AN INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY
Meet Chris Brosnan, or simply “Bear” to his friends. He was born in London, UK and has lived a life that can best be described as surreal, often dangerous. Simply put, he's a bit of a miracle. The question he's asked himself time over is this, "How does an abused, runaway kid, who lived homeless on the streets of London, end up touring the world, performing for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, for US presidential events, become a master Didgeridoo player and an adopted son to some of the world's most beautiful tribes people?"
Well, it's time for him to answer the question and to tell the tale by writing his book, one that will inspire, not only other survivors of abuse, but people the world over. His story truly is exceptional. Bear says, "As a survivor of child abuse I have experienced feelings of worthlessness and had those feelings used against me by sexual predators who slowly destroyed my sense of self worth. I was psychologically manipulated into defining myself as an instrument for their depraved actions. However, the time has come for me to fully reclaim my heart, mind, body and soul from the abuse. By supporting me with this project, you will be offering me that chance, and I thank you so very much for it."*As well as the true story, this unique book will also contain a section dedicated to healing and the transformational arc of ones life's path through the power of tribal wisdom.
News Flash!!! Bear Live on LA Talk Radio interview about his book, click the link and go to 26 mins into the interview ...
SIX GREAT REASONS TO SUPPORT BEAR'S PUBLISHING DREAM
♥ You'll help make a stand for survivors of sexual abuse the world over by lending your voice to an issue that's so important and deserves its place on the global platform, one that shouts, NO TO CHILD ABUSE: It's not funny, it destroys lives and steals the innocence of children the world over.
♥ You'll allow us to produce, edit, scan, post-produce, book design, print, market and deliver the whole package.
♥ You'll own a copy of the book you helped publish and maybe your own custom designed Didgeridoo melody, created by Bear, just for you, a total one-off.
♥ You'll help fund Bear's tour of the book to communities throughout the world who have been impacted by abuse issues.♥ You'll perhaps even help a child be able to stand up and say, "NO" to an abuser and literally change the course of that young life, forever.♥ You'll be uplifted, inspired and moved in ways beyond the unusual, and we guarantee you this, it's not a sob story, it's an incredible journey of self discovery that could change the way you feel about your own challenges and consciousness.
So, who is this guy Bear?
The Story Outline
Raised in an abusive home environment by alcoholic parents, Chris was to beat the odds and rise above to become a truly
Throughout his childhood, Chris felt a deep connection to nature and tribal cultures. “The initiations onto my life path began at an early age. As a boy, wild birds fascinated me; they offered me a beautiful distraction from the ongoing issues at home. I began collecting their feathers, a tradition practiced by many native cultures. As a young child, I had vivid, reoccurring dreams of a group of native elders who would ask me many questions about who I was, why I was here and if I remembered? The suffering I endured throughout my childhood, and early adult life, was in it’s own way a very real ‘rites of passage’, necessary amongst many of the world’s tribes people, and played a vital part in creating my own life path.”
Chris was sexually abused as a child and as a side effect of this, his behaviour towards adults began to change. When an adult approached him he would begin to growl as a defence, like a little wild animal would. Consequently, he was sent away to a boarding school for troubled kids at aged 10. The “school”
environment was supposed to be a safe and supportive one, but turned out to be
quite the opposite. Chris was to experience yet more abuse (physical, sexual
and mental) until finally the warrior inside him woke up. Taking his life into
his own hands at age 15, he ran away, or as Chris puts it, “escaped”. He then found himself sleeping on the streets of London.
As a means of survival, Chris was forced into a very dangerous world. However, his love of nature and early childhood calling from “Spirit” kept returning to his heart.
Chris pulled himself from this nightmare existence after being guided to a wonderful therapist who helped him understand and connect with the accountability necessary for him to heal and move on with his life. After being introduced to contacts in the entertainment industry, Chris began working as an agent’s assistant and soon found his own niche in film and TV working as a stuntman, specializing in horses. Notably, Chris has worked alongside the likes of Ron Howard, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman in big budget feature films, learning from the best in movies such as, "Willow", "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves", "Batman" and many more.
