I did a Facebook Live video the other day on the concept of “Hope Bridges,” and thought I’d do a blog too, for those that never saw the video.
A Hope Bridge is someone who provides a bridge of hope from one part of your life to another.
To give you an example: during the making of my movie: PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System – at critical points in the production when I needed finance to keep shooting, various people at various times stepped forward and offered me funding.
Sometimes these offers were considerable – in a few instances I was offered big bucks to complete the film. Sometimes I was left dangling for years – literally years. But for one reason or another, these offers never materialised.
Often, fear kicked in.
That’s ok – because I later realised that these people served an important function – with their promises of help they bridged me over a period where, had they not made that offer, I might have given up in despair.
They provided me a bridge of hope during a vulnerable period.
It’s easy to consider these people as giant time-wasters, energy-wasters, to look at them disparagingly and call them flakes, or worse – and there were occasions where we ourselves invested money, as well as time, in traveling to meet with them, take them out to dinner, or pick up the tab at lunch – not to mention the emotional investment involved.
And later, you discover their promises are worthless.
Now I realise that wasn’t their purpose – that’s not why they came into my life. They came into my life to give me hope – sustained hope until such time as someone else presented that did step forward and enable the film to continue.
So these people, who in another life I would have called nasty names, in this life I say Thank You! – for being a hope bridge, and for allowing me to gracefully transition across an abyss of worry and despair, so that I land on the other side, my hope fully realised.
In starting off a blog with the title ‘I’m not special,’ it kind of implies that actually I am special, and I know I’m special, and anyone who knows me must also know that I’m special, because bloody hell isn’t it obvious?
I mean, crikey – you’d have to be a total dumb arse if you knew me and weren’t in awe of how special I was.
And in writing a blog titled I’m not special I’m actually pretending to be humble, and that, in a perverse kind of way, makes me even more special.
Does that make sense?
Nah – it doesn’t make much sense to me either.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not special, because we all are special, and that makes none of us special.
I’ve made a movie on intuition, and now I’ve written a book about it too – but that doesn’t make me special. It makes me curious. It just so happens that over the past forty years I’ve developed certain skills that have enabled me to turn that curiosity into films and books.
I heard a voice early one morning, while driving. It told me to slow down as I was approaching an intersection. A truck ran a red light and nearly killed me.
That voice saved my life.
I was curious about that voice – so I made a movie about my search to find out what it was.
And what I discovered was that what happened to me wasn’t so special – many many people have had similar experiences. Most of them just don’t want to talk about it – and none have made a film about it.
Paul Allen died the other day. Paul Allen was the co-founder of Microsoft, along with Bill Gates.
Paul Allen was 65 – same age as me. He used his years on this planet in ways different to me. And to you.
Does that make him special? More special than me, or you?
We are all special.
None of us are more or less special than anyone else. We are all part of divine energy and it’s this divine energy that’s special.
If you want to read my book of the film PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System – here is a link to its Amazon site.
PGS the Book is now on sale on Amazon –
The book goes even deeper than the film into the mechanics of intuition, and details how you can use your intuition every day to make better choices, to enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.
Over the past year, the film has been playing to sell-out screenings across the US, and Australia. The film has been called a “life-changer,” and Caroline Myss described it as “truly superb.”
The film finally goes on sale online on November 1st!
Thanks to James Terry of Arcadia Press for publishing the book!
By the way, for those of you in Australia, because Amazon still hasn’t worked out its GST issue with our country, the paperback won’t be available for another month or so. If you want one, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll post you a copy. Cost is AU$25 + postage.
With the opening of my film now in the US to sell-out screenings, I’ve been doing Q&As after the movie, but also lots of media interviews. And I thought I would share with you some of the more interesting questions I’ve been asked, and how I’ve responded.
INTERVIEWER: Are intuition and common sense the same thing?
MY RESPONSE: Actually, they are the opposite thing. Common-sense comes from the rational self, not the intuitive self, and it’s based on past experience, logic, and often times tried and true accepted beliefs. Intuition isn’t based on past experience – it works outside of time and space, and it doesn’t draw from logic or the intellect. Common sense works to keep you safe, keep you contained, it has you doing what you’ve done in the past, or what others have done in the past. It’s limited to what’s gone before. Intuition is limitless. It asks that you follow paths you’ve never followed before. It leads to true discovery, to originality, to adventure. Common sense contracts you. Intuition expands you.
INTERVIEWER: Can intuition be used to harm someone, or can it harm yourself?
MY RESPONSE: Intuition can never be harmful, to you or to others. It comes from Source, from Spirit, and it can’t be used for anything other than love. It can’t be corrupted or manipulated into any kind of injurious act. If someone gets “messages” that ask you to harm someone else, or even think harmful thoughts, then that’s not intuition. It’s an aspect of your being that it rooted in the “I,” or the ego. Intuition exists outside of ego, and only ever works in the Light.
INTERVIEWER: How do you know that the “voice” that you hear is your intuition, and not just some random thought/voice that you’ve made up yourself?
MY RESPONSE: Intuition leaves you with no doubt. It is immediate, and it’s messaging is unambiguous. And it’s accompanied by a sense of calm, and knowing. Your ego-voice leaves you in doubt, in confusion, and it’s often wrapped in fear. Your intuition voice is the antithesis of fear. The purpose of fear is to create more fear, as Paul Selig’s Guides say. The purpose of intuition is to keep you healthy and safe, so that you can fulfil your true purpose in life.
INTERVIEWER: Isn’t intuition just another word for instinct?
MY RESPONSE: No, they are totally different. The two words are not interchangeable. Instinct is primitive, it’s animalistic, it’s a survival mechanism that is body based. It’s a function of the body. Intuition is timeless, limitless, it’s a divine messaging service and it’s a function of the soul.
