Flipside in the News... Ed Sheeran Et Al

Just wanted to weigh in on some recent news stories that point to the research in "Flipside" and "It's A Wonderful Afterlife."

Let's start with the Brit Awards.  While winning his award, the amazing singer and musician Ed Sheeran said:

"Since I was a little kid I dreamed of people all over the world singing my songs and although I've got a long way to go, this shows that I'm stepping in the right direction." Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran, photo: Daily Mail UK

I've asked a number of people "their first conscious thought they'd be doing what they're doing" and often hear of recurring dreams, visions, or "always knew" as if the future lies somewhere under the surface of our reality. 

Not that we're destined, as free will reportedly dictates our path (to accomplish or screw up), but the dreams or visions appear to have little or nothing to do with nature or nurture. Genetics or environment seem to only support the outcome, but its the consciousness of knowing your path that puts one in the "right" direction. (Sheeran quote is buried after Madge's tumble)

I've come across many accounts of people who had profound dreams, recurring dreams or visions of what or who they were to become.  It was also in their behavior in the school yard.  

I asked one FBI agent when she first became conscious of what she might want to do in her life.  She said in preschool, because "I started keeping lists on what people did in school every day. What they wore, what they ate."  (As quoted in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife")

Was she seeing into the future?  Or seeing the path that she'd already chosen for her to be on?  Does it matter?  It does if you're a parent or guardian, and your child says something silly like "When I grow up I'm going to sing music to millions of people."  The answer is, "Cool! Let me get a camera and I want you to say that on camera, because in 20 years, it will be very valuable."

Just like Dave Schultz (the Olympic wrestler, whose story is told in "Foxcatcher") told his father when he was 5 that he "wasn't going to be here very long," but that he had come here to "teach a lesson in love."  (A conversation the father didn't remember until he said it at the eulogy.)  That's a hard pill to swallow - but when you consider the growing mountain of evidence that shows that we don't die - that we are here on stage temporarily, and that those we love have not disappeared, or gone into oblivion, it can be a source of comfort to those who would like to know there is data that backs that up.

Dave Schultz told his dad he wouldn't be here long.
Then, I found this clip, on the anniversary of George Harrison choosing to be on the planet (his birthday), an old friend of mine posted this link to his speaking about death. George says in the clip:

"What happens when you die? That, to me, is the only thing that's of any importance. The rest is just secondary." "If you want to know anything in this life, you just need to knock on the door. Which I found through meditation. It's all within." (At the end a live version of "All Things Must Pass.")  

"What happens when we die, is the most important thing for us to know while we are on the planet."  

Why is that?

Because the answer will inform how you live your life, how you relate to people, how you relate to fear, to stress, to other people behaving badly.  

And finally, a "Near Death Story" with a different outcome:

In the Independent Newspaper in the UK, there's this story about a fellow who "died twice" and both times didn't see or experience anything (consciously) and they use it to report that "nothing happens after we die." No light, no tunnel. Nada. Zip.

Tunnel? Doorway? Different planes of existence? Pixels on a page?  All of the above.

Au contraire.

One person had that experience - an unconscious one - but thousands have had the opposite experience.

We all have different dreams, different experiences of being awake, widely divergent concepts of what being alive is. Or consciousness is. This fella experienced being dead and nothing came to mind. No tunnel of light. Just blankness. 

Never mind thousands have the opposite experience; scientists like Dr. Bruce Greyson at UVA studying cases for decades, Dr. Sam Parnia's published results of the extensive 7 year Aware Study showing consciousness existing outside of dead people, or the 100 cases Mario Beauregard PhD cites in his neuroscience research where people had no blood to the brain for minutes, and yet saw, heard new information from their "out of body" perspective. 

I got pals all over the planet.  These fellas are in Kashmir. Made me a rug.
Some people are actually convinced nothing happens after we die. Sorry to say, it's just not in the data.

Finally, if you want proof of the afterlife, I suggest you watch this clip.  In it, author David Bennett ("Voyage of Purpose") recounts his near death experience where he saw into the future and saw that he would be diagnosed with cancer that would only give him months to live, and then survive it (knowing he would survive it, because he'd already seen that he would). His case has been examined by science: Dr. Greyson at UVA.  I'll let him describe his experience in his own words:

My two cents.

"Flipside" and "It's A Wonderful Afterlife."


The Flipside of the Oscars

"I'd like to thank the members of the Academy... and everyone who ever left a message on my phone machine....." Congratulations to all the winners at the Oscars!

In my film classes, on the first day I require the students to write their Oscar speech and then deliver it.  It's a very different kettle of fish that you thank when you're starting then when you're ending... except in some cases.  As J.K. Simmons eloquently put it, mom and pop always deserve our thanks.

But from a Flipside perspective, reaching this perceived pinnacle is a bit like crossing over into the afterlife - who is going to greet us in our own ceremony? Will it be a resounding echo of crickets? Or will thousands applaud us for our hard work and "job well done"?  

