Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Echan's interview

Interview: Echan Deravy Director, Earth Pilgrims
By Felicia Weiss 28 September 2009

Can you tell us about your background and how an Irishman ended up living in Japan?

I was born in Scotland of an Irish mother and Scots father so my first nationality is British. Later in life I received a republic of Ireland passport, as well as a Canadian one, so I have three nationalities and am currently a permanent resident of Japan. I have been a traveler all my life. After exploring 75 countries in search of some kind of a hint of what lays beyond the matrix of our ’societies’, I decided to enter a zen monastery at the age of 22 in 1974. I went to Kyoto and discovered it was not to become a monk, but a kind of esoteric scholar. I rigorously studied the language and culture as a lay practitioner of zen, while pursuing certification in martial arts and oriental medicine. I was an acupuncturist and university lecturer for many years before becoming a writer and lecturer on consciousness in the early nineties. Japan has been like a decades long university course that still is in session.

In your personal life, how have you turned inward for peace?

Thanks to Felicia Weiss I ended up translating Power vs. Force into Japanese with my wife doing the lion’s share of this hugely challenging work. David Hawkins is making something very clear that relates to peace. It requires a 600 level plus calibration on a 1000 scale to achieve peace consciousness. Love consciousness begins at 500. So it should be obvious that politicians and activists who bark on about peace at levels of consciousness far below these are seriously wasting both our time and their own. Peace is not a result. It is a primary cause. It is not a reaction to war, it is the very foundation of civilized and conscious life. The idea that we can protect ourselves from enemies and thus have peace is patently absurd. Either you have it, peace in your heart, or you do not. So how do you get it? One must somehow raise one’s consciousness, but there is the quandary. In zen we had great ways to express this like ‘trying to pull yourself off the ground by yanking up on your own bootstraps.’ Sure we can and must make efforts, but then there is also the working of something entirely different. Call it grace. Call it the Lord. Call it what you will. I call it prayer. I prayed constantly as I walked. It was enormously demanding and tremendously fulfilling. The power of prayer becomes the engine of peace. Its cleansing spirit reveals our focus on the inner workings of the monkey mind and the jaded heart. It is essential for us, thus motivated by virus infected brains and dilapidated hearts to overcome the primal fear that underlies all emotions that keep us from peace. No amount of positive thinking does that. You need a spiritual life that is real. The heart generates an electromagnetic field thousands of times stronger than the puny brain. That should tell us something about the heart and why we should not lose heart now. So to conclude; peace will never result from any cerebral strategy, no matter how much money and defense systems you throw at the ‘problem’. Peace comes from a heart that knows gratitude and humility. Earth pilgrims shows us people like that in the high Andes of Peru. Simple.

How do you feel about the future of our planet?

Planets come and go. I feel we are all far too planetary retentive. The point is not the planet, but rather this astonishing creature called the human being, who is being called to a much higher order of existence and service to the galactic community. We are the leading edge of a bio-computer program called DNA that has been riding the waves of history and chaos for longer than we can possibly conceive. We understand almost nothing about time and space (90% of the universe is dark matter is the best we can come up with??), we have almost no clue about the historical past despite thousands of theories, and we cannot even co-operate at the most fundamental level thus avoiding violence and discord. The planet is not the problem. The problem is the pilgrim on that planet. When is he or she going to re-awaken to the fact that the journey is just getting underway and that a humbler attitude to all that is might be relatively useful at this ‘point’. I feel that the peace that surpasses all human understanding and the humility of a mother Theresa or a Nelson Mandela makes the regular orbiting of Earth around a very common G type star pale in comparison. Just as you will not find your God by looking outside in the darkness, (when the light is actually on inside) our future does not necessarily depend as much as one might imagine on the state of a wee planet. That is the spirit we need to embody. Even with our shields down, warp drive out for the count and power levels at threshold lows the crew of Spaceship Earth will come up with something that the ship’s computer itself could never have imagined…

What led you to create the film “Earth Pilgrims”?

Disillusionment. Age. Exasperation. But not necessarily in that order! I had become a rather well-known public speaker and writer in Japan, especially as a proponent of the idea that not only is conscious evolution now imperative, but also of the now popular idea that there seems to be a time limit set on humanity’s awakening i.e. 2012. I had interviewed dozens of scientists and thinkers over the years including Deepak Chopra, John C. Lilly, Fred Alan Wolf, Graham Hancock, Terence McKenna, Hunbatz men and a whole host of shamans and maverick researchers in multiple fields to get a holistic view of this shift we all talk about. I had brought their work and my interpretation of it to Japanese attention via books, interviews, television and 37 actual research trips to sacred sites around the planet. We did not just study crop circles for example, we went into them and lay down in them with Colin Andrews back in the mid-nineties. I took remote viewing to Japan and taught over 700 people.
After 15 years of this I wondered if I was even making a dent in the combined hallucination that government and media had generated in the minds of the people. People nodded their heads enthusiastically at me, then went back to sleep. I was now 55. Was I making a difference? Time to go on a walkabout and reflect on what I had done. After 1300 kilometers of Japanese rice paddies and highways I suddenly realized that a documentary film was the only option left. It was that or sliding into an oblivion called ‘well at least I tried’.

