Inner Worlds Outer Worlds documentary filmmaker Daniel Schmidt joins us on our voyage continues, as we explore ancient practices of meditation that have resurfaced to provide the individual with advanced methods to balance the mind in the pursuit of insight. This article is dedicated to the discussion of meditation, yoga and ancient knowledge.
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According to the ancient sages, yoga was a complete universal system, where the mind, body and breath take place in union. Thus, the word “Yoga” encompassed the whole, not only individual parts, and its entire purpose was spiritual in nature and that remains so today. It is an aid to creating a new perception of what is real, what is needed, and understanding the way of life that embraces both inner and outer realities, ultimately leading to self-realization. 
Meditation is an ancient practice that dates back over thousands of years in which an individual trains the mind to reach a higher state of consciousness.
As you silence your mind, you experience the world afar from your thoughts by becoming aware of the here and now — the real address of humankind. You discover that by looking inside yourself, you connect to everything on the outside. Your inner worlds outer worlds meet and there will be no more separation.
This is where insight is found. 
About Daniel Schmidt, Inner Worlds Outer Worlds
In the ancient traditions, the dharma or “the truth” was always taught freely and never for personal gain or profit in order to preserve the purity of the teachings. As such, The Inner Worlds Outer Worlds documentary film is available for free and all four parts of the film can be found at: innerworldsmovie.com or on the AwakenTheWorldFilm YouTube channel. ,
The Inner Worlds Outer Worlds film could be described as the external reflection of Daniel’s adventures in meditation. As he came to meditative insights, he realized that these same observations were found over and over in spiritual traditions around the world. He realized that it is this core experience that connects us, not only to the mysterious source of all creation, but to each other as well and that many past scientific geniuses have also come to this conclusion. He and his wife Eva began the process to “Awaken the World” by bringing this ancient knowledge back in our consciousness for the pursuit of restoring balance and harmony on the planet.
Daniel Schmidt’s next film, is entitled “Samadhi,” and will be released in early 2016. It is described as: “The ancient teaching of Samadhi leads to a profound realization of our true nature and a re-orientation of human consciousness. Samadhi cannot be conveyed through words, art or music, yet we vow to convey it.”
The documentary film will feature the visionary art of Cameron Gray (see poster), Android Jones, Ashley Christudasen and music by Deva Premal and Miten, Indiajiva, and Spiritlegend.com.
Inner Worlds Outer Worlds, Q&A with Daniel Schmidt
1 – You’ve been on a very interesting journey exploring the world with yoga & meditation. Do inner and outer emotions interfere with your freedom to explore?
Hi Adam. Emotions, feelings, sensations and thoughts are of course an integral part of a complete human experience. They are only a problem if you identify your “self” with the emotion, thought or sensation. If you can just let an emotion be as it is, without any inner (or outer) contraction or resistance, then it simply becomes more aliveness, more juice for life. It is neither good nor bad in and of itself. The degree to which one can allow everything, including emotions, thoughts, feelings, the breath, inner aliveness, to be as they are, while at the same time being completely present with them, is the degree to which one could be said to be awake. When the next thought or feeling does not snag your consciousness or trigger unconscious patterns, then you are truly free to explore. You are only free when you are not moved by unconscious motivations. Once you are conscious of an emotion then by definition it is no longer unconsciously moving you, and whatever action ensues is a choice. It all comes down to choice, and a realization that the YOU that is exploring is something unfathomable, and you are actually the thing being explored. You are both the detective and the mystery.
2- What is it about meditation that fascinated you? Did you always feel the need to pursue its knowledge?
For much of my early life I had a feeling that somehow l was not really awake and that I would eventually wake up. I felt that life was unreal and I wanted to make it more real, but didn’t have the tools. This feeling eventually faded and I found myself on a materialistic path that caused me a lot of suffering and brought about deep sickness and imbalance in my mind-body pattern. After years of deterioration which took me to the edge of death, I had an awakening or realization. I understood that the dis-ease was the intelligence of my being nudging me back onto my path. I eventually learned to listen to my inner world and to find balance, seeing the process as a wonderful gift, however painful. It was a process of letting go of everything that was not in alignment with my inner direction, and involved many hours of consciously sitting without resistance to what was unfolding within my being. My fascination with meditation started not so much as an intellectual interest, but a vague sense of self-preservation, and a desire to find the off button for a pathological mind. Once I realized the mechanism by which I created my own suffering and imbalance, I became excited, and again the feeling returned that I might wake up, and this inner feeling began to guide me. The crazy irony is that as one progresses in meditation one realizes that there is no “I” that awakens. The is no ONE who awakens, literally. There is only awakeness, or consciousness itself, and I am that. Everything else that I refer to as “me” is an obscuration of that truth. As soon as we introduce it into language the truth is lost, and we have a subject/object dualism, which has made the teaching of the truth so difficult.
3 – It’s important to connect with someone to understand their struggles but how can you balance empathy whilst protecting oneself from absorbing potentially too much negative energy?
