Russell Brand on “50 Shades”: Is Porn Ruining Our Ability to Have Healthy Sexuality?

Source: Russell Brand

Don’t let Russell Brands “casual” attire stop you from taking this video seriously. He makes some great points — like how our society is so obsessed with sexually-related media that even a conservative news source like Fox stopped their “war mongering” long enough to dive into a “50 Shades of Grey”-Inspired poll of people’s willingness to engage in S&M.

And he addresses some deep questions about how porn affects our ability to have authentic, loving sexual relations. I for one, respect his ability to be so nakedly honest about his own habits (check out 6:50 where he pretty much admits to still having a porn addiction by saying it’s something he “hasn’t been able to make a longterm commitment to not looking at”).

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Jupiter Ascending – a Spiritual Metaphor

Open | Openhand

jupiter ascendingThese spiritual films keep coming thick and fast. No wonder, we’re sailing through extraordinary times; humanity has an extraordinary tale to reveal. No matter that the mainstream keeps selling the lie, the truth is bubbling up in our consciousness and won’t be deterred. Movies and media have evolved the age-old art of story telling, where parable and metaphor convey truth so exquisitely for those tuned into their feelings. Yes it’s dramatical and fantastical, but so is the human story. “Jupiter Ascending” is another in a long line where you can glean some missing pieces of the jigsaw…

Just a fantasy?

I won’t spoil the story for you, and although just a fantasy, there are several essences of truth that literally leap off the screen…


  • The art of multidimensionality – moving freely in and out of different densities. All you star souls out there will know this well. It’s a gift that humanity is now just learning to embrace
  • It’s clear when you look at human genetics, there’s been plenty of tampering – there are too many things that could not have happened by chance, and provide no natural evolutionary advantage. The film alludes to the intentional seeding of man and provides a glimpse as to its purpose
  • You see many shades of The Intervention; the three principles involved, how they colluded together, and how they work unseen, behind the scenes; you see abductions and implants
  • In the leading character, you see our divine challenge and mission: the liberation and upliftment – the Ascension – of the divine feminine


Elevation of the divine feminine

Yes it’s just fantastical fantasy, but especially this last part touched me deeply. Being a catalyst, my personal mission is to confront and strip away density in the field – to help make space for the emergence and liberation of the divine feminine…

Because right now, in my humble observation, that’s what the world needs most of all – the elevation of the divine feminine. And our earthly mother Gaia needs it most of all. I feel that’s what all souls drawn here are working to achieve. I’ve shared this in detail in my book…Divinicus.

With its flash bangs and battles, the movie won’t be for all sensitives, but I do commend it for its capacity to fill in some of those missing blanks.

Here’s the trailer. Enjoy…


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5 Food Documentaries That Will Make You Think


food incWe eat too much processed and fast food. 

Corn in some form is contained in almost every processed food we buy. 

The way food is grown and produced harms our health, small farms, and the environment, and treats the animals that become our food horrendously. 

… These are all things we know about the condition of food and health in the US, but nothing makes these messages clearer than the following five powerful food documentaries. 

These movies will change the way you eat and live, and completely open your eyes to the state of food in the US.

King Corn 

2007’s King Corn tells the story of two college friends who move from Boston to Iowa to grow and farm corn. Through the eyes of these two new farmers, we learn about the growing role corn plays in American society. 

We see how the industrial production of corn has harmed family farms and public and environmental health, and that this is a trend that isn’t isolated to corn farming, but rather a symptom of the way we grow and produce food in the US.

Super-Size Me 

This famous film from 2004 follows narrator and star Morgan Spurlock as he eats nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days straight. Very quickly into the experiment, he develops numerous health problems—both physical and emotional—but nevertheless continues his crazy diet. 

Throughout the experiment he interviews experts and consumers about fast food. In the end, we’re left with a poignant picture of what we all should know but sometimes need to be reminded of: fast food makes us fat and sick. 

You can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHR3GpLxr8o 

Food, Inc. 

Filmmaker Robert Kenner demonstrates how a few large corporations’ obsession with profit outweighs any concerns about public health, farmers’ ability to get by, the safety of workers, and the health of the environment. These corporations have tried to develop more ‘perfect foods,’ like larger chickens, seeds that are resistant to herbicides, and even produce that won’t go bad. 

But as the documentary shows, these new foods are having disastrous consequences, both on our health and on the environment. Food, Inc. will truly open your eyes to the sad state of food production in the US today.

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CLN RADIO NEW EPISODE! – The Metaphysics of Conspiracy and World Events

Alexis sits down with filmmaker and conspiracy researcher Sean Stone along with 21st Century Wire’s Patrick Henningsen and Dean Ryan to discuss the esoteric underpinnings of world events.


