End of year audit, and hopes for new year ~

As followers of this blog know, at this time each year I do an audit of what I achieved this past year, pegged against what I said I wanted to achieve – and I set out what I hope to achieve the coming year.

So, firstly – here is a link to last year’s audit – 2017 expectations

How did I go? I did some, didn’t do some. Here’s what I wanted to achieve in 2017, and what I did achieve –

  • The feature film PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System will be completed, and released. TICK
  • I will actively market the film. TICK
  • I will write two books associated with the film, for sale on release of the film. NUP. WRITING ONE NOW, – WON’T BE FINISHED TILL END FEB EARLIEST. HAVE NEARLY FINISHED ANOTHER (120,000 WORDS CURRENTLY)
  • The first two books in the Palace of Fires series will be completed and delivered to Penguin Random House. TICK. FIRST BOOK – INITIATE – COMES OUT JAN 29 THIS YEAR, IN A FEW WEEKS, 2ND BOOK – UNHOLY – COMES OUT SEPT THIS YEAR.
  • The Camino film will be budgeted, scheduled, key cast will come on board and I’ll have a workable finance plan. TICK – EXCEPT STILL CASTING
  • The Indian honour killing film will be set up to shoot the year after. NOT SET UP STILL. STILL HOPING
  • Jennifer and I will mount another Indian tour. NUP. NO TIME
  • Jennifer and I will mount another German Christmas tour. NUP. NO TIME

So what do I hope to achieve this year, 2018?

  • PGS the movie will release globally and be a success.
  • Jennifer and I will travel and help market and promote the film.
  • PGS the book will be published.
  • JOURNAL OF A JOURNEY – the book on the making of the film – will be published.
  • The first two PALACE OF FIRES books – INITIATE & UNHOLY – will be published by Penguin Random House to great commercial success!
  • I will complete and deliver the third in the PALACE OF FIRES series – BEAST – to Penguin Random House.
  • BUEN CAMINO, the feature film, will be cast and set for filming in 2019
  • I will walk 3000kms from my front door to the end of the world.

The last one is the biggie – a walk I have been dreaming about and planning for a while now. Literally walking out my front door in Mudgee, Central NSW, and walking to Cape Finisterre on the far west coast of Spain.

To be able to do that though I have to meet my obligation on my delivery of the third PALACE OF FIRES book – a 100k+ word book which is going to be a tough write.

If I can achieve all of the above, then 2018 will be a good year work wise.

PGS opens in the US in January ~

Now that Christmas is over I can give full focus to a big trip coming up – to the US to help promote my movie in its theatrical on demand release across the country.

Jennifer and I will be pinging back and forth across the US in January and early Feb, with ten screenings already in the works, and another three soon to come on stream too.

Here is the current schedule:

10th Jan – San Rafael / Northern California
16th Jan – Phoenix / Arizona
18th Jan – Boulder / Colorado
22nd Jan – Houston / Texas
24th Jan – Austin / Texas
25th Jan – Knoxville / Tennessee
28th Jan – Greensboro / North Carolina
28th Jan – Meditation Museum / Maryland
31st Jan – Seattle / Washington
26th Feb – Minneapolis / Minnesota
To Be Confirmed
5th Feb – Mount Shasta / California
6th Feb – Ashland / Oregon

Screenings are being added all the time. If you want to host a screening in your town or city, then here’s the link where you can sign up as a movie captain:

Movie Captain a screening of PGS

What’s involved?

As a movie captain you work with Jennifer and myself – and the distributors Gathr Films – to get enough people to sign up for tickets. That’s all. It doesn’t cost you anything other than some time and effort. Gathr Films lines up and liaises with the cinema – all you do is choose the date that suits you best.

Jennifer and I will be doing Q&As at all these screenings, except the one in Minnesota at the end of February – so if you want to buy a ticket to any of these shows, here is the link:

To buy tickets click here – BUY TICKETS

It’s going to be a massive trip for Jennifer and myself – and in amongst it all I’m doing media interviews too – but it will be great to bring the film to the US.

Hope to see you at one of the screenings!

The book of the film – an excerpt

As I mentioned previously, I’m currently writing a book of the film I’ve made on intuition –

PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System.
www.pgsthemovie.com

The book will reference the film, and quotes from the various interviewees, but it will also go deeper.