Although the glamour and excitement of the movie world was an alluring one, Chris felt that there was still much to discover about himself. It was at this time that he was drawn back towards his fascination, or rather, connection, to tribal culture. A new path opened up to him with the aboriginal people of the northern territories of Arnhem Land, Australia, and particularly their ancient instrument, the Didgeridoo. Chris traveled throughout Australia and eventually found his aboriginal teacher, Blanasi, an elder “law giver” of his community. Chris is now one of a handful of westerners to have truly mastered the instrument. Below is a photo of Bear's teacher and elder "law giver" David Blanasi.
Cometh the name of Bear, a story in itself, but you'll have to read that one in the book ;) Below is a photo of the "Sun Lodge" tipi that Bear built and travelled with throughout Europe, teaching traditional storytelling, healing and ceremony. The lodge also acted as a gathering place for people to connect back to the earth with and to their indigenous souls.
Bear was invited to the United Nations Indigenous Peoples' working group as an NGO, (Non-Government Official) where he connected, hosted for
and worked with tribal leaders from all over the world. He was invited to
take part in both speaking engagements and ceremonial practices. Bear is now an
adopted son of the Maasai people of Kenya and the Oglala, Lakota people of
South Dakota, USA. Ironically, while working alongside Kevin Costner, in “Robin
Hood, Prince of Thieves”, back in 1990, he was invited by Costner, after forming a friendship with him, to
the world screening premiere of his, then, latest movie, “Dances with Wolves.”
On reflection, Bear knows that the invitation played a powerful part in him understanding exactly who he is, through his love and respect for the earth and indigenous cultures. It also felt rather surreal for him to be literally living the role of Costner’s character, Lieutenant john Dunbar, from the movie, the difference being, Bear's journey is not a fictional one.
Bear has spoken internationally as an inspirational speaker, as a performer and life coach. He has worked alongside some of the world’s top names in personal development from Bob Proctor (presenter of the movie ‘The Secret’ and NY times bestselling author of ‘You Were Born Rich’), as well as, Mark Victor Hanson and Jack Canfield (bestselling authors of the highly successful ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series of books), with presidential advisor, Doug Wead, and keynote speaker, Dr Richard Bandler, creator of NLP (of which Chris is a master practitioner)
Because of the depth of his life experience and knowledge, Bear became a life coach and guide to literally hundreds of people seeking healing or transformation in their own lives, Bear says, "For most of us, there comes a time in our lives when we need independent mentoring and guidance in some form or another. Transformation and change only come about if we actively set to in making those changes into a reality and I feel deeply privileged to have played a part in helping others to create their dreams alive and to heal where they feel they needed to."
Bear has created music therapy programs for young people faced with mental and physical challenges, hosted spiritual retreats with the “Youth at Risk”, program for young people and adults in the USA, and is an inspiration to survivors of abuse from all walks of life. One of Bear's passions is seeing that the rights of children from all backgrounds are upheld by those in society who have the capability to do so.
Bear's path has taken him through some of the most challenging experiences that one can endure, however, by healing and empowering his life, he has created a “Path of Beauty”. Regardless of his past, Bear has always retained a deep empathy for the needs of others, which is of great importance to him today. Anyone who has met him will agree, he is one of the few "magic makers" left in the world. He has inspired and helped thousands of others and is deeply committed to dedicating his life to helping many more.
Watch out! Bear on the road!
On publication of the book, "A Wild Nobility", it is Bear's intention to take his story, and gift as a live performer, on tour. Visiting as many towns, cities and communities, the world over, as he can. Bear believes that through his story, others will become inspired to heal and reclaim their own lives, and then in turn, even more people. To say that this kind of healing is a passion of Bear's would be a happy understatement. By pledging to, and supporting this project, you become a special VIP guest of Bear's to any of his, "Medicine Show" live performances.
