Monday, December 30, 2013

Two Thumbs Up For Roger

Here's a pretty dramatic "Flipside" moment, and I will endeavor to interview Chaz Ebert about it for the next book. I knew Roger Ebert, my brother Jeff worked with him at the U of I on the school paper, and Roger had given me a brutal "thumbs way down" review of my film "Limit Up" which literally killed it while it was in the theaters. I thought he'd appreciate the story about a guardian angel who helps a woman become the first female soybean trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and Ray Charles played her boss, God; I had no idea he was an atheist when I insisted to the studio that they get Roger a copy of the film for his review. One of the many errors I've made in my film career. (No really, it's a fun movie; Danitra Vance, Ray Charles, Brad Hall, Nancy Allen - just hard to find.)

However, he was always friendly when I saw him at Cannes or other fests. I met his wife Chaz a few years back as well - a lovely couple. So when he was pronounced dead and then revived some years ago, he wrote how Chaz reported she heard him saying "I'm still here." She insisted the Doctors revive him - and they did. He went on to live another four or five years with her. It didn't change Roger's opinion of an "afterlife" as he wrote a column about what happened - how he wasn't conscious of calling out to her, but she was. I noted how funny it was that the proof there is "consciousness after life" actually happened to him - and to the person he loved the most on the planet - but he was blind to it. And six days ago, this appeared in Esquire, Chaz's recollection of his final days. He was experiencing what so many have experienced - some in near death experiences - and some while under deep hypnosis as pioneered by Michael Newton and outlined in my first book "Flipside."

Take a moment to read this description of Roger's last moments on the planet. "The one thing people might be surprised about Roger said that he didn't know if he could believe in God. He had his doubts. But toward the end, something really interesting happened. That week before Roger passed away, I would see him and he would talk about having visited this other place. I thought he was hallucinating. I thought they were giving him too much medication. But the day before he passed away, he wrote me a note: "This is all an elaborate hoax." I asked him, "What's a hoax?" And he was talking about this world, this place. He said it was all an illusion. I thought he was just confused. But he was not confused. He wasn't visiting heaven, not the way we think of heaven. He described it as a vastness that you can't even imagine. It was a place where the past, present, and future were happening all at once. (

Funny how he reviewed his glimpse of the nature of reality; "It's all a hoax." He could have said "It's all a movie" or "It's all a theatrical piece" which would have been a bit more accurate (according to the research). "Hoax" implies there's someone behind the curtain pulling the strings, and pulling something over on people. "Illusion" is accurate, but again, so is film; funny he didn't make that connection. But when you examine the "Flipside" you find that there's no one but you pulling the strings - albeit with help from spirit guides and other resources - but we experience events and problems in our paths because we put them there, to examine them, to learn from them - to learn compassion for others. We are directing the hoax, so to speak, and when we experience the vastness, the "stepping outside of time" that one can experience during a near death experience or under deep hypnosis, we see the past, present and future as other events to experience. And we experience the vastness, as Eben Alexander did in "Proof of Heaven" as a "glittering darkness" where we are all connected at the same moment. But don't take my word for it; take Roger's. Two thumbs way up.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Flipside Xmas, Festivus, Holiday!

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Flipside : A Tourist's Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife [Kindle Edition]

Richard Martini Gary Schwartz 

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Send it to your relatives who already think you're off your rocker.

Send it to relatives who you think need to hear about this research.

What the heck, make a donation in their name at GoFundMe for the sequel!

Either way, Happy Holidays from this side of the Flipside... and as we honor and remember all the amazing or lousy experiences we've had over countless holiday seasons (you know the ones I'm talking about - like driving around for four hours trying to find a New Year's Eve Party when I was in high school - which we never found - but was like looking for a ghost in the ether that we couldn't find).

Then imagine that you've had dozens, perhaps hundreds, even thousands of lifetimes!  Oh my!  What holiday fun!

And remember; Santa is more real than you think.

Santa is reflected in quantum theory - at least in the quantum butterfly effect.  The good that you do on the planet, the good intentions and gifts that you give, are like an energy wave that goves out and affects other people. And when you consider that Santa is part of our hearts - it's easy to understand how he can be in two places at once, travel through portals that wouldn't make sense in a materialistic world - and because we emanate his kindness from our own hearts, our own sense of kindness and love and compassion - then he exists as a reminder to see that we are all connected.  So the gifts that you give this holiday season will continue to gift and help others, and the love that you create this season, will live on long after you - like Santa.

