I guess I can call myself an intuitive…
At least, I now live each moment of my life intuitively.
And have done so for quite some time.
To use my parlance, I follow my PGS.
My Personal Guidance System.
A small example –
Yesterday it was raining when I woke up. Raining quite heavily. I never look at weather forecasts. Never. I always use my PGS to tell me how the day is going to unfold, and how I should prepare.
I didn’t know what the forecast was for the day – and Jennifer and I had to walk 4kms to a business meeting in the centre of the Sydney CBD.
I asked my guys, and they said it’s not going to rain.
And it didn’t rain.
By the time I was ready to walk and I stepped outside, the rain had virtually stopped. There was a slight drizzle, but it was refreshing.
The walk was glorious.
The business meeting was with a financier whom I’d been introduced to through a New York based documentary maker. I’d met this filmmaker briefly while she was on a visit to Sydney, and given her some advice about financing and distribution. She in turn very generously gave me an introduction to her funding source here in Australia.
That doesn’t happen often in this business – and I was very grateful.
As most of you know who frequent this blog, I’m currently making a major international film on intuition, called PGS – INTUITION IS YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM.
So Jennifer and I met this financier lady, and there was an immediate connection, as if it was a meeting of old souls from past lives.
She’s currently doing some philanthropic work with aboriginal people in Queensland, and I mentioned that I wanted to get more of an indigenous perspective for the film, and could she recommend someone I could talk to.
She told me immediately I had to go to Columbia.
Columbia? I asked. You mean Columbia South America?
Turns out she’s doing some major work there with some indigenous people, who have a special connection to the intuitive realm. She explained this to me, and immediately I felt we had to go. I don’t know why, or when this will happen, or what it will mean to the film, but I just felt this is something I should do.
This is how this film is being made – totally intuitively.
I immediately trusted that the meeting with this financier lady was meant to be – that she had come into my life for a purpose, not necessarily to finance the film, but to aid me in some way. Perhaps going to Columbia is the reason I was meant to meet her.
I left the meeting, and checked my emails. I had an email from Kurt Koontz, who has become a good friend. He wrote the very popular Camino memoir book, A MILLION STEPS. In the email, he asked me what I knew about South America, because he was thinking of going…
In the evening Jennifer and I had dinner with the film’s editor, Rishi Shukla, and the film’s sound design team, Wayne and Libby Pashley.
If any of you have seen the two sizzle reels for the film, well, Rishi cut them. Here they are again:
PRODUCTION UPDATE 2
Wayne and Libby are the best sound design team in the country, and amongst the best in the world. There recent credits include MAD MAX FURY ROAD, THE GREAT GATSBY, and every film that Bill Bennett has made in recent history… haha.
They’re great friends and supreme crafts-folk. And their contribution to the film will be extraordinary, I know.
We had a terrific dinner, and talked through the creative aspects of the film – because we start editing in about a month – on March 14th. At the start of this year I felt, again intuitively, that even though shooting hasn’t finished, it’s important to get the film into post production, to enable me to see what I’ve got, and what I need to get.
Again, it was an intuitive response.
At the meeting yesterday morning with the financier lady, I told her that I was just the tiller man on this film – and my job was to keep the vessel, the film, away from the shoals. I explained that this is the first film I’ve ever made where my main aim it to “stay out of the way,” and not impose my will.
I also explained that this is the first film I’ve made where I am not riddled with anxiety. I trust in the process, I trust in my guidance, and I know that only the best will happen, whatever that might be.
Sometimes rejection is ultimately the best that can happen. The Secret was rejected by Channel 9, and went on to become a global cultural phenomenon. That wouldn’t have happened if Channel 9 hadn’t initially rejected the film.
I have learned to surrender.
And that gives me unbelievable strength.
That makes me unstoppable.
Bill, So glad to be part of the collective journey. I see some serious time in South America soon. Congrats on all the success with the film. Love the way you let it unfold without forcing things.
Hey Kurt, I noticed a typo in your surname, which I corrected. Sorry about that! Yes, you and I do similar things – we just run with it, whatever the Universe throws our way. For you, it’s taken you to some amazing places, and allowed you to meet some e tra ordinary people. Hopefully soon we will actually meet!!
