The 13th Century Mystic Poet, Rumi described the possibility of a field; ‘out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.’ These few words point to the possibility of an experience between people. This is Inner View. Those in front of the camera have often described the experience of time and space collapsing. And Inner View as a meditation like experience but between people. An experience of another without condition, and an ability to give conscious voice to important things. Here there is an extraordinary connection to an inner intelligence. Inner View at its essence is about self knowledge, and our own liberation. And I would like to show you the experience of this.”
Nic Askew, Creator Of Soul Biographies And Inner View
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Since that day he has used this camera to capture an unyielding experience of human presence, taking his film subjects and clients far beyond the experience of the mind and deep into an inner, wiser and more intelligent world.
Through a nearly two decade journey in explorative film, he discovered that there is a profoundly simple way that we are able to be together, which he refers to as Inner View. The sharing of this experience has transformed the relationship countless people have with themselves and those around them.
His Inner View Method has given rise to the acclaimed Soul Biographies Film Series, an experience of human presence viewed by millions.
Nic has set out to capture The Soul of This Human Race on film, in all its shades and from all four corners. So that we might see ourselves reflected in each other. So that we might see beyond all differences. So that we might come to remember that we each belong without condition. When one catches sight of an inner view of another everything changes.
The work with and without the camera has been described as sitting in the experience of an unyielding awareness. This experience allows both the subject and audience to see with clear perception, give conscious voice to important things and access an extraordinary source of insight.
He has been described more poetically as an itinerant confessor, a disruptive influence, a monk independent of any religion and an explorer of the Inner World.
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I was sitting quietly in a Hotel in London in 2005, not thinking about anything in particular. Not searching for anything at all, and the notion to pick up a camera consumed me with no doubt. It came from the ether. Like in the TREE OF DREAMS.
I once was the MC at a Holocaust Survivors Event in front of hundreds of school children. I inner-viewed them, and discovered ALISON. Every child was utterly silent throughout her encounter, and chanted her name, clapped and stomped their feet at the end, wishing for it not to end. I subsequently made a Soul Biography of her and her extraordinary spirit.
The US Government’s Bureau of Land Management once became patron to a film series on CONFLICT. The defining moment in the decision to say yes appeared to be when I read out loud a recently written poem entitled TWO FOOLS IN A MIRROR to the Department Head which I had written on the way to give a speech at the Womens National Democratic Club in Washington DC. I’d been wondering about the politicians experience.
During dinner one evening RUPERT SHELDRAKE, the renowned and unacceptable Biologist, stood up abruptly and said ‘Mr Askew, I believe you might be an itinerant confessor’, and equally abruptly sat down. Continuing on with dinner.
In a fashion Rupert was right. But the confession was never to a sin but to realization that each of us belong without condition.
SOUL OF A NATION
I was once commissioned to capture the Soul of a Nation. The patron and I rendered ourselves lost in Guatemala, as the soul of everything is in anything. The way he saw everyone changed. Years later he ran for President. I helped him in this endeavor too, with the camera and a steely appetite for truth in an environment that wasn’t used to its experience.
A tradesman came around to fix some simple things in the house. Seven hours later he was still here. The work had taken an hour, but all lives are fascinatingly deep. Exploration without a presupposed destination or need for remedy is extraordinary. This happens to me often. It informs much of what I make.
A number of years ago I spent a few days filming a number of end-stage Multiple Sclerosis patients in a Dutch hospital. Filming in a language I do not understand or need to, as Inner View’s concern is simply where are words spoken from. There was a palpable atmosphere of increased closeness.
I often film in languages I do not seemingly understand.
A VIOLENT CRIME
I once shot a FILM about the experience of losing a child to a violent crime. The experience was so profoundly important that it took me a year to even approach the footage.
The film was premiered at Georgetown University, within hours of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. I had no idea whilst introducing the film, as a haunting energy consumed the auditorium.
THE MEXICAN LADY
Whilst shooting the Alzheimer’s film A LIFE BEYOND in a Madrid Nursing Home, I was pursuaded to play guitar for the elderly residents before dinner, only to be cornered by a 101 year old Mexican lady who insisted that I gave her my phone number.
I was once asked to write a piece for a Hollywood Magazine about what I imagined was most important to me. I had the latitude of using many words. Most contributors to the column had used those many words. I thought it would be easy. After a few months I submitted just 71 words, entitled ONE SAME HEARTBEAT. 3 of those words were the title.
I had a SOUL BIOGRAPHY sit on Sting’s Home Page for a couple of months a number of years ago. It was of his guitarist and writing partner of many years, Dominic Miller. Dominic was responsible for me playing guitar on all Soul Biographies since the day I filmed him. Except his film. Of course.
Dr. Scilla Elworthy, 3 Time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Nic is a rare genius when it comes to appreciating the essential human being that lies beneath the variety of masks we choose to cover ourselves with. The value is simple, deep and far reaching.
Tim Gallwey, Bestselling Author ’The Inner Game Of Tennis’
Mike Dooley, New York Times Bestselling Author
Jim Kalb, President Optifuse