Amsterdam. 2018. A full day of Inner View filming amongst a captivated audience. See Notes from Behind a Camera (below).
A few subjects drawn to ‘the chair‘, despite their own turbulent minds saying ‘no. absolutely no‘.
Edgar was one.
This is a piece of our time with the camera.
The film starts, “… I usually have a lot of words. Now it feels different. I feel a bit scared. I also feel I am holding up something. Clinging to something. And I want to let it go.“
There are not so many more words. The experience of this is in the space. Be sure to go full screen. Headphones if possible.
And do get lost in the quiet mystery of this between its frames. Between its words. Do wonder about why you are here. Ad about your own freedom.
And pay attention to this at a befitting pace. This is Witnessing, with all the patience and space that such an act requires. Something is waiting to be seen. Has always been waiting.
note: we have a WITNESSING Program.
NOTES FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA
THESE NOTES DESCRIBE THE LIVE INNER VIEWING EXPERIENCE THAT NIC USES IN AUDIENCES FROM SMALL RETREATS TO ON-STAGE FILMING WITH 500+ PERSON AUDITORIUMS WITH LARGE PROJECTION SCREENS
“The room quietens as another film subject emerges deliberately from the assembled group. She, or he, approaches the Inner View Camera with something to say. Something worthwhile speaking. Words that have purpose, and an obvious use in his or her world. Perhaps even to the world at large. Words that set out to convince us all. But words that so often, have been previously spoken.
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.
We are all to be included unreservedly in this experience of the human soul made visible. Of humanity witnessed.
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.
And space. And an unbridled vulnerability of such profound importance that the audience cannot turn away. It is utter strength in physical form.
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.”