Phil Collins – the reincarnation of an Alamo soldier?

British rock star Phil Collins believes he could be the reincarnation of a 19th Century American town mayor and soldier who played a role in the Battle of the Alamo.

His present life as a famous singer-songwriter has been superseded by an all-consuming passion for studying the history of the Alamo and collecting artifacts from the battle.

‘Basically, now I’ve stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do.’

The 59-year old former Genesis drummer from West London was given information about a past life there by a clairvoyant during one of his regular trips to San Antonio, Texas.

Phil Collins: Alamo man

It seems that Phil Collins has long felt a strong connection to the Alamo.

[For a brief history of the Alamo and the famous battle there, see “Remember the Alamo” below.]

It all started when he was a young boy. He has said in interviews that he would watch transfixed as the actor Fess Parker portrayed Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier in the Disney TV mini-series:

‘It was on every week. It just got me, and never left me.’

He would ask his parents to buy him raccoon-skin hats and toy rifles as birthday presents. At school, his first solo performance was of the show’s famous theme tune The Ballad Of Davy Crockett

As time went by, he was drawn to other hobbies. He took up the drums when he was five. As a child actor he appeared as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! and as an extra in various films and TV shows.

Then came Genesis, global fame, a solo career — and three failed marriages which have left him with children in Canada, Los Angeles and Switzerland.

Phil Collins in Genesis (early 1970s)

Phil saw the Alamo for the first time in 1973, during a Genesis tour.

‘When I turned the corner and saw this thing that had captivated my life. … I’ll never forget that moment.’

For the past 15 years, since around the time of his bitter break-up with his second wife, and since an injury left him unable to drum, his main hobby has been pursuing anything and everything related to the battle of the Alamo.

His collection now occupies the basement of his home in Switzerland, where he continues to live in order to be close to his young children. The haul includes weapons, documents, battlefield letters, posters from the 1960 film The Alamo starring John Wayne, shells, bits of horse harness and army uniform.

His most prized item is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis for 32 cattle used to feed the Alamo defenders.

He says that he is collaborating with artist Gary Zaboly on a book about his collection.

Phil visits San Antonio, where the Alamo mission still stands, every March on the anniversary of the battle along with hundreds of other enthusiasts, and has done so for years. ‘It’s not as bad as trainspotting,’ he told an interviewer. ‘I’ve met a lot of nice people over there.’

Past life connection

Among those he has met are husband-and-wife Gary Foreman and Carolyn Raine,  producers of historical documentaries. It was Carolyn who, having a psychic bent, ‘revealed’ Phil’s former life.

Carolyn, 52, is part Seneca Indian and a big believer in reincarnation. She ‘sees’ historic events and can place people within them. She has also spent hours pendulum dowsing — swinging a pendulum across 199 Alamo defenders’ names and psychically matching them to people she knows today.

About four years ago, she spotted Phil Collins in San Antonio and thought he was so intense in his Alamo interest he must have been there in a previous life.

‘My husband and I have been fans forever. Who doesn’t like Phil Collins and his music? He started coming to San Antonio on a regular basis for Alamo anniversaries and we got to know him really well. He is quite shy and likes to play really low-key. He is really nice and easy to talk to.’

She decided that Phil Collins had been a Texan scout, John William Smith (4 November 1792 – 12 January 1845), also known to Mexicans as El Colorado — ‘The Redhead’ — because of his red hair.

Carolyn snatched the opportunity to tell Phil Collins what she had sensed:

‘We were at a party and Phil was leaving. I wanted to nab him before he got out. I asked him what he felt about reincarnation, he said he’d got someone doing his genealogy. I said I wasn’t talking about genealogy. I said: “You’re Smith.”’

Phil Collins says:

‘She gave me a folder and said, “You were here and this is who you were.”’

John William Smith

During the struggle for Texas independence, John William Smith served as a horseback courier. Stationed at the Alamo, he was ‘the main scout who went in and out’ according to Phil Collins, who has always been fascinated by this character.

The fall of the Alamo

Smith was dispatched from the Alamo shortly before the massacre to take a message, a request for reinforcements. After delivering the message, Smith returned with men to fight but was informed that the battle for the Alamo was over, and so headed eastward to fight at San Jacinto, where independence was won.

Smith later went on to become mayor of San Antonio.

Carolyn’s husband Gary Foreman says:

‘When she made the revelation to Phil, his face lit up. His reaction was he felt very much at home at the Alamo and now it made sense.’

This positive reaction to such information seems plausible when you consider that in a recent Rolling Stone interview he revealed that he has discerned ‘glowing, semi-transparent light orbs’ in a series of photographs he took at the site:

‘It’s paranormal energy. I don’t want to sound like a weirdo. I’m not Shirley MacLaine, but I’m prepared to believe. You’ve seen the pictures. You can’t deny them, so therefore it’s possible that I was there in another life.’ (Rolling Stone)

Sadly, there are no images of Smith so it is not possible to make the comparison with Phil Collins. Interestingly, though, the very first item Phil ever bought for his Alamo collection is a receipt for a saddle bought by John W. Smith.

Remember the Alamo

The Alamo c.1836

What is now called ‘the Alamo’ is a compound built by Spaniards in the 1700s. It is located in what was at the time a rural part of Texas but is now in the middle of downtown San Antonio.

The compound was originally a Catholic mission, home to Spanish missionaries and their native converts. It was later taken over by a Spanish cavalry unit (who gave it the name) in the early 1800s, and thereafter served as a fortress.

