This film explores the depths of human wellness, the myth of separateness and our relationship to the natural world.
From this starting point, through a series of interviews and accompanying footage, we will travel through the human condition, and healing approaches that create a sustained self-healing body and mind. We'll explore what brings coherence throughout our thoughts and somatic experiences. This journey will weave together Naturopathic oncology, Russian healing wisdom, indigenous wisdom, energetic and somatic therapies, and sacred places. We will also peer deeply into the natural world that avails itself to our inherent inner wisdom.
As a Transpersonal therapist, and prostate cancer survivor, I will examine various wellness and healing modalities that continue to be instrumental in my life. Interviews with practitioners who have been key to my wellness team, will be a core aspect of this project. Additionally, as collaborative projects typically unfold, they take on a life energy of their own. These organic undertakings then lead us into deeper revelations and reminders as to why we even began such projects in the fist place. I love these type of unfoldings, as they reveal the deepest currents of Source, treasure hunts of wisdom.
Within this exploration we'll look at multi-dimensional physics, plants as medicine, and a deep dive into my experience with indigenous healers and wisdom keepers. We’ll explore the natural world with its truth and beauty, along with an introduction to sacred sites and how to utilize their gifts within Native American and First Nations lands.
As with similar projects in my past, this film has its own developing character and purpose. It's an invitation for a paradigm shift into more expansive experiences within “self” that await the human, individually and collectively.
Some work has been completed to date: various interviews; footage and stills within Native American and First Nations land. Additional interviews and visitation to sacred sites are planned. Some soundtrack music has been granted from Native American artists, and I foresee some ceremonial songs, poetry and music being created by a plethora of friends as this project develops.
From a psychological perspective, we’ll also explore self-actualization from an indigenous perspective. We’ll plunge into the realm of the western mind’s concept of separation, comparatively to the communal, conceptual and spiritual traits held by the indigenous community. I’ve been working closely of late with two colleagues, both Blackfoot psychologists. Abraham Maslow, the developer of the Hierarchy of Needs theory, spent a season with the Blackfoot, and he found them to essentially already be “self-actualized.” This indigenous world-view also encompasses the self-realization with nature and community.
Over the past 25 years one of my special interests has been collaborating with the view of Native youth. I’ve put hundreds of cameras in kids' hands with the express desire to capture their world view and insights. Their lens often captures the sacred in what some might see as the everyday or mundane, and has a place in this project.
Supporting this project is the National Institute of Health. Given the nature of my wholistic wellness approach, I have been a patient of their prostate cancer research study.
Plans are to create a crowd funding platform at the appropriate time to secure start-up funding.
Some previous funded projects:
Dine'tah-Hajiinei; The Place of Emergence. The project was funded for five years by Arizona Commission on the Arts. It explored an area in northwest New Mexico where the Dine', Apache and Tewa peoples co-habitated with the Anasazi. A multitude of ceremonial and healing knowledge was exchanged here, and rock art and sacred sites reveal this knowledge. I was invited by Dine' friends and elders to document this area with them, and eventually brought in 12 additional artists to assist in documenting this area with a radius of approximately 40 miles. More information at: Dine'tah, The Place of Emergence;
Western Colorado Ranching and Farming; A sense of Community project was funded by Colorado Commission on the Arts. Being native to western Colorado, I was led to document ranchers and farmers I grew up around. I noticed over time that the secure sense of community I knew as a kid was diluting with growth, farmers selling ground to housing developments, and less "over the fence" negotiations regarding water rights and joint use areas. I was one of two CO artists to be awarded the major annual grants, and took a year to photograph farmers, ranchers and landscape around Fruita, CO. The project culminated in a show of black and white work at the Fruita Civic Center, where I attended elementary school.;
Most recently, the Navajo Nation-Indigenous Centered Wilderness Therapy project was funded by the Navajo Tribe’s Division of Health. In 2010, the Navajo Nation hired me to help create an indigenous-centered wilderness-based program for Native adolescents. We developed a program supported by Native therapists, Traditional Practitioners, Recreation Specialists and support staff. Native scholars and treatment experts aware of indigenous programs internationally, assisted us in creating a program that continues today.