On location in Los Angeles at the 13th Annual Conscious Life Expo

Who says discussion about world events, history, and yes even conspiracy can’t be fun. After sitting down with film director, producer and alternative historian Sean Stone along with 21st Century Wire’s own Patrick Henningsen and Dean Ryan, I’m convinced that even serious discussion can have it’s own flavor of humor and lightheartedness. Granted, the subject of this roundtable talk which took place on-location in Los Angeles at the Conscious Life Expo was anything but funny. We discuss the complexities of the esoteric side of conspiracy and Global events. But blend knowledge with extensive research and add a pinch of tongue and cheek and what you’ll get is a recipe for an energetic and exciting discussion and a honest desire to want to learn even more.

Among the topics we cover are:

  • The technology of mirrors and the effect it has on perceiving reality.
  • The mass effectiveness of constructed reality.
  • The war of information vs. the war of credibility.
  • The contrast of conspiracy theory acceptance in different parts of the world.
  • The Nazi influence on mental processing and world events and their utilization of magical techniques.
  • The esoteric underpinnings of World War I according to Aleister Crowley.
  • The ritualistic aspects of Global events.
  • The role drills play in current events – is there a ritualistic angle?
  • The metaphysical creation of “prophecy” as a forerunner to events (i.e. in movies and television).
  • The influence of non-human intelligence like the DjinnExtraterrestrials and other entities on physical reality.

Listen to this exclusive interview FREE and ON DEMAND!

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More about our guests:

sean_stone_154x200Sean Stone son of controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone has acted in his father’s films such as Wall Street, The Doors, JFK, Natural Born Killers and many more. He has starred and directed in his own feature film Greystone Park.  Sean joined the team of investigators for the Tru TV hit Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura. Sean currently hosts an alternative media show ‘Buzzsaw’ featuring interviews with whistleblowers, styling itself as the ‘real X files’ looking into the hidden agendas behind the news.




Patrick HenningsenPatrick Henningsen is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. He is currently based in London, England and is the managing editor of 21st Centry Wire.com which covers exposés on intelligence, foreign policy, the war on terror, technology and Wall Street as well as climate change.




dean-ryan_154Dean Ryan is a writer and social commentator.  Dean has worked with Alex Jones’ Infowars and Coast to Coast AM as a segment producer.  Then as an associate producer of Alex Jones’ film Obama Deception II (unreleased).  He later went on to projects with filmmaker Sean Stone and activist Adam Kokesh that have challenged corrupt governments and the mainstream media.  Today you can find Dean Ryan spreading the message of freedom in film, television, radio and by any means necessary.

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If you enjoyed this episode you’ll definitely want to check out:

Dynamics of the Reality Matrix and Reclaiming Individual Power with Jon Rappoport

Shadow People and the Djinn – A Conversation with Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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Deceased Filmmaker’s Documentary Finally Released – Gray State: The Rise

Amanda Warren | Activist Post

grey state THE riseLast week, we reported on the tragic and mysterious death of film producer David Crowley, his wife and young daughter who were all found dead in their Apple Valley, MN home, weeks after the incident took place. Few details have emerged since then. The latest news pieces such as here and here leave more questions than answers. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, all three have been officially identified and died from gunshot wounds to the heads, weeks ago. Even though the deaths were being treated as suspicious and the back sliding door was found ajar, police have labeled it a murder-suicide.

The direction of the production and release of Crowley’s anticipated fictional film Gray State – which depicted a bleak America with totalitarian rule, a police state and detainment camps – is unknown. However, a rough cut of the dual production documentary, Gray State: The Rise is available to watch.

The 2hr 39m film (below) features significant video bytes as well as interviews from Adam Miller, Col. Douglas McGregor, Adam Kokesh, Luke Rudkowski, Stewart Rhodes, Mark Dice, Alex Jones, Jason Bermas, David Crowley and more. The original finished version was to feature Abby Martin,Aaron Dykes, Jordan Page, and many more.

This is the raw, uncut an unfinished version of Gray State: The Rise. One upload made, possibly by the original uploader, was then removed out of respect for family and contributors. A news story makes it clear that Crowley was on the brink of releasing the final version a few weeks from December 17th which might be the last time anyone had contact with him. It is unclear if the world will ever see that version. Since the video of his project is publicly available, we have posted one below. Two other upload sources for it are here and here.

The content centers on the ruling elite, government corruption, deliberate economic devastation, police state tactics – militarization of police and brutalization, problem-reaction-solution, mass indoctrination/propaganda, all forms of surveillance, counterterrorism, left/right political paradigms, individualism, communism, cognitive dissonance, military and war.



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Hero Or Killer? ‘American Sniper’ Movie Raises Controversy Over Iraq War


The movie ‘American Sniper’ based on the memoirs of Navy Seal Chris Kyle has grabbed six Oscar nominations and shattered US box-office records. In the process it’s also inflamed debate over US wars. Kyle served in Iraq and was credited with being America’s deadliest sniper. After leaving the army he was shot dead by a fellow veteran he was trying to help. RT’s Marina Portnaya takes a look at the controversy around the film.

“AIDependence: The Many Ills of the NGO System” – Free Online Screening Begins Jan 12 (For Two Weeks Only)

AIDependence-documentaryAfter many years of receiving a considerable amount of foreign aid, Haiti remains an impoverished and fragile state.  The documentary AIDependence goes on a quest to answer the question: Do our generous donations actually have the desired effect or do they controversially provoke an unhealthy dependence?

