Interview with Will Arntz, co-author of “The (not so) Little Book of Surprises”

will-arntzHerald – What triggered the creation of The (not so) Little Book of Surprises?

Will – I would have to say it was meeting and marrying Deirdre. Basically I had the clutch pushed in and was cruising to the finish line. I’d done the BLEEP thing, which was one of my great dreams. And I built software companies and made money, and those were big dreams. And I was kind of thinking, “That’s enough for one incarnation.” And then Dierdre came along and she really pulled me back into the game.

Herald – What was the inception of this project?

Will – I had this mountain of transcripts from Deirdre’s teachings and poems. As a documentary filmmaker you’re always looking through interview transcripts … you don’t read it all. You just develop this ability to pick things out, you know? And stuff just kept jumping out at me—things I hadn’t heard put in that way before. It was like haiku where the last line is so often a surprise. Same thing with Deirdre’s quotes and poems. Sometimes the last line would spin me into a 90° turn like, “Whoa! I didn’t see that coming.”

I loved that. I laughingly call this book BLEEP 1.5. It’s not scientific material. But it presents things we all know in a way that makes it fresh and exciting again. Hence the word “surprise” in the title.

Herald – Do you have any favorite passages in the book?

Will – It’s kind of a quote du jour. My most recent one is on page 113 and it goes:

“All the beings of light say, ‘If we can get enough men and women on the ground to hold the light—we’re not even talking about enlightenment because it’s so misunderstood and has so much baggage, let’s just forget about that. If we can get just get enough people holding the light of love love love, not perfection, just the practice of love; if we can get enough people doing this then when the rocket ship planet Earth begins to take off, when she shakes, she will only lose a few pieces of herself. She will make it through the age of the chrysalis. She will survive.”

She will become her new frequency and we will make it. The oceans will come back, the two lions that are left will multiply. We’ll get the streams back, the forests will grow again and they, too, will come back.”

I just keep walking around saying to myself, “We’ll make it. We’ll get there.”

Herald – That’s a good quote for a lot of people to hold onto right now after the elections.

Will – Bucky Fuller once said we’re about to find out whether the human race was a successful experiment of nature or a dead-end. And I really feel that we’re at that choice point. I’m not a doom and gloom person. But sometimes the dinosaurs go away, you know? We’re no different.

Bottom line, it’s time to wake up. This is the eleventh hour. One of the messages of the book is that if we just get enough people here on the planet to practice love, it’s not too late. And that’s very very hopeful for me.

Herald – The whole book is gorgeous and the pictures are total show stoppers. How was it working with violist/photographer Endre Balogh?

714aea4dkulWill – It was a great pleasure working with him. Endre is an amazing artist. Sometimes he’d suggest pictures to combine with certain passages and I’m like, “You’re crazy. There’s no way that works.” And then I’d wake up the next morning and go, “Oh, my God, that’s perfect!”

So much of this project was done with sheer delight. Sure, it’ll wake people up … the book is designed to give people some good deep moments. But you’re not going to sit in a room with one candle burning and contemplate each page for five days. Well, you could do that. But it was designed to be a lot more fun.

As Deirdre says, “Look, it’s like a rock n’ roll song. Half the time you don’t even hear the lyrics. And if you do hear them half the time you don’t understand them. But you love the ride.” So here we go …

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