The announcement that Chris Eubank will be returning to London Real for the forthcoming Summit has got everyone excited here in the studio.
The last year has been one of transition and rapid growth for London Real, and no more are these changes characterised than in the now legendary conversation with Mr Eubank.
You can safely say there was a before and and after Chris Eubank when it comes to London Real episodes.
Following his visit episodes seem to be more intimate, more focused and more loaded with transformational energy.
Chris captures so much about the show, the Academy, and the values people are trying to live up to as they seek to grow and become masters of their own careers, relationships and happiness.
Yes, he’s a warrior. Perhaps Britain’s greatest. I remember him when I was growing up, his brilliant but bizarre fashion sense, his combative but meditative interview persona.
He was both villain and people’s champion. You loved to hate him, but at the same time you felt invested in him. A part of the nation’s pride was embodied by Chris Eubank. In the conversation Chris had with Brian, you see not just a fighter, but a leader, an orator, and a gentleman.
Chris easily shifts from spiritual truth to literary insight, and he does so with the same lyrical grace shown in his fighting.
He is no more poetic than when he talks about Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. Chris quotes a whole passage from this book, allowing the depth and power of the writing come alive in his recital.
Chris talk about how memorising passages like this, makes us more humble, more self-aware. And that’s true, but Chris is not just reciting.
He embodies the truths he speaks of. By that I mean he literally gives them body, gives them life.
You feel the images and allusions take hold of your imagination. There is something spiritually cleansing about listening to Chris speak these words and you feel as much resonances in his perfectly chosen silences, as you do in his utterances.The Pale Blue Dot is not Chris’s only recital. He also quotes the Marianne Williamson passage from A Return To Love.
Again, this is another piece of writing that captures London Real values in a powerful way. To hear a fighter like Chris speak these words seems to give them more impact, more believability.
There is a deep sense of humanity to Chris Eubank, a dignity and leadership that he wants to spread to everyone he meets.
He says the warrior exists to demonstrate superior ability to all men, to be an example of God’s creation to all that might have forgotten it.
But the supremacy is for everyone, it is the supremacy over the spirit, the conquest of our basest instincts.
I think one of the reasons this conversation remains a favourite among London Real fans, is that you feel empowered by what Chris says. He has this ability to give you hope and self-belief.
I come away from listening to Chris feeling more resolved to become the best version of myself, to carry myself with poise and dignity, and to connect with others from a place of strength rather than fear.It’s not all spirituality and good manners though. A big part of this episode is devoted to Chris’s fighting career.
A philosophical truth or life lesson is never too far out of reach however. When Chris talks about Nigel Benn, he is very honest and self-aware.
He admits that Benn terrified him. But it wasn’t just Benn’s fighting ability, or his strength and spirit that scared Chris.
It was Benn’s “pure” character, his complete disregard for money or glory. A man like that, says Chris, is truly dangerous.
When we do something not for external reward, but because it speaks of the very essence of who we are, then we are unstoppable. Our energy is too pure for our enemies to handle.
Again, this is London Real. I would hazard the guess that all of us are looking for the gold within us, the purity of heart to carry us through the hardships, disappointments and grief of life.
Not only are we seeking this energy, we are trying to harness it, put it to good use. In the Bhagavad Gita it is called Dharma. In the Christian tradition it is called duty.
In London Real terms, I suppose it is this that we call accountability.
We are accountable only to the highest resonance of our souls. No one’s opinion matters, other than the still small voice within, which guides us from fear and greed, towards dignity and wholeheartedness.
When I feel I am disconnected from that voice, I listen to London Real, and when I need a shot of human virtue, I watch the Chris Eubank episode.To be honest, I have avoided this conversation as a #ThrowbackTuesday because it is so big. Everyone has their own personal and intimate relationship with the episode, so please share your thoughts below.
I would love to hear how Chris Eubank has affected your life.