This is the home for the Soul Biographies Collection, the work of NIC ASKEW. Many of the film portraits have the unbridled experience of human awareness running through them. They have been filmed in a profound method called INNER VIEW. We’re in the process of uploading many more Soul Biographies to the Collection. And they continue to be made. Nic has emailed out a Soul Biography most weeks since 2005. You are welcome to RECEIVE this by joining his list.
Soul Biographies have been filmed from a profound state of presence (Inner View) and as such are best watched in similar fashion. That is where the experience will find you. This is important. Switch Off The World. Play Full Screen. Use Headphones, Unless Projecting To An Audience. Do Not Attempt If Distracted.
“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, ‘where do you find these people?’. I came to understand that most had meant to say ‘this is not how I experience people.’ It became clear to me that the contribution here was to show people how to see an Inner View of another. To see beyond all differences. In doing so they would also catch sight of themselves in a way that might change everything.” Nic Askew
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Have you found the joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others? Two simple questions surrounded by the experience of Kathryn Temple. A film concerning the often missed nature of happiness.
We are fragile. You and me. Though we act strong, our lives are held together with thoughts of where we might be tomorrow. And of disappointed yesterdays. At any moment we might shatter. We might fall to our knees weighed down by ...
Shooting people – with a camera that is – in a foreign language that you don’t understand encourages an ability to listen beyond the words. This film might just be the epitome of joy.
You belong. There was never any condition to that. Ever. You never didn’t belong. Despite what it might seem. And without the need to belong, your need to be right falls away." An artful introduction one of the key principles to this Inner View work.
From the opening question ‘Would the boy you once were be inspired by the man you’ve become?’ this six minute film might sit uncomfortably for many. Uncomfortable and inspiring in the same breath. ‘Who might you gather around you to inspire a life of significance?’
What you seek is seeking you BUT you're so busy looking that what is trying to find you, can't. Know this, that there is a possibility that what might drive your entire life could be so dramatically different.
The United States of America is so obviously fractured. We talk about the symptoms believing they are the cause. But the cause of such human fracture lies deep. But what if we were to gaze deeply into the Soul of this Nation. What if we were to listen to its innermost voice. A voice that exists far beyond the ideas of right and wrong.
Many in positions of leadership dare not take a new more conscious view of the world fully into the work place, for fear that the structure on which our organizations are built will fall. This is evidence by which you might gather the courage to do so. So regard this as a clarion call.
This is one of the most viewed films from the Soul Biographies Series. Perhaps because of its title, most probably because of its subject. The camera appears to have captured the very energy of gratitude.
Before your words of encouragement and well-timed advice. Before items gifted at beyond an arm’s length. Did you ever consider the one thing that might turn the entire world on its axis ...
What is it that lives in the space between any two people in a relationship. This film is a portrait of a marriage, and considers the experience of appreciation, gratitude, trust and love.
Conflict is universal. I imagine each conflict is reflective of all others. The Klamath Conflict is notorious. I imagine it will reflect shards of your world. If not more. And point to how we might live and work well together.
In the protracted and often violent Klamath Conflict over land and water there have been those who have led the difficult work towards truth and understanding. Becky is one. Her perspective relevant to all human conflict.
Warning. This is haunting. You might be haunted. Jayanie and I have a knowing. Between us. Beyond words. Beyond time. This we know. Though we had never met. Might there be nowhere to get to? Might you call off the search?
'... when you love life, when you love your customers, when you love your business you bring a different self to it, and effective leaders have the courage to fall in love ...' A film on free spiritedness and love in business.
Inner View is a way to see and experience a deeper aspect of all people, beyond the assumptions and defenses that keep us hidden from each other. It is the way in which Soul Biographies are made. Guest lessons from the Inner View Program will appear here, and change from time to time.
‘... perhaps true beauty is something that draws our attention at second glance, once the judgment of a first glance has realised it’s mistake.’ This is a film about the possibility that exists beyond judgment.
