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Illuminate Celebrates Conscious Cinema In The Vortex

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Festivals like Illuminate in Sedona are showing movies with a deeper message and this year’s lineup once again featured many notable leaders in the movements of consciousness and social activism. This year’s program included movies that further blur any distinction between mainstream and “new age” topics and feature the likes of Morgan Freeman, Maya Angelou, Tony Robbins, Russell Simmons, and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, among others.

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A huge aspect of the festival is the community that is growing around it, which spreads into all of Sedona via the opening party festivities. The movie for the night was work-in-progress BE MORE, a stirring documentary film narrated by Joaquin Phoenix about seven activists who make it their mission to create a more compassionate world. Their goal: To transform the lives of seventeen teenagers in seven days.

The festival continued the next day as Morgan Freeman narrates the very powerful C Word – an amazing film that traces both the industry around cancer and the lifestyle factors which cause the disease – exercise, nutrition, toxins, stress.  The C Word, captured the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

One thing I learned was that the cigarette industry took over the processed food industry, using the same marketing methods that had worked so well for them. Sadly the main focus of the film, the physician whose life’s work this is, celebrated French neuroscientist and cancer revolutionary Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, passed away in 2011. But then the filmmaker herself – who is also a survivor – then became a major character.  There is even powerful humor at work here – an important movie that has legs.

I did not know what to expect from Maya Angelou And I Still Rise, having had very little background other than to know the subject as a famous African American artist.  Besides providing an alternative perspective on the civil rights and women’s movement starkly in contrast to what can be gleaned from conventional history and the mass media, the documentary/biography portrays the vibrant spirit of Angelou in many roles: author, poet, Grammy-winner, civil rights activist, and shining example of what it is to be empowered moment by moment in one’s life. Directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, the film features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Alice Walker, and Hillary Clinton. The film received the Director’s Choice Award for the festival.

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I also had no idea what to expect from Teal: The Making of a Spiritual Teacher, directed by Paola Marino, which was also a work in progress and it was the first time that the subject, Teal herself, had seen this version.

I had heard a bit about the controversy around Teal so I was intrigued by how the film might deal with it; from the beginning it is apparent that this is really about an unbelievable level of horror visited upon a young girl and her ability to ultimately heal herself, and then others.

Teal addresses the “cult” issue directly in the film, seeing it as just another manifestation of the resistance that the mind can project when things are uncomfortable.  The film features some interesting healing sessions similar to Byron Katie’s work, and indeed I was reminded of Katie’s famous quote:  “When you argue with reality you only lose 100% of the time.”

This is really the crux of Teal’s message, a deep acceptance of the wisdom of Life over the unconscious tricks of the ego, which has also earned her the friendship of Eckhart Tolle. Referred to as “The Spiritual Catalyst” and dubbed the next Wayne Dyer, Teal Swan’s extrasensory gifts and connection to the spiritual realm have become fair game for critics, but the film lets you get to know Teal intimately and to form your own conclusions.

Directed by Adam Shell, Pursuing Happiness investigates many aspects of the desire to be happy, which sometimes is so intense that we spend an immeasurable amount of time and money trying to obtain it. This enchanting, revelatory documentary seeks out the happiest people in America and uncovers the secrets to their happiness.

Illuminate also has a track allowing filmmakers to network and learn from experts in the field. Mark DeNicola was on a panel that included a film critic, social media experts and publicists, and fellow filmmakers.

360 Communications in L.A. is a specialist in this field and its founder Corinne Bourdeau emphasized the importance of personalizing contact and particularly solicitations rather than using a mass, ‘one press release fits all’ approach.

The panel focused on how high tech and social media are intimately involved in the promotion of any film these days but described how they have their own set of rules that involves engagement and connection.

Maya Zuckerman – founder of Transmedia SF and Huffington Post columnist — shared her extensive experience in venturing into new technology (Virtual Reality) and its challenges both here and in a VR panel.