INTERVIEWER: In your film you never talk about meditation as being a way to access your intuition. Why not?
MY RESPONSE: Because I didn’t want to scare people off. You don’t need to meditate to access your intuition. You can access your intuition standing in the shower or having a bath, or walking along a beach or swimming, or hiking in the woods. You don’t need to sit crossed legged in a cave for hours chanting Om and clutching a crystal to become intuitive. The concept of meditation is terrifying for many people – particularly men – and I want the film to encourage men to become more intuitive.
These are just some of the questions I get asked. I don’t set myself up as an expert on this stuff by any means, but after 18 years reading and researching and trying to figure out what that voice was that saved my life, I have come to certain conclusions that make sense to me. And my job, as I see it, is to communicate that as wide as possible.
I’m thrilled to announce that my movie PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System has been invited to screen at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, India, next year.
His Holiness Pujya Swamiji Chidanand Saraswati, head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram at Rishikesh, saw the film this past week and said: “It is beautiful. It will help a lot of people. And it will heal a lot of people too.”
Sadhviji Bhagawati Saraswati – also from Parmarth – extended the invitation after watching the film, and said it would screen on the banks of the Ganges in a pavilion right by where they do their famous nightly Aarti ceremony.
The festival is a major event on the international yoga calendar and attracts more than two thousand people from all over the world. It runs from March 1-7, and includes key note addresses from Saints, Yoga Masters, and some of the world’s leading practitioners and teachers of yoga.
We’re honoured to have the film be invited.
I’m delighted to announce that Gathr Films has come on board to release my film PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System in the US.
Whilst in Los Angeles last week, Jennifer and I met with the President of Gathr, Jake Craven. He saw the film, loved it, and now they’ll be releasing it theatrically, on demand, throughout the United States and its territories.
I’ve chosen to release the film via Cinema on Demand because I believe it’s the best way to get the film out to its audience – and to give the investors the best possibility of making some money out of it!
The beauty of Cinema on Demand is that the rights aren’t cross-collateralised. In other words, profits made from one type of release aren’t “crossed” against losses from another. Having now made 16 feature films as a producer and director, I’ve seen how the Hollywood “creative accounting” system works – and believe me, it doesn’t work in favour of producers or investors!
Going Cinema on Demand, we get to release the film theatrically to an audience that wants to see it – that demands to see it! – and we get to keep the Video on Demand rights for our 444 release at 4:44pm on 4/4 – being April 4th 2018. We also keep all other rights, such as various TV rights.
We are in the early stages of locking in Cinema on Demand for Australia and New Zealand, and possibly UK and some other territories as well. I’ll let you know when those deals are done.
We are also bringing on board a team of publicists out of New York, and a couple of social media mavens – one out of Prague, the other out of India – to begin rolling out a global social media campaign, to be coordinated by our Impact Producer, Kerrin McNeil.
As for when the film will begin its Cinema on Demand run in the US – well, we’ll be figuring that out in the next little while, but most probably some time in January 2018.
Jennifer and I are thrilled to be working with the team at Gathr. They are good people, they love the film and see a big audience for it in the US, and we’re excited at what the future holds for this groundbreaking film on intuition.
Our PGS website is now online and live!
Here it is:
If you view the website on a desktop or laptop, you get a really cool parallax effect as you scroll down. Try it! (It doesn’t work on “touch” devices though, like tablets or iPhones.)
The website at this stage is informational only – and basic information at that – but as we get closer to the release next year at 4:44pm on the 4th of the 4th, the website will become the platform for release. It will also have news of preview screenings, etc, and further information about the making of the film.
And soon there will also be a trailer on the website.
Natacha my brilliant website designer once again has done a stellar job. Thanks also to Aldous Massie, who designed the key art and worked with Natacha to design the look of the site, consistent with the look of the film.
Today Jennifer and I leave for the US for four weeks, for a series of Work-in-Progress screenings of the film – the first being at a major International Holistic Medicine Summit at Kansas City next week, hosted by Dr. Norman Shealy, considered the “father of holistic medicine” in the west.
The Summit will also feature, amongst other luminaries, Caroline Myss. Both Caroline and Norm feature prominently in my film.
I’ll be posting regularly on this blog, and on Facebook – I’m pretty confident in the film now. I think it’s in good shape. Even so, these next round of screenings are going to be very telling…
Dr. Norm Shealy, a renown neurosurgeon and a legend in holist medicine – the man is said to have brought holistic medicine to the west – has invited me to screen my movie at a major International Holistic Medicine Summit mid next month, in Kansas City.
The film is still not complete, so it will be a work-in-progress screening, however I see it as a fabulous opportunity to have the film seen by some of the top medical intuitives from around the world.
Speakers at the three day summit include a Who’s Who of intuitive medicine, including Caroline Myss. Both Caroline and Norm Shealy feature prominently in my film.
We are working now to get the film in shape – I have Olivier Fontenay, the best colourist in the country and one of the best in the world – doing a temp grade for me. And Wayne and Libby Pashley at the incomparable Big Bang Sound will do a temp sound mix.
Editor Rishi Shukla has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get everything in order for this work to happen smoothly. I thank them all.
After the screening Jennifer and I will be meeting up with Lee Carroll, Dr. Judith Orloff, Dr. Francesca McCartney, and James Van Praagh to show them the film. They are all key interviewees in the film, and we hope to gather their support for the release, next year at 4:44pm on the 4/4.
So, more traveling coming up. It will be daunting to have the first screening of the film in front of such intuition luminaries – but I feel the film will hold up…
I’ll let you know!