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Milton’s Secret is a live action film for the whole family. Based on a book by Eckhart Tolle (Author of The Power of Now & A New Earth) and Robert Friedman (Publisher of Conversations with God), the film will bring the wisdom of one of the most important spiritual teachers of our time to a mainstream, family audience…

OMTimes is Grateful to have connected with the film’s Director, Barnet Bain and Eckhart Tolle when they recently met at the Vancouver headquarters of Hulo Films to discuss the upcoming film.

A Conversation with Barnet Bain and Eckhart Tolle

OMTimes: How did the two of you build your interest in transformational entertainment?

Eckhart Tolle:
I love watching movies and my main life interest and my purpose in life is to bring spiritual awakening into this world, to be a vehicle for the flowering of consciousness, to help people to live more consciously with less unnecessary suffering and self-generated unhappiness, so that’s my mission in life, that’s my life purpose, so bringing together my interest in movies and my life purpose then naturally this has come together so I became interested in movies that have the power to transform consciousness.

Barnet Bain: I’ve been making spiritually themed movies for a very long time. At the beginning of my career I made a movie as a screen writer, called Jesus, or The Jesus Movie. That was the first job I ever had after film school. I was hired to write the screenplay for Warner Brothers. Jesus, has gone on to be the most widely seen movie in the world. It’s pretty unbelievable. I thought it was a great opportunity to make my way through a career and looking back, I can see that film as a piece in an ongoing puzzle that all fits together in a way that is so perfect that it never could have been planned. Long before I realized I was exploring something, that I was looking to develop something in myself, I was just naturally drawn to movies and entertainments and stories that had a core element of spiritual discovery.

Since then, I have made What Dreams May Come as a Producer and the Celestine Prophecy movie as a Writer and Producer, and Homeless to Harvard, which was nominated for three Emmies including Best Movie. And I’ve made others….

OMTimes: Barnet, what is Mindfulness to you and why is mindfulness so important today?

Barnet Bain: Mindfulness is developing an awareness of the thoughts that move through and feelings that we move through without getting drawn into the meanings or being drawn into taking action or getting sucked into the story… and then like house guests, eventually they all leave.

One thing that mindfulness practice does is it allows us to pay attention to all the thoughts and all the feelings that wander through our awareness and we become more attuned to being a container for those things and less identified with them.

So now we begin to have a relationship with all our structured imaginings and in doing so, life begins to take on, from my perspective, a more enchanted, more dreamy experience. What is possible for us begins to expand because we are not so rigidly contained by the way that our thoughts and imaginations have been structured.

Mindfulness has never been more important considering how quickly the events of the world move in such an accelerated, such a frantic time. We are battered around like a cat with a toy. Our attention goes from here, to the next thing, to the next thing and we’re triggered from one response of fear, to another one of connection, to the threat of loss. It’s just constantly, constantly in play in ways that 15, 20, 30 years ago didn’t exist because things moved at such a different cadence. And so it is more critical than ever if you believe, as we do that our experience of reality is the result of the magical alchemy of the creation of our thoughts, our beliefs, our decisions, our attitudes, our feelings. All of these are, for the most part, unconscious. Mindfulness allows us to watch these thoughts and choices and decisions without being triggered and having to take action and give meaning. And so suddenly we are able to see beyond the waterline to see the iceberg. We are seeing with x-ray glasses, the ability to see what is below the surface of the way we do life.

These are the being states, that mindfulness allows us to discover. When we discover who we are being in the moment, then the opportunity to choose up to a higher ground to a different level of response is there for the first time. A fish doesn’t know it’s in water until it throws itself on the bank and flops around for a while, and has that moment of discovery, ‘I’m not in Kansas Toto.’ Mindfulness allows us, we don’t have to flop around on the bank, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it is for some. It’s a lot more difficult to be reactive to the world, to think that you can out-think life. There are other states of consciousness beyond thinking but mindfulness puts us in touch with the being state of who we are. And with that awareness, reality becomes a very different kind of experience. It’s not as reactive, it begins to mellow out and there is suddenly room for the miraculous.

OMTimes: The book and film promise to bring Mindfulness to a youth audience. Eckhart, why did you write the book, Milton’s Secret? How did you start out on this journey?