Mark DeNicola from Collective Evolution suggested that it’s vital that the filmmaker herself live what is in the message and own it authentically.

Mark also raised eyebrows when he shared research which says that 90 per cent of video (on YouTube and streaming sites) is viewed muted, which presents new challenges. He distinguished between likes and actual reach in a social campaign, suggesting that this is a key focus to take in analytics, and also credited his girlfriend with making sure that he had balance – between the pressure to work 24/7 and then also to decompress and explore the incredible scenery and vortexes of Sedona in order to recharge.

Having written about VR but not having had the chance to actually try a headset for myself, I was enthralled by a short 13 minute demo by the makers of a VR production: The Click Effect was directed by Sandy Smolan and James Nestor, author of the award winning book DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves.

With the VR headset you get to experience a dive to 100-feet below the ocean’s surface to witness the “click” communication and visual language of dolphins. In the demo there was action wherever I looked and I was fully immersed in a complete environment of water everywhere.

In the panel on VR the filmmakers described the editing process, which involves melding sequences that have been stitched together from various camera views and then donning a headset to see the cuts, and then tweaking the footage accordingly.

The world premiere of Love, Sweat and Tears, directed by Scott Jacobs, won the 2016 Feature Competition Jury Prize. The documentary follows Dr. Pamela Dee Gaudry on her mission to “Save the Menopausal Vaginas of the America!” by marrying medical facts with profound insights from some of today’s influential spiritual leaders.

Having watching his infomercials and read a bit about him, I was very eager to see the Festival’s Spotlight Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, directed by Academy Award® nominated Joe Berlinger.

Two things hit you in the face in this film: the unbelievable and almost infinite energy and commitment of Robbins himself (and his amazing team) and the profound effect on those who participate in his programs.

The film captures a six day event called Date with Destiny and follows Robbins as he prepares and then intervenes in the lives of individual attendees and works his magic in changing lives.

Robbins’ methods are unqiue and unconventional both in terms of language and tone and the film is probably as close as one can come without actually participating in an event to getting the gist.

Robbins himself spoke to the audience via video at the conclusion to follow up on some of the segments, and I was struck by his deep commitment and sincerity — he is a man with a mission to ease suffering and he has reached an immense number of people in his amazing life.

The film received Honorable Mention for the Director’s Choice Award for the festival.

This overview is just the tip of the iceberg. Conscious cinema is a force that is growing and making significant contributions to the transformation of many filmgoers by allowing them to experience techniques and insights that would otherwise be unavailable. For only the third year, Illuminate is at the forefront of this movement.

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Let’s Stop Believing That ‘Children In Cages’ Is A Left/Right Issue

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  • The Facts:

    The only reason that the issue of 'children in cages separated from their parents' is in the public eye is that it was part of an attempt to criticize Donald Trump's immigration policy. The situation was similar under Obama.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it possible that this Left/Right tirade on immigration is hiding a deeper problem? What will we find if we are able to see through the smoke screen of fabricated polarization and theatrical political debate?

When I hear stories like the one that’s hit the current news cycle–kids being detained in cages and separated from their parents after having entered the country illegally — I have learned to suspend judgment until I get the whole picture. This comes from finally discerning, after years of taking sides and identifying with one side of the polarity, that there are always two sides to any contentious issue, and the truth lies hidden somewhere in the vast middle.

Still, mainstream media sources tend to slant their stories based on the side they identify with. And this slant is even more pronounced when we are dealing with testimonials from members of either of the dominant political parties.

The very reason this ‘kids in cages’ story has even come into public view is that the Left is trying to cast the Trump Administration in a bad light, based on their current ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy.

The response from the Right? They were able to identify the photo below, which was used and shared as part of the criticism of Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy, as a photo taken in 2014 — while the country was under the Obama Administration. And so they are able to ‘put the heat’ back on the Left, not only insinuating that Democrats are misrepresenting evidence for political purposes, but also that they are guilty of what they are accusing the Republicans of.

