|Some cats appear to have the ability to access the flipside.|
Okay. I'm not insane.
I don't post these quotes believing that they are verbatim quotes from people on the flipside. I mean c'mon - Edgar Cayce taking the time to say he's the awakened prophet? Or Jesus making a pun about en-richment?
Or Prince and Robin and Amelia all having a conversation with me? It's beyond sane. It's beyond an argument. I include it because that's what I do. I include the good, the bad, and the bizarre in my writing. Because when you do that - some people will be turned off - turned away - will get a refund for the book.
That's fine, that's what they're supposed to do.
But others will say "Hey, wait a second. If he's reporting this verbatim, then how do we define what he's saying?"
I can tell you that I've known Jennifer for a couple of years now, I know that she works with law enforcement agencies nationwide, I know that she's helped solved some crimes and mysteries. I know she's not 100% accurate all the time, and I know that anyone who puts a sentence together calls upon memory and syntax and reference in order to be able to speak. So let's call that our "grain of salt" when examining these "quotes" from people no longer on the planet.
But when you take away the salt what do we get?
We get a number of people "speaking" through Jennifer in an unusual way. She's a friend of mine, so I hope that some of these effusive comments, and compliments, come from someplace in her heart, or from her higher self. But even when you carve out the compliments, we're still left with some pretty unusual observations.
Edgar Cayce's syntax for one. Who talks like that anymore? No one I'm aware of. Is Jennifer familiar with his work? Not by any stretch of the imagination I'm aware of. I read his books over 30 years ago - and am not familiar with his syntax. But after this quote I did look it up - and see that it matches the way he spoke during his life.
I know Howard Schultz very well. Do I think he might have made those jokes? Turning phrases on their heads "the end is near!" Yes, that was like him. His sense of humor. Do I think he would say something like "Good luck with even saying that there is an afterlife"? Well yes. He was pragmatic as well. But then Jennifer and I have spoken to him before, and in that prior conversation, he accurately described where I was during his funeral. (Which Jennifer was not aware of.) So I already have a profound feeling that when he speaks to me through Jennifer he's speaking of things only he and I know of.
Then we have Prince and Robin Williams. Prince's syntax - the way he puts together words - is quite unusual. It's almost like a musician composing sentences - using the turn of the phrase. Like "your words moving off the page and into the sky" - it's something a writer or a musician might compose or think up in a good moment.
But again, in this construct; Jennifer is having a glass of wine while on vacation with her family, and responding to my request with whatever comes off the top of her head and speaking them into her iphone, then emailing them to me. One after the other. All in a row. No time to write or compose the concepts within. I know writers who could turn that phrase, use that metaphor - but they're paid to do that, they do it for a living. It's not something I would say, nor Jennifer.
And then him telling her that he "died from wearing high heels." She did not know what he meant, and asked him to explain it to her. I didn't understand it either - what is he talking about? He certainly did wear high heels on stage... but then he explains it - one of his amazing feats was to jump off a piano onto the stage. I saw him do it when I reviewed the concert for Variety.
But Prince explained to her that the stunt caused him joint pain, bad joints and what eventually led him to take pain meds, and become addicted to pain medication - which led to his demise. If Jennifer had been thinking about it - or had conceived of that metaphor, she wouldn't have had to ask him "What does that mean?"
In the book, both Prince and Robin Williams make a joke about teaching a class in "how not to leave the earth early." (Which is also odd, because when asked what I teach in film school I tell them "How not to have a film career in hollywood" because if you follow my advice, you won't have one either. Ha!)
And then Robin Williams' quote: "Love love." What I love about it is that Jennifer asks (as I could hear her ask on the audio, just after saying it;) "What does that mean?" If anyone is making up a story on the spot, even subconsciously, when it comes to a turn of phrase - like "love love" - you would KNOW what that meant and could explain it. You wouldn't ask. In Jennifer's case, she does NOT KNOW WHAT HE MEANS.
And so, he explains it to her. Love the act of love. Love what love represents. Share that feeling and emotion of love. Give love. It's way more profound concept than anything I've ever said in any of my books, and I would offer that it's not something I've ever heard Jennifer refer to or be aware of.
"Love love." She says it now, and I say it too - it's something we should all contemplate and think about.
As mentioned in the book, when it comes to Amelia, I had three different mediums access her, each asked the same relative questions, and each gave the same answers which are not public knowledge. (i.e, the identity of her girlfriend, which she refers to above, and that only her husband George Putnam knew about, and I've since confirmed.) "The unthinkable is real." Not a turn of phrase I'm aware of, but makes sense in this context.
It's not me saying or claiming these details - but it is someone who has or had intimate knowledge of Amelia and her life. And the answers were consistent among all three mediums. But beyond that, she's saying "DON'T LOOK FOR ME." As if it's a waste of time. I understand what she means by that as well.