“They think they are working towards development, but they’re destroying the very people they are trying to help”, says 26 year old Louino Robillard, alias “Robi”, resident of  Haitis biggest slum, Cité Soleil, in the first scene of AIDependence. He is talking about the exorbitant amount of people working for non-profit-organizations that have been present in Haiti for several generations.

The documentary follows the young Haitian adult Robi, citizen of the poorest slum in the western hemisphere, Cité Soleil, and Sabina, his American girlfriend and former aid worker. Together they work to change the traditional system of aid and are partisans of a Haitian movement called “Konbit Soley Leve” that aims to make Haitians responsible again of their own destiny.

AIDependence tells the story of the extremely controversial relationship between the people of Haiti and aid organizations, exposing the negative side effects that aid creates such as dependency, corruption as well as the destruction of the economy and solidarity.

January 12th 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake.  A quake of magnitude seven struck the impoverished nation of Haiti resulting in more than 200,000 deaths and leaving more than 1 million homeless, attracting thousands of well-intentioned helpers, ready to save the small island.

Yet, Haiti’s strong dependence on foreign aid has a history of more than 30 years. The increased need since the earthquake of 2010 is just one chapter in its long history of receiving financial support. However, as is the case in many developing countries, these well-meant outside efforts have led to very few concrete and visible results.

The international, developmental aid has often not cultivated the personal initiative of Haitians, but rather inhibited it, because the aid does not focus on human beings, but on concrete projects and the influx of materials, which the locals sometimes do not even need.

AIDependence breaks stereotypes about aid, non-governmental organizations “NGOs” and a life in poverty. Using the example of Haiti, a country with one of the highest numbers of NGOs per capita in the world, the 90 minutes documentary shows that good intentions aren’t always good enough.

AIDependence celebrated its world premiere at the FIPA international film festival in Biarritz, France and has been shown in many cinemas worldwide. Now, it will be freely available to watch online for two weeks starting on the evening of the 12th of January, in regards to the fifth anniversary of the earthquake. You’ll find it on the following link: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/aidependence, using the password: aidependence

The trailer can be viewed here: https://aidependence.com/the-trailer.html
For more information: https://aidependence.com/

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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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…

Jeremy Renner’s ‘Kill the Messenger’ Exposes CIA Cocaine Trafficking


Source:Mark Dice

Jeremy Renner stars in the explosive new film titled ‘Kill the Messenger’ – which exposes CIA cocaine trafficking. The film based on the true story of Gary Webb (portrayed by Renner) of the San Jose Mercury News.

10 Keys to Enlightenment Revealed in Cinema

Marc Oromaner |Waking Times

cinemaWhen you’ve seen as many movies as I have, you begin to see that they all follow a certain pattern. This is true not just of movies, but of all great stories ranging from those found in classic mythology and literature to modern TV series and video games.Joseph Campbell called it the monomyth or hero’s journey. It’s basically a series of steps that the protagonist must go through during the course of his or her adventure. In addition to this, there are also a number of spiritual principles that often find their way into storytelling. By combining these principles with the monomyth, you can pretty much figure out where just about any story is headed. While this skill has proven to be incredibly annoying to my wife, it’s come in very handy for me. Not because I’ve continually annoyed her with my usually correct movie and TV show predictions, but because I’ve noticed that these storytelling rules apply to more than just fictitious stories. They also apply to real life.

One of my favorite moments of any movie happens in The Karate Kid when Mr. Miyagi shows Daniel that all his seemingly pointless wax-on, wax-off chores were actually for a higher purpose. Daniel comes to realize that he was learning and training in karate all along and didn’t even realize it.

The scene is reminiscent of when Dorothy learns that she could’ve gone home at any time by clicking her red ruby slippers together. But the point was the journey, not the destination. Similarly, many of you have been reading these blog posts for a long time, but perhaps, not applying the insights along the way. For many years, I’ve been writing about how life is not random. That it runs by a series of very specific rules that are hidden within our mythology and designed to help us navigate life’s challenges. Well, now it’s time to point out what you’ve been learning all along. And if this is the first Layman article you’ve ever read, not to worry. Think of this as the Cliff’s Notes version that will save you from having to read the other ninety-three articles I’ve posted here so far.

Combining what I’ve learned from movies, TV series, video games, mythology, The Bible, Kabbalah, books, comics, various spiritual principles, lectures, and life, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are dozens of rules that apply to stories as well as reality. Of course, if this were true, it would have some pretty heavy implications about whether reality is actually real. But that’s a discussion for another article.

For now, I’d just like to list the major principles so you can see for yourself whether or not they ring true for you. These rules are found in pretty much every story and religion—ever. But most of us never really think of them as actual rules that apply to the real world. But they are. Think of this as the Long Lost Instruction Book To The Game of Life. Better late than never.

RULE #1: To be successful at any new venture, you must take a leap of faith.

