I've been interested in the work of Dr. Michael Newton for many years, and was pleased to learn that on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30pm Unity of Tucson will feature Richard Martini, author of Flipside, A Tourist’s Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife. Richard is also an award winning film producer and director. His mystical experiences initiated a search that led him to study, and eventually make a film, about his experiences, past life regression, and the work of Dr. Michael Newton. His documentary, also titled Flipside, is a chronicle of his investigation.
I found his video discussion about his journey to "Flipside: a Tourist's Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife." (below) fascinating, very personal and genuine, and funny as well.........there's a companion video, with Scott De Tamble doing a "between life therapy session", which is very interesting as well. Mr. Martini's book contains transcripts of between life sessions, and interviews with therapists who have trained with Michael Newton, as well as therapists who never heard of Dr. Newton's work, but experienced similar results.
In the 80's I did some past life regression work, both individually and with a group that used the tapes of Robert Monroe. I've often speculated on the experiences I had. Perhaps what made them seem credible was the "mundane-ness" of them. I have an excellent imagination, and consciously or unconsciously I'm capable of dreaming up scenarios even the Syfy channel would like. But my experiences under hypnosis were very simple - among them, a lifetime as a young foot solder, somewhere in the Middle East, whose most important memory was drinking beer with an admired older Captain. He was speared and died at about the age of 17. Another lifetime concerned a maid/nanny, poor and treated as very expendable, in 17th Century France. Perhaps these very humble, and rather sad, certainly powerless, lifetimes were shown to me in the course of that work because I needed to address the emotional issues involved in this lifetime, as the persona I am now.
I remember only one "regressive" experience I thought was inexplicable. I seemed to be a kind of primitive tribal shaman, who lived in a hut with a lot herbs and stones. I was old, and my sex didn't seem to have any meaning, I couldn't discern if I was a man or a woman. We were visited by a tall woman who was dressed in black, and she was paler than we were. I was in awe of her. She was a teacher of some kind, and essentially she showed me that pretty much everything I believed was not true, was naive. One thing she demonstrated was to take a very large crystal, and dematerialize it, as well as herself - and then reappear in a flash of brilliant light!
Perhaps the most surprising part of this "regression" was at the end of the session. I was in a room with a lot of other people, and the woman I revered so much was lying on a bed. She was dying, and I could hear her thoughts...........which were about regret that her work was not yet finished. But I myself, along with the others present, were no longer physical, so "I", the person attending this gathering around this dying woman, must have been dead myself. Strange experience...............
I'm looking forward to hearing him speak, and perhaps an opportunity to see his film.