge of my seat!

I believe in genetic memory and reincarnation as well. At age 10 I had a younger brother born with a genetic defect, specifically a partial 14th chromosome. Our doctor was explaining the problem to our family, when suddenly I jumped into the conversation and suggested the idea of "genetic re-sequencing" as a possible treatment. The year was 1975 and genetic re-sequencing was an idea that was barely plausible to a theoretical researcher, yet somehow it seemed like simple math to me. To this day I have no idea where that knowledge came from.

Unfortunately, my brother died three years latter and I have not gone into the fields of science or medicine. But I do feel as though there was something "other-worldly" that I tapped into that day.

kim said...

AWESOME post! I can't wait to see the followup!

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

WOW....that story just amazes me....I LOVE stuff like this!

I DO believe that stuff like this can happen. I have ALWAYS wanted to do a "past life" regression session....that would be SO cool!

ozymandiaz said...

Another intriguing instalment from the Pheonix. Can't wait for the next...

David Amulet said...

Great story. And well told!

And I'm glad to see that this reincarnation tale brings you back after your absence. It's good to see you posting again.

-- david

Tim said...

The timing of this story could not have been better. I recall seeing this story on the telly. I was speaking with some friends about what I could only refer to as, "genetic memory." I grew up without a sense of heritage but I developed likes and dislikes in music, food, culture and history that only made sense when I discovered my Scottish ancestry on me Mum's side.
Great read, as usual, Phoenix!!!

cube said...

What does algore think about this? I want to know!!!

Yawn said...

This phenomenon is nothing new to those of us who study human emic and incorporate the etic into our strategy planning. Of course we make a living off those who buy into our bullshit, but that's fodder for other discussion.

Wait a second, I forget: I'm unemployed and the cocksuckers that made me that way are methamphetamine addicts and allegedly "cured" homosexuals. Gracias a Dios que no longer do I work with such cretins.

ANyway, my point being... those who control the child's consumption have access to the data that stimulate that child and it's part of a larger scheme that creates new rampant consumers to fuel the current paradigm of capitalism/democracy/rampant consumerism which feeds into, as you may believe, a mere five corporations and their CEOs. Fact is there is only one organization that controls these things, and you'd be wise to maintain whatever status quo in your life that They have predetermined.

goddess said...

come on now, you can't just give me half the story.

Forgetful God said...

This is a beautiful example of who interconnected our minds really are. Rather than seeing this as evidence of reincarnation I think it is evidence that all of our minds are indeed the same mind and that separation (whether by time or space) is an illusion.
Time does not exist, remember, there is only a moment that changes constantly. With this in mind it would make sense that all moments actually exist at the same "time", overlapping and only separated by the perceptions of the observer. Since a childs perceptions have not become solid yet it would make sense that, seeing the plane, he would tap into the mind of another reflection who had strong focus on that plane.

This is going to happen more and more as we let go of our concept of Time, Space, and the Ego-self.

Phats said...

TBC what the hell! keep going haha.

That's neat and scary, maybe it's reincarnation!?

:P fuzzbox said...

It's a crazy world out there.

Perplexio said...

That's really cool!

But I'm left wondering who today was Semen Semenov in a previous life? Ron Jeremy perhaps? Oh and I remember how Carey Mahoney indicated his previous law enforcement experience was as Captain of the Queen's Guard to Seargent Harris in Police Academy.

Seriously though this reincarnation stuff is really mind-blowing.

The Phoenix said...

Pixie, For the parents it must've been scary in the beginning.

Jennifer, I wonder if I was gouged in the eyes or something in a past life. I have always had nightmares about a sword or something like that going right into my right eye.

KC,kim and Ozzy, Great! Thanks!

brianalt, Or maybe you just have a heart.

godwhacker, I'm so glad you didn't start speaking in tongues.

stacy, I want to also, but I'm afraid of what I'd find.

david, Thanks. Sometimes life takes over.

tim, Do you wear kilts too?

cube, He invented reincarnation.

yawn, Much better to just do what you're told.

goddess, The second half is coming up shortly.

forgetful god, Interesting analysis. Thanks for visiting.

phats, Part 2 will give you the willies for sure.

Fuzz, It's a sick world.

perplexio, Good 'ol Semen Semenov. I think he's best friends with Dick Johnson in this lifetime.

Jamie Dawn said...

Okay, you've peaked my interest.
I'm ready for Part Two.

What an eerie, fascinating story.
I actually feel sorry for the kid. Those nightmares, if based on true occurences, must be horrific!!

On My Watch said...

fascinating!! I can't wait to read the rest of the story.

Grafs said...

Very awesome. I believe myself to be a reincarnated soldier from WW2. No kidding.

Keshi said...

FREAKY!!

Keshi.

Carmel said...

Oh my goodness! I can't wait to read more of the story, that is fascinating!

Mr. Shife said...

Dang it. You are killing me leaving me hanging like that. When will this be continued? It is a really cool story too.

David Amulet said...

I cna understand life instruding, welcome to my last six months. But it is good to see you back.

-- david

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Haley-O said...

My 20-month old can focus on, say, a towel for that long! (it's her favourite toy...)

The Phoenix said...

Part 2 is coming up very very soon.

A towel???

Tai said...

I just finished reading Mary Roach's book, "Spook" in which she writes about this type of memory in children.
Very interesting! I, too, can't wait to hear the rest of this tale.

(Also? Cumberland was the town I grew up in. But my Cumberland was on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. No space men there!)

Anonymous said...

Just to keep things on the up and up...Escort carriers, including the Natoma Bay didn't carry any "Corsair" fighter planes. They were equipped with General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighters, a completely different-looking bird altogether. I am told, though I haven't personally confirmed it, that Natoma Bay squadron records indicate the pilot whom "James 3" claims to be was indeed lost flying an FM-2.

Andra said...

You write very well.

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