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14-Yr-Old Blind Dancer’s Audition Is Beyond Inspiring (It Will Move You to Tears)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mvt5f5vASM

14-year-old Benjamin Yonatton loves to dance. But he’s  lost nearly 100% of his sight, which makes dancing virtually impossible. But Benjamin refused to surrender to his disability and decided to continue dancing.

And, dance he does!  When you see this blind dancer dance,your heart will soar.  Simply amazing!




You’re Not Going to Believe This Inspirational Breakout Performance on America’s Got Talent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq1UMO_PkFY

Source: America’s Got Talent

Three high school friends put their boy band spin on “Classic” by MKTO on America’s Got Talent.

When Triple Threat took the stage the judges were initially not impressed. But, that lasted only until they started to sing ‘Classic’. And, OMG, when they hit those harmonies, be prepared to be moved.  These boys have talent!




Illuminate Film Fest: “Landfill Harmonic” Proves the Creative Human Spirit Can Always Triumph

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Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the Arizona premiere of Landfill Harmonic at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ. It was wonderful. I cried tears of joy several times during the screening.

Landfill Harmonic is a heartfelt, moving documentary that shows how the human spirit triumphs in even most trying living conditions.

The movie takes place in Cateura, a poor suburb of Paraguay, where most families make their living working in the local dump. It’s their job to pick through the tons of garbage that comes from nearby cities. Located in a huge flood zone, Cateura is an extremely challenging place to live, and the kids who grow up there rarely dare to dream of a bigger life.

Landfill Harmonic tells the story of how one man, Favio Chavez, changed everything for the people of Cateura when he decided to teach the children how to play music. There was only one problem: there were lots of children who wanted to learn and only a few instruments. This is understandable since most violins are worth more than one of the shack-homes in Cateura.

Favio asked one of the town’s garbage pickers, who also happened to be a carpenter, if he could make instruments out of the garbage. With great tenacity, he learned to turn tin drums, wooden spoons, metal forks, and even x-ray film into drums, violins, guitars, and more. Soon, the kids were playing music together as the “Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.”

The inspiring film follows the kids as they learn to master their instruments, play together, step into the limelight (particularly when a YouTube video of them goes viral – see below), and continue to deal with the hardships of living in a poor, environmentally-challenged town.

I’m not going to give away any more of the story, but suffice it to say that Landfill Harmonic has more drama, character growth, excitement, and emotional impact than most fictional films. There’s even a cameo of a famous rock star who was touched and impressed by the kids.

The bottom line is Landfill Harmonic is a documentary you have to see.  Here’s the original teaser for the film:




Institutional Thinking – The Matrix, 1984 and the Allegory of the Cave

Ethan ‘Indigo’ Smith | Waking Times

Some philosophical work is so profound as to be influential for thousands of years. Plato’s ‘The Republic‘ is one such series of dialogues.

It explains and explores the relationship between state institutions and individuals, and has provided humanity with lessons in politics, philosophy and individual enlightenment since it was penned some two thousand years ago.

One of the central dialogues in The Republic is called theAllegory of the Cave. The lessons the Allegory of the Cave provides to today’s world are numerous, and its depiction of our insidious societal structure is extremely accurate and insightful — despite often going unacknowledged as such.

Through its exploration of our political outer states, it also explores our psychological inner state as well.

The Allegory of The Cave proposes that what people take to be ‘reality’ in total is only a partial reality, or an all out illusion.

As is all similar philosophy, the allegory is layered, but it is partially about breaking from mainstream thinking and seeking individual knowledge; the ascension of  perspective; being in a cave and coming out of a cave. It’s about how we can ascend from the bottom to stand face-to-face with the golden Sun.

Socrates begins:

“Let me show you in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened Behold! Human beings living in an underground cave”.

The 4 Characters of the Cave

In the Allegory there are four character types.  Most people are chained, forced to watch images on a cave wall. Some however, the second character type, are unchained. They need no force; they are so transfixed with the imagery on the wall that the shadows are all they care about, and remain in the cave by choice.

The images are cast on the wall by the third character type, the captors, who use a fire behind them to produce various shadows, to keep the prisoners entertained. The prisoners interpret the shadows and whatever noises are made as reality in total, for it is all they know. The fourth character type is the freed prisoner.

The narrative of The Cave hypothesizes what happens after the prisoner is released from the false imagery to which his society is subjected. In the film The Matrix, Neo is the freed prisoner; in 1984, Winston Smith dreams of being the freed prisoner.

