"Do not feel ashamed of your beauty, do not hide it, do not cover your light , show your real self, do not feel the need to imitate others. Be your true self, bring your message to the world, illuminate it and experience once again this amazing Life on Earth."
I am a huge fan of his photography. So much soul, they tell a story. He was born in Central Italy, a teacher for children, a world traveler Daniele shares his life journey and learning from his travels to his near death experience and gives us a glimpse of this moment of rebirth. I am honored to share this interview with you today.
Who is Daniel Piserchia ? Where is he now on his journey?
Daniele was born in the countryside of central Italy, lovely place he had chosen. With the challenges and growing process through adolescence he left home eventually in his early twenties to discover more about the world. He lived in England for several years, where he studied and then lived and worked. There he discovered how great it was to be a teacher for children as he felt he understood them. Communication was easier, problems were solved without much struggle. After several years, once near to his 30s, Daniele headed back home, in the beautiful Italian countryside. Time seemed to have stopped, nothing was moving to his eyes, however things were getting ready for a sudden turn… after a couple of years dealing and understanding difficult relationships with people in general, and noticing changes in him, adjusting to events, Daniele got fed up. He gave up fighting and he entered that dark long tunnel of sadness and self destructing behavior, not the usual self destructing, I believe it was more about giving up the will to live, he couldn’t see any reasons for living, even though deep inside he knew that there were many, he asked the sky to show him a sign…
There were many signs, but he didn’t want to acknowledge them, he just became a blind observer of the many signs happening around him.
But one day, the much awaited moment arrived (not that he knew), he lost consciousness whilst working and then later back home he experienced death, or as many say he had a near-death experience.
I was in a lot of pain, a pain I could not take anymore, and fell in my bathroom, I couldn’t make a sound and fell… It all went dark, the pain disappeared, I couldn’t feel anything, there was nothing, and I was nothing and everything at the same time. After a non definite time I realized I could see, but not through my eyes, I was in the bathroom, and felt “Oh I’m ok” but there was more..
Passing from sadness and pain to joy and perfection was strange, not that I could interpret it, the mind was not there, but it did later.
The feeling of being weightless was amazing, but overlooking from above at the body on the floor reminded me of the pain Daniele encountered in this life… The vision of 360 degrees didn’t leave much to the imagination, it was I , my soul, the spark of light, I was conscious, I was living but was not in that weak body lying on the floor.
After a while, information arrived , not as a voice, but as a sort of feeling, a choice was given to me: “ You’ve been waiting for this, everything is perfect as it is, you can choose either to stay or to go”, I kind of wanted to peak and see what was beyond this life, but the answer was “If you peak you leave but if you want to stay… there’s so much more that you can do”
I don’t recall choosing but later it all went dark again, and suddenly all that pain came back, my body was cold and small, shaking and trembling, I went through many different emotions that day, fear of dying again and all sorts, I guess the ego and my mind were having a great time painting several scenarios for me to be scared of, I just went to sleep and spent the next months absorbing the experience and it took 4 years to appreciate it, interpret it correctly without fear and now I’m so grateful for the experience. The next day after that experience I felt I was more present and more keen to get back on the right path, clean up my body, my mind and grow, I became extremely thirsty for knowledge and truths.
I realized I’m a spark of golden light in a human body, with all of its emotions thoughts and typical things you would experience in a human body. However neither my mind with its thoughts nor my body with its pains are ME, they’re mine but they’re not really my real self.
Now, whilst working and travelling, I’m learning and taking each experience or encounter as a gift, a chance that is given to me so that I can grow and bring more light to this body, to this soul, to the wold. Teaching is still part of my service, I deeply enjoy working with children and teenagers but I also enjoy working with adults very much. These past years I also started to work on my personal health as I believed strictly linked to our peacefulness, I found out a discipline called Sundao, which I regularly practice each day, it balances our parts, heals the body and lets the breath flow so that we can live in balance. Furthermore I found out that my strange guided movements and talks are part of something which many call channeling, therefore I deepened myself in this new experience… but that’s another long story. The important thing is this: if we just get rid of thought patterns, limitations we imposed on ourselves, trust the Universe, give up control on our lives and walk with courage and humbleness towards the light we’ll discover we’re infinite beings, with no boundaries and with infinite power of manifestation.
I absolutely love your photos there is depth, and magic in each. What inspires you to capture such amazing moments?
When I walk and I’m fully present, when I feel love & gratitude for what’s around me there’s like a call from nature “Hey… Take a photo now” Whilst I enjoy the scene and feel gratitude for the gift of such beauty I take photographs…
I always wanted , even in the past, to bring people to explore beautiful places of this wonderful planet but in the past I ended up quite often on my own in such amazing places, surrounded by magic and nurturing energy, and I thought I needed to share what I was feeling and experiencing capturing those moments with my camera.
Who are your mentors, your greatest teachers?
My mentors, my greatest teachers are all the people I have met in this life as well as the experiences I swam through, some of which very hard but so rewarding. Each person gave me a gift, a teaching, a challenge to get through, and I thank them all.
Did you ever see yourself doing what you’re doing now, back when you were still a child?
If I did I would have been so much happier, I always wanted to believe in magic and always felt there was so much more in this life, I could always feel it even though everybody around felt the opposite way.
You're a world traveler. What other places do you dream of visiting?
So many places called me, but I do feel a strong connection with South and Central America as well as for many eastern countries, but I’d like to go to Egypt, Mexico-Yucatan, Chile, Argentina, Tibet, Norway… too many perhaps?
What have you learned from yourself lately?
I am learning to let go the control on my life, there is a dream I keep having, I’m driving up a mountain, and I’m looking from the windows at the stunning landscape suddenly I realize that I’m sitting at the back seat, there’s no driver and I’m scared the car will go somewhere unsafe, I try to drive the car from the back seat but.. it’s hard… I have to give up, it’s not up to me to drive this car, I only have to enjoy the ride, this wonderful journey.
What have you unlearned?
Once I learned it then I had to unlearn to be strict and disciplined with myself. I have unlearned to depend on what other people think of me . I have unlearned to see things from a single perspective. I have unlearned to always say yes. I have unlearned to make plans. I have unlearned everything which didn’t support my growth.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for the darkest moments that I lived through, for they have changed my life, they showed me the way. I am most grateful for the connection with my guides and the love and support they show me.
What for you is Love?
Love is accepting anybody or anything just as it is, without judgment or polarization.
Love is when we trust the Universe when we let go the need to control things.
Love is the source which gives us the breath of life.
Love is our Higher self, our guides, our light. Love is the Sun shining and brightening our days. Love is our galaxy full of life and of amazing colours and lights. Love is the energy we spread on our world when we are in peace with ourselves. Love is the smile our children use to brighten our days. Love is a hug we give to comfort others. Love is the light that shines inside each one of us.
What's next? Dreams and aspirations.
Teaching is part of my life, and I believe there’s a lot more teaching ahead. I live & learn, experience and then I teach. I practice and teach an Eastern discipline call Sundao here in Italy, it teaches us to listen to our body and it brings our focus back on our breath, we are writing down a program also for children and I would like to bring this into the schools. My dream is to live in the mountains and travel a lot.
Your one message to the children of the world.
Do not feel ashamed of your beauty, do not hide it, do not cover your light, show your real self, do not feel the need to imitate others. Be your true self, bring your message to the world, illuminate it and experience once again this amazing Life on Earth.
All photos by Daniele Piserchia
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