I met Wendy Both some years ago. I had read that she was a "pet whisperer" and I was curious what that entailed. I had coffee with her to ask her about her abilities, and she described how and when it started for her - aside from being a successful business woman, she had this "other gift" of "hearing or understanding" the issues a pet might have.
|Animal whisperer Wendy Both|
She has a thriving business in that field, helps people with all kinds of animals, horses, etc.
Wendy was the first person I met who "spoke telepathically" to animals, and as I try to do in this research, I stayed open to the results as well as the possibility there is a form of communication we don't yet understand.
Couple of years ago, doing a session with Jennifer and my old boss Robert Towne (yes, the Oscar winning screenwriter), we were doing a "proof of concept" session. I asked Robert if he wanted to chat with any of his pals on the flipside, I knew his mom and dad, and he was open to the idea.
Afterwards, as Robert put it "My whole life I was convinced there wasn't an afterlife and now I'm convinced there is one. What happened?"
|Robert, Eddie Taylor and their pal Jack in the day|
It happened slowly.
In the film "Hacking the Afterlife" there's a clip from his session where we spoke directly to his dog Hira.
Jennifer didn't know who "Hira" was - and I phrased it as a question "I wonder if we can speak to Hira?" Jennifer saw a giant white shag rug in her mind's eye... "Why am I seeing a rug?" As it turns out, Hira was a Hungarian sheepdog. Not just any Komondor, but someone with a personality that was beyond measure.
I should know, I walked him for three years at Warner Brothers during the making of Personal Best.
|My dog walking days included a cameo in |
Personal Best. DP Caleb Deschanel below,
writer director Robert Towne to my right.
I drove him on errands. I knew that Robert flew him to Catalina where he would slip off to write. Robert credited Hira with two classic movies - "Chinatown" - because he'd watch him sniff the Catalina air, and it reminded him of what LA was like in the 1940's... and that's where the idea of a trilogy sprang, of what happened to the air, water and earth of LA due to commerce.
Then he wrote the film "Greystoke" as a result of realizing how sentient Hira was. The movie got tangled up in a lawsuit when Robert was forced to "give it away" to finish "Personal Best" and as a result, gave his dog Hira "P. H. Vizak" the credit for the film.
The only dog ever nominated for screenwriting. Look it up.
|Not Hira. But a typical Komondor|
But in this session, Robert and Jennifer had spoken to Ed Taylor, someone I knew and loved when working for Robert, his best pal from college, his Rhodes Scholar pal who helped him with all of his scripts (but NEVER WROTE A WORD despite allegations to the contrary.) I know that because I had possession of Robert's typewriter - the only one he used to work on. Eddie would give him advice, listen to him act out scenes, and would give advice by saying nothing - but never, ever sat in front of that Selectra and put in his thoughts. Ever.
|Jennifer Shaffer and I on our podcast|
Hacking the Afterlife
After speaking directly to Eddie on a couple of occasions I had the idea to ask "Can we talk to Hira?" And suddenly Jennifer began responding. "He's here." And because of telepathy, he answered the questions I gave him. He proved beyond any reasonable doubt he still exists (talked about the layout of Robert's new home, which I had not seen, where his office was, how he sometimes slept in the bed with him, and Robert could hear him, etc.)
|Wikipedia of a Komondor|
I took that opportunity to ask him direct questions about process - how does it work?
He told us that animals know how incarnation works and humans do not. He told us how he had been a horse in a previous lifetime with Robert, gave me the location, name of the house and town which I found in Scotland, where he said it was. Robert was not "on board" with any of this - remained an "open minded skeptic" until he spoke to his nanny.
His nanny was a Chinese woman who was deported to Manzanar during WWII. But for four or five years of his life, she kept an eye on him in San Pedro. And Jennifer connected him to her, and she said "I was always worried about Robert climbing the tree behind his house."
No one could know about that tree. I didn't know about it. Robert forgot about it. But she was reminding him of it. Something Jennifer could not have known as there are no accounts of this person anywhere in existence. He never saw her again. And yet here she was "in Jennifer's office" reminding him of a detail he had forgotten.
|Hacking the Afterlife on Gaia or Amazon Prime|
Proof of the afterlife is reflexive. People who have the experience of it - know what they know. People who have not had the experience justifiably doubt other people's accounts. "That proves nothing." Of course it doesn't - it won't prove a thing to anyone else except those who recall the memory.
It's new information.
The tree in the backyard.
So the other day, we filmed another conversation with Hira, and he spoke some more about process. How things work.
Then, after Hira sprang forward, we've had others come and speak to us as well. In the book "ARCHITECTURE OF THE AFTERLIFE" there are interviews with a Panther, my old dog Sam (via Steph Arnold's council member) as well as other animals that came forward to speak to us.
In the podcasts at MartiniZone.com there's an interview with a dolphin who talks about all the things that we are unaware of when it comes to animal communication.
But, I'm just reporting last night's podcast conversation.
Here it is: