Inner View is the way in which the acclaimed Soul Biographies Film Series, an experience of human presence viewed by millions, has been made. The films essentially provide evidence of another way. The mindful seeing of another in order to allow an extraordinary personal truth to be experienced and spoken out loud, and the inner view of a person to be made visible.
This way to be with another has far reaching and profoundly relevant possibilities for this particular age. The Seeing of Us beyond all differences.
Seeing Beyond All Differences
A Note from Nic Askew, creator of Inner View
“Almost from the first moment I first picked up the Soul Biographies Inner View camera back in 2005, I’ve been asked the very same question consistently from those who have experienced the Soul Biographies Film Portraits, ‘where do you find these people?’. What I came to understand was that what most had meant to say was ‘I don’t experience people like this.’ And it became clear to me that the contribution here was to show people how to see an Inner View of another. How to see beyond all differences. In doing so they would also catch sight of themselves in a way that might change everything.”
Developed From A Camera Method
The Inner View Method was developed by Nic over the years since 2005.
It was taught for many years ostensibly as a Camera Method, a uniquely profound approach to interview. Interview + Surrender. Un-directed. It became a valuable way of eliciting authenticity and truth on film but it was never truly just about the camera. The camera was the way it was at first noticed and then developed. But this use of an innate mindful presence has a far wider implication.
The Art & Science Of Seeing
This is an Art and a Science. It involves the physical and the meta-physical. The easily described and easily seen, and the less easily described and physically unseen.
Fields Of Use
Inner View has been used far and wide in the fields of human development, interaction and exploration. Namely the fields of Coaching, Therapy, TV & Film Interview, Organizational Story Telling, Business and Sales Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Hospice, Health and Youth Work, Personal and Organizational Development. And perhaps most importantly in life. It has been characterized as a way to be in the World.
Inner View is about an experiential change in sight, and a profound shift in awareness in service to connectedness, truth, freedom and the seeing of us without judgment and beyond all differences.
In respect to the Team and Group Experience it can lead to an increased capacity for the seeing of others without judgment and beyond all differences. And at the same time develop of our capacity to reveal ourselves without the defenses that have for so long kept us hidden. Essentially, being seen.
In service to a demonstrable effect on the closeness of teams.
A Few Recent Groups
A FEW RECENT INNER VIEW CLIENTS
Harvard Business School, using Inner View to explore how small groups might become more cohesive and explore the whereabout of world changing ideas.
The Inner Game Institute using an Inner View live demonstration over 90 minutes to an audience of 100s. Institute Leader as the film subject. Investigating Inner Development as a way for Leadership.
National Political Party (Prosperidad Ciudadana) exploring the role to truth and transparency in their Presidential Campaign (not USA). Many people on camera in front of colleagues. Presidential Candidate, Head of Congress and more.
Center For Leadership Philanthropy using Inner View to capture the experience of their leadership programs. Filming within participant groups. Using output to communicate the nature of their work.
Scope Of The Team Experience
Nic has been delivering the Inner View experience and education formally since 2013. And over Zoom since early 2019.
What is delivered with private Groups and Teams depends largely on the size of group, amount of time and specific objectives.
All experiences involve an element of the curriculum outlined below, which is covered fully in the in-person and month long digital immersions. Time-dependent we would include the most important and challenging components of this very different way to see.
In larger audiences – the experience is largely observational of a few selected subjects. Nic films in Inner View whilst the audience witnesses.
In the smaller team sessions, it is possible for many to be the subject of Inner View camera. Even if just for a few minutes.
One recognized use of Inner View and the camera image being visible to all is the change of the atmosphere of the team dynamic. When people are witnessed through Inner View, the energy and approach to each other and the work in hand can be very different.
It is even possible to capture footage relevant to a specific endeavor (e.g. capturing the Soul of the Organization).
Clients have permission to use the footage if required, particularly relevant when articulation of organizational purpose and similar are captured.
Individual subject permissions would need to be attained (i.e. specific team members).
Inner View has been experienced/used with many organizations: Georgetown University, Harvard Business School, Apple, National Institute For Civil Discourse, The Inner Game Institute, Young Presidents Organization, Prosperidad Ciudadana (National Political Party), Center For Leadership Philanthropy, Medtronic, Entrepreneurs Organization, Trustmark Insurance, Nieuw Unicum Multiple Sclerosis Center, Joseph’s House Hospice, MacArthur Foundation, US Bureau of Land Management, MIT Entrepreneurial Forum and many more.
