A chat with California Haunts and Charlotte

Fun interview with Charlotte and California Haunts... at the end I demonstrate a simple guided meditation where she helps a pesky ghost take the journey home out of her haunted house. I had no idea we'd go there, but we went there, and he went "home." Bon voyage "Jason!"


A chat with the Queen on the Flipside


A chat with the Queen on the Flipside

I’m a cheeky bugger.

I don’t really know what that term means. But I think it applies.

For the past 8 years I’ve been chatting with people on the flipside. For six years I’d visit Jennifer in her office or a nearby restaurant and film our conversations. Those conversations are the basis of four books — “Backstage Pass to the Flipside” 1, 2 and 3, and “Tuning Into the Afterlife.”

Jennifer is a medium who works with law enforcement pro bono to assist in missing person cases. I know of a number of times that she’s been instrumental in helping the authorities to solve a mystery — often by giving them avenues to pursue. I’ve witnessed this with law enforcement members in the same room.

That aside, we’ve been chatting with people that I knew who are no longer on the planet. I take the time to do the research, and some of that is in the film — where one can see her in action.

This past week, in honor of the anniversary of John Lennon’s passing, I decided to ask him a few questions. I had been nodding off to sleep the night before, and found myself chatting with him. I’ve stopped judging “whether or not this is the real person” after doing this for so long — two years on our podcast

In this instance, I was under the impression that John was telling me something. He said “People are enjoying your writing.” I asked “Who?” thinking he meant on the planet. He replied “Not on earth, but over here.” I said “Okay. But who has told you that?” He stopped and said, “The Queen for one.”

Which was funny to hear. If I was going to nominate someone on the flipside to mention the work — she might not be on the list. However, since Jennifer and I have done this for 8 years weekly — the Queen did show up in a session we did with Carl Sagan.

It was a session where I invited a number of atheists, skeptics to chat with us. And in response to the question “So when did you realize there was an afterlife?” Jennifer said that he was telling her that the Queen had interceded — while still on the planet. Seeing her startled him — as he was aware she was alive on earth. She showed him that she was both on earth and standing with him.

Which is in line with the research. We bring a portion of our conscious energy to a lifetime and the rest is back home. So while we are on the planet, a portion of us is always home. She said that she startled him into being aware where he was.

She repeats that in this podcast. But she adds that she had corresponded with Carl — something I have not been able to verify. However, I can verify that they met on March 1st 1983 on a boat with Francis Coppola in San Francisco.

So when breaking down what she’s saying — she may be referring to “reading his letters” or “reading his books.” When she’s “showing Jennifer letters” it could be a number of meanings related to letters.

I had been listening to tributes to John Lennon earlier in the day, and reflected upon the time I played piano with Julian Lennon at a pub in Monte Carlo, and how he’d generously offered me his couch as the trains had stopped running for me to return to Cannes. And around six in the morning, a gruff voice shouting in my ear said “Who the F$%k are you?” I jumped off the couch — looked around, saw that no one was there.

Then I recognized the voice, the Liverpool accent. This was years before any of my research into the flipside, so I had zero context for it happening, nor did I mention it to Julian. But then his dad showed up in a number of our sessions, Jennifer saying “John Lennon is here.” I asked him the same questions I ask everyone — who greeted him on the flipside, what it was like, when he realized where he was.

He described an unusual experience of walking in the dark and then realizing he was on a stage in front of a giant audience, and Jimi Hendrix was waiting for him. And the song began and they played “Blue Suede Shoes” together. When I asked him what happened next, he said it was the sounds of Yoko’s voice crying that pulled him from that reverie.

Since then, as mentioned in TUNING INTO THE AFTERLIFE, we’ve had many people report that Jimi Hendrix “was there to greet them.” (That’s the reference in the podcast to “talk show host.” More than one person (Janis Joplin, who had passed only a month earlier said the same) reported that “Jimi was there to greet her.”

In our interview with Jimi, I asked him why that was happening. He said “It’s something I like to do, and it’s fun. Everyone recognizes me, and isn’t stressed about how they are doing so.” It’s like he provides them with a “soft landing” on the flipside. (Who has time to worry about the fact they’ve died, when Jimi is playing a song that you are playing with him?)

As noted in this podcast, I looked up their association with the Carl Perkins song, and both of them recorded it a year apart. So they were both familiar with it — and John said it was “an homage to Elvis.” Again — I’m reporting what the answers were when I asked the questions.

