Abundant Michael: Movies

Movie: A Fierce Light and Spiritual Activism

I both enjoyed and was inspired by the documentary Fierce Light which is about Spiritual Activism - inspired action to make a better world. From the sit-in at the South Central Farm in Los Angeles, to the blessing of graves of Vietnamese and American dead by Buddhist monks, to Dharma Punx meditation group, to tree sitting for two years to save a giant redwood, to the killing of film maker and activist Brad Will as he documented a demonstration in Oaxacan Mexico

From the Fierce Light website:

Spiritual Activism is the coming together of spirituality, and activism. It is not about any form of dogma, it is simply activism that comes from the heart, not just the head, activism that is compassionate, positive, kind, fierce and transformative. It focuses as much on what we are for, as on what we are against. It is rooted in an understanding of interdependence, and works to end of the suffering of all beings, even our opponents. Nothing could be more inspiring and more rewarding than being the change we want to see in the world, within and without.

Fueled by the belief that "another world is possible," Fierce Light is a compelling, global journey into the world of spirit in action, an exploration of what Martin Luther King called "Love in Action," and Gandhi called "Soul Force"; what Ripper is calling "Fierce Light."

Acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper takes an insightful look at change motivated by love, featuring interviews with spiritual activists Thich Nhat Hanh, Desmond Tutu,Daryl Hannah, Julia Butterfly Hill, and more.

This film really speaks to people and is a powerful testimonial to our ability to "be the change" we are looking for.


Movie: What goes around

I recently saw the Danish movie "What goes around" by comedian-actor-writer-director Anders Matthesen on the Spiritual Cinema DVD. Realtor Alex Klein is having a bad day, a bad week, a bad life. He is rude to people and is the victim. Everyone - his girlfriend, daughter, boss, clients even the 14-year-old baristas who think they know the difference between highland coffee beans, picked by virgins at midnight and the coffee from the local supermarket!


When Alex has  a collision with another car and is in critical condition on the operating table he is enroled in a divine game show. And the prize is to win back his life. Both funny and moving Alex learns from his mistakes. And he learns to be honest with love. But who will he be if he has to give up struggle and victimhood? And what would happen if people knew that his favorite color is pink?

2012 movie and Evolver group

If you haven't come across Evolver check it out for consciousness and thought changing stuff. Somewhat similar to the worldwide Transition Town movement. Evolver is screening "2012: A Time for Change" movie December 9th.

Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.
More info at http://www.facebook.com/robin.gunkel#!/event.php?eid=112886885444138

We have events at least once a month that span a broad range of consciousness-related topics, from food production to peak oil, entheogenic medicines to visionary film screenings. Please join us and share your ideas, stories, projects, communities or anything else related to the evolution of collective and/or individual consciousness.
More info at http://www.facebook.com/robin.gunkel#!/group.php?gid=210773933913

Wed Gathering in Rockville - The Quantum Activisit 5/5/10

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we view and discuss the movie The Quantum Activist and learn about the scientific evidence for God and how you can create the reality you want. There is a revolution going on in science. A genuine paradigm shift. While mainstream science remains materialist, a substantial number of scientists are supporting and developing a paradigm based on the primacy of consciousness. 

Suggested donation $20 for dinner and movie.

Please RSVP here.

Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, a pioneer of this revolutionary new perspective within science shares with us his vision of the unlimited potential of consciousness as the ground of all being, and how this revelation can actually help us to live better. The Quantum Activist (http://quantumactivist.com/)tells the story of a man who challenges us to rethink our very notions of existence and reality, with a force and scope not felt since Einstein. This film bridges the gap between God and Science. The work of Goswami, with stunning precision and without straying from the rigors of quantum mechanics, reveals the overarching unity inherent in the worlds major religions and mystical traditions.

Meet the man behind the message as Dr. Goswami tells how he moved away from the religious teachings of his childhood, to seek his path in nuclear and theoretical quantum physics, and how he has come full circle, through quantum insight, back to the very religious axioms offered as a youth. With a poignant relevance to the problems of our day this film follows Dr. Goswami as he demonstrates how our mistaken views of reality have led to our current environmental, social, economic and spiritual crisis; as well as the means of correcting these errors. At stake is nothing less than our survival upon the planet. The Quantum Activist is a film for our time. It is a film for all time. It is a film whose very subject transcends time.

Witty, profoundly insightful and colored with humor, the Quantum Activist brings you Amit Goswami’s vision of the universe. Steeped in the verifiable facts of Quantum Mechanics, Dr. Goswami dares to pose the question, “What are you doing to participate in the creation of the reality we all share?”

Amit has recently appeared in the blockbuster movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?", the award winning "The Dalai Lama Renaissance" and authored over a dozen books from textbooks on quantum mechanics to consciousness and the New Science.

The movie and discussion begins after dinner at 8pm.  I invite you to join us, though as always what ever choice you make you will be honored in.

Wed Gathering in Rockville - Frost/Abraham-Hicks manifesting under pressure 4/21/10

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we learn how to manifest your dreams in the face of negativity and pressure with clues from the movie Frost/Nixon and the book Ask and it is Given by Abraham-Hicks http://www.abraham- hicks.com/

Frost NixonFrost/Nixon is one of my favorite movies - not just because of the drama and seeing powerful people operating up close and behind the scenes. But also for the way that David Frost successfully manifests the project under very difficult circumstances. Manifesting in the real world can be challenging - especially if other people are saying negative things about your project or get angry with you. Learn how David Frost manifested the most successful independent TV show in history (the interview with Richard Nixon) and how he dealt with lack of support from the TV networks, lack of money coming in, internal fighting in his team and pressure from Nixon staffers to gut the meat of the show.

Frost had not read Abraham-Hicks at the time (it wasn't written until 15 years later!) but he used many of the techniques from the book Ask and it is Given to shift his vibration, stay centered on his vision and deal with fear and negative external events. You too can use these techniques to create what you want in the real world, even when not all your ducks are in a row to start with (or if some ducks are fighting with you and each other!)

The playshop begins after dinner at 8pm.  I invite you to join us, though as always what ever choice you make you will be honored in.

Millie Movie premier Sunday 2/21/10

Sandboxer Millie Knox has a movie about her gender transition called Soulmates premiering at Avalon Theatre in DC on Sunday 2/21/10 8pm.

As many of you know, our good friend Millie, has lived an incredible life. And just one of the incredible things about her is the many courageous things she has done to reach her own gender integrity. An experienced producer learned about Millie’s journey and chose to make a full length film. It’s called “Soulmates” and it is premiering February 21st at 8:00 pm at the Avalon Theatre NW in DC, just below Chevy Chase Circle. (5612 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20015). Gail and David Hollies saw a rough cut of the film with Millie some time ago and were was very impressed. Many indie films are almost entertaining and almost engaging. This film really delivers and it’s about someone we already know and love. David and Gail have also decided to do what we can to make the evening special for Millie. Not only is a movie about your life a nerve wracking experience, but this movie deals with some shocking twists and turns that will “out” Millie in all kinds of ways. So she may well need some friends around her.

"So we’re going to have a pre-premier party for Millie at our new home in Annandale. For those who choose, it’s a chance to dress up too as we’ll invite people to embrace the Hollywood glam of it all. Also, some of us will ride to the premier in a limo I’m going to rent. We’re working with the theater to help make the arrival an event in itself. "



You can buy tickets and you can buy the DVD at soulmatesmovie.com     The pre-party will start Sunday  Feb 21st at 4:00 at David and Gail's home in Annandale. 


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