Resources

Writing

Brain Pickings

- Maria Popova

(blog)
A beautiful tapestry of years of exploration and gentle articulation, Popova’s blog is a masterpiece of thinking and writing about being human. She describes it as “an inquiry into what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life.”

The Uninhabitable Earth

- David Wallace-Wells

(article)
"It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today."

Solitude and Leadership

- William Deresiewicz

(article)
"If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts."

The Perceptual Implications of Gaia

- David Abram

(article)
"The Gaia hypothesis represents a unique moment in scientific thought... In this essay I will explore just a few implications that the Gaia hypothesis holds for our understanding of perception itself."

An interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner

- Ross Simonint

(article)
"A typical Buhner talk begins with the subject of plants, then uses botany as a language for discussing medicine, poetry, woodworking, perception, ecology, diet, psychology, intoxication, mythology, and other subjects he seems to casually command."

The conspiracy myth

- Charles Eisenstein

(article)
"During the time of Covid-19, another level of conspiracy theory has risen... So what do I think about that theory? I think it is a myth. And what is a myth? A myth is not the same thing as a fantasy or a delusion. Myths are vehicles of truth, and that truth needn’t be literal."

How to love

- Maria Popova

(article)
"What does love mean, exactly?... Anyone who has ever taken this wholehearted leap of faith knows that love remains a mystery — perhaps the mystery of the human experience."

Cry, Heart, But Never Break

- Maria Popova

(article)
"Mortality continues to petrify us — our own, and perhaps even more so that of our loved ones. And if the adult consciousness is so thoroughly unsettled by the notion of death... how is the child consciousness to settle into comprehension and comfort?"

Mary Oliver on the Mystery of the Human Psyche…

- Maria Popova

(article)
"The part of the psyche that works in concert with consciousness and supplies a necessary part of the poem — the heart of the star as opposed to the shape of a star, let us say — exists in a mysterious, unmapped zone: not unconscious, not subconscious, but cautious."

Poet Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing

'- Maria Popova

(article)
"Tell the whole truth. Don’t be lazy, don’t be afraid. Close the critic out when you are drafting something new. Take chances in the interest of clarity of emotion."

The Difficult Art of Giving Space in Love

'- Maria Popova

(article)
"Our paradoxical longing for intimacy and independence is a diamagnetic force — it pulls us toward togetherness and simultaneously repels us from it with a mighty magnet that, if unskillfully handled, can rupture a relationship and break a heart."

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

- Portia Nelson

(poem)

"I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out…"

Ithaka

- C. P. Cavafy

(poem)

"As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery…"

Sweet Darkness

- David Whyte

(poem)

"You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong..."

Hieroglyphic Stairway

- Drew Dellinger

(poem)

"it's 3:23 in the morning
and I'm awake
because my great great grandchildren
won't let me sleep..."

Video

Do schools kill creativity?

- Sir Ken Robinson

(19:13)
"Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity."

This could be why you’re depressed or anxious

- Johann Hari

(20:32)
“In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world -- as well as some exciting emerging solutions.”

The power of vulnerability

- Brené Brown

(20:13)
"Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity."

Clean questions and metaphor models

- Caitlin Walker

(20:52)
An introduction to clean language and systemic modelling, as Caitlin Walker shares her journey and the foundations of her work. In this talk she offers insight into the power of asking clean questions, celebrating our innate ability to solve our own problems.

We should all be feminists

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

(29:20)
"We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk... Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world -- of happier men and women who are truer to themselves."

Your elusive creative genius

- Elizabeth Gilbert

(19:16)
"Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person 'being' a genius, all of us 'have' a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk."

What makes a good life?

- Robert Waldinger

(12:39)
"What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Robert Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study."

How great leaders inspire action

- Simon Sinek

(17:49)
"Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question: "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers…"

Your body language may shape who you are

- Amy Cuddy

(20:48)
"Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that 'power posing'... can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success."

Pale Blue Dot

- Carl Sagan

(3:53)
"This clip from A Pale Blue Dot was inspired by a powerful and eye opening image taken, as Carl Sagan's suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990". A reminder of just how precious the world is.

