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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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The Incredible Comprehensive but Incomplete Guide to Becoming a Fully Funded Success on Indiegogo: Love Bomb The Movie’s Fully Funded Success Story

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This Love Bomb Report is serving as a thank you to all who stepped in to become a part of our successful Indiegogo Campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/lovebomb).  On January 11th, 2013 we closed our just over 60 day campaign raising $26,000 of our $25,000 goal for the production to a first cut of Love Bomb.  The energy of the project, centered primarily through activities on Facebook and our campaign page, was an exciting thing to feel and participate in as we all felt this group support towards achieving the goal that truly became a strong “WE” by the close. 

We did it, and, because of all of the amazing support that landed us in our fully funded position- we are already deep into the production process.  Our goal is to be at a first cut by this May- and your funding is allowing us to do the work it takes to get there!  And, as we go so full steam ahead into production, I decided to take a few moments time to pause and focus on both acknowledging all of you who become a part of “WE” at Love Bomb, as well as to write down some of the things I know we did right to land us at this point.

How did “WE” emerge and get here?  That is what the rest of this post is about.

The intention is to declare some of what went in to this successful campaign in the hope that it can help and encourage those who come after me (and maybe even me again!) in creating a campaign that can successfully drive the creation of dreams into reality, and hopefully, dreams that contribute to the benefit of humanity.

First I will share that I love the creation and now popularization of crowdfunding.  It has created an avenue where you can go online, put yourself out there, and receive massive support to create things that otherwise might not have happened in traditional fundraising routes.  It also is an awesome way to demonstrate how hundreds of people coming together around one thing they believe in can make it happen, with relatively small efforts and contributions.  This is one of the things that Love Bomb is all about! (For more ideas about crowdfunding & crowdsourcing I recommend heading over to the blog of The Four Hour Workweek  by Tim Ferris and digging into the archives by searching those two terms.http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/)

It is also easy to think that it is, well, easy.  You put your awesome idea online and, BAM, it goes viral right?  Wrong.  It requires consistent effort, honest communication, a strategy, and did I mention, consistent effort?  If you go in knowing that you are going to be doing this, almost as a full time job, during the entire duration of the campaign (yes, that means, if like me you are doing “thank you photographs” to all donors you will be doing those late at night sometimes and posting them online when you are already finished from a potentially long day, or on a weekend, or even maybe, while on vacation and on the very same day you are also enjoying your engagement.) then you are ready to go for it!

Here is my top 10 list of why I feel we led a successful fundraising campaign online.  It is comprehensively incomplete, chock full of ideas yet by no means a full directive.  As people read and comment I will reply, and perhaps, together we can build something even more comprehensive that assists a maximum amount of dreamers to build awesome projects!  For a quick read- see the bolded sections and dig deeper from there as it suits you.

1.  Commitment to Transparency through Authenticity:

My goal at all times was, and is, to represent myself, my team, and the project exactly as is.  I did this through careful study into what the theme of the project is (accurate branding) and what I hope to accomplish with it without over-promising to any one group.  I even made a firm commitment to myself to be vulnerable, to be willing to be seen.  For anyone stepping out to become very public about a passion project know that this requires effort and a willingness to feel the pain of growth, exposure, and vulnerability.

A book that I studied through this process like a little companion is called “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown.  Her words became like an encouraging coach along the way saying, hay, you aren’t going to be perfect, nobody is, but you are trying so keep trying.  Even using the word “I” by writing this is a conscious act of vulnerability on my part.  Someone already noted that I used “we” most of the time, and it is because I felt that way, still feel that way, that it is a “WE” experience- yet to acknowledge the “I” part, well, that is part of it too, and I believe, a vulnerable part of the success.

Another aspect to the authenticity was a study of previous campaigns and tutorials around how to really represent and be yourself through the whole process so that people really relate to who you are, not who you think you should be for something or someone else.  This is everywhere from how the perks are named (I decided to have some fun with that) and how the project is described through written and visual media.

Another note on this is this:  midway through the campaign I had a family crisis.  Because I had so authentically represented myself and the project during the campaign process this did not throw me in my relationship to the donors I was building nor to the campaign itself.  This is an amazing place to be I feel- because life will always be full- and its best to build up any type of crowd support by being as honest and representative of who you really are at all times.  I believe this makes for a more sustainable relationship with the people you are building relationships with during the duration of your project.

The take home:  Represent yourself accurately, by being yourself.

