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Responsible Service: A Love Bomb Guide

Dr. Rhea after a week of service in The Sacred Valley, Peru

Dr. Rhea after a week of service in The Sacred Valley, Peru

By Dr. Rhea Zimmerman Komarek

It was the middle of the night, I was exhausted, bent over the toilet bowl, sick, and wondering “did anything I just do make a difference?” After five days of working to provide free or low cost chiropractic care throughout the Sacred Valley, Peru I was finished, exhausted, and finally succumbing to the digestive visitor that had already taken down my entire team of volunteers.

It wasn’t the first time I wondered if my desire to be of difference in a developing country with my skill set was doing anything in the long run.

My first service trip was during the final months of my chiropractic education while I was still a clinic intern.  Student interns were paired with field doctors for an annual trip to provide care in El Salvador.  After graduation my innate drive to serve as a global citizen had led me to India to set up my own program.  India in her wisdom had humbled me and left me at the drawing board asking the questions:

What is the goal of the service?  If I can’t provide long term care is it ethical to do it in the short term?  Is my work empowering the people I am serving or disempowering them?  Do I really know enough clinically to be of service or should I go home and develop myself further?  

Dr. Rhea during her time setting up a short term service project in India

Dr. Rhea during her time setting up a short term service project in India

I have come to understand that this deep questioning really boils down to, “am I really giving anywhere near as much as I am receiving,” is a multi-faceted one.

After that first trip to Peru where our team left both emotionally transformed and physically drained, I had to ask myself whether or not I would return. I wanted to know that I was being more than just selfish by wanting to have the experience of serving.  It is so utterly transformational, such an avenue of fulfillment, and so amazing to lose one’s every day troubles into the surrender of service, that I had to know:  am I really doing anything?  Is offering chiropractic care one time a year going to truly help these people?

Before committing to trip number two, which ultimately is the commitment to taking steps towards committing to care long term for a community, I wrote to the clinic directors who hosted my group and posed the question:  given that we can only be there right now once a year, is our work really making an impact?  I trusted their perspective as people regularly engaged in the community and therefore those we would care for annually.  As Peace Corps veterans of 20+ years they knew what impact was as well as the issues that befall international service.  When they came back with the answer of “yes”, well, that was confirmation enough for me.

We returned, and, on year three, filmed the footage that would become the documentary film “Love Bomb.”  In filming follow up interviews I also learned of positively life changing, sustained physical healing results for some of the people we cared for, another testament for me to know that the effort is worth it.  For me the service results are definitely physical, and also, emotional.  It is the premise that when we all play our role of service to life, both at home and abroad, that together we create a positive shift in consciousness.  A helping hand is better than an oppressive hand, and is powerful when directed in well thought out ways.

Dr. Rhea with Paulina during the first Peru service trip.  Paulina returned several years later to share how much it had changed her life.

Dr. Rhea with Paulina during the first Peru service trip. Paulina returned several years later to share how much it had changed her life.

With the film I aim to inspire in people the transformational potential of service.  My hope is that people will walk out of the film and think to themselves:  how can I be of service in this moment, right here, right now?  The question of how can I serve, and how can I love, becoming synonymous.  I also know that there will be those who watch the film and think to themselves:  I want to go do something like that in another country!

For those people, I offer this Love Bomb guide to responsible service. Ultimately, service is an exchange built on a relationship of trust between the giver and the receiver.  These questions can help us to feel in to where we stand and what we will be offering. 

In the exchange of giving and receiving we will make an impact on the culture we are serving, and we need to ask ourselves what kind of an impact we want to make, as together we are building the model for what it looks like to become global citizens.  Together we can, responsibly, make a profound impact on humanity, at home and abroad.  The two are becoming inextricably one.

