A Man's Word is a documentary film about nowadays spirituality,
written and directed by Arnaud Peuch.
Throughout the interviews with three of today’s spiritual
masters : Lee Lozowick, Arnaud Desjardins and Stephen
Jourdain, we arrive at a new understanding of the great
challenges humanity will have to face in the immediate future
; ecological crisis, terrorism, materialistic fundamentalism,
Is a spiritual wake-up possible ?
end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century
have been marked by crises to which the phenomenon of globalisation
has given a resonance without precedent. The question of values
as the basis of civilisation often shows itself to have a hollow
ring in the midst of these crises, whether or not the spiritual
reference is used as pretext or justification.
Apart from obvious stereotypes, such as Islamic terrorism or American
imperialism, proclaiming itself “ the axis of Good “,
apart from spiritual tourism skilfully promoted by advertising
executives, there is also a profound spiritual thirst which is
growing and shared by more and more of the planet’s citizens.
Many observers are asking themselves if the rise to prominence
of this thirst is likely to bring about a large scale social change,
a U turn, and what will be the conditions of this turnabout.
the spiritual forefront of their time, 3 visionaries expressed
themselves in a series of talks, alone in front of the camera.
They share with us their understanding of the changes in progress
and their prognoses for future developments within society. They
castigate misguided attitudes in relation to spirituality, they
speak to us of their fears in the face of likely events and of
their hopes for an imminent or eventual spiritual revival in the
contempory point of view :
Spirituality today is removed from the yoke of religion, removed
from the pot pourri of fashionable occult and magic; a spirituality
without concession and without decorum, connected to the spasmodic
tempo of our time.
At the same time, there is the understanding of a genuine, authentic
demand, powerful and urgent, for spirituality in a real contempory
spiritual point of view :
The world of today, approached from a spiritual point of view,
exists in a relationship to reality, which is at the same time
both scientific and philosophical. Our 3 speakers are not politicians,
men of religion, anthropologists or economists, but rather masters
of spirituality who have immersed themselves in research for decades.
Despite very different styles and being colourful characters,
at the heart of their witness lies a freedom from attachment to
author’s point of view :
While trying to be faithful to the spirit of the comments of each
character in the film, I did not want to fall in the trap of an
excess of reverence because I believe that obsequiousness in this
regard can lead to fundamentalism. Nevertheless what the film
expresses does not summarise the “pensée” of
any one of my 3 chosen speakers. For that I refer my audience
to the numerous works which each has published.
These spiritual teachers or philosophers invite us to rediscover
a more just and truer relationship to the world of today; wisdom
is not necessarily ancient and locked up in dark tomes. That means
we have to redefine our relationship to reality and the sort of
world we want, to place humanity again at the centre of our concerns
and to attach more importance to being than having. The rest will