In this fascinating cinema-verite work filmed in Zurich, German videographer Niket Scherer takes the viewer inside a day in the life of contemporary mystic Steven Harrison during a European lecture tour. Unusual both in content and style of filming, this video is an opportunity to see the world of an original and important spiritual figure, just as it is.
In conversation with friends, spiritual seekers, and a Swiss audience at one of his talks, Harrison relates the philosophy of “doing nothing” to the areas of difficulty and joy in the questioners’ lives. He suggests that they consider abandoning the search for answers, and maintains that radical transformation is possible only through direct contact with the actuality of who they are. The discussion is interspersed with beautiful meditative music and nature scenes, providing opportunities for viewers to reflect on what they have heard.
What other authors have to say about Just As It Is:
“With a home-style cinema-verite video approach, lecturer, author, and contemporary mystic Steven Harrison talks about “nothing.” The opening dialog is casually filmed at a kitchen table — cups clink, a tea kettle whistles, and a cell phone rings amidst questions about enlightenment. The main body of the film is Harrison’s presentation to a Swiss audience. Complete with a Swiss interpreter, we are asked to search for that which is “just as it is,” unblemished by judgement and conditioning, and to view everything and each other with “fresh eyes.” He contends that thoughts define and separate; like a string of beads, they divide and disconnect, and cannot lead to unity. Rather than searching in the field of thought with studies, philosophy, and spirituality, Harrison directs his audience to find dynamic awareness — the essential connection to all of life — as one enters silence to explore and experience “nothing.” Interspersed with questions from the audience and film clips of nature scenes with accompanying music, this film directs the attention to the questions and the vast stillness of consciousness. Just as it is.” -—NAPRA Review