The Freed Prisoner

The story of the freed prisoner goes that, after initial shock and distress, the prisoner learns to distinguish between reality and shadows, and sees the fire producing the shadows. When exiting the cave, he is first blinded by the light but eventually learns the basics of nature.

He learns what is real, and what is shadow and reflection. He learns of Earth and Water and that all is dependent on the Sun, seasons and all life.

After learning of the true reality outside the cave, free of the false images of his captors, the prisoner is inclined to return and inform those still confined to the cave of their present predicament… with unexpected results.

Similarly, the story of 1984 by George Orwell  takes place within an imagined dystopian future;  the allegorical cavern. The Telescreen, which constantly transmits as well as oversees, is equivalent to the shadows on the cave wall cast by the unseen captors, the Inner Party.

Related: The Meaning of: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”

Most people in 1984 are Proles; they are equivalent to the people chained in the cave, forced to accept false imagery as their reality. They have been prisoners their whole lives and do not notice the fact they are chained.

The Outer party are the unchained, remaining totally transfixed on the party line told by the Telescreen. They are so loyal to the imagery and  narrative created by their captors that they will believe whatever they are shown, rather than observe for themselves.

They will believe two plus two is five, as the saying goes, as long as it is presented as such on the Telescreen.

In the  dystopian world of  The Matrix, the same futuristic Allegory of The Cave is again explored. Neo is freed and seeks to free the others, and encounters the same archetypes and challenges.

Moreover the return of the freed prisoner can also be related to the ‘return of the prophet’ described in many theological constructs.

The Freed and the Scorned

The experience of the freed prisoner who returns to the Cave to free his fellow captors  is depicted in all three narratives; the Allegory of the Cave, 1984, and The Matrix.

In 1984 Emmanuel Goldstein (Emmanuel = God is with us, Goldstein = gold rock)  is a character who figuratively left the cave, or understood the Inner Party’s images were lies and attempted to get others to understand the institutional lies.

Emmanuel is the supposed leader of the elusive Brotherhood in 1984, and is scorned, even hated by society. His attempt to enlighten his community to its captivity is met with disbelief,  resistance and scorn.

Read the rest of the article on Humans Are Free.

 




ILLUMINATE Film Festival Brings Conscious Cinema to Sedona May 27-31

 

Narrated by Liam Neeson, "Love Thy Nature" (Arizona Premiere at the Illuminate Film Festival on May 31) is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Neeson is the voice of Homo Sapiens—our collective humankind—who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we are separate from nature. But doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature to sustain and heal the human body-mind. Experts have discovered that just spending time in nature promotes healing, emotional stability, connectedness and even neurological health in children.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Love Thy Nature” (Arizona Premiere at the Illuminate Film Festival on May 31) is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.

Film has the power to transform lives. Where better to midwife the rising trend in conscious cinema than Sedona, Arizona, home to mind-body-spirit revolutionaries among the red rocks. The second annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival expects to draw an attendance of 3,500 May 27-31. Three state-of-the-art Sedona venues will premier 22 world-class films and offer additional activities.

“Our purpose at ILLUMINATE is to showcase cinematic gems that empower those who see them to live kinder, wiser, more enlightened lives,” said Danette Wolpert, festival executive director. “ILLUMINATE films inspire viewers to seek greater levels of awareness. They remind us who we are by awakening the heart to embody love once more.”

Wolpert and her team, a 501c3-sponsored group, are at the forefront of this new wave in cinema, the mind-body-spirit genre called the conscious film movement.

“Humanity craves inspiring stories that push us along on our journey toward happiness, freedom, abundance and peace,” Wolpert said. Those film stories, in general, revolve around wellness, self-discovery, mind-body science, organic and plant-based nutrition and sustainable living.

According to a recent study (by Sparks & Honey in partnership with Gaiam TV), more than 100 million people in the U.S. are hungry for information on how to grow spiritually and live in harmony with other people, other cultures, and the earth.

Conscious concepts, once trivialized, are becoming mainstream thanks to moguls like Oprah, Russell Brand, Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons and others.  And film production values have kept pace, dramatically improved as both veteran and novice filmmakers enter the conscious media space to hone their craft, Wolpert pointed out. “These developments, as well as technological advancements in everything from camera gear to social media tools, have democratized our ability to produce, market, and distribute conscious content.”

Take last year’s films, for example. Speciesism explored how the collective global consciousness could very well be shifting to include all life forms as sacred. May I Be Frank told one man’s true story of redemption, from drug addiction and illness to a second chance at finding love through an amazing mind-body-and-spirit transformation. Films also included the Southwestern premieres of AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, Song of a New Earth, and other independent film gems. This year’s films include several narrative features, documentaries and shorts as world and US premieres.