2.  We applied for 501(c)3 Sponsorship before implementing the campaign.

This goes into planning:  the campaign was planned for roughly 3 months before execution.  It included the timeline to apply for sponsorship with Fractured Atlas.  I chose them because I heard and read about their reliability in donor relations (sending out tax receipts on time, being regular and steady and professional with all interactions, etc.).  They also have an incredible rate- research this for yourself since these things change.  They made it so that our “risk” was lower whether we reached fully funded or not- that is amazing.  If you are truly an arts project that is 501(c)3 eligible- this is a great option.

Being 501(c)3 sponsored I believe also gives people comfort in knowing that their donations can be tax-deductible and ALSO, that someone is out there making sure YOU are accountable with your money.  With a sponsor like this they are the ones who keep the money and you use it as you give them real invoices showing what it is going towards and proving it is indeed for the project.  I like this extra level of accountability.

3.  Follow The Formulas:

There is some formula and it helps to follow it.  I read and watched as many tutorials on this as I could.  Here is the online class I took from my arts organization sponsor:  http://courses.fracturedatlas.org/courses/35.

Studying campaigns similar to your’s are also great ways to get ideas to replicate.

A few keys I took to heart:

Break your fundraising into chewable parts (for a film means first cut, final cut, etc.)- people are more likely to support something they think will succeed, as well as something they feel is worthy and does not cost as much as their house.  This will also probably depend on who your “tribe” is!

That being said, I’ll say it again, be honest and,….be frugal!  That includes budgeting- a budget that screams inflated is less likely to garner grassroots connection and support than one that clearly says:  we are doing this because we believe in it and we feel it will bring depth to your life and the lives of others, not because we want to live off of your money for the next few years nor spend your $10 dollar donation lavishly.  (This goes back to building, and deeply caring about, those relationships).

It also has to be reasonable– so that people believe you know what you are talking about and can honestly accomplish it- too low might make people think you don’t know your stuff.  I believe that was in the tutorial I am recommending here- fractured U.

I should also mention here- I personally felt okay asking for money (help) to make the film because I was working my little tooshy off to spend as much as possible on it myself.  Knowing I remain the largest “donor” on the project makes me feel good about saying- I need help- because I know I am doing as much as I possibly can and it is going to require more!  Also- in my experience from the service trips I have run and done with both a pay for it myself version and a fundraise version I realize that this truly does give people excitement, to be a part of something they would not actually be doing on their own.  So I love the “crowdfund” feeling of all of this awesome energy coming together!  (It also says:  yes, your idea is good, and people relate to it,….so keep going!!)

Follow the categories recommended for a campaign and then name them what you relate to.  Let it all reflect your personality– from the way you address the camera in your pitch video (and campaigns with pitch videos have a higher rate of success) to the way you name your perks.  Get ideas about what you like by studying the successful/fully funded campaigns on the various crowdfunding sites and take what works for you.

A note on perks:  I chose to keep my perks mainly things that did not cost money- this is because the production is sponsored by a 501(c)3 and so any “item” would be deducted from their possible tax-exempt amount.  I wanted to keep the tax-exempt portion the highest I could for all of them.  This is all unique and I think a really fun part of the campaigns- mine were all named fun things like Love Angel and Love Ninja.  It should relate to the content and mission of your campaign.

Choose your platform– I chose Indiegogo because they partner with 501(c)3’s and I got the best rate, and, left out the risk of not getting your funding if you do not reach your goal (Kickstarter).  There are great blogs on how to make this choice based on your project, who your tribe is going to be, and what they think about these platforms.

4.  You are Creative, that is why you are Crowfunding, but you do not have to reinvent the wheel unless you have to reinvent the wheel!

Balancing the creative with the formulaic is quite the act for an artist or creator.  Knowing when to copy formulas rather than reinventing them is a great skill- and certainly a great area of growth for me :).  I did this by modeling after successful campaigns, learning from people whose work I trusted, and asking specialist friends for help- and then implementing it.

My friends include successful filmmakers, PR people, social media marketing wizards, branders, arts organization leaders, etc.  You get the picture.  I went to these people and asked them for advice, and then, I respected their time and pro bono advice by implementing what they recommended, even when it was a potential hit to my ego.

When they said the brilliant things like “yeah but why would someone care about that?!” I gulped, and listened.  Now, even as I write this, I can hear a particular friend’s voice saying “yeah but why does someone care about that?” and it actually helps me to remember that my content is not for me- its for you!  (Duh, but amazing learning curve on that one for the indulgent expressive that I can be).  I took it as a blessing to say, thank you for being that person, let me figure that out.

