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ABIDE AS THE SELF

Ramana Maharshi

(62 min)

The essential teachings of Ramana Maharshi - narrated by Ram Dass. ‘There was a spontaneous simplicity and humility about him, a sense of universal equality and heart-melting love. His actions were natural and spontaneous, and reflected a life that was fully identified with the One Consciousness - the Self in all beings’ - Ram Dass. This video takes us on an inner journey into the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Knowledge. Film footage of Ramana and interviews with his students emphasise his teaching of Self-Enquiry and its practice, and capture the presence of one of the most respected sages of this century. ‘In the quietness the mind will automatically return to its source and there will be a tremendous fountain of peace. All doubts are cleared and one remains quiet, in the heart.’ - Poonja

AGING AND THE AWAKENING POTENTIAL OF CHANGE

Ram Dass

(63 min)

Change is the most constant aspect of our lives and the one we resist the most – especially when it comes to aging. And no wonder, for ours is a culture which honours youthfulness and fears growing old. Yet in many other societies the letting go of youth is welcomed as an opportunity to step into the richest adventure of a lifetime – the spiritual awakening and depth of understanding that enable us to walk in the world with true compassion for ourselves and all around us. In this video of his keynote address at the Omega Conference on Conscious Aging, the great spiritual teacher Ram Dass maps the path of conscious aging, illuminating the way with gentleness, insight, humour and personal knowledge derived from many years of compassionate practice. Ram Dass’ address shows us how to substitute joy for fear, wonderment for dismay, and offers those of any age a transforming vision for the years to come. The video is particularly pertinent when seen in the light of Ram Dass’ recent stroke.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

teaching new doctors old tricks

(60 min)

People are turning increasingly to alternative medicine to cure their ills. Conventional medical practice is seen by some as placing too much emphasis on relieving symptoms, rather than treating the cause of the illness. The side effects of symptomatic treatment may also have detrimental effects on health, and the net result may not be a healthier person. The film looks at Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and other treatments that are making headway as practices in western medicine to promote health and healing at a more profound level.

ANGEL STORIES 2

1995

(47 min)

A fascinating collection of true encounters with angels experienced by ordinary people. Through dramatic recreations and effects, the testimonies include coincidences, near death visions, supernatural rescues and divinely-inspired messages that ‘will make a believer out of the toughest sceptic’. Featuring excellent commentary by best-selling authors Joan Wester Anderson and John Ronner.

ANGELS AND MIRACLES

Joan Wester Anderson 1993

(58 min)

Best-selling author of Where Angels Walk; An Angel to Watch Over Me, True Stories of Children’s Experiences with Angels and Where Miracles Happen, relates inspiring stories about angels and miracles. Learn the keys to help you open to miracles and learn how to awaken to your guardian angels.

ART MEETS SCIENCE & SPIRITUALITY IN A CHANGING ECONOMY

1. FROM FRAGMENTATION TO WHOLENESS

(52 min)

2. THE TRANSFORMING WORLD

(52 min)

3. THE SHIFTING PARADIGM

(52 min)

4. THE CHAOTIC UNIVERSE

(52 min)

5. CRISIS OF PERCEPTION

(52 min)

Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in September 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The event was inspired by people who felt that artists have a responsibility to inspire a broader vision of our changing world. This video series is drawn from the gathering and from interviews with the participants at their homes and workplaces throughout the world. A fascinating series.

With Robert Rauschenberg, artist; David Bohm, quantum physicist and philosopher; the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leader; and Stanislav Menshikov, Russian economist. The participants speak of the need to move from a competitive to a compassionate society and of consciousness as a potential for the whole universe. Robert Rauschenberg says he is more interested in life than art. He promotes international understanding by taking his work to some of the most troubled places of the world, including China, Tibet and Russia. David Bohm explains his theory that life and mind are enfolded in everything. A philosopher and social critic, and one of the world's foremost scientists, Bohm was affected by his close contact with both Einstein and J. Krishnamurti. In Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama speaks on the nature of mind and on his personal feelings as leader of a nation in exile, since he fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959.

With Lawrence Weiner, conceptual artist; Rupert Sheldrake, biologist; Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist teacher; and J. M. Leveque, director of Credit Lyonnais. Among the topics discussed are art and entropy; reincarnation and the morphogenetic field; the shift in physics and biology towards the idea of a living earth; and what the third world has to offer us. Lawrence Weiner talks of the social function of art. His visual language structures describe relationships between things and people and an area in which time is a continuum. Rupert Sheldrake speaks of the earth as Gaia, a living being with collective memories of the past. If one takes the view that nature is alive rather than dead, then one has a completely different view of reality. At his meditation centre in Berkeley, Sogyal Rinpoche explains the Tibetan concept of living and dying. He encourages his students to discover the relation between the forms and essence of their actions - it is creativity that bridges the gap.