ILLUMINATE’s model is unique. It pairs transformational films with a “view and do” experience called Reel Healing. Filmgoers may participate in world-class healing workshops, performances and activities, sound journeys, kirtan, group meditations, hikes and more. “These enable people to more deeply integrate the movie’s message,” Wolpert explained. “We herald film as a healing modality.”

The festival supports that theme with its own healing village, which offers products and services by health and wellness practitioners.

Also in support of its mission to expand human consciousness through film, ILLUMINATE will once again host the world’s only Conscious Film Convergence this year at the festival. It brings together the nation’s key stakeholders in the conscious content industry, including filmmakers, producers, distributors, brands and press. They explore strategies for the financing, sales, marketing and distribution of transformational films.

According to Wolpert, Sedona is the ideal home for ILLUMINATE.

“[It] enjoys a unique reputation as the energetic capital of North America, and is distinguished by its natural beauty, wellness resources and metaphysical appeal,” she said. Indeed, statistics show wellness travel is growing at nearly twice the rate of total worldwide tourism, and that Sedona is a top 20 US Traveler’s Choice destination.




“Mr. President” – Powerful Transformational Message (6-Min. Film Won 3 Awards at the Elevate Film Festival)

Source: ShiftIsHappeningTV

“Mr.President” is a powerful transformational short film based on  Neil Donald Walsh’s book “One Little Soul.” It’s about forgiveness and acknowledgment of how each of us contribute in different ways to the collective experience.

Written and produced for the 2007 Elevate Film Festival – 48 hour Challenge! Co-Produced by, Wake Up… Shift Is Happening’s Deborah Pietsch along with an awesome team, this short film is a powerful experience of what’s possible when media is intended to be transformational!

See what you can experience in 6 minutes and 31 seconds!!!

“Mr. President” won 3 Awards at the 2007 Elevate Film Festival.




Mr. Spock, Star Trek & Their Lessons for This “Toddler” of the ’60’s

By Robert O’Leary, JD, BARA

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Star Trek” has gone well beyond being a television show, envisioned by its creator, Gene Roddenberry, as a “Wagon Train” in space (referring to a Western-themed television show that was popular for several years prior, i.e., airing from 1957-1965 on NBC and ABC [See Wagon Train , https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050073/]. It is now a franchise, a brand, iconic to some and ridiculed by others. And as with so many larger than life sci-fi franchises, such as Star Wars or Doctor Who, everyone you talk to will have their favorite characters or incarnations, and they are very passionate about them. For this article, I would like to peel away the years and the layers and talk about certain aspects of the show that impacted me from an early age.

In fact, I believe that some of the lessons I took from the show were woven like threads into my moral fiber and have, thus, helped me to become who I am today. So, in this month of March, during which Leonard Nimoy, the much-beloved and inspirational icon, actor, director and artist, has passed away, I offer this article in tribute, and as a thank you, to him as well as his family and friends who supported him in his endeavors and helped put him in the right time and place to be cast as “Mr. Spock”  – a role to which he was able to bring his considerable acting skills and mystical presence. And thank you sharing this walk down memory lane with me.

The Show’s Backdrop: 1960’s Chaos and Promise:

Star Trek, the television show, premiered in 1966. I was born the same year.  While it would be some years before I would become able to intellectually appreciate its gifts, its weekly airings resonated around our home and sunk into my consciousness. In my mind’s eye, I recall vaguely that my childhood mind felt somehow drawn to this show.

In 1969, the show went off the air. But soon, thereafter, the Starship Enterprise Crew continued their “5-Year Voyage” on Saturday Mornings in a children’s cartoon. I remember these shows more  vividly, probably due to the fact that they were animated… 😉 The cartoon version lasted from 1973 to 1975 [See https://www.startrek. com/page/star-trek-the-animated-series] and then I began to notice the first version of the show appearing on our televisions again, a lot, and the word “syndication” became a new vocabulary word for my young mind.

Syndication allowed me to see Star Trek through maturing eyes. It began to draw me in even more. I noticed that the show included people of different “colors”, backgrounds, and languages all working well together, but still being themselves at the same time; much like I saw people acting in my neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And while I understood that James T. Kirk was the captain of the ship, I noticed that there was still a sense of “equality” among the crew. No one seemed to be being disrespected, each spoke freely, and each of the characters played an important role on the ship. No one told anyone to be quiet, you can’t eat in the ship’s mess hall, or only certain types of people can go to certain areas in the ship. Of course, we know that activists were literally living and dying over these issues in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

By the early 1970’s, shows began to become more representative of the different ethnicities in America: Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Good Times. Mainstream America and its media seemed to becoming more comfortable with people of ethnicities, other than Caucasian, on their television sets. Flip Wilson and his show was one of the shows that blazed trails in the 1960’s and opened things up for other shows to show that so-called minorities could carry a show and win in the ratings.

