Jenny Cockell: The True Story of a Woman Who Has Lived Before
Jenny Cockell was just an ordinary Northamptonshire housewife. She was also a mother of two children, but there was nothing ordinary about her. Beginning when she was only a young child, Jenny began to feel that she had lived before as an Irish woman called Mary Sutton who was born in 1897. Stranger yet, Mary later located Sutton's children still living in Ireland.
Is Jenny Cockell the Reincarnation of Mary Sutton?
Jenny's story starts just before her fourth birthday. She began to remember her past life in small snatches and pictures, and for a long time, she never mentioned it to anybody because she believed that everybody had the same feelings and experiences. The most vivid of her memories was a very disturbing one. She dreamt of her own death as Mary Sutton. She was also aware that she (as Mary) had been 35 years old and had just given birth to her eighth child when she died. She could "see" the hospital where it was happening, and she experienced very strong feelings of guilt and sorrow that she was leaving her children.
These feelings never left her, and after experiencing these memories for some time, she suddenly decided to draw a map of where she believed these strange things had happened. She just knew that it was in Ireland and was quoted as saying "I just felt so sad that I had left them, I realized then that I had to go back, so I got out a map, and I instinctively kept pointing to Ireland. After a while, I was drawn to a place called Malahide. I just knew this was my hometown."
Life got in the way, however, as she was still only a child. A number of years later, after Jenny married and had her own children, the feelings and memories surfaced again, only this time, they were stronger. This is when she started to think seriously about tracking down Mary's family in Ireland.
I remember the first time I read . I was blown away! Jenny went to Ireland, found her first family and brought them back together. I think her book is one of the most amazing reincarnation proof stories ever written. Jenny's book
Beginning to Believe
Jenny stated that if she were to trace the family, she wanted to make sure she did it right. She did not want to make mistakes or leave even the smallest doubt. It had to be the right house and the right family. Even more importantly, the names, dates and children's names had to be correct. So she consulted a hypnotist who dealt with regression therapy.
Funnily enough, Jenny was very much a skeptic, so she didn't really believe in reincarnation or psychic phenomena. That, I think, Is what makes this story so incredible. She felt uncomfortable with the whole situation and was afraid she was going to make a fool of herself. So after undergoing regression and realising that this was not going to go away, she decided to make the trip to Ireland.
Jenny compared the maps she had drawn to a real map of Ireland and studied in detail the town of Malahide. To her surprise, she realised that it was very similar to the one she had drawn from memory. This was the final push Jenny needed to undertake the journey to Ireland to see if she could find the home and family that she had "left" so many years before.
She arrived in Malahide, which is north of Dublin, and decided the best course of action would be to check out any church records she could find. The records showed that there had been a Mary Sutton who had lived and died in Malahide and that her eight children had been left to various relatives or placed in orphanages. She decided that if she was going to do this properly, she would need to get in touch with the local newspapers and write letters to all the churches to find out as much as she could.
The Moment of Truth
By this time, any trace of embarrassment or doubt was quickly beginning to disappear. Jenny knew in a way that nobody else could understand that this was real.
With the help of foster homes and historical societies she had written to, Jenny was able to locate the surviving children. Before she met them, however, she subjected herself to questioning from a BBC researcher to make sure that the dreams and memories that she had been having matched up with facts known about the surviving members of the Sutton family.
Jenny told the researcher various things she knew about the Sutton family, including what kind of sewing thread Mary had used. She also recounted a memory of a time the children had caught a live hare in a trap. Eventually, after her interview, she came face to face with Sonny, Mary's son, for the first time.
A Family Reunited
In 1990, Sonny Sutton picked up the phone and listened to the most amazing story he had ever heard. When he finally put the phone down, his wife said "You look like you have seen a ghost." Sonny turned to her, white as a sheet, and said, "I've been talking to my Mother."
The rest of Mary's family was not so easily convinced. Who was this Jenny? Why was she doing this to the family? They just couldn't believe such a thing could be possible. The family had been brought up as Catholics. In complete bewilderment, Phyllis Clinton, Mary's daughter, consulted her priest. He told her that, after hearing the evidence, the only thing he could think of was that somehow Mary was speaking through Jenny as a way to get the family back together. Christy, 72, Frank, 70, Phyllis, 71, Betty Keogh, 62 and their brother Jeffrey James (who died in 1992 at age 66) were very unsettled by all of this.
"She knew the pictures on the wall, what was in the house, how it was built, it is unbelievable," said Phyllis. "I still find it hard to believe, even though I know she is telling the truth. Mammy passed her soul over to this unborn person."
How Is This Possible?
There was a 21-year gap between the year Mary died and the year Jenny was born. Given that gap, it is lucky that Mary's children could be found to corroborate Jenny's story. Jenny is a member of Mensa, an organization for individuals with very high IQs, and a very down to earth person. She insisted that anything that she could not remember should not be added to the story. It had to consist only of the things she could prove.
This is a very fascinating story. An average, everyday woman born into a normal household grew up with memories of a past life. As a child, she thought this was common. Whether you believe Jenny or not, certain facts remain. After Mary's death, her children were separated and lost contact with each other for nearly 60 years. Jenny Cockell did a remarkable thing—she reunited a lost family. On that day, in a Dublin home belonging to Betty, they came together and shared tears and memories, vowing never to be apart again.
If there is anything that we can take from this story, it's that whether we believe in reincarnation or not, something extraordinary happened. So the next time you dream a dream or have a memory that is strange to you, maybe you should listen to your thoughts—there could be someone out there that remembers the old you.
Check out my article about children's past lives for more on the topic of reincarnation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Those who recall a past life-do any of these individuals recall more than ONE previous life?
In most cases, yes. But some only have a slight memory of the past life, compared to the main one. If you would like to ask Jenny Cockell a question, she can be found on Facebook. I often speak to her to ask something.Helpful 8
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