With Marina Abromovic, performance artist; Fritjof Capra, physicist and ecologist; Raimon Pannikkar, Catholic priest and Hindu scholar; and H. J. Witteveen, former I.M.F. director. Among the topics discussed are ecological sustainability in a critical decade; the existential fear of change; the role of creativity in a new perception of reality; and the patterns that connect. Abromovic draws strength from nature and ancient cultures; her quest turned into a personal investigation of physical limits and mental potentials. Fritjof Capra disputes the mechanistic world view of Newton and Descartes and argues for the necessity of a systemic world view. He emphasizes that we are embedded in nature, not apart from it. Pannikkar speaks of the links between art, science and spirituality. He notes that there are no tools to understand understanding, although the existence of mankind is at stake.

Featuring John Cage, composer and artist; John Chamberlain, artist, Ilya Prigogine, thermodynamic physicist; Huston Smith, philosopher and teacher of comparative religion; F Wilhelm Christians, director of the Deutsche Bank. The participants speak of a new way of thinking about the nature and organisation of all living systems, of the creativity inherent in chaos, and of a non-linear world that contains multiple views. John Cage discusses his views on art, music, and the human condition. Ilya Prigogine, ‘the father of chaos’, explains his theories which have revolutionized science. Huston Smith talks about the new religion of science and post-modernism.

Featuring Jacques van der Heyden, artist; Francisco Varela, neurophysiologist and cognitive scientist; Mother Tessa Bielecki, Carmelite nun; J M Pinheiro Neto, Brazilian expert on third-world debt. The participants discuss the Buddhist theory of knowledge in comparison to modern cognitive science, the groundless nature of reality and of how what we perceive is not just something out there, but is an interdependent relationship between the knower and the known. In her monastic retreat in the wilderness of Nova Scotia, Mother Tessa Bielecki enjoys the magnificent rhythms of solitude and togetherness, of contemplation and action which are part of the Carmelite tradition. Jacques van der Heyden speaks of the unity of inner and outer reality. Francisco Varela speaks about his theoretical work on perception, where what we perceive is created by our mental processes.

ARTIST OF THE SOUL

Carl Gustav Jung

1991

(60 min)

Directed by Werner Weick this video draws on the first chapters of Carl Gustav Jung’s autobiography, begun at the age of 82 in 1957. Artist of the Soul delves into the workings of a brilliant mind, a balance between an acute perception of reality and a secret life of meditation, dreams, fantasies, and parapsychological experiences. Through revelatory interviews with his daughters and grandson and pertinent visual material, the video uncovers some of the most intimate facets of the great psychoanalyst’s life.

AWAKEN TO THE ETERNAL: Nisargadatta Maharaj

a journey of self discovery

1995

(56 min)

In the back lanes of Bombay, the contemporary sage Nisargadatta Maharaj met and talked with sincere seekers from all parts of the world. This remarkable video includes the only film footage available on Maharaj, along with a number of colour and black and white photographs of him. Maharaj speaks from his own direct spiritual experience, hammering away at the concepts that keep us from truly understanding what Truth and Freedom really are. The essence of Maharaj’s teachings are clearly presented, and several people who had a chance to be with him discuss the impact of his presence and teachings in their lives. Included are interviews with Jack Kornfield, Jean Dunn, Spehen Wolinsky, Robert Powell, and others.

BEYOND SUCCESS

a lecture by Ram Dass

(120 min)

Is it possible to do business and make a profit, and at the same time act with integrity and be of service in the world? This is becoming a burning issue for business worldwide as it becomes increasingly apparent that simply pursuing the profit motive has some clearly destructive effects, both on people’s psychology as well as on the environment and society as a whole. Meeting with a gathering of corporate business executives, Ram Dass explored the issues of doing business in a way that moves us from competition to collaboration.

BEYOND ZERO POINT –
GREGG BRADEN

(75 min)

Acclaimed geologist and author Gregg Braden takes us on an enthralling journey into ancient prophecies and teachings of the Hopi, Mayan, Egyptians and the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Universal in their calendars and codices was that our current era would be a unique period in human consciousness. Braden draws on the teachings of the Essenes: how we could remember and impersonate the functions of our external technology by accessing our total genetic code. Now, with compelling new research and visual evidence, Braden reveals geophysical shifts predicted centuries ago – how the shift to “zero point” influences our emotions, immune systems, and even our genetic code. Can the Five Essene Tenets of Compassion and the Power of the Blessing help to trigger a new era for humankind? Are these the lost keys to the next phase of human evolution? Braden’s training as a geologist and computer systems designer brings a unique scientific perspective to his work. Author of Walking between the Worlds and The Isaiah Effect.


BIOFEEDBACK

the yoga of the west

(40 min)

If we can make ourselves sick we can make ourselves well. Based on that assumption Dr Elmer Green and his colleagues research the ability of the mind to control the body. They test Indian Yogis who can stop their hearts at will or remain in an airtight box for over seven hours. They study a Dutchman who can skewer his arm with a rusty needle and prevent pain, bleeding and infection. They use biofeedback training to help patients overcome disease, to give prisoners a sense of self-mastery, and to give ordinary people deeper insight into their subconscious. An award winning film.

