What do “Shawshank Redemption” “Forest Gump,” “Avatar,” “Contact,” and The Pursuit of Happyness” have in common? Yes, they are big hits. Yes, they have A-list stars. But those aren’t their most important features. Think back to when you first watched each film. How did you feel when you exited the theater? Were you elated? Loving? Hopeful? If so, then you’ve just received a dose of consciousness! Most would agree that these films fit the bill as heart-opening gems, but with one kicker — these films get you stoked about living! Who can forget Morgan Freeman’s character Red uttering the now-immortalized line, “You either get busy livin’ or you get busy dying”? These films are but a few in the genre of “conscious films” that change lives, inspire choices, and elevate human consciousness.
It’s no wonder that some movie-goers are craving a deeper meaning in their films. With the emergence of “conscious film” offerings as the new box office titans, one may wonder, is there a planetary awakening of consciousness going on? Look around. Listen. Observe the latest trends. ILLUMINATE certainly believes it to be true! “Avatar,” the wildly successful imagination-explosion of film master James Cameron illustrates the living energy connection between humans, plants and animals and grossed nearly $3 billion in box office worldwide! “Forrest Gump” made three-quarters of a billion dollars in box office alone, and “Pursuit of Happyness”more than $300 million. A rapidly growing number of movie-goers are crying out for such qualities in their movies, and Hollywood is listening, producing such treasures as the Light vs. Dark magical masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” series which earned $2.9 billion in box office, the spiritually sentimental multi-faith film “The Life of Pi” being received well with $609 million in box office, and the preciousness-of-life film “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock pulling in $365 million in box office.
Humans need inspiration – it has always been so and will likely never change – positive reminders to maintain hope during the storms of a seemingly uncertain life. It’s what has sparked the monumental rise in all things self-help: from Yoga hitting the mainstream, to Deepak Chopra becoming a household name, to Eckhart Tolle setting records for online attendance in his spiritual programs after appearing on Oprah. Psychic-themed television shows abound like “Medium” and “The Mentalist,” and movies about angels and afterlife flourish like John Travolta in “Michael” and the surprising supernatural contribution from Clint Eastwood in “Hereafter.” Interestingly, monks like the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh enjoy a rock-star like popularity. Beloved spiritual author Marianne Williamson infused her unique healing energy into the American political scene by running for Congress in 2014.