Stevo and I don’t go to the movies anymore, since the movie theater experience can be a bit much for two energy sensitives. Luckily, there’s Netflix and our local video store, the latter which unfortunately tends to stock slasher movies and Mormon love stories. We tend to look for movies that have some kind of spiritual growth or message of love or hope. It’s just not worth our time to endure the majority of movies that focus on hate, horror and negativity – there’s enough of that in the world already. We have an agreement that either one of us can nix a movie choice once we’ve started watching. Life is too short to endure a bad movie.
With that in mind, here are a few of our recent finds:
Zeitgeist: “Peter Joseph explores the controversial links between organized religion, the global financial markets and the international power structure in this thought-provoking documentary that probes several well-known conspiracy theories.” – Okay, the beginning is a little weird, but once they get into the meat of the movie, it’s a great overall summation of what is going on in the world and the people controlling events. They put it all together in an easily understandable way.
I AM: “In this contemplative documentary, filmmaker Tom Shadyac conducts in-depth interviews with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders — including Archbishop Desmond Tutu — about what ails the world and how to improve it.” I was leery about this movie because the title sounded like a Theosophy nightmare, but it’s actually quite interesting and not filled with New Age dogma. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall content.
The Botany of Desire: “While visiting places like Peru, Kazakhstan and Amsterdam, learn from author Michael Pollan as he explains the natural history of apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes and describes how common plants such as these deftly manipulate human desires. Based on Pollan’s best-selling book, this documentary encourages viewers to look at the world from a vastly different perspective and improve their relationships with nature.” – This is a very interesting movie that will make you think differently about some very common areas of our culture.
We do watch other things than documentaries. We like movies that are funny, irreverant and even campy (think “Caddyshack”). We like movies that make us think, such as “Mind Walk” and we like movies that make us cry, such as “Field of Dreams”.
I read a lot too, mostly fiction, and recently a patient of Stevo’s brought us her copy of “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. She also brought the next two books in the series, but after reading the first book I was hooked and bought all five in the series on my Kindle. These books deal with time travel and the mysteries of the universe, right up my alley. Here are a few quotes that I found particularly meaningful:
“What can I tell you that will mean anything to you? Good helps us, the stars help us, perhaps what you would call light helps us, love helps us. Oh, my child, I cannot explain! This is just something you have to know, or not know…We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things which are not seen are eternal.”
“I place all Heaven with its power
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightening with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness.
All these I place,
By God’s almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness!”
Personally, I’m using the prayer against darkness from now on. I think it’s important to have things in your life that inspire you. People, places, books, art, etc. I even get inspired by food! What inspires you?