The reason we came back to India was to do an interview with Swami Chidanand, regarded as one of the country’s most revered living saints, and one of the world’s great spiritual leaders.
I’d been unable to secure an interview with him whilst in Rishikesh.
The interview this afternoon was extraordinary.
The power of the man was potent.
It wasn’t a long interview – he only had a short amount of time to give me – but almost every thing he said was absolutely on song with the themes I’m exploring in the film.
It was worth coming back to India just for this interview. He was able to explain intuition in ways that will connect profoundly with an audience.
Tomorrow we leave to return to Australia. Looking back, it’s been an amazing time. We’ve done about twenty interviews and shot a lot of visual material, representing about 25 hours of footage.
And this is just the start!
We’ve filmed in Bombay, Delhi, Rishikesh, Chandigarh in Punjab, and up in the foothills of the Himalayas in Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama. We also filmed in Florence and Rome, at the Vatican.
We’ve gathered a wide range of views from spiritualists, church leaders, academics, mystics, and lay folk. Interestingly, there seems to be a general consensus. The majority are saying very similar things about intuition, but using their own home-brew vernacular.
I’ve met some extraordinary people in the past several weeks. And each was incredibly generous with their time. I think what they responded to, and the reason they were so generous, is that they realised this was a very personal quest.
Many years ago I heard a voice that saved my life. I’m now making a film that tries to determine what that voice was, where it came from, and why my life was saved. Using those three very simple entry points, the film will then explore the nature of intuition, and it will proffer ways for us all to become more intuitive, should we wish to…
Everyone I spoke to realised that this was a genuine – one fellow said “authentic” – exploration of mine, and they saw that the film could ultimately change the way millions of people around the world live each day. Live each moment of each day.
I believe it will.
Personally, I’ve learnt a huge amount. I won’t elaborate here on what I’ve learnt. I’m going to save that for the film. But these past weeks have had a deep and lasting impact on me.
Tomorrow it’s back to Australia for a few weeks. I need to sit down and review all the footage, and begin to put it all into a style and shape. And then mid November we head off to the United States, and to Dallas, to see if the Astrologer’s predictions will come true…
If you haven’t seen it already, here is a clip about his predictions for me…
This current trip has been a big success. There’s no doubt. I’ve got better material than I ever could have hoped for.
But there’s still so much more to do. A lot of filming in the US, and elsewhere too. And then a massive post production job. Our filming schedule though is finance dependent. We’ll need more money for this next round of filming.
Overall I’m very excited about the way it’s coming together. There’s never been a film like this. It’s going to have a big impact on a lot of people all around the world.
Already it’s had a big impact on me.