2014 photo of a US Customs and Border Protection center in Nogales, Arizona

For more insight into this, take a look at Joe Martino’s recent short video ‘Why are we just now hearing about children in cages?’, and his in-depth podcast ‘Don’t be fooled by politics.’

We’re Asking For It

The truth is, we as a collective can hardly complain if important social issues keep coming to us through the dense filter of polarized political theatre. As long as we as citizens continue to fundamentally identify with one or the other side of the polarity, politicians will continue — in essence, they don’t have much choice — to ‘play up to’ their base and excite and arouse them, so that they can maintain power and support.

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Take a look at the dramatic exchange between ‘crime-fighting super-hero’ Donald Trump and ‘sanctity of life’ crusader Nancy Pelosi trying to stake their positions on the immigration debate:

The Immigration Issue

In effect, the issue of immigration in the United States has many facets and needs to be dealt with in a comprehensive way. Most people would agree that, as currently constituted, The United States has some right to a process to determine which people will and will not be permitted to live and work in the country. Most would also agree with the notion that all people should be treated with a certain level of dignity and respect.

Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order to end family separation at the border would seem like a step towards conciliation — though it is met by the other side with general scorn and skepticism, amidst questions about whether this will reunite the families that are currently separated. One side will argue that 500 children have been reunited since May, the other side will ask whether those people are still in custody or they have been freed. Democrats will say that Republicans don’t treat immigrants with any respect, Republicans will argue that Democrats are blocking funding that will allow for adequate living conditions for detained illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, for as long as any of us have been following this issue, people continue to suffer and endure abuse in a broken system. It is such a systemic failure, would it be such a surprise to eventually discover that the system has always been broken — on purpose?

Let’s Leave The Theatre

As conscious and awakening citizens, our primary role here is to stop buying into to the exaggerations, omissions and outright falsities being propagated on both sides of the aisle. Our own discussions about immigration policy should not be dictated by this fabricated polarity, within which we have to self-identify with one side or the other. Let’s try to look beyond and see that there is a much more powerful force, pulling the strings of both sides of the debate, and maintaining a state of confusion and inaction.

Suggestions now coming out that the Mexican border immigration phenomenon has long been used as a cover for child trafficking may be the point we should really be keeping our eye on. Despite Donald Trump introducing the idea that the Democrats are ‘responsible’ for this, we have reason to believe that immigration policy from both sides has long been facilitating crimes being perpetrated by powers far above the Left/Right fray. And if we are prepared to read between and beyond the distraction, and investigate through the smoky veneer, we may soon become agents of significant change that our politicians could never be.

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Hegelian Dialectic: A Tool To Enslave Humanity

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  • The Facts:

    Hegelian thinking is built within our entire social and political structure and is a tool used to control perceptions withing society.

  • Reflect On:

    How much do we play into the elite and system in place simply by moving along with our lives as if everything is the status quo? How are we opting our consciousness out?

Hegelian thinking affects our entire social and political structure. The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution.

If we do not understand how the Hegelian dialectic shapes our perceptions of the world, then we do not know how we are helping to implement the vision. When we remain locked into dialectical thinking, we cannot see out of the box.

Hegel’s dialectic is the tool which manipulates us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action. Every time we fight for or defend against an ideology we are playing a necessary role in the elites game and it holds this system in place. Opting our consciousness out is the key.

The chess board is a well known Masonic or Hegelian symbol, the black and white squares symbolize control through duality in the grand game of life in all aspects. Left or right, white or black people, conservative or liberal, democrat or republican, Christian or Muslim and so on. Through two opposing parties control is gained as both parties reach the same destination, which is order through guided conflict or chaos.

Left (thesis) versus right (antithesis) equals middle ground or control (synthesis). The triangle and all seeing eye we see so often symbolizes the completion of the great work which began almost 6000 years ago when humanity was taken over and disconnected.

The pyramid is supported by the bottom opposing sides. The capstone at the top is established through controlled solution or middle ground. Hegelian dialectic is one in the same, the final plan is in action, however, the system is decayed and destined for failure.