If it’s your dream to be something, do something, or have something new, it will remain a dream unless you first take a leap of faith. You cannot fully grasp a new undertaking unless your first let go of what you’re already holding onto. To move forward you must release what’s holding you back, no matter how much comfort it brings you. A leap of faith means that you fully commit to something new, confident that you will succeed, or better yet, believing that you have already succeeded. In order to do this, your dream must be bigger than your fear.

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy took a step into an abyss only to land on a hidden platform he hadn’t seen. This platform led him to the Holy Grail. In Lost, Hurley and Charlie rode a VW van down a steep hill towards a boulder and were only able to turn the ignition on in the final seconds. And in every movie ever where someone or something is trying to fly for the first time (DumboThe Boy Who Could FlyChitty Chitty Bang Bang [a movie I’ve never seen, but looked it up and sure enough…]) instead of taking off from the ground, they must always leap off a cliff from which failure is not an option.)

My brother used to say, “if you have something to fall back on, you will.” Once you take the leap of faith, there’s no going back—only forward. So if you’re looking to get that dream job, first leave your old one. If you want to find true love, stop seeing your friend with benefits. Or, if you want to completely change your life, go on a walkabout in the middle of nowhere. It always works in the movies! And since our world works by the same rules, it will work here as well.

RULE #2: To achieve anything of merit, you must step outside your comfort zone.

Seems kind of obvious. And it’s something that most of us already know. But then how come so few of us actually do it? Well, because it’s uncomfortable! In order to grow, you must do what makes you uncomfortable. The more uncomfortable, the more the growth. Becoming a true adult requires stepping outside the protective barrier of your parents, and even going beyond their expectations of you. The younger you are when you do this, the more growth. This is why most superheroes and Disney protagonists areorphaned at a young age—it forces the most growth.

So, if you have something that you want in life, be proactive. As they say, “act in spite of fear,” because action cures fear and then there will be one less thing you’re afraid of. So challenge yourself, because if you don’t, but continue to put energy into your desires, life will do the challenging for you. And its challenges are usually worse since you didn’t set them in motion yourself. Had Luke not objected to leaving with Obi Wahn initially, his aunt and uncle wouldn’t have needed to die. The crook who killed Peter Parker’s uncle wouldn’t have been able to do so had Peter stopped him when he’d originally had the chance. And if Woody had gone right to the police…

RULE #3: Energy flows where the mind goes.

As Einstein’s famous formula proved, energy and matter are interchangeable when multiplied by the speed of light squared. So if your thoughts and the emotions you connect them to are energy, theoretically they should be able to manifest mass along with a projected doubling of light. I’d say the light is the appearance of the holographic item in this illusionary world and its duplicate in the spiritual world above where it’s projected from. But without getting too metaphysical, let’s just imagine that your thoughts have a certain energy. The higher the frequency and repetition of a thought, and the more powerful the emotion it’s attached to, the more energy it has. And the more energy it has, the more likely it is to manifest in your life.

Want to know what you think about the most? Look at what’s all around you. Do you think about money or lack of money, love or lack of love, having time or no time, being healthy or sick, anger or happiness, gratefulness or longing? It’s funny, all of this pseudo science is hidden in our various religions. But it’s not for God’s benefit that we need to feel grateful and to pray—it’s for ours! The leprechaun/genie-esque trick to all this is that you have to be careful what you wish for! Be specific. Focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want. Energy doesn’t know the difference. It just gives you what you give energy to. So whatever you want, focus on having it—like you already have it. Fake it until you make it. Be the change you want to see. Because what you resist, persists. There’s wisdom in all these sayings.

And of course, the wisdom shows up in our stories too. In Rudy, a small, average athlete obsesses about playing football for Notre Dame, and does (and it’s based on a true story)! In The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya spends his life repeating what he’ll say the day he meets the six-fingered man who killed his dad, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Not surprisingly, he meets him.

Unfortunately, he didn’t put much energy into planning what happens after that. And in A Christmas Story,young Ralphie dreams of owning an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, despite everyone else insisting that he’ll shoot his eye out—which he almost does when he finally gets one! Why? They planted their negative thoughts into him!

RULE #4: All obstacles are placed in your way to call out your inner strength.

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. No pain, no gain. From rejection comes direction. Pain pushes you until the vision pulls you. There are hundreds of proverbs and quotes about this simple truth. And yet, when something goes wrong, most of us still freak out. Whenever you are getting challenges in your life, the reason is because you are not yet strong enough to take on the life you have envisioned. The bigger your dream, the more obstacles you must overcome. The more proactive you are with them (see rule #2), the less likely they will need to come at you unexpectedly.

This rule is pretty much featured in every story ever. Without the terminator on her trail, Sarah Connor never would’ve become the person who raised the leader of a rebellion. Had he never been kidnapped and suffered a severe chest injury, Tony Stark never would’ve created the suit that would transform him into Iron Man. And of course, without Goliath, David would’ve just been a shepherd boy.