Well... according to the research in "Flipside" and "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" there's loved ones and friends and family... and a host of others that we've influenced who greet us to applaud our performance on this stage. 

Let's examine the recent Academy awards from the Flipside view of things.  That would be the observation of what was said during the Oscars from a spiritual point of view, or the rare evidence that what happened during the Oscars wasn't just about glitz and pomp.  Beneath the fancy frocks, some profound spiritual lessons were revealed.

Another era. My grandparents meeting the King of England in 1933.

Begin with revelation of the producer/mom Dana Perry who made a film about the suicide of her son.  She said "We should speak about suicide."  (Forgetting for a moment Neil Patrick Harris' "takes balls to wear that dress" comment. It took "balls" for NPH to come out of the closet, and to do this show.)  Then just a few moments later, a young man gets up for winning the script award for ''The Imitation Game" and talks about suicide.  His own. Graham Moore shared with billions how he had tried it because he didn't fit in.  Because he felt "weird." And he said "to all you who feel weird look where I am today."  He said it's okay to feel weird.  It's what makes us human.


What are the odds that a woman would say moments prior while accepting the Oscar that "we should talk about suicide" and a few seconds later a man stands up and does EXACTLY THAT?

Doors of perception, or gateway between realms?
Then take the song for "Selma."  The set of the Pettis bridge, that iconic bridge that became a focal point for the Dr. Martin Luther King's journey in this lifetime.  It was the bridge you cross to get to vote.  People were gassed and beaten to stop them from crossing the bridge.  Dr. King led the march - and it finally took the national guard to ensure their trip across that bridge.

And then the artist known as Common actually used the metaphor of the bridge to show that it's a bridge that connects us all.  That the bridge from ignorance to enlightenment exists.  That the song that has inspired many people comes from the same source.  The actor who played Dr. King (David Oyelowo) had tears streaming down his face.  He channeled Dr. King in his performance.  It's pretty unusual for a fellow from England to so accurately find a voice and gestures of someone so foreign to his background.. and yet, he was clearly channeling Dr. King in his performance. Certainly Dr. King enjoyed that performance last night as well.

And John Legend and Common were clearly channeling Dr. King, or the energy behind Dr. King's message of nonviolence change in their song.  And in their speech.  The reason it resonates is that it is spiritual.  It is of the spirit. 

Isaac Newton "The great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
photo from "It's a Wonderful Afterlife"

Then the lessons of playing roles of people with issues or problems in our society.  "The Imitation Game" deals with the powerful story of a man who signed up for a lifetime where he could not only solve the enigma code, but also a lifetime where he could demonstrate that being gay should never have been a crime.  I would venture to say that he SUCCEEDED IN HIS ENDEAVOR.

This Einstein quote is often heard from people under deep hypnosis
or who have experienced a near death experience

We have the story of a man who signed up to live a life in a wheelchair, using only his mind to wrestle with the most complex problems of the universe.  I would argue that he chose that lifetime because if he had lived his life normally, he never would have gone as far or gotten as deep as he has.  That the lifetime that Stephen Hawking chose, is dramatically proven that he SUCCEEDED IN HIS ENDEAVOR. (And would argue that he can find the theory of everything in examining how it came to be that he chose a lifetime like his own.)

And the actors who played these roles - Eddie Redmayne and Benny Cumberbatch - are doing exactly the SAME THING that these souls are doing - signing up to play a role, one that is difficult, one that represents deeper truths, deeper spiritual lessons - and they got awards for them at the Oscars.  Because that's what we do when our fellow beings choose difficult lifetimes - when we greet them in the afterlife we APPLAUD THEM just as these people were applauded last night.

As noted in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," the film FOXCATCHER also has a powerful Flipside element to it.  When the father of slain Olympian Dave Schultz gave his eulogy, he remembered when Dave was a little boy, he'd taken him outside to "tell him a secret."  His father recounted that Dave said "Dad, I spoke to a council about coming here to teach a lesson in love. But I won't be here very long."  He had forgotten that conversation until the tragic events around the death of his son.  However, the powerful story is REPEATED OFTEN in cases cited in both "Flipside" and "It's a Wonderful Afterlife."  

People under deep hypnosis often claim that we have a "council of elders" who advise us on our mission BEFORE we come to the planet, and advise us on our SUCCESS after we've left it. Dave Schultz succeeded in his endeavor, and Mark Ruffalo succeeded in bringing him back to life - or more precisely, Dave still exists, but Mark brought his memory back onto our stage with great eloquence.

I've filmed 25 individual cases, and examined MANY MORE cited in the works of Michael Newton, Dr. Helen Wambach and others, including in near death accounts about the journey we take on the planet. So I'm merely reporting what's been said during an NDE or a between life hypnotherapy session.

According to these cases, sometimes we COME HERE KNOWING what our mission is going to be, but for some reason, the memory of it is blocked, or hard to access while we are here.  But THERE IS A MISSION, and often we do accomplish it (with the help and guidance from above.)

