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 …
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 …
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 …
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]
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.
Discontent despite all
that you have around you.
The people. Your life.
You wear a face …
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.
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’ …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
‘… 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 …
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? …
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.
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.
‘We are a Work in Progress.’ ~ the often said words of the allegedly wise, repeated without question by those drawn to the inculturated humility of the idea.
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 …
“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.”
Our innermost yearning is to be seen. And to know that we each belong without condition. But when this is not our experience, we are compelled to act dysfunctionally and it drives us further from one another’s sight. I become blind to you. And you to me …
Someone had asked whether they could arrange a live Inner View Filming Experience at their event, as a creative alternative to hiring a speaker. I included these few words to give him a sense of what might happen if they were to do so …
“The room quietens as another film subject emerges deliberately from the audience. 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.
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 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 spoken’. Words. And space. And an unbridled vulnerability of such profound importance that the audience cannot turn away.
Here there is nowhere to hide. Here there is no need to hide. Here there is the surrender of control, the control that kept us from seeing one another. From seeing ourselves. Here, for this moment in time there is freedom. And an experience that will most probably live deep within each of us.” …