RULE #5: When life gives you lemons make lemonade.

This proverb usually relates to making the most of a negative situation, but I also see it as making the most of multiple negative situations (you can make better lemonade with multiple lemons than just one). According to most mythological stories, when things are at their very worst, you will almost always then face another obstacle that makes it seem like now you’re really screwed. But the new obstacle is actually a solution in disguise.

Imagine being pinned under a block of ice underwater and all of a sudden a giant killer shark is coming at you. This was actually a scene in Ice Age 2. What did the hero do? He used the shark to jolt into the ice which set him free. As Spider-Man said in an early comic, “according to the latest superhero manual, the well-trained costumed crime-fighter turns every obstacle into an advantage.” He said this after being surrounded by a group of thugs who then spilled oil in front of him so he’d slip. Instead, he skated on the oil right past them!

This is a rule of life. Every obstacle is meant to prop us up to the next level—and two are meant to help slingshot us to success. Dealing with health issues and then you lose your job? Maybe the new job will have better health benefits. Running away from a wild animal and then you’re trapped at the edge of a cliff? Duck as it pounces and watch it sail over the edge. Wondering how you’ll escape a cave-in and then suddenly your flashlight dies? Perhaps in the darkness you can see some light coming from the outside world. While some of these scenarios are a bit fantastical, the point is that often times we unknowingly manifest the second obstacle to help us escape the first. So if you’ve got a problem, keep an eye out for yet another problem and see if there’s a way that it can help solve the original.

RULE #6: All weaknesses are really hidden strengths in disguise.

You know that thing that you hate about yourself? That thing that’s unique to you that’s been causing you trouble for as long as you can remember? It’s your ticket to inner growth. Hidden within your greatest weakness lies your greatest strength.

In Wanted, the protagonist suffers from dizzy spells and headaches that prevent him from effectively doing his job. Turns out that he has undeveloped telekinetic powers that he learns to master. Dumbo’s giant ears enabled him to fly. And of course, the most famous misfit of all, Rudolph’s shiny nose guided Santa through the storm, and Rudolph into history.

In life, being different offers the chance to see problems from a different perspective and often solve them. This is why they say that the misfits are the ones who often change the world. Disabilities help people grow mentally stronger and more tolerant. They can also lead to adaptations that may be perfected to be even more effective than whatever they are compensating for. Regardless of whatever the perceived weakness is, it must be confronted head-on or else you will never reach your true potential.

RULE #7: Life will make you face your greatest fear.

Remember the tagline from the movie Poltergeist? “It knows what scares you.” Life is exactly like that. It will continually challenge you with your greatest fears and weaknesses. Why? So that you can overcome them! If you can overcome your greatest demons then there is nothing that can scare you. In mythology, doing this allows you to achieve a new level. You’ve overcome the fear of death, or escaped death itself, and are now transformed. So Jesus is resurrected, Gandalf the Grey becomes Gandalf the WhiteNeo becomes “the one,” Pinocchio becomes real, Luke become a Jedi, and on and on.

As I’ve written, your destiny is the path to the one thing you’d most love to do that most terrifies you. In order to achieve it therefore, you must overcome your fear. So once again we see that what may appear as challenges or fearful events in our lives are really meant to help us achieve our dreams—to become the highest versions of ourselves.

RULE #8: There are no accidents.

The first time I heard about the concept that “everything happens for a reason” (or its close cousin, “there are no coincidences”) was when I read Celestine Prophesy years ago. While it’s something of a cliché now, I’d never heard anything like it back then, and it sent me on a completely new course that probably led to the creation of this blog. The amazing thing about this concept is that if true, it has incredible implications about the world in which we live. For starters, it’s not random. There are forces guiding us. “Magic fingers” asJoseph Campbell called them. Perhaps a higher version of each of us guides its representation on this world. Or, maybe our mind creates our reality. Whatever the details, it seems obvious that life is not just a series of random happenings. We seem to be on a path, and when we stray from it, we are nudged back on.

There are countless myths, stories, and movies, where a seemingly random event or chance encounter proves to be vital to the future of the hero. A monkey eats from a bowl of dates meant for Indiana Jones inRaiders of the Lost Ark, only to die, alerting Indy to the poisoned fruit. Shortly after purchasing the droid R5-D4 in Star Wars, it malfunctions, and Luke takes R2-D2 along with his embedded message, instead. In The Goonies, Chunk accidentally knocks over a water cooler, and the dripping water alerts the gang to a hidden passage beneath the fireplace.

Sometimes, a coincidental event or encounter is so far beyond chance alone, the protagonist feels compelled to comment on just how unbelievable it is, as Humphrey Bogart does in one of the most famous movie quotes of all time, “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” We’ve all had these unbelievable moments. Why they happen isn’t as important as recognizing that when they do, they represent an important crossroads where multiple destinies or life paths are intersecting. There’s great power in those moments because at any intersection we have the option of choosing which path to take. From what I’ve learned in movies and mythology, always choose the more challenging path. It will enable you to grow quicker so that the universe doesn’t have to force its challenges on you. (See Rule #2)

RULE #9: The meek shall inherit.

