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As She Is: Film About A Personal And Collective Journey by Megan Mc Feely

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious.
If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door.
If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door.
If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” 
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Speaking about the impetus that lead her to make this film Megan writes on her website:

For years there was this deep sense of insecurity inside…or rather a wrongness
about my existence that I did not know how to describe.
I tried to live the values of the culture, follow the roadmap to success
imparted to me through community, family and school.
I was determined to be an “acceptable” kind of woman, even though I was obviously not.
So I got educated, went into business, wore suits, thought rationally,
competed against others and was successful for a time, but then my life fell apart.

I had been looking outside— in what I did, what I had, who I knew—for who I was,
but it didn’t work. The best way to say it was the outside was not connected to the inside
so I was living someone else’s idea of me (who I wonder?)
I was not free and did not know how to live what I valued.
I had no idea if there was a more natural way for me to be.

It became clear that the only way I could understand was to explore
from the inside…to renounce what the culture valued and reconnect to my inner knowing.
I now know this unknown inner dimension of myself as the feminine….
so I started with a simple question that guided my journey. What is the feminine?

I asked some remarkable people who embody these traits to find out how they would describe the feminine,
to get a sense of how being connected to this part of themselves informs their lives and
how it is lived in balance with their masculine aspect.

This is my personal inquiry, but I have a sense that this film is also
about our collective journey towards wholeness because I am simply a microcosm
of the macrocosm…and so are you’.

This film Includes conversations  with Anat and Llewellyn Vaughan- Lee, Hilary Hart, Larry Merculieff,
Maata Lynne Baron, Orland Bishop and Vandana Shiva amongst others.

Website and  Trailor Here:  As She Is 

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Juliette Of The Herbs: Documentary Film

Juliette of the Herbs is an inspiring portrait of a remarkable woman:

Juliette de Bairacli Levy, herbalist, who learnt about plants from gypsies, peasants, and bedouins.

She healed animals and children with her love and knowledge of plants, animals and the Earth.

To watch: LINK

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Interspecies Communication Interview with Anna Breytenbach

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Only A Question Of Time, radio play by Alan Plater

One of my favourite radio plays is currently available to listen to again for the next four weeks
on BBC iplayer.
It is Alan Plater’s Only A Question Of Time.

Once upon a time an Englishman met a Welshman in a field. . .
he was there to tell him the correct time.
It’s hard for us to imagine these days that  up to the Victorian era Britain had a difference in time of half-an-hour from the eastern to the western extremities.
The play begins with the arrival of an Englishman representing, Isambard Kingdom Brunel:
he comes to tell the Welsh that due to railway expansion,
time needs to be changed ie standardised.
Plater’s comedy is a real juxtaposition of consciousness,
that of ‘rural’ and ‘rational’ man and their very different experiences of time and some of the consequences within our society over the next two centuries:  Link

So if you can find 45 minutes to just sit and listen whilst the sun goes down….
if not then maybe whilst commuting by train……

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Sobonfu Some: Embracing Your Gifts

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John O Donohue: Anam Cara – Soul Friend & Imagination As The Path Of The Spirit

These two talks are very inspiring and give such a profound sense of our sacred connection to life, and just how short a space of time it is that we are here on Earth.
These talks also draw on the wisdom of the medieval Mystic Meister Eckhart and are all the more poignant as John died only months later, aged 52.

Nativity
by John O’Donohue, from Conamara Blues

No man reaches where the moon touches a woman.
Even the moon leaves her when she opens
Deeper into the ripple in her womb
That encircles dark, to become flesh and bone.

Someone is coming ashore inside her,
A face deciphers itself from water,
And she curves around the gathering wave,
Opening to offer the life it craves.

In a corner stall of pilgrim strangers,
She falls and heaves, holding a tide of tears.
A red wire of pain feeds through every vein,
Until night unweaves and the child reaches dawn.

Outside each other now, she sees him first,
Flesh of her flesh, her dreamt son safe on earth.

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The Animal Communicator: Anna Breytenbach

 Spirit

 

For full Documentary:

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Love Letter To The Earth: Thich Nhat Hanh

Clck here to watch this video interview with Thich Nhat Hanh: Love Letter To The Earth

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The Earth From Space: NOVA

The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our plant.
Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists,
NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences,
each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.
quoted and availabe to watch on Youtube

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Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime by Robert Lawlor

An Excerpt from Voices of the First Day: Awakening In the Aboriginal Dreamtime by Robert Lawlor

Robert Lawlor explores the rich legacy of Aboriginals to the world. Here is an excerpt on meaning.

“The earth holds an infinite profusion of seeds. Seeds contain forms and worlds yet to germinate; the roots, leaves, and flowers of the entire plant are invisibly enclosed in the seed. Paradoxically, the unborn potential of future life is fused, within a seed, to primordial patterns that were laid down in the very beginning. The seed’s capacity to engender new life seems to derive from the imprint of patterns carried through the ages.

“This image of the earth with its seeds is comparable to Carl Jung’s description of humanity’s collective unconscious: both hold the entire heritage of primal patterns that are continually reborn through nature’s seasons. Like seeds, myths, ideas, and images are dispersed throughout the world on the winds of thought, the waters of emotion, and the fires of passion.

“The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a ‘seed power’ deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land — its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes — and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the ‘Dreaming’ of’ a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner dreaming of the earth.

Lawlor explains that these people have grounded their culture in remembrance of “the first day” and a myth of creation which has lasted over 150,000 years. The Australian Aborigines are very cognizant of the presence of their “creative ancestors” and their contributions to their tradition. They have rejected many of the values the dominant culture cherishes such as agriculture, architecture, writing, clothing, and the subjugation of animals. Instead of money, the Aborigines cherish kinship, community, and the importance of the law of the Dreamtime. In fact, they  have no concept or word for time or the accumulation of possession.”    Quoted from book review in Sprituality & Practice

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