1.  What is my goal?

2.  Am I going to serve, or to practice?

3.  Will my actions create dependency?

4.  Am I going to be empowering the people I am serving?

5.  Am I respecting the cultural beliefs and customs I am stepping into, or trying to change them to my own beliefs?

6.  Am I hoping to be a savior instead of a server?

7.  Am I going as an equal or am I feeling superior to those I am serving?

8.  Am I doing something that the people have identified as a need, or am I putting my ideas of what they need on them?

If coordinating with an organization:

 1.  Do they have successful long-term projects that you will be making an impact with?

2.  Are they well respected in the community/communities where they serve?

3.  Are they motivated by service or by business profit?

4.  Will they provide for you contact information for past volunteers to speak with?

I personally feel that as global citizens we can create beautiful relationships built on responsible service, or, “voluntourism”, when we choose consciously.  We are building the future for humanity one responsible relationship at a time.  Lets do it together, with great care. 

Interesting Articles:

Does Voluntourism Do More Harm Than Good?, Dorinda Elliott

Seven Sins of Humanitarian Medicine, Welling, Ryan, Burris & Rich, World Journal of Surgery

 Does “Voluntourism” Do more harm than good?, Richard Stupart

 An Insider’s Thoughts On Voluntourism in Orphanages and Schools, Filipa Chatillon

Book:  Mountains Beyond Mountains, Dr. Paul Farmer

Resources for Choosing Organizations & Projects (I do not know these organizations personally, they were found through online research, please make sure to do your own work to verify that any of these are right for you, and that they fulfill the questions listed above):

http://www.volunteerinternational.org/

http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/

http://earthwatch.org/

http://www.globalvolunteers.org/

http://www.gviusa.com/

 

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Love Bomb Report: Production Home Stretch

Gregg Marks on production of Love Bomb in New York City

Gregg Marks on production of Love Bomb in New York City

It has been two months since the last Love Bomb Report on the blog and the transformation has continued in full force.  I’m here to update you on what we have experienced, completed, and also where we are going!

We are feeling as deeply committed as ever to the imperative of positive, transformational, and uplifting media.  We are grateful to be deep in production on a film that is about contributing a positive impact to life.

First off, what we have completed:

1.  We have come very close to completing the editing down of all of our film scenes from the bulk of our story, the service in Peru.  This involved transcription completion, script writing, and editing.

2.  Interviews have been transcribed and are now being edited into scripts that will become scenes that contextualize the action in Peru and give the viewer a deeper experience and understanding as to what they are witnessing.

3.  Our next trailer is complete and ready to be released in the next few weeks with our next Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign (Our goal is launch date May 7th).

What we have experienced:

In March we headed back to New York City for an incredibly impactful series of interviews and footage.

Elena Brower Interview

Elena Brower & Dr. Rhea on the Love Bomb set at Virayoga, NYC

Elena Brower & Dr. Rhea on the Love Bomb set at Virayoga, NYC

I had the grace of participating in a yoga class that one of my original yoga teachers, Elena Brower was teaching.  We were there to capture her in her environment at her home yoga studio, Virayoga, as well as to interview her for the film.

The interview was filled with love.  She came prepared with journals and writings that she spread in front of her that she had already considered that she would love to share with the film.  The way that she showed up, fully IN the energy of what Love Bomb is, was deeply moving.

Love Bomb Shoot of Elena Brower in NYC

Love Bomb Shoot of Elena Brower in NYC

She adds her voice into what Love Bomb is as she shared how “we have got to watch how we explode.”

It is an honor to include this woman in the film, who is a heart friend and an inspirational leader to thousands of people.  She is also captivating in her commitment to total authenticity.  She truly is a gift.

Gabriel Bernstein Interview

I was excited to meet with Gabriel Bernstein as I was enjoying researching her expertise while reading “May Cause Miracles.”  She has a very wonderful way of explaining in easy to understand terms how to look at aspects of life and seeing where we are living from fear, and where from love.

Gabrielle Bernstein in an interview for Love Bomb

Gabrielle Bernstein in an interview for Love Bomb

Her sharing in the film adds a vibrant and loving energy with practical and clear explanations of concepts that we are exploring from a variety of voices.  It is an honor to include her voice in Love Bomb.

9/11 Memorial

Dr. Rhea visits the 9/11 Memorial in New York City for the first time.

