It’s been a while, but it’s time for a contest! If anyone can tell me the town Erik was raised in, you get to pick the next celebrity to be channeled! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For time’s sake, I will only answer the emails with the correct answer. I hope that’s okay!
Also, good news: The iOS (iPhone) version of the Channeling Erik app is now available on iTunes/the app store. It’s not showing up in the search yet, but I’m told that can take 24 hours so maybe try to download it tomorrow. It’s completely free and will give you all CE content: radio show, blog posts, YouTube videos, tweets and instagram feed, at your fingertips with immediate notification. Again, the android version is already available on Google Play. Thanks so much for you help in funding this, and thanks, Bobby Salmon, for your excellent work in building the app! We’d be lost without you!
Patrick from theamendment.net has very graciously channeled these two wonderful stars for us because of popular demand. You might want to check out his channeling of George Michael and other notable figures on his website. Blog member Patrick, who weekend channeled on CE a few years ago as the “Substitute Teacher”, did this double session.
Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
Mary Frances Reynolds, born in El Paso, Texas on April Fool’s Day 1932, was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian and humanitarian. Her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film “Three Little Words” earned Reynolds a Golden Globe Award nomination at age 18 for Most Promising Newcomer, leading to her breakout role as Kathy Selden in the 1952 hit movie, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s she starred in motion pictures, Broadway musicals, her own television show and released albums as a singer, earning several awards and nominations along the way. Her show business career and awards continued into the 1990s. Her dance studio founded in 1979 continues to operate even today.
Carrie Frances Fisher, born 1956 in Burbank, California, was an American actress, writer, producer and humorist. She was the daughter and first of two children born to Reynolds and Eddie Fisher (1928-2010) a hugely popular American vocalist in the 1950s; they were married from 1955 to 1959. Carrie’s brother Todd, born in 1958, is alive and well as 2016 draws to a close. Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were divorced in 1959 after the latter’s affair with another famous movie star, Elizabeth Taylor, to whom Eddie Fisher was then married from 1959-64.
At age 20, Carrie Fisher reached worldwide stardom for her role as Princess Leia in the epic science fiction movie “Star Wars”, the second highest grossing film of all time in the USA, third worldwide. The movie received ten nominations for and won seven Academy Awards (Oscars). Carrie Fisher went on to star in other well known movies in the 1970s and 80s, in addition to the also extremely successful sequels to the original Star Wars film of 1977.
She wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, the movie screenplay for one of them, an autobiographical one-woman play and a non-fiction book, “Wishful Drinking” based on that play. She worked on other screenplays as a script doctor and later on, earned praise for speaking publicly about her bouts with bipolar disorder and drug use.
Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016, four days after suffering a heart attack aboard a commercial flight from London to Los Angeles, just a few minutes before the jet landed. She lost consciousness during the medical emergency and never regained it. Her mother died one day later after suffering a stroke. If anyone can be considered Hollywood royalty, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds certainly are.
Q: Ladies, it’s an honor to ask you both to speak with us. I haven’t invited two souls to do this before, so it’s a personal novelty and challenge. Considering the fame you both achieved, it’s an honor.
DR & CF: It is an honor and pleasure for us both, also. We thank you for the effort.
(Reader note: when replies are preceded by CF & DR, both of them are speaking, as I pick it up, with a single, united “voice”, almost as if they are the same person / soul. This is a new sensation for me, a revelation. Only my trio of guides have done it with me before, that I can detect.)
Q: Ms. Fisher, if you don’t mind….
CF: Carrie. That sounds too much like my mother.
Q: OK, before I ask questions, how about you, Mrs. Fisher?
DR: Debbie. I stopped being Mrs. Fisher a long Earth time ago, and from this place in Heaven, it was a life role I assumed. Debbie is much better for me.
Q: OK, formalities of address resolved, we proceed! Carrie, when did you first want to write books, screenplays and what-have-you?
CF: From an early age. When I read the script and lines for Star Wars, it was as if I were the writer, that’s how I imagined myself, able to do something just like that.
Q: Debbie, did your daughter’s talents surprise you?
Q: You were pleased?
DR: Of course; the signs of her talents started as a little girl.
Q: Carrie, what prompted you to discuss drugs and being bipolar? You could have kept things like that quieter.
CF: Film acting was enough, and going through life like that is a disservice to both the person attempting to conceal it and the fans. At least for somebody in the public’s eye; nobody lives isolated enough to really hide it, if they’re even moderately well known. Yes, publicity can be managed but friends and family can’t. To try to keep up a charade would be like living a lie. It’s how the idea made me feel, and soon enough would have disappointed everyone I cared about.
Q: Debbie, how did these things affect you?
DR: Like any mother. I was and still am enormously proud of my son and daughter, both my children.
Q: Let’s get right to the burning question, the nearly simultaneous passing for you both.
DR & CF: We planned it.
Q: Carrie, was your passing going to happen at some other time, and cardiac disease might not have been a part of it?
CF: No, it was going to happen around this time on Earth.
Q: Time on Earth?
CF: There aren’t any calendars in Heaven.
Q: It’s a long flight from London to California; the medical emergency just fifteen minutes before landing seems too coincidental.
CF: It wasn’t; I wanted to be close to home, to be near my mother. She wanted that.
Q: It was your preference, Debbie?