Conversations with Paul Myburgh

- Raphaela Linders & Jacek Kaminski

(24:00)
“After living with the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert for over seven years, Paul John Myburgh shares his thoughts and concepts on their ancient wisdom.”

Awakening from the Meaning Crisis

- John Vervaeke

(series)
"We're in the midst of a mental health crisis… and that crisis is itself due to and engaged with crises in the environment, in the political system… Today there is an increase of people feeling very disconnected... We've got to get clear about what the problem is... and discover how to awaken from the meaning crisis."

The New Science of Healing

- Dr Jeff Rediger

(58:42)
"In the history of medicine, we have almost never used rigorous science to investigate remarkable recoveries from incurable illnesses. But, Dr Jeff Rediger... has spent the last fifteen years studying thousands of individuals... and examining the stories behind these extraordinary cases of spontaneous remission."

Dr Gabor Maté Interview

- The Tim Ferriss Show

(02:23:44)
A conversation between Tim Ferriss and Gabor Maté spanning several topics, including personal development, addiction and childhood trauma. Dr Gabor Maté is a phyician who specialises in neurology, psychiatry and psychology - well known for studying and treating addiction.

The biology of belief

- Bruce Lipton

(01:08:51)
A talk by Bruce Lipton in which he explores a biological basis for the role of perception in shaping physical health. This video offers a hypothesis for an individual's role in shaping their genes, and forms part of an ongoing debate / inquiry into the field of epigenetics.

This is Water

- David Foster Wallace

(9:22)
A video made using audio from David Wallace Foster's 2005 speech to the graduating class of Kenyon College. He explores what it means to step outside of our default perspective to become aware of our choices in everyday life.

The Evolution of Life on Earth

- AsapSCIENCE

(2:19)
"What would it look like if we took Earth's 4.5 billion year history, and stuffed it into a normal day's 24 hour time-frame? Follow the magnificent journey of life; where it began, and how it eventually led to humanity as we know it."

The Real You

- Alan Watts

(3:58)
Alan Watts shares an inspiring perspective on the nature of our existence, suggesting that we are, at a fundamental level, the universe becoming conscious of itself.

Constructed Views: Stone Cut

- David Cerqueiro

(6:11)
Etsuro Sotoo left Japan for Europe in 1978 with a rather particular calling to simply cut stone. Once in Barcelona, he joined the La Sagrada Familia project... The film briefly explores the emotional inner workings behind a forty-year career devoted to one project."

Aloha Ke Akua

- Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People)

(10:37)
Stunning video created using the song 'Aloha Ke Akua' by Nahko Bear.

Love Alight

- Crystal Fighters

(2:59)
Music video for the song 'Love Alight' by the band Crystal Fighters.

The Turning Point

- Steve Cutts

(3:27)
"The Turning Point explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from different perspective. Music by Wantaways."

Evil Bee

- Menomena

(4:17)
Music video for the song 'Evil Bee' by the band Menomena.

Happiness

- Steve Cutts

(4:16)
"The story of a rodent's unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment."

Audio

Revisionist History

- Malcolm Gladwell

(podcast)
"Welcome to Revisionist History, a podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Pushkin Industries. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. 'Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.'"

Reimagine

- Peter Drobac

(podcast)
"Social entrepreneurs are in the business of building better futures. While most of us see only symptoms, they look at the whole system. And by reframing a problem – seeing things differently – we can begin to reimagine what’s possible. Each episode, we’ll dive deep into one wicked problem... Then we’ll meet social entrepreneurs who see things differently. The ones giving the system a shake."

TED Radio Hour

- TED & NPR

(podcast)
"TED Radio Hour investigates the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. In each episode, host Manoush Zomorodi explores a big idea through a series of TED Talks and original interviews, inspiring us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves."

Out of your mind

- Alan Watts

(series)
"In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India."

Making Sense

- Sam Harris

(podcast)
"Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events."