My answer to that needs to be prefaced with a certain understanding about duality. The path of meditation leads to Samadhi, which is not an altered state of being, but rather it is our natural state of being. Samadhi is clear consciousness unfiltered by the senses and unmediated by thought. Most humans are in the altered state now, filtering a trickle of energy through the human mechanism, and most identify the SELF with that trickle of energy or phenomena. Samadhi, which is both the seed and the flowering or fruition of meditation, is a union or merging of polarities, of the left and right brain, yin-yang, Shiva and Shakti. It is a merging of the inner and the outer, and of self and other. If you directly experience yourself AS the other, then there is no labeling of good or bad energy, my energy or another’s energy. There is only energy. It is only the mind that wants to label and to protect. Who is really there to protect? I am not separate from the pathological, insane, egoic construct that are ravaging the world. Everyone necessarily has an ego in order to function as a human, but it is the IDENTIFICATION with the form that is the illusion and ultimately allows the egoic structures to run amok. We feed these ego machines with our consciousness. This is the fundamental paradox; to allow everything to be simply as it is without resistance. When there is no resistance, what is perceived as negative from one point of view, will arise and pass away very quickly.
4 – Other than meditation, Eva and you have developed different expertise. What is your feeling towards authority and the limits of specialization?
For me the most important thing is having a beginner’s mind. The moment you think you know, you are truly lost. Eva and I try to dance with the mystery and explore what excites us, and teachings and ideas tend to flow through and around us quickly. Sometimes we use instruments to connect people to their inner world. A gong or a didgeridoo or chanting can be a great way to directly connect someone with their vibratory nature. We don’t hang onto rituals or repetitive actions for long, otherwise they might turn into dogma or worn out truths that the mind loves to repeat. As Kiekegaard says, if you name me or label me you negate me. To become an expert or to develop a technique is to hold onto dogma so I prefer to be a beginner each time. I don’t feel a need to be part of any hierarchical group or structure or follow any authority other than my own inner guidance. I am not interested in any part of the Guru game because I know that it only leads to delusion and the building of a spiritual persona. I am fascinated by many of the wisdom traditions and feel that there is much to learn from those great teachers who have come before. But as they say, if you meet the Buddha on your own path you must kill him. You must kill any other Buddha you meet because you will start to follow them rather than the path to your own Buddha nature. But just because you kill him doesn’t mean you can’t learn a great deal from him. In fact he becomes a true teacher precisely at that moment when he has died for you, if you know what I mean.
Can anyone’s consciousness shape the world alone or is a collective understanding needed to find our own individuality?
To awaken oneself IS to awaken the world. Literally. They are not separate. There is no real awakening if it is only this one little human “me”. The truth of who you are is vast, connected to all that is. Consciousness not only shapes the world, but consciousness IS the world, or the world happens in consciousness, AS consciousness. I can’t be fully awake, fully realized until my fellow humans are awake. If we are all in prison together, I can’t truly experience freedom by simply jumping over the wall. I might escape my prison by jumping over the wall and I might experience a kind of relative freedom, from one limited perspective. But I can only taste real freedom, multi-faceted or deeper collective freedom, once the others in the prison are freed as well. Then there can be real celebration, and a new level of heart-connected conscious freedom.
5 – Richard Feynman, quantum physics professor, said referencing the pursuit of scientific knowledge as “it does no harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. Far more marvelous is the truth than any artists will ever be able to imagine it to be.” In his view, we will never know what this world is about but we must have the freedom to explore what fascinates us most.
I love Feynman because he was really alive and excited, and he wasn’t afraid to look into the shadows of the science world. He could see things that others couldn’t because they were still in the collective dream of scientific realism which humanity is still awakening from. Yes, it is the exploration or journey that is important, and we are creative participants on that journey, not just tourists looking at the scenery. The paradox is, as Feynman himself knew, the more you learn about the mystery the deeper it gets.
What is your view on the relationship between quantum physics and meditation?
Einstein described quantum physics as “spooky action at a distance” and I kind of like that description because it is true. It is wildly fascinating, magical, unbound by the usual rules. Meditation takes you to an inner world similarly unbound by logic and thought, but yet as in quantum physics there are truths, insights and new landscapes which emerge. Both take you to the threshold at which thought creates a limitation or filter for reality and the point at which the observer and the observed begin to bleed into one another.
6 – Do you practice transcendental meditation and if so, is it accessible to the average person?