DR: Yes, we planned it that one would be close to the other, and whoever passed first would be followed by the other right away.
Q: Press reports say you told people you wanted to be with Carrie. Did you know it was coming? Could you sense your impending passing?
DR: Consciously, no but unconsciously, yes, very much so I now know.
Q: Carrie, why did you survive four days unconsciously?
CF: My body survived four days; I left it behind once and for all aboard that jet, and went straight to my mother’s side. Her guides and mine all gathered there and waited for her to fall asleep.
Q: Debbie, did you wake up after your daughter was hospitalized, with any memory of this?
DR: No, my conscious memories over Christmas Eve and Christmas are my worry and concern for my daughter. I do remember that I thought, after a few days, she would not be coming back. I remember thinking coma. The day after Christmas, I remember suddenly thinking she was at great peace, because I understood she’d been able to see her father, who died about six years ago. She missed him, in her own way, and I knew if she could, she’d be very happy to see him again. I now understand that I was both looking for consolation and a solution for my Carrie in a coma, and I was getting ready to join her as soon as she came home.
Q: Carrie, was your father there to greet you?
CF: Yes, with a huge, gaudy Star of David. He did that just to make a spectacle of it. I thought it was very funny, since Earth religions don’t matter much here.
Q: Debbie, what was your reaction to the news that your daughter had died?
DR: Outward sadness but also a great sense of physical relief, because I understood there would be more no suffering, for her or my son, if the coma dragged on or Carrie recovered but disabled. Inside, I sensed that it was time for my taxi to come, too, since she’d just gone.
Q: Carrie, your brother must be distraught to lose his sister and mother together, the way it happened.
CF: Yes and no. He wouldn’t talk about the “no” part if anybody were bold enough to ask him.
Q: Debbie, what would you now say was your life’s purpose?
DR: The same as nearly anyone else on Earth, except for a few rare examples of some people’s lives, and for me it was to gain experience through the many interesting things I did. Things that happened. Fame, stardom, motherhood, divorce, business.
Q: Carrie, similar question.
CF: I added the substance abuse and manic depressive episodes to my repertoire of experience, to supply my family with the learning of seeing a close family member encounter these challenges in spite of fame and success. Outwardly to show that material wealth and fame are not a guarantee to never get sick. This was the reason I went public with the struggles, to be of service or assistance to others. To help peel back the heavy ideas that being bipolar or abusing substances are to some degree, simply a moral failing. The drugs are a form of self-medication. Not so much experimenting, but when the dependence sets in, that nearly always happens because the emotions cannot be managed. I wanted to make that better known, and it was a key life purpose I’m proud to say I achieved.
Q: To both of you again, were there past lives along the Earth timeline which influenced either of you to become who you were?
DR & CF: [The eerily coordinated “speech” returns as a collective “voice thought”] All lives for all humans are influenced by “past” lives, where current lives in question, attempt to add experience and the circumstances which supply them, which a prior life did not. In this way, yes, there were influences.
Q: Do either of you have regrets, things you’ll try differently if you reincarnate?
CF: Speak out even earlier about the personal troubles I encountered.
Q: Being bone fide Hollywood royalty, do either of you have any observations about the higher profile many show business stars have taken, in politics and public policy? Endorsing and criticizing candidates, foreign policy, and so forth. Commentary from entertainers that didn’t happen nearly so often thirty, forty, fifty years ago?
CF: No, the more opinions, the better. Good, bad, well informed or just opinionated emotions, expression is always better than keeping quiet. Just because an occupation isn’t in politics, doesn’t mean opinions should be muffled. Why should it be better for a doctor, lawyer, plumber or truck driver to speak out, but not a famous entertainer? The criticism of it comes from people who dislike the opinion they hear. So what?
DR: I dislike the idea certain talented people believe their careers will be hurt, because they express an opinion that runs a little bit against the grain, a little bit against popular prevailing sentiment among entertainers. This happens in all groups, but gathers attention because it’s the attention business, entertainment. Anybody in a position to deny or give opportunities who withholds or withdraws it because they don’t like an actor, singer or comedian’s opinion is really asking for the same thing to be done to them.
Q: How about the public scandals of the famous and well known, in show business? Once upon a time, shaving your head and drunkenly attacking your unfaithful, soon-to-be ex with a golf club, on camera, badly hurt or ended an entertainer’s career. Now it seems to help in some cases, or it’s often treated neutrally.
DR & CF: They always happened, always will, to the famous and otherwise. How much help or hurt it does to somebody in show business is up to the buying public.
Q: What message do either of you have for fans, readers here and about society in general? Together or separately, as you prefer.
CF: May the force be with you! I’m goddammed serious. That wasn’t a movie tag line. We are all interconnected, whether or not some people, and most actually, don’t think so. Go through life as if you are connected to everybody. Because, guess what? We all are.
DR: I agree and will add this; always listen to your heart when you are unsure. Unsure can be angry, afraid, sad, lonely, confused or simply undecided, even if you can’t make up your mind about good things. Listen to your heart; it takes a split second and the answer will always be the right one for you, if you listen to your heart.
Q: Ladies, my humble and deep felt thanks for dong this.
DR & CF: It was and is an honor.
CF: “Was” for the calendar people, just like the Sand People in Star Wars Episode IV.
DR & CF: So long now, take care everybody!