It takes a lot to establish a belief of something bigger than you – something so important that it has the capability of changing the world and lives of those you haven’t even met yet. The believers behind Full Circle Venice have done just that – believed beyond themselves and created a journey that others can appreciate and find inspiration within.
Many know him as actor Andrew Keegan but he’s reached beyond his creative depth of acting and pursued a dream that has and will influence the lives of many. “I am an actor, but I am also a co-creator,” said Andrew Keegan.
Keegan imagined a place where people, from all walks of life, could come together and participate in a mutual spiritual development. “I’ve come to understand that I’m not alone in this understanding. There’s an internal spiritual quest that’s unique to each of us. Personally, that journey landed me in Venice, California among a great many creative’s,” said Keegan. There in Venice, California Keegan decided to create Full Circle Venice.
“At Full Circle, we recognize our ability to co-create a powerful and unified community experience. In these intense times when our rights have been compromised in various ways and our civil liberties have been legislated away, we feel it’s important to recognize our spiritual freedom. We’re fighting wars overseas, and here at home we have a war on terror and a war on drugs; everything is a war on something,” said Keegan. Instead of harnessing our energy in endless fighting, Full Circle chooses to optimize the opportunities to build positivity.
The name Full Circle was a linear collaboration between Keegan and co-founder Gunnar Lovelace. “The name full circle expresses many concepts that we find important and relevant in this project: karma, dharma, energy exchange, etc. The moniker reminds people that what goes around comes around,” said Keegan. “If you act with good intentions, you’re likely to manifest good in your life. Full Circle is the literal taking of responsibility - for yourself and for those around you.”
Full Circle is providing people the opportunity to co-exist without judgment and preconceived notions. Instead of focusing on stereotypical references and connotations, the organization is going against the grain and representing a unified spirituality. Unlike other conventional practices, Full Circle eliminates that cultural imbalance and chooses to focus on the individual’s power to create change that will impact the world versus change that will only impact a percentage of believers. In Full Circle everyone believes and chooses to find commonality in the very definition of believing versus scrutinizing everything.
“What surprised me and my co-creators is that many in the community who we thought would join us enthusiastically shied away from the challenge. We are all in a practice of focusing on what is positive in our world. The more we can focus on things that bring joy, love, and positivity to each other the better off the world will be,” said Keegan. “The only real way to address a naysayer is to offer more love so that they release their fears and can truly come full circle into love.”
The question many may be pondering is whether or not non-denominational facilities, like Full Circle, are the future? Keegan seems to believe so by saying, “In looking at the definition of religion, it’s simply an organized collection of beliefs, culture systems, and worldviews that relate to human existence. Everything we do has a cause and effect, and being mindful of that is really the Full Circle way.”
Studies have conveyed and proven a decline with the religion for millennials. Research believes that millennials find old institutions hypocritical and not relatable. “I am one of the oldest members of a generation born between the late seventies and early 2000s, called the millennial generation. We are the children of the Baby Boomers, and everyone knows that the Boomers radically altered the cultural landscape throughout the world,” said Keegan. “There is a tie between us and our parents which is very deep. We view it as our job to carry forth the cultural project they began—and here I mean spiritual, artistic, political, and intellectual.”
Critics and those attached to specific religious affiliations may cringe upon the thought of not belonging to a name associated group whether it is Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Catholic. However, Full Circle Venice is striving to tear apart those stereotypes and produce a spirituality that supplies depth to society and to the soul.