Finally, Princess Diana stopped by — someone we’d chatted with before in “Backstage Pass to the Flipside” — but that was way before the Queen departed. It was something to hear from the Queen, how they greeted each other with a knowledge about the roles they both played in this play.

Someone asked us to “tell more about Diana” in a future podcast — and I said that she had already spoken to us, and told us that she viewed her children with unconditional love. To ask her opinion about current affairs, TV shows, etc — is the same. She loves her children unconditionally, her grandchildren as well. It’s what people report from the flipside. We have a different perspective about the play we’ve just participated in, and recognize all the players for who they really are.

But I thought it appropriate to invite John on this anniversary. Folks on the flipside refer to the “day they died” as their “birthday on the flipside” because they’re returning home after all, and starting a new journey. It’s like riding a bicycle — once we get home, we start to remember how things work.

So apologies to all who are offended by the concept of chatting with folks on the flipside. I’ve been doing this weekly with Jennifer for 8 years, the past two years on our podcast — or — and we continue to do it as long as we can.

One day we won’t be able to, but until then, hope you enjoy tales from the Flipside.

Finally, I excerpted Simon Bown’s interview for the book DIVINE COUNCILS IN THE AFTERLIFE: THE FLIPSIDE COURT, and in a recent podcast, Simon read the introduction. Always sounds more intelligent when a member of the Queen’s island reads aloud:

Simon Bown reading from Divine Councils in the Afterlife: the Flipside Court

 Here's Simon Bown reading from my latest book 



Interview with Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger Hacking The Afterlife via Jennifer Shaffer

 This is our 8th anniversary of doing our sessions together, and the second anniversary of our podcast. Jennifer and I met 8 years ago, and have been filming our conversations with the flipside weekly.

Portions of the film Hacking the Afterlife has some of our sessions, our books include BACKSTAGE PASS TO THE FLIPSIDE 1, 2 and 3, and TUNING INTO THE AFTERLIFE.

The most recent book is demonstrating how meditation can allow access to the flipside;

In this podcast, we asked our moderator on the flipside Luana Anders who wanted to chat with us, and she introduced Christopher Plummer.  An actor's actor, Christopher left the stage in 2021, his most recent turn was in Knives Out.  

I didn't know much about him prior to the podcast, but used the internet in real time to see that he was survived by his daughter and wife of 50 years.  In Christopher's words, he was "sucked in" to visit our class, where Luana Anders is the moderator. Luana worked in over 300 films and TV shows, and knows many actors the Christopher knows.

My own connection was through the film director Robert Wise. So I asked him some questions about Robert and was surprised to hear the answers. He said that primarily the reason he wanted to come forward today was to remind people that their loved ones are never far away, that it's always difficult during the holiday season, and he wanted to remind people that they are never far away.

Then Heath Ledger came forward, and we had a lively chat with him.  I had not met him, but know people who knew him, and he's as charming and funny on the flipside as he was in life.  He too wanted to mention how proud he is of his family, those loved ones who know that he still exists and converse with him.

He gave a shout out to my friend Phillip Noyce, as they had planned to make a film together "Dirt Music."  I was aware that they had worked on a project together, apparently it was Heath's death that ended that possibility.

Our loved ones are not gone.

They're just not here.

Not far away - are available.

Take the time to learn how to chat with them.

Hypnotherapy, meditation or mediumship are three methods that I've been filming for over ten years.  This is like having a cell phone to the flipside, and it's thrilling to see Jennifer doing the kind of work she can do.

Happy holidays.


Just wanted to add this note

As noted in the podcast, Ken Russell's widow Lisi has been in touch, as he told her FROM THE FLIPSIDE to reach out to me (he literally said "look up Richard Martini.") After watching the podcast, she cleared up some questions raised: "Ken is bouncing. (He says) “I’d go more often to Luana’s class — her fan since PIT (Pit and the Pendulum for Roger Corman) — but I have a grasshopper mind,” Ken says. So funny Christopher came through. (I was Amanda’s understudy on stage.) Robert was curt with him about his singing voice at the time. (Hence, the dubbing.) And he and McGregor, whom Jennifer was surprised to see, were in a good film together (Beginners). You two know so much more than you know, as ever. — Lisi"

Jennifer being accurate with things she and I didn't know. 



#8 with a bullet.  Thanks George Noory for inviting me on to chat about the flipside. Always fun to be on COAST TO COAST  in the wee hours of the morning!

