Davide is a renowned Visionary Designer, Artist, natural Intuitive and Seer (with the ability to directly see energy patterns that influence and shape both health and destiny), alongside being a bestselling Writer and Philosopher. As an award winning designer and art director, he has worked for some of the most innovative companies and people in the world, including Apple, Virgin, Sony and the iconic David Bowie. His work is renowned for its experimental and beautiful ways of using language and images to communicate ideas. Inspired by adventure and a passion for learning, he has travelled extensively, connecting with the art and cosmologies of many diverse cultures. He has trained with Shamans and seers from both East and West, and spent over twenty-five years studying the dynamics of Shamanism, Self-Enquiry, Yoga, Magic, Sound Healing and a plethora of ‘Personal Development’ systems. He has devised and facilitated numerous workshops, vision quests and retreats in the UK, and different parts of the world, sharing ideas and innovations on Human Potential and Creativity, alongside creating successful online learning programs and seminars.
We’re delighted Davide took time out to participate in our Tao of Travel.
Why do you travel?
It’s funny because I’m not actually someone who likes travelling. In fact I would be quite happy just staying put in one place… and yet life had other plans and I would have this idea pop into my head and then next thing I’m on a plane and the rest unfolds. So the answer is not to expand my mind or really see things… I’m not worried if I don’t see things. It’s more as if I have to go somewhere to find something out.. it could be something simple like a new way to think about the creative work I do sparked by the atmosphere of a place or to meet up with a person that I somehow need to connect with. The whole thing is a bit mysterious to me.
What does travel do for your soul?
It definitely helps me to deal with the shifting sands of life. Over the years I have discovered the courage to face up to things that I didn’t want to look at. It is nearly always about resistance to things changing. There have been times where I’ve had to just get on and deal with situations knowing that no one was around to help. One time while in Central America I found my way into a pretty dangerous situation and ended up with a loaded shotgun pressed into my mouth. My first thought was not about dying but about my teeth being damaged after always taking such good care of them. It’s funny because I’m not making this sound like much fun but it’s always mixed… joy and sadness travel together.
What was the most significant journey you have taken and why?
Climbing a live Volcano in Guatemala – as you get close to the top there is only this thick black ash… it’s steep and the stink of sulphur is terrible… but I wore the wrong kind of shoes and for every five steps I took I slid back four…to get to the top was one of the most intense struggles I’ve had… I almost gave up so many times. At the worst point a little old man built like a stick moved past me at speed and just smiled. I noticed he was enjoying sliding back a bit… he just let the ash dictate his moves. It made me aware of how much I struggle for no good reason – trying to force things that cannot be forced.
Where is your most inspirational place on earth?
Probably the Himalayas.
Why? What do you experience there?
The absolute majesty of nature… and the feeling that this entire universe is simply changing from one form to another on its own. To walk in that super nature and feel that everything is so alive and fresh is wonderful. I love Nepal…love the people and the land has such intense energy.
Which sacred place would you most like to visit and why?
There is actually no place that I have any burning desire to visit. I would like to go to Mars if that counts.
How do you choose your travel experiences and destinations?
I am very random and seldom put much effort to choose…as I said before, I seem to get an urge or something I see or read catches my attention and then there is a momentum.
What was your last trip and what was special about it?
I moved to Bali with my wife and daughter about two years ago. Bali itself is an amazing place… but funny, my last trip was going back to London where I was born. It was special because I got to see how all my old buttons were pushed. I learnt a lot about how a place can bring things out in me – I wondered how I had called it home for so long. The person I was in London seemed like a stranger.
Do you believe travel can support rapid spiritual transformation?
Well yes… But it depends on where you go and what transpires. There have been times when going to a certain place has moved me to a new level of understanding or opened up a new way of experiencing life. On one level anywhere has the potential to do that though.
The best book you’ve read whilst travelling?
The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
In his latest book, ‘Living Power System – The Art of Creating Impossible Things’, Davide guides you through the process of creating an environment in which true Power is directly experienced as a vital, unquestionable presence that shapes the world. Remarkably, you discover that the environment in which Power becomes present and shapes the world is nothing other than your own life. Buy ‘Living Power System’
“Davide’s writing is as mind-blowing, exotic and mysterious as his art. Enthralling!” ~ David Bowie