Papparazzi in our alley, looking for celebrity.
CITIZENFOUR is a film about a fellow who made a difficult choice in this life - to go into data collection, and then seeing what he'd seen - to reveal it to the world at great risk to his life and family.  

The soldier Chelsea Manning did the same kind of revelation - and she credited looking at the planet Earth from outer space - the "PALE BLUE DOT" of Carl Sagan fame's photo - (as cited in Alex Gibney's film "We Steal Secrets") where she observed that everyone on Earth is the same, and doesn't deserve to be tortured or killed without reason.  And decided to speak up about it (and took the consequences).  This effect on humans is cited in the film "The Overview Effect." It's about how astronauts return from space with a different perspective of the planet.  In like form, Snowden sees the planet from this bigger perspective - not us versus them, but us versus us.  Watch the film yourself, but warning: you may no longer see the planet the same.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

Who are we if we use information that's private against fellow human beings?  Crime prevention is one thing, but as he notes in Post Oscar REDDIT SESSION with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the act of giving up our privacy is about losing our inalienable rights... you know, those rights that someone long ago cited as a reason to start a new country.

Still - who among us could give up their lives for what they believe in?  Certainly one day he will have the applause and accolades he deserves - whether it be future generations, or directly from his soul group. 

Luana Anders starred in "Board and Care" an oscar winning film. Producer Sarah Pillsbury neglected to thank her. I don't think Luana cared.  But Jack Nicholson mentioned her in his Oscar speech for "As Good As It Gets." She's the inspiration for "Flipside" after visiting the author after her passing in 1996.

The same goes for BIRDMAN, a film about ego, and the variations of what it does to control our lives, to drive us down avenues we wouldn't normally go... the film is variations on that theme - what lengths will we go for love? what lengths will we go for ego? are there metaphors that follow us around in our lifetime? that going on stage is a bit like jumping off the edge of a building? that allowing creativity to soar off the edge of a cliff, not knowing where we will land is worth praising?  that the good that we do reverberates through all those who experience it?  

The film examines the "darkside" of EGO, but it's also a film about courage and daring - and when all is lost to actually allow our inner voice to champion who we really are .. even if it means pulling a gun on stage - after all, we're just actors upon the stage, and there is nothing that can happen to us that we can't examine later with the help of our friends and soul group...

 And I would argue that by forcing us into streets we normally wouldn't traverse, the ego does a yeoman's job of getting us to live lives that are beyond what he might have imagined them to be, and that we are all SUCCEEDING IN THAT ENDEAVOR.  Hence we are all Oscar winners when we get to our final bow.

Author with Charles Grodin, who wrote the forward
to "It's a Wonderful Afterlife"
After all that's why you've been drawn to this page, this blog, this research. Because you know on some level, that we really don't die.  That we really are here to celebrate life in all its forms.  So please, take a bow for the path and journey you've chosen.

And as Mike Myers would say: "End scene."

Richard Martini is a writer/director of 8 theatrical features you've never heard of and some obscure documentaries, including "Flipside: My Journey into the Afterlife." He's also the author of "Flipside: A Tourist's Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife," and it's follow up "It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Further Adventures into the Flipside" both went to #1 on Amazon in its genre in Kindle after his appearances on "Coast to Coast" with George Noory. He also wrote freelance for Variety, Premiere and


