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Music Albums With Truth & Consciousness To Expand Your Mind

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In January of 2012, we at CE released a list of movies with truth or consciousness within them. The list began as 24 films that we were familiar with and wanted to share with you all, the list has since then expanded to feature over 100 titles thanks to the contributions of all of you! To see that list right now and find out a new great movie to watch you can click HERE.

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In April of 2013, thanks to the hard-work of Eliot Estep we were also able to feature a list of books that promote truth and awakening. The list in it’s original published form already featured close to 100 suggestions and now in combination with your comments is well over that mark. To see that list list right now and find a great book to snuggle up with and read you can click HERE.

It’s now June 2013 and it only seems fitting that we finish the trilogy. This time we would like to present a list of music albums with truth or consciousness within the tracks they feature. Once again I would like to remind you that these lists are in no way a ranking of the best ones out there, they are simply some that we have come across and would like to use as a starting point for a list that we can all co-create. The end result: a wonderful resource for us all to use and share no matter our musical preferences or taste. So go through our list, be sure to check out any albums you may not have been previously familiar with and please let us and everyone else know any that you have come across!

Michael Jackson – Greatest Hits
Quite possibly the most influential and gifted artist in the world, it would be crazy for us not to include Michael Jackson on this list. Since almost any of his albums could be selected the safest route is to go with the Greatest Hits compilation. Particular songs of interest include Heal The World & They Don’t Care About Us.

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
From the most influential solo artist we move to the quite possibly the most influential band in the world. Like with Michael Jackson there are numerous albums we could select but we will focus on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ primarily for the song Within You Without You. But of course we suggest looking through a lot of The Beatles other music for a lot of truth and even simple yet nice messages.

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Macklemore – The Language of My World
Released in 2005, The Language of My World is a powerful 20 track album featuring an abundance of powerful messages that can be classified as both truth-filled and conscious. Many of the tracks take a very melodic and powerful tone while others play with comedy to make this album more than worth checking out. Some of the suggested tracks on the album include: Hold Your Head Up, Ego & Inhale Deep.

Story of the Year – The Black Swan
A lot of their other albums feature songs that hold glimpses of truth but in particular the album The Black Swan, released in 2007, boasts the most songs with this meaning associated to them. Some of the most notable songs on the album include: Cannonball, Choose Your Fate, The Antidote and Pale Blue Dot.

John Lennon Imagine
In his solo work John Lennon also took the time to release fragments of truth throughout a number of his songs. In the album ‘Imagine’ in particular John Lennon took a much gentler tone and released several songs with great messages worth listening to. The album itself also sits on the Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums of All-Time list as well.

Tupac (2Pac) Shakur – Greatest Hits
Before his death, Tupac became well known for releasing a fair amount of truth throughout a great number of songs. As a result of this almost all of his albums feature songs that could easily make their way on this list. We chose to however focus on the Greatest Hits album since it was the only that featured the song ‘Changes.’ This song in particular stands out to the understanding Tupac held and the message he wanted to share with the world.

Circa Survive – Violent Waves
Released in 2012, ‘Violent Waves’ is an album filled with truth towards a lot of the hardships faced within the music industry. The band does not hesitate to speak out in a number of the songs on the album including: Birth of an Economic Hit Man & Sharp Practice. It’s also worth noting that this was the first album that Circa Survive released without a record label attached to it.

Immortal Technique – The Third World
In all of his albums American rapper Immortal Technique is known for being a vocal activist on numerous issues. These issues include but are not limited to class struggle, poverty and racism. All of his albums carry these powerful messages but we decided to draw upon his 3rd album The Third World as the focus here.

Muse – The Resistance
The band Muse is another one synonymous with sharing truth whether it be in the light of hoping to form some form of rebellion or not, the tracks are definitely worth listening to. In particular we’d like to suggest the album The Resistance. Aside from being packed with truth the album also garnered the band their first grammy in 2011 for Best Rock Album.

The Luminaries One
It’s not very often that you come across a band whose primary intention is to create songs that build awareness and share truth. The Luminaries are just that and because that we really suggest you check out their album ‘One.’ Released in 2011 the 14-track album is filled with tons of truth and is quite melodic and easy to listen to.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Lonely Road
Released in 2009, ‘Lonely Road’ by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus features a couple of songs with tidbits of truth and consciousness within them. In particular we suggest the songs Lonely Road and Believe. An interesting tidbit is that since the band released their 3rd album (the one following Lonely Road) barely any songs from Lonely Road are supposedly ever featured on their set list at performances.

