In Robert Monroe’s last book, ‘The Ultimate Journey’, an important part of the inner work he finds himself having to do, in order to complete his overall understanding of the meaning and purpose of Life and the next step for himself, is to identify the various components/talents of his present personality, which are existing in some of his other lifetimes as well. Among those aspects of his larger Me he finds particularly salient is this one:
This was in the era of cathedral and castle building during
the twelfth century in England and the continent of Eu-
rope. I was dismissed in disgrace when I objected to the appalling
cost in lives of worker-friends when huge stones fell
from crude scaffolds and crushed those on the ground beneath.
I refused to comply with the irrational whims of those
in power. I emigrated to France, where the same sequence
took place but with a different ending. Someone in angry
authority had me beheaded.
This part of me was reflected early in life, before I was
ten, in the building of wooden shacks two and three stories
high. Later came the design and construction of theatrical
stage sets, and then the design, engineering, and construction
supervision of various buildings in Westchester County, New
York, and then in Virginia, which gave me such deep satisfaction.
This also explained the deep sadness, amounting to physical
illness, during a recent trip to England and France when
we visited various cathedrals and other ancient buildings. The
effect was so marked that we cut short our stay in both London
and Paris. In my I-There the details were completely
available, but the emotion was much too great for me to go
I tried to learn what my name was at that point, but
received only an amused, repeated response.
“You were you! You!”
For a time I could make no sense of this, but an interesting
verification came in 1990. During a summer vacation in
Europe, my younger brother Emmett and his wife went to
Scotland to visit what is known as the Munro Fields just north
of Inverness. They took photographs of Foulis Castle there,
returning home without comment to me about the trip as they
didn’t think I would be interested.
In November, Emmett received a notice from our Institute
regarding activities for the coming year. In it was a photograph
of the tower in the new East Wing of the Center.
Astonished at what he saw, he made copies of his Munro
Fields pictures and sent them to us. In his Scotland pictures,
the distinctive feature of Foulis Castle is a tower that matches
ours beyond coincidence. Both have four stories, are octagonal
and embedded into the side of the main building, have the
same general dimensions, the same roof pitch, and both even
have similar iron fencing at the top, tied into the building
roof, although this is not visible in these photographs.
I didn’t know of the existence of Foulis Castle and its
tower, nor had I ever been to Scotland. My brother had never
seen or known of the Institute tower because it had been built
since his last visit to Virginia.
Who built the Foulis Tower? According to Munro clan
history, Donald Munro and his son Robert, in the mid-twelfth
So there was some hard data. I was I after all!
And on the next page Bob provides us with his own pictures (here I have put other ones) of both towers side by side, with the following repeated comment above them, and under each of them its respective name, place, date of construction and architects:
Note that both towers are octagonal, with similar
roof pitch, both are halfway in the wall of
the building, both have similar dimensions, and
are four stories high with access to the roof and
wrought iron fencing at that point.
Foulis Castle Tower
Near Inverness, Scotland
Constructed 1151 A.D.
by Robert Munro & father
Isn’t this a fascinating as well as amusing story?… Yes, sometimes from lifetime to lifetime we ‘carry over’ not only an identical talent, but an identical name too!…