And in terms of political commentary, there were very few shows  on television that really hit political issues even occasionally “head-on”. The only ones that I recall doing so were Laugh In and particularly The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Still, the latter show only lasted 2 seasons, from 1967 to 1969 and reportedly was cancelled because it was more political than its network, CBS, wanted them to be. These shows were courageous in the way that other comedians, like Dick Gregory, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Redd Foxx and others were, in not being afraid to get political in a very political time, when people needed to be discussing important socio/econo/political issues. Nothing short of the country’s future, and by extension the world’s future, were at stake. These individuals had to know that this was an important time and found ways to make us think hard about the questions of the day, so we would not “screw up” the future.

How Star Trek Fit into and Impacted this “Backdrop”:

So, Star Trek, beamed on to our television screens within this context. Looking back on the shows of the 1960’s, Star Trek was pretty unique. Even in the 1970’s, I don’t recall a show that had such a rich demographic interaction on the same egalitarian basis as Star Trek. The show also had a way of dealing with issues very much in the news at the time, but not really making its way into television: racism, drug culture, imperialism, war, communism versus democracy. While the shows were topical, the storylines also seemed timeless and can even provide us with lessons today.

Although the show and its crew faced much that was new and undiscovered, they made commendable efforts to remain open-minded to different species, races, and cultures that they found on the various planets they explored. Their goal was a lofty one – to establish relations with these new worlds, learn from them scientifically and otherwise, and to invite them to join “the Federation” a peaceful union of planets.

Star Trek’s Lessons for a “Toddler” of the ’60’s:

As I grew, I began to learn about the concepts of “imperialism” and “neoimperialism” and how they were exercised by empires, including the United States, over other peoples and countries around the world. As I saw the shows in syndication, I began to appreciate how the Star Trek Crew and its Federation maintained a so-called “Prime Directive” mandating that no Federation officers would interfere with any cultures normal evolution and, under no circumstances, impose their culture or power over them.

What a concept?!? It was so different from imperialism and neoimperialism, which essentially meant that the victor would impose its will, ways and power structures upon others to the detriment and even destruction of the cultural, spiritual and other riches of the peoples and planets they encountered. Witness how our old missionaries indoctrinated American Indians, African Slaves and Hispanics – urging them to shun their ancient ways, rituals, religions, and languages. Spaniards and English conquerors declared themselves “civilized” and the conquered as “uncivilized savages” as a way to justify the systematic reprogramming of indigenous peoples and taking over their lands and resources.

And in the process of “civilizing” these peoples, we used such “civilized” techniques as swindling them out of huge tracts of land, “scalping”, giving purposefully diseased blankets to cold and needy American Indians, force marching them through winter trails, and all sorts of other atrocities – the usual raping and pillaging “spoils of the victor” crapola that is justified too facilely by the conquered when they write the history books. So, this show was a welcome change in perspective from our own history and that of other conquering hordes from history.

This show echoed the upbringing my parents gave my brothers and I – to not look down on people because of their sex, ethnicity, class, or belief system. My parents did not go out and protest in the 1960’s and 1970’s – having their first child in 1964 and their last in 1970 – as they had to stay at or close to home. Nonetheless, they were very much in support of what the protestors were generally calling for, an end to imperialistic war, an end to poverty, rights for women, African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, etc.

This show taught me other important and value-laden lessons:

1. Mr. Spock showed me how being the strongest guy in the room did not mean that he perforce had to be a bully or put others down. Similarly, he demonstrated that he who was the strongest physically could have the greatest amount of control emotionally and spiritually. Later on, when I learned martial arts, these lessons hit home. My Grandmaster, Kalaii Kano Griffin, emphasized how making your way to a black belt level meant that you needed to grow into humility, be mindful to use your “powers” and skills only as a last resort, and that self-defense was emphasized as one of the most important aspects of his teaching. There was a prayer, the “Kajukenbo Prayer” that was very overt that the system was built on “christian” principles – not to teach people how to harm others – although martial arts practitioners know and respect what Kajukenbo and Kempo practitioners can do in a fight. In  fact, I am a firm believer that most fights end with they way you carry yourself. Just as no one messed around with Mr. Spock; there is a way a martial arts practitioner carries him or herself that will let aggressive people instinctively know that this person is not the weak member of the herd you want to mess with.