Bob Marley – Gold Collection 1970-1971
Bob Marley is another iconic figure without the need for much of an introduction or explanation. Many of Marley’s songs may not be as deep in truth but they always manage to share a message of love and interconnectedness. Much like with MJ and The Beatles, almost any of Marley’s songs could be suggested hence why we went with the Gold Collection which features a number of his best from various other albums.

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10 Great Conscious Films Of 2020 – If You’re Looking For A Good Film To Watch

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    Finding a film that is both conscious and entertaining isn't always the easiest thing to do. Here is a great list to keep you entertained in a healthy way in 2020.

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    How do I feel after watching each of these films? Who else might benefit from watching them?

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What makes a film conscious and what makes a film entertaining are not always the same thing.

As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of CGood TV and Conscious Good, I’ve always been on the pulse of consciousness elevating entertainment.

Placing a high value on both consciousness and entertainment in film, my team and I have chosen 10 films from 2020 that we would like to share with the Collective Evolution community to act as your guide this holiday season and beyond.

1. Sing-Me-A-Song

Sing Me a Song, the new feature from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmès (Babies, Happiness), follows Peyangki, a young monk living in a rural monastery in Bhutan. When TV and the Internet come to the remote country, Peyangki is lured by the power of smartphones, which now compete with the rituals of monastery life. Unexpected and profound, Peyangki’s journey challenges us to reassess our own perceptions of relatedness and self-worth in an age of unparalleled connectivity. As highlighted by Courtney Howard from her Variety review, “Thomas Balmès’ profound documentary explores the ripple-effect ramifications of a seemingly positive invention perverting an unspoiled community.” We are compelled to wonder if technology has really made us more evolved or perhaps it’s the other way around?

WHERE TO WATCH IT: On CGOOD TV from January 14th-30th 2021

2. The ReUnited States

The Reunited States is a hopeful and deftly crafted documentary that follows several individuals who are committed to finding ways to heal the deep divide within our country. The filmmaker, Ben Rekhi, respectfully shares the hearts, souls and stories of these individuals, true American heroes.  A few of the people profiled include Susan Bro, who lost her daughter when a car drove through a crowd in Charlottesville; Steven Olikara, the founder of the Millenial Action Project, a bipartisan coalition of 1,500 young lawmakers; Greg Orman, an independent politician who ran for Governor of Kansas in 2018; 

and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who travel to all fifty states in an RV to find out what divides us.  As we usher in a new year and a new President, this is an ideal film to enjoy and share with family and friends who may have differing world views.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: iTunes and Amazon on February 9th 2021 – Watch Q&A with the filmmakers HERE

3. My Octopus Teacher

South African naturalist, Craig Foster closely follows a female octopus for a year and the result is nothing short of astonishing.  We witness Foster’s obsession with his shape-shifting muse through a personal narrative that evokes a love-letter.  Through his eyes, we don’t just witness the life of this other-worldly creature, but become emotionally involved with her in a way that elevates the film from a scientific exploration to a completely immersive experience.  Co-director James Reed ponders this emerging kind of nature documentary: “Hopefully the lesson is that, actually, everywhere you turn there are complex personalities in nature that just haven’t been documented yet.”  What March of the Penguins did for the penguin – igniting a worldwide love fest – this film does for the octopus.  Fall in love with your new favorite.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix

4. The Secret: Dare To Dream

Starring Katie Holmes (Miranda Wells) and Josh Lucas (Bray Johnson), “The Secret: Dare to Dream” is inspired by the phenomenally successful 2006 book, “The Secret”, by Rhonda Byrne.  Like the book, the film is infused with the principles of the Laws of Attraction.  Without spoilers, the two main characters literally crash into each other in a minor fender bender, setting up a chain of events that involve a storm, a missing message, personal transformation, romance and humor.  Throughout the film, the enigmatic Bray’s musings on life echo the philosophy of Byrne’s book. The lesson is that in learning how to turn off automatic patterns of thought our minds become open to new and more empowering ways of thinking.  As Bray says, “we have to be careful because we get what we expect”, and therein lies the ‘secret’ to happiness.  Ultimately, this family film is a feel-good love story that draws you in and will warm even the coldest of hearts.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Amazon Prime

5. Kiss The Ground

Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on an “new, old approach” to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world. This film comes to us at a time when the health of our ecological systems are fragile. Understanding the root origin of how we thrive as humans is essential in empowering everyday citizens to make small but meaningful changes to their daily lives for the better.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix – Watch Panel with the filmmakers HERE