BLY & WOODMAN ON MEN & WOMEN SERIES

1. The pin

(60 min)

2. The betrayal

(60 min)

3. The descent

(60 min)

4. The Baba Yaga

(60 min)

5. The firebird

(60 min)

6. The sacred marriage

(60 min)

60 min

60 min

This powerful series of six videos is repeated from previous festivals because of its popularity. It gives a new perspective on important relationship issues from childhood through to adult years. Robert Bly and Marion Woodman lead us into a world where wounds are shared, truth is told, healing is found, and love is conceived. Directed by Emmy Award winner Ann Petrie. The series opens doorways to such critical issues as absent fathers and the negative side of motherhood; the consequences of growing up in a family where power is called love; and the tragedy of living in a culture frozen in unexpressed shame, guilt and anger. These videos give insight on how to distinguish between false tutors and true mentors, how to move through the dark moments of stagnation and loneliness, and build creative and authentic relationships.

Robert Bly is a poet, translator, storyteller, worldwide lecturer, and acknowledged leader of the men's movement. He is the author of Iron John, best‑selling non‑fiction book. Marion Woodman is a Jungian analyst, a world‑renowned authority on addiction and author of five critically acclaimed books. This innovative series uses an ancient fairy tale and a workshop setting to help viewers probe the depths of their relationships. The videos may be seen as a series or individually.

Robert and Marion introduce the central theme of the fairy tale: how relationships are affected when men and women lose touch with their "heart's desire". A search is begun for the obstacles or "pins" which have been placed in our lives preventing us from realizing our innermost longings, or making us feel that we are incapable of fulfilling our dreams.

Discussion centres on those things that claim to answer our deepest inner yearnings but instead betray us and lead to self‑destruction. People are urged to mobilise "warrior energy" ‑ using an inner sword on our own destructive designs for power. This warrior energy can also be used to make time and space for the creative energies that lead to self‑empowerment.

This episode deals with those dark times in life when we feel lost and alone. It is a critical time of "descent and ashes". The image of wandering is a symbol for this sense of grief, isolation and failure. We look in detail at what it might mean to cut off a "power head" ‑ an important job, family ties, a marriage relationship... With these elements cut off, although we may face a sense of isolation, a loss of identity and overwhelming conflicts, we must realise that it is out of the descent that new life comes.

The question left after the last episode is, "How do you get out of the territory of grief and failure?" The story doesn't say that you get out of it by taking uppers or watching comedies. You must enter the territory of "Baba Yaga", a symbol for those forces that insist on confrontation and truth telling. In dealing with the "Baba Yaga" energy, we learn many life skills. The story leads to discussion about the rules of conflict, and about learning how to become less judgmental of others, including our partners.

In this episode we meet two important figures: "The Firebird" and "The Crone". The focus of discussion first concerns developing creative energies in ourselves, symbolised by the Firebird. The Crone, we learn, represents the accumulated wisdom of humanity. This wisdom, we find, cannot be integrated until anger and grief have been adequately released.

Robert and Marion explore the recovery of authentic childhood desires. They emphasize the importance of retrieving a love of beauty which is alive inside us. The goal is the inner marriage of masculine and feminine powers, and a dynamic transformation in our relationships. "The world is wounded and we're wounded. It's when we meet at the level of our woundedness that the mystery occurs... that moment of coming together."

BUDDHISM - PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

(35 min)

This film traces the life of Buddha from his birth as a prince, through time spent as a wandering mendicant in search of a solution to life’s sorrows, to his later years when he trudged the dusty paths of India preaching his ego-shattering, life redeeming message.

BURNING TIMES, THE (See Women and Spirituality Series)

 
CARLOS CASTANEDA’S TENSEGRITY

1. Twelve Basic Movements to Gather Energy and Promote Well-being (60 min)

2. Redistributing Dispersed Energy (60 min)

3. Energetically Crossing from One Phylum to Another
(
90 min)

Tensegrity is the art of utilising, in a modern setting, magical passes, movements discovered and developed by shamans who lived in Mexico in ancient times. They were called magical passes because through practising them, those shamans attained mental alertness, physical well-being, and more important yet, the possibility of becoming conscious of the abstract, unknown part of man. They were able, for example, to focus their full consciousness on a vibratory force, which they understood as the binding that holds together each living being as a cohesive unit.

CHALICE OF REPOSE, THE:

Therese Schroder-Sheker

(44 min)

At the Abbey of Cluny, France, during the Middle Ages, dying monks were surrounded with special prayers and music to ease the transition from life into death. This holistic approach echoes to this day in the visionary work of Therese Schroeder-Sheker. Chalice of Repose is an intimate portrait in images and music, of how Schroeder-Sheker learned from the insights of Cluny and developed a unique approach for prescriptive music as a clinical care practice for the dying. Over the past two decades, her pioneering efforts have helped bring spiritual and physiological comfort to a wide range of patients with diverse symptoms. Told through real-life footage, Chalice of Repose documents the efforts of the Chalice of Repose Project, showing how contemplative musician-clinicians offer an ‘anointing of sound’ that can help dramatically alleviate the pain of dying. Chalice of Repose brings into focus an historical spiritual practice through the lives and work of Schroeder-Sheker and her colleagues - and the patients they serve through their music.