Dr. Rhea visits the 9/11 Memorial in New York City for the first time.

The morning that we set out to for a segment of filming and witnessing, well, me, at the 9/11 memorial was frigid.  We bundled up and made our way down via taxi to the site.  A few blocks away we were stopped where there was police, fire, and emergency crews with lights flashing and a scene that was all to reminiscent of the actual day.  As we got closer I saw they were putting out a fire in a nearby building.  Already a bit on edge we continued down to the world trade center site.

I had intentionally not looked at any photographs of the new buildings, the freedom tower, nor the memorial.  I wanted to have an authentic, in the moment experience that I could offer to the film.

It is not an easy experience to go to the memorial site, but I did find it to be incredibly healing, which, I did not expect.  I had been down to ground zero several times yet being on the memorial grounds, walking in the area that once was the plaza at the trade center, and looking up to what used to be the familiar site of the towers opened my heart to the feeling of the experience all over again.

Taking in the fountains was incredible.  We captured much of this experience and were grateful to be given this opportunity to share this in the film.  Thank you 9/11 Memorial New York City!

John Welshons Interview

John Welshons & Dr. Rhea at a Love Bomb Interview

John Welshons & Dr. Rhea at a Love Bomb Interview

One of the gift surprises of the weekend was being connected to John Welshons.  This was a result of one of our great supporters on the project, Ken Harris, calling me with a feeling that he had that John would be perfect for our film.  What followed was me “googling” him, and him watching our teaser, and the two of us following that up with a phone call that had us in a perfect resonance.  He is a man that lives from his heart, and this was apparent from our first interactions.

It was such a gift to head over to interview John, as this interview was scheduled the afternoon after the visit to the memorial.

One of John’s gift is assisting people to open their hearts from the moments of grief in life and to allow those moments to connect us deeper with life itself, with love, with the reality of our mortality and in so doing to the blessing of our lives.

His interview, coordinated through Universal Intelligence, is an incredibly valuable contribution to the impact and healing of Love Bomb.  I am also grateful now to call him friend.

I can say that coming home from the New York shoot I came home a transformed being, cracked open, somewhat raw, and very present to why this film is going to be so impactful.  The Love Bomb continues to do its work in my own being and life, that is a certainty!

Now where are we?

Interviewing Dr. Jeanne Ohm for Love Bomb

Interviewing Dr. Jeanne Ohm for Love Bomb

Just yesterday we finished an interview with Dr. Jeanne Ohm, Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine and prominent representative of the International Pediatric Association.

She gave us beautiful wisdom about why it is so beautiful, and impactful to provide chiropractic to babies and children (something you will see a lot of in the film).  Her wisdom will assist our viewers to understand the impact they are seeing.

As someone who has worked extensively with pregnant women offering chiropractic and education through pregnancy, she also brings the gift of this embodied wisdom of trusting in the intelligence of life, and our relationship to it, and as it.  It is as if she inspires a breath of ease in feeling that, yes, I am a part of an intelligent and connected universe, and my presence itself is a gift to life.

We are very happy to include her presence and contribution in Love Bomb.

What’s happening next?

This Friday we are interviewing chiropractor Lou Corletto- my inspiration for doing chiropractic service work internationally and founder of Adjustworld.  More to come on that!

We are also gearing up BIG.  Our service team is returning to serve in the Sacred Valley, Peru leaving on April 25th and returning on May 6th We are so excited to return and to serve and connect with the people.  We will also be doing some extended work for Love Bomb while we are there.  We will gather some impactful interviews from the clinic directors that we work with, Sandra and Guido DelPrado.  We will also be gathering footage that will assist the viewer in deepening their experience of “being” in the Sacred Valley and connecting with the people there.

We are THRILLED to be bringing a volunteer with us who is from Lima, Peru but lives right here in the Napa Valley.  She is going to join us to assist us in translations and in sharing more of the story with you the feeling of impact that we have made, and the connections that we have forged, through our service.  It is a joy to have this “full circle” feeling of a volunteer from Peru joining us.