2. Mr. Spock was said to be gifted intellectually so he could easily be the smartest person in any room into which he walked. Yet he was not one to make other people feel like they were stupid, or worthless. He could be cold and unapproachable, but not demeaning. This taught me to be humble. I was not into accolades, but did very well in school. Others recognized what I was doing, academically, and recommended me for awards, and I was humbled (okay embarrassed) and honored to get them. A girl friend at the time reacted with surprise that someone nominated me to be part of Phi Beta Kappa, and I asked her “what is that, and is it good?” I was also the first in my extended family to ever complete college, and then I went to law school, but I didn’t want accolades or anything. I tried to do some good with what my folks had helped me to achieve and I looked back to make sure that my brothers could also reach to their highest heights. I owe a lot of my humility to my parents and” Mr. Spock”.

3. Similarly, Mr. Spock could have been his own captain, but chose to be a second in command. This taught me that just because you could be a leader you can choose to play different roles within your social and work structures. This goes along with the cooperative nature of the show; everyone playing their role the best they can to ensure the success of the missions and the safety of the crew.

4. Mr. Spock and the others in the show showed that there were various ethnicities for whom being smart could be cool and inspired me to be so, despite what others round me, and at times the media, might say. In the over 50 years since the case of Brown v. Board of Education [See Brown v. Board of Education (1954), https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=87], it is sad to see how much pressure children still endure not to do well in school. It shows up in Disney shows, shows on Cartoon Network and in other areas of popular children’s media. Celebrities could also do more to inspire kids to do well in school. Moreover, our schools could do a better job, too, being more open to cognitive learning, fostering lateral (and not just linear) styles of learning, encouraging creativity; and mitigating the obsession with “teaching to the test”.

5. Mr. Spock in particular inspired my interest in science and I did well in it. It did not become my vocation, but I continue to have an abiding interest in science and encourage my son to take an interest in this important subject. I am sure that other students of the time and since have been inspired by how Mr. Spock made science “look” cool.

6. Who was talking about the concept of “logic” on television shows in the 1960’s? Mr. Spock was. Even now, this is a somewhat esoteric subject taught in college-level courses, and thus out of reach of many of our students. For our forefathers, and their forebears, this was an important subject. Mr. Spock brought it into popular media and parlance. Mr. Spock had debates, of logic with his Vulcan father in the show, on more than one occasion. These scenes were some of the most dramatic in the series and movies, as Spock, who had a human mother explored the limits of logic when it came to the needs of his crewmates and friends. Mr. Spock’s interest in logic has helped me to approach problems that I have been faced with in my life with logic as a tool. In this way it has helped me to stay grounded and utilize a pattern, in approaching a problem, that makes sense.

7. The Enterprise Crew seemed very much aware that they were likely the first of their kind meeting new civilizations. And, so they tried to make a good first impression and show respect to the different cultures to which they were introduced. It was obvious that every meeting was well-planned and detailed so as not to insult new civilizations with cultural faux pas and thus jeopardize future possibilities for a constructive and mutually-beneficial rapport. In general, a major theme of the show had to do with how important it was to make your best effort to be good “universal” citizens. So, I felt urged by that example to be a better “world” citizen, myself.

Particular Lessons I Learned from the Crew’s Special Friendship:

As important as the above-mentioned lessons were, I found the friendship among Mr. Spock and the other crew members to be the most personal and poignant. For someone who strove so assiduously toward logical ideals, to an almost machine-like state of being, Mr. Spock still found ways – subtle to be sure but no less moving – to show how much he cared for Capt. Kirk, Dr. McCoy, Commander (“Mr.”) Scott, Lieutenant Sulu, Lieutenant Uhura, Lieutenant Chekov and all of the other crew members.

The Captain Kirk character was kind of a wild card, a rebel, who questioned and defied authority when he felt it appropriate to do so, especially for the sake of his crew. When his crew was in danger, he would not hesitate to defy authority to save them. Mr. Spock was in many ways the opposite: more “by the book”, logical, methodical, calculating, an for the most part predictable. Yet, he still found ways to bend logic to the will of his “human” heart and demonstrated his compassion toward the crew. He saved them from danger many times over. One could say that he did these things out of his sense of duty but the skill of Leonard Nimoy as an actor made it clear that he did these things as much out of friendship as anything else.

