I’m sad to announce the death, this weekend, of blog member, Kris Abrams. She was always so active on the blog and the Channeling Erik Facebook group. She was also very generous, recently offering to pay for someone to join the trance channeling event tomorrow. I’m just crushed for her and her family, but I know Erik has her under his wing and, together, they’ll guide her family and friends to find peace. Please send loving energy and prayers.
Given that news, it feels sacrilegious to remind you of that Channeling Erik event. Nevertheless, I’m sure Kris would want you to be a part of it, and maybe she’ll join Erik while he does his mischief. Maybe we can ask him for a message from her. Please sign up HERE to be able watch and participate. It’s tomorrow from 6:00 to 7:30 PM CDT. You can sign on up to 30 minutes in advance to put your question in queue for Erik. There will only be one question per person at first, then we’ll go around the list for a second one if we can. Please ask questions that you know won’t require very lengthy answers. All questions are acceptable, personal and general.
Now, as promised, here’s Celebrity Friday’s post, a bit delayed!
Me: Okay Erik, are you ready to interview the next celebrity?
Jamie (laughing): Erik just changed his clothes and he’s wearing something nice.
Jamie (to Erik): Are you inviting someone nice, today?
(Pause as Jamie listens)
Jamie (to Erik): Who’s coming today, then?
Me: You pick out anybody you want, Baby.
(I list several celebrity names.)
Jamie: He’s gone.
Me: Okay, so I’ve been blabbering on to myself. Like a fool!
Jamie: Mr. Disney is here!
Me: Oh, awesome! Hi, Mr. Disney!
Jamie: He’s got a great voice.
Me: I’ve enjoyed all of your parks!
Walt: Why, thank you.
Me: So, do you know why you’re here?
Walt: Yes, I believe we’re going to do an interview.
Me: That’s right. As if you haven’t had enough already, right?
Walt: I quite enjoy them. Especially if they spark the curiosity of those who are listening.
Me: That sounds like something you would say. Okay, our first question is what was your spiritual mission here on Earth as Walt Disney?
Walt: To suspend belief.
Me: Oh! Can you tell me a little bit more?
Walt: Coming from where I did in my life—
Jamie: He says he’s from an immigrated family. Not much money. Money was all about survival.
Walt: It was only—
Jamie: He’s speaking so much better than I am. I apologize. He’s a good storyteller.
Me: Of course.
Walt: The only moments of childhood that were beautiful—the memories that were so special to me—were all from storytelling from my grandmother, my mother—even my younger sister had the ability to weave a tale. And it became—
Jamie (to Walt, frustrated): Oh, I so wish I could keep up with you. I’m sorry.
Jamie (to me): He’s laughing with me. Aw, he’s patting my shoulder.
Jamie (to Walt): You sweet thing. Okay, continue. Sorry.
Walt (to Jamie, laughing): Don’t be so nervous!
Walt: The memories that we cherished the most were the ones that we created through imagination, storytelling. When you suspend the person’s belief system and allow them to escape, whether it’s into fantasy or daydream or even into problem solving, you have to suspend that moment unattached to anything within their life. I found that that’s when people smiled the biggest. So, I knew it was my mission to suspend belief so that people could have that one moment without care, without worry, without harm, and create this inner harnest of—
Jamie (to Walt): Inner harnest? No. Harness, thank you.
Walt: To harness this inner sense of creativity, compassion and, what most people don’t get to experience, peace, and peace within a community.
Me: Hm. How wonderful, and you did that in all of your creations. Now, of all of your creations, which was your favorite, your personal favorite?
Walt: It would be a shame if I didn’t say Mickey.
Me: Oh, yeah. Steamboat Willie.
Walt: That’s what took it all off running. It blasted everything forward.
Me: Were you here to learn anything?
Walt: I know I was here to learn about grief, sorrow, struggle.
Jamie: Um, he’s talking about being in a war or working with the war.
Jamie (to Walt): World War One?
Jamie (to me): Is the timing right?
Me: I would think so.
Jamie: He’s smiling at me.
Walt: I’m older than you think!
Jamie (to Walt): Okay. Okay then.
Walt: In the war, I was able to see so much pain and suffering and distress—the emotional shredding of someone. In some situations, you could provide assistance, physical assistance that gave a response. There were many occasions where you couldn’t provide anything, that you could only be with the person. And when you are in that place, there are no words—no words that are acceptable except words of dreams. It will take somebody out of pain in an instance; it will put a smile on their face no matter how much they are feeling. I know I was here to learn that suffering so that I could be a remedy through smiles, through laughter.
Me: Well said. Were you here to teach anything?
Walt: I really think maybe I was teaching publicly through my choice of career. We had not had this kind of laugh therapy, this suspension of belief therapy for adults. We had it for our children; it was the elders who told stories to the little ones, but as I grew older, I found that the ones who needed it the most were the adults.
