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!
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.