The Invitation

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Audio, Events, News, Soul Biographies Experience

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 …

‘Can You See The People Beyond Your Ideas Of Them?’

Posted by on May 4, 2019 in Behind the Film, Guatemala, Images, Words

Back in 2007, I remember saying something along these lines, “Edwin if you’re going to serve your country, can you see the people? And I mean truly see, beyond your ideas of them.”

And so Edwin and I set off around Guatemala to find its (human) soul. It was the first time that I’d showed someone what I was doing with the camera, how and why it was so important with respect to servant leadership and human connection.

Edwin is now a front runner in the Guatemalan Presidential Election.

During this journey, we witnessed people from every conceivable walk of life. A sight once seen, never forgotten. A sight of a Nation behind the distraction of its easily seen drama.

Filming was often done in quieter locations but here, a marketplace contributed to this great understanding …

For Anyone Who Has Ever Considered Sitting In Front Of This Camera

For Anyone Who Has Ever Considered Sitting In Front Of This Camera

These few minutes are for anyone who has ever considered sitting in front of the Soul Biographies Camera.

Patti Digh’s first book was entitled ‘Life is a Verb’. Many people read it. It may have started a movement. She had for many years intended to come to one of the Soul Biographies Inner View Programs. These few minutes articulate some of what happened when she did.

It is for those who have been underground. It is for those seeking a coming out …

On the Possibility of Nicaragua

On the Possibility of Nicaragua

Felix ended up in front of my camera. He is from Nicaragua. President Ortega had blamed him as a contributing factor to the protests that saw government troops end the lives of many hundreds of citizens.

After his arrest, he managed to escape and ended up in the apartment my camera and I were staying at in Guatemala City. His family had made their escape to somewhere in the United States before the worst could happen …

Notes From Behind The Inner View Camera

This is some of what I’ve come to understand about the components of speaking truth out loud. These few words point to the stark difference between ‘speaking to, or at’ the world with the expectation of something in return, and ‘being spoken’. I have also come to understand that is my work, and the very reason I was compelled to pick up the camera those many years ago …

I Needed To Die

These few minutes articulate something of Inner View, and in doing so reveal something of the human experience so beautifully elemental that it might change you and you won’t know why. The experience sits amongst and between the words. You will need to remain still, held in full and present attention. To me the binary nature of the human experience is clear when one notices where words come from …

The Artist Who Works with Nothing

A someone who recently sat in front of the Soul Biographies Camera woke up a few days ago with these unexpected few words in her imagination. She had no idea where they had come from. Or why, but thought that they pointed to something of importance with respect to this somewhat mysterious work […cont]

‘How To See Someone’ Audio

‘How To See Someone’ Audio

A while back I recorded a few minutes as a contribution to you remembering your innate capacity to ‘see’ another.

From deep within the Art and Science of Witnessing.

‘… after nearly 15 years in close proximity to the camera and the human soul, it has come down to the stark realization that there is nothing to do, and no one to do it. And that this sense of profound surrender is perhaps the greatest contribution anyone could make to the world.’

Details of the teaching of this way can be found here. Many are inexplicably drawn to the possibility.

If you’d like a download of this audio piece, send us a message …

It’s 2am. You’re Wide Awake. Feeling Alone. Unseen. And Inexplicably Lost.

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Poetry, Words

The Invitation

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 …

I Would Choose Truth Over Friendship, Always

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Behind the Film, Words

Late 2007. Our living room. One wintery Saturday morning. I turned to Caroline and without thinking said ‘I would choose truth over friendship, always.’ She agreed. It confirmed this path of ours. Of course, it has consequence. But we do have friends. Courageous ones.

The Politics of Belonging (and the Message from God)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Behind the Film
The Politics of Belonging (and the Message from God)

A clear skied and profoundly unusual Monday morning.

Two characters show up unannounced at Edwin Escobar’s city apartment. Edwin is amongst the front-runners in the Guatemala Presidential 2019 Elections.

Capellán Juan Noriega (pictured) was one of the unannounced. He has never voted in a Presidential election. 30 years a military man. A Colonel. Now a Capellán (Chaplain). Now representing 3,500 other Chaplains. Each politically uninvolved.

The very day before, he had received a message from God. He’d been told to come and meet this uncommon Politician. Face to face. To see if he was the ‘one’ …

On Cancer, Death Valley and A Bicycle

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Films, News, Soul Biographies Inner View Method
On Cancer, Death Valley and A Bicycle

In October I filmed Robert Vogel at an Inner View Program. It was extraordinary. As many viewers have given testament to. I put the entire footage up, raw. You can see ‘A Thousand Moments’ without a password for the rest of this week.

