My wife and I just finished watching season 2 of Fargo. I found it to be quite overwhelming. It is unbelievably well written. The story line was somewhat constrained by the actual events, but it was masterfully composed for maximum effect. Only one event in season 2 showed the writers rebelling against their fate. That was comical.
The two seasons tell the story of two generations of Sheriffs and their families in Minnesota who encounter the most outrageous and unlikely circumstances in their work. The characters are interwoven seamlessly with the plot. They came alive. No cartoons.
Prominent in their development was the portrayal of the choices they made in the face of outrageous circumstances. Their moral fiber, loyalty, integrity and personal ambitions were challenged at every turn. What they did in each instance was compelling to watch and made one wonder what would happen next. Every choice was followed by consequences that became ever more complex and difficult to navigate. The question became “who would survive life?”.
There were many stories within the story, a few of which went on to a rather predictable fate. I was satisfied.
Dear Blessed Healers,
It is a good time to assess and tune our relationship with our teacher. However you perceive that relationship personally, there is only the question of identity that seems to matter. Guru Dev Singh identifies as a teacher, as did Yogi Bhajan before him and so on through the lineage. It is a commitment of love, sacrifice and endless service. In order to hold a proper relation with him, Yogi Bhajan and the Guru, it is important to clarify that aspect of identity in our awareness.
The Guru is not inherently our friend, nor is any teacher. The teacher has delightful personality, which we love. That is not the basis for the relation. It is an attraction that gets our attention.
Neither will the Guru, nor any teacher, save us directly. Only indirectly. That obligation is on us. It is our duty, upon receiving the grace of God through the Guru and through the teacher, that we apply the teachings to our personal circumstance. We must focus beyond all distraction, including our own and our teacher’s personality, to the source of grace. Then we must commit to keeping it up, beyond all circumstance. That is how we are saved. If we identify as a teacher, then we can also promote the flow of grace to others through the teachings. Rather than our friend, the teacher is our benefactor who facilitates our salvation by enlightening our ignorance.
It is a time for healing. Our teacher, and ourselves. We are healers. Rather than objectively “healing” our teacher, we should go to the core of the relation where we all can merge with our common intent and so heal all.
Here is a meditation that I suggest will help in that endeavor.
Meditation: NM0380 Ecstasy and Joy
Last night my wife and I watched an interesting movie that has a resonance with what is happening.
In class last night we did a meditation about this.
Meditation: 881026 Removing Fear of the Future
The meditation removes fear of the future by freeing us of the endless mental contrivances we construct in order to avoid fear and pain.
The movie is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
The man is portrayed in various stages of a very colorful and eventful life. He lives by his mother’s dying admonition not to worry about the future. She said that worry will always make things worse. She suffered greatly, even in dying, but knew the secret of happiness, even if she never realized it in her life. She said to Allan, her son (the now 100 year old man) it always is what it is, and will always be what it will be. He took her up on that, which made all the difference. He led a happy and charmed life. Even at 100, he wasn’t finished.
The story is similar to Forrest Gump. He also led a charmed life. Forrest’s secret was innocence. Allan’s was living in the moment, flowing like water. Both were lucky, seemingly making their own luck. Both were free of fear of the future.
On 02/01/2017, we held a meditation and healing class at Yoga West:
A recipe for living in interesting times
When we are anxious, at odds or even depressed with the way external events are going, often we are unsure that we can contain or meet the challenges that are presented to us. This can come from self denial. We doubt our strength, endurance, wherewithal to keep up and our ability to lead. Self denial can also cause chronic insecurity and crushing self doubt. We worked on mitigating that with the meditation http://www.harinam.com/meditation-nm0394-live-above-denial/.
If we can repair our inner projection and feel comfortable in our skin we can then modify how we are trained to relate with externals. Where we have withdrawn or checked out from what is going on around us and separated from other people we can reengage and participate again in reality. For that we performed the meditation
When the circulation between our self and the outer world is reestablished and flowing, then we can ask the universe for good things to happen. This meditation addresses that.
We performed healing exercises that reestablish the flow of prana between the hara and the heart chakra. Prana from the earth enters the hara. The flow through the heart supports our intentions and stamina. This can resolve obstacles in our life. Balancing the hemispheres of the brain also supports this.
Yesterday, millions of people spontaneously came together, transcending rational behavior. Why? because it felt right.
That is the ultimate test of whether you are on the right track or are doing the right thing. Felt good? Maybe. But it felt right.
All of the physical dimensions that separate people were suspended yesterday: distance, geographical location, race, sexual identity, social strata, group identity, opinion, age, fear, doubt, suspicion and all forms of personal individuality. People came together in many places, in many ways. For what purpose? Simply, to be together. Continue reading “Yesterday, an extraordinary thing happened…”
Citizen Kane is often touted as the greatest American movie. It is studied in virtually all film schools. Its construction, by all measures is impeccable.
Having seen the movie again, it appears to me that Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Wells, who wrote the screenplay, were prophets.
The 1941 story was ostensibly about the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. He held a conglomerate of newspapers and used them to build an empire of wealth and destroy his enemies.
It was largely a story about the main character Charles Foster Kane as told to a reporter through interviews by other characters who knew him. Through everyone’s eyes Kane was described as a shameless self promoter who loved no one but his own image of himself and believed in nothing except his own wealth. He dragged along his close supporters with his own success. He used his newspapers to intimidate his rivals and to seduce and influence the masses to give him the love he never knew as a child. The core elements are the character’s ambition that propels him to the limelight and his flaws that eventually lead to his undoing. He touted himself as a champion of the people, trying to get himself elected to public office. He had limited initial success but was eventually defeated by scandal of his own making. You could argue that the movie had a happy ending. Continue reading “Revised comments on “Citizen Kane”, the movie”
It has been just over four years since I reviewed the movie Lincoln. Silence has caught my attention as a movie of our time that questions the choices we all must make about who we are.
Some of us recognize our fundamentally spiritual nature and so turn our attention to various teachings in order to inform ourselves of that nature. There is a long history of religion in the world that purports to do that for us. While most religions attempt to point directly to that nature in us, and many claim to have found its core, still they are mostly organized around tribal and cultural bases. They can only be described and explained in terms of a dominant culture and among the common experiences of a tribe’s members. Continue reading ““Silence” the Movie by Martin Scorsese”