ENVISION THIS: Combining the intelligence quest of the mind with the wisdom quest of the heart
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife journalistic team, gained exclusive access to Kabul following the Soviet invasion. As the first American journalists to tackle that story they got a unique view of Afghan life and a revelatory look at how the U.S. defined itself against the rest of the world. But as they confronted the wall of East-West propaganda that shielded the true nature of the conflict from the public, they found themselves drawn into a story that was growing into mythic dimensions.
It was in 1992 when they started working with Oliver Stone on a screenplay about their journalistic adventures they realized a profound shift in their consciousness. That was when the esoteric side to their Afghan experience began to form as a story which they called The Voice and which Stone asked them to merge into the factual Afghanistan story.
It started as a dream-inspired story about the 12th century Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, an enterprise largely run by the Fitzgerald family. Over time their minds opened to a new kind of parallel metaphysical story as they merged ancient components from Celtic mythology and Irish history with the geo-politics surrounding Afghanistan. The Voice, which was published in 2000, foretold of Washington’s post 9/11 misadventures in Afghanistan. What makes the story truly unique is that the underlying esoteric motives of the geopolitical events laid out in this telling are revealed through one man’s deeply personal mystical journey.
Along with The Voice, they are authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story (2009) and Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire (2011) published by City Lights. For more information visit their websites at www.invisiblehistory,com and www.grailwerk.com .