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Past Life Dreams, Memories & ET Contact

The Reincarnation Story of Belle Starr | Karen Pigott

Part 2: Reunion with a Past Life Love


How Derived: Spontaneous Childhood Dreams of a Past Lifetime
Researcher: Karen Pigott
Narrative by Karen Pigott, Edited by Walter Semkiw, MD

Back to Part 1: Past Life Dreams & Extraterrestrial or Spirit Being Encounter in a Reincarnaiton Case

Karen's Past Life Dream & Memory, at Age 14, of Taking a Photo with Blue Duck

Reincarnation Story of Belle Starr-Karen Pigott, Blue Duck"I have been asked to take a picture with someone I hardly know. This person is a young man who has been in trouble with the law. I also am in trouble with the law and that is the reason the 2 of us are at the sheriff’s office. This man is named ‘Blue Duck.’ I agree to have my picture taken and so I just stand there. I am not happy with what I am wearing as I think the small print makes my hips look large."Karen's historical validation of her dream: "This photo is shown in Glenn Shirley book on page 197."

Karen’s Plea on June 18, 1974, at Age 16,  to Meet her Past Life Love, Cole Younger, in Contemporary Times

“As noted, when I was 14 years old, I had started reading about Belle Starr and came to believe that I was her in a past lifetime. By the age of 16, I had read much on Belle.  I was impressed by one fact of Belle's story and that is how much she loved Cole Younger.  When I was about 16-17 years old, I said out loud, ‘If Belle (I) loved this man so much in that lifetime, please let me find him in this life.’”

Karen Meets her Past Life Love, the Reincarnated Cole Younger, at  the Age of 19

“When I first saw my future husband, Mike, I was drawn to him. He looked so familiar. We met in the summer of 1977 when we both worked at the Broadway department store in Torrance, California. He walked by my counter at the start of our shift. I met him again 2 weeks later at Hermosa Beach, where a group of people from the store played volley ball every Sunday night. I met him on his 21st birthday. I am sure that we were destined to meet. We even remarked shortly after meeting each other that it seemed like we had been together forever.”

Karen's Past LIfe Dream & Memories, at Age 23 in 1981, of Belle Starr's Love of Cole Younger and of being Rejected

Past life love in reincarnation story of Belle Starr“In a dream, I am watching some men that have been visiting my family getting ready to leave. They are sitting on horses and talking to my parents. I am very much taken with the oldest man. He is sitting on the horse closest to me. I whisper something to him but he is not acting interested in me. He answers me in a somewhat louder voice and I am not happy with what he is saying to me. I am embarrassed as my parents can hear him as well.

I notice that he is wearing baggy western clothing; baggy pants, shirt, cowboy hat and boots.  His voice has a slight Midwest accent. I realize that this man is my husband, Mike, in my current life and I love him very much. I do not like him very much in this dream. This dream happened after we were married in 1981 and were living in our first apartment."

Historical Validation: I had clarification of this dream after reading a book about Belle.  The men visiting my family were the Younger brothers.  I think the James Boys were there as well.  The person I was attracted to was Cole Younger.  We were romantically involved and I (Belle) became pregnant out of wedlock.  Cole was the father, but he would later deny that we had a romance.

In the dream, the Younger brothers were all on horseback and my parents went out to them to say goodbye. My parents threatened me to stay in the house and not come out, as they did not want me to say goodbye.  I stayed in the house and watched everything from a window.  An older man was keeping an eye on me so I would not run out.  I do not know who this man was, but I think he was a relative. Anyway, I ran out to them and went directly to Cole and said good bye.

Cole Younger & Belle Starr Get Romance Right This Time Around

Past life love in reincarnation case of Cole Younger"In our contemporary lifetimes, Mike (Cole) treats me like a princess and he loves me for who I am. We have a wonderful marriage and have been married for almost 29 years. I think we finally got it right this time around.