Here is an excerpt on a chapter on The Purpose of Intuition:

So many people I know are unhappy, and when you scratch the surface and dig deeper to find out the real reasons why they’re not happy, it’s often because they’re not fulfilled. They don’t feel as though they’re doing what they really should be doing – what they’re meant to be doing. They’re not being who they feel they truly are. Their life hasn’t turned out like they thought it would. They feel empty. Hope is fading, or has gone completely. And that fuels regret, anger, depression, and often hatred. Self-hatred, and hatred of others.

Sometimes it manifests in health issues. Your health is connected to your emotional state, and if you’re stressed and angry and depressed, then sooner or later that’s going to reflect in your physical wellbeing. High blood pressure, cancer, diabetes – these can sometimes be causal of a distressed emotional state, and often that comes down to the fact that we’ve lost our way. We’ve deviated from our true path in life.

To compensate we eat too much. We drink too much. Alcohol, sugary drinks, whatever. We get fat and we don’t like the way we look. We don’t like the way we behave. We say things and do things we regret later. We watch too much tv. We don’t get out into nature. We take drugs. Opioids. Other stuff. We fight. We gamble. We lose money. We lose friends. That puts us under more pressure, more stress. That fuels our anger and depression even more. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle.

Why is life so hard? So brutal?
Because we’ve lost our way.
We’ve made the wrong choices.
We blame others for the way things have turned out,
and we don’t acknowledge that it’s our choices
that have created our lives.
We are responsible for our choices –
for the consequences of those choices.

What is the purpose of intuition? To help us make the right choices. To help guide us to our true purpose in life, to the full expression of who we truly are.

A brush with death ~

I want to post here an email I received from a man named Zach – a supporter of my film PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System.

This is an extraordinary story – one in which an intuitive “hit” saved the life of Zach’s son, and probably saved his life too. Zach has given me permission to publish this on the blog. He lives in the US.

Here it is:

I had a close brush with death in August that could have been catastrophic if I hadn’t listened to the voice.

My son and I were climbing in the Yellowstone backcountry. I was leading most the day and we were close to the top when I felt or heard a strong impression to move my son to lead and I follow.

My son switched with me and climbed a short face in front of us. Once he was up and stable I moved up to the base to start climbing when I heard an ominous grinding noise above me.

I looked up just in time to see a piece of rock about the size of a vw bug began to slide free from the face towards me. As it broke free it began to roll. I didn’t have much room to maneuver but I was able to move just enough to my left that the rock didn’t hit my head.

It did hit my right shoulder and stop for a few seconds with me pinned under a corner. Luckily it was unstable and slowly rolled over my right side and off the ledge I was on. 

The energy from the rolling boulder went through my right arm and shattered the elbow end of my humerus. It was 530pm. I was in shock. My 10 year old son was traumatized.

We had to figure out how to downclimb. Then hike 9 miles and drive 2 hours to the nearest hospital. My car is a manual and my kid doesn’t know how to drive yet. The hurdles to help were ridiculous, but through the ordeal I couldn’t help but feel how much worse things would have been if I hadn’t listened. 

As I’ve dealt with mild PTSD after the event I have woken up countless times from reliving the moment but as if I hadn’t listened to the voice… I watch helplessly as my son is crushed by a car size boulder.  I look forward to seeing the finished film and the result of all your work on the voice that can guide us if we know how, and are willing, to listen.

That’s a pretty amazing story.

I later wondered if, had not Zach had an involvement in my film, would he have been so attuned and so responsive to a strange “voice.” We’ll never know. But in attending screenings across Australia as I have over these past several weeks, I’ve constantly had people come up to me and tell me stories of how a voice or a gut instinct saved their lives.

What happened to me – hearing a voice which prevented me getting smashed by a truck – is not unusual. It happens all to frequently, it’s just that a lot of people don’t talk about it.

My film, it seems, gives people permission to talk about it.

 

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PGS the book ~

I’m currently writing PGS the book.

PGS the book differs from PGS the movie in that it’s a narrative. It details all that I’ve learned in the eighteen years it’s taken me to make the film.

It’s a stand-alone piece. You don’t need to have seen the film to read the book. In fact it goes well beyond the film, because the film largely expresses the views of the interviewees.

In the book I reference those viewpoints – but I go further and I put them into a personal context, and look at how I can use that information to help me in my day to day life.

In the book I also bring up concepts such as mystical intuition.

Here is an excerpt:

This book explores mystical intuition. It explores where it comes from, how it works, and what its purpose is in our lives. Over the eighteen years I’ve spent puzzling over and researching intuition, I’ve come to believe this: that intuition is a legitimate functioning system in our bodies, as legitimate as any other system such as our central nervous system, our circulatory system, our immune system, etc.