CHANGE OF HEART, A - Ram Dass

(60 min)

Based on a conference presented by best-selling author, psychologist and spiritual leader Ram Dass, A Change of Heart explores the value of volunteerism and service to others as a path to achieving a more complete and meaningful life. The film combines the wisdom and wit of Ram Dass; profiles of people from many walks of life actively involved in performing voluntary service; and the music of Peter Gabriel, Arlo Guthrie and others to explore the path to the change of heart that can help us look into - and beyond - ourselves and make more profound connections with one another.

CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM AND THE MONASTIC LIFE (20 min)

A film to stir spiritual awareness. A beautiful production, imparting the peace and passion of the man of God.

COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHANNELLING, THE

1987

(58 min)

This video provides guidance from amongst the most famous channelling practitioners. Ken Carey has written the best selling books such as Starseed Transmissions. Ken's Channelling began with the extra-terrestrial ‘Raphael’ and he has now evolved into other spiritually expanding forms. He takes us through a ‘how-to’ workshop on channelling. ‘Enlightenment is accepting ourselves, precisely as we are, in any moment of time.’ Lazaris has been channelled through Jack Pursel and is called ‘the consummate friend’. Lazaris' integrity, consistency and depth are unparalleled and his sense of love and growth is unforgettable. Marcel Vogel is one of the most respected crystal experts in the world, a prolific inventor and former senior scientist with IBM for 27 years. he demonstrates the step by step, invaluable use of crystals in channelling. ‘The most important element in crystal channelling is your willingness to experiment no matter what is.’ Other channelling experts are also featured.

CONVERSATION WITH THOMAS MOORE

(60 min)

Thomas Moore, psychotherapist and best-selling author of The Care of the Soul and Soul Mates, helps us find the sacredness in ordinary everyday life. The film explores Moore’s views on spiritual life that takes you much beyond yourself through self- acceptance, not self-improvement.

COSMOLOGY & MYTH-MAKING

John Michell (See Schumacher videos at end of list) (70 min)

John Michell shows a series of images delving into the interface between mathematics and spirituality. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

COURSE IN MIRACLES, A:

Spiritual Principles of Love and Wisdom

1997

(55 min)

Since its publication in 1975, the book, A Course in Miracles, has sold more than 1 million copies and is studied worldwide. The story of the Course in Miracles is featured in this video, shot on location, spanning a seventy year period in the life of the people who brought forth the Course, Dr Helen Schucman and Dr William Thetford. Dramatised segments of the visions and dreams that led to the actual ‘scribing’ of the Course are also included. The video shows how people are using the Course to change their perceptions of life and gives accounts of what the Course means to different people and how it has affected their lives. The video shows how to release fear and practise forgiveness to create love, healing and peace. Best-selling authors are also featured: Marianne Williamson - outspoken advocate of the Course and author of numerous best-sellers; Gerald Jampolsky, M.D.- internationally recognised psychiatrist and lecturer, who is a practitioner of the Course.

CREATIVE VISUALIZATION with SHAKTI GAWAIN

(60 min)

With more than 3 million copies of her book Creative Visualization already sold, Shakti Gawain has emerged as one of the most dynamic and articulate figures in the human potential movement. In this presentation before a live audience, Shakti Gawain guides viewers through several effective techniques that can demonstrate the power of Creative Visualization in your life. With directness, candor, and gentle humor, she answers questions and addresses issues ranging from the causes of war to personal health, from material success to sexual dynamics. Find out how the intuition that helps you find your true way in the world depends on a balance between the feminine and the masculine in your psyche.

DANCE AND MYTH: The World of Jean Erdman

Part 1: The Early Dances

(53 min)

Part 2: The Group Dances

(59 min)

Part 3: The Late Dances

(67 min)

Dancer, choreographer and director Jean Erdman occupies a unique position in twentieth century performing arts, and her genius for distilling human experience into abstract form influences American Modern Dance to this day. A soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1938 to 1943, she created many roles in the repertory of that historic period. Later, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Maya Deren and other distinguished artists were among her collaborators. Her most intimate collaboration, that with her husband, the late Joseph Campbell, led to the embrace of the mythological dimension in her work.

Part 1: The Earthly Dances: The Transformation of Medusa (1942); Hamadryad (1948); Ophelia (1946); Passage (1946); Creature on a Journey (1943); Daughters of the Lonesome Isle (1945)

Part 2: The Perilous Chapel (1949); Solstice (1950)

The later dance solos: Pierrot, the Moon (1954); Changingwoman (1951); Fearful Symmetry (1957). Dancer, choreographer and director Jean Erdman occupies a unique position in twentieth century performing arts, and her genius for distilling human experience into abstract form influences American Modern Dance to this day. A dance soloist from 1938 to 1943, she created many roles in the repertory of that historic period. Her most intimate collaboration, that with her husband, the late Joseph Campbell, led to the embrace of the mythological dimension in her work. "My own urge to create dances came from a very deep, pre‑verbal place, an exploration of states of being... I realized that each of these states was actually a human emotional realm which anchored at some point on the circular diagram of the monomyth."

