SOCIAL IMPACT FILMMAKER, AUTHOR, COMPOSER, PEACEBUILDER
Achieving lasting peace is not just about changing our world.
It is about changing our minds about the world.
Thank you so much for visiting.
After suffering from Cluster Migraine headaches from age 16 to age 31, I eventually turned to spiritual teachings for help after Western medicine had no impact. These excruciating headaches are nicknamed “suicide headaches” because they come in large, torturous clusters that last months at a time, eventually building to a horrendous crescendo of one every day before slowly tapering off. They were the curse of my late teen years and young adulthood.
After healing long-standing, unhealthy mental states with the guidance of daily spiritual study and wise mentors, the headaches miraculously disappeared after 15 years. To express my gratitude, I devoted myself to sharing the uplifting perspectives that had been so transformational to my life through filmmaking, storytelling, and music.
My first film about the Middle East conflict and the power of forgiveness, Admissions, has won over 30 International Awards and stars Academy Award® nominee, James Cromwell. The 20-minute film has been translated into multiple languages and broadcast to 80 million homes worldwide. Admissions continues to play all over the world and is part of the acclaimed curriculum of The Stanford University Forgiveness Project.
Inspired by the positive impact of Admissions, I have created a diverse catalog of film and television projects, original music, books, and a play for peace. I also co-founded a non-profit, PeaceNow.com, which creates platforms for promoting the global Culture of Peace. I then founded The Peace Entertainment Project, Inc. (PEPSTAR.org), a second non-profit that supports social impact filmmakers who create uplifting content that “promotes the kind in humankind.”
I warmly invite you to scroll down and explore these projects and begin building your Muscles of Peace.
When we develop the strength and the wisdom to change ourselves, we change our world.
The award-winning 20-minute film for peace starring Academy Award nominee, James Cromwell.
“A public screening of Admissions is a must at every educational institution that wishes to address the sensitive issues of cultural and religious differences. John Viscount’s film provides a rare opportunity to engage such differences, while building bridges in a manner that is both realistic and humane. Admissions is essential viewing for us all.”
Nirmala S Salgado – Professor of Religion, Augustana College
A rich treasure of inspiring stories and healing philosophies that help human beings from all walks of life transcend the perennial obstacles to achieving happiness.
“ For anyone looking to change their mind into a trusted ally in the search for enduring peace and happiness, Mind What Matters. A Pep Talk for Humanity receives our highest recommendation.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. & Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D. – Founders of Attitudinal Healing International
A profound, deeper dive into Mind What Matters. A Pep Talk for Humanity.
“Soul enriching, life-enhancing wisdom at your fingertips. See what grand feelings and spiritual enlightenments organically materialize in your life…”
Our Peace Entertainment non-profit offers fiscal sponsorship and support to social impact filmmakers who promote kindness and peace.
Our non-profit creates powerful platforms for promoting the global Culture of Peace.
A spiritual strengthening program that presents free weekly exercises in deep breathing and kind-hearted thinking that promote inner peacebuilding.
A powerful short film currently in pre-production that will tackle the devastating plague of the digital age, cyberbullying.
A short film project in pre-production that addresses the opioid epidemic by taking the audience on a healing journey into the heart of addiction..
An inspiring film-based workshop on the intersection of peace and forgiveness presented in collaboration with The Stanford University Forgiveness Project.
A short animated film project designed to help heal racism and xenophobia and promote global unity.
Soulful songs for films & television series spanning a variety of genres.
An unforgettable “play for peace” that merges profound teachings, high drama, social activism, and original music.
Scroll through some of the examples below.
“John Viscount cross-references a plethora of spiritual teachings and covers everything from perceptions of disease to reflections on laughter with great insight and levity. Through his joyous and love-infused narrative, John uplifts the human condition from the muck and mire of the mundane to tap every individual’s potential to experience heaven-on-earth.”
Review of “Mind What Matters. A Pep Talk for Humanity.”
Some parting wisdom to say thanks for your visit:
1) You are a Love Being. This means you are not just the love in your heart – you are love. The more you practice this, the more you will be at peace.
2) Forgive yourself. When you let go of your guilt, there is no longer any need to project it out in the form of an attack. When you don’t attack, you don’t have to fear being counterattacked. This is when lasting peace begins.
3) Common ground is the only place peace and love endure. Therefore, always seek unity.
4) Heaven is joining. Hell is separation. Lovingly avoid any type of thinking or action that makes you an agent of separation.
5) There are no justified grievances. They only make life hellish. To re-enter a heavenly state of mind at any time, let go of all grievances.
6) You are teaching every moment. How you think and act confirms what you believe yourself to be so always remember to come from love. When you forget, forgive yourself without delay because this will put you back into a loving state.
7) Everyone is both teacher and student. Embrace each role with grace and gratitude.
8) There is only one of two things that is ever really happening in the world. People are either expressing love or they’re crying out for love. So the perfect response, every time, is to be loving. Then you can surrender the outcome and sit back and enjoy watching life unfold.
9) Retrain your mind. Learning to consistently come from love instead of fear can take time. The goal is to eventually build that mental muscle up so strong that you effortlessly respond with love to everything you see in the world. This is when life itself is transformed.
10) Every relationship is ultimately a relationship with yourself. Treat yourself and those around you with love and you will love being alive.
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