William Franklin Hook

He That Hath Ears

"The author includes friendly anecdotes as well as clear discussions of human physiology. Hook’s reading is extremely wide-ranging and energetic; Christian researchers and New Age fans alike should be captivated."


A Note to the Reader...

Now who wouldn’t want to belong to a group who has secret knowledge, especially if that knowledge was of interest to such age-old questions of “why was I born?” or “why bad things happen to good people?” I am guessing that if you are reading this at this moment you are a seeker of truth, just like me. That’s why I became a reader of and student of esoteric literature at an early age, although I really didn’t have time to spend on it until I retired from a medical practice of radiology and nuclear medicine. Now that I’m retired from active practice I have finally been able to reread many of the books that enthralled me in my youth.

As I retraced that path and during the research for this book I realized why I had become a believer in reincarnation and Franklin Hook owed it to my kids and grandkids to explain why it made sense. Reincarnation is the belief that the soul upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body. Webster adds two words to that definition, “or form.”

I disagree with that concept. Webster also defines transmigration the same as it defines reincarnation except that it excludes the “or form” addendum, and adds another word as a synonym, metempsychosis, which neither Webster’s College nor Dorland’s Medical dictionaries define.

However, metempsychosis is defined by Merriam Webster.com as “the passing of the soul at death into another body or form.” We will define metempsychosis as the passing of the soul into an animal form. This makes the definition of the metempsychosis indeed a psychosis in my mind, since it doesn’t exist at least in my belief, and I can relegate it to a mental disorder. I believe that once a human being always a human being and I believe the evidence will show that to be true.

-author Franklin Hook


Well defined and specific credible accounts of many more than 2500 past lives were now on record and available for the public for research; (if one counted all the past lives in the 2500+ readings the total would likely be in the tens of thousands)!

What this means is the integration of the philosophy of both Oriental and Christian religions were now possible.

Such integration would provide a combination of science and religion that would make clear that all pain and human sufferings are not due to mere chance, but rather to the consequences of misbehavior in past or sometimes current lives. All pain, limitations, deformities, afflictions and other bad things that appear to happen to good people are in fact educational lessons that follow the laws of karma. The occasional exceptions are those that demonstrate our Creator’s love and power like the healing of the blind man described in John 9: 1-4, or His forgiveness of one’s sins as He did for Saul of Tarsus who became St. Paul.

Although Dr. Cerminara went into detail about the cause and effect of certain kinds of karma, here are a few of Cayce’s summarized cases so you get the idea:

  • Boomerang karma: The blind college Professor whose job in a previous life as a warrior in 1000 B.C. was to blind enemy POWs with a hot iron.
  • Organismic karma: A man of 35 who suffered from a digestive disorder (which seems to this physician like regional enteritis or ulcerative colitis) who in previous lives in Persia and in the court of French Louis XIII, had been a glutton.
  • Symbolic karma: A young man who had suffered from birth with anemia who in a life “five lifetimes ago” had seized control of the government of Peru shedding much blood in the process. Another case of symbolic karma was that of an 11-year-old boy who was a bed wetter. In a previous life he was described by Cayce as a Puritan minister whose job included dipping accused witches in cold water.
  • Mockery karma: A woman of 45, mother of 3, who became paralyzed by polio and confined to a wheelchair. Cayce described the cause to be her actions of scorn and laughter about victims during Nero’s persecutions of Christians in Roman arenas when she was a member of the Roman Royalty.