DIVINE HORSEMEN: the living gods of Haiti

black & white

(52 min)

A journey into the fascinating world of the Voudoun religion of Haiti filmed by Maya Deren during 1947-51, and edited posthumously by Teiji and Cherel Ito. The viewer attends the rituals of the Rada, Petro and Congo cults, whose devotees commune with the cosmic powers through invocations -–ritual offerings, song and dance. The Voudoun pantheon of deities are introduced as living gods, actually taking possession of their devotees. Also featured are the Rara and Mardi Gras celebrations. Although best-known as a pioneer of the independent experimental cinema, Maya Deren was also a Voudoun initiate, and hence able to take her camera and recorder where few have gone before or since. The soundtrack conveys the stirring, invocatory power of the ritual drumming and singing.

DOLPHIN’S GIFT, THE

(58 min)

Narrated by John Hurt this is the true story of Fungi, a lone bottlenose dolphin, who chooses to frequent the waters of a remote fishing village in Dingle Bay on the west coast of Ireland. Experience Fungi’s many magical encounters with people. Through some of the most beautiful underwater photography of human/dolphin interaction ever presented on video, you will see and feel Fungi’s unconditional loving as it touches the hearts and minds of the people of this little village….and how it changed them forever.

DOOR OF COMPASSION
Thich Nhat Hanh

(43 min)

In exile in his Plum village home on the hillside of southwestern France lived world renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, mystic, scholar, activist and Vietnamese Buddhist monk. During the Vietnam war, Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his spirited leadership as chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation. Today, Hanh is the author of over 25 books. In this illuminating interview by Noel Fox, Hanh provides us with methods of learning the important skills of mindfulness – of being awake and fully aware. His compassionate spirit will help us arrive at greater self-understanding and peacefulness as we learn to make positive use of the situations that might usually pressure and antagonise us. In lucid and meditative prose. Thich Nhat Hanh explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the world traditions meet.

DRAGONQUEST: Sacred sites of Britain

1997

(53 min)

Dragonquest is about our relationship with the earth through the ages, and explores the mysteries of the sacred sites in Britain, the earth’s spirit, and man’s interaction with it. Sites such as Stonehenge, Lindisfarne and Glastonbury are linked with leylines, acupuncture meridians, earth chakras, electromagnetic fields, ‘dragon paths’, myths, paganism and Celtic Christianity. It includes interviews with acclaimed authors including Sir George Trevelyan and John Michell, who share their thoughts on the origin of these sites and the history and legends that surround them. It was shot on location and features footage of great beauty. Whatever caused these stone shrines, castles, temples, and circles to be built, they remain amongst the most intriguing places on the planet.

DREAM WANDERERS OF BORNEO

(58 min)

The ten‑year voyage of two filmmakers, brothers Lorne and Lawrence Blair, through the world's largest and least known archipelago ‑ the exotic, mysterious islands of Indonesia. For 800 miles, through uncharted rainforest, the Blairs seek the last of the nomadic Punan Dyaks, the free‑roving masters of the interior, the "dream wanderer" tribe believed to no longer exist. The brothers struggle inwards, plagued by torrential rain, quicksand, leeches, and virulent insects. Eventually, they find and live with the Punan Dyaks where they are initiated into the spiritual mysteries of the "dream wanderers". Lorne and Lawrence join the dance of the hornbill and get tattooed with the symbol of Aping ‑ the Tree of All Life. This, their shaman explains to them, they will now bear in their lives as a reminder that all life forms are part of a single tree.

EDGAR CAYCE LEGACY, THE

1994

(30 min)

An introduction to the work of Edgar Cayce, born on a Kentucky farm in 1877, the best documented psychic of all time. For Forty-three years of his adult life he had the ability to place himself into a self-induced sleep state. Then, provided with the name and location of an individual- anywhere in the world – he would give answers to any question that person asked. For many years, the information requested of Cayce related mainly to physical ailments. Eventually, the scope of his work expanded so that in addition to health and healing, subjects included: philosophy and reincarnation, dreams and dream interpretations, ESP and psychic phenomena, spirituality, meditation, history, ancient civilizations, Jesus, soul growth, and much more.

EDUCATION FOR THE 21st Century

David Orr and Satish Kumar at Schumacher College]

(See Schumacher College videos at end of this list)

(50 min)

David Orr talks to Satish Kumar about what has been missing in our educational system, and what kinds of models of learning he envisages for the future. He also appears in a public lecture given at Schumacher College entitled Twelve Big Ideas. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

EDUCATION INTO THE 21ST CENTURY - David Orr

(48 min)

David Orr talks to Satish Kumar about what has been missing in our education system, and what kinds of models of learning he envisages for the future. Orr believes that current education has left out people, community, ecology and spirit, and that schools have largely been created to assist in industrialising the earth. He maintains that education is thus often too technical, and does not promote a more integrated and thus realistic worldview amongst people. Education is complicit in the current state of affairs, and is thus an essential component of any lasting solutions. He stresses that education cannot operate in isolation to the broader fabric of society, and that lifelong learning is necessary rather than an isolated educational period in people’s lives due to the rapid pace of change in the world today. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