This just in from a therapist, who used the simple guided meditation at the heart of this book; from The Beatles "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds:" "Picture yourself in a boat on a river."
It's easy to do and once one has pictured the boat and the river, invite one's guide, teacher, guru on the flipside to stop by for a chat and see if they'll allow you to visit your very own divine council. (Not everyone says "yes, sure!" - but most do.) In that adventure of spirit, one can learn the reasons why they're on their journey and who has been watching over them for all their journeys.
Just got this note from a psychotherapist-counselor working with a hospital:
"Just took one of my clients through "a boat on a river" exercise to visit their council. It went really well - my client very moved and found it helpful!" and "Just took one of my clients through "a boat on a river" exercise to visit their council. It went really well - my client very moved and found it helpful!" and "Very profound experience. I will keep looking for opportunities to utilize this approach to helping my clients struggling with their mental health. Thanks for all your work and inspiration!"
Thanks for saying so!



 Upcoming appearance on COAST TO COAST with George Noory - Midnight to 2 a.m. TUESDAY THE 29TH OF NOVEMBER on the West Coast. Always fun to talk to George - we’ll be talking about

Divine Councils in the Afterlife: The Flipside Court
Divine Councils in the Afterlife: The Flipside Court

Basically how the book came about, the people that participated in the experiment to see if people who’d never heard of the research might be able to visit their councils, meet their guides, etc - over zoom. No hypnosis required.

There’s always a call in segment, so if you have questions or want to say hello, set those alarm clocks!



 Hello Hacking the Afterlife fans.


Eleven Eleven

 In honor of today's date, a talk I gave on the topic in Laguna Woods a few years back.



 Divine Councils in the Afterlife: The Flipside Court Kindle Edition

by Richard Martini (Author) Format: Kindle Edition
#1 New Release in Occult Astral Projection


from a Kindle Customer. 5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Council in the afterlife Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2022

(Verified Purchase) “Bravo ,this is such an enlightening book of information, that I don’t have the words to explain how this has been a wonder and fascinating look at what I feel about my life ,this time around , the validation that I am more than what I see and feel in this world . Kind of like don’t sweat the small stuff ,it’s all in the plan . Comforting to realize that going “Home “ is not the end but just another chapter in my existence . Thank you Rich Martini.”

You’re welcome!

What’s this latest book about?

Rich: It’s about how everyone has a council. How everyone can access their council, and they don’t need to have a near death experience, out of body event, or use hypnotherapy to access it. People can use those methods, and I recommend hypnotherapists licensed and trained by the Newton Institute, (they have a searchable database on their website) but this book was to prove the premise that anyone can access their guides, teachers, council members without using hypnosis — simple guided meditation.

What’s the simple guided meditation?

I use a Beatles lyric; “Picture yourself in a boat on a river.” Something anyone can do. Picture yourself in a boat on a river. Look around. What kind of boat is it? What body of water is it? Ask your guide, loved one to sit across from you in the boat. Pretend you can see them. Pretend you can ask them questions. Ask them to nod, shrug or shake their head. Ask questions you cannot know the answers to. When they answer a question before you can ask it, you’ll know you have a connection?

Who are the test subjects?

From all walks of life. The first half of the book are people who had never heard of me, or that there might be councils “in the afterlife.” The only thing they had in common was doing guided meditation in a group setting. That allowed me to know upfront that I could ask them questions and they wouldn’t be afraid to say “this is what I’m seeing when you asked that.” From there it’s off to the races.

How many council members are there?

Depends on the person. Depends on the council and if they’re all available at the time we visit. Some have three to six, some have more — some have a dozen. It depends.

Are all councils amenable to discussion?

No. Some council members see this as a kind of “letting the cat out of the bag” experience. That the person I’m speaking with should not be visiting their council yet — they will eventually, and there’s no reason to reveal things that might upset this person’s path. However, as I’ve learned, those who “aren’t supposed to know about councils” will not — they won’t be able to visit theirs, and won’t believe that others are visiting councils. Those who don’t want to know how the play ends, won’t — but those who are interested in the process, can learn.

What’s the most unusual aspect of this research?

That people often see mythological creatures on their councils. However, they’re an avatar presenting themselves to communicate with us — so in essence, we are all light. However, someone who “normally incarnates” in some other form (could be a creature, or someone who normally incarnates on another planet) presents themselves as they like to be seen. Basically people who are “more advanced” or “older, wiser” get to sit on councils. So not matter how odd they may look to the person doing the meditation, they always learn something new from the visit.

Physiologically, what’s happening in these interviews?

