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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Triune Nature of the Infinite Filmmaker

This article is a continuation of The “God, The Infinite Filmmaker” article. Please keep in mind that I use the metaphor of life being a movie created by God, The Infinite Filmmaker.

In order to completely understand how the Infinite Filmmaker creates, we must first understand the Triune nature of the Infinite Filmmaker and how this movie called life was created from the beginning of time. One of the most popular biographies on the Infinite Filmmaker and where we will get the clearest understanding of how It creates this Movie called “Life” is in the Bible. So, without sounding too dogmatic I will draw your attention to the first line in the Old Testament… “In the beginning, God”. We have to realize that this Infinite Filmmaker existed before any movie treatment, script or storyboard was created for this movie called “Life”. In the beginning there was Spirit or Intelligence only, no manifest universe, no form, no planets, no script, no characters, no cast, no crew and no movie. There was nothing… just a blank slate. It clearly states that the whole vision for this movie called “Life” was created in the Mind of this Infinite Being and proceeded forth from the spoken word. “And God said let there be light and there was light” (St. John chapter 1). The universe was clearly created from the spoken word and came forth out of the mouth of the Infinite Filmmaker. Therefore everything exists in this movie through the mouth or word of the Infinite Filmmaker.

From where did the Infinite Filmmaker get Its’ idea for this movie called “Life”? How was everything in this movie first conceived and out of what was everything in this universe made? How did we come into being and receive life? It is easy to comprehend when we understand that the nature of The Infinite Filmmaker is a unity with three distinctive attributes. Spirit, Soul and Body.

Spirit is First cause or the mind of the Infinite Filmmaker that brings all things into existence. Spirit is the consciousness of the Infinite Filmmaker that knows itself and sees itself in everything that It creates. It is all, as all and through all and it is infinite in Its ability to create. There is nothing that it is not and nothing that it cannot and does not do. The original script that was created in the mind of the Infinite Filmmaker comes from First Cause. It is the original idea set in the mind of the Infinite Filmmaker for this movie called “Life”. For the purposes of this article I will refer to the screenplay for this movie called “Life” as originating from first cause and is the original idea set in the mind of the Infinite Filmmaker. We will talk later about the infinite screenplay and how we can get our hands on it. But for now let’s just understand that it originated in the mind of the Infinite Filmmaker.

The Soul on the other hand is the creative medium through which Spirit works. You can look at it as the fertile soil through which the seed grows into the plant. Or in terms of this movie called “Life” we can refer to it as the cast and crew who takes the script and through their own faculties create the movie that exists in the mind of the Infinite Filmmaker. The Soul is the subjective mind of the Infinite Filmmaker and it has no volition of Its own. It only takes what Spirit feeds it and creates from that. It has no mind of its own. It only does what it is told to do by Infinite Mind or Spirit. It does this through Its own Law of creation. Just as there are physical laws in the universe that determine the behavior of physical substance, so does the Spiritual realm have Laws that govern Its function. A good example of this Law is the creation of an oak tree out of an acorn. There is a law in place that brings the tree into existence. The Cast and Crew takes the Vision of the Infinite Filmmaker and creates this movie using these Laws.

The Body is everything that we experience in this physical world including our thoughts, emotions and feelings. In this movie called “Life” we can consider it the final print that is the result of Spirit (The Infinite Filmmaker) working with the Soul (The cast and crew) to create the Body (the movie itself) which is the result of all the work done by the cast and crew or by the Spirit acting upon the soul. It is the idea made manifest as the actual cellulite film that brings the movie into form so that we can experience the vision of the Infinite Filmmaker.