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The dualistic order out of chaos model is based on separation of the people driven by economics. However, the planet is at the apex where consciousness is shifting and people are seeing beyond this game. Therefore the system that is ‘controlling us’ can be will be no more. Those manipulating the planet have used Hegelian dialectic to separate and control brothers and sisters, children of this planet.

The only way to completely stop the privacy invasions, expanding domestic police powers, land grabs, wars against inanimate objects, covert actions, and outright assaults on individual liberty, is to step outside the dialectic and shift consciousness. This releases us from the limitations of controlled and guided thought.

It is all the same game brought on by the cabal of this world, we are choosing to play these roles to support a system designed to hold us back from thriving, but it is time to change that game. We can expect to see more madness and fear tactics from the establishment to keep control., but you are always free to think outside the box and let go of the Hegelian Dialectic. You can view this system for what it is as the moves on the chess board become more and more blatant.

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U.S. Soldier Claims To Have Shot & Killed A 12-Foot Giant In Afghanistan

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  • The Facts:

    There is corroborating testimony that a patrol of U. S. Soldiers shot and killed a giant 12-15 feet tall in Afghanistan, widely known a 'The Kandahar Giant.'

  • Reflect On:

    What would be the implications about human history if we came to know that there were one or several other humanoid species that once lived on the planet, or indeed still live here today?

In 2002 a U. S. patrol had gone missing in a very remote area of Afghanistan. Another patrol was dispatched on a search and rescue mission, and one soldier on that patrol described what he saw after coming around the side of a mountain:

As we bent around this corner you could see the opening of the cave. And then I see a lot of rocks which is another oddity. And then bone matter. I’m not close enough to identify what kind of bones but I did see what I knew to be a piece of our communications equipment. So instantly we’re thinking ‘ambush,’ maybe animal, you know, could be anything. There was enough room in front of the cave, but it had a sheer drop-off; but there was enough room that we got into a decent dispersal in case of ambush.

Not long after they had gotten into that dispersal formation, they saw something emerge from the cave that, despite their preparedness, caught them fully off guard.

It was a man at least 12 to 15 feet in height. This is a MONSTER. Red beard, with his hair–was longish, past his shoulders, a scarlet red. And Dan runs at him and starts shooting, which broke all of us into the reality–because it was surreal.

While Dan is moving at him, another bro of mine is laying down fire and I start firing. He skewers Dan–he’s now got him on this ‘pike.’ It went through him. He’s got him and he’s coming after more.

We all just clicked in. I don’t know what it was, but I remember we were all like, ‘Shoot him in the face, shoot him in the face!’ He’s taking multiple hits, and he’s still moving.

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Eventually, the giant was killed. Dan had been killed as well. And the patrol unit was soon visited by a helicopter that dropped some cargo netting. They were told they had to bundle up the giant in the netting, and soon after they were done, a larger helicopter came by, dropped a hook, and the giant was carried off.

The soldier confirmed that the red-haired, fair-skinned giant had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. After they had submitted their after-action report, the soldier recounts that they were told by their top brass to re-write it in a particular fashion, presumably to remove any mention of a giant being.

Corroborating Testimony

Although not an eyewitness, another special ops soldier in Afghanistan provides the following corroborating testimony:

We would come back to the base and started hearing this rumor about a unit that killed this, what they started calling this really tall person. At first I didn’t think anything of it, then come to find out that the person they killed was actually three times the size of a man, had extra digits on their hands, and extra digits on their feet, and had red hair, and a special unit had come in and wanted this target.

Well we’d heard that they killed this thing inside a cave, or the mouth of a cave, and there was common knowledge among the military to hear this. When you first hear, you’re thinking like, this has got to be a joke. This has got to be a hoax. Then after things go down a certain way, and you keep hearing it, you start to realize it’s not a joke.

They kept telling us to keep our weapons high, which normally means it’s two to the chest, one to the head, but they kept telling us to put it towards a man’s head, and put it higher. So we would question, why would they want us to shoot higher than a man’s head?

