“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 wonderful part about a well-made documentary is it allows you, for a brief moment, to step inside someone else’s story and see the world through their eyes. The hope remains that information presented through documentaries will widen the perspective through which you see the world, and increase awareness of the different possibilities.
As always, it is important to keep an open mind because “just when you thought you’d considered all the angles, life goes from a square to a cube.”
The following list are notable documentaries that focus on spiritual growth for the individual as well as the collective whole:
1. 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.”
2. 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 materialism that goes against our true nature - 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.
3. What If? The Movie: 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."
4. WAKE UP: After it is medically proven Jonas Elrod is 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, and angels. WAKE UP is a fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions.
5. 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.