So, while Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock were opposites in many ways, ultimately in each episode their decisions came into congruence, thus showing how effectively people of different walks of life, perspectives – and even planets – could find common ground – and deep friendship. What a concept for a child barely awake in the 1960’s and growing up in the 1970’s – and even for us today when many of our leaders and much of the media lead us to believe that Blacks and Whites, or Americans and certain Middle Easterners, as well as other ethnicities are on opposite sides.

In one of the more powerful demonstrations of this friendship, Captain Kirk asked his bridge crew members if they wished to accompany him on a longshot, dangerous mission to seek to search for Mr. Spock after he was killed in the second motion picture, The Wrath of Khan. To Captain Kirk’s questions, the crew all answered, heartily, in the affirmative. This was no small matter as doing so, under the circumstances of the time, effectively made their actions criminal and subjected them to court martial.

Each of them did this knowing Mr. Spock was a friend who had been there for them on countless occasions.

Mr. Spock showed that you could be intellectually precise, creative and a valuable part of a team yet still have meaningful relationships with others. While Mr. Spock’s manifestations of friendship toward the crew were subtle, Leonard Nimoy’s characterization of those moments were so deeply felt that it would change your life. It changed mine and that of my family. When he died in Star Trek II; The Wrath of Khan, there was not a dry eye in the house. And then everyone started getting upset. Before people went out of the theater and stampeded the front doors of Paramount Studios in California, an announcement quickly came onto the screen that read Coming […in the following years] Star Trek III: The Search for Spock– a glimmer of hope that ultimately saw him brought back to life, to live on in others movies, in cameos and in the hearts of a toddler of the ’60’s, like me. May Leonard Nimoy Rest in Peace and our gratitude and may Spock Live Long and Prosper.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way & brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Soundhealth has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 




Why Interstellar Was Such A Powerful Movie

Jordan Pearce | Spirit Science

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS IN RELATION TO INTERSTELLAR & INCEPTION

I was just reading something by Noam Chomsky when all of a sudden this image floated into my head about Christopher Nolans latest work…

Actually, the thought started with Inception and how he used really simple – yet ideas with meaning to take you outside of the world you thought you knew and into something that was… different.

But it wasn’t like, “psychedelic different”. I mean, why was it that you could do anything you wanted in a dream world except for fly, morph, teleport, or become a giant squid monster? Why the limitations?

Surely that would have made it easier to do, right?

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As I thought about it, what I came up with was that It must have been (at least in part) a purposeful decision to communicate the message and meaning of the story to a large audience in a way that wouldn’t freak them out.

That movie could have gotten crazy…

We have 3D limitations. We are subject to them all the time, and thus, in order to truly connect with something it has to be outside of, but relatively close to our understanding of reality.

But nonetheless that movie generated a predictable wave of interest in lucid dreaming, which had a positive effect on the people who connected with it in that way, and then attention and focused was diffused until the next big cosmic movie came out.

6a00d8341bf7f753ef01bb07b10d55970dMy thought then trailed onto Interstellar…  Where we’ve now come full circle in this article, and how this movie was really an attempt at a slow and steady increase in the feeling of constriction of time, before blowing the lid off of concepts of “time” altogether.

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Top 20 Christmas Movies of All Time – Vote for Your Favorites

Are you looking for a great holiday film to watch? One of the best “Top 20” lists can be found at amctv.com.  And, the cool part is that you can ‘Vote Up’ or ‘Vote Down’ any of the movies in the list.  Here are the Top 10:

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. Home Alone
  6. Elf
  7. Frosty the Snowman
  8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  9. A Christmas Story
  10. Miracle on 34th Street

Get the rest of the top 20 and place your Up and Down Votes….

 




A New Hope: Is This What the Last Three Star Wars Films Were Missing?

Micah Hanks | Mysteriousuniverse

Three Star Wars FilmFew would argue that the last three films in the Star Wars franchise were missing a little something.

Now for some of you, up until this moment it may have been that those easily forgettable films were missing from your mind altogether, while others may still be struggling to forget them like a bad nightmare. Whichever camp you may fall into, we bring them to mind here with good reason: it is only through observance of the past that we can correct the ails of the future.

Granted, if we look far enough back, the Star Wars movies still offer pioneering examples of sci-fi cinema. So what changed along the way?

Well, set design, for one thing: in fact, a big part of giving a film a realistic flair is having, well, real sets. With the exception of the interior design of a few battle cruisers, it seems like there was more CGI used for backdrops than real brick and mortar in Episodes I – III; and in truth, the same goes for flesh and blood, for that matter. Arguably, the computers generating the CGI used in those films were the real stars of the prequels, since they probably had more screen time than all the actors combined.