The Secret Connection
Don't believe in real magic? Well, maybe read on... Here's what Mr. Bob Proctor, keynote presenter of the film, "The Secret" and New York Times best selling author has to say:
“Chris Brosnan or simply “Bear” to his friends and I am proud to call him my friend, totally shifted my mind and changed my life: that may well seem exaggerated and if you tried to tell me he could do that prior to meeting him, I would have seriously doubted you … but he did, and he did it to me. If you want to totally capture the attention of the audience and keep them mesmerized… put “Bear” on your stage. I have been conducting conferences on personal development and speaking at conventions all over the world for forty years, and I have never been more impressed by a performance than his… He is truly one of a kind, if ever you have the opportunity to experience “Bear” and his healings walk if you have to, but get there. Then like me, ten years later, you will still be talking about him.” Bob Proctor .
The natural progression into writing and producing is something Bear is very focussed on, his passion and energy is on breathing life into this exiting new project. Chris "Bear" Brosnan has written for and been featured in "Sacred Hoop" and "Kindred Spirit" magazine, as well as, the "London Times" newspaper where he was described as, "A Music Maverick Extraordinaire."
Bear's other writings include: "Fugitive Fathers", "Wimps To Warriors", "The Shadow Catcher", "Healers", "Pimp Hunter", "Hookers to Heroes", "Gospel According to Elvis", "The Redemption of Man" and "Finn McCool - The Forging of the Fianna" graphic novel series and the feature film screenplay of the same.https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Wild-Nobility/661107397281804?ref=hlhttps://twitter.com/CDBrosnan11
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The above images is of Bear breathing in the sunset on his adopted families land on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.
You will notice that the campaign is in $s and not GBP that's because Chris lives between Canada and the USA, which is where he will be producing his book.
Preparing a book isn't cheap, however, I have done all I possible can to create a realistic budget that doesn't sacrifice quality. The total initial budget is USD $5,000.00 or approx GBP £3,000.00. Estimate of all costs is in US dollars:
|Professional Beta Reading||$250.00|
|Copy and Photo Editing||$1,160.00|
|Cover Art/Design (Books are judged by
their covers, like it or not ;)
|Promotional/Marketing Budget (This is as wide
as it is tall! :) Most good PR cost around $1000 per month
but can cost up to $5000 depending on budget. I have gone for
$1000 as a start up cost.
|Print Formatting & Digital Conversion
and ISBN number
|Pre Publication Reviews||$320|
NOTE: You will notice that I have not added in the actual physical printing costs for the book and this is why. I intend to use what's now called, "On-demand" print services, so that as a book is ordered, the book is printed. This is a fantastic way of cutting back on storage and delivery costs. It also means that the book comes, "Hot off the Press." This is how your hard copy of the book will be printed for you, if you preorder a hard copy that is, and the price for its pyhsical printing is included in your pledge ;)
10% of profits from sales of Bear's book, "A Wild Nobility" will go to the "Darkness to Light - End Child Abuse Charity." For more info on the charity please click on the d2l link above. ALL other profits raised will go towards Bear's touring expenses and promoting more awareness around the issue of child abuse. This is a non-profit based project. Thank you for your kind support and for taking action, where action is needed.
ALL children deserve the right to live free of abuse ... FULL STOP.
Do we ship worldwide?
Yes! Please add $10 to cover all international shipments.
If you choose to have Bear come and perform at your event, then travel and accommodation expenses need to be added to the price of the perk.
What format are the e-books in?
All e-books will be released in ePub and Mobi format. The ebooks will be DRM-free.
If you choose to pledge to a perk that includes guidance from Bear, that part of the perk can start at a time that's mutually convenient to both of you, ASAP should you need it.
If you choose to pledge to a perk that carries the offer of your own, healing, Didgeridoo piece, recorded by Bear, this will be delivered to you in your chosen media approx one month from the pledge.
If you choose a pledge that has Bear come to perform at your event, then this will be arranged via email.
If you pledge a "You + 1" entry into one of Bear's book launch performances, then please note that he will be touring the UK, Canada and the USA (Possibly Australia) We will be updating ALL donators as to the dates, locations and venues for these events in the coming year.
Do you have any other information about Bear? Yes, please visit the related links on this page, you can also contact me via email from my websites.
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