We will be sharing photographs during our service time on our Facebook Page so please “like” us to stay tuned and join us!

And Then,…

When we return from Peru we are going to launch our next Indiegogo Campaign to raise our film finishing funds!  Our goal is to launch on May 7th.  This is when you will get to see our trailer which we feel shares with you the feeling of what it is we have been working on, and the impact that the film is going to have in uplifting life to live from love.

Please look for our launch and share it with your friends!  We will need “all hands on deck” to reach our goal of $26,000.

With these funds we will be in full post-production mode- refining and editing scenes, color and sound correcting, and adding the musical score.  This has us on a schedule to be reviewing our film with select audiences in August, and adding the finishing touches to a final in September.

Love Bomb Post Production Schedule 2013

Love Bomb Post Production Schedule 2013

Don’t want to wait?  You can contribute to the fund right now on our website!  http://www.lovebombthemovie.com

Thank you for your love and support and here is to making the biggest loving impact possible!


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Love Bomb Report: 40 Days of Production & Transformation

Weaving the Story

Weaving the Story

The beauty of the making of Love Bomb is that the production process is identical to the content of the film itself.  It is a transformational process of discovering who we really are at our core while working as a surrendered service to life, to love, which is simply a way of being the most amazing version of ourselves that we can allow ourselves to be.

Let me attempt to break it down for you into some tangible examples:

1.  Service.  We are creating this film out of a feeling of service to life knowing that what we are creating is going to assist in uplifting the viewer so that they will have a total being experience of the film.

2.  Love Bomb.  We are sharing about the the delivery of “Love Bombs” as a story of service, while the film itself is a Love Bomb for the viewer.  It is also acting as a Love Bomb in our lives through production!  We are transforming on deep levels as the entire experience of interviews, transcriptions, edits, and details lead us to ever deeper levels of the experience of who we are as Love itself and how we can bring this into our lives.

4.  Service as a Chiropractor.  For me personally my own practice of service at my local chiropractic studio is consistently growing in presence and depth.  During the making of this film I am also deeply engaged in loving and supporting my clients, who grow by the week, to their healing, transformation, and connection to who they are as beings of love in life.  I see this as a continual mirroring process to my own commitment to serving as a being of love.

5.  Healing & Marriage.  My own personal life has also been growing and deepening as through the process of this film I have been in the experience of loving a close family member through a healing process as well as embracing the love in my life as we have made the commitment to marriage and are planning our October wedding and feeling in to what a Love Bomb the journey to marriage is for both of us.

6.  Surrender beyond the “Educated.”  The story in Love Bomb shows how we surrender to life itself to serve in a way that is bigger than we could do using our own “educated” mind, to allow for life to unfold in ways that seem magical at times.  This is the production itself!  When I review what we have “done” in the past 40 days I see it in writing and think, wow!  Thank goodness we don’t think we are “doing” all of this personally.  And the moments when we do, well, its breakdown time to overwhelm and tired and then its back to connection, surrender, and realizing that we are simply conduits bringing this forward into life and that when we allow it to happen rather than thinking we are working on it or doing it, magic happens.

And magic is happening!  

Dr. Rhea Interviewing Kute Blackson at his LA Studio

Dr. Rhea Interviewing Kute Blackson at his LA Studio

We are fresh home from Los Angeles where we interviewed Kute Blackson.  This interview was full of love, and, magic.  It flowed beautifully as we sat in the, now familiar, field which is that of Love Bomb.  It has a magic to it, a feeling of deep love, discovery, presence, and truth.  And in this field Kute laid it out for us, the reality of who we are as Love, the presence of mystery within it, and the awesome experience of life as this dance when we allow it to emerge from the essence within us that is, the essence of the connection of all of life.