Or when they looked at the teaser and said “oh, you might want to change that” I said, gulp, okay, I will trust you because I believe that will make it more powerful (which translates as:  okay I will take the time and money that will require and will trust you and go for it).

If you don’t have these “friends” I would say- follow advice I got from a chapter in The Four Hour Workweek about creating avenues of accessibility to people who are experts in these areas.  Most people love to talk about why they are successful!  Many often have blogs too with spelled out advice.

The final thought here is this:  know when to be intuitive and creative about something, and know when to follow another easy route:  guides, how to’s, and advice from those who have already pounded the pavement of trial and error.

5. Postcards-

I had our beautiful branding printed onto inexpensive postcards (designed by Folia Design of Napa).  People were able to share the postcards and help with creating that repetitive exposure that helps people to learn about it and connect to it before they decide they want to be a part of it.  The great thing is they also doubled as my personal thank you cards- which were sent to every single donor regardless of donation amount.  (It goes back to authentically building relationships, which includes, acknowledging people.)

6.  Thank You Pictures–   One of my “perks” was a photograph of me holding a sign with a personal thank you to my donors.  I took nearly 200 of these and am still at it as we continue with our rolling donations through our website/our 501(c)3 sponsor.  This was a fun way to personally connect with people and I heard from quite a few they were truly excited to get their “picture” when it was posted onto our Facebook page.  It also becomes a great way to keep interacting on social media without having to blast people over and over with the same content!  That brings me to the next point:

6.  Updates to the Campaign & Daily Social Media Interaction-

We had a website (that I built easily using wix.com- http://www.lovebombthemovie.com), our campaign on Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/lovebomb), our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/LoveBombTheMovie), and our own Facebook profiles to use.  I also developed pinterest and twitter identities but did not end up building them out much.

The goal with our social media interaction was to build the relationships, let people in on the process of the film as it is in production so they truly feel how they are a part of it (because in my view- when they are supporting you at any level, they are, and they become like clients of your “product”), and also to let them feel a part of the campaign itself.  To start on this we created and still maintain a very active Facebook Page (Love Bomb The Movie).  This meant a mix of content from regular updates about how the campaign was doing, to excerpts from the interviews that we were collecting during the process (I was paying every cent I could to be in “production” during the campaign so that when we went into full time production we could be as efficient as possible- that goes back to the frugal budget!).  The thank you pictures gave me some social media breathing room on days I felt less content creative. Its nice having a plan to put into motion to go along with regular life rhythm.

I continued to break up the campaign into chewable chunks on social media.  I put out various goals the entire way like “we are almost to 100 donors” or, “we are almost to 30% funded” etc.  This gave multiple opportunities for people to connect to the fact that they made a difference even if it was a small donation.  Because they do!  Sometimes manageable goals for people to relate to helps this- since $25,000 seems too large sometimes to relate to.  It actually followed whatever mini-goal felt good to me at the time- and it became fun- it created multiple opportunitities to celebrate success along the way.

I also stayed pretty moderate with my posting intensity until the last week and a half where I let myself get, well, obnoxious.  I figured, they will tire of this but then we’ll all take a breather.  I did the classic tag as many people as you can in your photo updates, and I photo updated every day with something unique that said where we were, how many days left, etc.  It builds a natural intensity that people respond to and does inspire action.  Also- we really needed that deadline- without the guaranteed funds there was going to be no guaranteed production starting!

For updates to the campaign on Indiegogo itself I kept this to a minimum while also making sure to give as much real content as I could to keep people in the loop on the campaign progress as well as the progress of the film itself.  I also tried to keep “upping” the rating that Indiegogo uses to determine if your campaign is gaining momentum and therefore they will promote it- to my knowledge we actually never got there. They call this their “gogo” factor.  I didn’t master that, but we did get fully funded, so don’t let that deter you from thinking you are still succeeding.  Do let it motivate you to say:  where could I be connecting more with people about what I am doing?

7. Every connection is a relationship, and be willing to take it “offline”:

I made another commitment which was a willingness to see every interaction as a relationship building versus the temptation on social media to use it as a way to distance from being really personal with people.  I made phone calls and talked to people directly.  I answered questions with transparency about my intentions in every way (and I was asked very in depth questions from how money was being used to where I intended the film to go to who was in it etc.).  I reached out to people with the magic words:  I need help, can we talk?