It’s 2am. You’re wide awake. Feeling alone. Unseen. And inexplicably lost. Discontent despite all that you have around you. The people. Your life. Your dreams. You wear a face that tells the world you’re OK, but you’re not. You’re bone achingly tired from the relentless game of belonging.
This is a film about what democracy truly is. It's about inclusion. And proximity. And the full undivided attention given to another person. This is so very important. Particularly amongst a seeming intractable conflict.
Many had gathered under the tree of dreams. All but one stood shaking its branches for dreams to fall. But one sat quietly waiting for a dream to recognize his soul. And to consume him with no doubt ... Words of Surrender.
This is about one half of a minute. A young girl articulates one of our greatest yearnings. You may well be compelled to watch it over and over again, until its meaning seeps deep into your bones. Which is where it was always intended to live.
'... there's so much love in my heart that it scares people to the point where it scares me sometimes.' This is beautiful. Watch this gently. Watch this attentively. Watch this with yourself in mind. And know this. Wherever I go. Wherever I look. I find people like Anita. I find people like you.
As time stood itself still, she walked towards the camera as if beckoned by something more powerful than the need to be seen. What happened next was as naked as naked can be. A courageous and utterly beautiful articulation of the sheer weight and terror of depression.
Might we all have a part to play in the life of another? This film captures the experience of an extraordinary soul. From the holocaust to the delights of the London Underground. Meet Alison. 93. Alive. Very alive.
This footage is revealing of what is under all Soul Biographies Inner View. Most probably a must for all drawn to the nature of these films. There is a field. This field is the very atmosphere in which I film. It elicits something different in nature. In Dallas, I sat in this field. This time, in front of the camera. And this is what happened.
'We are a Work in Progress.’ And so lives the perilous myth on which our human existence appears to have built itself. We are not yet enough. There is someone we must become. This life has conditions. This piece is central to the way of all of this. And contrarian, if not dangerous.
"... this maybe a revolution of an idea. That what we seek is seeking us. That what we yearn for exists already and doesn't need to be worked towards. That human connectedness is here. It's always been here. It doesn't need to be conjured up. It simply needs to be noticed."
There is a Grand Human Predicament. It is that we seek to become enough, yet we never seem to be. There's a sense that we will never be quite enough in this relentless pursuit of belonging. This is an antithetical counter view. A simpler way. This is an outline in just eight images.
I've often wondered how many leaders have faced themselves with the question ‘would I follow myself?‘ And, how many are courageous enough to follow the seemingly untrodden path of knowing themselves.
What you will see here, in this astonishing 89 seconds, is a normally reserved man speak from his very depths with no filter to the world. As his wife of many years sat just 12 feet away. Filmed in front of a 'Soul Biographies Live' Audience.
Awareness is an unusual substance. Beyond powerful. It stands to change this world for the good. Yet the act of seeking it might push it further from us. The following is an observation of how we might transform the very way we see and why such a thing might be important.
This film concerns the terrifying experience of being seen. And there is no modern day pacing to carry you through this film. No drama to help frayed attention. Such is the quiet and subtle experience of the profound.
Living through the protracted experience of dispossession, Jeff Mitchell alongside others has seen a way through the pain of generations. Some in the Klamath Basin have a collective realization that when one truly knows another there is the vast possibility to transform everything.
‘Is it true?‘ exists as one of the most profound questions. A question you would do well to ask yourself often. Pay full attention to this few minutes with the enigmatic and mysterious Byron Katie.
The MacArthur Foundation backed the University of California Humanities Research Institute to re-imagine the experience of education. They commissioned me to bring the sense of the courageous & transformational findings to film.
In a dream more real than his daytime, a grown man meets himself. Himself at just ten. With the light in his eyes. And the world in his heart. He sets out to explain to his young self why he’s taken the road to someone else’s somewhere. But he can’t. And in the deafening silence ...
We level our ire at the world around us. The world with which our opinion so often disagrees. But might our energy be better focused on the experience within our own personal jurisdiction. This was filmed from deep within the experience of a thoughtful life lived through desegregation in Alabama. This film is the epitome of the experience of peace.
