1) Ground Hog's Day - this qualifies as the favorite film for a whole bunch of different spiritual and religious organizations including, Christinas, Jews and Buddhist. For me its the idea of the eternal return; until we achieve mastery in the earthly dimension. Then we get off the wheel of reincarnation and go onto a new day.
2) Citizen Kane (Orson Wells) - Structurally one of the most innovative projects Hollywood has ever undertaken. A young and brillaint Orson Wells stars and directs this clasic American drama of small town boy with big dreams. Even though Wells was semi portaying the life of William Randolf Hearst, it also became an ironic comment on his on rise success and fall in the eyes of the public.
3) Andre Rublev (Russian epic) - This long epic of an icon painter is seen against some historic turning points in the mother Russia's history, including the raid of the Huns. After 205 minutesyou are so immersed in Rublev's life you feel you have lived it.
4) Rashamon (Japanese)
5) Three Women (Altman)
6) The Shinning (Kubrick)
7) 2001 Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
8) Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
9) The Long Good-Bye (Altman)
10) Thelma and Louise
11) What the Bleep
12) Masculine/ Feminine (Goddard)
13) Marat/Sade (Peter Brooks)
14) El Topo
15) Psycho (Hichcock)
16) Rebecca Hitchcock)
17) Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Peckinpah)
18) Woodstock (documentary)
19) The Harder They Come ( Regae with Jimmy Cliff)
20) The Wizard of Oz
21) ET (Spielberg)
22) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg)
Pt. Four –Encountering “The Other”: Becoming the Other
A greater unknown in the form of what we have yet to
become has cast it's shadow over a the face of human possibilities. -AS
The evolution of consciousness is “conscious evolution”, which
involves the integration of what we are not. The awareness
that there are “more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt
of in your philosophy”[i] points us in a direction of incorporating
a grander potential. That which is like us but different, known
as “the other can be re-cognition as an aspect of ourselves.
Yet “otherness” as it was first conceived of primarily in the
Middle Ages of Christianized European, was fabricated to keep
the pure from the impure. This imperialistic attitude sought to
demonized those that were marked first as heretics and then as
scapegoats. This dogmatism resulted in racism, nationalism,
religious fundamentalism - creating ghettos and genocides leading
to Inquisitions and Nazis.
However in many non- European cultures, “the different one,” the
stranger, is often welcomed as guest, friend and sometimes prophet
from other worlds.
Today aliens are now the quintessential other. They are like us and
so horrifyingly different. But because of their level of sentience, as
discussed in part 2, they reflect an aspect of consciousness, which
is who we are in another form. Whether we like it or not – these
stories of alien civilizations are already changing the collective
understanding -- creating a psychological intimacy to the other.
The alien “other” is an important step in evaluating the collective
understanding of our humanness. . It is from this place where we
can see ourselves in another that will give us a solid framework for
“Contact”. Embracing or rejecting our visitors will depend on whether
we look at them from either the viewpoint of consciousness or gross matter
Post-Colonial theorist, Abdul R. Jan Mohamed says that “the comprehension
of Otherness is possible, only if the self can somehow negate or at least
severely bracket the values, assumptions and ideologies of his culture…
This distance provides the necessary free space from which to
interrogate philosophy ‘anew’. ” [ii] This is an important step in
being more psychologically and sociologically ready to embrace the
reality of the others existence.
Culturally these particular films represent a subtle turning point in human
consciousness as regards to this Other. Embedded within each story there
is a new resolution. There is a merging with the very thing that has been
abhorred, where humans become the aliens. This is the type of integration
that suggests that the time is not far off for a mass psychological
acceptance of their existence.
For instance in D9, the ETs segregated, in an apartheid style ghetto
makes them the new lower class lackeys of planet Earth. When the main
character accidentally injects himself with alien secretions, he starts morphing
into one of those dreadful Prawns; hunted by his once human allies.
In 4K, the sense of otherness is so overwhelming that it invades our minds
so we can no longer exist as functional human beings. And in Avatar the
whole idea of survival and communication on the hostile planet means
changing our genetics to take on an alien form.
How revolting, yet psychologically nurturing, are these new myths
“to be turned into the Other”, the way Kafka’s alien-ated character
Gregor Samsa woke up as a cockroach in Metamorphosis.
A merging with the other represents a metamorphosis of cultural values.
This fresh orientation in the mind of the collective demonstrates
that we are at a nexus point in regard to our present intellectual
awakening to something more. With the receptivity of our non- human
association new potentials for transformation arise in us.
The presence of aliens would most likely bring out a celebrated
commonness of our collective humanity. Meaning that a redefinition
in terms of who we are in relationship to our cosmic environment
will bring a coherency of human activity that could pull the planet
together in an evolutionary way.
The French philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas, argues that “the self
cannot have a concept of itself as self, without the other.“[iii]
This is integral to the comprehending the self. Levinas also says: “I am defined as an ‘I’, precisely because I am exposed to the other. It is my inescapable
and incontrovertible answerability to the other that make me an
individual ‘I’”. [iv] We cannot exist without seeing something
we are not.
Being the Other
Being “the Other”, called Alterity (alter -Latin for “two”) or “Otherness”
was proposed by Lévinas as an idea of exchanging one's own perspective
for that of the ‘other’… [which] can be seen as aspects of that which
constitutes the self. [v] Levinas says in his original essay on the
topic: “…the revelation of the face makes a demand, this demand is
before one can express, or know one's freedom, to affirm or deny.
One instantly recognizes the transcendence and heteronomy of the Other. [vi]
Here again the question of sentience comes into play because there
must be an equal level of consciousness present in order to be aware
of otherness. It is only because of “sentience” that recognition is made
thereby seeing in the aliens that which is at the very core of ourselves.
As the bad boy of European Symbolist movement, Arthur Rimbaud said:
"Je est un autre" [I is another]. Meaning: only the we can only see what
we are - in whatever guise we put on it. Consciousness is the universal
language of being, as we merge and become aware pf one another.
We are the other!
All films and television programs dealing with aliens are attempts to
grapple with possibilities greater than our imagination.
Strieber says that they “are just radically different from us. I
mean, incredibly different. Unimaginably different. It's not that
they are more intelligent, I don't think, but that they have had the
level of mind that we are just beginning to touch on for a very long
time, as a result of which they see reality quite differently.”[vii]
Films present new myths that modern society chooses to integrate
into the collective unconsciousness. To quote Daniel Pinchbeck:
“Myth resolves oppositions through symbol and image, without the
need of rational explanation. A society that reintegrates mythic
thought at a deeper level of awareness will be able to handle
seemingly contradictory perspectives without breaking down.”[viii]
What these movies tell us - are about our own subconscious concepts.
So who really are the aliens:
1) We can only see them in terms of who we think we are not.
2) What we think they are an aspect of our own psychological dark side.
3) We really have no idea who or what an alien actually is, because it is
all based on our limited subjectu-logical perspective.
Lisa Onbelet in her analysis Imagining the Other: The Use of Narrative
as an Empowering Practice makes a significant point: “While stories
have the capacity through their use of imagination to move their audience
toward seeing and empathizing with the other, they may not always be
successful. Some will “get it”, some will not.” Some will not want to get
it because in seeing the other they may feel like they are being compelled to give up too much.”