6. Infinite Potential:  The Life & Ideas of David Bohm

A transformational journey through the mystery of consciousness, Paul Howard’s film is surprisingly accessible for those of us who have never taken a physics course.  David Bohm, one of the 20th Century’s most brilliant physicists, was Albert Einstein’s spiritual son and the Dalai Lama’s “science guru.” Not only does Bohm discover through science Quantum Potential, he unites these discoveries with Eastern wisdom, firmly establishing the interconnectedness of all things.  Infinite Potential includes interviews with luminaries such as H.H. the Dalai Lama, esteemed artist Antony Gormley, Oxford philosopher and physicists Sir Roger Penrose, and many more who were influenced by Bohm’s revolutionary work.  Today Bohm’s work is finally being recognized for its potential to revolutionize human thought and our relationship to the planet.  If watching this film doesn’t spark your neurotransmitters, it’s time to up your consciousness-raising practice.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: GAIA – Watch a Q&A with the Filmmakers HERE

7. The Social Dilemma

The documentary examines the effect that a handful of leading digital social media platforms, including but not limited to Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have over the public; it is emphasized that a relatively small number of engineers make decisions that impact billions of people. The alarm bells have been sounded for years, but have been layered in tech jargon and a lot of consumer confusion. The Social Dilemma strips away the tech talk and speaks to the human impacts of these connected platforms that seem to be fragmenting society more than they are connecting them.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix

8. The High Note

Starring the always inspiring and entertaining Dakota Johnson as Maggie and Tracey Ellis Ross as Grace, The High Note is set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene and tells the story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever. A lovely film that reminds us that our stations in life are really just in our heads!

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Apple TV

9. A Life On Our Planet

Growing up in the UK, David Attenborough inspired my passion for world travel and nature. Now 93, this icon who practically invented the nature documentary genre, lays bare his ‘witness statement’ for the environment.  In his lifetime, Attenborough has watched with horror as the planet’s biodiversity has degenerated before his eyes. His utter sadness is revealed in Close-up shots of a face that has seen the advent of global air travel, the first images of the earth from the moon, and the astonishing beauty of the natural world.  Yes, we grieve with him, but all is not lost.  This beloved man lifts our spirits and raises consciousness with solutions that will save the planet if we act quickly.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix

10. Happiest Season

Bringing an all-star cast together, including Kristen Stewart as Abby and Mackenzie Davis as Harper, The Happiest Season is a contemporary love story that will warm hearts and bring families together. Abby Holland and Harper Caldwell are a lesbian couple who have been dating nearly a year. Abby dislikes Christmas since her parents passed away, so Harper spontaneously invites Abby to celebrate the holidays with her family in her hometown. Things are looking bright and starlit until Harper reveals to Abby she actually hadn’t come out to her family, so back in the closet they go. Watch as The Happiest Season reveals how the key to our own personal freedom can’t be controlled by anyone, but ourselves.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Hulu

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Our Discussion About Dr. Fauci Telling People To Wear Goggles To Protect Against COVID-19

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Joe, Ruby and I recently sat down for our weekly show, “The Takeaway” to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent recommendation that all people should be wearing goggles as well as a mask in order to protect themselves against COVID-19. As most of you reading this will know, mask mandates in public settings have caused quite a controversy, especially in Canada and in the United States. Well known and reputable doctors and scientists seem to be the catalyst, having brought a lot of attention to themselves by sharing their expert opinions and research. Today, however, we are living in a very different environment as information that contradicts what’s told to us by our federal health regulatory agencies is now deleted, blocked, and censored from social media platforms and Google searchers.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, based on what I have been seeing and from our own experience here at Collective Evolution, we are living in a time where a digital authoritarian Orwellian fact-checker is patrolling the internet and censoring information, deeming it as “false” when in many cases, the information doesn’t appear to be false at all. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of “fake news” out there, but should people not have the right to examine information and determine for themselves what is, and what isn’t instead of having someone else do it for them?

In the episode below we share our opinions and talk about where we see things going within the next few months. It’s a two part episode, in the second part we talk about an interesting document within the CIA’s electronic reading dealing with the affect human intention can have on physical material systems. If you’re interested in that, you can access it on CETV, here.  CETV is a platform we created to combat the censorship we are currently experiencing, as many  of you probably already know of by now.

Related CE Articles About Wearing A Mask:

Study Finds That Cloth Masks Can Increase Healthcare Workers Risk of Infection

Social Media Giants Remove Viral Video of Doctors Talking About Coronavirus, Masks & Treatment

Harvard Doctors Examine Whether or Not Masks Can Provide Any Protection From Infection

Are Mandatory Masks A Precursor To A Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccine? 

 

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

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    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

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I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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