Dave Briggs: When you did the book signing tour, you came into contact with a big cross section of people, a lot of people who had not necessarily done the martial arts, what sort of response and feedback did you get back from that?
Geoff Thompson: The response was brilliant, very warm. I really, really enjoyed it. It was quite stressful as I did a lot of them, but it was really lovely. Peter came along to one of them and he was laughing afterwards and said he wasn’t quite sure if people were ready for what I had to say, but he said it must of worked as a lot of people were hanging on your every word. People come along really expecting to see a guy talking about blood and snot fighting. But I was talking about spirituality and about growth and about achievement and about the exciting things in life not the basics, and there’s always a risk when you’ve been one thing and you suddenly become another and you’re saying ‘this is what I think now’. People might not accept it but you have to be true to what you believe. A lot of people thought I was contradicting what I had written earlier but that’s probably the greatest compliment they could give me, contradiction is a sign of growth. If I’m not contradicting myself then it means I haven’t moved, so I’ve got to be contradicting myself, I’ve got be growing all the time. Somebody collared Mohatma Ghandi about something he had written two years ago and he said you’re contradicting yourself, but Ghandi said ‘my job is not to be consistent with the past, it is to be consistent with the truth’. The truth changes every day, you know we are evolving so the truth is always changing. At one time we thought the world was flat, with more information we now realise the world is round. We used to think our planet was the centre of the universe because that was all the information that we had, but with new information we realise that we are just a spec in a million universes, we are just a very small planet in the middle of nowhere. Some people still believe that we are still alone and that is probably the most naive thing you can think, because how can we be alone in such a vast universe. Its just to explain that as our intelligence and our knowledge grows, the world changes. Every day I look at the world and it looks different because I’m learning more about myself, more about other people, I’m learning more about the world so every single day I wake up and I’m seeing a brand new world, I think ‘thank God for a new day’. Every single day is brilliant.
Dave Briggs: Looking to the future, where or what would you like to see yourself doing, first of all in the next year or two, and then maybe more long term, in the next ten or fifteen years, what sort of position would you like to see yourself in?
Geoff Thompson: I’m with some great people at the moment, some great writers, so I want to get my writing to world class, I want to get some of my books into the best sellers, my film will be on at the cinema, my play will be on in the West End, they’re the immediate plans. Everything I’m doing is not just about helping me, I want to, in my plays and my film, to start a million journeys. I want to plant positive seeds with people and say ‘you know I’m an ordinary bloke, I’m doing this, I’m in the West End, I’m on at the pictures, you can do it too’. I completely believe they can, so I’m hoping that it isn’t just for me, its to help other people, its to say you can do this too, so the film will a million journeys, because it’s not just saying to people ‘you can become what you want to become’. The film is about me wanting to become a writer, its saying this is how you do it, this is how you overcome your fears. Ultimately I want to be in a position to be able to touch millions of people and pass on a very positive non-violent message. Once I’ve achieved the immediate aims, I’ll just see where it takes me. I’ll just go with that universal flow, if I decide that I want to become an astronaut and fly to the moon, then I will and nobody will stop me. If I believe that then it will happen, everything else that I’ve done has happened. I focused all my attention on getting picked up by a West End theatre, to improve my play writing. I concentrated on it, channelled all my work into it, and all of a sudden I was sat at the West End with the Royal corps and they did want me to write a script because they felt I’d got a good gift with the stage and that was quite frightening because I’d made it happen. Someone asked me on a seminar once – ‘what was the most frightening thing I’d ever experienced’ and I thought about the fights and the violent situations and I realised the thing that frightened the living crap out of me was my own potential. I realised that I could have anything I wanted to, but of course wanting and having it is different, when you have it, it is a massive responsibility, you become a new person, you become a different person. Its like going from swimming in the three foot where you can put your feet down any time you want, to going swimming in the sixteen foot and basically you’re swimming the same but in the sixteen foot you can’t put your foot down. Its just getting used to the deeper water.