In 1981, when I had this dream in which I realized that Mike is the reincarnation of Cole Younger, I didn’t tell him of any of this. I wasn’t sure how he would respond.  Again, I was 23 years of age when I realized that Mike was Cole, which was four years after we had met."

Karen Reveals to Mike that She was Belle Starr in a Past Lifetime and that He was Cole Younger

Seven years later, in 1988, one morning I told Mike about my beliefs regarding reincarnation. I thought he would think I was crazy or something but instead he listened. I told him about discovering that my past life dreams were replicated in a couple of books and how odd that was for me.

I told him that I was Belle Starr in the past lifetime, as the dreams I had reflected events in her lifetime.  I also told him that I think I knew who he was, but I did not reveal who I thought he was at that time.

I am amazed at how much Mike looks like Cole Younger.  Even his two brothers resemble Cole’s two brothers. All brothers have an intense interest in the Civil War history and they even lived a few miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

As mentioned, I told him in 1988 that I thought I had been Belle Starr and would off handedly joke about it from time to time.  I finally told Mike that I though he had been Cole Younger in a past lifetime in the year 2000.  He knew of my beliefs, but I was never sure of what he thought about all this in the year 2000.

At this time, I now believe he does, in fact, believe that I am the reincarnation of Belle Starr. Mike, by the way, is an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) charge nurse, who is a natural leader."

At 42 Years of Age, in 2000, Karen gets Palpitations at the Past Life Location where Belle Starr Lived & Shopped

Past Life Love & Past Life Dreams-Reincarnation Case of Belle Starr
'In the summer of 2000, my family and I took a trip back to Missouri.  We drove there from Southern California. Along the way we went through Oklahoma and stayed at a hotel on
Lake Eufaula. The hotel/resort was old and had not been remodeled since the early 70’s. It was hot and humid.

My husband knew the reasons why I wanted to go through that part of the country but my children did not know. We drove around the lake and went towards the dam. The roads were clear, a lot of people on boats and in the water.

As we drove past the dam going in an eastwardly direction, I began to experience nausea and lightheadedness. My heart was racing and I felt skipped beats. This was all experienced in one certain area of the highway. I told my husband that I was ok and to keep going because I did not want to stop.

Walter's Question: Is there any reason from Belle’s lifetime that you would experience nausea, lightheadedness, etc, at that particular spot?  Was Lake Eufaula a place Belle visited?

Karen's Answer: "Belle’s home is very close to Lake Eufaula and the dam. Belle shopped in Eufaula many times.

A Past Life Reaction: Karen gets Sick at the Spot that Belle Starr was Murdered

"We eventually drove back to our hotel but went on the road that was on the other side of the river. When we reached a spot that was directly even to the spot on the other side of the river where I felt ill, I started feeling ill again. I could not wait to get out of that area. I also felt extreme sadness and depression."

Walter's Question: " Is there a reason you would feel ill at this second spot?  Why do you think you felt sadness and depression?"

Karen's Answer: "I have discovered since the trip that it was on this stretch of road where Belle was murdered."

Reincarnation & Similar Appearance: Mike Realizes that Karen Physically Resembles Belle Starr

"On our way to Missouri we went to see Fort Gibson, which had been a fort in that area for about 150 years. It felt very familiar to me. We made our way to Missouri and stopped in Carthage for lunch. We went on a sight seeing trip. Carthage is the hometown of Belle Starr.

We stopped in the town’s museum and found it all interesting. My husband saw a picture of Belle Starr before I did. He came over to me and said:

'I think you ought to see this.' As I looked at the picture my husband said; 'You have the same eyes and mouth.' This was very emotional for me."

