During a routine hypnotherapy session, Dr. Marge Rieder discovered that her client had slipped into a past life in a small Virginia town during the Civil War. The dramatic story that unfolded has been told in Dr. Rieder's first book, Mission to Millboro: A Study in Group Reincarnation.
Now we revisit this intriguing story, as more people are discovered, under hypnosis, to have memories from Millboro.
After several trips to the present-day Millboro, Dr. Rieder shares her impressions and the detective work involved in finding evidence to prove the uncanny accuracy of these centuries-old memories.
Other books by Marge Rieder: Mission to Millboro and Millboro and More
"Marge Rieder has done it again! Return to Millboro is even more compelling than its predecessor, as her cast of Civil War characters expands to include prehistoric Indians, runaway slaves, and the underground railroad." Chet B. Snow. Ph.D., Mass Dreams of the Future
"The entranced Edgar Cayce spoke of group reincarnation; Marge Rieder has demonstrated it! In this sequel to Mission to Millboro, she presents the conclusion of an air-tight case for group rebirth, proving it beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence, both internal and external, is overwhelming. Under hypnosis, in a nine-year study, total strangers have revealed identical accounts of Civil War Millboro, Virginia, which are buttressed by substantial physical evidence, photographs, and government records, including a mind-boggling letter sent to Jefferson Davis. An extraordinary piece of past-life research, the best of its kind to date." George Schwimmer, Ph.D., The Search for David
Table of Contents
Foreword by A. Robert Smith
1. Running Springs
2. The Indians
3. Roy and Martha
4. The Church
8. Mary Alice
9. The Wedding
10. Elizabeth of Green Valley Farm
13. John Observes
15. Bratton's Bridge
18. War's End
20. John Joins Indians
22. Return to Millboro I
23. Return to Millboro II
24. The Subjects Discuss Underground Rooms
25. Maureen Meets Becky
Appendix: List of Characters
During the time I was researching Mission to Millboro, I discussed many aspects of the story with my daughter Evie, and on several occasions she insisted that she was part of this story.
Finally I hypnotized her and instructed her to regress to the time of the American Civil War. She was unable to see herself in or around Millboro. My conclusion was that she had heard me talk about this story so much that her imagination had told her she was a part of it.
At a later time, I hypnotized her for a totally unrelated reason. My instruction was, "Regress back into a lifetime in which you were very happy, contented, and fulfilled."
Immediately she started talking about a man named Roy. Roy was a dairy farmer who lived just outside of Williamsville, Virginia, about ten miles due north of Millboro. Roy died just prior to the advent of the Civil War. This emphasized to me how extremely literal the unconscious mind is. Had I instructed her to locate a lifetime around the time of the Civil War, she would undoubtedly have led me to Roy. We will meet and study Roy's life later in this narrative.
After we unearthed Roy, Evie informed me that she felt certain there was another, earlier lifetime buried in her mind, one that also related to the Millboro story.
She then introduced herself as Running Springs, saying, "I have the wisdom of the ages. I told the people this would befall them: the white man would come, and we would have nothing left - nothing!"
The extremely gregarious Running Springs explained that she had always lived in the area of Robin's Nest. Her first exposure to white men happened when she was young, around age eleven or twelve. At that time, the country had very few white men, and they were not located in her vicinity. She had heard about them; then one day, there appeared a canoe on the river, and in it was one of the light skins. He was a trapper who had a long thing, a "noise stick" that frightened her. Later she claimed it was a musket. She was curious about the stranger but kept her distance.
Running Springs' father had once been the chief, but both her parents had died from the fever when she was very little, and she had become a "child of the tribe, grew up associating with all members of the tribe, and was everybody's child." Her early years, until about age twelve, were spent near the river, where Millboro Springs is today. Then, as the white man came in larger numbers and built the mill, the Indian group moved their village over to where the town of Millboro stands today. When the railroad came through the area, it presented a shock to the Indians and pretty much finished life as they had known it. They did everything they could to sabotage the railroad as it was being built. "We would steal the wooden ties and separate the tracks with large, strong sticks, and leave crossed skulls and artifacts on the site to intimidate the white man into thinking this was sacred burial ground. The tunnel was part way there (already), and the white men dug it on through the h! ill. That area was (in fact) a sacred Indian ceremonial ground; brave initiation ceremonies were held there, and up on the hill was a burial site." This fact has been verified by a member of the present-day Ailstock family, who informed me that she once owned 200 acres on Tunnel Hill in Millboro, which held many Indian burial mounds.
This was a time when the American government was concentrating on herding the large bulk of surviving Indians onto reservations. The Native Americans in the area of what was to become Millboro resisted and hid out, but, following the invasion of the railroad, white men came in such large numbers that the Indians were forced to retreat up the hill to the Robin's Nest area. "These arrogant white people came in here and decided it's their land!" Running Springs made no effort to conceal her bitterness. "We have been here thousands and thousands of years. My grandmother was born here; she saw the formation of the stars, the hills."
Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1996
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