Recorded Interviews

These testimonies are found in the compilation video below, from interviews conducted by L. A. Marzulli with the two soldiers who wanted to remain anonymous. In addition, there is some footage from Coast to Coast with host George Noory featuring a pilot who saw and actually transported the giant.

Pilot’s Testimony

This pilot had landed at a base in Afghanistan and was told that they had to pick up special cargo and that there were absolutely no cameras allowed. The pilot describes the ‘cargo’:

It was basically a dead ‘guy,’ and this guy was extremely large, and when I say large, our pallets are basically, if I remember correctly, about 9 by 12 feet, or so, and this guy was laying in a fetal position, on the pallet, and he filled the pallet. He was around an 1100 pound guy.

The pilot corroborated much more of the details given by the other two witnesses, including the fact that this giant was fair-skinned, red-haired, and had extra digits on his hands and feet.

Widespread Corroboration

As impressive as the consistency of these three separate testimonies is, there is actually much more widespread corroboration about the existence of fair-skinned, red-haired giants with six fingers and toes, and double rows of teeth. Certainly, in Afghanistan, the stories among the natives were rampant about the existence of cannibalistic giants living in caves. The soldiers who could understand the natives’ language tended to refer to these stories as ‘legends’, although a few noted that the presence of bones near cave entrances suggested that humans were killed and eaten by something living in the cave, either by ambush or, according to the natives, by sacrifices they offered the giant.

There is plenty of evidence that a cannibalistic, red-haired race of giants once inhabited North America, and menaced several native tribes whose folklore and legends (or for the tribes, history) tell stories similar to the one recounted in this article:

After years of strife and numerous casualties on both sides of the fence, the natives decided to end this giant threat for good-by uniting under a single flag. It wasn’t long until the red-haired giants were crippled and forced out of their homes.

The giants retreated inside a cave, but were tracked down by the natives, and with a will to avenge their fallen brethren, they set up a considerable fire that had them all burnt or intoxicated. Those who ventured outside to try to escape the putsch were met with retribution to the last one.

In reference to red-haired giants, there is a discussion between David Wilcock and Corey Goode where it is said that these giants have been found in stasis, which means in suspended animation, until such a time that they are supposed to return. More than one person within the UFO community has borne witness to these red-haired giants being found in stasis chambers, in full battle regalia and other adornments, seemingly in preparation to resume their role on Earth at the appointed time.

Reasons For Non-Disclosure

In asking one of the U. S. army witnesses why this information was being kept secret from the world, he said,

My personal opinion is, if it points to the Bible’s accurate, they don’t want it. If it goes against Darwinian Evolution, it’s not to be spoken of.

This is very much in keeping with my previous article on Giants in North America, where it seems that those in power are trying their best to keep everybody from finding out that human history is very different from the neo-Darwinian model in which human evolution has been a slow, unbroken, random pattern without intervention from any other sentient species. It’s likely that just learning of the existence of one different species here on Earth would completely break the spell and have a majority of us ready to demand the truth about our history and our place in this universe alongside other intelligent species.

Snopes Weighs In

Of course mainstream attempts to dampen the credibility of this type of story starts at the top–the top of a Google search, I mean. A search on ‘Kandahar Giant,’ predictably, has this Snopes article first on the list, to tell us of course that the whole story is false. The proof?

A Department of Defense spokesman told us they have no record of such an incident: “We do not have any record or information about a special forces member killed by a giant in Kandahar.”

If you’ve made it this far in the article, I rather doubt that this ‘proof’ is very compelling to you.

Our Role

Our role as awakened and awakening citizens in the truth-seeking community is to continue to do our best to bring to light all the evidence of information that has been suppressed, hidden and denied. As more and more eyewitnesses and other whistleblowers gain the courage to come out and talk about what they have experienced, it is becoming easier to start building a bigger picture about our true history and what’s really going on in our world.

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