ENERGETICS OF HEALING, THE - Caroline Myss

Part 1

(90 min )

Part 2

(90 min)

Beyond the threshold of our physical anatomy lies another type of anatomy - invisible to the eye, yet critical to our health. Composed of pure energy, this vast network not only determines how our bodies function and heal, but also serves as a connection to divine power and all life. In The Energetics of Healing, best-selling author and health authority Dr Caroline Myss reveals the energy anatomy behind the physical anatomy, and guides us through all seven chakra centres and correlates them with practices for learning the physical language of the spirit - and the spiritual language of the body. This video offers a new vision of the human body and the unseen obstacles to healing.

What does the human body’s energy anatomy look like? How is it possible to use intuition to diagnose imbalances in our own energy system? In Part 1 of The Energetics of Healing, Dr Caroline Myss looks back at her life and shares stories of her emergence as a leading authority on intuition and energy medicine. She shows how our thoughts translate into symptoms on illness and reveals the keys to stopping energy “leakages” from our bodies.

What would it look like if we could see how our bodies “store” positive, healthy thoughts? How can we best use spiritual practice? In Part 2 of The Energetics of Healing, Dr Caroline Myss continues her discussion of the chakras and summarizes their unseen role in a fully integrated life. The video concludes with guidelines for aligning our lives with the seven sacred principles held in common by the world’s great wisdom traditions.

ENGAGED SPIRITUALITY:

· Christopher Titmuss talks to Satish Kumar

(60 min )

· James Hillman (60 min)

· Maura Sills and Christopher Titmuss (60 min)

(See Schumacher College videos at end of this list)

Christopher Titmuss spent 6 six years as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and India. He is the co-founder of on e of the largest and most respected retreat centres in the UK, from where he travels all over the world to run awakening and insight meditation retreats. He is an active supporter of global responsibility and is a founder member of the twelve-strong international board of the Buddhist Peach Fellowship. In 1986 and 1992 he stood for Parliament for the Green Party. Here he talks to Satish Kumar about the relationship between spiritual practice and the secular world. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

James Hillman talks about mentors and the acorn principle of human potential.

Maura Sills and Christopher Titmuss talk about Buddhism and psychotherapy.

EROS, LOVE & LIES:

R D Laing

(55 min)

R D Laing, psychiatrist, lecturer, and author, explores the dynamics of human relationships and the vital necessity of bringing honesty into our lives. Drawn to seeing the suffering and misery around him, Laing spent most of his life observing the incompatible contradictions that surround people living in lies and deception ‑ a self‑destruct system. Some of the most devastating research Laing conducted was with so‑called "normal" families. "I don't think it's making the best of it to turn one's whole life into a living lie. You start to hate someone you have to pretend to love. Just walk in the other direction of that vicious circle... It's what Kierkegaard called a leap of faith, of just taking the risk to go for love and truth ... (to) throw ourselves into the abyss... It doesn't lead to self‑annihilation or destruction, but the exact opposite." - R D Laing

ETHICS FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM:

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

(81 min)

In this intimate talk by the Dalai Lama filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1999, His Holiness speaks of the need for an inner transformation as a prerequisite to a new and transformed outer world in the coming millennium. With warmth, directness and humour, he urges us to link individual happiness to an ethical vision of the world in which we care about others. Adopting an approach that blends realism and optimism, he recommends ways in which each of us can begin to make inner changes that will affect these problems.

EXPERIMENTS WITH ANOMOLOUS THINGS:

Rupert Sheldrake

(80 min)

Rupert Sheldrake talks about experiments in morphic resonance and his book Seven Experiments that Might Change the World. Sheldrake, a distinguished biologist, focuses on a few simple experiments to show that mysterious phenomena currently outside the framework of science do exist and can be easily demonstrated. While Carl Jung said that to deny the existence of various mysterious phenomena is ‘simply ignorance’, many people hold that western science currently contains a comprehensive framework for reality, and thus are unwilling to accept phenomena which cannot fit into this worldview. Using his scientific background, Sheldrake observes common phenomena which reinforce the view that science is still very much in the process of mapping out reality rather than being definitive. He looks at simple subjects such as ‘How does a dog know that its owner is coming home?’. In his video, Sheldrake encourages science to be less rigid in its outlook so that ve towards a more integrated understanding of the world.

EXPLORATIONS INTO CONSCIOUSNESS

(35 min)

If you want to know the condition of your mind in the past, examine your body now. If you want to know what your body will look like in the future, examine your mind now. Endocrinologist and Ayurveda proponent Dr Deepak Chopra presents his premises for body/mind medicine. He makes important distinctions that clarify the bases of his method for activating the body’s own healing mechanisms, for evoking the innate, guiding intelligence of the body. Chopra discusses his approach to serious illnesses and the therapies he advocates. He tackles the issues of participating in our diseases, of their changing expression in our bodies, of spontaneous remission and of our mental strategies. He also stresses the importance of meditation.

