A hit at Sundance ’11 and winner of the Ediburgh Film Festival’s prize for Best New British Feature, the amazing genre creation directed by David Mackenzie stars Eva Green and Ewan McGregor as witnesses to the end of the world– strangers who form a desperate romantic connection in the face of an apocalyptic epidemic of sensory loss. — (C) IFC
In a future where Earth’s ecosystem verges on collapse, man-made robots roam the city to protect dwindling human life. When a robot overrides a key protocol put in place to protect human life, ROC Robotics insurance agent Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) is assigned to locate the source of the manipulation and eliminate the threat. What he discovers leads Vaucan, ROC Robotics and the police into a battle with profound consequences for the future of humanity. (C) Official Site
Originally, we, non-physical consciousness, interacted without predefined notions of ourselves, ie man and woman. We reflected eachother accurately, changing our behavior to match the interaction. If we were positive, we resonated with the most positive attributes of the other. Our interaction was then based on our true self (soul self), how we were feeling at the time (true from the heart feeling) with the other acting as a mirror. If no one else matched, then there was no interaction with another person. There still could be with life, or energy in general. We were in the flow of our energy (the energy created by the thoughts of our consciousness which matched our soul feelings), not confined to a definition of ourselves that defied resonating with another soul. As in, acting as mirrors to each other, as our soul selves. We brought out in each other our current state of mind.
As we experienced physicality and formed personalities with definitions of ourselves, our interactions became less a reflection of each other and more a holding of energy patterns despite resonant frequencies. In this new state, when holding onto an identity, we stay the same no matter who we are interacting with. This requires effort, creates discordance, and we are no longer out true selves. Our sense of self becomes the feeling of our physical body, not the feeling from our ‘heart’. Instead of listening to the thoughts associated with our true feelings, we listen to the thoughts in the shared mind/brain of the physical body. These thoughts are mapped to the sensations of the physical body. The physical body is created from our very being – our consciousness as it exists in ‘formlessness’.
Formlessness is existence as experienced in the dream state, less dense, more ethereal. That version of us, our actual selves, interacts with physical energy and creates physical manifestations as a result of our thoughts and feelings. Our actual feelings are translated to feelings in the body. Our thoughts are mapped to a form of communication, such as language. This translation is our experience in physicality. To interact truly as ourselves, we need to still the mind of the body and listen to our thoughts associate with our true feeling. We associate our true feeling with the soul, located in the heart.
For true interaction, without ego, without an identity of personality, we would be open to discovering ourselves with every interaction. Not knowing how the interaction will go, but just experiencing it. In this way, we reflect eacother. However, in physicality, we may end up preferring a personality or traits and hang onto the energy patterns of those traits within our physical body. This requires holding energy, no matter the interaction, thereby preventing the unhindered flow of it. When this happens, we are no longer reflecting each other. We are determined to be a specific, defined set of behavior patterns, even if it makes us look insane. At this point of commitment to our identity, we see this as ourselves. We no longer see ourselves as our soul self, the self of consciousness, our true energy. We see ourselves as the energy of physicality. Energy we are holding in place, no matter how exhausting, or painful it is. We fear to let go of this identity, this ego, for fear of losing ourselves and no longer existing. We have lost the ability to just flow as a consciousness.
This is the limitation of the ego. Considering we are eternal consciousness, we have been around for awhile. Some have been interacting with and around the energies of Earth for awhile in the form of re-incarnation. During each incarnation, a personality is formed during our life as our experience unfolds and we adhere to our beliefs or betray them. We most likely have incarnated as both a man and a woman. All of these personalities are energy patterns in our subconscious, or our consciousness. Each personality had interactions with other people, consciousnesses during its lifetime. These people, who may also be re-incarnating, may have repeated interactions with us over many lifetimes. We would have patterns of interaction with them in our subconscious, so that even if we don’t recognize the person consciously, we do subconsciously. Our consciousness, soul self recognizes the energetic signature of their soul self regardless of the physical energy of their body. These patterns are habits. Since we are no longer flowing freely in energetic interactions, we will try to hold the current personality energy as the previous life one tries to activate through resonance from previous interactions. This feels uncomfortable, produces unwanted feelings because we don’t feel ourself. For example, we may have sensations of sexual attraction, promiscuity come forth because in a previous life we were lovers with the other person. In this life you are married and that wouldn’t be acceptable, so you deny the resonance and hold onto your current definitions,
Since we have been around a long time, with this behavior, we are fighting ourselves and our understanding of ourselves. Our current personality may not be the most preferred, but we are so resolute about adhering to definitions that, even if the heart calls, we ignore it, to our own detriment. Our soul self feels it as pain. Because we have lost our sense of our true self and are no longer free. We are slaves to our definitions of ourselves and our beliefs. Beliefs can change. And the belief that we need to define ourselves is one that we would benefit from letting go. If we let ourselves respond to others as our heart dictates, we would discover ourselves more quickly, would work through our beliefs more quickly and would discover the other souls we cherish more quickly.
In the process of interacting with our environment, we form impressions via our senses. Our impressions are influenced by our beliefs, which act as a filter to our experience. Thoughts automatically come as we process our impressions and form ideas and opinions about them. So we begin with a set of beliefs, interact with our world and form opinions based on our initial impressions. Take the belief about beauty regarding gardens, for example. Most people identify beauty with cultivated flowers and the weeds are an eye sore. But if you let a garden go ‘to the weeds’, then take the time to look at it from a neutral point of view, it will show you a different kind of beauty. One that grew without deliberate design, but naturally, filled with life, color, texture, and contrast. You can re-define your idea about a beautiful garden by letting go of the initial belief and just observing what’s there, keeping yourself completely open to observing something new. Looking at things in a neutral way by suspending current beliefs about them allows you to see them in a new and maybe surprising way.
I apply this idea to my kids frequently by trying to suspend my pre-conceived notions about how I think they will behave and just watching what they do. For instance, instead of defining for them how their summer day might go, I let them define it themselves with complete acess to video games, tv, etc. With this freedom and the possibility of unlimited acess to those activities that are usually looked down upon, they actually choose a variety of activities on their own, which includes time playing outside, crafts, visiting the neighbor, choosing when to eat, watching very little tv and making up games to play. It’s a great way to truly see them for who they are as they express themselves naturally once given the freedom to follow their own choices. And they do surprise. One example is their own motivated cultivation of a potted plant garden consisting of the plants in the plants vs zombies video game. Who knew? It’s some thing I would never have seen in them if I banned them from playing video games because they integrate all of their activities into their life, so that a video game, for instance, leads to gardening.
It’s a challenging, but great way to practice mindful raising of kids and allowance of things that may challenge existing beliefs.