In Honor of Dr. Oliver Sachs and Celestial Music

Dr. Oliver Sachs announced today that he's been told he has months to live, and wrote about it eloquently in The New York Times today.  
"Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.
On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.
This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).
I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential...."
Dr. Sachs is one of the pre-eminent brain researchers of our time. ("The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat")
I completely understand his desire to keep his mind focused and his life geared to those things that he considers essential. This is his path and journey, and he's following it exactly as he's planned it.
 I don't know if he's familiar with Dr. Greyson's work at the University of Virginia dealing with consciousness ("Is Consciousness Created by the Brain") or neuroscientist Mario Beauregard PhD's research in neuroscience ("Brain Wars") or Dr. Sam Parnia's recent "Aware Study" results of what people experience while having a near death experience, but if he was familiar with this work, he would have a new appreciation for the facts that show our energy, or whatever it is that animates our bodies, our souls, do not die.
 That the transition to the Flipside is more like leaving a stage, walking through a door, or stepping into a pool of water than whatever's been suggested in the past.
He's got an entirely new adventure to experience ahead of him - and it's not one of dissolution of mind, in fact it's entirely the opposite, reconnecting with our higher selves, where most of our energy resides in this other realm, where he experience all of our lifetimes, and see the nature of reality from a place of full consciousness.  Not omniscience, not all knowing, but certainly more knowing than what we experience here.
But I mention him because in his work he's examined cases of people who hear "celestial music" and he concluded that it's either crytomnesia (hearing it from somewhere else) or hallucinatory. 
 I've found numerous cases of people hearing music during their near death experience, or even during a between life hypnotherapy session - and in some cases, it can be proven that they could not have heard the music or been hallucinating it.
In Mario Beauregard's interview in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" he cites cases where people have been blind from birth, who had a near death experience, but were able to describe what people were wearing in the hospital room, or what colors they were wearing, even though they should not have been able to.  In like form there are cases where people are deaf and have had a near death experience, and seen or heard things that they could not in their conscious lives.  
At some point you have to allow for the facts as they're presented to speak for themselves.  There are numerous cases of people who have died, meaning no blood going to the brain, where they see or hear events their conscious mind should not be able to.  In Dr. Greyson's talk "Is Consciousness Created by the Brain" he cites cases where people with alzheimers who should not be able to remember anything, suddenly remember with clarity great detail just prior to their passing.  And after death, the autopsies show that their brains should not have been able to access these memories.  
The point being, that the brain appears to function more like a receptor, or receiver of consciousness.  And that reception is not the creator of the music so to speak, but merely accessing it.
The following is an excerpt from "It's a Wondeful Afterlife: Further Adventures into the Flipside" where I talk a bit about "Celestial Music."
There have been numerous accounts of people hearing these dulcet tones, from Beethoven to other classical composers who heard the music running in their head during their waking hours. 
I've spoken with Stuart Sharp, or at least emailed with Stuart, who is cited below as someone who had an experience with celestial music.  He has a pretty amazing story, where the night before the funeral of his son, he had a vivid dream where he was listening to an awesome symphony.  And one of the people he saw in his vision, a guardian angel of sorts, said to him that he needed to remember what he was hearing because one day he would be performing the symphony in front of people.
And the music haunted him so much that he left his job as a cook in a pub in England, and wound up with only a guitar to his name.  One day he was playing some of the music he had heard out in the street as a busker, and someone from the BBC spoke to him about his tune, and Stuart told him the story... and lo and behold, Stuart eventually composed the music and conducted the London Philharmonic playing the song he'd heard in his head.  
The point is, that it was not a hallucination of music he'd heard previously. Oddly enough, Google makes "crawlers" that "crawl through various music posted on line to find the original authors of various compositions - so if what Stuart had heard had ever been performed by anyone else, it would have shown up in their copyright infringement notice.
I've spoken to many near death experiencers who heard "celestial music" during their near death experience.  In my research, I note that when someone hears "new information" from the afterlife, or spirit world - meaning information they could not have learned while being alive, could not have heard or experienced in their journey or path on this planet, then that experience must point to another paradigm at play.  
If you hear, sense, feel or experience something (music, someone telling you something, someone introducing you to a family member you didn't know you had, as in the case of Dr. Eben Alexander, and Colton Burpo, who both met sisters they didn't know existed - could not have known existed) that is new information from the Flipside... then it is proof that there is a Flipside.

“I contemplate the luminous bodies continually revolving within their orbits, the sun, the stars, and then my spirit rises beyond these constellations, millions of miles, to the Source from which all creation flows and from which new creations flow eternally.”   -- Ludwig Von Beethoven

