Tom Francoeur: A Mighty Kindness
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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

About Guidelives

GuideLives for the Journey: Ordinary Persons, Extraordinary Pathfinders is the title for a 13-part documentary series about the quiet heroes, passionate leaders, and remarkable role models among us. They are the hidden gems of this world, infusing a local presence with global influence. All of us have the yearning and power within us to transcend our difficulties. Our Guides call forth that power within themselves and in support of others. They are catalysts who put faith and inspiration into practice. They have moved beyond structures of belief and belonging to touch people’s lives. By their very being, they liberate others. They seek with the soul and see with the heart. What does it take to go against the grain and see beginning in endings; empty as potentially full; loss as hidden gift? How did they become a living bridge for others to cross over into the meaning and fulfillment of their own pathfinding?

GuideLives explores the vision of remarkable individuals who show us what it means to be fully human. They experience “the rapture of being alive.” They are becoming the change they want to see in the world. In this sense, our Guides embody hope and transformation from the inside-out. Their sense of self tells us that we are both creature and cosmos. They would be the first to say they are no better than anyone else. Yet in their lives, the dark side of human nature cannot overcome the light and it is a light that ignites the hearts of others.

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” - Carl Jung

Origins of the Project

Cedric Speyer originally planned to film Tom Francoeur: A Mighty Kindness as a way of paying tribute to Tom’s immense generosity in guiding others as a psychologist, educator, and spiritual counsellor. Dr. Francoeur is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, having taught both counselling psychology and “the psychology of religious response.” Tom, now 91, has had a profound life-changing effect on those who have sought him out. Throughout his career as professor, mentor and counsellor, many so-called ‘hopeless cases’ were referred to him and found a profound acceptance they had never experienced before.

“Tom is a beacon of hope. He embodies the goodness that he affirms is inborn in every human heart. The wisdom he shares is invaluable, as is his skill in drawing out the innermost thoughts of his listeners. Tom has a keen understanding of the human condition, the result of a lifetime of learning and loving. He has a way of making people feel totally at ease in his presence. I believe Tom might be recognized as a modern day saint. A wonderful candidate for a documentary!”

—Barbara d’Artois

Click here for a full bio of Dr. Francoeur

Click here to read Mentorship and the Path of E-Mastery

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology

When Cedric first spoke with Heidi Lasi about producing a documentary on Tom Francoeur, she saw how the idea could be applied to others whose paths and practices have been transformative. The vision for Guidelives for the Journey evolved from this tribute to Tom. Each episode will profile an inspiring Guide who represents something essential in human nature. The proposed series will show how our Guides, some well-known, others less so, contribute to the bigger story which makes life more adventuresome and meaningful for us all. It is a project informed by the InnerView approach to healing and integration, which is the search for congruency between the interior landscape of what the soul wants and our purpose in the world.

“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

About Us

Cedric Speyer is Clinical Supervisor of E-Counselling for Canada's leading EAP provider, Shepell•fgi. He holds Master’s degrees in Counselling Psychology, Education and Creative Writing. As the subject matter expert for E-Counselling services, he contributed his clinical expertise to the design and development of the Shepell•fgi’s E-Counselling website and has been involved in teaching, promoting and publishing in this new field for over 12 years. Cedric conceived and teaches a short-term therapeutic model called InnerView and co-founded InnerView Guidance International (IGI) to champion a path and practice within the positive psychology movement.

Heidi Lasi has a background in producing which includes raising development/production funding and managing license fees for Telefilm Canada, the Women’s Network, TV Ontario, SCN, Canadian Film Distributors, the Outdoor Life Network, Vision, Shaw Children’s Programming Initiative (now Rocket Fund), and CTV writing fund. She co-produced a documentary called A Question of Caring, about Nancy Malloy, a nurse killed in the line of humanitarian duty. It aired on Vision and WTN. Heidi has raised funds and produced pilot episodes for a children’s television show called Bugorama and a documentary entitled Paddle Quest. Heidi spent eight years heading up communications at an international development organization and working in communications with an environmental group. Her website: http://www.communicarium.com/

Heidi Lasi’s experience in documentary film making, producing, development and marketing led to an affiliation between her company, Communicarium and InnerView Guidance International (IGI) in order to spearhead the development of GuideLives.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi

Credits

To the key people who are on this adventure with us, we say THANK YOU. Your unique skills, talents and vision are helping make this project a reality.

Next Steps

If you would like to support us in the development and production of the Guidelives for the Journey series in any way, we would like to speak with you; please contact Cedric Speyer at:

InnerView Guidance International
146 Arlington Avenue
Toronto, ON M6C 2Z2
1-866-702-6138
cms94@hotmail.com

Many thanks for the encouragement, feedback, and inspiration which are helping to advance this project. You can spread the word by sending this website link to your friends and associates: www.GuideLives.ca.