Whatever and whoever the aliens really are – by the very fact of their
presence will have a quality of sentience that will demand a re-cognition
of ourselves in them. The film narratives sighted here, and others,
have already helped in a partial realization of the Other in terms of
human consciousness. Perhaps, if and when they make their formal
arrival, it will be - ah well, less traumatic, for some….anyway.
“However” Onbelet goes on to say, “though narratives may not change
how we see others, they can at least ensure that the other will not be
ignored. By creating tension between the self and other, stories draw
attention to the other’s existence, demanding a response, good or bad.
Stories are a way of keeping the other in our face and maintaining
‘the sense, the belief, and awareness that at some fundamental level,
everyone and everything is related to everyone and everything else.’[ix]
In other words we can’t embrace what we don’t acknowledge.
Therefore in light of our frenzied urge to witness dramas in the
form of popular cinema, a relationship to these beings, whoever they
will be, is already happening. It could be due to the other worldly
quality of the art itself, because over the past 100 years of filmmaking
we have been are collectively fascinated by aliens. Contact” continues
to be made on the projected screens of our psyche. The aliens have
landed … in our minds. They are here and they are us…for now.
We must however acknowledge the final sobering reality that Whitley
Strieber declares regarding a probblale first public admission of an
alien presence. “ This will change the human species in absolutely
fundamental ways, either driving us collectively mad or transforming
us in such a way that we can, at last, begin to understand who and
what we are and how we relate to other life in the universe… We will
begin what is the greatest of all journeys for any species, which is
the journey into a real relationship with the cosmos.”[x]
Disappointment Valley by filmmaker James Kleinert, Moving Clouds Prod. is one of the most powerful documentaries I ever saw. It shows the most amazing footage of wild horses in their natural environment in the American Southwest. They are positively breathtaking to watch. Seeing them touches you at your core. I am a passionate horse person so this film affected me instantly and dramatically and I was not fully aware of the depth of this crisis in America. This film is a call to action.
Every person in the world should see this film -- and not just passionate horse lovers like myself. The film is about the destruction of the wild horses roaming around the southwest in the United States. Filmed by James Kleinert it is an astounding and heartbreaking film. Several celebrities star in it including singer Sheryl Crow, actor Viggo Mortensen, author of Dances with Wolves Michael Blake, actors Peter Coyote and Raoul Trujillo.
Horses are messengers and it is a healing experience to be with them. I had the opportunity to ride a horse just once, ‘so far’ in my life while on vacation about 5 years ago in California. We spent about 3 hours riding on mountain paths and next to the ocean. I can’t wait to do it again.
Horses represent freedom, power, strength.. At one time numbering over 2 million today there are less than 25,000 wild horses left in the country today and the numbers
dwindle by the day.
The documentary details the actions of the Bureau of Land management and the Department of the Interior and reveals the dark heart of an agency that is destroying and euthanizing the horses and tells how they have been and are continuing to bring the wild horses to extinction.
These beautiful, magical and magnificent animals get rounded up by helicopters that fly over large herds of the horses, make them run for miles and get them
exhausted, and then they are brought to huge holding pens. Once they arrive the horses are separated from their partners/family members and it just breaks
your heart to see this. Many die of heartbrokenness.
Horses are used by many heath professionals to help heal wounded vets, and people with disabilities. Horses carry us; they carry our burdens,
our spiritual burdens. I loved the part that told about Wild Horse Annie, a woman who helped to establish the law in 1971 that helped to protect
these magnificent creatures but it seems that law has changed or is not enforced now.
This film is about the survival of the wild horses in the American West. And it is about us, the people of America. The horses have a right to co exist in the west and what is at stake is the future of this country and how our society values and protects the wild horses. While parts of this film are shattering to watch, it is imperative that we all become aware and educated about this crises so that we are prepared to take action. I recommend everyone see this film!!!
Review of Film Festival from Jan Goldstoff, JAN GOLDSTOFF
I attended the third day of Alan Steinfeld’s first New Realities Film Festival
which was presented by Streetwide Pictures Entertainment on April 9,
10 and 11, 2010 at both the Sudbud Center and Jodi Serota’s beautiful
META Center in New York City. The festival was hosted by both
Alan Steinfeld and Kim Jackson
I missed the opening documentary Tantric Tourists http://www.tantrictourists.com
on April 9 which told the story of Tantra teacher Laurie Handlers who
took a group of spiritual seekers on a hilarious tour of India.
Director was Alexander Snelling.
Shown before this was a short narrative “Never Wear a Dead Man’s Shoes”
a romantic comedy about the Jewish superstition of the same name by
festival organizer, Alan Steinfeld.
I also missed the New York Premiere of “The Scientist” of a story of
a physicist who must embrace his metaphysical existence.
But what I did get to experience on April 10, day three, were several
phenomenal films and I saw 5 of the 6 that were presented.
The day opened with “The Little Soul and the Sun”, an animation, and
the story of forgiveness by Neale Donald Walsh which I missed and look
forward to seeing.
“Sita Sings the Blues”- created by phenomally talented NY animator
NINA PALEY is a musical and animated film that is a personal interpretation
of the Indian epic the Ramayana. http://www.sitasingstheblues.com
The aspect of the story that Nina focused on is the relationship between
Sita and Rama, who are Gods incarnated as human beings, and shows
how they cannot make their marriage work. In real life it parallels Nina’s
life and how her marriage failed. While it addresses the question of why
Rama rejected Sita, sometime there is no answer, and the parallel is that
sometimes what we didn’t know 3,000 years ago, we still don’t know today
– why marriages fail. This is one of the most creative and exhilarating
films I’ve ever seen. Right after the festival it appeared on Channel 13.
The singing by Annette Hanshaw was mesmerizing. I missed the very
beginning of the film and I plan on going to the website www.sitasingstheblues.com <http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/> to download it and watch it in its entirety.
Nina is a gifted animator. There is much to learn about one’s individual
development, the way we look inside our heart and soul and discover our
wonderful and loving essence, as well as the roles each of us plays in a love
and marriage relationship. I highly recommend this film and I can’t wait to
watch it again!
Makawasi by Bill Cote is a fascinating documentary that answers the question
-Why are hundreds of mysterious faces etched on rocks high in the Andes
Mountains? Located in Peru in a very difficult place to reach, this film shows
many huge rock formations and in particular, one huge rock that shows 4 stone
figures and is regarded as the monument of humanity. The stones in this area
are astonishing to see. Earth is asking of us – is there a greater consciousness?
There is energy in these mountains talking to us. A few different people were
involved with discovering this ancient place and made several trips there to
film and unravel the secrets of the rocks in this place. The “giants” in the
mountains reveal themselves as you stand and observe them. They are
like a like a meditation. This is another documentary I want to watch again!
Disappointment Valley by filmmaker James Kleinert, Moving Clouds
Productions, http://www.theamericanwildhorse.com is one of the
most powerful documentaries I ever saw and shows the most amazing
footage of wild horses in their natural environment in the American Southwest.
They are positively breathtaking to watch. Seeing them touches you at
your core. I am a passionate horse person so this film affected me
instantly and dramatically and I was not fully aware of the depth of
this crisis in America. This film is a call to action.