How does music fit into these visions of the afterlife?
During LBLs and NDEs people often report “hearing” music that’s not of an Earthly nature.  In a number of LBLs I’ve heard people report that music and healing come from “related” places in the universe.   But there are many musicians who claim to hear music when composing.
When we study the great composers, like Beethoven, we find that they spoke often of “hearing celestial music.” Oliver Sachs, the renowned scientist, considers this “hallucinatory music.”  As he notes:
True musical hallucinations are experienced by those who have them as unprecedented and deeply disquieting. There is insufficient awareness among physicians of musical hallucinations, in part because patients are reluctant to report them, fearing that they will be dismissed or seen as ‘crazy’. But musical hallucinations are surprisingly common, affecting at least 2% of those who are losing their hearing, as well as patients with a variety of other conditions. Working with a population of elderly patients (though I have seen it in younger people as well), I am often given vivid descriptions of musical hallucinosis, and I think it is by far the most common form of non-psychotic hallucination. I related two stories of musical hallucination in my 1985 book “The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,” and since then have received hundreds of letters from people with this condition. With musical hallucinations it is common for several voices or instruments to be heard simultaneously, and such experiences are almost always attributed, initially, to an external source. Thus in 1995 I received a vivid letter from June M., a charming and creative woman of 70, telling me of her musical hallucinations:
“…Most of the music I hear is from my past—many of the songs are hymns, some are folk music, some pop up from the forties and fifties, some classical and some show tunes. All the selections are sung by a chorus—there is never a solo performance or any orchestration. This first started last November when I was visiting my sister and brother in law in Cape Hatteras, NC, one night. After turning off the TV and preparing to retire, I started hearing ‘Amazing Grace.’ It was being sung by a choir, over and over again. I checked with my sister to see if they had some church service on TV, but they had Monday night football, or some such. So I went onto the deck overlooking Pamlico Sound. The music followed me. I looked down on the quiet coastline and the few houses with lights and realized that the music couldn't possibly be coming from anywhere in that area. It had to be in my head.”
It was not clear why June M. started to have musical hallucinations, or why she still has them, 11 years later. She has excellent hearing, is not epileptic, has no known medical problems and is intellectually quite intact. With her, as with many other patients, the most searching examination may fail to pinpoint the cause of musical hallucinations…” [1]
There is another possible explanation for the source of her music that Dr. Sach’s hasn’t explored: that it is not created by her mind.
A speaker can sometimes pick up the vibrations from other sound waves and reproduce them, but the sound is not being created by the speaker. Sometimes our radio picks up bursts of short wave radios from police scanners, but it’s not that the announcement is created by our stereo.
In Eben Alexander’s NDE he heard “celestial music.”  “I heard… the richest, most complex, most beautiful piece of music (I’ve) ever heard.” It’s also one of the hallmarks of NDE’s according to Bruce Greyson’s research.
“As a high school student, Burt Bacharach always had trouble getting to school on time: he couldn't sleep at night because he kept hearing music in his head. Throughout his life, Bacharach would never stop hearing music, because for him music would always be about sounds rather than ideas.” [2]
In David Bennett’s interview (“Voyage of Purpose”) he talks about hearing a “canyon of sound” during his NDE.  He gives specific details on what that music sounds like. 
Pete Townshend, legendary member of the band, The Who, heard celestial music as an 11 year old boy. “Townshend tells of hearing the music while on a boat with his Sea Scout troop. “I heard violins, cellos, horns, harps and voices, which increased in number until I could hear the threads of an angelic choir. It was a sublime experience. I have never heard such music since and my personal music ambition has always been to rediscover that sound and relive its effect on me.”[3]
Stuart Sharp heard celestial music when he was a young man. The experience was similar to Townshend’s: he first heard the angelic orchestra in a dream as a boy in 1956. Years later he heard it again after his baby son Ben died at birth. He explains: “In my dream I was back at Ben’s graveside staring down at his tiny white coffin. I heard distant angelic music with choirs, violins, cellos, horns and harps that grew in intensity and I gasped as Ben’s spirit rose slowly through the coffin. I couldn’t bring myself to see him in the mortuary. I didn’t have the courage.”
He was so haunted by the music he quit his job as cook in a Leicestershire country pub, left his wife and two daughters and moved to London and into a homeless shelter. He taught himself to play music after he bought a battered guitar from a second-hand shop which, by an amazing co-incidence, happened to be owned by Townshend’s parents. Eventually Stuart Sharp met someone who was moved by his story and helped him record with the London symphony – the result is an orchestral piece called “Angeli Symphony.”[4]
I’ve found other accounts, just from searching them out on the internet. From the NDE of “Jeanette Mitchell-Meadows”: “When I went for surgery the operation took nine hours. During the operation my spirit left my body, in the time it takes to blink an eye, I was in Heaven and saw the light of Heaven… There were musical notes I have never heard on Earth.  They were so clear and flawless, and the tone was so beautiful.  It is the most wonderful place to be. [5]
Or the account of an NDE from Canadian musician Gilles Bedard: "All day long, I went in and out of a coma… Then I saw myself from the ceiling. I was nine feet higher than my body and I was looking down at the people around me.... My vision expanded and I went into a place like a cosmos where there were twelve people standing in a half-circle. They were all pure white lights and they had no faces. I somehow knew these people although they weren't family or people I could recognize. It was as if they were waiting for me. I asked them what was happening, and they told me, 'You are not going to die. You are going back to Earth. You have something to do.' I asked them what it was, and as soon as I asked it was as if I knew the answer… What I remembered most is the music I heard when I was out of my body. It was fascinating.[6]

ref-[1] “The Power of Music” by Oliver Sachs. Oxford Journals Brain Volume 129.
ref-[2] “Self-Portrait of an Experimental Songwriter” David Galenson, Huffington Post 2-19-14
ref-[3]“Who I am: a Memoir” by Pete Townshend Harper, 2013
ref-[4] “Homeless man turns haunting noises in his head into symphony” The Express May 2, 2013
ref-[6] Gilles Bedard's Near-Death Experience and Music Research by Kevin Williams

excerpt from "It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Further Adventures Into the Flipside" Volume One.  All Rights Reserved. Copyright Richard Martini 2014.


Flipside Book Talks and Music in the Afterlife

Interesting... a number of folks stopped by on Valentine's Day to check out the blog... Wonder why that could be? Looking for a soul mate? Or just a little bit of soul? Well here's two links for y'all... one is to my many book talks - they're all posted on youtube, and if can't get enough of my dulcet tones yakking about the afterlife, they're posted for free. 

Caveat Emptor - well, there's no buyer here, more of a general Caveat - this research isn't for everyone. You're on your path for a reason, and I'm not here to job you off of your path. Or to chase after you and point you in another direction. Or to stand in front of you and wave my arms and say "look over there!" I did an interview on a blog radio spot the other day, (will post a link when it's available) and the interviewer asked "So why is this information important?" 