How did you select the people you interviewed?

Synchronicity really played a large part. In Japan there is an interesting expression used when talking about the creation of art. It is Musakui. This means for example that a potter will choose his clay and have a rough idea of what he wants in a pot. But as the wheel turns the pot evolves. He may then set it outside to dry and a bird might scratch the surface of the clay. The potter will incorporate these unforeseen elements into the design so that the pot finishes its own creation in a sense. I knew I wanted to show why a pilgrim spirit will soon be very important to all of us as our multiple system collapse inexorably escalates. But I did not have a script until filming ended! Satish Kumar was a conscious first choice because I literally needed a man who had walked his talk in the pilgrim world. He had walked from India to Europe on a peace march and at my age had walked all over Britain. On both occasions he took no money. I can relate to that. The remaining guests appeared at the right time. Rumi was there in my mind from the beginning because without a true spiritual master in the film, one that could not be easily appropriated by any religion despite the fact that he was born in Islamic Afghanistan, I knew I would not be able to express the pilgrim properly.
How were you able to obtain the excellent footage of the woman known as Peace Pilgrim?Dogged persistence. I spent a year tracking down footage having started with Friends of Peace Pilgrim. This eventually took me full circle back to Friends. I finally received the go-ahead to use the footage even though it was a for profit enterprise. But a lot of praying and visualization really did happen in the interim. I had to have a powerful woman in there, who could balance all those meaty guys, intellectually speaking of course. Who more perfect than the great saint of America’s highways and byways, Peace Pilgrim?

What has been the response to “Earth Pilgrims” so far and what is your hope for those who view your film?

As I answer this we have only shown it a limited number of times in Japan since its release at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo on June 6. I discovered that Japanese are very reticent to air their views directly to the director! However we have received very moving responses from those who wrote about their feelings. Their comments are to be found on our Japanese website. Our English website will also have this function. Visit:
My intuition is that the film is also a kind of consciousness barometer. For those who think our planetary scale problems are exaggerated and that evolution is a theory that only applies to other species, the meaning of the film might not be readily apparent. For those who do sense that our current crises represent far more than the Shakespearian ‘much ado about nothing’, the film offers an original perspective that is not about saving the world. It is more about ‘getting with the program’ so to speak! May I facetiously call it the New Way of Operating, or the NWO for short?
For those who do view this film, more than once being heartily recommended, my hope is that it will be spiritual edutainment in the best sense. I would hope they come away from seeing it inspired with a Hopi-like understanding that ‘WE really are the the ones we have been waiting for’.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Documentary Film "Earth Pilgrims"

I am inviting Mr Echan Deravy from Japan and hold Echan's talk and film "Earth Pilgrims" viewing in February 2010.

Please find below the details:

TIME: 14:00 ~ 17:00
FEE: $50 P/P

From a world swamped in problems, in a global civilization on its last march towards the edge of the cliff, how can we reconnect with a deeper, more meaningful way of life? How can we make a difference?

What happens when 60,000 Quechua Indians gather to give thanks to the vital life force that sustains them? What can we learn from those who put harmony and balance before gain? What is an Earth Pilgrim?

Every person has an image of a pilgrim. In Japan it is probably the image of the ohenrosan in Shikoku. This movie was conceived while the director was actually walking the roads of Shikoku on that pilgrimage. But this is not a movie about that kind of pilgrim. It is a message about the deeper meaning of being a pilgrim in the modern world. It is about the great dangers our planet is now facing and about how the pilgrim spirit can help us all.

The film follows director Echan Deravy as he travels in search of the meaning of Earth Pilgrim-a new kind of pilgrim, a pilgrim that we can all become in our hearts. The film was shot on location in Britain, Japan, Israel, the US and Peru as well as Hawaii. It is a documentary which includes the wise advice of several leading thinkers and an astonishing older woman. It is not about saving the world it is about how we change our way of being in the world. We do that by becoming a new kind of human that Echan calls Earth Pilgrims. It is an internationally released 90 min film available on DVD from 23 July, 2009 in English, and later in Spanish and other languages.