Every person in the world should see this film -- and not just passionate
horse lovers like myself. The film is about the destruction of the wild
horses roaming around the southwest in the United States. Filmed by
James Kleinert it is an astounding and heartbreaking film. Several celebrities
star in it including singer Sheryl Crow, actor Viggo Mortensen, author of
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake, actors Peter Coyote and Raoul Trujillo.
Horses are messengers and it is a healing experience to be with them.
I had the opportunity to ride a horse just once, ‘so far’ in my life while on
vacation about 5 years ago in California. We spent about 3 hours riding
on mountain paths and next to the ocean. I can’t wait to do it again. Horses
represent freedom, power, strength.. At one time numbering over2 million
today there are less than 25,000 wild horses left in the country today and
the numbers dwindle by the day.
The documentary details the actions of the Bureau of Land management
and the Department of the Interior and reveals the dark heart of an agency
that is destroying and euthanizing the horses and tells how they have been
and are continuing to bring the wild horses to extinction.
These beautiful, magical and magnificent animals get rounded up by
helicopters that fly over large herds of the horses, make them run for
miles and get them exhausted, and then they are brought to huge holding pens.
Once they arrive the horses are separated from their partners/family members
and it just breaks your heart to see this. Many die of heartbrokenness.
Horses are used by many heath professionals to help heal wounded vets, and
people with disabilities. Horses carry us; they carry our burdens, our spiritual
burdens. I loved the part that told about Wild Horse Annie, a woman who helped
to establish the law in 1971 that helped to protect these magnificent creatures
but it seems that law has changed or is not enforced now.
This film is about the survival of the wild horses in the American West. And it is
about us, the people of America. The horses have a right to co exist in the west
and what is at stake is the future of this country and how our society values and
protects the wild horses. While parts of this film are shattering to watch, it is
imperative that we all become aware and educated about this crises so that
we are prepared to take action. I recommend everyone see this film!!!
The next film in the Festival was “The Hidden Hand” which is a work in
progress by Filmmaker James Carmen and explores the truth about aliens and
UFOs – an in-depth and fascinating film with lots of research and documentation.
I look forward to the finished product.
The last film For the Next 7 Generations directed by Carole Hart is
narrated by Ashley Judd is about 13 indigenous grandmothers who
come together from around the world to discuss the healing of the planet
and find ways to work together and create solutions.
Carole Hart has been a close friend of mine for years. This is an extraordinary
film that is an invaluable contribution for the world to have at this time of such
monumental challenge, change, and transformation.
We can’t change the past but we can move forward into the future. We need to
have peace in our hearts and this film provides hope – we see progress.
There is encouragement for the power of prayers for the environment, for
healing, for the water. We need to have more conversations and reach
across boundaries and cultural barriers.
Our planet is in agony and these 13 grandmothers from different cultures from
around the world are on an important mission -- to talk about ways to help heal
the planet. Many of them have visited each other’s countries. One visit by the
whole group to his Holiness the Dalai Lama was especially moving and unforgettable.
Shot in many countries throughout the world this brilliantly conceived and
brilliantly filmed documentary with a great soundtrack is a call to action and
will inspire any man, woman, or child who sees it. Everyone would benefit
from seeing it.
We are at a turning point in our civilization; there are crises everywhere; and
we must begin to work together to find solutions to these problems to bring
peace to humanity, save the animals and the environment, and understand
the power of prayer, friendship, love, and compassion and have appreciation
for people of all different faiths and backgrounds.
We can’t have fear anymore. We must realize the power of love, and respect
for one another. We have to move quickly as the light on a path toward peace,
Go to their website to order the film and arrange a showing of the film in
NewRealities' first film & video festival based on the ideas found
on this website.
NEW REALITIES FILM FESTIVAL April 8th, 9th & 10th 2010
New Realities' first film festival. New Realities is happy to present its 1st annual
film festival, based on the ideas found on this website in cooperation with Streetwise
Pictures. Featuring documentaries, animations and narratives focusing on body, mind
and spirit. Producers of the festival: Alan Steinfeld and Kim Jackson.
Film Festival for Mind, Body and Spirit
-reviewed by Victoria Barkley
I recently attended the First Annual New Realities Film Festival,
co-produced by Ms. Kim Jackson of Streetwise Productions and
Mr. Alan Steinfeld. The event, presented over a number of days
both at the Subud Center and at the Meta Center in New York City,
featured "documentaries, animations and narratives, focusing on
mind, body and spirit." Mr. Steinfeld, who also hosts the weekly
New Realities television program, introduced the festival on
opening night to an auditorium filled with film and video
enthusiasts, eager to view something new.
Here's a brief synopsis of the Festival's 10 films:
Never Wear a Dead Man's Shoes
A short movie written by Mr. Judd Lear Silverman and directed
by Mr. Alan Steinfeld was by far one of my favorites. In just 15
minutes, this comedy had everyone smiling about the Thanksgiving
Day adventures of a young man visiting a family gathering at
his late uncle's home. Who says a film needs to be nearly
two hours long? This little gem, packed enough character
development, magic and wit, to win over several currently
running Hollywood movies, at local theaters. I just loved it!
And judging by the audience's endlessly rolling laughter,
everyoneelse loved it too.
The comical travel documentary, which followed the above
mentioned little masterpiece, was directed by Alexander
Snelling. This film had many Laurie Handlers fans in the
audience, applauding her on-screen adventures with a bus
full of spiritual seekers traipsing through India, filmed by
A London Film School graduate project of Mr. Mark Lee: In this
short narrative, a chance encounter with a bag lady on a New York
City subway creates a cascading chain of events leading to all
sorts of surprising, synchronistic connections. I especially liked
the ending, which left me wanting more. Perhaps Mr. Lee could
expand his scope by developing it into a feature length story. I
would love to see a longer version, or a sequel!
This docu-fiction, written and directed by Mr. Zach LeBeau —
chronicling a grief stricken, self-medicating, physicist's scientific
exploration into the great unknown, in search of his dead wife and
daughter — did not disappoint.
The Little Soul and the Sun
A children's animated tale of resolving issues around forgiveness,
as seen through the belief system of Mr. Neale Donald Walsch —
perhaps a bit too religious for secular consumption, but charmingly
appropriate for smaller kids in Sunday school.
Sita Sings the Blues
An animated musical amalgam of the Hindu myth of Ramayana
and the filmmaker, Nina Paley's, own marital break-up yarn.
This creative project uses hilariously hip shadow puppets and
original 1920's recordings of jazz singer, Annette Hanshaw to
tell the story. Ms. Paley's work recently aired on PBS, and is now
available for free viewing online at WNET/Thirteen's "Reel13.org."
Bill Cote documentary: Cote, famous for speculative quests,
filmed yet another one of his thought provoking journeys into
the mysteries of rock formations apparently etched by unknown
hands on a plateau, high in the Andes Mountains.
Moving Cloud Productions' cinematic critique of the Bureau
of Land Management portrays the plight of the wild mustang,
swiftly disappearing from the US southwest.
The Hidden Hand
Explores the UFO phenomena and extraterrestrial contact
throughout history, offered just a taste of filmmaker Mr. James
Carman's half completed work in progress.