“I am alive. I am pain-free. And I am loved.”

Robert has brain cancer but has found a way to keep it at bay. Vast amounts of hard physical exercise. Many hours a day. Much on a bicycle. Cycling often through the night into the early hours through dawn.

Now he has decided to ride for charity through Death Valley. You can sponsor him. But you’d have to do it today …

The Soul Of Your Work On Film

A full day of intensive filming with Nic for a very small group of participants (between 3 and 5). The objective will be to capture the essence of a participant’s work on film using the Inner View Method. Filming all day, with a full process involving multiple visits to the camera. The environment will be Retreat like. A full day lost in unbridled awareness. Filming from the conscious drop.

Current Dates; Washington DC Metro Area on 13th February. London, UK on 10th April. These dates in each City follows the Day Inner View Program. DC + LONDON.

Read more …

This Is Why Film Subjects Show Up As They Do

A few months back I was interviewed by Mary Alice Arthur as a part of the STORY THE FUTURE Project. I was subsequently told by someone who had studied the Inner View Method with me, that I really ought to listen back to it as my words articulated exactly what is going on with the camera and awareness. It concerns surrender.

So I did, and if you are drawn to understanding this way of seeing (how and why film subjects show up like they do in Soul Biographies) then bathe yourself in this audio interview. It is 42 minutes long, so find your time. Listen between the words. Even beyond the words …

Undivided and So Still Attention

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019 in Poetry

Before your words
of encouragement
and well-timed advice.

Before items gifted at
beyond an arms length.

Did you ever consider
the one thing that
might turn the
entire world
on its axis.

Your undivided
and so still attention …

The Tree of Dreams

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Poetry

Many had gathered
under the
tree of dreams.

All but one stood
shaking its branches
for dreams to fall …

Gratitude inside 3 Minutes

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Films

‘Gratitude in so many ways is so dramatically missing in the world today. Without gratitude nothing is enough.’

A 3 minute film …

Seeing Us As I See The Natural World

So many of us are able to remain still enough to absorb the magnificence of the natural world. To recognize the interconnectedness of it all.

Without need, and without opinion.

So how is it so remarkably challenging to sit and pay unbridled attention in similar fashion to each other. The interconnectedness of us all.

A 1 minute (square!) video …

Somebody Else’s Map. Somebody Else’s Markings

‘… 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.’

Two minutes on film, and the sense of an Interior Journey on Camera …

Articulating What Cannot Quite Be Said

Here is a note I recently sent to a the most recent Inner View Method Program Cohort.

Dear All, so this work as you know is a challenge to describe using the realm of words. What did you say when someone asked where had you been, and what had you done? …

Two Fools in a Mirror

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Poetry, Words

We won’t have peace until we can
both agree,’ said the two fools
on either side of an argument …

The Whisper and the Echo

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in Poetry, Words

A man looked for meaning.
For his very place in life.

He searched high and low.

He’d often hear a whisper, calling
his name from the other side
of what seemed like a door …

Words From An Inner Viewer to Someone Who Wasn’t There

Words From An Inner Viewer (a Program Participant) to Someone Who Wasn’t There

I learned how to give you my full and undivided attention. To not need you to be anything different, so as to allow you to speak truth from deep in your soul.

And I learned to do this with a video camera running, so that what you speak you may see yourself. And if it were to be of service to the world, to enable you to share it with many.

I learned how I might accept, if not love, you unconditionally. And I have an idea I might be on the way to doing this for myself.

I experienced the immense power of vulnerability first hand. And for a short time at least I surrendered control to life itself and that piece of it leaves me lost for words.

Each Person’s Head Measured 7 to 8 Feet Tall

During the Inner View Method PROGRAMS the live film feed of each participant is fed to a monitor. We often use a projector. In our latest adventure the image of each person’s head measured somewhere between 7 and 8 feet tall. And with just 10 participant explorers for the 5 days there was truly nowhere to hide. Which with the experience of the interior world, is important.

I’ve come to understand that in the end it is best to experience this ‘non-dual’ experience, rather than talk about it. This is what changes everything.

In our newly found UK Inner View Home, a Rutland Farm, one wall is covered with the image of a forest. I was testing the set up without the projection screen down, and ended up looking somewhat unusual (OPEN THE POST!). If I ever film a druid, then I shall keep the projection screen retracted.

Next dates coming soon. USA, March 2019. UK April 2019.

Ten

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Poetry

Perhaps the ten year old
had been his
very soul in disguise.

Come to shake him
from the prison of
his daytime …