Gregg Marks as the Director of Photography on "set" in an Atlanta hotel room

Gregg Marks as the Director of Photography on “set” in an Atlanta hotel room

This occurred only two weeks following our presence at the Dynamic Essentials seminar in Atlanta, Georgia where we set up our “set” inside of a hotel room and interviewed five of the speakers bringing the depth of the living spirit of chiropractic art and service into the film itself.  These speakers were Sigafoose, Peter Amlinger, Paula Hedgelon, Pat Chelenyak, and Walter Sanchez.  These interviews can best be described as filling in the story of mastery in chiropractic as a martial art form, where the practitioner’s mastery comes in the development of self and skill on all levels:  physical, mental, and spiritual.

Dr. Rhea Interviewing Sigafoose for Love Bomb

Dr. Rhea Interviewing Sigafoose for Love Bomb

In the film we glimpse at how time and space have a quality to them of being very relative, especially when in surrender to allowing for the full flowing of Spirit to move through us in action.  When I look at our completed list of tasks within the past 40 days, I can only reflect that this has and continues to be an experience of surrender to this level of presence and service and flow.  It is the little I working for and dancing with the big I.  And the dance continues.

To see the teaser, video clips & to learn about how you can support the making of Love Bomb please go to:  http://www.lovebombthemovie.com

To be a part of our daily updates please “like” us on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/LoveBombTheMovie

To grow the impact of the Love Bomb please “share” our Facebook Page!  https://www.facebook.com/LoveBombTheMovie

Thank You & Big Love and Gratitude to you!

In inspiration from the interview with Kute Blackson I say,

Love Now, and Now,
Rhea

Here is our list of production actions since the close of our first cut fundraising campaign 40 days ago:

1. Sorted through nearly 90 hours (and growing) of footage and labeled all of the action along with transcribing all of the dialogue creating a very well organized pallet to edit from.
2. We have a working storyboard based on our vision & material with the scenes of the film laid out in detail so that we can start placing together the actual footage and dialogue into the script of the film to tell a powerful story.
3. We captured 5 more interviews of chiropractors: Sigafoose, Peter Amlinger, Paula Hedglon, Walter Sanchez, & Pat Chelenyak. These will bring to life what chiropractic is within the context of the film by helping the viewer to realize that chiropractic mastery & service is like a martial art form for love and freedom.
4. We filmed the amazing Kute Blackson in Los Angeles. If you haven’t heard of him (yet) give him a google and you will see how unique he is in the world of human transformation. He brings an awesome voice to the film around what it means to Love, to Be Love, and to live fully.
Now we are completing some more transcriptions while moving in to the editing of the film itself (the magic). We are on mission to be close to complete by the end of March with all we have gathered (with 4 more interviews scheduled for March- oh, so excited to reveal those once complete- it includes a trip to NYC and conversation with some incredible fresh voices in the field of human potential/transformation as well as a few more chiropractors who will break down the science of the adjustment so our audience can understand the why behind what we are doing in the name of love and service.)
April is a planned non-edit time so we can have fresh perspective (and use our funding wisely) before heading back to Peru where our team will be serving chiropractic while we will gather some follow up interviews.
May we will be back at it with go time that will place us at our goal for this campaign: our first cut by June.
(With a goal to have a final cut complete by September!)


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Love Bomb Report: An Interview with Dean Radin, Phd (And Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year from Dr.Rhea, and Love Bomb!

Happy New Year from Dr.Rhea, and Love Bomb!

In “Love Bomb Report:  Interview With Marilyn Schlitz” I revealed the context around which I interviewed both Marilyn Schlitz & Dean Radin.  It was an incredibly heart breaking, which is also a heart opening, time.  Now I share with you some of the joy of that second interview of that day with Dean Radin.  I do this as I celebrate yet another aspect of the unfolding of the Love Bomb in my life- the engagement to my incredible partner Austin Komarek.

Love Bomb in my Life:  Engagement.

It is Day One of 2013.  A beautiful day and opportunity to look at the intentions for the year.  Here at Love Bomb there are some big goals.

They are:

1.  Achieve our goal of raising 25K (10 more days to go!) by January 10th.  We only have $8600 to go!

2.  Make the most incredible film possible to OPEN HEARTS to the feeling of Love in Service, the possibilities of living a life in CONNECTION to oneself and others, and the power of Love to transform our lives- while contextualizing why Chiropractic is a part of living this- when delivered by chiropractors who consciously train to serve at their highest level.