The Festival ended with a much awaited special screening of
For the Next 7 Generations. Director Carole Hart, filming a
group of 13 indigenous grandmothers from around the world,
traveling and healing together, sharing their collective wisdom
through spontaneous rituals around the globe. My favorite scene
was the grandmothers' audience with the Dalai Lama at his
residence in the Tibetan community in India.
Ms. Jackson and Mr. Steinfeld are two brave souls to venture
into showcasing ten films that are not easily categorized.
These carefully chosen independent works, off the beaten path,
were well worth watching. Below budget, yet groundbreaking
indies like these are generally under-represented by distributors.
Some in spite of winning awards at various film festivals, are still
not picked up for wider circulation. Mr. Steinfeld mentioned a
trend by producers to privately fund their distribution in order to
bring their work to the public. While Hollywood is churning out
computer generated, high budget, action films for public consumption,
guerrilla filmmakers are quietly offering quality entertainment
to stretch our minds and feed our souls.
To paraphrase Mr. Steinfeld's closing comments in a nutshell:
"It is the artist who intuitively perceives alternate realities first and
brings back images to inform and inspire the rest of us." Film is the
perfect art form for passing on new vision.
I am looking forward to seeing next year's selections.
* * *
New Realities Film Festival Schedule
April 8th at the Subud Center, 230 West 29th street, NYC (bet. 7th and 8th ave.) Admission $12
7:15pm Never Wear a Dead Man’s Shoes – short narrative, 15 minutes
This romantic comedy is a modern day telling of the Jewish superstition… What happens at Thanksgiving when young Oren he tries on his late uncle’s Buddy’s shoes - is a tale of romance, betrayal and the eternal hope of love. Written by Judd Lear Silverman / Directed by Alan Steinfeld, festival director and founder of NewRealities.
7:45pm: Tantric Tourism – Feature Documentary -80 minutes New York Premiere
The hilarious award-winning documentary has New York tantra guru, Laurie Handlers, escorting a group of spiritual seekers on a riotous pilgrimage to India. Drunken train rides, sexual exercises on buses, along with culture shock and the contradictions of new-age tourism is so surreal that it can only seen as truly human. What happens to these people is comic and deep with profound spiritual change, making this kind of guerilla filmmaking uplifting cinema. Directed by Alexander Snelling. http://www.tantrictourists.com
April 9th - at the Meta Center NY, 214 West 29th street, 16th floor, NYC.
7:10pm Tran∙si∙tions, short feature, 16 minutes
What connects us as people? A shared space, common interest, a basic drive; blood. In our
teeming city of millions, lives criss-cross in ways both expected and unexpected. The bag lady; The straphanger; The summer intern; The single mom. In a single evening, these familiar characters discover just what it is that connect one to the other, and along way confront their own deep secrets. tran∙si∙tions is a snapshot of our modern-day lives, played out on the ultimate world stage. Directed by Mark Lee, Produced by Kim Jackson
7:30pm - The Scientist, feature narrative, 88 minutes, New York Premiere
The question now is science vs. spirit. This narrative film that tackles this question as brilliant physicist comes to terms with existence and beyond. Dr. Marcus Ryan (Bill Sage) anguishing over the tragic death of his wife and daughter secretly constructs a mysterious energy generator in his basement. The machine unleashes energies that triggers a series of multi-dimensional events that propels Ryan towards the realization of higher level of consciousness. Director Zach LeBeau. http://thescientistmovie.com/
April 10th - at the Meta Center NY, 214 West 29th street, 16th floor, NYC.
Each program $12
$20 for the whole day.
Late Morning Program $12 - Great films for children and adults.
12pm- New York Spirit -5 minutes, by Muriel Stockdale
12:05pm- The Little Soul in the Sun – Animation - 30minutes, New York Premiere
This story by Neale Donald Walsch is about a young boy who encounters a bully at school and must ponder what forgiveness is really about. His mother helps by telling him the story of the little soul who asks the source about the lessons in life and their deeper spiritual meaning. This beautifully animated tale holds a message for all of us, whether young or simply young-at heart. http://www.littlesoulandthesun.com
12:30pm - Sita Sings the Blues – Feature Animation - 82 minutes
This is a modern update of the ancient Hindu tale of the goddess Sita separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama, traditionally called the Ramayana. Here film animator, Nina’s husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy set to the jazz vocals of 1920's. Directed, written, produced and animated by Nina Paley.
Afternoon Program - $12
2:00pm - Environmental Shorts and trailers, 10 minutes
2:15pm - Makawasi – Documentary - 30 minutes
"High atop a remote plateau in Central Peru, hundreds of illusive shapes and faces that can be seen in the living rock. Are they merely natural erosion, or were they carved, as some think, by the hand of man? And if so, whose hand, and for what reason?" This fascinating video focuses on the most mysterious spots on the planet. Why do so many of the stones look like ancient monuments from around the world? Did the ancient Egyptians visit this high mountain plateau in the Andes? And what about the Monument to Humanity which contains images of the four distinct races of man situated at the entrance to the plateau as it greets visitors. Filmmaker Bill Cote will be present to answer questions after the screening.
3:00pm- Disappointment Valley: Modern Day Western - Feature Documentary - 75 min
Special New York Screening
James Kleinert examines the effects of the recent "Burns Bill" which gutted the Free Roaming Wild Horse and cleared the way for the removal and slaughter of wild horses in America. Greed and corruption take center stage, exposing deceit within the Department of the Interior. The once free-roaming horses now face euthanasia and being shipped to Mexico for brutal slaughter. The film also explores the impact on public lands by oil, gas, mining and corporate cattle grazing. “I hope this film will inspire change to the future of these precious animals.” Film has comments by Michael Blake, (Writer of Dances With Wolves and Wild Horse Advocate), the Bureau of Land Management, Sheryl Crow, Daryl Hannah, and others. http://www.theamericanwildhorse.com
Early Evening -$12
4:30pm The Hidden Hand, documentary, 30 minutes (work-in-progress)
Filmmaker James Carmen tackles the most controversial topic ever. Are we being visited by aliens? And is the government covering up contact. See this work-in-progress as you hear from witnesses, military and government officials about the Disclosure of a secret that can no longer be denied. Carmen will be present after to answer questions.
5:15pm - For the Next 7 Generations – feature documentary, 80 minutes
In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This film documents their unparalleled journey and timely perspectives on a timeless wisdom. Four years in-the-making, it was shot in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India. Facing a world in crisis, these women share their visions of healing and a call for change on planet Earth, before it's too late. Director Carole Hart will be present to answer questions. http://www.forthenext7generations.com
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The David Icke Newsletter, January 24th, 2010
THE STORY OF THE EARTH ...
... IN REVERSE
Hello all ...
I don't go to see films very much, but I have been to watch the much-hyped
James Cameron movie, Avatar, and I am glad I did.
I thought it was excellent and the animation and special effects were
cutting edge, but what interested me most is that it basically tells the
story of what has happened on Earth - albeit back to front.
The plot, which takes place in the year 2154, involves a people with blue
skin and lion-type noses who are native to Pandora, 'a moon of the gas
giant, Polyphemus, which orbits Alpha Centauri A'. They live in total
harmony with their environment and they know that everything is connected
and part of a unified Consciousness.