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THE INNER VIEW CURRICULUM
The Underlying Principles
There exist a number of profound underlying principle truths;
The Surrender Of Control ~ The Experience Beyond An Idea ~ The Space Between ~ The Origin Of Words ~ The Nature Of Our Distorted Vision ~ A Knowing Beyond Understanding ~ Noticing As A Non Act ~ The Absence Of Your Action And Re-Action ~ The Conscious Field ~ Unconditional Belonging ~ Conscious Attention ~ Amplification Of The Human Soul
Elements In The Fabric
The practical experience of Inner View provides the environment in which to examine the specific elements woven in the fabric of the Method. Self-Awareness ~ Clarity of Insight ~ Presence ~ Mindfulness ~ Implicit Trust ~ Surrender and Acceptance.
Defining The Focus For The Team Or Group Experience
We would define areas of focus for each specific Team session given that it would not be possible to cover everything in these shorter Immersion Programs and also include a demonstrable experience for participants.
We often review the key team predicaments and focus (e.g. connection, creative ideas, articulation of purpose).
The components of the Method break down into the physical and the meta-physical. The easily described and easily seen, and the less easily described and physically unseen.
The Curriculum includes;
The Physical And Digital Environment ~ The Setting Of The Context ~ Proximity And Levels ~ The Specific Use Of Zoom and Equivalents ~ The Preparation Of Space and Time ~ The Component Elements Of Seeing ~ The Two Ways Of Attention ~ Intuitive Intelligence ~ Eliciting Authenticity ~ No-Thing ~ Letting Go Of The Need To Hold Space ~ That State Of Glorious Ignoramus ~ Presence And The State Of Flow ~ The Art Of Non-Directing ~ The Experience Of Surrender ~ Connectivity ~ The Experience Beyond Right And Wrong ~ Seeking Versus Being Found ~ The Processing Of What Is Experienced ~ The Vulnerability Hangover ~ Reconnectivity.
THE 4-MINUTE VIDEO ABOVE WAS FILMED DURING A RESIDENTIAL INNER VIEW METHOD PROGRAM
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“Within moments everything that is not important somehow falls away” | “The way I experience all of life has profoundly changed” | “It is like revelation and deja vu, both at the the same time” | “I’ve no idea how I would have come to this if I hadn’t participated” | “It resulted in an irrevocable shift. The veil lifted” | “Nothing has changed but everything is different” | “The most profound experience of my life to date” | “I found my voice rise strong and wise, determined and unfaltering in the direction of my soul’s purpose” | “This leaves only belonging” | “I figured out where true strength comes from” | “This is utterly beautiful and something that can’t be undone” | “This woke me up, I can’t go back to sleep”.
A NOTE FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA. FROM WHERE INNER VIEW WAS DEVELOPED
The subject sits. Close to the camera. Close to me. Eyes closed, ever deepening breath, as the spartan words of instruction remove any requirement from our time together. The point of being here, that was so vividly etched into a previously important list is now lost, as the subject’s image is cast in high contrast black and white to a large screen. Arrestingly beautiful. Always.
From a palpable and utter stillness, it is as if the subject ‘is being spoken’. They are not speaking ‘to’ or ‘at’ the world in expectation of something in return, as is so often the case. There are words.
Here, there is nowhere to hide. Here there is no need to hide. Here there is the letting go of control. The control that kept us from seeing one another. And from seeing ourselves. Here, for this moment in time there is Freedom. There is Liberation and Insight. And previously undiscovered Genius. Here truth has been spoken out loud, and we have each been changed from somewhere deep inside.”
“I felt free” | “It’s still reverberating inside me” | “I have never been in a space like that before” | “It resulted in an irrevocable shift. The veil lifted.” | “I was left with a profound sense of calm” | “I felt hope that we would become a tribe” | “I felt such a deep connection” | “I’m able to hear guidance more clearly” | “The call gave me hope for the world” | “Within my depths I know that I am alright just as I am” | “Feeling intensely alive and very conscious of my whole body. A gradual revealing of oneself, rather than becoming anything else” | “Perhaps this was the dream seeking me out all along” | “I saw that all there was was light” | “Glorious nothingness” | “This experience of unconditional acceptance was something I needed to be a part of”