In Dr. Greyson’s book AFTER he talks about filters that block information people experience during a near death event — info that is “conducive to the survival of the being.” Dr. Helen Wambach noted the same filters in her work “Reliving Past Lives” where she had 2750 case studies with people accessing previous lifetimes. Everyone reported that we choose our lifetimes, that we bring a portion of our conscious energy to a lifetime and the “rest stays home.” What people are doing is “bypassing the filters.”

Does everyone have filters?

Apparently so — some children don’t have them until the 8th year, when the skull hardens, see people who “aren’t there” or recall previous lifetimes — and Dr. Greyson notes in “Is Consciousness Produced by the Brain?” on Youtube, that elderly people appear to lose them prior to passing. Over 70% of the hospice care workers in the UK note their dementia patients spontaneously “regain memory” just prior to passing. As Greyson notes, the atrophying brain appears to lessen the filters that block this information. Mediums have different filters than we do — some are able to see, hear, sense information others cannot. Just the same way some animals can sense information — bees see UV light, dogs can smell cancer — it’s because they are not filtering out information that others do.

When’s the audible coming out?

Should be out in a few days, linked on the website at Amazon.

Why the cover art?

Michelangelo was asked to paint the Sistine chapel in his 30’s, and then returned three decades later to paint the Last Judgment. His story has a flipside element to it; he was adopted by Lorenzo De Medici when he was 11 to be a member of the Platonic Academy. Then the Vatican tried to destroy Florence and all of it’s “liberal attitudes” — the Pope approved a contract killer to take out the Medici brothers Lorenzo and Giuliano. In 1497 they murdered the beloved Florentine Giuliano De Medici, who appears in the painting Primavera by his uncle Sandro Botticelli. Lorenzo was stabbed, but not killed. He was shocked to learn who was behind his brother’s death.

Later, in response to the Vatican treachery, Lorenzo’s son became Pope Leo X, the “humanist pope.” He hired his old friend Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. But then, thirty years later, the illegitimate child of the murdered Giuliano became Pope Clement VII and hired Michelangelo to finish the task.

This final panel, which details the “last day of a person’s life” includes a life review and a number of other details that are found in the research. It’s almost as if Michelangelo was painting his own last day on the planet.



 The latest book is finished - still working on the hardcover/paperback edition, but it is the culmination of the past year’s focus and research.

Asked Mick for permission for using this.

Here’s the link to see the Kindle:

Divine Councils in the Afterlife: The Flipside Court - Kindle edition by Martini, Richard. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

In this book, I specifically started with people who had 1. never read any of my books, 2. never heard of me, 3. had not met their “councils.” The only thing they had in common is that they were professionals who had done “group meditation.”

Which meant I could ask them questions and instead of saying “I’m making this up” they would say “I’m seeing what you’re asking me.”

From there it was an experiment to see how many would actually meet a guide, how many would actually meet their council. how many would see the “same hallmarks” as those who’ve done four and six hour sessions. There are two neuroscientists in this sampling, one who wanted to remain anonymous, and the other is one of the winners of the Bigelow Prize and a member of this forum. I can’t thank him enough for Akila W letting me use his name in the book - because it gives it a different spin when you realize someone who exists is actually reporting the details. The first half is just these folks, the second half is people who did read my work, but had never met their council.

This is a mind bending book.

Caveat emptor: If you aren’t familiar with the process or familiar with the research, don’t start with this book. It’s not for beginners with regard to the flipside. I recommend reading Dr. Weiss’ “MANY LIVES MANY MASTERS” or Michael Newton’s JOURNEY OF SOULS, or Dr. Greyson’s AFTER for a more scholarly discussion of consciousness.

Some people may be upset by what people are saying in this book - again, one has to compare what they’re saying the other examples in other books, other case studies, other research. The book ARCHITECTURE OF THE AFTERLIFE is only people like this who did a guided meditation. There are 50 accounts in that book.

In this book there are 22 sessions with direct visits to councils - and then excerpts from previous council visits from my other books to compare data.

There are 50 accounts in total. Some are excerpts of hypnotherapy sessions, but most are from guided meditation sessions.

What’s the point?

Anyone can visit their council and meet those folks who report they are “always tethered to us” always “Have our back” and are aware of our journey and rooting for us every step of the way.

But it’s not for everyone, and again - please do not read it if you already have a problem with this topic in general. It’s not meant for everyone, but those who are supposed to read it, will seek it out, and those who are not, will not.

Paperback, hardcover and audible are on their way in a few days.

Hope this helps.

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