Walt: So, why couldn’t we have something that was for all ages—that no one would look down on you if you were past the “appropriate age” to enjoy a good story. I hope, if I have taught anything throughout my life, it is that laughter, healing, suspension of belief, storytelling, is for everyone, and it was truly, for me, a lost art as I grew up in America. It wasn’t done in a way that was done traditionally in other cultures.
Me: Do you think you accomplished all that you came here to do? It seems like you did.
Jamie: He’s nodding his head yes.
Walt: It’s one of my most—
Jamie (giggling): Erik is goofing off with him all of a sudden.
I laugh. Typical.
Jamie: But he still follows up that he did achieve everything. He accomplished everything he wanted to: with family all the way up to the moment he left his career, his company and how it still grows.
Walt: I’m very happy about it.
Me: Awesome. Can you describe one of the lives that you think most influenced your life as Walt Disney?
Jamie (laughing, to Walt): Is this a joke, or is it real? I just want to make sure!
I laugh, too.
Jamie: He’s just telling me a story.
Me: Of course—the master story-teller!
Jamie: He and Erik are teasing each other, and I thought maybe, but no, he says he’s really sharing this. It was a past life that he had. He grew up in Ireland, and he was a little boy. He stayed a little boy.
Walt: I was a dwarf.
Jamie (whispering): That just made me think of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves! That’s why I thought he was teasing me!
Jamie: That was bad of me, wasn’t it?
Me: Well, maybe that’s where he got the idea for the movie.
Walt: There wasn’t anything in modern-day –what was modern-day then—
Jamie (to Walt): Nineteen thirties? Is Snow White that old?
Walt: Oh, yes!
Me: That’s right.
Walt: There wasn’t anything at the time that addressed the working aspect or the positive aspect of being a little person. So I wanted to give them unique characters and make them human.
Me: Oh, yeah!
Walt: But in my life in Ireland, I was born into a family of “normal” people. Normal adult parents. I was the only sibling that was a dwarf. My parents treated me just the same. There was nothing different within my household, but everything was different outside my household. So I spent a lot of my time inside and a lot of it was creating humorous stories. Funny. I must say I was a funny little boy, a funny little man, but I was never really given the right to really express those stories outside. It was just shared within the family.
Walt: And being small, even as an adult, I kept thinking, “Wow, when you’re an adult but you’re still a small size, there are so many things that we can invent and create for our children.” So I wanted a life where I could have that opportunity and remember how important it was to focus on size—the art of perspective. This inspired me, all those many decades of–
Jamie: Oh, so he lived to be just under thirty years old as a dwarf.
Me: Yeah. That was probably pretty typical. Very interesting. Now, are you incarnated at this time on the Earthly plane in terms of our linear time?
Me: Okay. Do you have any messages for us or anything else you’d like to say?
Jamie (chuckling): It’s so funny to hear you say, “Mr. Disney”! That’s so cool that we’re talking to him!
Me: That is cool!
Walt (smiling): Of course I would love a whole segment dedicated to me so that I could continue to encourage people to stay young. I think the most valuable piece of advice is—
Jamie: Wow, I just got lost.
Jamie: He-he—stop it, Erik! (to me) He’s messing me up.
Jamie (to Erik): Stop it!
Jamie: I swear, he must have been my brother in another lifetime! He’s too much. Okay, sorry Walt Disney. Can you start again?
Walt (Chuckling): As a human, we are the only animal and mammal on Earth that has the unique ability to be able to “forward think,” to suspend belief—
Jamie: He loves the word, “suspend”.
Walt: — and to play out scenarios within our heads before we even enter into them physically.
Walt: To be able to see how an outcome might play out and affect us. We can base our actions on that talent, but here’s the important piece: No matter how brilliant you are and how smart your mind is, no matter how forward thinking you are, you’ll never know the outcome until you do it.
Me: That’s true.
Walt: That’s the most important piece.
Me: Very wise.
Jamie: He actually just kind of blew a kiss, kind of out. He says, “Thank you.” Does he know—is this the last question?
Me: Well, I was wondering if Erik had any questions.
Jamie listens to Erik, then laughs.
Jamie: No, but he and Walt—Mr. Disney—have decided that of course Erik says he gets free admission into any of the parks. That’s funny, of course, because he no longer needs a ticket.
Me: All right, well, thank you so much, Mr. Disney. I really appreciate it.
Walt: You’re welcome, and thank you for your effort.
Jamie: He blows another kiss and waves.
Jamie: So, here’s what Erik was screwing with me about. He wanted to ask Walt Disney if he was actually frozen—cryogenically, uh, you know, has his corpse been frozen somewhere in Disneyland.
Me: Oh, yeah! I heard rumors about that. And?
Walt: No, I don’t. I was cremated.
Me: Interesting. I completely forgot about that thing. Dang, that’s a great question, Erik!
Jamie: But Erik was like, “C’mon, ask him if he was frozen,” and I was like, ‘Oh my god, Erik, don’t do this!’