There is a palpable undercurrent in these unusual times. A sea change in consciousness. And as we've become more aware, movements have formed in an attempt to change this world for the good. Know this, "... if there's truth at the heart of a movement you would do best to realize that and represent it as honestly and truthfully as you can."
Let me introduce you to the moon. She sits up there in skies afar, gazing down upon you where you sleep. Wondering why you live just half a life. And crying silently ‘what if’.
In the protracted Klamath Conflict in Oregon, a Farming Community Leader came to the revelation that the things that he held as fact weren't, people that he once thought of as evil and selfish were not, and that he was part of the problem. And such revelations changed everything.
The true influence of mentorship is so very human, and its ability to validate another is beyond powerful. Teacher or not, this film might leave you wondering if you have a part to play in the life and education of another.
A profound observation of disconnectedness and the pathway to interconnectedness in the violent Klamath Conflict. Relevant to all conflict. The process of vulnerability and truth is more important than one could ever imagine.
Each of us stand seemingly alone, as we cry out for evidence that we belong. And as we cry out silently through the actions of our every day, we step further from our own sight. Further from the experience of our one same heartbeat. But in the flicker of a single moment ...
'Gratitude in so many ways is so dramatically missing in the world today. Without gratitude nothing is enough. Look what you have.‘ A film on the nature of gratitude and the appreciation of simple things, set around an experience from the Spanish Civil War.
Singuli nobis resistere videtur, unum, sicut et nos clamamus testimonium quod sumus. Et sicut vocem de secreto per actiones, nostris omni die, ulterius non a conspectu suo. Praeterea, ex experimentum uno eodemque pulsatio. Sed in in mico momento uno non posset Meminisse non sunt anima separata. Et quia nunquam tantum.
‘… so you’re looking for answers but you’re not entirely sure about the questions. But you know you have to become someone.’ This is a mad dash through ‘the journey of your life’. This is 'The Perilous Journey of Becoming a Someone'.
As the people railed against the most obvious acts of dark spoken violence, they missed the black mist that encircled the world. A mist that lay as the cause. Veiled and casting blame on each dramatic symptom ...
Imagine if the mask were to fall from your face. Even if just for a single moment. Might you cause someone to smile? Might you cause someone to feel warmth? A short film shot on Brighton Beach, England back in 2006. My exceedingly early days with a camera.
We won’t have peace until we can both agree,’ said the two fools on either side of an argument. ‘We won’t have peace until the other gives way,’ said each about their foe. But peace could never be had ...
‘Perhaps the lives of those close to us cry out for us to take notice of our own.’ This is a film about family. And the challenge and opportunity of unconditional acceptance.
A man moves silently to the far side of a room. To the far side of another man bearing different circumstance. A man with a different look. A man who looks at the very same world differently ...
Might the eyes really be a window to the soul? And if so, what then? Filmed in unusual fashion for the early days of Soul Biographies. But now I have come to understand the importance of patience, stillness and unflinching human contact. The film asks if you are able to see beyond your assumptions.
‘How brazen’ they said. ‘How threatening’ they thought. She’d talk with anyone. With everyone. Without caution, or regard to who or how they were. Or to where such conversation might lead ...
The fascinating thing about riddles is that you can stare at them intently and completely miss their point. And often, a riddle will fool you into the illusion of an understanding. This is a short film about the nature and whereabouts of joy.
'... a fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it.' This is perhaps what so many of us do with the conversations that fill our everyday. And it raises questions. A film about the nature of curiosity starring the ever curious Seth Godin.
I'm in an entrance hall. And I look towards the furthest doorway. I see her. She looks up. And immediately casts her eyes downwards. She assumes that I can see her. I can. But what she believes I can see, she is ashamed of. She doesn't wish for it to be seen.
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. 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.
In this film Sting’s guitarist and writing partner, Dominic Miller, reveals more than you might expect and offers a quietly provocative observation on the nature of creativity, and the possibility for the story of your own life.