The trees and plant life of Pandora have formed electrochemical connections
between the roots which act as neurons to form a sentient planet-wide
'brain', or Consciousness. The blue people, called the 'Na'vi', have their
own 'root connectors' which allow them to 'plug in', through plants and
trees, to this network of 'Oneness'.
But then the humans arrive with their advanced technology. They are
administrators and soldiers representing the RDA corporation which wants to
mine Pandora for an extremely valuable ore called 'unobtainium' (the
dictionary definition of this word is 'a humorous colloquialism that refers
to any extremely rare, costly, or physically impossible material needed to
fulfil a given design for a given application').
The humans set up a sealed base to protect themselves from what is to them
the poisonous atmosphere of Pandora. When they are not in the base or their
flying craft they have to wear masks to breathe.
Some of the humans are able to mingle with the Na'vi for purposes of
manipulation thanks to genetically-engineered Na'vi bodies which they
One human, a former Marine called Jake Sully, agrees to be part of this
infiltration because he is genetically compatible with a Na'vi body that
had been specially made for his late brother. These human-Na'vi DNA hybrids
are called avatars.
Jake, however, falls in love with a Na'vi woman and with the lifestyle in
general, and a battle ensues in which he helps to drive out the other
humans, but not before they have destroyed the Na'vi's communal home which
was located on the unobtainium deposits that the humans had come to mine.
I knew nothing about the movie or the plot when I arrived at the cinema, I
just felt compelled to go. But it soon became clear that I was watching - in
theme - how the Earth and humanity were hijacked by the Reptilian race that
I have written so extensively about.
My new book, due out in the spring, expands massively on this and so much
more, thanks to the wealth of new information that has come my way in recent
months. I am not writing or talking about this yet, because I want it to
come out in one go, all dots connected, and not in dribs and drabs.
But, for sure, the Avatar story captures the theme of the Reptilian
takeover, whether James Cameron meant it that way, or not.
To see this, you have to reverse the roles. The indigenous blue people are
symbolic of humans on Earth aeons ago, and the humans that arrive on Pandora
in search of the unobtainium are symbolic of the Reptilians who came here.
The ancient Sumerian Tablets, discovered in what is now called Iraq, say
that a non-human race, the 'Anunnaki', came to Earth to mine for gold in
Africa, and the Tablets describe how they genetically-manipulated humans to
be their worker-slaves. Evidence of gold mining at least 100,000 years ago
has been found in Africa.
Zulu legends also support this same theme and, together with ancient
accounts from all over the world, they speak of a 'Golden Age' when the
whole Earth was lush and beautiful and the people lived in harmony with
There was no hunger or poverty because people lived off the plentiful fruits
of the land and forests, especially the forests, which covered much of the
planet. The weather was stable and there were no seasons, because the Earth
spun on a different axis.
The planet was also encircled by a canopy of water in the high atmosphere
that protected people from the harsh rays of the Sun, the Zulu legends say.
As a result, there were no deserts and water was plentiful.
Then came the Reptilian intervention that brought geological and biological
catastrophe to the Earth. I explain in the new book how this was done - it
is quite a shocker.
Anyway, the water canopy was destroyed and this is biblically symbolised as
the 40 days and 40 nights of rain. The Earth moved on its axis and its
relationship with the Sun dramatically changed to give us the four seasons.
The Earth's climate was transformed and so was human life. Forests were lost
on a vast scale and deserts began to form. Plentiful food sources were
destroyed in many places and life became a struggle to survive.
Reptilian geneticists created a new human to serve their interests and it is
significant that human brain capacity increased for perhaps millions of
years until about 200,000 years ago when that suddenly stopped and began to
reverse. It is in this same period that humans began to look something like
they do today.
The Avatar story also includes genetically-created Na'vi-human hybrids to
infiltrate the Na'vi by looking like they do. This is precisely what has
happened on Earth with the Reptilians 'possessing' the Reptilian-human
hybrids that I have written about for so long.
These are the bloodlines that control the global secret society network and,
through that, the governments, banks, corporations, media, military,
'education' and so on.
Crucial to human control has been to suppress activity in the right side of
the brain, or at least to stop it transmitting that activity, awareness and
information to the left side via the 'bridge' known as the corpus callosum.
The two hemispheres see reality in fundamentally different ways and this is
expressed in the very different perspectives of the humans and the
blue-skinned Na'vi in the Avatar movie.
The right-side of the brain connects us to 'out there', the infinite realms
beyond the confines of the five senses and 'visible light' where everything
is experienced as 'One'. The Na'vi represent an open right-brain which
understands that everything is connected to everything else.
Jill Bolte Taylor, an American brain scientist, experienced right-brain
reality very powerfully when she suffered a haemorrhage that stopped the
left-side functioning - dominating - as it usually does. She was on an
exercise machine when she realised something very strange was happening:
'... it was as though my consciousness had shifted away from my normal
perception of reality, where I'm the person on the machine having the
experience, to some esoteric space where I'm witnessing myself having this
experience. I look down at my arm and I realize that I can no longer define
the boundaries of my body. I can't define where I begin and where I end,
because the atoms and the molecules of my arm blended with the atoms and
molecules of the wall. And all I could detect was this energy. Energy. And
I'm asking myself, 'What is wrong with me, what is going on?...
... 'And at first I was shocked to find myself inside of a silent mind. But
then I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of energy around me.
And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt
enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was, and it
was beautiful there.'
This is the limitless, unified 'world' that has been kept from us by the
left-brain which dominates our sense of reality and entraps us in the five
The symbolic soldiers guarding the entrance to the left-brain. Picture by
Neil Hague (www.neilhague.com).
The left side of the brain is our 'this world' reality of language and
structure, what passes for 'logic', and the general 'physical' world
perspective. It decodes information encoded in the energetic fabric of our
reality into sequence to give us the illusion of 'time' passing from 'past'
to future', while the right-brain knows that there is only the eternal
The left hemisphere dominates especially in 'academics' and those who have
passed through the 'higher' levels of the sausage machine that is bravely
The whole global political and economic system is run by dark-suits trapped
in left-brain reality. This is why we live in a left-brain society and the
right-brain perspective is ridiculed or condemned as 'crazy'. The human
invaders in Avatar personify this left-brain domination.
They have no appreciation or understanding of the interconnected harmony and
mutual respect between the Na'vi, animals, trees and plants. It is just
mumbo-jumbo to them. The humans live in the 'real world' of physical
'apartness' with the philosophy of see-want-take. In this case, take the
If that means destroying the home and way of life of people who happen to
live on the resource deposits that you want to make your fortune, then so be
it. What does it matter? They are just primitive savages and we are only
destroying a forest.
Who cares? Send the boys in.
The left-brain mentality has no empathy with the consequences for others of
its actions, because empathy comes from making a connection to other
expressions of life, be they people, trees, plants or animals, and putting
yourself in their situation.
Left-brain prisoners can't do this when they are decoding everything as
'individual' with only 'space' in between. The right-brain knows that there
is no 'space in between' - only a single energetic field that connects us
It is this sense of, and literal, connection between all apparently
'individual' form that gives us a sense of empathy, the fail-safe system
that prevents extreme behaviour and actions that cause suffering for others.