When Karen is 46 Years Old, Her Mother Unexpectantly calls her by a Past Life Name, Belle Starr's Nickname, "May"

Past life love in reincarnation story of Belle Starr-Karen Pigott'In 2004, my parents were visiting us from Arizona. My mother and I alyways shared talks about spiritual matters. One morning during one of these conversations, my mother said something that was really odd. We were in my living room which was very bright, as I do not like to have a dark house. I like the sun to shine in and brighten the rooms. The glare was bothering her so she asked me to close the shutters in the room while we talked. She said:

'May, will you please close the shutters; the room is too bright for me.'

I instantly got up and closed them, but realized that she called me 'May.'

As I sat down my mother said, 'Karen, I do not know why I called you that, that’s strange.'

I told her, 'Mom--that was my nickname in my life as Belle Starr'.

It was a weird moment. My mother did not know anything about Belle except that she was an outlaw. I gave my mother a book to take home and read about Belle.  I believe that my mother in this lifetime was also my mother in my lifetime as Belle, so my mother may have had an unconscious memory from that past lifetime."

Walter's Question:  "Did your mother specifically deny reading about Belle previously?  Did she deny knowing that Belle's nickname was Belle?  Are you sure that you did not tell your mother about the nickname May?

Karen's Answers: "Yes, my mother denied reading anything about Belle Starr. It is my       understanding that she did not like the fact that I could have been Belle Starr. She did not like anything related to the Wild West and especially a women who could have been a bandit. I believe her because her interests in reading were mainly Hollywood biographies, spicy novels and mystery-intrigue novels.

I never told her about the nickname May.  I myself did not know about it until 2003.  All the books I read prior to that referred to Starr's nickname as being Belle.

While my mother and I were talking at this point she seemed very tired. My mother was drifting in and out of sleep and was very relaxed. It is then that she asked me to close the blinds and she called me ‘May.’  My mother and father both passed away in 2005.

Similarities in Personality & Karen’s Reflections on her Past Lifetime as Belle Starr

"I find it interesting that I was born in Missouri in this life, just like last time. I have had an intense love of horses and would not mind having a gun, but I know that I will never buy one.  Belle, of course, was an excellent horse woman and very skilled with guns. When I was little I had always thought that Kansas was a bad place but I do not know why I felt that way.

In this life I was an extreme tomboy and so was Belle. I would fight anyone who challenged me and Belle was like that as a child.

As noted, I firmly believe that my oldest son Mike Jr. was Eddie in the last life and my daughter Melissa was Pearl. She looks so much like Pearl. Melissa even sees the resemblance.

My parents were the same parents, as I had dreams about them and they were the same personalities. My brother was Jim Reed. My parents really catered to him. Perhaps they were making up for the way they felt about him in his past life.

I know that I did not like myself in the Belle lifetime and I feel my soul was ready to depart that life at the time it did. I am so aware of my actions now and how I appear to other people in that lifetime.

I do not want to make the same mistakes that I made before. I believe that we all have a blueprint of some sort for what we need to accomplish here on earth. My lessons this time around are about family, to be more inclusive with other people and to let other people shine. I also think that this blueprint/plan includes who we have in our lives and the number of children we have."

Walter's Question: " You love to play golf.  Are you a good shot in golf, like Belle was a good shot with guns?"

Karen's Answer: "Yes, I have a strong swing. I drive pretty far (for a woman)."

Past Life Karma of Being an Outlaw

This case presents a chance to better understand karma, the principal that every action has an equal reaction or consequence. Karma will be discussed in greater detail in the section Soul Evolution. It is thought that karma can be worked out in two ways. An immature soul, who does not admit wrongs that have been committed, may need to experience these wrongs directly. In this way, karma is worked out in an "eye for an eye" manner.

More mature souls, in between lifetimes, acknowledge mistakes that have been made and proactively plan to compensate for wrong actions through positive service.

In this set of cases, Karen was the outlaw Belle Starr, while her husband, Mike, and his brothers were the outlaws Cole Younger and the Younger Gang. In their contemporary incarnations, all four of these individuals are in service fields. As noted, Mike, who led the Younger Gang as Cole, has demonstrated leadership again by becoming a respected ICU charge nurse.  One of his brothers serves as the Chief Financial Officer of a physician's group and his other brother has served as a firefighter.