Director's Message:

In my culture, the Celtic culture of Scotland and Ireland we have the story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. They had to go on a quest to find the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail is a symbol of higher understanding. In this movie I go in search of a higher understanding by asking people as I travel on a world pilgrimage to give me advice. I meet people in very different fields such as anthropology, ecology, shamanism, physics and plant healing. I do two major pilgrimages. One in Shikoku was 1300km and the one in Peru was not long at all. It was high. We climbed to 5 thousand meters in the Andes with 60,000 native people to film the Qoyllur Rit'i pilgrimage. Rumi, my favourite poet speaks to us throughout the movie to remind us of our spiritual life as pilgrims. The film is a quest to answer the riddle of our times. Why is the Earth falling apart? The answer lies in the heart of each person.

The answer may be in our all becoming Earth Pilgrims..

Cast and Crew

Echan Deravy

Echan Deravy, a lifelong pilgrim from Scotland, passed through 75 countries before settling in Japan where he established himself as an author and public speaker on issues of planetary concern, metaphysics, spirituality, and remote viewing. Echan has become a vital link between Japanese culture and the West, acting as interpreter for figures such as Graham Hancock and leader of many journeys with Japanese to sacred sites around the planet. He currently has over a dozen books in print in Japanese and a series of DVD talks recorded over the last 6 years-all in Japanese. His key concern is conscious evolution.
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Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar is an Indian, currently living in England, who has been a Jain monk and a nuclear disarmament advocate, and is the current editor of Resurgence, founder and Director of Programmes of the Schumacher College international centre for ecological studies and of The Small School. His most notable accomplishment is a "peace walk" with a companion to the capitals of four of the nuclear-armed countries - Washington, London, Paris and Moscow, a trip of over 8,000 miles. He insists that reverence for nature should be at the heart of every political and social debate.
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Wade Davis

Wade Davis (born December 14, 1953) is a noted anthropologist and ethnobotanist whose work has usually focused on the observation and analysis of the customs, beliefs, and social relations of indigenous cultures in North and South America, particularly the traditional uses and beliefs associated with plants with psychoactive properties. Among Davis' many books are The Serpent and the Rainbow (about the process of zombification in Haiti) (1986), Passage of Darkness (1988), One River (1996), and Shadows in the Sun (1998).
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Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven's Mirror. His books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. His public lectures and TV appearances, including the three-hour series Quest For The Lost Civilisation, have put his ideas before audiences of tens of millions. He has become recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises legitimate questions about humanity's history and prehistory and offers an increasingly popular challenge to the entrenched views of orthodox scholars.Click to visit his homepage at

Piece Pilgrim

Peace Pilgrim (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981) born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. Starting on January 1, 1953, in Pasadena, California, she adopted the name "Peace Pilgrim" and walked across the United States for 28 years. By 1964 Peace Pilgrim had walked 25,000 miles, at which point she stopped counting, though continued to walk for peace until her passing.
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Paul Temple

Paul Temple, born in England in 1953, began his life studying botany at U.C.N.W. of Bangor, later becoming a teacher in Canada, before moving to India for more than ten years where he studyied and taught Sanskrit sacred song, meditation, and Vedanta Philosophy. Paul has been a lifetime gardener, and student of the shamanic tradition with particular interest in the entheogenic use of sacred plant medicines, and their traditional and contemporary role in the development of human consciousness. For the past several years he has divided his time between BC Canada, and the mountains and jungle of Peru.Click to visit his homepage at

Rene Franco

Rene Franco Salas is the leader and organiser among the natives people of Pisac in Peru, and is active teaching indigenous Quechua shamanism to visitors. He has been a participant of the Qoyllur Rit'i pilgrimage throughout his life, and works for the protection of traditional Quechua culture through education and ceremony. He can be reached through Paul Temple, who collaborates with him in various projects.

Nassim Haramein

Nassim Haramein is a Swiss born physicist. In the past 20 years, Mr. Haramein has directed research teams of physicists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and other scientists. He has founded a non-profit organization, the Resonance Project Foundation, where, as the Director of Research, he explores unification principles and their implications in our world today. The foundation is actively developing a research park on the island of Hawai'i where science, sustainability, green technology, and permaculture come together.
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Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers's poetry special, "Fooling with Words."
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Jelaluddin Rumi

Jelaluddin Rumi (September 30, 1207 - December 12 1273) was born in Balkh, Afghanistan to a theologian and mystic father. Around 1215 Rumi moved to Konya, Turkey, where after his father's passing, he became a sheikh in the dervish learning community. His life was spent in a state of divine connection, which expressed itself through his friendships and through his poetry, which have become more popular today then ever in history, thanks in part to translations rendered by Coleman Barks. He remains an important figure in Sufi and Islamic culture.