Without empathy, anything goes, and the Reptilian manipulation has
specifically set out to disconnect us from right-brain reality to (a) stop
us accessing far higher levels of awareness and intelligence, and (b) to
suppress our sense of empathy.
You see this so clearly with those in the military that can pepper-bomb
cities and fire missiles into civilian areas in the Gaza Strip without any
emotional consequences for themselves over the death, destruction and
suffering that they cause.
Once people are stripped of empathy they become robotic machines without
feeling or compassion and so much military training is designed to do just
that. So it is with the dark suits who manipulate and declare the wars and
devastate the economies of target countries in places like Africa to line
their own pockets.
The humans in Avatar are just like this, apart from the very few who
'turned' eventually. To the left-brain mentality (a village idiot compared
with the right), it was all so simple.
We want the resources to make lots of money and those primitive blue people
are living on top of them and won't move. No problem, scramble the aircraft
and let 'em 'ave it. The left-brain, to use a quote from the British writer,
Oscar Wilde, knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Look around, it's the world we live in.
The genetic and other manipulation has turned most of humanity into a
terminal of the Reptilian hive mind, something I explain in great detail in
the new book. Humans have become their oppressors in mind and mentality -
just as they were meant to.
Or, at least, great swathes of them have. Others still have significant
access to right-brain reality and their ranks are growing by the day as the
awakening of human consciousness continues.
When I say 'awakening', I don't mean that just the awareness of a conspiracy
is confirmation that someone has opened the channels to the right-brain and
'out there'. The conspiracy research arena is overwhelmingly a left-brain
phenomenon. This is not a criticism, just an observation, and quite an
obvious one when you look at it.
As you open the left-brain and the corpus callosum to right-brain
information, awareness and perspective, it is your entire sense of self and
reality that changes.
You are not the same person that you were before who has simply realised
that a global conspiracy is going on. You are nothing like the person you
were before. The game has changed, and the values and perspective of self
and life are transformed.
In Avatar, the human (Reptilian) invaders are ousted from Pandora in a
massive battle. It is an action-movie, so I guess they feel it necessary to
have a technological and biological punch-up as the humans employ their
advanced weaponry against the Na'vi's knowledge of their environment and
their connection with the animals that stampede in their support and the
dragon-like creatures on which they fly.
But we don't need violence to set us free. We need to open the right-side of
the brain and reconnect with our true and infinite potential. Everything
else comes from that. The manipulators have not worked so hard to close down
that connection because it is a bit of fun.
They have done so because it is absolutely crucial - prime - to their
ability to control. They are terrified that we will wake up and access that
Put another way, left-brain or right? Or, even better, a balance of both
People who have experienced damage to the left brain have suddenly
manifested extraordinary, or what we would call 'super-human' abilities, as
the potential of the right brain is unlocked.
But they are not 'super-human'; they are 'natural human' who have been able
to break the 'firewalls' imposed upon 'suppressed human'. Incredible feats
of mathematics, memory and other 'miraculous' skills are performed by even
young children once damage has reduced the limiting-influence of the
Many of them are known as 'savants', children who have an amazing skill or
skills while also having developmental problems, 'mental retardation', brain
injury or disease. Around half of these so-called 'savants' have autism.
They are accessing brain potentials that are dormant in the vast majority
because of the Reptilian manipulation, and, therefore, they not only have
incredible abilities, but often find it hard to function within left-brain
It seems to me that part of the problem is that when the right brain really
opens, the left-brain can have its reality-circuits busted and can't cope
with that level of perception and energy.
Stephen Wiltshire, an 'autistic savant' in the UK, is a wonderful example of
their extraordinary 'gifts'. He was taken on a helicopter ride over London
at the age of twelve for a BBC documentary in 1987 and was allowed to take
no notes or photographs, not that he wanted to, or needed to.
He then proceeded to produce an amazingly accurate drawing of the city, as
it looks from the air, and included more than 200 buildings - some of which
had hundreds of windows accurately portrayed even though he didn't have the
ability to count because of his autism.
Stephen Wiltshire today
It was all done purely from memory and he later did the same in Rome. You
can see Stephen's work at www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk
Daniel Tammet, another British 'autistic savant', can do mathematical
calculations at computer-like speeds and can speak seven languages (at the
last count). He learned Icelandic in a week and his language teacher
described him as a 'genius' and 'not human'.
Oh, but he is very human - the human the Reptilians and their bloodlines are
desperately trying to suppress, because they know that their game is up once
we access even a fraction of who we really are.
That moment is getting closer ever day.
That's it ... see you next week ...
There are 2 kinds of people, those who think there are 2 kinds of people,
and those who know there is only One.
Irony: The capacity to hold two conflicting ideas in mind without buying
Paradox: Irony on steroids.
Form is Emptiness, Emptiness also is Form.
"Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for
the limits of the world." -Arthur Schopenhauer
One of the most compelling parallels in these works
is the hyper-realism cinematically portrayed. Each is
attempting to bring the viewer beyond the typical
voyeuristic experience. The filmmakers intent here
is to have a deep psychological impact on the audience.
DISTRICT 9 and THE 4TH KIND both play with
our contemporary identifications regarding documentaries.
Despite the POV bias of many of today’s documentarians,
a la’ Michael Moore, our cultural orientation to this
genre is: “I am not watching a made-up fiction, but
somewhere this is actually happening.” Seeing a doc
forces the viewer to consider the presentation as an
aspect of their everyday actual reality. In these movies
therefore a kind of intimate relationship to the alien
experience is created. This speaks to us on a subconscious
level in helping to prepare us emotionally for an actual
This is most certainly true for AVATAR.
While still being a straight-forward narrative, its
3D special effects bring a level reality to this cinema-
graphic encounter, unlike anything seen before. We are no longer watching the action out of a window
of a flat screen. We are immersed with the
aliens in their strange world.
The NY Times reviewer of Avatar writes: “In the past
even when seated third row center and occupying two
mental spaces, you understand that you and the movie
inhabit separate realms. Avatar,” in 3-D, by contrast,
blurs that edge, closing the space between you and the
screen even more. You can get lost in a movie, or so it
seems, and melt into its world.”[i]
In all 3 cases these artistic achievements produce a
strange visceral intimacy with the Other. (A subject
to be pursued in next part of this series). They tell us
that the possibilities of alien visitations are not out a
window in other realities, but are knocking at the door
of the world we inhabit day to day. Perhaps something
in the rehearsing of form is preparing us to deal with a
face to face embrace one day (soon…).
But are we ready for public acknowledgement
of aliens and Contact?
More than a challenge to religious dogmas that who
wish control our beliefs in higher beings –“contact”
as it has been called, will have to be faced on many fronts.
One is physically acknowledged, as discussed above,
as a sensorial integration (as in they are really here,
not imagined). That alone will change us in profound
ways. The other avenues to acceptance are: Intellectual,
social, intuitive and scientific.
Their science; their very being - will confront
everything we know to be real. In Making Sense of
People: Coherence Mechanisms, Paul Thagard and
Ziva Kunda writes: “We propose that making sense
of people through information integration, explanation,
and analogy can all be understood in terms of cognitive
mechanisms for maximizing coherence." Above all it is
this cognitive threshold that we must cross in order to
embrace a greater reality.