What’s that movie where the nice, nerdy guy who constantly gets picked on gets killed by the bully? It’s no movie since that movie has never been made. And if it has, you’ve never heard of it because it went straight to video—unless it was like some foreign tearjerker that won an Academy Award for originality.

No, the nerdy kid who gets picked on always wins in the end. Because even if in real life you are a bully, you’ll always relate more to the victim. So movies like Revenge of the NerdsRudy, Spider-Man, Kick-Ass, The Neverending StoryLittle Shop of Horrors, the Karate Kid,Weird ScienceHarry Potter, and many more, inspire us to fight the powers that always try to keep us down.

While in real life, the meek rarely achieve greatness, the point is more about how pain and suffering makes us stronger. All you need is a big dream that’s bigger than the pain you feel in life and you will grow strong enough to reach your goal. This is why most of the meek protagonists in films are visionaries and dreamers. They are putting an ideal higher than themselves, and this lack of ego connects them to something more powerful than themselves, or anyone who stands in their way.

RULE #10: To achieve true inner peace, one must let go of all attachments and expectations.

Joseph Campbell said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Similarly, John Lennon said, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” “And of course, the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi advised, “Let go Luke.” In story after story, the heroes have their sights set on some personal goal, only to find themselves thrown into some other cause that turns out to be a more fulfilling experience than anything they’d ever wanted for themselves.

Luke Skywalker had wanted to train at the Imperial Academy, but his detour took him straight to the frontlines of the Rebellion. Dorothy just wanted to go home, but wound up saving Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West. Peter Parker wanted to earn some money with his new super strength, but ended up using his powers to fight evil. Flynn from Tron, Quaid from Total Recall, and Sully from Avatar, just wanted to have a virtual experience in a fantastical world, but they all wound up saving those worlds—just as you have the potential to save this one, if you’re willing to sacrifice your own personal pleasures for the greater good.

Why does it work that way? For a few reasons. First, if we are truly being guided by a higher force or more enlightened version of ourselves, then it’s probably safe to assume that it knows better than we do and when we try to resist its guidance, we will meet with resistance. Just like a parent’s guidance with a small child, the path we are being directed to take is probably not what we feel like doing, but in the long run is likely to be for our own good.

Secondly, in most stories and myths, materialism is shown again and again to be merely the tools of this world, not its main goal. If this world is indeed illusionary, than all of its elements that can be detected by our five senses must be illusionary as well, and therefore, not of main importance. The important thing is our experience, and growth through that experience, not stuff. Nobody gets to take their material collections to the next world. But perhaps wisdom and experience do stay with us.

Third, you can’t pour more water into a glass that’s already full. Similarly, if you’re already closed to new experiences and think you know what’s best for you, you won’t be open to what actually might be best for you. Like a child with a temper tantrum you will continually go kicking and screaming through life as it tries to nudge you on your path. If you stubbornly keep returning to where you’d left off and refuse to try something new, you will continue to go nowhere. Life would go so much smoother if you could just be open to new possibilities and to a higher source guiding you to your destiny. If that destiny is not what you had envisioned for yourself, it will most likely be even more fulfilling than what you’d planned.

If you are indeed lucky enough to get to a point where you have no attachments or expectations, then you can know true inner peace and contentment. And at that stage, nothing can make you unhappy because nothing is required for you to be happy. The person who can reach this level is truly enlightened.

And what must you do to let go of your attachments? Believe that something better awaits you with a leap of faith, and then the cycle begins again. These series of steps aren’t done once and then you’re done. They repeat again and again throughout life, a cycle that uplifts like a spiral staircase. The challenges do get harder and harder. They have to because as you complete them you get stronger and stronger. The same challenges you experienced as a kid are simple once you reach adolescence—assuming you’ve grown. That’s why they have to keep changing. The themes however, remain similar and continue to repeat until you’ve mastered them.

Life becomes much easier once you are familiar with its rules. Because as you face each, you’ll recognize it for what it is and understand its greater purpose. Want to have fun while learning these rules? Watch any mythological movie: any Disney movie, fairytale, sci-fi epic, inspirational story, underdog tale, superhero origin story, or movie that’s based on a true story. Then, make a checklist of these ten rules and check off each one you recognize throughout the film. You can even make it a drinking game if you want. Either you drink every time one of these rules is illustrated in the story, or your friends drink if you call it out before they do. Not only will you be learning about life’s rules, you’ll be having fun and therefore be attracting more fun experiences into your life. Just don’t get too attached to them.