Eckhart Tolle: Well people had been often writing to me and saying, ‘can you not write something for children?’ I felt I needed somebody else and couldn’t quite do it myself because I never had children so it’s harder for me, never having brought up a child, to enter the universe of the child. So that’s where my co-author, Robert Friedman came in and helped.

When the suggestion came to me that I could co-author the book, I remembered all the letters and emails that I had received in the last few years from parents asking for that kind of thing, but I never really felt up to it myself. Now I’m glad it happened that way. I never went out and said ‘I want to do this.’ I never do that, I wait for things to come to me either within, or without, and I go along with it, and that’s how it happened.

More and more teachers are also bringing that state of presence. In recent times I’ve received more and more emails from teachers that they are beginning to teach presence in their classroom without necessarily calling it that or calling it anything. They are doing that not as part of the official curriculum, it’s like an underground movement, not yet officially recognized by the educational authorities, at least not as far as I know!”

OMTimes: I understand the bullying is also a key theme of the movie?


Eckhart Tolle:
Only in the last few years has there been an awareness that this is a big problem and a big source of suffering for many, many children. Of course bullying is not a new phenomenon but for a very long time nobody talked about it. I don’t know why, but suddenly, now, bullying is in the news. Perhaps it is time that there is an awareness of this, of certain unconscious patterns. These unconscious patterns become conscious and then they begin to change… so there is an awareness… quite often you read about bullying in the news and that’s why it’s in the movie… and of course the financial distress that many people are going through in this time. That is the reality of millions of people or the fear or the uncertainty about economic situation and the fear that goes with it if you are not present you can constantly be in that state of fearful anticipation. What might happen to your job… that you might lose your job or you might not be able to pay your mortgage anymore… and all kinds of dreadful things could happen. All of this reflected in the movie as that is the daily reality for all sorts of people. Of course that wasn’t in the book, but I’m glad that’s in the screenplay.

OMTimes: We’ve heard a lot about the film, the bully, the Grandfather and, of course, Milton. But what is the message?

Eckhart Tolle: The central message is that it is possible to live in a different state of consciousness. A state of consciousness that does not generate unnecessary unhappiness and suffering and anxiety. So that is the underlying theme of the movie that is what it is about. And that’s why it is transformational.

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Milton’s Secret presents the timeless wisdom of The Power of Now in a live action film for the whole family.

Milton Adams is stressed. It’s no picnic being 11 years old in a world that is growing more uncertain every day. Milton’s mom and dad argue every night as their careers and financial security unravel around them. Milton’s community is in crisis, and to top it off, he is tormented by the neighborhood bully.

When Grandpa Howard comes to visit, Milton discovers that rehashing bad experiences, and worrying about the future only makes things worse.

With a little practice, Milton learns his Grandpa’s secret for coping with a world in crisis: most things have a surprising way of working out when you flow with the power of Now.

In an age that seems to be growing more chaotic by the day, we sometimes wish we could go back to simpler times. We need new answers. Milton’s Secret is a thought provoking family film based on the story by acclaimed spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of worldwide bestsellers The Power of Now and A New Earth and Robert Friedman, publisher of Conversations with God.
DIRECTOR’S NOTES WITH BARNET BAIN

BARNET BAIN As a filmmaker and radio broadcaster I’m attracted to the deepest truths that affect humanity; stories that inspire hope and vision and model new responses to the challenges of being alive in a world becoming more uncertain and less civil every day.

When Eckhart Tolle agreed to let me to film his story Milton’s Secret, I didn’t hesitate. I leapt at the chance. I have made a life’s work of stewarding innovative projects that celebrate the human spirit, but I am especially grateful to Eckhart and Robert Friedman for entrusting me to make their story about mindful awareness ring true to a dedicated readership that has purchased more than 15 million of Eckhart’s bestselling books to date, and for the opportunity to present mindfulness in a mainstream motion picture for the first time ever.

In an age of financial, social and political breakdown, we sometimes wish we could go back to simpler times. We long for answers. Milton’s Secret models, but not mandates a different response to the stresses and chaos of modern life. It shows us a way to pay closer attention to what is happening within us; our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, enabling us to better cope with the trials of everyday living.