From the unimaginable depths of human darkness exists an almost unintelligible shard of light. So vague that it might remain unseen. So vague that it might remain unseen. But it’s from such a shard that hope is born.
Doña Chona seems tired but she isn’t frightened. The frightened you see deep in the eyes of most human beings. A frightened that hides itself well. A frightened that quietly shouts its assumption of isolation, and of loneliness.
A film made originally to open a Hollywood Movement started by Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle and John Raatz. Addressing the responsibility of the media in this World. In poetic fashion as you might expect.
'... you think you have a map in your hand that's going to guide you to where you need to go. And as you walk along you realize the map you're holding isn't helping. It's somebody else's map. It's somebody else's markings on it.'
One foot in front of the other. Unconscious, and unrecognizably blind. And then again. And again. Until those few steps become a habitual march to somewhere you never set out to be. Where is it that you’re going, and what on earth are you going to do when you get there?
He’s somewhere between thirty and forty. Perhaps fifty. Maybe sixty. He wants to play. Without prescription. He wants to stamp. And to stomp. And to run. And to leap from chair to chair.
Run. Run until you can hide no more. Headlong towards a life of importance. And the person worthy of a place in this World. Run until the pain becomes inexplicable. unbearable. Until you feel your very soul bleeding dry. And then stop. Stop dead. Beyond the delusion of slowing down. Which is still running ...
'... people are drowning in their own silence. There’s a lot of female voices that were told to shut up. There is a righteous fury unleashed right now. The feminine has been so violated and she’s ****ing furious. It feels like a fire.’
'It is like a miracle. I've got a son back that I thought I'd lost. We're probably closer now than we've ever been but it did start in a difficult place.' A film of hope and light from a seemingly dark and endless place.
"... I used to think I'd be rescued by someone or something. There's no need. And the sense of relief and letting go, and freedom is just so peaceful." Unadulterated humanity and a raw truth for so many of us held in the words and the spaces of these few minutes.
Might an entrepreneur simply be defined as someone who takes responsibility for outcomes? This is a film about the possibility for all of us in taking responsibility for the outcomes of our own lives.
These times call for a conscious revolution in the way we act towards one another, driven by our capacity to better see and experience the common humanity that lives deep within our bones.
The film starts, "... I usually have a lot of words. Now it feels different." Get lost in the quiet mystery of this between its frames. Between its words. Wonder about why you are here. Wonder about freedom. Your own freedom.
'I can't give you anything that you don't already have.' This statement is important, and this podcast explores this and the uncomfortable edges that surround it. If the work of Soul Biographies is interesting to you, this delves deeply into its very nature.
A dramatic story, pointing to a human resilience which I believe is more common than we suppose. It’s told through an uncommon depth of observation. And wonders if there is more to us than the series of events we've been through.
timeline: 0.15 comedy/tragedy : 2.30 a story of two places : 5.02 coaches two immense challenges : 5.57 how you coach : 7.16 how you are seen : 9.35 the conscious field : 10.52 words from two places : 12.45 incongruent nature of advertising : 14.30 why most are blind : 17.30 how you tell the world : 19.49 articulating from presence ...
He knocked on the back door. Three times. As he always had. Heavily worn trouser knees. Spectacles sat at the end of an elderly nose. And eighty two well-used years under his belt. ‘Can Albert come out to play?’
So many of the things people think they want, they want because they think they can’t have. And as soon as they find out they can have it, the want goes away.’ A film about the nature of spiritual and material wealth. Can the two exist side by side?
A man clothed from a wardrobe fashioned by his own success, caught in-sight as to the route of his own undeniable journey towards awareness. A journey crowded with uncertainty, bewilderment and at times, wonder ...
A film about a profound realization following the life-threatening surgery of a free spirited soul. ‘… there is no other place, there is no other time. There is only now. Don’t hold back, this is it.’
Four friends set out from where they stood. One went North. One East. Another South. The last one, West. Each in search of meaning. Each in search of the point of their own life ...