These conversations led to a combination of ideas of who I could reach out to share my project with as well as really wonderful loving support!  I also made an effort when connecting with people, to say who I am and what the project is, without a desire to please or make it what I thought someone wanted it to be.  For me at the end of the day I want to succeed in being funded by people who will truly LOVE the final product and feel great about being a part of it.  (And this is an ongoing process since I still have $25,000 to go for my May 1, 2013 deadline on our current “campaign” which is on our website at http://www.lovebombthemovie.com and has a much lower intensity level at the moment than an Indiegogo style campaign. To misquote that famous scene in The Notebook when it comes to funding a project like this:  “It’s not over, it was never over.”  It’s just doable chunks that allow us to, well, do it!)

8.  Finding our tribe- aligning with those who already have a feeling that they connect to the ideas of Love Bomb.  No selling, no convincing- simply connecting.  Once I knew what my idea was I began to narrow down who my “tribe” was that would love the film and want to support it. (This is ongoing).  I then went about the steps of authenticity & connection to build relationships with those who are leaders of the various tribes that include mine.  The recommendation I received was to find bloggers or media that will represent you.

My Campaign successes for this involved being on a radio show, an interview/conference call that was then sent out to someone’s mailing list, and there were also quite a few people who “blasted” about us on their twitter feeds & newsletter lists.  I also accepted invitations to present the teaser and myself at various “tribe” gatherings- workshops, study groups, seminars, etc.

It requires people A LOT of exposure these days to take action on something- so the more I could expose people to the idea the more they could recognize it, feel it, think about it, (nerd moment:  i.e. build neurological patterns of memory and association to actually literally connect to it over time) and then act on it the better.

Also, just like any other thing- you will have early adopters, and then you will have the late adopters.  I looked at it as roughly 30% funded is your early adopters and from there you will grow faster.  I saw the fastest growth once we were at 70% funded.  Roughly speaking the 30% will statistically be your inner circle of friends and family and then it will grow from there.  From the start for me it was a lot of people I had never met but that deeply related to the project right away.  This blew me away and continues too!  It goes back to being totally open to allowing this to build new and real relationships with people who are going to see your project and say “WOW, I wish that was mine, but since it’s not, I am going to support you!”  (That was a real conversation). It is also my hope that all of these offline relationships are going to help us to achieve our next fundraising goal without doing another Indiegogo Campaign, since we are set up to receive rolling donations through our website and our continued relationship with the 501(c)3 sponsor.

9.  Meditation/Faith that is is happening perfectly as it should be.  I did regular meditation to relax myself along the way and to be in the field of Love and Faith instead of Fear and Worry.  I have tools for this that I will share with you at the end of this paragraph.  I also continued to visualize the “Fully Funded” mark on our campaign and I trained myself to daily FEEL what success would feel like.  I spent time imagining it over the fully funded mark because a tip I received from a teacher on this awhile back is to always imaging a little more than what your real goal is,…somehow it keeps momentum going for growth.  It worked for us!  My own guides are available as free tutorials over here:  http://www.breathelovebelove.com.

10.  Trust in the overall picture of the project– I continue to be with this final recommendation.  There is a trust in the overall project and that it is all unfolding perfectly as it should, and that nothing should ever be forced because it is about aligning with what needs to come forward, and this alignment includes every step of the way.  I see myself, and my team, and now all of the donors involved on it, as playing our right roles in the production of this beautiful project that will change lives.  Ease is the name of the game along the way.  I read a beautiful book during the campaigned called  “A Return To Love” that helped me to stay in this trust, as did my own meditation CD’s “Breathe Love.”  Since we are magnets radiating our vibration at all times- the combination of me meditating on being here, along with my DP/Editor Gregg Marks being in faith at all times, and then those who joined in our field as they came forward as donors and major supporters,…the field of Faith continues to grow and this creates a magnetism to life itself saying:  YES, LETS DO THIS.  LETS MAKE A LOVE BOMB!

I hope that these help you to take the steps to creating a successful campaign to manifest your dreams,…and that these dreams are aligned with the benefit of humanity and life itself.

This list is long, but not complete, which means,…I might have forgotten a few things and I sincerely recommend you dig, dig, dig to put together the perfect plan for your unique you!  Also- if you have any more thoughts or questions on anything here please write it in the comments field for all to learn from and benefit from.  I will respond with my best answer, question, or referral recommendation.  Lets learn and succeed together!

If you’d like to learn more about our awesome project Love Bomb which is in Production (unless you are reading this in 2014 in which case most likely we are out there! whoop!) please take a look at our website:

http://www.lovebombthemovie.com

You might even gain some tips there as the ideas are still in go mode for success in gathering our tribe and making this impactful film!  You can still be a part of our success there too- $25,000 by May 1, 2013 keeps us in production to a final cut!


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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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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