Hence one of the reasons there is, to be punny, A New Hope inspired with the release of the teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star War installment, The Force Awakens. From what little we’ve seen, the sets are not only more realistic looking, but the familiar setting of Tatooine returns us somewhat to a period in the Star Wars legacy that is also like homecoming to the sci-fi enthusiast: one might compare it to being the “comfort food” of the Star Wars universe.

"Yeah, and don't forget, Lucas ordered that scene with extra cheese."

But arguably, the use of familiar, more realistic looking sets in the Abrams installments won’t be the only thing to return to the Star Wars films, as there is another aspect that once existed there, perhaps as strong as The Force itself, which has been missing for decades like a rouge Jedi: spontaneity.

And arguably, this simple, but defining aspect can be attributed mostly to one character… who we’ll get to in a moment (as if you didn’t already know).

What, you might ask, was more spontaneous about the original three films? They were based on scripts and the master-workings of that celebrated mage-of-sorts, George Lucas, just like the latter three. But if you consider the stiffness of the character acting in those newer films, ranging from the chemistry between Annakin Skywalker and Padme, to even the shortcomings of otherwise-badass actor Samuel L. Jackson’s attempts at convincingly portraying a Jedi, you know precisely what I’m talking about. Oh yeah, and then there’s Darth Vader’s heart-wrenching “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!” toward the end of Episode III (heart-wrenching for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately). Imagine if we had instead witnessed Darth waking up to learn that Padme is dead, only to rip the robotic arm off in a mindless, primal display of emotional protest, followed by his destruction of the laboratory that created this “updated” version of himself in the style of Weapon X (i.e. Marvel’s Wolverine), only to realize that the cyborg enhancements that saved him are his only future, even if one among the walking damned. Yeah, sadly that’s not what happened.

Looking back to the original three films, however, we remember one of the most famous lines from that pinnacle among them, The Empire Strikes Back, being Han Solo’s retort just as he’s being lowered into a frosty date with carbonite imprisonment. As Leia calls to him and professes her love for the smuggler, he replies with a strikingly sincere sort of smartass quip that became legendary: “I know.”

"Honey, this is gonna suck more than you'll ever know."

This is a famous scene not just for the attitude Han’s character expresses, but also for the fact that it was a notable instance where an actor in the Star Wars franchise rebelled against the Lucas empire and actually improvised (which, as we know, actor Harrison Ford is known for doing anyway). According to the background story, Han was supposed to mirror Leia’s sentiments as he is shown being lowered into the imprisonment that awaits him, but Ford improvised the line “I know” instead, because it seemed more like something Han Solo actually would have said. Boy, wasn’t it?

Thus, utilizing his actor’s intuitive powers in this way (or maybe by sheer exertion of the Force), Ford made an otherwise potentially sappy scene a classic, and apparently to the chagrin of Lucas, who had been none-too-pleased with Ford’s sudden diversion.

"George, don't make me do it!"

Part of what makes film entertaining is its ability to convey realism in otherwise unbelievable circumstances, which in turn allows the viewer to escape the everyday, and ease their minds into the realm of fantasy with less effort. Nothing will impede that quite like bad acting, though, and as we unfortunately see in the Star Wars prequels, even the greatest stars can fall victim to bad acting if their characters aren’t allowed room to breathe.

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New Jurassic World Trailer Explores Dangers of Genetic Modification

Anthony Gucciardi | Naturalsociety | Nov 26th 2014

In the latest blockbuster trailer for the new Jurassic Park sequel ‘Jurassic World’, genetically modified dinosaurs created by futuristic scientists end up wreaking havoc on the human race in what amounts to a cinematic warning over the dangers of uncontrolled genetic modification.

Checkout the new trailer, just released hours ago, for yourself:

On a smaller scale, this trailer reminds us how our food supply has been genetically modified at a root level by mega corporations like Monsanto. While not gargantuan and scary, GMOs do in fact pose an even more concerning risk to your health than juggernaut dinosaurs.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
Google Plus ProfileAnthony is the Founding Director of NaturalSociety, whose writings on the subject of health and wellness have reached tens of millions of readers worldwide. A proponent of an organic lifestyle, the growth of alternative news, and a dedication to aiding various non-profit organizations, NaturalSociety was Anthony’s next step in what he calls “highlighting what you won’t be hearing about on the major news networks.” Anthony has appeared on both grassroots and established platforms alike, including routine appearances on Drudge Report, Daily Mail, RT, The Blaze, Infowars, Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, Coast to Coast AM, and many others.