Milton’s Secret centers on a boy who discovers that rehashing bad experiences from his past and worries about his future are preventing him from enjoying real happiness through living in the present moment. We will model by example — but not preach — practical tools to keep alive curiosity, compassion and coping skills that enable children and their parents alike to manage stress and pay attention to what really matters amidst the frantic pace of life.

As a general note, the tone of the movie will be a little more adult without sacrificing our family audience. For our young protagonist and his friends we are referencing The Suburbs (video by Arcade Fire) Is Anybody There?, The Spectacular Now and Whale Rider. The OVERALL LOOK of the movie will be Magical, Playful, but Stressed. Reference – Magical Realist paintings of George Tooker. We should immediately get a sense of the chaotic world in every shot. For example – not just background extras, but a mom dealing with a toddler’s tantrum, or distraught motorists venting road rage. It is a world full of blocked personal urges; impersonal phone trees, indifferent service, and systemic frustration. Recently, at the airport parking lot in Montreal, I encountered a young woman trying to find someone – anyone to help her in the exit cue. There was not an attendant anywhere. The machine had taken her money, and the intercom was broken. When I found her she was in tears. “You could be dead and dying,” she lamented, “and no one would notice. That’s progress?”

So this is the environment of our movie – it is the kind of imagery that is generated from a systemic falling away of life as we’ve known it. It is definitely NOT Disneyland.

We will tell this beautiful story, and at the same time inspire as many people as we can to stop stressing and start living! I am proud to be given the opportunity to make this movie, and to have Hulo Films as collaborators.
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Is Yoda a Zen Master? What might Jedi training be like? Is the story of Luke Skywalker a spiritual epic?

The answers–as well as excitement, adventure, and a lot of fun–are here!

The Dharma of Star Wars uses George Lucas’ beloved modern saga and the universal discoveries of the Buddha to illuminate each other in playful and unexpectedly rewarding ways. Bortolin even reveals satisfying depths to the second trilogy of movies-the ones that met with what can understatedly be called a less-than-warm critical reception. The Dharma of Star Wars gives you an inpsiring and totally new take on this timeless saga, from A New Hope all the way up to 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Great fun for any Star Wars fan. Imagine The Power of Myth… with lightsabers!

Includes instruction in The Jedi Art of Mindfulness and Concentration and The Padawan Handbook: Zen Contemplations for the Would-Be Jedi.

Fun for all ages, The Dharma of Star Wars is also a perfect way for Buddhist parents to bridge the generation gap.

Bortolin, an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist community, may be the ideal person to write about the Buddhist themes in Star Wars: he camped out for tickets to all of the movies-even the less than stellar ones-and possesses his very own set of Jedi robes. In short, consistent chapters, Bortolin explores themes such as suffering, mindfulness, karma and transcending the dark side. One especially helpful chapter examines what nirvana is, comparing it to the all-pervasive Force of Star Wars, and clarifying that nirvana isn’t a sort of Buddhist heaven or a blissed-out mental condition. Rather, Bortolin asserts, it is “the very absence of ideas and conceptualization.” Bortolin looks to Jedi meditation as a parallel discipline to the Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation. In this state, Jedi knights “get in touch with reality as it truly is,” observing their minds with calm compassion and allowing greater understanding of the present moment. One of the book’s greatest strengths is Bortolin’s stubborn determination to find something redeeming about the two most recent Star Wars films, and he does actually recover enough of these nuggets to make some fans take a second look at those overhyped flicks. With humor, strong examples and timeless wisdom, Bortolin offers a new way to think about a pop culture phenomenon. Lead us to Yoda, he does. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin. Interviewed on Good Morning America.

Brought to you by The School of Life in collaboration with Mad Adam Films, this fascinating animation takes an analytical look at states of “higher consciousness” as described by mystics and spiritual beings throughout history. By comparing the overwhelmingly common characteristics of these altered forms of consciousness with modern neurological science, the developers of this short have formulated a rationalized, secular method for explaining these states without any of the vague, wishy-washy ambiguity so often used.


Published on May 11, 2015

‘Higher consciousness’ sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn’t. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos.
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Published on Mar 27, 2015

In 2006 Stephen Wolinsky proposed the idea of traveling to India to film Nisargadatta Maharaj’s translators and disciples to explore the legacy Maharaj left behind in his hometown, Mumbai.

