…linking intellect and intuition…
Who We Are What We Are

Last night I went to see a preview of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Meet the Little Voices Inside Your Head and had a really fun time. The imagination and talent needed to create the setting and characters portrayed inside our little heroine’s head is just amazing. The film was a joy to look at as well as an emotional rollercoaster with laugh out loud guffaws and the need to wipe the tears from your cheeks. Plus it told a story that youngsters and their parents can easily relate to. And it didn’t even have a Bad Guy. Yea!!! And yet…

It could have been so much more. I had been hoping that at some point Riley would take control of her emotions, and had even Tweeted…

If this film lets young people see emotions as things we control as opposed to things that control us… it is major. #InsideOutAllAccess

…with enough favorites and retweets to show that others felt that way, too. Well, it didn’t happen. The emotions were in charge from beginning to end and she remained clueless. And even though the emotions had their head to head moments (play on words intended) there was no Teaching Moment… no time when all the emotions felt a presence controlling them. No time when Riley took over control of Headquarters for herself and said “I” am in charge.

This is not to say that a youngster can’t get that from the film. In an interview on NPR, Director Pete Docter told of a young boy, afraid of diving, who saw the film and then dived, telling others “I had let fear be in control”. Good for him… but he got that himself.

There could have been so many teaching moments for youngsters. In the simple act of Riley walking down the street, which she does several times… fear jumping in as she is about to step off a curb without looking… disgust reacting as someone walking past throws a candy wrapper on the ground… sadness and joy holding hands as she does something nice for someone in need. Nothing.

Also, unexpectedly, most of the film dealt with memories and the embedded emotions associated with them as opposed to the immediacy of emotions and how they affect us in the moment. Only in a confrontation around the kitchen table with her parents do we see this emotional reaction in action. I was sorry there weren’t more scenes like it.

Please understand. I loved “Inside Out”. It was so much fun. Go see it. You’ll love it, too. But it could have been so much more. Could have been so much more ‘evolutionary’. Could have led humanity closer to a true understanding of self. In the on-screen Q & A with Pete Docter after the screening, he commented on how many ideas had been thrown around and considered and how many had been rejected… just because you can’t do everything.

Pixar… you did great. You took the visions inside your head and put them inside our heads. Just what the Docter ordered. Just next time… go deeper… aim higher.

peace……….ag

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

I am so excited. Next week, Pixar Studios will be releasing their new movie… “Inside Out” – Meet the Little Voices Inside Your Head. It’s hitting theaters on Friday the 19th… but I am going to a special limited preview on Tuesday the 16th that will even have a tele-conferenced Q&A with writer and director Peter Docter and many of the stars. I can’t wait.

In case you’ve missed all the hype… the film is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley Anderson, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. The personified emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness live inside Riley’s mind where they help advise her as she and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco.

Yes, it is an animated film for kids. And yes, it’s destined to make ‘Riley’ the new ‘Madison’ when it comes to girl’s names. But as if that’s not enough, ’Inside Out’ is actually a really big evolutionary step in the development of human life on Earth. If only half as many youngsters who watched Frozen and now sing “Let It Go” at every elementary and pre-school talent show learn to step back and pay attention to which emotion is controlling them at any given moment, thanks to Pixar, humanity will have experienced as great an evolutionary shift as took place when we first climbed down out of the trees and started to walk upright.

Think about it. ‘Inside Out’ will allow us to watch emotions in action and know that they are separate from the little girl who is experiencing them. They affect her, of course. But the emotions are not who she is… what she means when she says ‘I’. How evolutionary is that! Most people can’t even separate their ‘I’ from their body, much less their thoughts and emotions.

Personally, as a researcher in consciousness, I can’t wait to find out if Peter Docter knew what he was doing as he was doing it, or was simply the critical instrument through which humanity advanced to its next level of development. Either way, it’s an awesome responsibility.

The clue will be whether, at some point in the movie, Riley can tell that her emotions are separate from her and not who she is. Do they control her or can she learn to control them?   We will know that, of course, watching the film from the comfort of our plush stadium seating. But will she? Did Peter Docter? Truthfully, I’m not sure it matters.

