APRIL 2011

 

 

Fazal Abbas – Karachi / Pakistan


How do you know which messages are important to convey through your writing?


I don’t exist as an individual when I’m writing. I transcend past my person to embody my true self and gain insights from my Essence. Therefore, I become receptive to a higher intelligence whose messages I then relay in my writings. The dialogues I write in my books come to me in an intuitive fashion and sometimes it takes months, if not years, before I write them down. Once I decide to write them, all I have to do is direct my attention inwards and allow my imagination to flourish providing me with the right characters and circumstances required to bring these dialogues into light.

 


 

Giovanni Pugliesi – Palermo / Sicily


What does Universal Love mean to you?


The word “love” is very easily used but usually in a completely different context than what it truly means. Even though there may be traces of universal Love in many situations, “love” is usually used from a place of intellect and emotion rather than from its true profound source. As long as our vision is limited to the material our perception of Love remains limited too and we have no choice but to act from an egotistical standpoint. We may love our families and make sacrifices for our children to ensure they prosper, but yet, at the same time, we pay little attention to other children who are suffering from malnutrition or abuse throughout the world. Once we start viewing life from a spiritual perspective, we elevate our level of consciousness and we’re able then to experience universal Love. The distinguishing characteristic of this Love is the willingness and the need to help all those around us to develop and grow to their full potential. It is the type of Love that gives us an understanding that the more we unselfishly love all, be it nature, animals or other fellow human beings, the more we love ourselves too.

 


 

Brahim Chkiri – Marrakech / Morocco


How would you feel about a film based on your first novel? Novel or film, which of these two media formats do you believe offers the best setting for deeper reflection on your messages?


If a film could be made that would respect and optimize the messages I relay in my book, then I would feel rejoiced. I believe both narrative film and novel to be equally valuable in providing an optimum setting for reflection. The only difference I can see is that in novel form, the reader uses his imagination, whereas in film, the images are imposed on the viewer leaving little room for imagination. Actually, I would find this an interesting exercise: to evaluate which format, novel or film, is more conducive for further reflection and questioning. I wouldn’t want the comparison to be about determining which format is best in general, but which we, as individuals, find more suitable for our own learning.

 


 

Joan Hayes – London / England


To what extent does free will exist in the context of Destiny?


Life consists of a flow of events and at any moment the possibilities offered to us can be accepted or rejected. These possibilities or events are never identical, but they do have a commonality since they are all part of a continuum of life; so it can be said that life simultaneously creates both change and continuity. The transition from one event to another always provides us with choices which we can accept or reject all, or just certain elements of it. It is essentially through these perpetual choices and decisions that we develop, and that we build our free will. Destiny never obliges us to anything since this would destroy both our freedom and our authenticity. On the contrary, destiny permanently invites us to further enhance our self-development and self-realization.