In 2007 Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo together with Stephen Wolinsky, Philip Safarik and Fred Good traveled to India to shoot this film.

The meeting with the old devotees was both illuminating as well as deeply touching.

Over the next seven and a half years, we all plugged away, going through mounds of material allowing this project to reach completion.

The film you are about to see cannot demonstrate the amount of work that went into this project….but let’s simply say that finally it is complete…

Nisargadatta did not leave an ashram; he did not leave any teachings nor successors. This movie is a homage to him; a look at his unintended legacy from people that have been inspired by him more then words can express.

This film contains interviews with four of the old Nisargadatta’s translators: Ramesh Balsekar, S.K. Mullarpattan, Mohan and Jayashri Gaitonde,plus some old indian devotees and trustees, the publishers of “I Am That” and a visit to the old room in which Maharaj was holding his meetings, his Guru Samadhi Shrine and the place in which some of Maharaj ashes are preserved.
In the footage are also presented exclusive photographs of Maharaji’s cremation ceremony.

Published on Nov 7, 2013
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This Awakening film is enough to shake anyone from the monotonous busy life back to the stillness of the heart, which is where we originally started

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Published on Aug 7, 2015

Salma Hayek joins Freeman Michaels and Clark Peterson on Cutting Edge Consciousness for a wonderful conversation about the depth of Khalil Gibran’s words. In this short clip, from the show about Salma and Clark’s new film The Prophet, Salma speaks very personally about how Khalil Gibran’s work has effected her life. Salma was introduced to Khalil Gibran by her grandfather and she has passed on the wisdom to her own daughter.

To view the entire Cutting Edge Consciousness show about The Prophet, please go to: https://youtu.be/Jm4fII0DPPo

To learn more about the film and find out where it is playing near you, please visit: http://www.gibransprophetmovie.com/


Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet Official Trailer HD



Salma Hayek: ‘The Prophet’ Is ‘Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done’ | TODAY


Published on May 1, 2015

Salma Hayek joins TODAY to talk about producing the animated film based on Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet,” as well as lending her voice to it.

Our beliefs about what happens when we die define how we live today. And more and more of us are discovering a radical truth: when we release our fear of death, we open to an immensely richer life right here and now. But how do we incorporate this profound insight into our everyday lives? With Death Makes Life Possible, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz presents a wealth of teachings and practical guidance on how to turn this taboo topic into a source of peace, hope, connection, and compassion.

Featuring contributions by eminent scientists and scholars, spiritual leaders and devout skeptics, health practitioners, and people from all walks of life, this far-reaching work offers a companion to the award-winning documentary of the same name, revealing the myriad ways that we grow and change by expanding our perspectives on the ultimate mystery facing each one of us. Join Dr. Schlitz to learn more about:

 

  • How facing the fear of death can motivate us to reprioritize our goals, expand self-worth, and help promote social harmony
  • Dreaming and the transformation of death-the fascinating connections and new perspectives we can gain by paying attention to the world of our dreams
  • Life, death, and the quantum soul-how post-materialist scientists are introducing new ways of understanding life as part of a nonlocal, interconnected universe that exists outside of linear space and time
  • Shifting our collective discourse from “one of fear to one of awe and wonder” in order to heal ourselves and the world we share

“Understanding our relationships with the seen and unseen realms of everyday existence offers us new possibilities for living a big, juicy life filled with humility, purpose, meaning, and hope,” explains Marilyn Schlitz. With Death Makes Life Possible, she offers a treasury of teachings with the power to transform every aspect of our lives.


Marilyn Schlitz, PhD is a writer, laboratory and clinical scientist, social anthropologist, and acclaimed public speaker. She is President Emeritus of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has worked for 20 years. She is also a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. She has been conducting research on consciousness for more than 30 years and has recently wrote and produced the documentary film, Death Makes Life Possible. She completed her training in psychology, behavioral and social science, and philosophy at Stanford University, University of Texas, San Antonio and Wayne State University, Detroit. She received her PhD in anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. She has been featured in various writings, interviews, and videos. As well, she has authored and co-authored numerous books, such as Living Deeply: The Art of Science of Transformation and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine.

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Death Makes Life Possible follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D, as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions. Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades.

