Aretha in Billboard 1968. Wikimedia.
I began interviewing people on the flipside with the help of Jennifer Shaffer (who works with law enforcement cases nationwide) a few years ago. We hear all kinds of unusual information in these "chats with the flipside" - if someone comes forward and asks me to "pass along some information" to their loved ones, I do my best to do so.
|Luana Anders, our moderator (in Dementia 13)|
(Actually it was Tom Petty (someone I never met) who dubbed her as the "person with the clipboard behind the velvet rope who has the backstage passes." Hence the title to the book "Backstage Pass to the Flipside: Talking to the Afterlife with Jennifer Shaffer.")
For example, Bill Paxton came forward to speak to us shortly after his passing (as well as two other mediums that I know) and there's a film on Gaia (the sound was poorly mixed, apologies, so they're replacing it as we speak) where I highlight excerpts from three different mediums who spoke directly to my old friend Billy, including Jennifer. Viewers can see Jennifer on camera realizing who "Billy" is - as she didn't know who she was talking to until he showed her a visual of himself going to view the Titanic.
All three mediums gave the same answers to the same questions I asked him - and since I'd known him since both our careers began, I was able to verify the details he was giving. So thank you Billy and Happy Birthday (May 17th.)
If anyone would like a taste of what it's like to "talk to" and "get answers" from a friend on the flipside, the film "Backstage Pass to the Flipside: Talking to Bill Paxton" will be uploaded in a few days (again apologies for the "overmixed" version).
Now, on to other flipside matters.
After Aretha Franklin passed, she "showed up" during one of our interviews.
|Jennifer Shaffer's pic taken by Dave Chappelle|
After her passing, Aretha appeared to Jennifer in our "class" which is attended by friends of mine who are on the flipside, and then friends of friends (including Ray Charles who was in my film "Limit Up" as I worked with him) and there are other members of our class who are "friends" of hers (Sydney Pollack, who directed "Amazing Grace"), and those friends of hers invited her. However she wasn't prepared to "speak" with us when Jennifer first saw her. So I invited her to "take a seat" and observe what people were doing, and encouraged her to speak up if she wanted to at a later time.
My film where Ray Charles plays God and
Danitra Vance is a guardian angel
I am aware that the process they go through to communicate is "complex" like higher math, and in order for them to do so, they require the same kind of focus and concentration that Jennifer Shaffer does when she does a session. So by suggesting Aretha "take a seat" is to suggest that they can observe the process of "lowering their vibration" to be able to "talk" or "send images" to a medium. It apparently is something that has to be learned or observed.
By the end of our session, she wanted to say something.
|From "Amazing Grace" Warner Bros.|
This was filmed with Jennifer Shaffer on 8-24-18 My questions are in italics, Jennifer's replies are in bold.
Filmed in April, 2019
|Jennifer Shaffer in action|
|Partners in chatting to the flipside|
Here's the article from NBC's website:
"Aretha Franklin's handwritten wills, if real, shed light on a titanic — and complicated — life..."
Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall in July 1989. Mario Suriani / AP file
May 21, 2019
By Alex Johnson
"Representatives of Aretha Franklin's estate and her family have asked a judge to tell them what to do with three handwritten wills found hidden in her home, one of which includes a big surprise.
The wills were discovered May 3 in Franklin's Detroit-area home, two in a locked closet for which the key was hard to find and one in a spiral notebook stuffed under cushions on a sofa, according to documents filed Monday in probate court in Oakland County, Michigan.
When Franklin died in August, lawyers reported that she had no will.
3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin's home
The 16 scrawled pages haven't yet been authenticated as being in Franklin's handwriting, attorneys for Franklin's four sons and the personal representative in charge of the estate wrote. And even if they are real, it's not clear that they're valid, according to the court documents, which ask the judge to sort through it all and determine where to go next..."
A page from one of three handwritten wills believed to have been left by Aretha Franklin, who died last year.Oakland County, Michigan, Probate Court
Only respect to Aretha and her family and loved ones. I'm very glad they found a written example of what she wanted to pass along. And glad to be able to repeat it here.
But when I sat down to interview Jennifer last Thursday, she said "Harry Dean Stanton is here." I asked "Why?" She said "it's about something you wrote. How it reverberates." I said "That's funny, I was quoting Harry Dean this morning to someone on Quora. I was telling the story of we had asked Harry what he wanted me to say at his memorial service; "Tell people to believe in the afterlife."
Knowing what a skeptic he was in life, how he was famous for being an atheist who said "nothing happens when we die" ad nauseum, I laughed and said "Harry. None of your atheists friends are going to believe me if I say that at your memorial service."
He said "Then tell them to BELIEVE IN THE POSSIBILITY OF AN AFTERLIFE and then they won't waste any more of their life arguing about it like I did."
Jennifer said "He wants to thank you for posting that." Okay. You're welcome Harry.