“Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.” ~William Pollard
The following list are notable documentaries that focus on spiritual growth for the individual as well as the collective whole.
- Discover the Gift: A feature length documentary created by award winning filmmaker, Demien Lichtenstein and his sister, Shajen Joy Aziz. Discover the Gift seeks to celebrate the “basic but vital reality that there are Gifts in each person, and in all circumstances, that are simply awaiting discovery.” The message of the documentary, as well as the spiritual leaders is “the degree to which you nurture, educate, and allow the miracle of your Gift to live is in direct proportion to the degree to which you will experience joy, power, fulfillment, freedom, and unconditional love.”
- I AM the Documentary: I AM opens with Tom Shadyac talking about his own personal struggles before and after his pivotal bike accident. Shadyac discusses the continued imbalance he felt between where he was in life and where he wanted to be; this propelled him to shift his focus from a comedic director to one that asks the deeper questions about life. What’s wrong with this world? How do we fix it? How are we being taught? What are we being taught? What should we be learning? If we know we function better as humans using positive emotions, why don’t we use more positivity? The documentary sets out to explore the notion of why our economy and way of life are based on selfish materialism that actually go against our true nature, which is to co-operate and unite. These questions inadvertently lead to even more questions, but also highlight the fact that our first step to solving any problem always starts within.
- What If? The Movie: Winner of the best feature documentary film at the Monaco Film Festival, created by James A. Sinclair and featuring Bruce Lipton, an internationally recognized authority in bridging science and spirit, What If? The Movie documents that most of the thoughts, beliefs and behavior we take on and believe to be hereditary are not, but instead are derived from subconscious mental programming that are received before the age of six years old. The movie states: Who you really are is far greater than what you're currently experiencing and expressing, and reveals not only that gene activity is being controlled by our minds but also that there are individuals who have mastered what social consciousness believes is impossible.
- WAKE UP: After it is medically proven that Jonas Elrod is clearly NOT suffering from any medical condition and that he is indeed sane, WAKE UP the film documents Elrod’s journey as he begins a spiritual quest to find out why after spending the night in a San Francisco hotel, he could suddenly see and hear things that he previously could not, such as auras, ghosts, angels and demons. WAKE UP is a fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions.
- The Nature of Existence: Director Roger Nygard traveled the world asking theologians, scientists, skeptics, and everyday people 85 tough questions surrounding existence, religion, science, God, faith, truth, scriptures, morality, sin, sex, free will, suffering, prayer, the soul, the afterlife, the supernatural and doomsday all to decipher why we exist and what are we supposed to be doing.
- The Collective Evolution: “The Collective Evolution is a documentary aimed at showing the current state of the world, why it needs to be changed, and how each and every one of us can play a role in changing it. The documentary addresses this need for change through five individual yet interrelated structures society has come to rely upon –finance, education, religion, entertainment/media, and health/food. Each of these structures is fully broken down to show viewers how they have come into place, and why their continued existence can no longer be supported. The documentary concludes by drawing attention to consciousness. Addressing who we truly are, what we have come on this planet to do, and most importantly how we can go about doing it.”
- This Emotional Life: A three-part PBS documentary series explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. With three episodes focusing on Family, Friends & Lovers, Facing Our Fears and Rethinking Happiness each episode “weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.”
- History of Angels: A documentary about the history of angels, and their influence on humankind and society both in the past and in modern times. Includes interviews and information about people’s personal experience with angels, such as spirit guides.
- The Zen Mind: If you’ve heard the word ‘Zen’ but remained perplexed about the true origin and meaning of the word, this documentary is for you. “The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chán, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means “meditation” or “meditative state.” Zen emphasizes experiential prajñā in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct realization through meditation and dharma practice.” The Zen mind documents meditative style and practice to achieve “no mind.”
- What the Bleep Do We Know: The Original 108 minute film was released in theaters in February 2004. Starring Marlee Matlin and 14 Scientists and Mystics. Exploring the worlds of Quantum Physics, Neurology, and Molecular Biology in relation to the spheres of Spirituality, Metaphysics and Polish weddings. Part documentary, part drama, part animation, asking how does it all fit together?
For more information on spiritual growth documentaries and films, log onto Spiritual Cinema Circle, Documentary Storm or through the International Documentary Association. Most of the listed documentaries can be viewed online at no charge, on video demand for a nominal fee or can be purchased for home viewing.
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