Kosmic Consciousness

- Ken Wilbur

(series)
"Since the first publication of his groundbreaking ideas, Ken Wilber has sought to bring together the world's far-ranging spiritual teachings, philosophies, and scientific truths into one coherent and all-embracing vision. This 'integral' map of the Kosmos (the physical cosmos as well as consciousness and Spirit) offers an unprecedented guide to discovering your highest potentials."

40 Days 40 Nights

- Boyd Varty

(podcast)
"Why has the mystic and the natural world been intertwined with symbolic meaning, and the path of awakening to a different way of perceiving life, since the beginning of human experience? On the 1st of April I will realize a life long dream as I go into the wilderness alone for 40 days and 40 nights to try and answer that question from inside that experience."

This changed how I think about love

- The Ezra Klein Show

(01:35:00)
"Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California Berkeley… There is more great stuff in this conversation than I can write in an intro. She’s changed my thinking on not just parenting but friendships, marriage, and schooling. Some of these are ideas you could build a life around."

The Conversational Nature of Reality: with David Whyte

- On Being Podcast

(51:34)
"David Whyte is a poet and philosopher who believes in the power of a “beautiful question” amid the drama of work as well as the drama of life and the ways the two overlap."

A Lion Tracker's Guide to Life with Boyd Varty

- Aubrey Marcus Podcast

(01:37:00)
"Boyd Varty is a lion tracker by trade. Through his work out there in the bush... as well as his work as a shaman, he has an immense amount of wisdom to share to put you on the track of your life."

Ten Sessions

- This American Life

(59:13)
"What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it."

What's more dangerous: marijuana or alcohol?

- Freakonomics Radio

(27:50)
"Imagine a fantasy world that’s exactly as the world is today except that two things are missing: alcohol and marijuana. And then imagine that tomorrow, both of them are discovered. What happens now?... How would we weigh the relative benefits and costs of alcohol versus marijuana?"

MIND, SPACE, & MOTION: with Barbara Tversky

- Making Sense Podcast

(01:26:00)
"In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Barbara Tversky about how our senses of space and motion underlie our capacity for thought. Barbara has published more than 200 scholarly articles about memory, spatial thinking, design, and creativity."

CONSCIOUS: With Annaka Harris

- Making Sense Podcast

(01:12:00)
"In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with his wife, Annaka Harris, about her new book, Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind."

Psychedelic Science: with Roland Griffiths

- Making Sense Podcast

(02:03:00)
"In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roland Griffiths about the current state of research on psychedelics. Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., is founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Psychedelic and Consciousness Research."

Books

Sapiens

- Yuval Noah Harari

"Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights. Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective."

Underland

- Robert Macfarlane

"In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet... Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart."

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

- Stephen Harrod Buhner

"In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature."

Doughnut Economics

- Kate Raworth

“Kate Raworth lays out the seven deadly mistakes of economics and offers a radical re-envisioning of the system that has brought us to the point of ruin. Moving beyond the myths of ‘rational economic man’ and unlimited growth, Doughnut Economics zeroes in on the sweet spot: a system that meets all our needs without exhausting the planet.”

The Power of Habit

- Charles Duhigg

"Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation."

Zero to One

- Peter Thiel

"Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice... Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself."

Stealing Fire

' - Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

“New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution… And what they learned was stunning: [every group they looked at] has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that nonordinary states of consciousness provide.”

Rebel Ideas

- Matthew Syed

"Where do the best ideas come from? And how do we apply these ideas to the problems we face...? Matthew Syed argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of ‘cognitive diversity’."

The Righteous Mind

- Jonathan Haidt

"Jonathan Haidt reveals that we often find it hard to get along because our minds are hardwired to be moralistic, judgemental and self-righteous. He explores how morality evolved to enable us to form communities... Morality binds and blinds, but, using his own research, Haidt proves it is possible to liberate ourselves from the disputes that divide good people."

Outliers

- Malcolm Gladwell

"Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to scientific geniuses to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and inspiring, than we ever imagined."

Talking to Strangers

- Malcolm Gladwell

"The acclaimed Malcolm Gladwell returns with a fascinating and, at times, alarming analysis of how we read the behaviours and motives of those people we don’t know... Talking to Strangers is a life-changing account of the dangers and dilemmas of approaching the unknown."

