this Digital Video Meditation, integral and transpersonal
approaches to the creation of film, video, and multimedia
expressions are explored by attempting to capture the presence and atmosphere of a
natural environment and the state of consciousness one can acquire when
meditating on natural beauty.
Specifically, THE POND is an attempt to capture the state of
consciousness one can enter when meditating at the foot of a fish pond. The
gentle movement and presence of swimming fish and the interplay of earth, water
and sky, combine to create a healing and calming energy.
create THE POND I performed an Integral Transformative Practice (ITP)
and then meditated by the side of my Koi Pond. After I entered a deep
altered state I picked up my Mini-DV camera, pressed the record button, and then
allowed my own inner promptings and the movement of the water and the fish to
guide the camera. After recording an hour of material I turned off the camera,
sat back down, and did a final meditation and completion ritual.
I transferred the digital images to my computer and proceeded to edit it while
in a meditative state. To achieve and hold this state I created rituals,
meditative practices and played a special alpha-theta entrainment audio
the background. I opened
my mind and let the material speak to me in an intuitive way, sensing which
images would be included, the order they would appear, the in and out points of
each shot and the type of transition needed.
One day during the editing I felt
guided to play a CD of music by a friend of mine, Robert Clark. Robert creates
deeply sacred and meditative music using a stream of consciousness approach.
When I played the CD, one of the songs seemed to connect directly with the visual
material. When I added this song and an alpha-theta entrainment background track
to the raw
footage, a major shift in the process occurred and the combined audio and video
material unfolded into an elegant structure almost on its own.