The film looks at how popular culture deals with the ever-present fear many have about our own mortality. Interviews with mental health experts, cultural leaders, and scientists explore the meaning of death and how we can learn to live without fear. The interviews and evidence presented are interwoven with personal stories of people facing their own death as well as those who report encounters beyond death. The narrative is illustrated with vivid imagery.

The film features some of the leading scientists, anthropologists, philosophers, spiritual teachers and thinkers of our time – including Yassir Chadley, Deepak Chopra, Mingtong Gu, Stuart Hameroff, Lee Lipsenthal, Edgar Mitchell, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dean Radin, Tony Redhouse, Rupert Sheldrake, Rudi Tanzi, Luisah Teish, Jim Tucker and others.

Death Makes Life Possible offers inspiration and hope about the ultimate question facing each of us.

Death Makes Life Possible – Trailer

Death Makes Life Possible” is a forthcoming documentary that explores the taboo topic of death and asks the fundamental question: How can understanding death give meaning to our lives? Marilyn Schlitz, is a cultural anthropologist and scientist who sets out to find answers to the ultimate meaning of life, death, and what lies beyond. Featuring Deepak Chopra, Mingtong Gu, Julie Beischel, Edgar Mitchell, Dean Radin, Marilyn Schlitz and some of the world’s greatest researchers of consciousness, out-of-body experiences and life-after-death – “Death Makes Life Possible” takes us on a journey of exploration beyond the physical body. Facing the fear of death can transform the experience of living. “Death Makes Life Possible” is a must see for anyone who is going to die.

Published on Jan 22, 2014
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Disney’s Frozen is the Golden Globe winner for Best Animated Film!

Hear “Let It Go,” the Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, in 25 different languages and see how fans in other countries have experienced Elsa unleashing her powers.

Like Frozen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen

Follow Frozen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

Official Site: http://disney.com/Frozen

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”).

Let It Go – Behind The Mic Multi-Language Version (from “Frozen”)

From the director of ‘THE SECRET’ comes this unparalleled and life-changing
film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart.

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The Power of the Heart – Official Movie Trailer

From the director of ‘THE SECRET’ comes this unparalleled and life-changing film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of our age including Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, and Eckhart Tolle, ‘THE POWER OF THE HEART’ – which ties into a book of the same name – is an experience that will lead you to uncover… and rediscover… the treasure in your chest.

Drew Heriot: Film director of The Secret & The Power of the Heart

Australian-born director, Drew Heriot, is best known for his inspirational films including The Secret which, in 2006 and 2007, became the highest-selling DVD in the USA.

Over the course of his career spanning 20 years, Heriot has directed award-winning films, commercials and top-rating prime-time television shows. His latest feature film, The Power of the Heart, features Maya Angelou, Paulo Coelho and Eckhart Tolle.

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What Dreams May Come – Meeting Katie:-)

Hollywood lost one its great actors on Monday to an apparent suicide, leaving many stunned and saddened. Robin Williams was just 63 years old when he was found dead in his Bay Area apartment, police reported.

In addition to the brilliant comedic performances for which he is commonly known, Williams left a trail of subtle, dramatic roles in his wake, including the 1998 film, “What Dreams May Come.”

In this highly spiritual movie that explores the concept of death and the afterlife, Williams’ character, Chris Nielson, dies in a car accident four years after losing his two children. In the scene above, Neilson awakens to find himself in the afterlife, which is both beautiful and unexpected. In the afterlife he is reunited with his dog and at first confuses his surroundings for “dog heaven.”

As he continues exploring the afterlife and coming to terms with his death, however, Nielson takes ownership of the situation. “Maybe I’m not in your heaven after all, girl,” he says. “Maybe you’re in mine.”

Here are two more inspiring scenes from Williams’ life work:

From the 1989 “Dead Poets Society”:
O’Captain my Captain

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Will (Matt Damon) confides in Sean (Robin Williams) when he discovers he has also been a victim of parental abuse.

Source: The Huffington Post | By Antonia Blumberg

The #1 best-selling e-book is now available as an expanded-edition hardcover. Now with two additional chapters, this first printed edition of Summer’s Path presents the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer who comes face-to-face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns that he has a terminal disease, with only a few months left to live. On his deathbed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death who promises to help him with a graceful exit. As Don prepares to say his last goodbyes to his loving wife, Robert attempts to change Don’s perspective about his mortality and proposes an exceptionally unique option.

