Reviews written by Stephen Simon
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AVATAR is unlike any other film ever made and provides a glimpse into the potential of film to literally immerse the viewer in the story. Only peer jealousy could prevent James Cameron (TITANIC) from winning another Oscar for Best Director. The spiritual metaphors of AVATAR are also truly dazzling. Aren’t all of us as humans truly avatars? Spiritual beings temporarily inhabiting human bodies while our spirits evolve? Some day, the technology of AVATAR will be used (sans violence) by filmmakers to take us much further into the spiritual journey of our souls. Into the dreams we call illusion and the illusions we call reality. Into the awe and wonder of this majestic, mysterious, and mystical adventure that we call life. Into a new world of Spiritual Cinema.
An entire industry is being fashioned around December, 2012, almost all of which is designed to worry, terrify, and depress as many people as possible. There is one new film, however, that puts all of this fear mongering in the proper perspective - 2012: Science or Superstition.
The millions of us who have made a commitment in this lifetime to evolution and hope, rather than despair and destruction, must now be vocal and steadfast. If we're right, and I personally know we are, we can help ease the fear for so many others who truly do fear that the world will physically end in 2012. If we're wrong, and they're right, they can scold us when we all pass over together in whatever cataclysm descends upon us. But, don't count on that fire and brimstone moment and, for goodness sakes, please don't bet on it, financially or otherwise. There are a whole of people who are going to be shocked to see that the outer appearance of life is going to look awfully similar in January 2013 as it did the month before.
That is one reason why I so passionately recommend 2012: Science or Superstition.
This wonderful documentary calmly and accurately explains all the theories that have led some people to believe that the end-times are near. The extraordinary author Graham Hancock is an integral aspect of the film and deservedly so. Hancock's epic book Fingerprints of the Gods features the best explanations of flood myths, equinox mysteries, extraterrestrial astronomy, etc.
In the film, Hancock and many others patiently illuminate all of the underpinnings of the 2012 phenomenon. They show, with clarity and insight, that there is no reason for us to assume that our outer, physical world is coming to an end in 2012. There is at least as much evidence, if not more, that the 2012 phenomenon bespeaks an inner, spiritual demarcation point for humanity. And that is the crucial distinction that those of us who believe in the manifest destiny of human evolution must champion as we approach December 2012. (The film will, by the way, be the feature selection that we send to all the members of the Spiritual Cinema Circle in July of this year.)
THE CHOICE IS OURS AND OURS ALONE. We indeed can choose light over darkness, evolution over destruction, and enlightenment over extinction. This is our exquisite moment. We have the power now to assure not only our survival but also the manifestation of our most profound dreams for our species.
I choose the light and invite you to stand with me.
(Stephen Simon co-founded www.spiritualcinemacircle.com. He produced WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and SOMEWHERE IN TIME and directed and produced the film version of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD.)
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