Most people do not remember past lives. At times, they might feel a strong connection with a particular person or a place they’ve never been but other than that, they have no clue. Bill Jacobs of Dundas, Ontario is an exception.
Bill is a fascinating gentleman, whom I first met in the early 80’s when a pair of my shoes needed re-heeling. He owned a quaint little shop located on King Street in Dundas, Ontario called the Valley Cobbler. Little did I know that a few years later, I would be nestled inside that shop on a cold and snowy Canadian winter night, listening intently to his fascinating story.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Bill began having unusual things happen to him at the age of 5.
“When I was a child, I had lots of experiences and would ask my mother about them. Her answer was, ‘When you get older, you’ll understand.’”
Bill said he sensed early on that two spirits were always with him, one on each side of him. At 11 years old, his family moved to a farm in Port Dover, a beautiful place with hills, valleys and forested areas with streams running through them. It was there, he said, that the spirits really came alive, communicating with him telepathically.
“I turned into a walker and oh boy, would they (spirits) tune into me then! On walks they would tell me, ‘There are deer up over that hill.’ So I’d walk up the hill and sure enough, there’d be about a dozen deer, babies too. They (spirits) would tell me, ‘They’re not afraid of you’ and I was amazed when the deer actually approached me.”
The spirits also told him where he could find the most beautiful spring flowers and fresh berries that he would gather and take home to his mother.
Bill also amazed his mom by telling her beforehand that a letter was coming from his oldest brother who was away for months at a time working aboard ship on the Great Lakes. As a teen, girlfriends wondered how he knew things he shouldn’t have known.
“I thought everyone was like that so I didn’t talk a lot about it,” he said.
At 19, Bill apprenticed with an old English shoemaker. As such, he would drive to various companies to pick up new shoes. One time while driving to Cambridge, Ontario at about 4:30 a.m., he approached a hill along Highway 24.
“Just before the hill, something turned the steering wheel and turned the car to the side of the road. I asked the spirits why I had been stopped there. All I could see was a farm house.”
Though he got no answer at the time, a later incident verified that there was a reason why his vehicle had been forced to a halt so abruptly. At 22, he married. During a similar trip to Cambridge with his wife along, the same thing happened. Looking out the car window, his wife noted a pond and a tree with a sign on it that read: Whispering Wind Farm.
“I didn’t know what it meant, but I really felt peaceful and full of joy, as if I’d found a treasure.”
Bill still had no idea about the significance of these two events, but the spirits would lead him to the truth 12 years later.
Whispering Wind Farm
It was during a trip to St. Catharines, Ontario with a group of like-minded folk, that the importance of Whispering Wind Farm was revealed to Bill. The group met with a trance medium that asked them to approach him one at a time. They were to give their first name and ask a question of significance to them. The man would then tell each participant about a past life. When it was Bill’s turn, he gave his name but could not think of a question.
However, the medium told him that in a past life he had been an American Indian who was a good hunter because he would leave camp early in the morning and be on his way, not making a sound. He was well liked by the chiefs of the tribe and they named him ‘Whispering Wind.’ Today, he uses that name proudly and even has it painted on the back of his van. But there’s more to this story as you will discover in Part 2.
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