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7 Timeless Must-See Movies With Powerful Conscious Messages

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Thanks in large part to the popularity of entertainment subscription platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and CraveTV, there have never been more movies available to us at the click of a mouse or the press of a button.

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Yet, as a self-proclaimed movie buff, it still amazes me as to how many people I regularly talk to that have spent a substantial portion of their precious time binge watching a reality series on pregnant teens, but are yet to see infamous films like Titanic2001: A Space Odyssey, or The Shawshank Redemption.

But rather than focusing on some of the greatest movies of all-time, I’d like to instead draw our attention to 7 must-see movies that not only entertain, but also pack the proverbial punch of a powerful conscious message. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Big Fish

Big Fish is a Tim Burton film based on the novel of the same title written by author Daniel Wallace. The story blurs fact and fiction as it weaves through tales from the life of a dying old man. The man’s son, now a grown man himself, returns to his childhood home to see his ailing father, however, the two are not on good terms. As the film moves forward, everyone has to face different aspects of the truth to discover what they really are, and the viewers are left wondering which was more amazing, the fantasy or the truth.

Conscious food for thought: Thanks in large part to the incredible creative power of our imagination, we all in some respect regularly decipher between fantasy and reality. While our fantasies may not be nearly as elaborate as they are visually depicted in Big Fish, they can be quite convincing at leading us towards a state of unhappiness with our actual life. In my opinion, this film offers great social commentary on this very real dilemma.

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2. The Matrix

The Matrix is regarded by many as one of the best science fiction films of all-time, and rightly so. At the time of its release, the movie’s action and special effects were far ahead of everything else, and I mean come on–who doesn’t like cool sunglasses, leather, guns, and rebellion? It was the perfect mixture for an amazing film, but this blockbuster is so much more than just a solid sci-fi/action flick. The Matrix explores a world in which humans live in an elaborately fabricated imprisonment system that appears to be the real world, but is actually nothing more than a simulation. 

Conscious food for thoughtThe Matrix explores ideas on perspective, the self, the all, the limits we place upon ourselves, and what we must do in order to break free.

3. Finding Nemo

Yet another major blockbuster film, however this is one of the family-friendly variety. Finding Nemo is the animated classic that follows the tale of Marlin, a clown fish who has lost his only son and will stop at nothing to get him back. 

Conscious food for thought: Along the way of his rescue mission Marlin meets some great friends and faces dangerous foes as he learns to stand up for what he believes in, trust in the process, and surrender to the flow -all of which we can benefit from reflecting on.

4. Interstellar

Interstellar explores some of the highly-debated issues of the not so distant future like overpopulation and climate change as they come to a head and force a team of astronauts to travel into space to find a new planet hospitable enough for their fellow earthlings to colonize.

Conscious food for thought: This film is much more than just a study in science fiction–it considers the emotional strain space travel puts on a family, the effects of isolation, and the beauty of synchronicity. Sometimes the signs seem to have been there all along, sometimes it’s just our higher selves trying to break through to save us.

5. Unbreakable

Unbreakable tells the story of a man who is the lone survivor of a horrific train accident in Pennsylvania. The man’s survival catches the interest of an avid comic book collector who believes there is more to the man’s survival than luck; he also seems to think that the survivor is worth much more than his minimum wage security job. The comic book collector begins to probe the unconscious reasons behind what makes the survivor who he is, and he encourages the survivor to explore his powers and abilities.

Conscious food for thoughtUnbreakable examines human nature, community, seclusion, and the greatness and responsibility that comes when we awaken the sleeping giants within ourselves.

6. Mr. Destiny

Mr. Destiny may seem quite out of place on this list, but the 1990 film starring Jim Belushi tells the story of a man who is given the opportunity to temporarily live out the alternate timeline in a reality where he instead succeeded at the one failure that has burdened him the most. Much like the old adage ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ alludes to, the film effectively shows how our mind can make anything other than our current reality seem optimal.

Conscious food for thoughtMr. Destiny gives us a reminder to better appreciate our lives for what they are and to choose to live in the moment, rather than bog ourselves down in regret.

7. Fight Club

Quite possibly one of the most infamous movies of all-time, Fight Club tells the story of a depressed office worker and rebellious soapmaker who cross paths and collaborate to form an underground fight club.

Conscious food for thought: While the quick synopsis may not seem like it, Fight Club carries the potential to teach us a seemingly endless number of things. One of the largest takeaways however, revolves around humanity’s obsession with materialism, something that has not only continued, but has arguably strengthened since this film’s release in 1999. The film also raises thoughts about the personas that so many of us portray in our daily life and whether or not they are reflective of who we truly are. And if whether or not we can still recognize and tap into embodying our true self.


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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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Expanding Reality Through Consciousness: A Fascinating Interview With A Neurosurgeon

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  • The Facts:

    Joe recently sat down with Dr. Mario Beauregard for an in-depth discussion into consciousness, current events and how we can begin responding to the emerging desire for change.

  • Reflect On:

    What direction is our global society moving towards with regards to understanding the true nature of consciousness? Is a new consciousness emerging within us that no longer resonates with the 'old world?'

Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He has also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.”

In the episode below, Collective Evolution founder Joe Martino and Dr. Beauregard sit down to discuss what transhumanism, AI, near death experiences and our current events have in common, which is consciousness. They all stem from what level of consciousness we are creating these things out of. Joe explores this topic with Dr. Beauregard in a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV.

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