What is the movie about (TL:DR version)
How consciousness is connected to quantum physics.
In simpler terms: How to let go and take control over your life.
The plot follows a story of a photographer that starts realizing that thoughts can (and how) they can influence the material world.
The movie lasts for 1 hour and 25 minutes. I watched it for 6 hours. Rewind, play stop, take notes, play, stop, rewind, play, stop take notes…
Before you read on: put this ambient music in the background for added effect:
TL VERSION OF THE MOVIES KEY POINTS
QUESTION: Have you seen yourself through the eyes of someone else that you have become?
Imagine yourself a period from now, looking back at yourself from this point on to the point where you are in the future. Would you like to be that person or is there something you would do differently?
You can answer this question at the end after you go through the rest of the statements and questions.
STATEMENT: Much of what we know about the world is just assumptions.
Before we assumed the world was round, we assumed it was flat.
STATEMENT: The real trick in life is to be in the mystery, not the known.
Or in other words, have a child’s view of life. Unencumbered by knowledge, assumptions and presuppositions.
Keep these two statements in mind when reading the rest of the points. But first, a story.
The story of the natives of the Bahamas and Columbus’s ships arriving.
Can you imagine if there was a ship on the horizont but you could not see it even though IT WAS THERE IN FRONT OF YOU without any environmental obstructions?
Well, the natives of the Bahamas could not. When Columbus’s ships landed on the Bahamas – the natives could not see the ships even though they were in front of them. How is this possible? Because the natives have not seen a ship before and could not perceive nor imagine one, so their brain did not bother to process it.
Imagine that: you can’t SEE it because you do not know it exists.
It baffles me how can you not see something like this:
The way the natives acknowledged the ships’ existence was that the shaman noticed the unusual ripples and movement of the waves which the ships created while they were approaching the shore – in other words, he noticed something that should not happen. A glitch – and he started to explore what could be the reason for that. After a while he saw them and slowly explained the rest of the natives what he had seen. When he explained it, everyone else could see them.
Here is a question: What things in life are we missing that we do not know exist or have such preconceived notions that prevent us from seeing, yet are IN FRONT of our eyes?
STATEMENT: If you are not observing, it can be ANYWHERE and ANYTHING.
One of the key questions that science deals with, is what happens with particles when you do not observe them? Because it is only by observing that we can record their existence and state. But when you turn around, where do these particles go? What do they do? According to quantum physics, if you are not looking/observing the particle, the particle can be in different states, different places AT ONCE. In other words, it can be anywhere.
How can a particle be in two or three places at one time? First, we do not think of particles rather objects – objects are made of many particles. Particles/atoms according to quantum physics, are just possibilities that you can experience and thus create a reality around them.
STATEMENT: Observation is the basis and one of the steps of creation.
Think of the story of the natives and the ships. The shaman had no knowledge of the existence of ships. He just observed a simple ripple in the water and took it from there to explore what could be the cause.
You can say that the shaman was an entrepreneur. He saw a problem and wanted to find out what was the cause of it. He had the ultimate child’s view of life. He was in the unknown and that is what excited him.
The shaman had a choice. Either observe the change in ripples of the water or not. Either way they were fucked. So he choose to observe them, therefore – started creating his reality that there is something out there. He started creating this reality of, unknowingly to him at that point, the existence of the ships.
He could have easily concluded that the ripples changed simply because he might have taken too many mushrooms. But NO.
Further down his observation, he followed the ripples and traced their origin. When he reached the end, or the place where the ripples began rippling, he started realizing, or creating the notion of the ships – the cause of the ripples.
Again, HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THESE SHIPS!!!?????
when you observe it, you have created a reality and therefore experienced it. The object exists because you choose to experience it.
Experiences create our world. And we have different kinds of experiences based on the emotions that we attach to them.
More like one word rather than a statement but nevertheless.
Emotions are the most sophisticated pharmacy in the universe.
Emotions are actually chemicals that are called peptides produced by the hypothalamus. Hypothalamus is a factory that assembles chemicals that match emotions we experience. They go into different cells in the body and activate corresponding states.
When do we trigger the production of the chemicals?
When we are faced with an event/person/thing in front of us, instantly a thought comes into mind that relates this present event with a past experience. The thought triggers the start of chemical production and carries the chemicals/emotions into different places around the body.
Let’s be clear – the chemicals are produced during the anticipation of the event/person/thing that we are about to experience. Not during the actual process. Look at this picture:
Did you actually taste the burger and caused all that saliva to appear?
Or what about this one:
- your past experiences dictate how you view and interact with the world (ergo what kind of emotional responses you have), you can start changing things about you.
- most of your assumptions about the world have not come from your own experiences, rather from others and society, you realize how little you know and how foolish and extreme most emotional responses are.
Watch the short water experiment by Dr Masaru Emoto.
The point of the experiment: if emotionalized thoughts can do that to water, imagine what thoughts can do to our bodies which are made of 80% water.
STATEMENT: So, when we start observing, we are no longer the automated body mind emotional person.
We start breaking old neural nets and replacing them with new ones – we create new habits. Just like the shaman dude – he could have just noticed the ripples and say “just ripples acting crazy and shit” and went about his way. But he did not. He was an entrepreneur.
The ultimate neural net breaking technique?
Nervous breakdown. The demolition of old beliefs, structures and patterns that defined our life and how we viewed life, before that breakdown. These things happen after, break ups, life threatening events etc…
When you think about these stuff, immediately to mind come questions such as:
- If I change my mind will I change my choices?
- If I change my choices will my life change?
- Why can’t I change?
- What am I addicted to?
- What will I loose that I am chemically attached to?
- What person/place thing time or event that i am chemically attached to that i don’t wanna loose because i may have to experience that chemical withdrawal from that?
If they have come to mind, that means you began to change. Good for you.