About the Production
The Peace Experience is a deeply thought provoking and inspiring feature documentary. At its core, the film strives to creatively answer the challenging question of what peace truly is. It also explores how people from around the world seek to handle this challenge within and around them.
Adventurous artists and explorers; lovers of creative self-expression, students of Psychosynthesis, and practitioners of meditation and yoga, gathered together with the intention to embark on a journey of self-discovery to find peace within themselves. Their mission was to actually experience inner peace while examining the causes of disturbances that tend to block them from feeling peaceful.
The basis for this experiment was their firm belief that our fundamental human nature is peace, and that peace is present everywhere and in everything. The underlying vibration of peace is even behind any and all disturbances we may feel around us or within us. So in order for anyone to experience peace, he/she must remove those disturbances, thereby uncovering the peace that is already there.
On their journey through different countries, our “peace scientists” introspected about all that was happening and released limiting thought patterns, as well as many obstacles and conflicts. By establishing peace within, they realized that their inner peace affected others in their group and therefore helped to manifest peace around them. Whenever the peace vibration was overshadowed by conflicts, people were tested. They became agitated, restless, and sometimes fearful. Not to be deterred, our peace team used different tools to understand and release these conflicts and to continue forward.
Travel was the key element of this peace tour. Our peace team went from one place to another, feeling the vibrations present and tuning in with them. This journey took them to different cities in Europe and the US. Some of the stops they made included Rome, Florence, and Assisi in Italy; Paris, France; Vienna, Austria; Zurich, Switzerland; and Bratislava, Slovakia. In the US they went to Washington D.C.; Woodstock, NY; New York City, NY; Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Sedona, AZ.
Meditation was another important tool on the journey. Through meditation and inner stillness the travelers endeavored to open their hearts. This way they became much more aware of subtle changes in moods and feelings within themselves and in their group.
Creative self-expression through music and theatre was a means of communication with the different people they met. By allowing each other to step into different roles the travelers learned more about hidden sides of themselves, and they were able to connect more deeply to every new person willing to participate. Theatre became a great tool for each individual in identifying personal habits and thought patterns, and in releasing emotions that were present.
Biosonic Tuning Forks were used to bring each other back into a more peaceful realm. Dr. John Beaulieu created the tuning forks as a sound healing instrument to tune the human body. By listening to them, one can connect back to that subtle peace that always surrounds him. This peace vibration is known as Om, Amin or Amen in different cultures and is deeply related to the vibrations that can be measured when a person enters a deep state of relaxation. www.biosonics.com
The 2 Minute Painting™ is another tool that was used for self-discovery and in establishing deeper connections with others. The task is to put several colors onto the paper within 2 minutes and not to think about the painting or the outcome during the process. The result is very abstract most of the time and it reveals surprising elements about the painter. The 2 Minute Painting™ enables the participants to access their heart by bypassing their minds and see what is present for them at that moment.
Psychosynthesis was a corner stone of methods used on this journey. It is a science of self-study invented by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli http://www.psicosintesi.it/english/institute-psychosynthesis It is a means to understand the patterns of one’s own psyche through acute awareness of your thoughts and feelings at any moment in time, and to learn to accept these patterns as aspects of one’s self.
Throughout this journey each participant became very sensitive to minor fluctuations in their own attitude and used these fluctuations to form “scientific hypotheses” on how they could change toward feeling more peaceful. In order to study their own feelings and thoughts they had to learn how to detach themselves from them. This proved to be a difficult process because it took a certain degree of self-mastery. However, the defining element present in the participants was a deep willingness to be part of this process and not to judge one’s self or others around them. They discovered that by releasing negative and limiting patterns they could experience the deep peace that naturally was present in them. They ultimately realized that each individual’s journey toward inner peace is vital to the enfoldment of peace in the world.