Richard Martini
5 min readApr 4

Sage advice from Friends on the Flipside — Tacitus and Plato

“Deride the stupidity of people who believe that today’s authority can destroy tomorrow’s memories.” Tacitus

Tacitus — Roman historian

I don’t remember when I posted this on my blog — might have been some time ago, as I have no memory of it. A woman on quora reached out to me as she saw me “teaching a class on the flipside.”

While trying to figure out what class that might be, I ran across this old post:

Last night I was in a deep and profound sleep.

I was aware that I was talking to some fellows. I can’t tell you how they were dressed, this morning I would argue they were in togas, but that’s as a result of looking up information about one in particular.

I had the impression that I was “talking” to “wise guardians.” (Or so it seemed)

For those familiar with my “Flipside” “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” and “Hacking the Afterlife” reports, people often claim to be speaking to “wise guardians” or “spirit guides.” In this case, I didn’t feel connected to these folks, just that we were having a conversation.

As I started to return to consciousness — waking up in Santa Monica — one of these fellows says “search “Tacitus” “souls return.” He says “It will prove this is not a dream.”

So when I wake up, I try hard to remember that sentence. I’ve heard things from the Flipside before, some I remember, some I don’t. In this case, I remember “Tacitus souls return.”

I don’t know who Tacitus is or was… I may have been familiar with his name, as an abstraction, but absolutely no clue why. So I wikipedia’d him… Tacitus was a Roman era historian (56 to 120 AD) who wrote a number of books about life under the Emperors. One of his books is the earliest reference to Christians, where he reports Nero’s torching and persecuting them.

Richard Martini

Best selling author (kindle) “Flipside” “Its a Wonderful Afterlife” “Hacking the Afterlife” “Backstage Pass to the Flipside” writer/director of 8 feature films

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