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AVATAR

              JUNE 1, 2010

In This Issue
UNDERSTANDING THE SHIFT
GUELPH CHANT CLUB
WEEKEND AT UNICAMP
Quote of the Month
"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect."
 
- Chief Seattle

GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS

The weather is fine - life is grand. Welcome to all the new people that have signed up to this newsletter in the past month. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I hope to be offering some great week-long retreats in Costa Rica this coming winter
, in conjunction with some of my colleagues. We've already received a lot of interest in this idea. We are committed to making these retreats very affordable and joyful, using the beauty of that land to enhance the content of whatever program is being offered. More details will be available in future newsletters.

I also wanted to mention that my friend Michael Dragoman and I are now running a recording studio and have our first client. If you have a recording project you'd like to do, please consider us. Our prices are reasonable and our product meets professional standards.

In this segment of the ongoing article on the Big Shift, I'll be sharing some of my views about the movie, 'Avatar'.

If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the earlier articles on the Big Shift, as well as articles on the Physics of Mysticism,  Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the 'newsletter' page of my website:

 whyislife.com

Peace and love, Dennis.

UNDERSTANDING THE SHIFT

AVATAR

By Dennis Gaumond

While the movie, 'Avatar' was in theaters, I was in Costa Rica, so I just recently got around to seeing what all the fuss was about. I must say it is a remarkable movie - visually beautiful, very compelling - I give it five stars. I'm sure it will set a new standard in movie-making, much like 'Star Wars' did back in the Seventies.

 

I feel moved to comment on a couple of things about the movie that I didn't like so much.  The first is something that I call the 'Tarzan Syndrome'. Hollywood loves to put out themes where the world is in jeopardy and one man rises to the top to save the day. That messiah figure is always a white, Anglo-Saxon male, even if the story takes place in a foreign land. In the case of Tarzan, a child of white aristocratic descent is raised in Africa and soon becomes 'king of the jungle', despite the fact that black people have been living there for millennia. In the movie, 'Samurai', Tom Cruise quickly rises to become top gun in the Samurai world, despite the fact that all the other Samurai warriors have been living and training in this tradition for their entire lives. 'Avatar' continues in this Hollywood tradition - the hero/saviour is a white guy living in a cloned blue-body.

 

'Avatar' is similar to many Hollywood themes, including 'Star Wars' - there is a conflict between good and evil. In 'Avatar' we have corporate greed threatening the lives of a beautiful indigenous race living in harmony with nature - a metaphor for what has happened and continues to happen here on Earth. The movie succeeds in pointing out the problem, but like most Hollywood movies, falls far short in presenting the solution to the problem. Again the solution we are offered is war. The good guys find a way to defeat the bad guys in spectacular battle scenes - the hero and the villain meet in the final scenes to duke it out, etc.

 

Wouldn't it be refreshing if the movie offered a different solution? Wouldn't it be great if the movie gave us the spectacle of war, which the box office feels is necessary, but then the war effort fails and the good guys have to resort to something else. What if the good guys ultimately win by using the power of their collective consciousness to send light to the darkness - to change the minds of the bad guys by sending them love? Wouldn't that be a breath of fresh air? But Hollywood prefers to give us clichéd stories with predictable outcomes, and we continue to eat them up.

 

They say that the true nature of misinformation, which we are fed constantly by all forms of mass-media, is that it consists of 90% truth and 10% distorted truth. The 90% truth gets our attention, and then the distortion subtly misinforms us, leading us off of the path and keeping us ignorant. It is certainly easy to see that the news media employs these tactics. I feel that 'Avatar' is yet another example of this.

 

Even the use of the word 'avatar' is a distortion. An Avatar is an incarnation of divinity, an enlightened, ascended being who descends into physical form in order to help, usually by offering teachings. An Avatar is a being of pure love, incapable of violence. I believe that we are being misinformed when we are given the idea that our problems will be solved by some messiah figure who will lead us through the battle. We can't sit around waiting for 'the chosen one'. We must solve our problems together, collectively.

 

I truly believe that war is not, and never will be, the answer to the human dilemma. Even when one side is clearly and obviously 'good', which is rarely the case, we will never ward off evil on the battlefield. We cannot fight darkness with more darkness. Love is the only solution.

GUELPH CHANT CLUB
Looking forward to chanting with my friends.
 
DATE                                             CITY                              VENUE               _____________________________________________________________
WED., JUNE 2, 2010             Guelph,                              Unitarian Church
7:45 to 9:30 pm                       Ontaro                   

The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.

For more detailed directions, check out guelph-unitarians.com

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A WEEKEND OF SACRED SOUND and a celebration of
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  Friday, July 2nd   to   Sunday, July 4th

"Don't miss this opportunity to experience the healing power of Sound in a beautiful natural environment - hiking, swimming, canoeing and more."
 -   Learn how to access your Sacred Voice for healing and transformation.
·         Experience the healing power of chanting and toning
·         Learn the ancient art of OVERTONE SINGING
·         Allow the sound of the crystal bowls to sooth and transform you.
·         Share your open heart in a respectful, loving space

This year the Sound program will be augmented by a discussion and celebration of The Big Shift. It will help us to understand what is happening to our planet and to rejoice in this great cosmic opportunity. 

 COST: Only $75 for the entire weekend

Unicamp is a Unitarian Universalist camp that is committed to providing a safe and welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community. 
Unicamp is located within the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and boasts 50 beautiful acres of meadows, coniferous and deciduous forests, marshes, streams, caves and a 5-acre spring fed pond with two beaches. (one is clothing optional)
It is located near Honeywood, just north of Shelburne, 90 minutes from Toronto, Barrie or Guelph.
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