Whitely Strieber speaking from his own real life
encounters says: “The social circumstances that
will be associated with this question will be tremendously
powerful and corrosive, but also extraordinarily fertile.
They will change the human species in absolutely
fundamental ways, either driving us collectively mad
or transforming us in such a way that we can, at last,
begin to understand who and what we are and how we
relate to other life in the universe. [ii]
In our society the way to a greater truth is through an
intellectual acceptance. We are a culture that conditions
people what to believe in - through their educational
institutions. Some may argue that all education is
- is sociological conditioning. With this conditioning
we can only see what we have been taught is real,
everything else is ignored or ridiculed as fabrication.
This is not new this kind of thinking –Thucydides in 500 BC
said: "When a man finds a conclusion agreeable,
he accepts it without argument, but when he finds it
disagreeable, he will bring against it all the forces of
logic and reason."
History is about how ideas have changed over time.
But Western civilization is either at a breaking point
or on the brink of transformation. For instance:
The heliocentric theory of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
started what historians call the "scientific revolution."
This was based on experimentation and logic. By
upgrading the medieval view of the world with reason
it brought into question previously held truths and searched
for new answers.
Copernicus followed by the 17th and 18th centuries
Age of Reason saw a shift in collective thought from
religion to reason. That change produced the industrials age
and our current technological progress. Now with a better
understanding of energy fields and consciousness we
are in the midst of a similar qualitative shift that will
throw off the institutions of reason for a greater knowing
that includes an intuitive sense of who we are.
If we step out of our small mindedness we see we a
progression of realities. Hans Beck’s Spiral Dynamics
and Ken Wilber's Integral philosophy both show that
the movement of memes in human society are progressive;
going from the self, to the family, to the tribe or community,
to the feudal state authority (which go along with an
imperial domination), to world unity. Wilber feels that
with this integral perspective he has achieved “the theory
of everything” as he found of saying. Yet when I confronted
Wilber at a New York talk about the possibility that
consciousness could exits beyond the earth, such an
idea was basically publicly ridiculed.
William James said at the turn of the 20th century:
"...By far the most usual way of handling phenomena
so novel that they would make for a serious rearrangement
of our preconceptions is to ignore them altogether, or to
abuse those who bear witness for them."
In Making Sense of People: Coherence Mechanisms,
Paul Thagard and Ziva Kunda, say that: “Central to
such leaps is a change of mindset, a widening of the
collective view to encompass these wider values and
options. Many society members will resist this
however, trying to remain with what is familiar,
and will do so even if the 'new era' ultimately prevails.”
Nevertheless by achieving the level of terrestrial
unity as a global village the next level looms ominously
on the event horizon: “Becoming citizens of the Stars.”
When contact is finally made I agree with Strieber
when he says that: “We will begin what is the greatest
of all journeys for any species, which is the journey
into a real relationship with the cosmos. [iii]
We must realize we are galactic in nature and
our science is now more than ever before confirming that.
We can see this if we look at the pattern of evolutionary
developed laid out by theoretical biologist Bruce Lipton
we see that the only natural extension for evolution is
towards embracing extra terrestrial life.
Lipton outlining his fractal theory says we go from the one,
the single unit to a group of units: “According to this
pattern, when the cohesive functional unit like the single
cell “was complete in its evolution, its next phase was to
hook up with other cells to form a greater multi-cellular
organism. When humans are complete in their evolution
as individuals [they ] form communities. So when the
earth completes its evolution coming together as humanity,
with a single voice it will allow us to speak as a one. And
that will allow us to speak with other Ones.” [iv]
Emilie Conrad with Continuum and Nassim Harramein
with The Resonance Project, are two people that inform
us that we are already galactic beings with the spin and
movement of the galaxy embedded into our consciousness
and our fluid biology. We must come to know that we are
just as much of the Milky Way as we are of the Earth; the
same as we are Americans not just New Yorkers. It is a
matter of our orientation to a greater identity.
-Robert Muller, A Planet of Hope acknowledges:
“By far the greatest contribution to peace an individual
can make is to become a global, universal, and cosmic being."
Collective as a graduating class awakening to a larger
self we can see that this is more advantageous to our
overall survival; in activating our greater potential and
create a more compassionate way of sharing who we and
what we got with each other. This greater identity is a
new kind of thinking that will bring unknown changes to
the masses and create new realities.
Part 4 to follow…
[ii] Whtely Strieber Journal My Greatest Fear,
Wednesday December 30th, 2009,
[iii] Whtely Strieber Journal My Greatest Fear
Wednesday December 30th, 2009,
[iv] New Realities interview with rBuce Lipton, Fractal Bioogy, youtube.com/newrealities
"Let us keep in mind the UFO phenomenon
may represent an even greater reality.
It is our choice to treat it as a threat or an
opportunity for human knowledge.”
- Jacques Vallee' in his UN address,1
It appears we are currently revamping the
global myth about the humans being the master race of the
universe. Speculation would have it that a growing paranoia
regarding our present economic calamity and an increasingly
urban environmental claustrophobia has contributed to this
realization. Psychologically speaking it seems that everything
we put on our alien friends is everything we think we are not .
There are three levels to the inferiority complex that we can
see in the movies of 2009.
In District 9 – the ETs are physically larger, stronger and,
as always in ET movies, technologically more sophisticated.
In the 4th Kind, the alien mental abilities as far superior to our
own staging psychic invasions that leaves the victims
either helpless or a nervous wreck. And in Av we are
meet creatures who are intimately connected to their
own natural world, making us humans look like savages
in regards to our own spiritual ignorance.
This can be seen as an unconscious representation
of what we are striving to become; stronger, smarter
and more connected. These new myths fulfill a part of
ourselves that we have not actualized. We attached to
“the other” what we wish to express in ourselves.
Instead of seeing these attributes as potential we have
yet to become - on the surface of things we create
scenarios to fear imaginary adversaries.
Whitely Strieber, one of the most articulate commentators
on the subject says in a recent post about his friends
the little Grays: “I hope that, if the grays show up,
we will be able to at least bear their presence.
Because the other side of the coin is that they are
true masters, in the deepest sense of that word.”
Another concern that this addresses is an old academic
augment from the 18th century about the question gender:
“Is biology destiny?”3 In other words, are we inferior,
due to the way we are physically constructed? Further more
does our animal nature keep us limited to an eternal
existence of war and territorial control? This could be
the reason we project our small minded humanness onto
potential visitors. Independence Day (1983), The Day the
Earth Stood Still (1951 & 2008), and The War of the World
(1953 & 2005) might all just be another way of saying:
“Aggression - its an Earth thing, you wouldn’t understand.”
Fortunately our cultural history shows we have an ability
rise above our primeval nature. In all parts of the world
people have sensed, like the Na’vi, that the were part
of a larger destiny; that we are not limited to our
animal biology. Erkhart Tolle, among many others,
address this issue by saying “realize that your
essential identity as formless…as consciousness
itself, rather than what consciousness identified
A Question of Sentience
To bring home this point Dan Burisch, who says
he has worked with a captured alien at Area 51 declares:
“I have never met an alien, but I have worked with EBEs,
an extra biological entities.” Meaning that the awareness
of a sentient consciousness rather than our various biology
levels the playing field in inter-species relationships.