A man had lived in his imagination. Ever since he was a boy. For it was full of wonder and adventure when set against the outer world that housed his everyday life. His imagination surrounded him in light. The outer world, in a darker shade.
I listened to the Members of the Inner View Community. And to myself. And to the sky above the horizon. And this is what I heard of what we want. Of what this is. Of what 'Us' is here for. I wrote it down as a piece entitled 'I Want This'.
At its essence this is a summary of Inner View. It starts off with a recent Inner View class experience with Harvard Business School and then journeys headlong into the experience of awareness, and its effect on human sight.
‘…the Universe said Jonas is not listening. We did everything we can to make him listen. But he does not listen. So maybe this will wake him up.’ A film about art, cancer and waking up.
Does the pace of this world cause you to falter? Does it sometimes make you want to fill your lungs with available air and scream ‘stop this ride I want to get off’? A film about the experience of the introvert.
One can be asked what one wants a thousand times, yet the words remain impotent. Unheard amongst the deafening echoes of our modern age. And then one day, the world quiets. And those very same words find their way to the attention of your soul.
Many Coaches have had Soul Biographies made to capture the inexpressible nature of their work. They have most often been described as 'coming out' films. This is a short sequence of some of the epic ‘fail’ moments.
Perhaps with understanding, comes the falling away of judgment. And with the falling away of judgment, comes the ability to see with clarity. And with such an ability to see, comes the opportunity to share a wealth beyond measure.
I made this film back in 2007. It's a film about many things. A resilient dream being one. Alejandro was running for President of Guatemala. He didn't win. He won at his fourth attempt and is currently President of His Country, despite having been a quadriplegic.
Beyond the far edge of all he knew, was the only place in which discovery would happen. The kind of discovery that would solve the predicaments of a life weighed down by much that is human. As is its nature, such discovery would seek him out.
The 1940s Holocaust might have been one of the lowest points of human existence. These few minutes wonder if we ‘might all hold the capacity to see light in the darkness’. This is a glimpse of the stoic experience of a holocaust survivor.
One man sought out those who would challenge his view on the world. Because he knew that he could never know for certain. Another man sought out the company of those who held tight to his same view.
'It happens with people. It happens in solitude. It happens in the midst of incredible busyness. And incredible stillness.' Might you take a step towards a contemplative life. A meditative life. A life of quiet and courageous transformation.
Do those that surround us trust us? Do we trust those that surround us? Organizations can get in the way of their people. Trust, or mistrust can shape an entire culture and in doing so can define the very experience of being there.
It’s a feeling inside that defies definition. It’s an experience of wholeness. An experience of tranquility. Of peace. An experience of home. It’s an experience of life. I could stay here all day.
Sir John Whitmore was the pioneer and godfather of coaching in the workplace. He fills these few minutes with many provocative questions concerning a life lived traveling an original path.
A fixation on unexamined business goals or targets can lead to personal destruction, the destruction of colleagues and organizations, and even the destruction of nature. This examines the possibility of pausing, questioning and tapping an inner wisdom before deciding on goals.
Imagine your life, or your child's life following its course and then an abrupt and brutal turn. The sudden onset of Schizophrenia. A violent shock to what was. A loss. At a loss. And a soul rendered desolate and alone.
This film explores the profound subtlety hidden in the fight for control of our waistlines. And our lives. I hope you're able to hear Kathrine's words over your berating voice of conscience.
John is courageous in many respects. To challenge a system from within. Not expected on Wall Street. Not acceptable. To expose oneself to uncertainty and exclusion from one's peers with all that might bring is often too great a barrier to act. But if not you, then who?
As this long-form video podcast interview with Jonnie from Team Super Dad beds itself down, it falls deep. And for those willing to pay it attention, that may well be a good thing.
This is unusual. Filmed Fall of 2019. This 30 minutes of footage is pretty much uncut. Insights, admissions and all. It is deeply reflective and revealing of where this work is now to be pointed, and the contrarian nature of life and purpose finding you rather than you heading off to find it.