May your inner spark grow to light your way,
The Layman

About the Author

Marc Oromaner is the author of The Myth of Lost, which deciphers the hidden wisdom of the hit TV show and explains how we can use this wisdom to overcome challenges and uncover our destiny. His website, The Layman’s Answers To Everything, points out the patterns that run through all great stories including our own. These patterns are clues that are meant to guide us towards a life full of love, light, and fulfillment.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

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New Captain America Film Takes On Obama’s Kill List and the New World Order

Lucas Bowser | Activistpost | May 18th 2014

movieWe can add Captain America: The Winter Soldier to the list of recent blockbuster films containing themes that are critical of America’s growing police state and war on terror. Other major films like Oblivion, Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games, and Star Trek: Into Darkness have all recently taken shots at these important issues, but none have packed quite the patriotic punch that Marvel’s symbolic fascism fighter has delivered in this new sequel.

Jammed inside the 2 hour and 16 minute superhero flick, you will find a full range of important, timely, and often taboo political topics covered within a political conspiracy/spy thriller framework. Among the issues covered in the film are: drone warfare, pre-crime law enforcement technology, Obama’s targeted kill list, state secrets whistleblowers, mind-controlled government assassins, NSA-style surveillance, the U.S. government’s Operation Paperclip, and the proposition of sacrificing liberty for the promise of security. The politically potent film also affirms the impact that the counter-culture of “conspiracy theory” has had on the mainstream, with the plot centered around a rogue network within the government, secretly orchestrating world events to achieve a long-term agenda for a totalitarian New World Order.

This isn’t just my creative, interpretive analysis of the film either. The film’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, stated that in order to make a good political thriller, they needed to make it relevant by covering the current issues that concerned them most. In an interview with Mother Jones, co-director Joe Russo explained, “we just looked at the issues that were causing anxiety for us, because we read a lot and are politically inclined. And a lot of that stuff had to do with civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president’s kill list, preemptive technology.”

The chronicles of Captain America have been incorporated with real-world events and politics since the comic’s creation in 1941, when the hero dutifully fought Nazis for the US government during World War II. Just as the character captured what many thought to be a patriotic ideal at the time, this new film mirrors modern America, as it depicts the superhero awakening to a more sophisticated conception of patriotism in the face of a monumental corruption of power. (Spoilers ahead)

We find Steve Rogers aka Captain America questioning authority early on in the film when he realizes he was kept in the dark on a rescue mission he was assigned to lead for the CIA-like intelligence agency SHIELD.
After the mission, which turned out to be a cover for an embedded covert operation to retrieve data, Rogers (Chris Evans) confronts SHIELD’s director, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and challenges the deceptive practices he uses to achieve hidden objectives. Fury tells Rogers, “it’s called compartmentalization. Nobody spills the secrets because nobody knows them all.” “Except you,” Rogers returns.

Fury then briefs Rogers on a secret program that embodies a wide assortment of today’s hot button subjects, like pre-crime law enforcement, drone warfare, Obama’s secret drone kill listdrone spying and other mass data collection and surveillance programs. It’s called Project Insight, and it’s essentially a system of interlinked mega drones that collect and analyze the population’s private information in order to designate people as future threats and preventively kill them. Fury informs Rogers that the drones “can read a terrorist’s DNA before he steps outside his spider hole,” and that the plan is to, “neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen.”

Rogers again expresses his dissent, telling Fury, “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime.” He then accuses him of “holding a gun at everyone on Earth and calling it protection.” “This isn’t freedom. This is fear,” Rogers remarks. Fury tells him it’s past time to get with the program, to which Rogers responds, “don’t hold your breath” as he walks away.

Already holding his own suspicions of Project Insight, Fury tries to delay the program only to find himself targeted by his superior, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) a former American State Department official. Pierce heads an organization similar to the UN called the World Security Council, which oversees SHIELD and therefore Project Insight. Pierce’s character emerges as the main supervillain of the film, as he first sends a mind-controlled assassin (the Winter Soldier) to kill Fury, then attempts to immobilize Captain America as well, in order to protect Insight and his broader agenda.

Rogers, now designated by Pierce as a fugitive from the government, is forced to fight the very system he worked for, as he and fellow SHIELD member, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) battle the Winter Soldier and the SWAT-style counter terrorism teams working for the compromised SHIELD agency.

Rogers and Romanoff soon discover the deeper plot inside an old, hidden SHIELD bunker containing a huge system of computer databanks. By activating the system, they awaken a former Nazi scientist Dr. Arnim Zola, who had uploaded his consciousness into the computers as a way to avoid death (an idea explored by some of today’s futurists like Ray Kurzweil.) While attempting to stall Rogers, Zola explains that the fascist, Nazi-affiliated, secret society Hydra, has infiltrated SHIELD since its inception after WWII. Rogers learns how SHIELD recruited top Nazi scientists after the war during “Operation Paperclip,” in a plot point keenly modeling the real life project of the same name.

Zola states that, “Hydra was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom,” but from the war they learned that to avoid mass resistance, “humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly.” To illustrate Hydra’s political manipulation through history, Zola shows Rogers a video montage of world events that includes assassinations of influential figures, as he states, “for seventy years hydra has been secretly feeding crisis, reaping war. And when history did not cooperate, history was changed.”

Captain America angrily slams his fist through the computer display when Zola claims victory, telling Rogers, “Hydra created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. Once the purification process is complete, Hydra’s New World Order will arise.”