I don’t like the word transcendental just because it can be confusing and it makes it sound like you are going into some altered state of being or moving out of “normal” life. Meditation is not transcending life, but going deeper into it. Meditation is the simplest and most natural thing- it is only the thinking mind that makes it complex. If I could sum it up, I would say simply observe reality as it is, in the present moment, without resistance, without turning away from your direct experience, and without getting lost in your thoughts. This self enquiry is what the Buddha taught, and it is absolutely accessible to all. The most important thing is to inquire into the reality of this moment, and never let the mind become mechanical or latch onto some technique. Experience each breath, each sensation, each moment anew. We get lost in Maya or illusion when we identify our SELVES with the phenomena that is arising, and we suffer when the phenomena changes, if we are attached to it. Many techniques will help you to discipline the mind, to focus on the breath to stay present. This is great at the beginning because the mind is wandering everywhere and you have to use a bit of effort to make it stay put, but eventually you have to let go of your focus on the technique. It is like playing piano- you learn the notes and the technique at the beginning, but to play really well you have to stop thinking about technique and really feel the music. You have to INHABIT the music, inhabit the playing. In martial arts you learn all kinds of moves, but if you are focused on the technique in a fight you are going to get beaten up. You have to naturally, intuitively respond to each moment, and the technique is there in the background. It is a part of you, but it is nowhere and present at the same time. Your meditation has to be the same – each moment must be alive, vibrantly alive. Each breath is a fractal, a magnificent snowflake of energy connecting you to the divine source. Your meditation should be alive, dynamic, as you are observing each changing moment. Meditation should not be some grim routine as it is often taught. Your average person will be repelled by a grim routine, and they should be.
7- The benefits of meditation are known but scientifically less understood. How do you think video sharing on the internet can change this relationship? Can it change the world?
Yes, it can change the world. We are at a unique time in history where we have the tools to reach millions of people and to bring the ancient teachings back and to create resonance which will help to open the collective human heart. Science can be a wonderful tool to shed light on some things and to help us make the journey from the head to the heart. At the edges of science we find it pointing back to ourselves. Bridges must be re-built between science and spirit, or the inner and outer, to show that these worlds are connected, flowing from one to the other. The modern scientist must once again be willing to hold two worlds together like a Pythagoras or Aesclepius- a techno shaman wizard sage who uses all of his faculties, all of the tools available. Honing our cognitive tool (our mind) through meditation is essential to the investigative process and can help to inform the direction of science. Science will wander aimlessly and will not understand how to benefit humanity until we know and understand how we create suffering on this planet and until the outer world is informed by the intelligence of the inner world.
8 – Do you believe in some form of Reincarnation and/or multiple dimensions?
The whole notion of reincarnation becomes sort of moot when you directly experience that everything is one consciousness. Who reincarnates?…. YOU. Who doesn’t reincarnate.?….YOU. The real question is “who are YOU?”. This is not a question for the mind. The answer must be lived and can only be lived when we shift our focus away from identification with thoughts. Belief is something of the mind. It is unnecessary when there is direct experience of the truth.
The idea of different dimensions can be understood by observing the Metatron’s cube figure. If you look at it a certain way you see it as flat, another way you see 3 dimensional possibilities. ALL dimensions are like that- simply orienting our consciousness in a certain way to pick out a pattern layer and then staying attuned to that layer.
9 – Meditation and Pranayama breathing can heal the mind/body/soul but many struggle to find stillness. What advice would you give to those who experience interfering thoughts?
Get curious, REALLY curious. The more curious and determined you are to get the root of the mechanism through which the witness interacts with thoughts, the more you will orient your consciousness in correct relationship to thought. Watch your thoughts like a scientist examining a really fascinating experiment. When do the thoughts increase, when do they decrease? Who is thinking these thoughts? If there is someone watching the thoughts, then who is that? Don’t push thoughts away, but don’t get sucked in by them or identify with them either. Keep consciousness in the middle- the middle way which the Buddha speaks of is to be simply awake, aware without identification or attachment to any arising form.
To meditate is to release control of the breath, to do pranayama is to control the breath. If you continue each practice with single-pointed unbroken intention, then eventually that which moves the natural breath, and the one who controls the breath are realized to be one and the same. When there is Samadhi, there is no difference between Pranayama and meditation because controller and the controlled are one. Be aware of who is breathing and who is being breathed.
10 – Many believe that a strict vegetarian diet is required to attain a higher self but considering that animals eat other animals. Should humans be held to a different standard?
There may be times when a light diet is needed to “lighten up” or to move towards enlightenment. Then there also may be times when one is too light or unrooted, needing grounding, or the body is damaged and a heavier diet is needed. Always listen to the body and the inner world and never make a “one-size-fits-all” assumption when it comes to diet. Your needs may change throughout your life and every person has a unique balance of elements. Maybe as you are able to allow more prana within your system you will need less food. Take direction from the inner world. When people lose their connection to the source, then they create religions or systems to help point the way back to the source. When these religions no longer function, then they create moral codes, rules and laws, but these are poor substitutes for a direct connection to the guiding intelligence of the source.
11 – Inner Worlds Outer Worlds has had great success in reaching its viewers worldwide, what’s next for you and Eva?
The next film entitled “Samadhi” is in the works. After that the plan is to teach meditation. We simply want to provide the optimal conditions for people to do their own inner investigations. We want to bring the ancient teachings back into the world in an accessible, modern way using all the tools available. This is what the Awaken the World initiative is about at www.awakentheworld.com.
12 – What are you most passionate about?
We are most passionate about the awakening of human consciousness on the planet at this time, and the possibility of freeing all beings from the bondage of pathological thinking and identification with material reality.