Antifragile

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"In The Black Swan, Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. Here Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better."

Skin in the game

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Why should we never listen to people who explain rather than do? Why do companies go bust? How is it that we have more slaves today than in Roman times? Why does imposing democracy on other countries never work? The answer: too many people running the world don't have skin in the game."

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

- Donella Meadows

"Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global... This essential primer brings systems thinking... into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life."

How to win friends and influence people

- Dale Carnegie

"Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time."

How to Change Your Mind

- Michael Pollan

"The book explores the renaissance of scientific research into [psychedelic] compounds and their potential to relieve several kinds of mental suffering, including depression, anxiety, and addiction... This book has taken me places I’ve never been—indeed, places I didn’t know existed."

Holism and Evolution

- Jan Smuts

"It was Smuts' expressed conviction that a time would come when a true holistic and integrative approach to science would emerge. He believed that the compartmentalization of science into separate disciplines created both limitations to knowledge and understanding, and the ability to deal with some of the world's most intractable problems."

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

- Carl Jung

"An eye-opening biography of one of the most influential psychiatrists of the modern age, drawing from his lectures, conversations, and own writings. In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, Carl Gustav Jung undertook the telling of his life story. Memories, Dreams, Reflections is that book."

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

- Sogyal Rinpoche

"Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition."

The Blue Book

- Andrew Tudhope

"So immersed in language did you become that eventually every word, every utterance became seemingly divine. And then you couldn’t speak at all for fear that you might sully the feeling, deep within, that each piece fell not from you..."

"Proof of love"

Ecological Intelligence

- Ian McCallum

"Toward a greater awareness of the priviledge of what it means to be human is what this book is about… It is a wild and ethical imperative – an urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to the land; that the history of every living creature is within us; that we are above all a mindful, poetic species and that we are the 'keepers of our zoo'."

Tuesdays with Morrie

- Mitch Albom

"Sometimes if you take a second look around you’ll notice we are amongst angels. Only a man – no, a saint – like Morrie Schwartz could take his own impending death and teach us how to live. After reading Tuesdays with Morrie you’ll understand that class is never dismissed.”

Consolations

- David Whyte

"David Whyte unpacks aspects of being human that many of us spend our lives trying vainly to avoid - loss, heartbreak, vulnerability, fear - boldly reinterpreting them, fully embracing their complexity, never shying away from paradox in his relentless search for meaning."

The Power of Now

- Eckhart Tolle

"To make the journey into the Now, we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of this extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being."

Soulcraft

- Bill Plotkin

"Every now and then a book is birthed into the world that is destined to irrevocably alter the spiritual face of modern culture... Soulcraft is just such a book... Plotkin’s guide to the journey of initiation is to nature-based soulwork what Huxley’s Doors of Perception was to consciousness studies."

The Alchemist

- Paulo Coelho

"Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure... Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams."

The Time Keeper

- Mitch Albom

"In The Time Keeper, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually... Father Time is granted his freedom, along with... a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time."

Wheels of Life

- Anodea Judith

"This book... makes the Indian system of chakras understandable to the Westerner, with the most comprehensive and down-to-earth information on the philosophy and meaning of each chakra... It contains... practical information for understanding and connecting the chakras within you to the life you were meant to live."

Butterflies are Free to Fly

- Stephen Davis

"Butterflies are Free to Fly: A New and Radical Approach to Spiritual Evolution is a free ebook written to examine how quantum physics and recent scientific experiments are radically changing our understanding of life, our reality, and our spirituality – and giving us a new model for the way our universe works and the practical steps to take toward true joy and excitement and peace of mind."

Quantum Warrior

- John Kehoe

"John Kehoe combines the most up-to-date scientific discoveries with mystical teachings from our major religions to create a vision of the quantum warrior and the possibilities of our future as a species. With great insight he reveals the extraordinary mysteries of consciousness and the universe. Quantum Warrior is a path to becoming a complete and integrated human being..."

The Prophet

- Kahlil Gibran

"One of the most beloved spiritual classics of our time, Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet... contains powerful words of wisdom on such essential subjects as marriage, children, friendship, work, and pleasure—words that readers from around the world have found inspirational and life-changing."