Another potential interesting twist in your extraordinary PGS journey … can’t wait to see where this leads you 🙂 Love the look of the restaurant … great and old fashioned tablecloth setting!!
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Yes Britta. – little Greek place on Enmore Road – where we were going to meet originally with our last lunch!
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Ah, you be traveling again… welcome to the land of Coca Tea (not yerba mate). You’ll get a bit of buzz, it’s legal in Columbia, but can register in your blood stream positive for cocaine… Just giving you the heads up, see you sitting around some fire slurping this herbal concoction with the tribal head man – in case that is were you find your intuitive. Light and Love as always…. going to steep some yerba mate. Ingrid
Haha – you’re funny Ingrid!
Yeah Ingrid, when I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru last year, I had to refrain from the Coca tea since I am still working and potentially subject to drug testing (has never happened in 6+ years). My intuition said that the odds of being tested in the two week following were minimal but my play it safe thinking steered me otherwise. Bill, sounds like another great opportunity!
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So impressive Bill. Congratulations to you all. This is going to be an awesome movie.
Best, best wishes for the next stages.
Cheers – Jenny xo xo
Wow, Bill! I am impressed! What an amazing life you have! And soon Columbia!!! You are going to add another star to your documentary… And…the teaser is fantastic!
Hey Sigrid, lovely to hear from you! Yes right at the moment it’s a strange and crazy life, not really knowing what’s around the corner – but I’m excited about going into post production, And thank you for your very kind words about the reel. I hope I can make a movie that has that “wow” factor like that reel. (Also, I hope you have snow now!!)
Possibly the direct opposite of Intuition is Restriction.
I’m very happy to hear that your film project is advancing so beautifully !!!
Dear Julian – a late reply but I have been off the blog for a while, writing the script for the film. Argh… it’s a tricky one. Hope you are well, and when I come to do my long walk I hope we can meet up. Bill
Hey Bill — I’m not sure how things will proceed at my end any more, because my left knee now has the same problem as my right. Ankles are starting to be affected too … 😦
Julian, I can’t do this walk for another year, because I have to finish my film first – so your body might repaired by then. You HAVE walked massive distances… 😁😁😁
Well, the first time it happened I thought I’d never do another Camino, but I did that 1200K one from Lourdes in 2014, so there’s that, but I still can’t predict how this new thing will evolve. I’m still committed to the next one in my head anyway.
OTOH last week my doctor described my arthrosis as being as bad as that of an 80-year-old … 😦
Julian – you know that when the path calls, your body responds, and somehow you get back out there again. The call is too strong. You have walked huge distances in your life – so of course there will be some wear and tear – but as you say, you have the next walk in your head, and that’s a very powerful force, which will help you overcome all sorts of difficulties…
“You have walked huge distances in your life”
True enough — think in the 12+ months I started it seriously back in the early 90s, I walked about 7-8000 KM, 2200+ of which on the Camino … And I’m tall, and I’m heavy — bad business for the cartilage !!!
Back off the knee brace, but the opiate painkillers have returned 😦
I need some physical and head improvement though, and a great deal of training, though both my body and my mind have been screaming at my soul to give it up …
Some parts of this project would be easier if I were in a wheelchair, though I’d hate it to be so.
(maybe when my body finally gives up completely, and the Camino after the next one LOL)
(weird that I’m starting to think of a wheelchair-Camino as both a possibility and an ambition)
I’m pretty sure God wants me to sit in front of the internet for reasons of His own, but I still need my next hiking trip(s) on the Pilgrims’ Way to Santiago !!!
From a more technical point of view, now that I have two bad knees + legs instead of just one, I need to learn how to re-balance my walk instead of favouring the left leg.
At least there’s no dislocated knee-cap this time !!!
Such an idiot for not starting this stuff when I was 15 !!!
Julian – you still have the will, which is the most important thing. Your body will follow your will. I’m now walking without my brace – doing between 85kms-100kms training a week. Since Christmas I have dropped 9kgs in weight. I’m feeling strong. And at the moment, my knee is holding up ok. But I haven’t yet put it under serious stress. I’m thinking that I’ll walk the Portuguese Camino in May without my brace and see how I go…