Many decades of many things. Efforts towards a life imagined. Somewhere beyond the life that exists. And then a momentary setting down of all that. Of the the relentless and exhausting game of becoming someone. And a starting with nothing. No-thing. No act. And from that nothing, something. A light from deep inside. And a change in many things.
The essence of somethings are challenging to articulate because their nature lies beyond the reach of words. This is true of much of the work that seeks to contribute to a more aware world. The answer to the predicament is to pay attention to the place one is speaking from.
I was interviewed by Preeta, a former General Counsel to Barack Obama in the White House. And Steve, who has made many films delving into the human condition, and things beyond the veil. This is the recording of that long-form interview.
I am in search of a few new homes for the Soul Biographies Inner View work. All the venues I used to inhabit ceased taking guests through the Pandemic. Forever actually.
Within a few hours travel of London (UK), Minneapolis, New York/Washington DC, LA/San Francisco. Other locations considered. Mexico for the Winter even. Actually the feel of the location is perhaps more important than its geography.
A friend of mine, Nipun Mehta, started a number of consciously disruptive ventures. Which have drawn the deserved focus of many millions. The ventures include Karma Tube, Karma Kitchen, Charity Focus, Daily Good and Awakin. I am in interview on Awakin on Saturday 23 October – 9am US Pacific – live, alive and delving somewhere deep into the visceral experience of what we seek is seeking us. A video interview. You are somewhere beyond welcome to join us.
I haven’t printed a ‘business’ card since 2015. I was never very good at handing them to people. I’m Inner Viewing (filming on stage and speaking of what is and isn’t happening) in front of 500 at an Entrepreneurs’ Organization event in a few weeks from an outdoor stage by the edge of Lake Tahoe, and thought I should print another.
I selected two pieces that speak to at least some of what I will be ‘pointing to’ on stage. Amongst the many mind-bending consequences of ‘surrender’.
Through almost two decades of sitting utterly still with many many people I noticed that an extraordinary experience happened when ‘nothing was being done’ YET our whole world assumes that something need be done. There are entire industries based on BECOMING, because it seems like we are not enough.
‘… what if there were a moment in time where you weren’t fighting for this to be different.’
We sat and there was nothing, and I saw you. We sat and there was nothing and I became aware of myself. This is about a visceral sense of self knowledge, where the time and space between any two people can collapse. Then what might drive your entire life might be so dramatically different.
Over these last few months there has been a quiet yet almost seismic shift in my sense of all of this. Certainly in my sense of what I must do now.
In many ways it is all quite simple. Binary in nature almost. A life lived ‘by one’, or a life lived ‘through one’. I first became aware of this binary nature whilst filming Soul Biographies, and noticing that words come from one of two places. Language was spoken by someone ‘to or at’ another in hope of a consequence, OR it was simple spoken ‘through’ someone with no thought of consequence.
Next Monday I am to recommence the weekly emails. I’ve been on a break.
Most weeks since 2005, I’ve emailed out short films and words that point to the mystical experience of being human. Each providing clues as to the whereabouts of a profound inner frontier and how we might reach it. You’d be very welcome to join us in the exploration.