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Soul Biographies

This is something else.

Short, black-and-white interviews. No dialogue. Just monologue. Profoundly moving.

“We Imagine A Profoundly Connected World In Which We See And Experience Ourselves And Others Beyond Judgment.”

Essentially Soul Biographies have been made from a state of acute mindfulness. And are best watched in similar fashion. That is where the experience will find you.

Switch Off The World. Play Full Screen. Use Headphones. Do Not Attempt If Distracted.

Pick a biography. Any one. Watch while undistracted. They’re mostly just a few minutes long. You won’t be bored. They may just change the way you see people. And the way you see yourself.

If you want some background, check out Nic Askew’s TED talks. But really you need no introduction. You can just dive straight in.

The wisdom of the ancients…and today

And the arrogance and spiritual alienation of modern man…

And the hope and the possibility for us living today.

“… You can read the ancient Greeks about creativity and it still applies.”  (Tiago Forte in his first filmed interview).

Ram Dass on his journey from rich playboy, via psychedelic mentor to a real guru Baba Neem Karoli Love Serve Remember Movie | Ram Dass. This is a remarkable video. Ram Dass speaks with almost perfect clarity, all the more remarkable for being a) unscripted (I’m guessing) and b) after his stroke. The journey he describes in the first 5 minutes of this 20-minute video parallels my own in many ways, and perhaps parallels yours. The journey from the head to the heart. And how helpful another human being can be on that journey, especially someone who is rooted in that heart experience and yet who understands about the head and how it tends to pull you away from experience.

Take time to watch this undisturbed, on headphones if possible. At least the first 5 minutes.

Neither Ram Dass nor Baba Neem Karoli are with us any longer, but people like them are, and that experience is of course still possible for each one of us, while we’re alive.

Nic Askew is an unorthodox film-maker who interviews people, and somehow, in that time, the heart is touched. Has Nic understood what Ram Dass was talking about? Nic (by his own admission) has not read a book since leaving school. Has that hindered him, or helped him? Irrelevant question.

Nic calls them soul biographies. Here’s one:

Would you like an invitation? Here’s one:

Nic talks about his work, why and how in a couple of TED talks.

“Offer each other kindness and understanding.”

“Offer each other kindness and understanding. This is the time for empathy, clear thinking, and courage.”Prem Rawat

A Heartfelt Resolution for 2020




I came across this New Year’s resolution for 2020 on the TimelessToday website, and I thought it expressed a wonderful wish. Not something unrealistic but practical. Not something that benefits one group of people over another, but that benefits everyone, even those people not yet born.

Best wishes to you all

On the positive side, the year “2020” looks cool and is easy to type on a keyboard.


So many things we love in our lives; what is the one thing that makes loving possible?

4:12 “ So many things that we love in our lives. What about loving that one thing, by the courtesy of which all that we do has been made possible?”

You are looking for peace – and peace is looking for you

Stand still. Stand very, very still. So that the peace can find you.

Good news! They have found your luggage!

What you are looking for is inside of you. Delighted? You should be! You may not have your luggage in your hand, but they have found your luggage!

The traveller’s dilemma – in the journey of life, have you overpacked?

In this journey of life, which is afoot, have you overpacked? Absolutely! Have you packed the right things?

Best wishes for 2015 & blog stats 2014

IMG_0148The turning of the year is a natural point from which to look back and reflect on what has passed, and to look forward to the future and what we hope and wish for. I used to think that understanding the past is vital before planning the future. The name of this blog is an example of that belief. I am less certain of that now. I still believe that understanding the past is important, however; I just don’t think it is as paramount as I used to. More about that below.

This is by way of introducing a set of statistics about this blog. I’m publishing it here mainly for my own purpose – because I’m sure to lose the link or forget how to navigate to it – rather than because I know my readers are eager for such info.

I use a WordPress plugin called Jetpack, and every year they provide me with a collection of statistics from the past year. Here’s the link to the 2014 report for this blog:

You’re welcome.

I wrote earlier that I no longer believe that understanding the past is vital to help us decide where we want to go or what we want to do or be in the future.  Just as important, if not more so, I now think, is being clear about what we really want. Where do I want to go? What do I want to see? What do I want to do? What kind of world or society do I want to live in? Because the past can also limit our vision of the future. We can become complacent and simply think of continuing in the future what we have done in the past.

Japan is a country with many long traditions (some are perhaps not as long as many believe or would like to believe – “bushido” being one example – but that is another matter). Tonight, millions of Japanese will visit a temple and ring the bell 108 times, and the next day visit a shrine, rubbing shoulders (and just about every other part of the body) with thousands of their fellow countrymen, packed together like Japanese in a New Year’s shrine,throw money in a box, buy some trinkets and go home. Why? Because it’s tradition. It has little to do with religion, as Mike Rogers pointed out in his hilarious piece on the Japanese KFChristmas. Just because that’s what people did last year and the year before that and the year before that.

But what was done in the past, however long the tradition may be, need not decide what we do in the future, unless we let it.

So, in 2015 what do you want to do, see, hear and feel? What kind of world do you want to live in?

Three thoughts:

1) “I would like the world to be such that children can grow up without losing their natural serenity. I would like this to become reality as soon as possible.”  – Haruchika Noguchi.

2) (In Japanese only) – The Future Times or 未来新聞 (mirai shimbun)  People post their visions of what the future will look like, complete with date.

3) The short video by Prem Rawat which prompted this blog entry: “No Need to Measure”

Wishing you peace and joy

Today and every day (click the image to visit Words of Peace Global)