In the plane now on my way to Italy, I have time to reflect on the two weeks in India.
It was quite extraordinary.
From the overwhelming ceremony of Ganpati on the beach of Bombay, to visiting the Dalai Lama's temple in Dharamsala, I feel as though so much happened in such an intensely short period of time.
During the two weeks I shot about 12 hrs of material. That's a lot. I've been able to capture some terrific stuff, and most importantly I've left India with footage that will provide a greater understanding of intuition from the perspective of the East.
The time at Parmarth ashram was a true highlight – as was the conversation with the young British born Swami by the banks of the Ganges. He was able to articulate the process of intuition in very clear unambiguous terms.
Spending time at the Yoga Institute in Bombay was also wonderful, and having my astrological charts read by Dr. Bhatt was truly fascinating. Meeting up with my billionaire friend Pradeep was also a wonderful highlight. Already he has aided the film enormously.
Stepping away from the film – although I don't know that I can really because my journey is the film's journey, and the film's journey is my journey – I leave India with a greater sense of purpose.
The Buddhist monk in Dharamsala said that my life was saved by my karmic imprint because I had more work to do. My time wasn't up. And that it would be work that would benefit many.
Dr. Bhatt, the astrologer, said the same. His predictions of the immense wealth coming my way were outrageous – but he said it would come as a consequence of my doing something beneficial for mankind.
Is making this film what they're both referring to?
I don't know.
All I know is that I have to do it. I'm literally just following my intuition – my Personal Guidance System. I can't think of outcomes – I can only think of what's immediately ahead, and leave myself open to the whims of the cosmos.
And trust. That's the thing. Trust that what's around the corner for me is something, someone, who will take me to the next stage of this journey.
I'm pleased the funding for this film is coming in progressively. If I'd started out with the full budget, I probably would have approached it differently. I would have imposed a form on it – a structure – and it possibly would not have been as intuitive as it's now turning out to be.
The film is becoming the film it should be.
Me? I'm changing. I can feel it. I'll come back from this trip slightly different. The Camino was the first step in my changing – it pressed the Hard Reset button. Not just the reset button, it was a “hard” reset, which in tech terms means a complete reset. Bringing everything back to a default position. Getting rid of accumulated junk.
In a way, even though I didn't realise it at the time, walking the Camino was a necessary precursor to making this film. In fact it was really the start of the film for me.
During these past two weeks I've been informed, deeply touched, and inspired by the people I've met. But perhaps what touched me most were the simple moments –
- Sitting in the dark in the cafe in Dharamsala with the old lady selling bangles, laughing and chatting, even though we couldn't speak each other's language.
- The dignified bow of the Sikh rickshaw driver in Chandigarh.
- The grace and humility of those that came down to the banks of the Ganges at Rishikesh at sunrise, to perform their daily rituals.
- The vibrational power of the Aarti ceremony at Parmarth, and the holy presence of Swamiji.
- The image of the ascetic doing his yoga by the Ganges under the Laxman Jhulia bridge.
- The way the old man at the chai stall in Rishikesh tied his turban before I took his photo. The pride of the man… and then later when he posed for me, ramrod straight, while bathing in the sacred waters.
These simple moments resonate with me, and will always.
I have no idea at this stage how this film will turn out – all I know is that already I've managed to capture some very special moments with some unique and wise people.
And I feel very fortunate, and grateful, to be given this opportunity.