Zola also revealed that he created an algorithm for Insight, which is later revealed to be a program that can sift through the personal data collected by the mega drones and select targets for assassination by determining who poses a threat to Hydra and their agenda for world control, rather than targeting actual terrorists posing a threat to humanity. As it turns out, the algorithm-derived targeted kill list features Captain America along with other superheros, American political figures, and what seem to be regular American citizens. This is comparable to how the war on terror is used by the power structure to protect itself from those who threaten it, not to protect the citizens from terrorists as it was promoted.

In the end, they shut down Project Insight before it’s fully activated, Fury is forced to kill Pierce, and Rogers moves to dismantle SHIELD altogether. In another scene reflecting aspects of real life politics, Romanoff plays the role of a whistleblower who attempts to publicly expose the corrupt SHIELD by accessing the organization’s internal files and posting the information online for the world to see. She later faces a Senate subcommittee over the matter, which questions whether or not she is the criminal who should be imprisoned. In reality, whistleblowers have faced this kind of treatment for a long time, and despite Obama’s early promises, his administration has been been particularly harsh on them.

It must be worrisome for the establishment to see blockbuster movies with themes coming straight out of the, “conspiricist underground.” Last year, Roberto Orci was criticized for including 9/11 conspiracy themes in the Star Trek Into Darkness film. Slate columnist and former Think Progresswriter, Alyssa Rosenberg, said that she was uncomfortable with the Star Trek film’s critique of the War on Terror because of, “Orci’s publicly-stated beliefs that the September 11 attacks were an inside job.” Orci had also made statements revealing skepticism of the Boston Marathon bombing on his Twitter account, but despite the complaints of those who are upset with the “conspiracy theorist’s” involvement in the film, Orci has recently been selected to direct Star Trek 3.

While the Star Trek film’s political themes may have been hard for some to make out, the themes in Captain America are much more overt, and far surpass Star Trek Into Darkness in the “conspiracy theory” department. The central theme of The Winter Soldier is that the dominant intelligence apparatus has been steered by fascist forces, acting as a rogue network within the government, attempting to establish an authoritarian world empire, which is promoted euphemistically under the term New World Order.

This works against the establishment’s efforts to portray these concepts as being representative of radical, mentally ill extremists who are dangerous and pose some kind of a threat. The Department of Justice released a terms and concepts guide in 2010 for “investigating terrorism and criminal extremism,” warning about the phrase “New World Order” being “used by conspiracy theorists.”

National Post journalist Jonathan Kay, tried to tie New World Order conspiracies to unstable thinking and anti-semitism in his book, Among The Truthers, while the Southern Poverty Law Center attempts to connect extremists and “hate groups” to New World Order conspiracy theorizing.

These efforts haven’t seemed to hurt the films success, financially or critically. Rotten Tomatoesrates The Winter Soldier at an 89%, and Box Office Mojo puts the film at 85 on the list of all-time box office domestic grosses, beating out hits like Toy Story 2, Cars, and Ghostbusters, with a lifetime gross of $247,879,000. Most reviewers seem to appreciate the political messages with few complaints about conspiracy theories, although some just skipped over the themes, making very few connections at all. Slate’s movie critic, Dana Stevens, seemed more impressed with Scarlett Johansson than anything else. She said during a podcast review of the film that she was not clear what Captain America was fighting for, “except survival of SHIELD” and the “safety of their own organization,” although he is clearly fighting the organization and eventually shuts it down.

The film is well worth seeing, even if you aren’t typically a fan of superhero movies. It’s just as much of a political thriller as a superhero flick. Rather than wearing a spandex costume and possessing superpowers, the archvillain comes dressed in a suit and tie, disguised as a peace promoting, respectable politician, while wielding the machinery of the military industrial complex. A figure who snubbed a Nobel Peace Prize claiming, “peace wasn’t an achievement, it was a responsibility,” but who wants to “bring order to the lives of seven billion people by sacrificing twenty million.”

It is exciting that a very symbolic and mainstream franchise is carrying such a heavy political load in the direction of true freedom and liberty, as it juxtaposes the modern U.S. national security state with Nazi Germany through a narrative that has the two systems coming from the same source. The messages of the film point neither toward the political left nor right, and instead easily reach out to dissenters from multiple orientations having common concerns about the degradation of civil liberties and abuse of power. Rather than serving as a tool of state propaganda by fighting foes from the list of Washington’s contrived enemies in the real world, Captain America is instead fighting fascism where it poses its greatest threat; here at home.

You can read more from Lucas Bowser at his site Victory Post, where this article first appeared.

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The Internet’s Own Boy, a public-funded documentary about Aaron Swartz, the late computer prodigy and digital-rights activist, is set for release. The co-founder of the popular social networking service Reddit fought for a free and open Internet. But a US government case against the programmer is thought to have driven him to suicide at the age of 26. RT’s Marina Portnaya talked to the director of the documentary, Brian Knappenberger, about Swartz’s legacy.  Watch the official trailer for the documentary film below: