Dear Fans of The Path of the Sun,
In 2011 I set off for Peru on a journey that continues today. I spent two years in that magical country and learned a lot about myself. In essence that journey, my journey is one of discovery and exploration of the human condition. In Peru, Nevada City, CA, Malibu/LA, Phoenix and for many years in my beloved Chicago I was and am part of a "community experience." In Chicago it started in the underground art and music scene, in Peru the many foreigners who came through the jungles and mountains united around shamanistic and spiritual practices, in LA it was film, Nevada City - medicinal plant growers, and now in Phoenix there is a plethora of individuals building healthy communities around sustainability and healing practices. The common thread between these communities is a sense or desire to build something better, To create pods or hubs or nodes of forward thinking people who strive to find practices, beliefs and ways of living that are better for humanity as a whole. There is an electricity in the air. A buzz and it is growing. Yet, what I have seen is that while the movement is growing it is amorphous, hard to find, define and connect. It takes a while to find out who is who and what is what and where is where and how is how. It's taken me over a year to connect with this community in Phoenix, and it is different than the communities where I have lived over the course of my journey. Different areas have different focus, but the common thread of making the world a better place remains. There is a lot of experimentation, like The Community Reserve in Phoenix a barter system that is not based on profit, but building community in a conscious way to effect positive goods and services transactions outside of normal channels. There is also NeoTribal a healthy festival that unites Native American ceremonial practices with art, music and film, the Desert Canvas' Rebirth Festival where I participated in a drum circle with 50 people and yoga in the park with more than 100, I have also befriended the members of the band Clan-Destine who bring together rock sounds with messages of healing in their lyrics. It's an exciting time to be a part of this "conscious community," but as I mentioned earlier it took a while to plug in and connections between the communities I have lived in are not apparent. There isn't a directory or website or other means than word of mouth, Google, Meetup and other apps, but it still takes a while to connect.
So, I want to do something to change that. I want to bring these communities together, to connect them and expand their reach, first locally than on a global scale. And, there is a big idea. Let me give you some background first. Last year in March I started taking Djembe lessons from an amazing instructor named Daniel Hirtz, who if you can believe it is a "7 fingered" tabla maestro. He is quite humble and says he is not as good as the maestro's from India, but he is quite an amazing tabla and Djembe player. I have been to many drum circles now and I can say when Daniel starts to play the beats are taken to another level. In my travels with the Q'ero in Peru, and experiences with the sacred plant Ayahuasca I learned that we are all made of energy, everything in the universe is energy and consciousness is energy with awareness. It is life. This energy moves by vibration and drumming is the earliest form of man made vibration. 100's of thousands of years ago man communicated by the drum and the drum kept man in synch with each other and the universe. Drumming is a uniting force through its vibration. This vibration builds community. When you hear a drum it calls you and you go to it. In drum circles I am amazed at how many people come to watch and dance. To make a long story short and bring this discussion back to its purpose, Daniel and I have joined forces and developed a concept for an episodic series about uniting and connecting the conscious community movement.
The show can be described as something like "Anthony Bourdain meets the conscious community" I will be writing, producing, filming and editing, and Daniel will be the host. Daniel brings a lot to the table as he is a philosopher and student of consciousness. Daniel's wife Ingrid, along with Daniel's assistance developed and runs Community Cuisine an amazing food service that is community oriented. They create and prepare healthy, organic, vegetarian and vegan meals and provide them weekly in recyclable containers. They are perfect meals for busy people who don't always have the time to cook healthy. The prices are reasonable too. And, every Monday night Ingrid hosts a community dinner that is based on the "Pay As You Can" model. It's up to you.
To bring this update to a close, I wanted to ask for your help. I have used the term "Conscious Community" several times in this update. The question to me is "What exactly is the conscious community and how is it defined? Surprisingly there is no wiki on the topic and a Google search brings up little. I have asked people what they think it is and what they say is all over the place. So for the purposes of the show I need your help in defining the term. In this way you, the fans of The Path of the Sun, or The Path of the Sun community gets to participate in helping to create a show that I know you will all love. Everyone we mention it to has eyes that go wide. There are so many topics from sustainable living, to specialty healers, and community activities out there that the idea is a natural and we want to bring it to you on your phone or your laptop or other video display anywhere you are and everywhere you go so you can connect with what you love.
Contest - Win a free Director's Cut Package valued at $55 (5 winners)
What I am requesting is that you send me a short paragraph (no more than 5-10 sentences) description of what you think the conscious community is, how it is defined and its benefits to individuals and society as whole. In a month or so after they are read, we will select the top 5. Those five individuals will get a free Director's Cut package of the Path of the Sun, and their name will appear in the credit role of the show. You may message me on Facebook or send an email to sgershberg at gmail dot com
Thanks for reading and being a part of my community! I'm really looking forward to bringing you this new web series, which is a natural next step from the films in The Path of the Sun!