Great Discoveries [August 2019]

I haven’t written one of these in a while, so I guess I’ll catch up on a few favorites.

1. Anne with an “e”

I’ll start with the most recent discovery, “Anne with an “e””. This one is a beautifully crafted, visually satisfying, emotionally engaging and soul rewarding pieces of screenwriting that makes your heart just fill with good things! And it’s on Netflix!

2. Outlander

Another very well written show on Netflix! It gets a bit lost on the way, but the actors are just so good and the scriptwriters/directors are so incredibly skilled that they make up for the characters’ irrational behaviors and decisions.

3. The “Academy of Ideas” YouTube Cannel

Very well put-together videos on different aspects of psychological self-work. I have had a number of insights watching some of these videos.

4. Suduaya’s “Autumnal Retreat” EP

5. Before I Fall

Yet another good movie that plays on the idea of being stuck in a loop. I saw Russian Doll earlier this year and then Mom recommended I see this one too. I think the Universe is trying to tell me something, because I have indeed felt like I have been stuck in a loop. I later found that this happens when you try to move forward but you don’t want to let go of old attitudes because you don’t understand the connection that you are creating the very situation that you want to get out of.

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5 Great Discoveries [February 2019]

1. Anneke Lucas’s Incredible Interview with Collective Evolution

Anneke Lucas is a survivor of Elite Child Sex Slavery and she has had the great courage to speak about it. Collective Evolution did a 4-part interview series (about 4-5 hours of video material in total) with Anneke which was available for free for a while, but now it is accessible only by subscription to Collective Evolution TV, CETV. I highly recommend watching it! It is very eye opening, not only in understanding that child sex trafficking is a horrifying reality that takes place at the top of the hierarchies of power but also in seeing the incredible strength of the human spirit in overcoming the most horrific experiences.

This is illuminating in many other regards, such as the importance of accepting ourselves fully, in forgiving ourselves and those that have harmed us, in seeing that there are forces beyond our comprehension that are assisting us.

I am very grateful for this interview series and for this brave woman for having come forward and shared her story.

2. Russian Doll

Russian Doll is a Neflix show about a girl who dies repeatedly, only to find herself resurrected in the same place every time: a bathroom in an old building where a party for her birthday is taking place. Each time she dies she finds herself staring into the bathroom mirror and she gets to experience the same day all over again. Kind of like Groundhog Day, but with more sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. She tries to find out why this is happening to her and she tests various theories, like maybe the building is haunted, or she is in hell or purgatory.

I loved this show because it is highly entertaining, because it is very well written and because it touches on Jungian psychology of working with the shadow. I loved the characters and I loved the character evolution. That is my favorite thing to watch in a movie: character evolution, and – oh – I was so glad to see it delivered in abundance.

Very grateful to have watched this show.

I loved it so much that I may consider interpreting it. We’ll see.

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3. Eva Pierrakos – Creating Union

A phenomenal book packed with wisdom, excellent to read for anyone who is interested in deep shadow work and understanding patterns of behavior and dynamics in relationship, as well as the nature of reality and duality. This book is actually a thematic collection of The Pathwork Lectures which can be found at pathwork.org.

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4. How Theo Von Got Sober

This beautiful moment of vulnerability and sincerity <3.

5. Quality Psybient Music

3 Great Discoveries [January 2019]

1. Eva Pierrakos – The Pathwork of Self-Transformation

A phenomenal book which describes a clear and practical way to understand our conditioned behaviors, our longings and needs and our wounding from a spiritual perspective. And so so much more.

“Under such headings as “The Idealized Self-Image”, “The Forces of Love, Eros and Sex”, “Real and False Needs”, and “The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis”, the Pathwork outlines the entire process of personal spiritual development. Unlike many over-idealized philosophies, the Pathwork confronts our devils as well as our angels, our all-too-human failings and petty ego concerns as well as our divine strengths. It shows us how to accept ourselves fully as we are now, and then to move beyond the negativity, or “lower self”, that blocks our personal and spiritual evolution. It offers a practical, rational and honest way to reach our deepest creative identity.”

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2. Terrace House

Terrace House is a Japanese Netflix show where 6 strangers – 3 boys and 3 girls – are given a shared place to live in and two cars with no script of what to do. They are filmed every day and an episode is produced each week that the 6 strangers live there (ranging from 25 minutes to 45 minutes). The people living in Terrace House are between 18 and 30 something years old. When a boy leaves, he is replaced by another boy, when a girl leaves, she is replaced by another girl. In addition to this, there is commentary about the events of the week provided by the show hosts who analyze what is happening and note on the dynamics between the people living there.

I know this may appear trivial compared to #1, but I find it not only enjoyable but educational as well. I find it really interesting to see how the 6 people relate to each other, to understand their motivations for acting the way they do, and to see some beautiful displays of character. It is an excellent exercise in understanding psychology and for compassionately observing people’s conflicts and patterns of behavior. It’s wonderful to watch how they try to help each other and how they intervene when they feel one of the people living there is doing something wrong, usually not to blame them, but to help them overcome their limitations or shortcomings. Of course, there are situations where some conflicts cannot be easily reconciled and you can see how some people are falling into bad behaviors despite themselves.

This show offers a seriously great opportunity for the study of character. It’s like it becomes clear how the little things evolve into big developments. I love it and I seriously recommend it!

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3. The BlackPilled YouTube Channel

BlackPilled is a YouTube channel held by Devon Stack where he does social and political commentary through making analogies with movies. His videos have been a real highlight for me lately, I’ve been excited about getting YouTube notifications for them.

Usually in his videos he analyzes one particular well-known movie and he identifies the propaganda that is subtly placed in the narrative. He links his findings with the social and political developments in the world and he makes a connection between how the ideas that are symbolically represented in the movies influence the thinking patterns of society and help produce social changes that are intended and planned in advance.

Moreover, he makes parallels with mythical and mystical ideas as well, offering great insights on the intentions of the director/script writer. Great content, I recommend it!

As an example, see this analysis of the movie Pleasantville below. It’s rather long, but it’s worth it!