Enlightening Cinema

Written by Jed McKenna

Enlightening Cinema

By Jed McKenna

"Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know, you can't explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there's something wrong withrepparttar world. You don't know what it is, but it's there. Like a splinter in your mind — driving you mad." -Morpheus, The Matrix

This isn't a movie review list and it's not comprehensive. It's just some notes about a few movies I think are useful forrepparttar 122161 purposes of awakening and why, or that aren't and why not. With tools of understanding, bad is often better than good.

Major themes represented on this list seem to be these:

- Heresy - Captive/Captor - Teacher/Student - Nature of self/man. - Death/rebirth. Cataclysm/epiphany. - Untrustworthiness of mind/memories.

The only thing I might advise with regard to movies and books is to raiserepparttar 122162 material up torepparttar 122163 level where it becomes of value to you. Orwell might have been writing an anti-communist manifesto, but Nineteen Eighty-Four is much more interesting viewed asrepparttar 122164 struggle between man and his confinement. Apocalypse Now is about something more than Viet Nam, How to Get Ahead In Advertising is about something more than rampant commercialism, etc.

::: American Beauty

"I feel like I've been in a coma forrepparttar 122165 past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up."

I've included American Beauty mainly for what's wrong with it. Lester's major death/rebirth transition shows promise, but what does he transition to? Backward to teenage crap, not forward in any sense. A fear-based regression. Stupid car, stupid drugs, stupid vanity, stupid skirt chasing. Not at all redeemed when Lester sees his own folly nearrepparttar 122166 end or by sappy/smarmy dead guy voice-over.

The movie is slightly redeemed byrepparttar 122167 presence ofrepparttar 122168 quasi-mystical neighbor kid and his video footage of a windblown bag:

"That'srepparttar 122169 day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever."

::: Apocalypse Now

"In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action — what is often called ruthless — what may in many circumstances be only clarity, seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it, directly, quickly, awake, looking at it."

You'd think that Apocalypse Now Redux,repparttar 122170 director's cut, would berepparttar 122171 version to watch, but allrepparttar 122172 stuff that was rightly cut fromrepparttar 122173 original has been wrongly replaced. (Raisingrepparttar 122174 interesting point that directors and authors often don't understandrepparttar 122175 higher applications ofrepparttar 122176 stories they're telling.) Stick withrepparttar 122177 original over both Redux and Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Apocalypse Now is all aboutrepparttar 122178 Horror. A journey of discovery, intorepparttar 122179 heart of darkness, arriving at this horror. What'srepparttar 122180 horror? How do you get there? Why would anyone make such a journey? Should you make such a journey? Why or why not?

Noterepparttar 122181 powerful epiphanies that driverepparttar 122182 film. The first assassin's letter home, ("Sellrepparttar 122183 house, sellrepparttar 122184 car, sellrepparttar 122185 kids..."), Dennis Hopper's youthful exuberance, Kurtz's diamond bullet, Willard's "...I wasn't even in their army any more."

::: Being There

"Spring, summer, autumn, winter... then spring again."

A lovely film ruined by a foolish walking-on-water stunt tacked on torepparttar 122186 end. Without that nonsenserepparttar 122187 viewer would be free to think, to decide, to wonder. Instead,repparttar 122188 movie zips itself up tight with its clever little dumb-it-down twist. Hitrepparttar 122189 stop button when Chauncey is straighteningrepparttar 122190 sapling, beforerepparttar 122191 ruinous denouement, and it's a fun, lovely film.

::: Blade Runner

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire offrepparttar 122192 shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter inrepparttar 122193 dark nearrepparttar 122194 Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die."

Were you born five minutes ago? Of course not, and you haverepparttar 122195 memories to prove it. You'd know if they were artificial implants, because, uh...

::: Cast Away

"I couldn't even kill myselfrepparttar 122196 way I wanted to. I had power over nothing."

If a man screams on a deserted island and there's no one to hear him, does he make a sound? Is it enough that he hears it himself? What if not? What's left when you take away everything?

Self stripped bare.

This movie raises many intriguing questions aboutrepparttar 122197 substance of self, or lack thereof, and includes a very Zen eulogy.

::: Dead Poets Society


::: Harold and Maude

"Vice, virtue. It's best not to be too moral... Aim above morality."

American Zen, master and disciple.

::: Harvey

"For years I was smart... I recommend pleasant."

Elwood P. Dowd, wisefool. A sweet depiction of a higher order of being misinterpreted as a lower order of being. Would we knowrepparttar 122198 Superior Man when we saw him?

Feng-Shui for Business and Office

Written by Lynn Ristich

Feng-Shui for Business and Office Applying Feng-Shui technics to improve your career.

Feng-Shui in your place of business is as important as in your home. The most important determinant is to try to protect your back from either an open door, other desk or a window. Try to place your desk in a commanding position, but not aiming at colleagues because this could create an unconscious feeling of hostility.

The area around your immediate work space should be neat and free from clutter. Especially at floor level it is helpful to group together wires to that they don’t create a mass of crossed and conflicting energies.

“Desk clutter” might be near impossible to avoid, but you should try to guard against semipermanent piles of paper. Try to sort through it at least once every few days. Any pile of paper that is consistently ignored will accumulate a negative chi.

If you have an office to yourself, you haverepparttar opportunity to work inrepparttar 122160 northern sector to enhance your career orrepparttar 122161 south east sector to enhance your wealth. Try to avoid sharp angled desk lights. A curved neck banker’s lamp is better. Book cases should be kept neat or be cover by doors to avoid cutting Sha,

The attractiveness ofrepparttar 122162 entrance torepparttar 122163 place of business cannot be over -stressed. The reception area just insiderepparttar 122164 door should be welcoming and free of clutter.

Obviously for a businessrepparttar 122165 southeast sector,repparttar 122166 wealth sector, isrepparttar 122167 relevant one. Hererepparttar 122168 element is wood, and wood is produced by water. A fountain, a fish tank or pond placed in this sector will improverepparttar 122169 wealth potential ofrepparttar 122170 business.

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