By reincarnating into professions of service, it is proposed that Karen, Mike and his brothers are dealing with karma incurred during their outlaw lifetimes in a positive, constructive way. Instead of using violence against people, Belle Starr and the Younger Gang, in their contemporary lifetimes are using their skills to save lives. Rather than experiencing “eye for an eye” consequences, they are working off karma incurred in their prior lifetimes through service.

Principles of Reincarnation & Understanding Past Lives

As noted before, the strength of this compelling reincarnation case rests upon Karen's very detailed memories of a past lifetime which were corroborated through biographies on Belle Starr.  If this reincarnation case is accepted, it demonstrates the following principles:

Relationships Renewed through Reincarnation: Karen has made the following past life matches related to her case:

Belle Starr | Karen Pigott
Cole Younger | Mike Pigott
Younger Brothers | Mike Pigott’s Brothers
Eddie, Belle’s Son | Mike Pigott, Jr. son of Karen and Mike
Pearl Starr, Daughter of Belle Starr | Melissa Pigott, daughter of Karen and Mike
Jim Reed, First Husband of Belle | Rob, Karen’s Brother

Jim July Starr | Karen’s Uncle Floyd

Of greatest importance, Karen's love in the past lifetime, Cole Younger, reincarnated as Karen's husband Mike.  In addition, Belle's children in the past lifetime, Eddie and Pearl, reincarnated as Karen's and Mike's children Mike Jr. and Melissa.

Physical Resemblance: In the matches presented above, physical resemblances do exist, though some are stronger than others. Perceiving a strong physical resemblance is dependent on obtaining photographs of subjects in the same pose.

Geographic Memory: Karen had emotional and physical reactions at Lake Eufaula, locations where Belle Star had lived and shopped.  She felt physically ill and experienced extreme sadness and depression at the location where Belle was murdered, which is similar to the reaction that Jeff Keene had when he was intuitively lead to the spot where he was almost killed in a past lifetime in the Civil War battle of Antietam."

Planning Lifetimes: As a child, Karen spontaneously told her mother that she chose them as parents before she was born. This also occurred in the James Huston Jr. | James Leininger reincarnation case.  If it is true that Karen, Mike and his brothers purposely reincarnated as nurses to work off karma in a constructive manner, then career planning is also observed in these cases.

Similarities in Linguistic Style: Karen described that Jim July's written phrases were similar to the speech of her Uncle Floyd, who Karen has identified as the reincarnation of Jim July.  Similarities in linguistic style were documented in the John B. Gordon | Jeff Keene reincarnation case through a formal linguistic analysis.

Innate Talents:  Belle was an expert shot with rifles and pistols. Karen is an accomplished golfer and has an aggressive personality, as did Belle.

Extraterrestrial or Spirit Being Involvement: When Karen was five years old, she saw a bright light in the sky and heard a mechanical voice that told her that her brother in her current lifetime was her husband in a past lifetime. In addition, the mechanical voice told her that she was a horse thief in a past incarnation. After these incidents, Karen began experiencing vivid and detailed dreams that eventually led to her deriving her past lifetime as Belle Starr.

It is unclear whether this phenomenon represented a spirit being or perhaps an extraterrestrial source that was communicating to Karen. Other authors have described a mechanical voice as representing extraterrestrialcommunication.

One example involves Jack Sarfatti, PhD, a physicist who worked with Gary Zukov on The Dancing Wu Li Masters, a book on quantum physics.  In an article in the April 2000 issue of Fate magazine, written by Preston Dennett, Sarfatti described his experiences with a mechanical sounding voice that was apparently generated by a computer on an alien spaceship.  In this article, Sarfatti relates:

"In 1952 and 1953, when I was about 12 or 13 years old, I received a phone which a mechanical sounding voice at the other end said it was a computer on board a flying saucer. They wanted to teach me something and would I be willing? This was my free choice. Would I be willing to be taught—to communicate with them? I remember a shiver going up my spine, because I said, 'Hey, man, this is real.' Of course, I was a kid...but I said, 'yes.'" 