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Jimmy Fallon Steps In for Bono & Rocks the Room ~ Inspiring Video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oANxjUgbVFQ

The days of holding a single job are over. Most of us have many careers in our lifetime. Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show,” had a couple in one night when he had to fill in for his injured, no-show guest, Bono of the rock band U2.

Enjoy this inspirational video of Jimmy rocking his guitar, and harmonica while belting out the U2 hit “Desire” with his house band, The Roots backing him up.

It’s pure classic Bono-like rock at the 2:45 point. This is not your mama’s “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. Times are a’ changing’. We dare you to watch the video and not smile, dance or feel at least a little uplifted. Two thumbs up for Jimmy Fallon.




Interstellar: Movie for our Times

By Open | Openhand

Have you seen Interstellar yet? For me, it’s an absolutely marvelous movie, with deep metaphoric messages for all those contemplating the destiny of humanity. Mankind is being spoken to, in no uncertain terms. Not in the traditional way where thoughts and words are so easily misunderstood. Instead, it’s being done very cleverly through many channels including the movies. But it’s so important not to take things literally. We’re being spoken to in an ancient way: through parable and metaphor…

Messages in the Movies… again!

I don’t wish to spoil the plot for you, so without giving too much away, it portrays exceptionally well, the plight humanity currently finds itself in. The name of the movie would imply the solution is sought through deep travel in outer space – and that is certainly part of the journey the key characters find themselves embarked upon. But it’s only a part of the story. There’s a very subtle and powerful twist, which takes them yet deeper still. I’d say in the direction all humanity is now being invited to travel – interdimensionally.

Times are changing. Quickly. But as yet, we still have to read the metaphoric interplay to get the full message. We have to watch what goes on in the outer, yes indeed. But what’s vitally important, is to observe the subtle inner interplays as a direct result of this outer ‘movie’. Then we’ll integrate the big picture, and shift our consciousness as a result.

So go and see the movie. For me it’s a great one. I couldn’t move from my seat long after the credits had disappeared. Such was the shift, tears were rolling down my cheeks. Here’s the trailer…




‘Redacted Tonight’ Video: The Daily Show with Teeth

Dennis Trainor, Jr  |  PopularResistance.org  | June 3 2014

Lee Camp sits down for an interview with Dennis Trainor, Jr. to discuss his new 30-minute weekly comedy show on RT, Redacted Tonight.

https://youtu.be/oRjwV0R9juM

“In my opinion, (Redacted Tonight) is The Daily Show with sharper teeth,” says Camp. “The Daily Show is incredibly funny, and I don’t deny that, and I’m a huge fan of The Daily Show, but,” Camp notes, “as Chris Hedges has said, ‘Colbert and Stewart are allowed to go after the foibles of out leaders but they can’t go after the deeper concerns. (Such as) the deeper idea that the two main political parties are completely bought by these corporations and aren’t speaking for the people.”

Lee also talks about his new stand up video special, We Are Nothing, the Liz Wahl, Abby Martin kerfuffle, and what it is like to have Vladimir Putin have editorial control over a comedy show. Ok, the thing about Putin is a joke, but Trainor forces the issue not once, but twice.
Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs on the RT network every Friday night at 8PM & 11:30PM EST and is published inline at RT.com.

About Reacted Tonight with Lee Camp |
With reality now seeming like a Shakespearean comedy, perhaps only comedy can truly bring truth to the people. DC-born comedian Lee Camp and a talented cast do just that with RT America’s first comedy show – Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp. This is not your grandparents’ satire program. Every week Redacted Tonight will provide comedy news with a punch. This weekly satire show tackles all the real news stories the mainstream media failed to mention and provides new angles on the ones they do.

In the premiere episode of the show (watch here) “Lee Camp takes a swipe at Monsanto…

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MUST SEE: Singing Nun Is the Fastest Growing Internet Sensation Ever After Performing On Italian Version of “The Voice”

Source:TheVoiceOf Italy

A Sicilian nun named Sister Cristina Scuccia has become the fastest growing internet phenomenon of all time after performing on the Italian version of The Voice.  Sister Scuccia, who stunned judges with her version of “No One” by Alicia Keys, has racked up over 33 million views on YouTube in just eight days.  When asked what brought her to audition on The Voice, Sister Scuccia cheerfully responded, “I have a gift and I am giving it to you.  Shouldn’t it be this way?”

Watch this video and witness the look of amazement on the faces of the judges after they press their buttons and turn to see who is singing. And feel the joy that Sister Scuccia exudes.  READ MORE HERE.