I could go on about the music of 90's band Faithless, and Jamie Catto's film making, but I would have to consult my children to nudge my memory on the first count, and do a lot of research for the second.
My connection with Jamie Catto came from a single photo. In this photo, all over his face were scrawled words that most of us - probably all of us - scrawl all over our thoughts. Words like hate and shame - negative stuff we think constantly about ourselves. Who was this person? What was his purpose? I knew these words keep us limited, fragmented, unfulfilled and desperate, and I knew they stop us reaching our full potential. And I knew that we hold these thoughts and beliefs dear because we've had them for so long. Mostly we never really acknowledge them of course - but we think them alright. For a long time I wanted to know Jamie Catto's truth, and this week I had the chance to hear it.
This workshop was all about Body Awareness, and right from the start we were encouraged to connect with this source of wisdom, so universally unacknowledged in our society. 6 solid minutes of gazing into the eyes of a complete stranger breaks down barriers quicker than alcohol or anything else you might imagine. Tears streamed down my face as I saw so clearly in the eyes of this stranger, the Life that resides in me and all beings on this Planet. If we all knew this, we could never harm another. If we showed our children how this is, they would never feel alone, and this world would change in a generation. So simple, and yet so enlightening. Did it challenge me? Of course. But we need to be challenged. Not to go out there and fight dragons like we think we must, but to go inside and face our biggest fear - Ourselves.
If you get the chance to see Jamie Catto, PLEASE do... You, like me, will not be disappointed I'm sure.