EXPLORING THE CELESTINE PROPHECY

(57 min)

In a series of 3 rare interviews James Redfield discusses his novel about the timeless wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, his visions, angels, the spirit world, the 9 original insights and the 10th insight, which he says are a set of tools to aid in our spiritual evolution.

EXPLORING THE MUTANT MESSAGE

(58 min)

Acclaimed authors, Marlo Morgan and Robert Wolff share their compelling stories of living with extraordinary aborigines and indigenous people, who as the holders of great ancient wisdom, have now been guided by Spirit to share crucial messages that can help save our world. Marlo Morgan, a mother, grandmother and health practitioner, took an unplanned four month 'walkabout' with the tribe of Real People, which she chronicles in her best-selling book, The Mutant Message Down Under. She says the only thing she knew to do was ‘to follow’. Robert Wolff, Ph.D., a noted social psychologist, who was raised among indigenous people in Suriname and Indonesia, is a recognised expert in healing and indigenous cultures and is the author of What it is to be Human. The indigenous people of Australia, who are known as the Real People, call us Mutants because we've forgotten the way to live in harmony with each other and the earth. They discuss telepathy, guidance, how the “dreamstate” creates reality and what it is like to lovingly trust the universe every day for food, shelter and survival. They increase our understanding of the source of identity, telepathic communication with dolphins and unforgettable wisdom for daily living. “The Real People tell no lies.”- Marlo Morgan. (She has since acknowledged that her ‘journey’ was taken in another dimension.)

FACE TO FACE WITH CARL JUNG

(25 min)

This film documents John Freeman’s penetrating interview with Carl Jung. Freeman probes both Jung’s personal history as well as his pioneering psychological work. When Freeman asked Jung if he believed in God, Jung replied that he did not believe...he knew. It is Jung’s last on-camera interview before his death. A classic.

FACING DEATH:

Ram Dass

1992

(105 min)

The greatest adventure of our lifetime begins when we first fully encounter the certainty of dying. In this documentary of a special workshop given at the Omega Conference on Conscious Ageing, the great spiritual teacher Ram Dass guides us with compassion, wisdom, insight and humour to reflect on awakening to our own mortality, fully taking in the certainty of our death, anticipating the process of dying, and contemplating the mystery of who dies and what happens after we die. This can be a source of inspiration for those whose death may be close at hand and it is also a valuable guide for all who see death as the enemy. Ram Dass' own work with the dying underlies this workshop and gives strength to the message that the full appreciation of death and the journey of the spirit after death is a prerequisite for living life joyously now.

FINDING JOY

with MARK V HANSEN

(30 min)

“Taking delight in who you are, what you do, and what you have is the secret of personal power, satisfaction and high-energy living.” Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, the record-breaking best seller, inspires and delights with realistic and fun strategies to restore the natural, exuberant joy to our lives. His personal mission is to “speak to people who care about things that matter and to make a profound difference in their lives.” A winner of the Distinguished Author Award from Radio-TV Interview Report, Mark Victor Hansen claims that living a life with joy and contentment is our birthright and he tells us how on this thought provoking and fast-paced interview.

FROM THE HEART OF THE WORLD

(100 min)

This is the last civilization of pre‑Columbian America that vanished 400 years ago. It did not die ‑ it went into hiding. For centuries, the Kogi have watched us from their mountain fastness. This film is their message and their warning. The Kogi Indians of Colombia call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and are convinced that we, the younger brothers, will soon destroy the balance of life on earth. They believe that the only hope is for us to change our ways, and have set out to teach us what they know about nature and the spiritual world. Aluna is the Mother, whose law is harmony and balance. Kogi life revolves around this life force that shapes the world and makes it flower. You ask 'What is the Law of the Mother?' Put the brakes on. That is the Law of the Mother. Put the brakes on your tongue. Put the brakes on your mind, your sex. That way, you save gasoline, and your car will go a long way.

FULL CIRCLE (See Women and Spirituality Series)

 

GAIA THEORY, THE with Professor James Lovelock

(45 min)

The Gaia theory, that the earth is a self-regulating organism, was put forward by Prof Lovelock in the 1970s. This concept has gained wide support. In this new video, Lovelock, using computer models, articulately presents the origins and details of his theory in a manner accessible to people with little scientific knowledge. He proposes that, for humanity to survive, an evolutionary leap of consciousness is required, with a fundamental shift away from self-centred consumer life-styles and commerce.

GATHERING OF MEN. A

(88 min)

In this ground-breaking production that put the men’s movement on the map, poet Robert Bly leads a group of men in exploring their deeper feelings - about themselves, their fathers, their sons and their roles in society. Men are drawn to a gathering like this one by a sense of loss, a loss of familiar myths and road maps, but also by a sense of hope. There is something optimistic about the very willingness of men to learn from each other through sharing their confusion over the problems in life. - Bill Moyers.