3.  Get this film accepted into Major Film Festivals by the end of 2013 in order to kick off maximum effect World Premiers in early 2014.

How does the interview with Dean fit in?  In our interview with him he shared the following:

“The right question asked at the right time, and the answer shows up, that’s pretty good.” -Dean Radin, Phd.

One of the greatest lessons I received from the inquiry with Dean was that science can explain to us some incredible phenomenon that can open us more to the ancient ideas of our interconnectivity, the wisdom that resides within, our capacity to heal, the potential for what we currently perceive as “miracles”, and, that science does not know everything.

Why is this profound?  (And perhaps obvious)

Many of us seek science to give us permission to open up to experiential aspects of our lives that are on the outskirts of what science can prove.  We have to rely on our experience, and on our cultivated inner sense of knowing, in order to live on these frontiers.

We can use the amazing science at our fingertips to show us what our mind/body connection is, how it affects our health and life expression, and that points us in the direction of our connection and the power that we have to affect ourselves and all of life with our thinking, our feeling, and our acting.

We also will have to realize that, perhaps it is the questions themselves that drive us, and that are a part of our universal intelligent design.  If there were no questions then how would our creative capacities continue?  If we did not want to know what would happen if we transformed, then what would impel us to do it?

This post, and this interview, was far more about the questions that we ask, than it was about the answers that we receive.

So I leave you with this, on this here day 1 of the rest of your life (or 2013 if you prefer to think in smaller chunks of “time”),…

What questions will be guiding you this year?

Here are a few of mine:

How does a person act who is connected to all of life, to all of intelligence?  What occurs when we realize our inborn intelligence, our inborn power?  How can we open more to living this?  How can we cultivate this relationship deeper?  Who are all of the awesome people who are going to contribute to the making of this phenomenal dream (Love Bomb) as a gift to LIFE?

What happens when the Love Bomb explodes in our hearts,…and in our communities?

We at Love Bomb are wishing YOU the most love filled  love permeating love transforming year of your life and thank you for being a part of this journey with us!

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Embracing New, Now. 5 Ways to Truly Enjoy The Holidays.

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Written by Dr. Rhea Zimmerman

As the day of Thanks comes close and we are all pondering what we are grateful for, I’d like to introduce another pertinent topic this time of year:  forgiveness.  Read on to see my top 5 recommendations for embodying forgiveness, which is embracing new, now.

Forgiveness is the attribute that we all have that allows us to see things with new eyes.  It’s opposite is prejudice.  Prejudice makes assumptions and already knows what an experience is going to be before it happens.  Prejudice takes the past, and with it, writes the future.  Forgiveness on the other hand, takes the past, says, I can learn from that, and it writes a new future.

Forgiveness is the quality that allows us to consider that something can change that we did not think was possible.  Our health and body sensations, our relationships with others, our relationship with money, our relationship with ourselves.

The essence of forgiveness is the capacity for change.  What can you do to develop this capacity and thereby bring about a new and fresh experience, just in time to enjoy the holidays?

1.  Get Adjusted.  Yep, I am a chiropractor, it is the world I live in, and it is the thing I deeply respect and utilize in my life.  With the adjustment your brain and body receive the signals that break up old neurologically wired patterns and creates the opportunity right in the moment for new fresh neurological patterns (choice and experience) to open up.

2.  Breathe.  A lot.  I use breathe exercises to flush my body, move out the old and bring in the fresh new oxygen.  Two minutes of breathe exercise can change your experience instantly.   Adding a mental image of breathing in the new, and exhaling the old, is a nice way to support the exercise.

3.  Move.  Moving your body helps your entire being to metabolize old and stuck emotions and toxins that are hanging around and engages your whole being to flush and renew.

