Hi, just got back from a trip to DOPS at the University of Virginia where I got the rare opportunity to speak to some great scientists about the research in "Flipside." We had a really interesting, lively discussion about the possibility of examining this work from a more scientific point of view - I'm happy to say they were open to what I was saying - even though it's not in the scientific lexicon to use hypnosis as a form of investigation - but we discussed possible ways it might be able to be studied in the future.
Then I was able to speak to the Virginia Beach IANDS group (International Near Death Studies group) at the Edgar Cayce institute A.R.E. about "Flipside" - a two hour chat that was videotaped and will be available asap. In the afternoon we screened the documentary and spoke about it for quite some time.
For those of you not familiar with Virginia Beach, it's the only place I've ever been where people speak about past lives, and spiritual journeys in the same breath they speak of the weather. It's an amazing group of really interesting people who've had some really interesting experiences - I was invited to a pot luck dinner and the conversation went from a gentleman who remembered a past life where he was murdered on a slave ship to a person who had a Near Death experience that changed her life, to a woman whose son had passed away the week before and he had appeared to her just afterwards to say "stop crying mom, I'm ok, I'm fine."
They invited me to their fellowship meeting on Sunday morning where they shared prayers and songs and wishes of good hope, and I spoke for a half an hour about practical methods to deal with helping people in spiritual need, talking about the Tibetan meditations - "the Jewel Tree of Tibet" as it was taught to me by Tenzin Robert Thurman, and "Tonglen" as it has been studied by Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin, where he's used science to prove it to be an effective antidote for depression.
|If you enlarge you'll see odd "orbs" on my head that are in many|
pix from this event. I think I know what they are, I mention them in "Flipside"
but never saw any pix of myself with them floating about. (Pic: Dick Dinges)
Here's a letter of recommendation that was forwarded along to me - in case someone would like me to come and speak about "Flipside" wherever you are....
SEPTEMBER 1: Saturday morning from 10:00-12:00 p.m., at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
From 2:30 – 4:30 Mr. Martini will present his documentary film, “FLIPSIDE: A TOURIST’S GUIDE ON HOW TO NAVIGATE THE AFTERLIFE,” which goes hand-in-hand with his book of the same name. Admission is $10. Refer to www.vbiands.com for complete information, and Contact Dick Dinges at (757) 575-2759.
In the film, Mr. Martini explores startling new evidence for life after death by documenting the life-between-lives experience. Based on the evidence of thousands of such regressions, we learn that after physical death we return to be with our loved ones, soul mates, and spiritual teachers, and together with them we choose how and when we will reincarnate. The movie and book present interviews with hypnotherapists trained in the method pioneered by Dr. Michael Newton, as well as actual between-life sessions, including Rich Martini’s own session.