In this sense we might want to upgrade our connection
to the other with the principle that: “Sentience trumps
biology and connects one to another.”
Wikipedia states that sentience in science fiction, "an alien, android,
robot, hologram or computer" is one
who is treated as a fully human character, with similar
rights, qualities, and capabilities as any other character.
Foremost sentience typically displays desire, will,
consciousness, ethics, personality, insight, and many
other compassionate human qualities. 5
My definition of sentience is that: “I am meeting another
whose soul essence transcends their physical
embodiment. I see we are each different aspects
of the same totality of consciousness.” Realizing our
oneness is the key to opening up ourselves to another
level of consciousness and perception.
Sentience, or intelligent awareness is the trait we
look for in the other that goes beyond race, religion
and species. It is a new mythos for ourselves and who
we shall meet “out there”. Consciousness is the universal
language of exchange; and sentience is its currency.
Soul power; the presence that comes through the eyes
is the key component of universal intelligence. This
acknowledgment gives us leverage for Contact.
If you can look someone in the eyes and see
your own intelligence reflecting back, then you
have found sentience. Try it on a dolphin or
whale as opposed to a dog or a cat.
According to Eliade, in the archaic worldview,
the power of a thing resides in its origin. If
“consciousness is the ground of being’ as Quantum
physicist Amit Goswami says, then this realization
gives us a cosmic passport for connecting to
others in re-cognition of the self.
Strieber having already been prepared for contact says: “It also
hypothesized that the visitors could not enter our reality in numbers
as long as most people did not include them as an actual, physical
possibility, and that government admission of their existence would probably
be a trip-wire that would open a door to them that could never be closed.6
If this is true, then the whole vast theater of UFO sightings,
close encounters, crop formations--all of it--could be seen as a
sort of military action by the visitors that is designed to
circumvent government denial, and create such general
belief that they can open the door, as it were, from their side.7
As we become seafarer like our outer planetary visitors, the
gold of contact is the embrace a universal essence called
consciousnesses. This kind of expansion in connection to
“the other’ opens unexplored doorways of potentials for all
In every corner of the world, there’s one question that can never be definitively answered, yet stirs up equal parts passion, curiosity, self-reflection and often wild imagination: “What is God?” Filmmaker Peter Rodger explores this profound, age-old query in the provocative non-fiction feature “Oh My God.” Frustrated with religious turmoil, fanaticism and fundamentalism, he set out on a global quest to understand why the concept of God has become politicized. The result is a stunningly, beautiful documentary film.
Debuts at the Sunshine Theatre (Houston and 2nd Ave.) in New York City on November 13th.
To see a trailer go to: http://www.omgmovie.com
Starring Hugh Jackman, Ringo Starr, Seal, Dr. John F. DeMartini and more.
Friday, September 25th, 2009
From Michael Moore
The time has arrived for, as Time magazine called it, my "magnum opus." I only had a year of Latin when I was in high school, so I'm not quite sure what that means, but I think it's good.
I've spent nearly two years on this new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story," and have poured my heart and soul into this project. Many early critics and viewers have called it my "best film yet." That's a hard call for me to make as I'm proud of all of my films -- but I will tell you this: What you are about to see in "Capitalism" is going to stun you. It's going to make some of you angry and I believe it's going to give most of you a new sense of hope that we are going to turn the sick and twisted mess made by the last president around. Oh, and you're going to have a good laugh at the expense of all the banking and corporate criminals who've made out like bandits in the past year.
I'm gonna show you the stuff the nightly news will rarely show you. Ever meet a pilot for American Airlines on food stamps because his pay's been cut so low? Ever meet a judge who gets kickbacks for sending innocent kids to a private prison? Ever meet someone from the Wall Street Journal who bluntly states on camera that he doesn't much care for democracy and that capitalism should be our only ruling concern?
You'll meet all these guys in "Capitalism." You'll also meet a whistleblower who, with documents in hand, tells us about the million-dollar-plus sweetheart loans he approved for the head of Senate Banking Committee -- the very committee that was supposed to be regulating his lending institution! You'll hear from a bank regulator why Timothy Geithner has no business being our Treasury Secretary. And you'll learn, from the woman who heads up the congressional commission charged with keeping an eye on the bailout money, how Alan Greenspan & Co. schemed and connived the public into putting up their inflated valued homes as collateral -- thus causing the biggest foreclosure epidemic in our history.
There is now a foreclosure filed in the U.S. once every seven-and-half SECONDS.
None of this is an accident, and I name the names others seem to be afraid to name, the men who have ransacked the pensions of working people and plundered the future of our kids and grandkids. Somehow they thought they were going to get away with this, that we'd believe their Big Lie that this crash was caused by a bunch of low-income people who took out loans they couldn't afford. Much of the mainstream media bought this storyline. No wonder Wall Street thought they could pull this off.
Jeez, I guess they forgot about me and my crew. You'd think we would've made a better impression on these wealthy thieves by now. Guess not.
So here we come! It's all there, up on the silver screen, two hours of a tragicomedy crime story starring a bunch of vampires who just weren't satisfied with simply destroying Flint, Michigan -- they had to try and see if they could take down the whole damn country. So come see this cops and robbers movie! The robbers this time wear suits and ties, and the cops -- well, if you're willing to accept a guy in a ballcap with a high school education as a stand-in until the real deal shows up to haul 'em away, then I humbly request your presence at your local cinema this weekend in New York and Los Angeles (and next Friday, October 2nd, all across America).
In the meantime, you can catch us on some of the TV shows that have been brave enough to let me on in the past week or so:
- Nightline (as we take a stroll down Wall Street to Goldman Sachs)
- Good Morning America (where they let me talk about Disney employees who don't get medical benefits)
- The View (where the Republican co-host told everyone to go see it! Whoa!)
- The Colbert Report (this guy is a genius, seriously)
- Larry King (where a spokesperson for the Senator who got the sweetheart loans responds for the first time)
- Keith Olberman (where we both wonder just how long these media corps are going to let us get away with what we do)
- Wolf Blitzer (yes, he's back for more abuse - and lovin' it)
... And the amazing Jay Leno. This man called me after seeing the movie and asked me to be his only in-studio guest on the second night of his new prime-time show. I said, "Jay, shouldn't you be thinking of your ratings in the first week of the show? Are you sure you didn't misdial Tom Hanks' number (the area code where I live is 231; 213 is LA)?" He told me he was profoundly moved by this film. So I was the guest on his second show, and he told all of America it was my "best film" and to please go see "Capitalism: A Love Story." That was Jay Leno saying that, not Noam Chomsky or Jane Fonda (both of whom I love dearly). The audience responded enthusiastically and, after 20 years of filmmaking, it was a moment where I crossed over deep into the mainstream of middle America. Jay's bosses at General Electric musta been... well, let's just say I hope they didn't place a reprimand in his permanent record. He's one helluva guy (and following the example he set with his free concerts for the unemployed in Michigan and Ohio last spring, I've gotten permission from the studio to do the same with my film in ten of the hardest-hit cities in the U.S. next week).
Oh, and he made me sing! Prepare yourself!