4.  See With New Eyes.  Deciding to see new takes a commitment to it.  It means catching the old patterns in the moment they arise and realizing that right here, right now, is a fresh new opportunity.  You can refresh your relationship right now, with yourself, with others, by remembering that there is always the opportunity to start now.  I use the audios I developed, Breathe Love, to help me to anchor in new choice and emotions.  (http://www.breathelovebelove.com)

5.  Trust Yourself.  The clearer you are from all of the above, the more you can trust your Innate.  Through clarity you can feel the vibration of people and experiences around you in order to know if forgiveness means walking towards, or walking away.  Sometimes forgiveness means embracing a new experience of self, life, others, while letting the “old” experience, and therefore relationships and habits, go.  Other times it means a willingness to let the “old” transform into the “new.”  The clearer you are, the more you KNOW.

Wishing you all a wonderful, deeply fulfilling, awe inspiringly loving launch to the holiday season this week.  xo  Dr. Rhea


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Love Bomb Report: Joseph Chilton Pearce

Rhea Zimmerman interviewing Joseph Chilton Pearce

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.

Joseph Chilton Pearce, Rhea Zimmerman, Gregg Marks

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.

Rhea Zimmerman, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Lisa Reagan

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.

Dr. Rhea adjusting Joseph Chilton Pearce. Everyone who is interviewed on this project gets the option of receiving one.

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.

To learn more about Love Bomb the movie please go to our website at http://www.lovebombthemovie.com

To be a part of the movie making process please see our campaign on Indiegogo.

To see more photographs from the interview with Joe please go to our Facebook Page Gallery.

Rhea Zimmerman showing Joseph Chilton Pearce the Love Bomb movie image.


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Love Bomb Report: Interview Number Two With Jay Komarek

Jay Komarek at “Work” Freeing Life through Chiropractic

Jay Komarek is the spiritual cowboy of chiropractic.  He is as researched in his science as he is in the philosophical applications of the art of chiropractic.  With a 30 year career “behind” him and a family of chiropractors that ranges 3 generations, he ever maintains his present inquiry into the art of living, and life expressed as a chiropractor.  Why the cowboy?  Because he can be found, on any given day, giving of his service in barns all around the world to horses, and the people who love them.

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Jay for an interview in San Francisco.  Though at any time interviewing Jay to gain insight into his years of experience would be fruitful, for me it was ever more meaningful as he fills in some of the heart of our story with Love Bomb.

Love Bomb is as much about personal transformation through service as it is about service in family, and service in love.  One of my “team” members in the film is my love, and Jay’s son, Austin Komarek.

Jay shared with us some of the stories of what it is like growing up as a child in a chiropractic family, as well as bringing in children like Austin into a chiropractic lifestyle.  Austin learned much from growing up inside of his dad’s practice and seeing his family members serving masses of people.  One of his pivotal experiences was being in Panama at age 13 on an international service trip with his dad.

This coming of age tale is a pivotal part of the “why” we reveal for Austin’s desire to serve “The Big Idea” of chiropractic.  It also marks a historic international service trip that in chiropractic circles is like a legend of what it is like to serve outside of the educated mind, as an expression of the innate united with universal.

How did this first trip, 20 years in to his career as a chiropractor, change Jay and his style of practice?  How did it spark Austin?  What was it like to find out, 10 years later, that his son had made that decision to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving life as a chiropractor?

Through our interview with Jay we start to see how this chiropractic thing is far more calling than career.  A calling that unites us.  We also hear the beautiful descriptions of how the art of the adjustment, like a “love bomb”, ignites the potential for change in the recipient- instantaneously, and how the delivery of this adjustment is as much a scientific act as it is a spiritual act.

For those who want to learn more about the character of Jay Komarek and his art, see how you can be involved in the documentary feature film currently in production about his life and art through animal chiropractic.

Life, Adjusted. 

P.S.  The family link of cowboys and horses is a beautiful fascination for me.  Watching Jay work, and now Austin, is a strange parallel to the legends I grew up with about my grandfather “Cowboy Joe” and the famous stunts that he was in as a Hollywood Cowboy.  There is such beauty in the connection of the web of life.  xo

Grandpa Joe Yrigoyen, Old Western Stuntman