Carl

First of all, I should point out that mak­ing a film on stream tv box sets about enlight­en­ment does not make me an enlight­ened being — no more than mak­ing a film about pro­fes­sional foot­ball would make me a pro foot­ball player. How­ever, I have learned a great deal about light, life, and the process of being dur­ing the mak­ing of this film — a process that has cer­tainly enlight­ened me to a new way of liv­ing my life.

About a year ago, we decided to make a doc­u­men­tary that tack­led the ques­tion “What is Enlight­en­ment?”  We wanted to know what the state of enlight­en­ment really means in terms of mod­ern life, so we sought out peo­ple who had real insights into this experience.

For­tu­nately for us, the island of Maui attracts a steady flow of enlight­ened thinkers, spir­i­tual teach­ers, and lumi­nar­ies from all over the world.   We reached out to them with the idea of our project, and inter­viewed Alan Cohen, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Panache Desai, and Gan­gaji here on Maui.

We then trav­eled to the island of Kauai (where we also rode out the tsunami!) to inter­view Mirabai Devi and +Elijah-, and finally to Ore­gon to film our esteemed nar­ra­tor Neale Don­ald Walsch.

All of our inter­vie­wees are bright, insight­ful, and sin­cere, and share their own expe­ri­ences pur­su­ing their per­sonal jour­neys seek­ing peace, truth, and love.

The past year in pro­duc­tion of “Liv­ing in Light” has truly changed my life in a very pro­found way. I have come in close con­tact with some very enlight­ened thinkers and had the oppor­tu­nity to ask them all those deep per­plex­ing ques­tions about life. Some­times the answers came from just being in the pres­ence of these peo­ple; the words of our con­ver­sa­tions just sym­bols of the true exchange of our meet­ing. Other times their straight­for­ward advice and story telling brought out sim­ple under­stand­ings that I could apply directly into my life.

I have been able to absorb some of the light from these lumi­nar­ies in the process of mak­ing this doc­u­men­tary, thus enabling me to see my true self more clearly, and to live more lightly — a gift for which I am truly grateful.

Now we are in the final part of our jour­ney, and we wel­come you!

 

 

Giv­ing Thanks

I’m not a big Hol­i­day person.

There have been many times over the years when I have dri­ven to the bank or post office only to find to my sur­prise that it’s some National Hol­i­day and the place is closed! I’m always the last to know.

For me, most hol­i­days are “Hall­mark Hol­i­days” invented in the inter­est of stim­u­lat­ing busi­ness or for remem­ber­ing long gone politi­cians. Either way, I see each day we expe­ri­ence whether it’s a nor­mal old Tues­day or New Years Eve as part of the per­fectly formed now – no need to dress it up with mar­ket­ing hype or bog it down with nostalgia.

How­ever, Thanks­giv­ing is one hol­i­day whose inten­tion I can get behind. Of course, the orig­i­nal Thanks­giv­ing didn’t work out par­tic­u­larly well for the set­tlers or the Indi­ans, but I love the notion of being thank­ful for the boun­ti­ful cir­cum­stances of our lives. Shar­ing the sense of true abun­dance with friends, fam­ily and strangers can only enrich our experience.

Thanks­giv­ing gives us a chance to pon­der what is truly worth being thank­ful for, and for real­iz­ing that this mar­velous expe­ri­ence we call life is gen­uinely a gift.

I am thank­ful for my free­dom, for the abun­dant beauty that makes up our world, for the oppor­tu­nity to cre­ate what­ever I want in life, and for the deli­cious mys­tery of exis­tence that entices me at every turn.