Dennett continues the story: "Sarfatti was impressed. He ran and got his friends, and they gathered together in his bedroom, awaiting the upcoming promised contact. Unfortunately, nothing occurred, and Sarfatti assumed at first that it was just a clever practical joke.At this point, his memory of the event strangely ends. But according to Sarfatti's mother, the first phone call was followed by a series of similar phone calls—each giving Sarfatti information that would leave him forever changed. Says Sarfatti:

'My mother remembers this experience very well. It turns out that I had forgotten most of it. This was really something that occurred over several weeks. Apparently what happened, which is completely blanked from my memory but not from hers, was that I continually received phone calls, many phone calls from the same source. My mother says I was walking around really strange. She began to get worried about me. Finally, one day she picked up the phone, and she heard this computer. She remembers the voices.... She said, 'Leave my boy alone!' The Jewish mother talking to the flying saucer or whatever they were. And that was the end of it. We never got another phone call after that.'"

In his autobiography entitled, My Story, Uri Geller, a psychic with documented psychokinetic abilities such as bending spoons with his mind, also described contacts with alien beings that were facilitated by a mechanical sounding voice.

Extraterrestrial or ET Contact & Michael Tamura's Clairvoyant Insights

I myself, Walter Semkiw MD, can share a similar experience. I was at a past life regression conference in Colorado Springs in 2006. I had just seen Barbro Karlen give a presentation regarding her past life memories of being Anne Frank.  I was quite moved by her talk and reflected on how her presentation should be videotaped for greater access.  I subsequently produced a videotape of Barbro, which is featured on the IISIS website.

After Barbro's presentation, I walked down the hallway and met Jeff Keene, who was also attending the conference. As I spoke to Jeff, my own voice had a strangely mechanical sound. At the same time, I felt pressure along the left side of my face. I thought this was extremely bizarre, as I had never heard my own voice sound mechanical before, nor have I experienced this since. I was also puzzled by the sensation of pressure on the left side of my face, which had never happened before, nor has it happened since.

I looked around and noted that there was a small dome above us and I attributed the mechanical sound of my voice to the dome, which I thought must have been producing an echo.  On the other hand, I reflected that I didn't hear an echo, rather, I heard my voice sounding mechanical.

Afterwards, I met with Michael Tamura, a spiritual teacher who has been clairvoyant since childhood. I told him about the strange experience I just had in which my voice sounded mechanical as I was speaking to Jeff Keene.

Michael told me that the reason that my voice sounded mechanical was that extraterrestrial beings were tuning into me, as they have a great interest in reincarnation research, which they perceive as a crucial step for humanity's evolution.  Michael also told me that the extraterrestrials had placed an energetic device on the left side of my face which allowed them to listen in on my conversation with Jeff.  The translation device that the extraterrestrials used caused voices to sound mechanical.

What struck me was that I did not tell Michael about the sensation that I had of pressure on the left side of my face, when the mechanical character of my voice occurred.  Michael's ability to perceive a device on the left side of my face made me think that his explanation may be valid.

I myself am not clairvoyant nor had I had any other possible experiences with extraterrestrials, but Michael's perception of an energy clamp on the left side of my face corresponded exactly to the sensation that I had while speaking to Jeff Keene. I know to the average reader, this experience that I had must sound very hard to believe, but it did happen.

My experience, Jack Sarfatti's childhood experiences and Uri Geller's story support that Karen's experience with a strange mechanical sounding voice is not unique.  There are many documented cases in which spirit being involvement has been observed in reincarnation cases. It is possible that in addition to spirit beings, extraterrestrial beings are coaxing us into learning about reincarnation and past lives.

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