The Little Prince

- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

"Meet the Little Prince, a young fellow who hails from a tiny, distant planet... And now here he is on Earth... The friend he finds is the narrator of this story – a pilot who has crash landed and is in grave danger of dying of thirst... Many grown-ups have lost sight of what matters and children have to remember to be tolerant towards them. But adult or child, very silly or very wise, this story is for you."

The Tao of Pooh

- Benjamin Hoff

"Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear, and Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. Follow the Pooh Way in this humorous and enlightening introduction to Taoism, with classic illustrations from E.H. Shepard throughout."

Siddhartha

- Hermann Hesse

"Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication... Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha."

Illusions

- Richard Bach

"In Illusions, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don’t need airplanes to soar . . . that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them . . . and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places—like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves."

Life of Pi

- Yann Martel

"One boy, one boat, one tiger . . . After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years."

The Lord of the Rings

- J.R.R. Tolkien

"The most influential fantasy sequence ever written, Tolkien’s imaginative world of dwarves, wizards, orcs and elves cast a long shadow over all fantasy writing that came after. The archetypal literary quest, The Lord of the Rings pits good against evil, noble action against sinful temptation, in a grand narrative peopled by iconic creations such as Gollum, Gandalf and the resourceful hobbit hero Frodo Baggins."

Films

The NeverEnding Story

(1984)

A boy reads a magical book about a young warrior who is trying to stop a dark force called the "Nothing" from destroying a fantasy world. The film holds beautiful metaphors for the role of imagination in the way we make meaning.

The Dark Crystal

(1982)

A visually-captivating film made by masterful puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz about the quest of protagonist Jen to restore balance to his world by returning a lost shard of a powerful crystal. The film holds meaning on several levels, woven together with a spiritual thread.

Inside Out

(2015)

"Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley... Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters."

An Ecology of Mind

(2010)

"Gregory Bateson taught us how to stop having the most fundamental old ideas: the static, separating, reductionist fictions that dis-integrate an integrated world. Nora Bateson's beautiful portrait of her father's key insights is a stunningly effective antidote for a new generation that now needs his wisdom more than ever."

Tawai: A Voice From the Forest

(2017)

"Tawai is a word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe the connection they feel to their forest home... Bruce Parry embarks on an immersive odyssey to explore the different ways that humans relate to nature... Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself."

13th

(2016)

"Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards."

Cowspiracy

(2014)

"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it."

Arrival

(2016)

"When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity."

Interstellar

(2014)

"With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars."

Misc.

Green Flash

- Real-life Easter Egg

"A green flash is a phenomenon in which part of the sun appears to suddenly change color for about 1 or 2 seconds. The brief flash of green light is seen more often at sunset than at sunrise... Sometimes, when the air is especially clear, enough of the blue or violet light rays make it through the atmosphere and create a blue flash instead of a green one."

"The Balance"

- The Moody Blues

(song)

"Just open your eyes, and realize,
The way it's always been.
Just open your mind and you will find
The way it's always been.
Just open your heart and that's a start"

"Enter One"

- Sol Seppy

(song)

"Welcome
Inshallah, Inshallah
Enter One
Amazing Grace is pouring down
Fear not this light
We are of this light divi-i-ine"

"Into Ingawe"

- Sun-EL Musician x Ami Faku

(song)

"Kwenzek' ismanga amaphupho afezeka
Kwavela kwalunga yonk' into
Ndancedwa yinkolo nentsebenzo
Noguqa ngedolo kuBawo"

"The Crossing (Osiyeza)"

- Johnny Clegg & Savuka

(song)

"O siyeza, o siyeza
Sizofika webaba noma
O siyeza, o siyeza
Siyagudle lomhlaba"

Sagrada Familia

- Barcelona Basilica

If you ever find yourself in Barcelona - stepping into la Sagrada Familia is one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had within a human construction. Antoni Gaudí’s most famous architectural wonder, this basilica is a celebration of divinity within the context of nature. In his own words, “originality exists in returning to the origin.”

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