The bottom line is that suddenly, Inside and Outside will become buzzwords. Whether they are consciously aware of it or not, people will be open to talking about mind… what is where… which is real… if these are inside me… what is outside me… where and who am “I”?

Inside … Outside… The new consciousness… Time to see things ‘I’ to ‘I’.

I’ll post again after seeing the preview.

peace………..ag

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

It’s the start of a new year, always a good time to get back into something you have been avoiding with all kinds of made up excuses. For me, that thing is blogging. So when a couple of seemingly unrelated events created an “aha” moment just as 2012 was up and running, well there was no escaping the synchronicity . It’s time to get back on The Road to Higher Consciousness.

Read more Football, Fires, and What’s Really Important Anyway

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

Since this series of disasters began, we have been hearing from all manner of scientists and engineers explaining why the earth broke apart, why the water worked the way it did, and why the nuclear power plants didn’t work the way they were intended.  We have also heard from politicians trying to calm the masses, newscasters looking for human interest stories, and economists looking into their crystal ball to predict how this will all affect our financial future.  But the most disturbing and off-the-wall commentators were those self proclaimed prophets and conservative spokespersons who claimed that this disaster was nothing less than God’s revenge on mankind for disobeying Him. Yes, Virginia, there are idiots!

Read more Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and the Will of God


Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

Sometimes it’s hard to keep on the right path… to keep your convictions in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles, to keep your faith in a world that seems to be getting crazier every day, to keep your resolutions when it’s so much easier to just say “the hell with it all”.   But, I guess, if all we ever did was what was easier, we’d end up doing nothing but sitting on the couch all day, watching TV, and eating potato chips.

Read more about  Sometimes It’s Hard

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

Nine years ago today a handful of terrorists hijacked several airplanes and launched an attack that stopped the world in its tracks. The after effects of that attack have changed life in America beyond what anyone could have believed possible.

Read more about Nine Years Age Today

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

I’m sitting at my desk right now, typing words on the keyboard that show up on the screen in front of me. The reason, plain and simple, is that it’s the 1st of August and two weeks have passed since I added a post on this website. Have the multitudes out there been clamoring for another entry? Not so’s you’d notice. However, the inner voice is talking and telling me to get off my duff and post an entry and I know I’d better listen. It’s time to practice some self discipline… again.

Read more about Discipline is Not A Four Letter Word

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

There was a period in human history when it was a lot easier to live in the here and now than it is today.  For the longest time, life was pretty much the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, for as far as the eye could see in either direction.  If you were a farmer back in the middle ages, there’s a good chance that nothing much changed in your lifetime, other than the stone wall your grandfather had started building when you were a lad got a little bit longer throughout your days. Sure, you got married and had kids, and I guess you could worry about the Lord of the Manor conscripting you for his army, but not making judgments as to whether life was good or bad, it’s pretty much a fact that back then, day to day was pretty much the same.

Read more about  It’s All In the Here and Now

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

The last post spoke about achieving higher consciousness and improving the world by starting with the subject you know best… yourself. Less complaining about all the other doofuses out there and more focus on being the shining light you know you can be… the very best “you” possible. Well that goes for me, too, the guy writing this blog. The old saw, “Do what I say, not what I do,” just doesn’t hold water anymore. If I want you to believe what I say then I have to lead by example.

Read more about And So It Begins

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd

It’s hard not to throw your hands in the air and cry, “I give up”, when you look around at all the stupidity, dishonesty, and downright evil that exists in the world today. From ethnic violence to corporate greed to partisan politics to the destruction of Mother Earth and so much more, the human race is not demonstrating to the rest of the universe that an intelligent compassionate species lives here. And for someone who tries to live by a higher standard, it’s very easy to merely waggle you finger at others and say “naughty, naughty”, there are so many worthy targets to choose from.

Read more about Let’s Get Positive

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Propeller
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Furl
  • YahooBuzz
  • Folkd
keep looking »