And I said "Because we don't have the luxury of watching the planet Earth get ruined or destroyed by those who think they only have one life to live. If you don't want to save the planet for your children or your grandchildren, fine, but at the very least consider that it might be true what all these people are saying about returning to Earth in the future. So save the planet if only for your own ability to taste fresh water, clean fresh air, and live in a healthy environment.. in a future lifetime."

 For that reason alone, I offer this research.

Then, someone who read "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" found my recommendation for "The Afterlife of Billy Fingers" and as some point, Billy says that the background music that he's heard in the afterlife reminds him of the piece below by Sibelius. 

I interviewed jazz artist Deron Johnson​ about where music comes from. He thought a bit, and said "It's just below the surface" and made a gesture describing water in a pool, and how music lies just beneath the surface of our consciousness. 

In the book "The Afterlife of Billy Fingers" Billy mentions this opus when trying to describe what the background music he hears in the afterlife realm. (I'd prefer to hear Beethoven's 9th myself, or perhaps Muddy Waters) but was just reminded of this particular piece noted below. Sibelius. The Swan of Tuonela. Enjoy. 


Ohio Boy Remembers Life as a Chicago Girl

Dr Jim Tucker's research from UVA (took over for Ian Stevenson, Tucker's books cite many cases) corroborates these kinds of stories, and second, ignore the "catchwords" like "horrible death" or "ghost in my child." How horrible can it be that he not only didn't die, but chose to return again as thus blue eyed angel in Ohio? How can we call it a "ghost" when it's just a previous remembered life? The research shows we choose each life carefully, with the help and guidance of our loved ones. And if you want to see the research, read "Flipside" or "Its a Wonderful Afterlife." cites the latest studies in consciousness, pointing to how this story could be accurate. It also points to the shallowness of our tribal mentality, us vs them, left vs right, fundamentalist vs liberal - if we choose who we're going to be in the next lifetime, how do we judge a person's choice in this lifetime?

Ohio family convinced son lived another life as a Chicago woman

CHICAGO —  Do you believe in past lives? An Ohio boy’s family says they didn’t, until little Luke started sharing specific details. He spoke about living another life, in Chicago, as a woman who suffered a horrific death.
WJW’s Suzanne Stratford has the story in the video above.


Near Death Experience in the Emerald Isle

I've interviewed Dr. Greyson (UVA) and cataloged near death cases in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" volume one - the bottom line is this, if a person experiences NEW INFORMATION during a near death experience, and there's no possibility they could have known the information previously then it's a matter of examining what that means. In the case of Eben Alexander (Proof of Heaven) , or even Colton Burpo (Heaven is for Real), both saw a sister neither knew, or could have known existed. 

 I've seen and heard many cases, including people who've had between life hypnotherapy, where they learn new information from people no longer on the planet. You may not like that this is the case, but that only means it should be examined by science and not ignored or somehow made light of. Her account of experiencing "unconditional love" is common in many cases - greyson has examined hundreds, he has thousands more in his office. So what does unconditional love mean? as opposed to conditional love? 

That's why I call these events "near life experiences" - because it's closer to what real life is, as opposed to "death" or "no longer alive."  It's the opposite actually. You feel more alive.

She mentioned "the troubles" on ireland. It's a good example. do we love people who shoot at us? of course not. but that's conditional love - what these people experience in their near death experiences (and many more from between life sessions during hypnotherapy, I've studied thousands and filmed 25) people experience a "knowing" that we are all connected, all from the same source - there is no black or white, no young or old, no man or woman, or left or right.. we are all from the same source. This information isn't for everyone - because people choose their lifetimes, and being in the midst of it makes it hard to see outside of it - but for those who are meant to hear her music, they will. 

My two cents.

  Irish author saw lights of heaven in near death experience she says

Roisin Fitzpatrick shares her insight on how to live life without fearing death; draws parallel to Celtic mythology. Photo by: Taking Heaven Lightly Facebook
One day after her 35th birthday, in the prime of her health, Roisin Fitzpatrick suffered a severe brain hemorrhage in her Dublin home that led her to death’s doorstep.

There on the doorstep, Roisin says she was engulfed by a radiant and iridescent light. While her body lay in the ICU at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital, her consciousness was one with a vast horizon of tangerine-colored energy and a force of pure, unconditional love.
Her near-death experience, validated by leading medical expert in the field of near death experience research Dr. Bruce Greyson, brought Roisin to a place of complete understanding about the meaning and essence of life.

Ten years later, this past January 15, Roisin published a book called “Taking Heaven Lightly” that has since skyrocketed to number three on Ireland’s best-seller list. The book shares with the world her remarkable insight into how to live life without fearing death; she also draws a profound parallel between her “near-life” experience and Celtic mythology.

“My thinking was more lucid than ever,” she told IrishCentral in an interview about her experience. “I remember thinking, well, who am I, what am I, where am I? I'd always associated myself with my body, and I wasn't in my body anymore. I was part of this vast, blissful expanse of a pure love and a powerful radiant light.”

