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Review – Finding God: The Enlightenment (DVD 1 of 3)

Title: Finding God: The Enlightenment – Disc 1
Genre: Body Mind Spirit, Religion, Meta-Physics
Production Company: Reality Films

(Review for Disc 2 is here; Disc 3 is here)

It’s critical, the situation is pitiful
Bear in mind, you gotta find somethin’ spiritual
We never gain, ’cause we blame it on the system
You oughta listen whether Muslim or Christian
Or any other type religion or creed

–Guru, “Living in this World,” Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality

Philip Gardiner’s Finding God: The Enlightenment is a three DVD set including Quantum Mind of God, Science of Soul, and Ancient Code.

Disc 1, Quantum Mind of God, is a sweeping journey of exploration, encompassing ideas from the North African theologian St. Augustine, the French philosopher René Descartes, to the German quantum physicist Max Planck and beyond.

The soundtrack blends Gregorian chants, Hindi pop and contemporary New Age music. And the narration presents a unique 21st century theological synthesis, with a seamless array of graphics and images garnered from many sciences, religions and wisdom traditions like alchemical gnosticism and Shamanism.

Topics covered include the apparent importance of quartz, granite, vibrational patterns, magnetic movement and the pineal gland, all of which are said to link the micro and macrocosmic structures of nature and the larger universe.

Basically, this film is about life. And while mathematical equations try to provide the “how” of life, Quantum Mind of God rightly points out that equations, alone, cannot explain the “why” of our existence. Statistics might indicate how most of us are likely to behave on a given day or month with respect to certain predefined variables. But numbers can’t predict how specific individuals choose to exercise their free will.

There are always exceptions to the rule.

Some folks seem to forget that fact and end up looking like hypocrites. Just as we chop up nature into tiny pieces for analysis and dissection, some people’s minds seem to be arranged in almost discrete compartments. These persons often judge this or that moral action while turning a blind eye to their own questionable tendencies.

In short, not everyone is psychologically mature and integrated. And this psychological epidemic extends not just to the dull-witted or so-called “uneducated,” but arguably to all levels of society.

The antidote to this social malady, according to Gardiner, is holism. We must recognize the whole and not just the parts. This seems especially so when it comes to ESP (extrasensory perception).

Findings have repeatedly shown that ESP works better when emotion is involved. Be it the emotion of mature interpersonal attachment or even the basic arousal induced by erotic images, ESP is more pronounced when human beings are emotionally and physiologically activated, instead of just relying on abstract thought (disinfo.com¹ and disinfo.com²).

Quantum Mind of God’s message of individual freedom and, yet, basic interconnectedness is a timely reminder that we’ve got to get it together–within and among ourselves, and with the One who created all our selves.


(Review for Disc 2 is here; Disc 3 is here)


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faith and its impact on society

David Hume's statements on ethics foreshadowed...

David Hume's critique of causality has had a lasting influence on those who prefer to think about belief rather than simply deny it; image via Wikipedia

Can we ever abandon faith? I don’t think so. Even those who say they don’t believe inevitably believe in something. Here’s a Q&A at AllExperts.com that illustrates my point.

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hey hey you you get off of my cloud!

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Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd!

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Jungians of the world… unite!

Ha… a little joke for those familiar with the work of Karl Marx.

But actually this blog entry is about Carl Jung.

I just came across a nifty site where one can search Jung’s entire Collected Works by topic and get an abstract on what he said.

Check it out!


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Look familiar?

Dr. Seuss – The Zax


“When I was back there in Seminary school…”

Actually, I never went to any kind of seminary but I just had to call up the old Jim Morrison lyric… 😉

Today I remembered a thought that occurred to me around the time when I was a graduate student in Religious Studies (certainly not Seminary school!). It went something like this:

God is usually regarded by theologians as omniscient, which means “all-knowing.”

I, myself, am not all-knowing.

Does God really know what it’s like to be me? That is, can an all-knowing God truly know what it’s like to not be all-knowing?

And if not, is God truly all-knowing?

A brain twister for sure.

I don’t pretend to have the answer, mostly because I think the limits of our human cognition define and analyze the issue in equally limited ways. That’s my way out of this apparent paradox. But I think it’s a fun one to toss around.

 What if God was one of us? (Joan Osborne – One Of Us)