The photo that welcomes the viewer on Barnet Bain’s webpage seems to personify the energy that fairly oozes from a man whose film credits include What Dreams May Come, (starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciora), The Celestine Prophecy, Jesus, as well as The Linda McCartney Story. It portrays someone comfortable in his own skin, encouraging others to join him on a joyful journey. He invites people to “change your story, change your life.”, through his work as a film maker but also as a coach and writer.
Barnet lives his bliss, “First and foremost by stretching my imagination. That is so important to me. I heard a pundit once on television. She could not imagine a world without hunger. She could not even imagine it. I feed my bliss with possibility.” His imagination is clearly well nourished as his movies offer spiritual food for thought.
Barnet’s work bridges the main stream and the metaphysical. When I inquired as to how he blends the worlds, his simple answer was this: “At this point in my life I don’t distinguish any difference at all and I am very happy I can claim that. It is a priority of my personal work, and everything I do with others, to dissolve any misconceptions that the two are separate. ‘Merrily, merrily, merrily…’ remember? ‘Life is but a dream!'”
Hollywood is not considered a bastion of spiritual wealth. In order for him to maintain his sense of groundedness in the midst of temptation to be more ego based, he takes into consideration the wisdom of Anais Nin who said, “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” I relate to Hollywood as a big, brassy reflective mirror, and no different than other mirror I might be gazing into — the face staring back is always mine. So whenever something triggers me, or I have judgments about this or that, I am always tempted to jump on the bandwagon ‘Oh, this town is so unspiritual, or that one is such a control freak, etc., etc.’ That is when I remember my mirror mantra, “And so am I.”
I find it equally important to own the positive reflections, too, ‘Wow, so and so is unbelievably talented. Yup. And so am I.'”
The Muse communicate ideas to him in various ways. “It is a relationship for sure. The Muse does not respond to pressure. But she must be called. Gratitude can be a powerful invitation. Appreciation (of anything) primes my pump. And nature, as well. I am blessed to live by the ocean in a very rural area. Nature is not trying to make stuff happen, or figure anything out. I constantly have to remind myself that I am not separate from nature. That’s a big one for me. My creativity begins to flow when it is not concerned with all those strangling resistances and blockages connected to my old perspectives on things. So I begin by making room for Her. That is my part. Then She sort of slips into the space.
As a behind the camera producer, Barnet also knows it is his job to produce his own life . “According to my dictionary, a producer is ‘a person responsible for giving being, form or shape to.’ That makes us all producers. Responsibility is the keyword. It is not about control. I don’t pretend that difficulties don’t come up in life because challenges arise all the time. But responsibility fosters confidence. What matters most to me is that I have sufficient tools and wisdom to respond. I am response-able for my life.
His coaching/teaching offerings are available to those who want to take that next leap onto the big screen of their own lives. ” I have made a life’s work of finding deeper meaning and joy for myself, and in the process I have learned some very powerful things about how to assist others who wish to create the same magic in their own lives. I work with individuals who are committed to high-performance, and who are ready to engage in the Great Work of conscious creativity.”
For more information, go to: www.barnetbain.com