The military — first Spanish and later Mexican — continued to occupy the Alamo until the Texas Revolution (1835-36). It was during this conflict, in which ‘Texian‘ settlers fought for independence from Mexico, that the Alamo came to play a key role.

Map showing location of San Antonio and the Alamo

In 1835, while Texas was still a Mexican province, an insurgent army of Texian settlers and adventurers from the United States drove out all Mexican troops. The Mexican President, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, attempted to retake Texas the following year.

On February 23, 1836, approximately 1,500 Mexican troops marched into the town of San Antonio de Béxar (today the city of San Antonio) as the first step in a campaign to re-take Texas. With Texian troops — including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie — keeping hold of the strategically important Alamo, this led to the famous Battle of the Alamo, from February 23 to March 6.

Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched a direct assault on the garrison. Even with reinforcements, the Texian defenders were heavily outnumbered ten-to-one by the Mexican force. The defenders fought bravely but were ultimately defeated.

When the Battle of the Alamo ended at approximately 6:30 a.m. on March 6, 1836, few of the occupiers were still alive (see List of Texan survivors of the Battle of the Alamo). These were almost all women and children who had gathered in the church. Some reports claimed that several Texans surrendered but were quickly executed on Santa Anna’s orders.

The defenders of the Alamo came to be seen as martyrs for the cause of Texas freedom and “Remember the Alamo” became a rallying cry in the revolutionary army’s eventual success at defeating Mexico. The end of the war saw the creation of the independent Republic of Texas.

The 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo was commemorated with a symphony concert starring Phil Collins, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and the San Antonio Symphony. In addition to singing his hit songs, Collins read from one of the last letters written by commander Travis.

Sources

Daily Mailhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1333165/How-psychic-cook-called-Carolyn-convinced-Phil-Collins-hes-reincarnated-American-hero.html

Dallas News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/gdphilcollins0509.45efab0.html


13 thoughts on “Phil Collins – the reincarnation of an Alamo soldier?

  1. I have recently discovered a past life and it has answered a lot of questions. I used to listen to the song “Take me Home by Phil Collins and wonder why it spoke to me.

    • GREETINGS BARRY:
      YES! I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO SHARE MY STRONG PREMONITION. I HAVE WRITTEN THIS OUT AND WOULD LOVE TO EMAIL YOU THE DETAIL. BRIEFLY! MY WRITING IS SIMILIAR TO DAVY CROCKETT’S WRITING. I LOOK SIMILIAR TO HIS PORTRAIT. THE SONG FERNANDO BY ABBA HAS A SPECIAL MEANING TO MY TWIN SOUL AND MYSELF. I UNDERSTAND THE SONG IS A TRIBUTE TO THE MEN WHO FOUGHT AT THE ALAMO. I SPEND A LOT OF TIME AT THE ALANO CLUB OF NORTH VANCOUVER. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THE ALANO CLUBS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. A.A. AND OTHER 12 STEP PROGRAMES ARE HELD AT THESE RECOVERY CLUBS. ALANO IS ONE LETTER DIFFERENT FROM ALAMO. I HAVE AN EMAIL TO PHIL COLLINS WHICH I HOPE HE WILL RECEIVE. YOU’RE WELCOME TO A COPY. I AM A ONE FINGER TYPIST, MAKING IT QUITE TEDIOUS TO RETYPE. PRAYING YOU CAN TRUST ME WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.
      LOVE AND GOD BLESS
      DEREK DULLEY
      604-988-8703
      derekdulley@yahoo.ca

    • Barry, Friend, and any: You really have to ask, how is it that so many people can have the idea that they are X, and come to believe it so heartily that it completely possesses them. There is an answer that lies in a confounder – which is that the information of this soul is quite common (in media – it being famous), and we actually start to resonate with it, generating the very same impressions as that original soul. I teach Quantum Magic … and the irony is that it often turns to to be the same thing. Thus, I am here not to troll, but to learn! But, thought I’d share that.

      seek me and ye shall find – though it may be a ways off before you can learn!
      X

  2. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PHIL COLLINS ABOUT MY POSSIBLE PAST LIFE AS DAVY CROCKETT. THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE. DEREK DULLEY

    • I don’t know him at all, personally, but you can probably google “Phil Collins contact info” or something similar.

  3. It’s amusing cause I have also had strong feelings about the times of the old west in general not just in the Alamo but I have gathered as much as I could John Wayne’S FILMS AND CLINT EASTWOOD’S AND I have felt like I was in those scenes in a way it has captivated me in so many ways to be passioned about the the deadliest places and rough cowboys doing their missions and at the same, I have always been aware of Phil collins songs like “come with me or true colors or you will be in my heart” in Tarzan but it’s all a mixed of feelings that I can’t keep out because that’s the meaning of life to be related by things you have strongly been persuaded and I still don’t know what’s the difference between the old west and Phil collins but I think, it is something in which I have to be certain about to do my missions, if you think you have an answer to this any, I would be tremendously grateful of, bye friends.

    • Hi Jaime

      Hi Jaime,

      You could try past life regression if you’re drawn to it.

      A bit of punctuation might help too!!

      🙂

  4. I recently found this site. I. too have experienced a strange feeling when I visit The Alamo. When I visited in my 20’s I knew my way around. I’m now 66 and retired living in Colorado for the past 39 yrs. I owned a successful medical x-ray supply company for over 30 yrs. I’ve been lucky to have traveled to over 35 different countries, and have never experienced any strange feelings except when I visit The Alamo. I know nothing about reincarnation, but I know for a fact that I feel I’ve been here before.

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