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 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.
We held a Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh at the Healing Heart Center in Hollywood. The topic of the workshop was “Holding Together”. Much of the current conflict and chaos that we see in the world can be attributed to the denial of self and the individual’s separation from the self. That phenomenon extends to one’s local environment, where the group psyche is affected in the same way. Healing the self can be extended to healing the community.
We focused on living above denial and our awareness of God in us.
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 Where we have withdrawn or checked out from what is going on around us and separated from other people we can reengage and participate again in reality.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 http://www.harinam.com/meditation-for-faculty-of-self-engagement/
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”
We held a Meditation and Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing Workshop with Hari Nam Singh at the Healing Heart Center in Hollywood. The topic of the workshop was “Division and Unity”. Much of the current conflict and chaos that we see in the world can be attributed to the denial of self and the individual’s separation from the self. That phenomenon extends to one’s local environment, where the group psyche is affected in the same way. Healing the self can be extended to healing the community.