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Imagination

Entertainment covers films, books and games. Works of fiction in various media that transport us from our world to virtual worlds of imagination.

Sense8

Sense8 is one of the best TV series that I’ve seen. All 12 episodes were released by Netflix at the same time and I saw them all over 3 days. It’s a science fiction story that has resonances with X-Men, Alphas and Heroes in that it centres around a group of people who are either the next step in human evolution or else a parallel development. At any rate we have 8 young people who were born at the same time and whose emphatic or telepathic connection has been triggered by the death of a psychic mother figure. Apart from the plot, which involves evading an evil nemesis who wants to control them, the story is about the relationships between the members of this group that is diverse in ethnicity and sexuality. They have the ability to be, psychically, in the same place as another group member or ‘sense8’ even though there are physically in different parts of the world. At times the story feels like a metaphor about and a meditation on connectedness and individuality. The theme of connectedness is not confined to the relationships between the ‘Sense8’s’; each Sense8 is dealing with a connection with a mother, father, lover, friend, family that defines his or her identity.

The series is beautifully filmed in locations across the world, including London. For all its emphasis on relationships, action is not neglected and there are enough fight and flight sequences to spice the story. These 12 episodes had the feel of an ‘origin’ story and I look forward to another series. Best thing though is the invitation that the story offers for us to think about our own connectedness with others and about our individuality.

Find the Others

I put this video together as an exercise last month using a cartoon strip at Zen Pencils. Credit to Gavin Aung Than for the pictures and Mladost Club found at freemusicarchive.org for the music. I think it works well and I’m thinking of doing more of this.

The Big Bang Theory

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I think ‘the big bang theory’, is hilarious and cute .. the last episode was particularly cute. It featured the guys pairing up for a scavenger hunt competition organised by Raj. Howard and Amy bonded in a way that would be worrying if it was a different kind of show but Penny and Sheldon stole the show as a kind of dynamic duo that might work as a detective show spin-off … ‘he was the nerdy genius professor, she was the sexy intuitive waitress .. together they fight crime.’

Some more interesting pairings can be generated here: http://paulm.com/toys/they_fight_crime.html and here: http://www.williamswriting.com/fantasy-protagonists-generator/

Prayer

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Abwoon d’bwashmaya (Our Father which art in heaven)

Father-Mother of the Universe. Source of All that Is,

Nethqadash shmakh (Hallowed be thy name)

May we within our inner shrines of prayer and meditation honour the sacred resonance of your Name.

Teytey malkuthakh (Thy kingdom come)

May we come to live in full awareness of your Presence.

Nehwey tzevyanach aykanna d’bwahmaya aph b’arha (Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in heaven)

May this realm of the physical become imbued with Consciousness and Light.

Hawvlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana (Give us this day our daily bread)

May we receive that which we need so that Life and Light and Love persist and grow within us.

Wahboqlan khaubayn (wakhtahayn) aykanna daph khnan shbwoqan
l’khayyabayn (And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors)

May we be released from the guilt and shame that we suffer for past misdeeds even as we release others from our condemnation of their misdeeds.

Wela tahlan l’nesyuna
Ela patzan min bisha (And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil)

May we be led from worlds of delusion, darkness and despair to the paths of life and light and love.

Metol dilakhie malkutha wahayla wateshbukhta l’ahlam almin.
Ameyn. (For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.)

Ground of our Being. The Particular and All. The Beginning, Middle and End. Sacred, Sacred, Sacred.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

I found this meditation on the Lord’s Prayer here. It is from Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz.

I was inspired to do my own meditation/variant on the words:

Father-Mother of the Universe. Source of All that Is,
May we within our inner shrines of prayer and meditation honour the sacred resonance of your Name.
May we come to live in full awareness of your Presence.
May this realm of the physical become imbued with Consciousness and Light.
May we receive that which we need so that Life and Light and Love persist and grow within us.
May we be released from the guilt and shame and fear we suffer for past misdeeds even as we release our condemnation of others.
May we be led from worlds of delusion, darkness and despair to the paths of life and light and love.
Ground of our Being. The Particular and All. The Beginning, Middle and End. Sacred, Sacred, Sacred.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

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