Mainstream movies to inspire awakening? A crazy thought? Not so. I just returned from Los Angeles and an event where movie industry professionals, actors and the public attended. Film studio executives, plus, Jean Huston, Jim Carey, Eckart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and others gathered to speak of this turning point in human evolution.
Currently, perhaps more than ever, as a species we are acting out our sense of separation and fear, yet millions are also widely opening to our connection and oneness. Witness 7-8 million people worldwide interested when Eckart Tolle teamed up with Oprah Winfrey. It is this yearning inherent in us to find what is beyond the suffering and mind-made confusion of everyday life. It is this longing for peace ~ for relief and stillness in a world of constant noise, motion, and conflict. Deep down there is not only a yearning, but a knowing that something beyond suffering exists. It is a knowing because it is our essential nature and we somehow feel its echo in our soul. It is what unites us and is indeed the source of all. This event in LA was created to explore the media industry contributing to this transformation from fear and separation to the awakening of our oneness.
The event was created by the new organization, G.A.T.E., the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. Needless to say, it was very exciting. Hollywood is about making stories. And so is the very creative mind. Your mind. My mind. Thoughts rise from the subconscious and create scenarios that we often live and act by, memories from the past and imagined scenarios of the future.
I included you in the title of this blog because whether you are Jim Carrey, Eckart Tolle, you or me, stories are a part of our lives. This can be a movie story or a mental story. They are both made up. You and I witness these stories and normally are moved by them, both on screen and in our minds. We are actors on this Shakesperean stage of life as much as any professional actor. Until a blessed moment or day when we awaken to the possibility that who we are is more than any story, any role we play, or manufactured identity built from our past. This awakening is the liberation point. We are indeed infinitely more than anything the mind can create or remember. Why? Because if we are able to witness its coming and going, like our thoughts or actions, it means we are here before, during, and after. We are that which remains. That which is awareness itself. We are home. Not returning home, but we are home itself.
"GATE." What a great acronym. We have been seeking a gate out of our suffering for centuries with many teachers and sages pointing us all in the same direction home. Within. But deep within, beyond the layers of thought and feelings that we have mistakenly learned to believe we are. The ocean is vast, infinite in nature, out of which waves of life appear and disappear.
This is you, dear friend, an infinite ocean of awareness in which thoughts and stories come and go. If we are to benefit from media and movies, why not enjoy them serving our awakening to this boundless beingness that we are. This includes being moved and also entertained to taste the great balm of laughter. Let us all indeed, walk through this gate, recognizing that which we have always been. Just as the wave can rise and fall, but can never deny its essential nature of water, the movies can help us celebrate both our unique and magnificent individual expression ~ and the truth of our oneness. From this understanding, we can finally have our popcorn, enjoy life, enjoy the movies, and hope that more film and media point to this truth that we’ve searched for ~ for centuries.