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 that tells
the world you’re OK,
but you’re not.
You’re bone achingly tired
from the relentless
game of belonging …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.” …
A participant on leaving an Inner View Program was overheard saying;
“This is the first time in my life that I never wrote a single note. Five Days. FIVE DAYS. And for some inexplicable reason, I feel that I’ve remembered more about my place in the world than I could have ever learned.”
This appears to be the way of surrender.
From this stillness and safety, the speaker starts to think more deeply, originally and creatively.
Previous jumbled thinking starts to make sense.
It feels like a truth, our real truth, who we really are, begins to emerge.
This is like a hallowed place.
See Colin’s Full Description of Inner View …
For the first time I have committed words to paper by way of description of the way I film Soul Biographies, and the (meta) physical principles I know to be in play. You can READ this overview which forms the shape of the Inner View Method Program. I hereby dare you to breathe in this CURRICULUM.
It starts with this unusual introduction …
A viewer who had been a participant (a witness from the audience and the witnessed in front of the camera) wrote to me with these few words of warning;
‘… sitting in the audience may appear to be a somewhat ‘safer’ way to engage in the work due to the distance from the camera and the intimacy of Nic’s full attention … but this is a false security. By witnessing Nic at work you will meet yourself and inevitably you will be profoundly moved by who you see. In so many ways it makes no difference where you are in relation to the camera.’ …
I recently recorded the Beyond Marketing For Coaches Masterclass on Zoom Video, annotated it and added guitar. It is playing for the next two weeks. It is a worthy exposure of some of the key components of the Soul Biographies Inner View Method. It is playing for the next two weeks.
You can see it here …
If you are a Coach or on the Coaching Spectrum, you should consider registering FREE for this Masterclass. It one was born of the visceral experience of many years and many coaches at the end of an unrelenting camera lens.
There are a number of profound pieces of the puzzle you might do well to recognize. This 75 minutes is about these. The next class is on MONDAY 26th February.
See the 2 minute video …
Purpose is the business of the inner world, yet so many set about the challenge of recognizing, defining and articulating it from the intellect, and an examination of what they believe the world to need. This does not work. And causes profound problems that have no chance of resolving themselves. Businesses go out of business. These businesses are disconnected from purpose.
In Amsterdam on 26 April I shall be working with business owners for a full day immersed in the examination and resolution of all of this from the vantage point of the inner world. The actually inner world, using the Soul Biographies Inner View camera. So that we might all come to know what true purpose in business is, and how to share it with the world.
See the 2 Minute Video …
A friend co-founded a magazine many years ago. The Utne Reader. The New York Times reported that if you noticed a fellow reader on the subway by way of a rolled up copy of the magazine under their arm, then that was reason enough to invite them to dinner.
That story haunted me. And then I realized that Soul Biographies offers the very same invitation …
Many business owners find it extremely challenging to articulate their purpose. To tell the world why they do what they do. It is important to do this in truthful and authentic fashion. It is important for founders and their reasons to be clearly seen. To be recognized without pretense …
This new One Day Program is in part an INNER VIEW METHOD Program. It focuses on Humanity & Purpose in Business – How to Identify it, Capture it Authentically and Tell the World.
Next events are in London and Amsterdam.
You can register free for an Introductory Call with Nic …
This film was actually filmed by the ‘students’ on the last 5 Day Program. Edited by myself. It gives a sense of the ineffable experience and for what it is in service of. We now have the first DATES for 2018. USA + Europe …
Olav de Maat and his girl friend came along to an evening entitled ‘How to See the Human Soul’ in Amsterdam a few weeks back. And that is what we set about doing. With the image from the Soul Biographies camera projected on to a large cinema screen. Imagine the subjects – thank you Goor and Carolien – left with nowhere to hide and the beyond intimate black and white image leaving the audience similarly with nowhere to hide.
He wrote me this simple line a few days ago, about the experience of seeing deeper from inside their relationship.
‘… we actually look at each other differently now. Literally.’