We all sat mesmerized in a state of joyful wonder as we listened to Joe share a story about being tossed about, literally played with, by God. “So, God is actually play, and we are meant to play?” I asked.
My heart was dancing through this interview as this man, now 87, sat across from me sharing insights from a life of connection to brilliance. Our group consisted of me as the Director of Love Bomb, Gregg Marks as the Director of Photography, Lisa Reagan as our wonderful hostess, and her husband Keith Reagan as the volunteer cameraman for the day. Together we formed an intimate gathering in Joe’s home, which, he informed me, he built by hand using hand tools.
How does one arrive at a moment like this? About four weeks earlier, for those following, I had posted about interviewing Lisa Reagan for Love Bomb while she was doing a writer’s residency at the Institute for Noetic Sciences. During this interview she kept quoting Joseph Chilton Pearce. When the interview ended I said, “this man Joseph, I think we need to interview him for the film.” Connection made and flights booked and four weeks later there we sat.
I speed read three of his books, “Crack in the Cosmic Egg” being one of the most well known. Each book was an experience of direct epiphany in and of itself. Throughout the reading process I wrote four pages worth of questions for the interview (and that was the edited version!)- a list I knew was far reaching- yet the more I read, the more I realized that he understands the depth of what I want to share in Love Bomb.
We arrived at his home on a crisp fall day and there he stood outside waiting for us, waving. We were instantly treated more as guests than as a film crew, and this tone continued throughout the entire exchange.
Here is some of the beauty that we shared in that sweet afternoon.
I will give you the bad news first. He tells me that we as a collective human family are living in a severe state of disconnection, driven by fear. The greatest point that he lands on, with great sadness, is the possible drilling to the core of the earth. After sitting with him and feeling in to his state of profound connection to the earth, and his encouragement that we are in fact, one with the earth, I walked away with my own sense of why this is a severe symptom of our mechanistic, separatist, and fearful view of life. I see it every day in my office the way we “drill to the core” of our own bodies, often with great disrespect of the life force, and life being, that is being broken apart into pieces instead of seen as the Whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. He has much to say about this fear problem, with great attention paid to the problems of the mechanization of birth and the way that children are brought into the world wired for disconnection and suffering in lack of development because of it.
I told you the bad news was first. Now for the good news. My primary question is what are we capable of in our best and brightest version of ourselves as human beings. Enter Joe (This is what his friends call him, and being the gracious man that he is, we were treated as friends). We are meant to play. We are meant to be in joy. When we are nurtured into life, and in life, we have the great capacity to literally develop the wiring for greater intelligence and capacity. This nurturing, is love, and this love, is the same thing as God. So when we allow for the connection to happen, to be Love, we are connected to God. This connection allows for our greatest development in all of the component parts of expression- mind, body and spirit.
He shared that when we are in this Love state our heart enters a coherence that entrains the brain to greater development and that connects us with others, with earth, and with celestial bodies like the sun and the moon. In sharing this he gave a story about one of his early teachers in India who told him that “there is only one heart.” Upon his giving me this vision I felt a new sense of the seeking for the feeling of being in one life consciousness. Knowing we are all one. This feeling of “only one heart” seemed to link me in to this vibration of Love and to knowing that within the beating in my chest I am connected to all.
He also shared that when we are there, in that state of Love, there are no words to describe it. As soon as we try to describe it, or step into it with what we think it is, we are in a facsimile of it, instead of the real thing. This hit me with such a resonance, as I realized, how much of life experience is facsimile instead of “the real thing”?
This description he gave, of play, of being played with, of love and nurturing, and of trusting in the next step whether or not you know what will be under your feet was like a painting of what we are really capable of. Something to surrender to.
And you know what else? He thinks us chiropractors are doing a wonderful job of assisting in creating this possibility.
Would you like to know how all of this ties in to the themes of Love Bomb? Well,…I have to leave some things left to tell 🙂
What I can share is this: I walked away from this exchange of loving joy with an entirely deepened knowledge of what a Love Bomb is. Far more than idea, it is an explosion, it is real, and it can be experienced.
I certainly experienced a taste of it that day while meeting this incredible man, with great vision. No, with genius vision. I will forever remain touched by the tenderness through which he treated me and the authentic gratitude he shared with me for the work I am doing in making Love Bomb. Seeing his smile as he took in the image of the Love Bomb over the earth touched my heart. This project, this movie making adventure, is a transformation in and of itself. I am deeply grateful for the moments like these that it is bringing to my life, knowing that, in the making of it, I am being made, remolded, transformed again and again by the very essence of my film topic, which is Love.
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