Where our intuitive system differs is that it works within our energetic realm – and that energetic realm interfaces with our physiological realm in order to grab our attention – in order to send us signals.

Most of us ignore these signals, because we give them no validity. Most of us don’t even acknowledge that intuition exists, much less that it exists as a functioning system designed to help guide us through life. Guide us to what? To the full expression of who we really are.

Certainly western science discounts the notion of intuition simply because it can’t quantify the energetic realm. It can’t measure it. And if science can’t measure something, then it dismisses it as not being real.

Yet the East has acknowledged the energetic realm for millennia. They incorporate the chakra system in yoga and Hinduism, as well as the notion of prana as a “life force.” Similarly the Chinese talk of chi and the Japanese know it as ki – and the acupuncture meridian system has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Still western medicine and science refuses to acknowledge it – just as they refuse to acknowledge intuition. 

The book will be about 50,000 words. I hope to have it finished by the end of February. It will go on sale when the film is released on Video on Demand later in the year.

Separate to that I have been writing a journal during the making of the film. It’s currently sitting at 120,000 words. It’s massive.

It’s called Journal of a Journey, and it details all the ups and downs during the film’s production – including all the crazy weird stuff that has happened, all the coincidences, synchronicities, all the disappointments – and all the times when intuition stepped in to keep me, and the film, on track.

That book will be released when the film comes out on VOD as well.

There’s so much fascinating background stuff to tell about this film –

Dan Mullins interview

Dan Mullins has become seriously afflicted with the Camino virus.

On a whim, and with his wife Jennifer’s blessing – indeed encouragement – he walked a long section of the Camino last year.

It changed his life.

He came back not only imbued with all things Camino, but being a high achiever as Dan is – he’s one of Australia’s top radio producers, and has produced the country’s highest rating breakfast radio show for more than a decade – and being familiar with radio production, he started a Camino podcast, called My Camino. 

Here’s a link to it –
https://player.whooshkaa.com/shows/my-camino-the-podcast

Dan created the podcast to not only get the word out to a global audience about the Camino, but also as a means for he himself to learn more – and perhaps also to keep the Camino fires burning within himself.

Those fires burned alright – and they torched him into doing another Camino this year, from Lourdes in France to Santiago de Compostelo.

It was a walk of more than 1000kms.

This Camino though was different – Dan is a muso. On weekends he sings and plays guitar professionally in pubs, largely doing terrific cover versions of classics – everything from Bruce Springsteen to Dylan to The Eagles. He has more than 400 songs in his repertoire.

So on this last Camino, he “sang for his supper,” as he said – and each night after walking sometimes 30-40kms, he played to his fellow pilgrims. Sometimes to small groups, other times to crowds. Everyone loved it.

Check out his podcast and you’ll hear his account of it all.
https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode/?id=151718

Dan called me the other day and asked if I’d be interested in doing an interview on my movie – PGS – and how the Camino prepared me to make the movie. I jumped at the offer!

Interestingly, it’s episode #44 on his podcast site.

How freaky is that?

Anyone who’s read this blog long enough knows that it was at 4:44am on a morning in mid 2014 that I had a prophetic dream which triggered me into making the film – and in fact we’ll be releasing the movie on VOD on 4/4 and 4:44pm next year.

Here now is that interview –
https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode/?id=157542

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Is your conscience intuition?

I have been touring the country, doing Q&As after screenings of my film PGS – intuition is your Personal Guidance System.

I get some interesting questions. The film throws up so many questions. Many are very similar –

How did making the film change you?
Who in the movie had the greatest impact on you?
How do you start becoming more intuitive?
Where are the toilets?

But I got thrown a real curly one after the Adelaide screening the other night.

Is your conscience a part of your intuitive system?

Here’s how I responded – and I’d like your feedback on this because I’ve since had other thoughts on it. Here’s what I said:

Conscience is a judgement mechanism, and intuition doesn’t judge.
Conscience is a function of a moral code, which comes through a learned experience.
Intuition doesn’t come through a learned experience, it simply IS.

Later, I thought more about this:

Conscience tries to tell you what’s right or wrong – but associated with that is guilt.
We talk about having a “guilty conscience.”

There’s no guilt associated with intuition.

Conscience is a construct. We aren’t born with a conscience – it’s acquired through the influence of social, familial, cultural, political and/or religious forces.

We are born with an intuitive system already in place. It’s not acquired. It’s part of our energetic system that we incarnate with.

Conscience acts through our intellect.

Intuition acts outside of our intellect.

Them’s me thoughts on it. Tell me if I’m wrong – I’d like to open this up to discussion…