What Happens in the Macrocosm is also happening in the Microcosm of our individual life. Just as Infinite Mind sets the Law into motion to create Form in the universe, It also creates the circumstances and experiences in our personal life’s movie. Everything that we experience comes from that One Infinite Mind whose nature is one of perfection. So you may be wondering that if the Infinite Filmmaker is capable of creating everything to perfection in our life and if Its intention is to do so, then why is life such a struggle and so imperfect? The answer is the subject of my next article… “One With The Infinite Filmmaker”.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Divinely Inspired

Life for me has always been a struggle as an independent filmmaker. I totally bought into the idea that I was a down and out filmmaker and I lived it to the fullest. Is there anyone reading this that has bought into the "Race Consciousness" within the industry that tells you life as a filmmaker is nothing but a struggle? I did! To me life was always a struggle, where one project after another would end in failure. First it was the conscious film festival that I was creating during the dot com generation. While creating the festival I totally put my life on hold because I thought that I could make a difference in the world. Then my hard drive crashed and I lost two years of work along with my "life" that was so tied up in this venture. I was not going to be defeated and I got another computer, this time with a 120 gigabyte back-up drive and proceeded to re-create my film festival only this time with the newest technology by Macromedia. I spent many, many weeks learning to use Flash, Dreamweaver and other web designing programs. Again I put my life on hold to pursue my dream thinking this is it! This is going to bring me success and abundance in my life even though everything else was missing. I felt empty inside and yet I couldn't let go of the belief that my life would be meaningless without it. I pushed ahead for another year re-creating the festival... Yes, I pushed ahead during a divorce, then a romance break-up and even through the dot-com crash. I continued to work on the festival site day and night. I was miserable yet, I couldn't let go because at that point it became who I was and letting it go would be like ending my life. I Shot a number of films that ended up on the shelf, wrote some screenplays that never sold, and attempted to create a video production company. I became defined by my work and nothing was going to change that. Does this sound familiar to any of you?

Finally one day after many years of trying to make my mark in the industry, I woke up feeling depressed and discouraged saying that I am not getting out of bed until God tells me what to do with my life. Well I ended up staying in bed all day, praying and meditating, and trying to listen to that "Still Small Voice" deep inside. I kept getting the word to let go of everything that I was trying to create in my life, even the film festival but I just couldn't do it. I finally fell asleep and then the miracle happened. I woke up at about three o'clock in the morning and started to write a book about this life that we are living as being a movie that is created by an Infinite Filmmaker. I must have written about 30 pages that night and had no idea what I was going to do with it. Then a series of events took place that I believe were Divinely guided. Somebody suggested that I go to the Agape Revelation Conference and because I couldn't afford it I should call about volunteering. On the day of registration for the conference, one of the ministers left a message that they needed help at the conference and if I was interested to just show up at the conference and ask for the coordinator. To make a long story short, I attended the conference and while there received a free gift certificate to the Millionaire Mind Intensive workshop by T. Harv Eker one of the top motivational speakers in the country. I still had no idea what this was all about and I didn't plan on going to the workshop, but then a friend that I met at the conference called me and asked if I wanted to go to the intensive workshop with her. I attended the workshop and as I watched T. Harv Eker motivate the audience I knew that this had something to do with the new book I was writing. Then at the end of the workshop they were offering a course called Train The Trainer, for people who wanted to do what Mr. Eker was doing and I knew I just had to sign up for the course. It was $3,000 and I went back and forth over whether I could afford it or not. I was in total anxiety over the money and looking back I should have trusted in Spirit, because they agreed to let me pay $300 a month for the next year, which I did. It ended up that during the year I volunteered for some classes and received $600 in coupons which I applied to my tuition. The real miracle comes in when the sales manager who I met at the classes, offered my $1500 to edit a promo video for Mr. Eker's new book. Good or Good? It ended up costing me $900 for the course. I later went on to take the Train The Trainer II class and am now a certified trainer, trained by one of the greatest teachers and coaches in the country. Through Divine Inspiration, I have transformed my love of filmmaking into teaching Spiritual Principles for Success to creative individuals in the entertainment business.

The blessing continues today when I recently received a scholarship to study for my Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica . I am presently coaching and teaching classes based on the book that I started to write on that fateful morning when I let go of how I thought my life should unfold and allowed myself to open up to God's plan for my life.

I believe that when we step out of our own way and allow Spirit to guide us to our true calling in life all the struggle and pain that we are facing will just fade away into the nothingness from where it came.