I recently spent several days in Marrakech, Morocco with my partner, Sara Ramo, to attend the Global Spa and Wellness Summit.
I’ve been a guest at the Summit in previous years, and was happy to see familiar faces, reconnect with colleagues and make new friends. But this year was different. I gave a speech on a new modality that could revolutionize spas and evolve the way we experience whole body wellness.
As a filmmaker, I capture light energy; the source of all energy. As an extension of my eyes and brain, the time lapse camera conveys the rhythms of the universe – the energy and connectedness from the micro to the macro and the slowest to the fastest. These are also the same rhythms of the human body. And every living organism on the planet. In other words, there’s a universal rhythm of nature that connects us all.
When we view these organic patterns, rhythms and movements that emulate every cell in our body, it touches the deepest part of our soul. Our brain recognizes it as authentic and true. That’s why it’s so powerful as a modality for Visual Healing.
Researchers now know that watching slow-moving nature imagery calms us down, and that nature inspires a feeling of wonder and awe. Studies found that people who are in awe were more patient, more willing to help others, preferred experiences over material products, and experienced greater life satisfaction. These changes in well-being were due to awe’s ability to alter the subjective experience of time. Awe brings people into the present moment, and being in the present moment allows you to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying.
It’s an honor and privilege to be on the forefront of this exciting research, and to bring a new modality for healing into our spas, wellness centers and hospitals. I hope my work inspires others to realize that we as individuals have the ultimate power, the power to choose what we allow to enter our brain, what mood we prefer to be in, how we want to nurture our consciousness, and how we want our body to feel.