And like The Overview Effect, once you've experienced Santa, then your perspective on the planet changes forever.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

My two cents.  Happy Holidaze!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Flipside: The Veil is Thinning

Flipside 2 update - "The Veil is thinning"

Interviewed Dr. Mario Beauregard today at his home in Montreal. Dr. Beauregard, author of "Brain Wars" is a neuroscientist on the forefront of "post materialist science." He credits William James as the father of this branch of modern psychology (as opposed to the "materialist science" that believes consciousness only exists inside the brain). Dr. Beauregard has gathered numerous case studies in "Brain Wars" and his new book, and he cited over 100 where people were clinically dead, and were still hearing, observing and participating in the world we inhabit while supposedly "clinically dead." In essence his research proves (from a scientific basis at least), that consciousness indeed can exist outside of the brain's ability to function. His peer reviewed ground-breaking study of Carmelite nuns proved that there is no "god spot" in the brain - as their results showed that religious experiences are recorded in many different parts of the brain. 

Meanwhile have continued transcribing amazing between life sessions - (sessions are based on work and research in Michael Newton's "Journey of Souls") - I've filmed over 20 people under deep hypnosis, and collected accounts of NDE's and other phenomena. These people under deep hypnosis claim to have experienced their life's purpose and met and connected with loved ones who've died - these sessions are remarkably similar to clinical accounts of near death experiences, or NDE's.

Today I was transcribing footage I'd shot of a woman with fairly severe Parkinson's during a session- an illness that has knocked her off her career path with its constant phsyical tics and involuntary body movements. However, when she was able to "travel" to the deepest recess of her subconscious, and recall her between life arena during the session, the camera recorded that for an hour and twenty minutes she was completely still, save for her thumb tapping a rhythm to what she was saying about her journey in this lifetime. In essence, her Parkinson's stopped completely, and the camera recorded it. If it's possible to stop the involuntary movements in this form of therapy, what other illnesses and body ailments could be treated in this fashion?

When I aksed Dr. Beauregard why he thinks this research is coming to the forefront showing that consciousness may exist outside the brain, and how more revelations seem to be coming on a daily basis about the nature of consciousness, he smiled and said "I think you're right, Richard. I think it's because the veil is thinning."

I appreciate all of you who've helped me to raise funds needed to continue this research. If you'd like you can order your advanced copy now, please make a donation of whatever amount you can. Happy holidays to you and yours, and those who no longer are on the planet as well!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Flipside - Here I am

We had the afterlife convention here in Santa Monica last September. Because of the time constraints, I gave a semi-abbreviated version of my Flipside talk, this one is entitled "Here I am." Enjoy.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wisdom of the Ages

Eben Alexander's "Proof of Heaven" is a remarkable account of a neurosurgeon's near death experience. Lying in a coma for 7 days, his brain ceased functioning and was given a 3% chance of survival in a vegetative state. But during the coma, he experienced a journey through various realms of the afterlife where he learned some of the same things that people have said consistently under deep hypnosis, as written about in "Flipside: A Tourist's Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife."

Recently, I was transcribing a session where a spirit guide told the person under hypnosis (or so they claimed) that "God is beyond the capacity of the human brain to comprehend, it's not physically possible. However to experience God, open your heart to all people and things." In essence, that God is love, or the flipside of it; love is what the essence of God is.

In Dr. Alexander's "Proof" he experiences a profound sense of love; "Love is without a doubt the basis of everything... In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional. This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or that ever will exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions."  Love, as this Harvard trained scientist is reporting, is the essence of the universe and the essence of who we are.

I'm finding the same reports coming from just about everyone I've filmed under deep hypnosis. One reports "You know it’s not endless love the way people describe it, that’s just something we say so we can relate to it, but it’s so much bigger than that. It’s everything. But there is a wisdom to it and the wisdom is what people call God." One describes the experience; "It’s like taking a bath in love."

The premise of my next book is simple; are reports of near death experiences similar in scope to reports from what people say under deep hypnosis about the afterlife? If so, doesn't it make sense to examine them, since they offer profound knowledge without the need to be in a state of near death?  As reported earlier, in one session a woman had a message from her elders (as she saw them in her "council") : "The wisdom of the ages is ours for the taking."  I think they meant to say "The wisdom can be yours for the taking."  Which means we - humanity - have a golden opportunity to tap into the past, learn from elders and loved ones who've gone before us, and bring forth this wisdom of the ages (and from  scientists, philosophers, writers who've preceded us) to help guide our future here on Earth.

If you can donate to the creation of this next book in the series, I really appreciate it. Thanks to all those who've done so, and I hope this next book exceeds your expectations.  Rich

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Memories of Mice - does fear get embedded in DNA?

Journey Into Tibet

I spent a few weeks with Robert Thurman in Tibet, documenting his journey there. There are clips avail on youtube, but here is the complete documentary "Journey Into Tibet."