Before she could put it into words, Roisin started sharing her experience with the public through art. The “artist of the light” toured with solo exhibitions featuring her innovative works made with crystal and silk, “for people to see the beauty of their own souls.” Currently she is on her 11th US exhibition at the Anam Cara Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“I remember lying there feeling completely overwhelmed and daunted. And though I was trying to stay calm, I was utterly terrified,” she said about the moment before her journey.
“I didn't smoke, hardly drank a drop of alcohol, and was so fit I could salsa dance four nights a week for hours on end. How was I literally on deaths door in the ICU unit of Ireland’s neurosurgical hospital? I felt that I was standing on the edge of the unknown.”
This is when Roisin became enveloped by the light and the love, and the tangerine-lavender waves of energy and bliss: “It was nothing I’d ever experienced before. A profound sense of peace; it was a hushed silence.”

“One of the Gaelic ways of saying "may you rest in peace" is solas siorai - and it literally means the eternal light. And I realized that we're always a part of this eternal light, each and every one of us.
“We are so much more powerful than we can begin to imagine, because this is the deepest truth of who we are. When we're born we just put this coat on - some muscles, some bone, a bit of skin covering a few organs, but ultimately, we are this eternal light.
“Then when we die, we just take the coat off. And this is the deepest truth of each and every one of us,” she said, which is her ultimate message.

Roisin Fitzpatrick with Niall Burgess and Kevin O'Malley.
Roisin Fitzpatrick with Niall Burgess and Kevin O'Malley.
What would make Roisin’s experience slightly different than others’ is her atheistic, professional and academic background, she said.

“I'm exactly the same as everybody else - I'm a very ordinary person. I just happened to have an extraordinary experience.”
The Dublin native had a particularly hard time believing in any sort of spirituality or a life past the material world during the Troubles in Northern Ireland - especially when she had witnessed an IRA explosion in London while working for the European Bank.

“There was a constant barrage on the media of Catholics killing Protestants, Protestants killing Catholics. There’s a kneecapping, a gun shooting, a bank robbery - all in the name of God. This God also has a commandment that says ‘thou shalt not kill,’ so I said forget it. I had nothing to do with religion growing up. That, to me, was the reason they were always at war.”

Roisin herself is stunned by her utter transformation from someone who never saw past a cruel, material world to someone so devoted to this encompassing energy that she believes we’re all wholly a part of.

“We all face challenges - whether they’re health issues, financial issues, relationship issues or bereavement. But when we can connect with something so much deeper it gives us the strength and the courage to pull through. And thats what I really want to share, and thats why I wrote this book. Because you don't need to go through the ICU unit of Beaumont Hospital to connect with this,” she said.

“No matter what’s happening, we can feel empowered and we can feel the strength and the courage to move on and pull through, and stay connected with this light.”

Roisin did an incredible amount of research into Celtic mythology and found a profound and undeniable link between her culture’s history and her experience - she teamed up with renowned archaeologists, historians and Celtic otherworld experts.

“I had no idea what I was about to embark on,” she said.
In her book she explains the parallel between humans today and the Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology and Tir na nOg and Tir na mbeo, the land of eternal youth and the land of eternal light.
“Its time for us to go back to the original, to go back to Lugh, the God of light, and recognize the deepest truth of who each and every one of us are. We actually are these powerful beings of light - this is what the Tuatha de Danann were. The gods of life and light who could shape-shift their energy.

“And then I have a near death experience and realize, actually, hold on a second, my God, those myths are right. We are powerful beings of light. We do change our energy. And as how we use our energy, we make a change in this world.”

Roisin said she found every single aspect of her near death experience in Irish mythology - she also re-experienced aspects of it when visiting the sacred sites, and connected with the same energy once again.

Roisin’s book was published by Hachette on January 15, and the launch at the Westbury Hotel was buzzing, attended by US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley, former Irish Consul General to New York Niall Burgess and many other luminaries.
The book is receiving positive reviews and has been endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and others.


Foxcatcher and Notes from the Flipside

For those of you who haven't seen Foxcatcher, it's a wonderful film.  If you don't want any "spoilers" about the film, please come back to read this after you've seen the film.  But it's based on a true story, so you might be well aware of it by now.

Mark and Dave Schultz, the amazing Olympic athletes, trained at Foxcatcher wrestling facility, under the auspices of John Du Pont.  The performances are brilliant, the film's look and the art direction are fantastic.  The film lays out the story pretty much as it happened, with some adjustments for drama, and attempts to gain insight into the events surrounding a tragedy, by pointing to the wealth of the Du Pont family that contributed to the murder that occurs.

Dave Schultz - from USA Today
Today is the 19th anniversary of that event.  It's been 19 years since Dave Schultz's life was cut short.  RIP Dave.

  But there's a deeper, richer story here, and it wasn't touched upon by the filmmakers. That's why you have your trusty Flipside correspondent on hand, to search for the other meanings that are buried in the story.

