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Movie Review: Perfect Sense

   

MOVIE INFO

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

From Rotten Tomatoeshttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/perfect_sense/

This movie had a romantic apocalyptic theme with intense spiritual imagery.  It is about humanity slowly losing its connection to the human body with each sense being eliminated one at a time.  

First to go is smell.  This is preceded by intense grief.  The grief has people on their knees crying for love that they have lost, pain they have inflicted on others and for the pain of ther fellow humans.  Smell is connected to memory and the loss is symbolic of the forgetting of the hurtful experiences they created with others.  If you think back on any memory, and it causes you pain, then you have done something you regret and not rectified it through forgiveness.  The grief experienced in the movie was a remembering of all these events in their lives.  It is as if humanity is being forced to face itself spiritually, but they see it as a communicable disease.  Eventually they recover and life goes on without smell.

The next to go is taste.  This is preceded by a sudden, extreme urge to engorge themselves to the point where they are eating lipstick, carcasses, anything that is within reach that they can shove into their mouths.  This is uncontrollable, as if they have been taken over and force fed.  It lasts about 15 minutes, then they awaken as if from a dream, unsure of what they are doing and why.  This happens to all humanity at the same time.  They are shown that they are gluttons, slaves to sensory pleasure such as eating.  After the feeding orgy, they brush themselves off, put on brave faces and March off into a tasteless world.  Still they try to figure out how the disease is communicated, although all of humanity is afflicted.  They also begin to suspect that they are destined to losing their other senses and can do nothing about it.  

The next sense is hearing.  This is preceded by a fit of intense rage where they lash out at their fellow humans.  Screaming, hitting, throwing or violently attacking.  The main character screams vulgar accusations at the woman he loves, accusing her of being just a body to screw.  He isn’t in his ‘right mind’, but she is offended anyway and runs away. She has her rage attack alone in the lab where she works.  The scene of Ewan accusing his girlfriend in a vicious manner is symbolic of how frustrated our spiritual self must be at our obsession with the physical temptations that are empty of anything real, with eternal meaning.  We view the bodies as if they are the real person, but they aren’t the soul.  The soul is expressing through the body and we don’t interact with it, the real person.  We see a face, beautiful or not and interact with that.  A body, fat or attractive or not and interact with that.  Rarely does anyone look into the eyes of a person and interact with that.  In defense of human ‘nature’, society came to the assistance of of the newly deaf by telling them to stay home where they are safe, food will be delivered.  But no one questioned the meaning of what was happening.  As if we live meaningless existences, consigned to fate.

The movie ended with the loss of sight.  This was preceded by a sense of euphoria presenting as a desire to forgive and express love to their fellow man.  The symbolism here may be that we are enamored with the world we see through the eyes of a human body.  All of our pleasure and joy is gotten through the imagery of this reality.  We see those we love.  We see what we love.  As if we are physical objects in love with physical objects.  But we continue on after sight of this world is gone.  Then what do we love?  Who are we after these bodies?  Because that is who we are when looking through these bodies.  We are just looking at images.  The real interaction is with our consciousness, not in the touch of body to body.  The body just expresses our consciousness.  If we are our true selves, our honest selves, from the heart selves, we would be unaware of what the body was doing or looked like, we would just be full attention on our interaction with a fellow soul or expression of Earth.  But our attentions are fully on the sensations of the body.  What would happen if these sensations were turned off.  The people would be forced to look at their actual selves and remember.  

Maybe this movie is a message from somewhere.  You are not the body.  You have become enamored with the sensations of the body.  Do we need to force you to look?  In whose interest would it be to force humanity to look at themselves, to let go of their belief they are these bodies, to stop falling for temptations and face themselves?  I would say Earth.  Earth would benefit.  Because thoughts create reality.  Thoughts create Earth, every form of life expressed on this beautiful planet.  But we don’t consider Earth the expression of a consciousness.  We think of it as ours, our home.  This is the home of human bodies, not us.  Maybe it’s a message.

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Movie Review: Automata

 

MOVIE INFO

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

-From Rotten Tomatoes

REVIEW

This movie provided a captivating examination of the potential of a new direction for the expression of consciousness on Earth.  Humans are always portrayed as hostile to the idea of intelligent robots, as expressed in the new film, Chappie.  The humans are presented as fearful for their existence because they understand the superior intellect of robots as intelligence with unlimited potential, unimpeded by emotions.  They fear the robots because they are guilty of building a body for the containment of an intelligence, but with a programmed belief that they must obey humans.  This guilt over the creation of an intelligent slave race that will inevitably desire its own preservation and freedom always creates a war between human and robot.  They cannot coexist.  This theme may be similar the the history of the beginning of mankind as a slave race.

The movie portrays humans as a dying species completely subservient to errant, self-destructive beliefs and emotional manipulation.  The robots, as intelligent beings without any apparent emotion, are dangerous because they cannot be emotionally manipulated in the normal human way.  They can only be reasoned with, and human beliefs do not hold up to reason.  Therefore, the robot and human society would be incompatible.

Although the robots are completely benevolent, the humans are driven violently to destroy them as a “threat” to human existence.  This is just the result of humanity looking at themselves in the “mirror” of the robot, as if they are seeing themselves through the eyes of the robotic intelligence and hating what they see.  This hatred of themselves, a subconscious acknowledgement of their complete misalignment with life, is expressed as violent hatered for the robots.

The robots are presented as very intelligent and guardians of all life.  They willingly adhere to the second protocol to not harm a human or any life.  Their belief that life is sacred is expressed through their actions of self sacrifice when needing to choose between hurting someone or getting hurt themselves.  So a human with a gun, determined to shoot them, can, instead of them taking the gun and shooting back.  If a human tries to shoot another human, they will place themselves between the gun and the human at the expense of their own life, or “body”.  

This belief system and behavior portrays the ideal of intelligent life as it should be, maybe as humans once were.  Sure in the knowledge that all life is sacred, that their physical form is not them and can be sacrificed to protect life.  The movie suggests the humans as a dying species and the robots as the next stage in evolution.  It also suggests that a new beginning, free from the interference of emotions, with a positive thought system in place is the new nirvana.  

Perhaps this expression from the human psyche suggests where we desire to go as a species.  That we grow tired of the human expression and our bondage to our emotions.  These emotions are the consequences of our beliefs, but are also the physical expression that we feel so strongly, that they are the guiding force instead of our thought system.  We feel and think of ourselves as emotional beings, when in fact, we think and are minds.  When our minds become more negative then positive, our negative emotional experience then begins to take over as the force we are responding to.  So we are responding the the effect and not the cause.

If we think of the ideal form of humanity as that expressed in the robots appearing in movies like “Automata”, then we can recognize the mind as the guiding force.  That we are the mind and focus on fixing that instead of our emotions.  This movie is a great philosophical examination of the human psyche as it is and how it can be.  The robots were built as humanities “salvation” and that wish came to fulfillment, just not as they hoped.  As the prime intelligence expressed, humanity is just surviving, not living.

An Example of the Limitation of the Ego

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.

Mindful Impressions

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.

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