Robert leads Don through an astounding meditation of life and death and reveals various healing and spiritual concepts, including walk-ins, embodiment, and soul destiny. On this magical journey of self-realization, Don discovers that it’s never too late to learn profound life lessons about ourselves and our loved ones.

Summer’s Path is the prequel to the best-selling book Waiting for Autumn.
Scott Blum is the best-selling author of Waiting for Autumn and the co-founder of the popular inspirational website DailyOm. He is also a successful multimedia artist who has collaborated with several popular authors, musicians, and visual artists and has produced many critically acclaimed works, including a series featuring ancient meditation music from around the world. Scott lives in the mountains of Ashland, Oregon, with Madisyn Taylor–his wife, business partner, and soul mate.

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Literature Book Review: Summers Path (Expanded Edition) by Scott Blum

Walk-In the Movie by Scott Blum

Published on Sep 19, 2013
Our guest is Scott Blum, a bestselling author and along with Madisyn Taylor, his wife, business partner, and soul mate, the co-founder of the popular inspirational website DailyOM (dailyom.com). He is also a successful multimedia artist who has collaborated with popular authors, musicians, and visual artists and has produced many critically acclaimed works, including his award-winning film, Walk-In, which he both wrote and directed. It was based on his book Summer’s Path, part of a trilogy with Winter Moon Rises and Waiting for Autumn.

Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, is a 75-minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world.

Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Drs. Tiearona Lowdog and Larry Dossey, the late Bill Mitchell, ND, author Kenny Ausubel, herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Phyllis Light and many others, the film calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses.

Numen is for herbalists, gardeners, medical practitioners, plant lovers—and everyone concerned about human and environmental health. It offers an introduction to the following topics:

  • Whole plant medicine
  • Ecological medicine
  • Environmental toxins
  • The limits of allopathic medicine
  • Spirit and healing and more

A primary objective of Numen is to bring the same awareness to medicine and the medical industry that the organic food movement has brought to food and the food industry. The film presents a sobering view of conventional healthcare and the dangers of environmental insults, as well as a vision of safe, effective and sustainable medicine. It offers stories about how individuals have improved their own health and well-being and provides concrete steps for viewers to do so as well.

Most broadly, the film encourages viewers to think deeply about the sources of their medicine and how their healthcare choices affect themselves and the larger web of life. It inspires us all to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life.

“The term numen is defined as “the presiding divinity or spirit of a place,” or “the spirit believed to inhabit natural objects.” It is applied in this program to plants and the value they bring to our lives. Through interviews with ethnobotanists, herbalists, naturopaths, medical doctors, and specialists in integrative medicine, viewers come to appreciate the role plants have played in our health and welfare. Before the rise of the modern pharmaceutical industry, families used herbal and plant-based medicines to cure common ills. Today, we are separated from our roots in nature, including our food. Recognizing that herbal medicine is also a business, this program makes a strong case for “whole plant medicine” as a viable alternative to today’s diet and pill-based approach to health. This is a subject that will generate thoughtful discussion; for most public libraries.” Review by Joan Greenberg

Numen: The Nature of Plants Ten min. Preview

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Numen is about the healing power of plants and the natural world. Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and moving interviews with leading herbalists, doctors, ecologists and others, Numen provides a vision of healthcare rooted in the traditions of herbal medicine and offers concrete steps to improve human and environmental health.


Published on Mar 8, 2013

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Master Puppetji speaks to all. His insightful and useless “Socksangs” are light-hearted reminders that help us open our eyes to a new way of SEEING. A master at squashing illusion with Wizdumb, humor and meaningless insights, Puppetji cuts through the spiritual mumbo-jumbo and gets right to The Truth: According to Puppetji. Considered to be one of our last great enlightened masters, Puppetji selflessly delivers his meaningless words of Wizdumb to anyone who will listen and even those who don’t. Puppetji’s message is simple: “You take life too seriously…Enlighten-up”. http://www.puppetji.com

Published on Jan 27, 2013

Mike Jenkins shares the timeless message of nonduality in an animated video. http://www.nothingsayingthis.com

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