At the funeral of his son, Phillip Schultz made a dramatic revelation during his eulogy. Here's the original article about it:

From the article

Later in his eulogy, Schultz told how David at age 4 predicted he would die young. David told his dad that before he was born, he was one of 12 men standing around in a circle in the clouds. David was told by one of the men that he was going to be tested on earth.``He said I would pass the test, but I wouldn't be here very long,'' David recounted to his dad. ``David was truly a transcendent figure,'' his father said softly.

Wait a minute.  

A group of 12 men standing in a circle in the clouds?  Where have we heard of that before?

In Michael Newton's "Journey of Souls" he talks about the "councils" we all have, and they average from 6 to 12 people.  In the 25 between life sessions that I've filmed, and report upon in "Flipside" and "Its a Wonderful Afterlife" many included the same reports - visiting the council of elders, or the "wisdom makers" where people gain insight into why they chose a particular lifetime. (And in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" the same research done by Dr. Helen Wambach shows how people under deep hypnosis recount "choosing to be here" with the assistance of "wise elders" or "council members" for a variety of spiritual reasons.)  

 12 men (often women) standing in the clouds talking to us about our journey on earth is not only common - it occurs in just about every between life hypnotherapy session. (LBL).  Michael Newton cataloged 7000 of them, Helen Wambach cataloged hundreds of them, and I've filmed 25.

Michael Newton, whom I interviewed for Flipside

In Newton's research (7000 people over 30 years before he published) he says that people visit their council two key times; before reincarnating to discuss the life lessons they're about to impart, and again when they return to review how the person feels they did during their lifetime.

Also, David noted to his father (again, he was four years old at the time) that he was "going to be tested on Earth," that he would "pass the test, but I wouldn't be here very long."

This is also in these reports - a matter of fact account of what's being shared between the soul and their spirit guides.  "What are you going to do while you're on Earth?" "Well, I'm going to try to do this, and this other thing, and help these other people."  Generally these stories all have to do with imparting a lesson in love.

At one point, a spirit guide spoke up while I was filming a session with Scott De Tamble (  The person was asked "Who or what is God?"  And the woman said (a skeptical film producer, who never thought she could be hypnotized, but had an amazing session) "God is beyond the capacity of the human brain to comprehend. It's not physically possible. But you can experience God, by opening your heart to everyone and to all things."

So opening your heart to everyone and all things might be one of those events to examine.  And this as well.

Because if Dave knew that he wasn't going to be here long, how was that going to play out?  We could go through all the choices that Dave made in life, whether bungee jumping, or wrestling the most amazing matches in the world - at any point along that way, Dave could have chosen to check off the planet in some other manner.  Bungee cord breaks, he has a heart attack on the mat.  But that's not what happened.

He knew what was going to happen.  He couldn't put it into words at four years old, but he knew he wasn't going to be here for the full term, for the full journey.

So where does that put John Du Pont in this story?  He's a scary, creepy, lost soul - as Steve Carrell portrayed him, and as he everyone reported him to be.  In the film, they try to point to his lack of mother's love as a reason for his being unhappy, unloved.  A drunk, drug user.  An abuser. An unhappy 1 percenter.

But wait a second.  There's a deeper story here. He's playing that role of drug user, unloved soul.  He's fulfilling his own path and journey in this story.  Did he know what was going to happen when he became obsessed with wrestling to start Foxcatcher?  If Dave knew what his path and journey was going to be, could John Du Pont have known as well?

The research shows that we choose difficult lifetimes to experience all kinds of positive and negative energy. That between lives, when we are back "home" we are filled with unconditional love, and we see our journey here on Earth more like a stage play, or a classroom, where we examine things, learn lessons, teach things, have compassion, help others (or play the role of the person not helping others).  But back home is like stepping off stage. Or graduating from college.

As Kathy Bates says in the final episode of this year's "American Horror Story" - "Does Desdemona hate the actor who played Othello, who kills her in the play?"  Once we are offstage we see our journey as one where we can share and love and play many roles.

So Foxcatcher is a brilliant film to be sure.  But when you watch it, know that young Dave knew that he was not going to have a long life, that someone or something was going to cut it short, but despite that knowledge -  he gave his heart freely, gave his love to his brother, and his family - and his love continues on.  And I honor him today by suggesting that unconditional love is the way of the Universe.  That we need to love everyone unconditionally - because they don't die, they can't die, they just aren't here - and back "home" we get to continue our lessons in love by choosing our next lifetime.

This isn't my opinion or belief - I'm just reporting what people say under deep hypnosis, and now in my latest work comparing those concepts to what people say after a near death experience, out of body experience, or some other life altering event.  And many, many speak of these "life reviews" with members of some kind of spirit council, with elders, and spirit guides - but all of them speak of this unconditional love we find back "home" for lack of a better word.

Dave is not dead, he's just not here. He's home. And we honor his memory to consider his sacrifice - to go through that pain and anguish, to teach a lesson in love.

He said he would be tested while he was on Earth and that he would pass the test.  Admirably I'd say.  
Just a little Flipside perspective and my two cents.

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