GLOBAL BRAIN, THE

by Peter Russell

(35 min)

This film suggests that the earth is a living organism and considers what function the human race may be playing in this planetary system. A long-time best seller, this multi-media production suggests that we stand on a threshold of a major leap in human evolution and only through inner exploration will we find the resources to take us through this global crisis. This film uses music, special graphics and images ranging from atomic particles to galaxies, to present an inspiring vision of humanity’s future.

GLOBAL GARDENER: Bill Mollison

(2 x 60 min)

Bill Mollison, who coined the term ‘permaculture’ to describe a system of ‘permanent agriculture’ gives examples of this revolutionary environmental trend and how we can use it in our own backyard. There are 4 half hour sections which will be shown in 2 sessions:

1 & 2 In the Tropics. Starting in his own backyard, Bill explains how Permaculture designs can provide for all your needs and then takes us to working examples in Zimbabwe and India. Arid Lands. Desertification is expanding annually. He looks at examples in Botswana, Arizona and Australia to show how his techniques can reverse this trend.

3 & 4 Cool Climates. He begins his story in Tasmania where he grew up and developed his ideas. He goes on to show us magnificent properties in Europe and North America that have grown from his work. Urban. Most people live in polluted cities. In New York, Melbourne, Hyderabad, Harare and California. He shows us examples of sustainable living.

GLOBALISATION: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: ohn Mohawk

(59 min)

John Mohawk, a Seneca Indian and professor of History at New York University, talks about globalisation and speculates about the human brain.

(Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

GOD & BUDDHA – A DIALOGUEDeepak Chopra & Robert Thurman

(86 min)

In this brilliant and witty dialogue in New York in 1999, Deepak Chopra and Robert Thurman explore the ultimate harmonies between spiritual paths. All teach the way to freedom from suffering. Vedanta describes reality as magical projection of divine consciousness which we all share. Buddhism teaches the total awareness of reality, awareness that embraces our ultimate oneness and our relative, or virtual, individuality. When we know we are God, we connect to all beings through Buddhahood. Science and poetry meet in the mantra – om mani peme hum.

“Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation. We are all the same being in different guises. If I start to peel the layers of my soul, I begin to go beyond my constricted fabricated self and discover who I really am.”Deepak Chopra, a physician and expert in mind/body medicine, is the author of the recently published How to Know God and numerous other best sellers, including The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Ageless Body Timeless Mind, and Quantum Healing.

“It comes form India, the idea that we can know our way free from suffering. Our actual birthright as human beings is that we have the right to be in love with all beings, the entire universe, all the time. God means being in love with everything.” Robert Thurman, professor of religion at Columbia University and a close associate of the Dalai Lama, is one of the foremost spokesmen for Buddhism and Tibet. His books include Inner Revolution, Circling the Sacred Mountain and a translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

GODDESS REMEMBERED (See Women and Spirituality Series)

 

GOETHEAN SCIENCE

Henri Bortoft

(60 min)

Henri Bortoft talks about Goethe’s vision of a new kind of science, how perception is affected by creativity and how all this bears upon Darwin’s theory of evolution. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

GREEN WINTER

(30 min)

A warm, intimate look at growing old gracefully. Features the collective wisdom of many cultures. Green Winter is a highly personal, deeply felt reflection on growing old that will appeal to anyone facing a similar journey. Filmmaker Elda Hartley drew on decades of experience travelling the world, documenting the great cultural, religious and spiritual traditions. The film offers a refreshing range of viewpoints on ageing. It also examines a wide range of everyday issues: retirement versus continuing work, dealing with a spouse in declining health, considering nursing homes, and attitudes toward death and dying. Green Winter has won several awards.

GURDJIEFF IN EGYPT

(60 min)

Retrace Gurdjieff’s discovery of the ancient teaching of the Fourth Way. While many have believed its source was Central Asia, William Patrick Patterson takes us on a journey that retraces Gurdjieff’s steps in Eygpt. With the clues left behind, combined with new evidence recently discovered – he shows us its origin was Egypt. You will travel from the Sarmoung Brotherhood to Gurdieff’s discovery of pre-sand Egypt, to the Sphinx and Great Pyramid, Thebes, Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Edfu, and finally to the headwaters of the Nile. Only it was not, “the Egypt we know but one which we do not know”. We come to the amazing conclusion that: “This prehistoric Egypt was Christian many thousands of years before the birth of Christ; that its religion was composed of the same principles and ideas that constitute true Christianity.”

HARMONY IN DIVERSITY

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

1997

(50 min)

On 29 May 1997, the Dalai Lama addressed an audience of dignitaries and citizens in New York City’s Cathedral of St John the Divine. His Holiness offers a far-reaching vision of the universal harmony that awaits in the celebration of diversity. In an occasionally humorous and always graceful message of compassion and wisdom, the Dalai Lama speaks of personal and universal themes. Our future is dependent on our ability to build relationships and communities that bind us to common aspirations. Our world is, in his words, “a human garden”, beautiful because many different flowers grow in it. His holiness urges us to foster caring and a new respect for the many spiritual and cultural traditions in our world. Only by nurturing and teaching our children and each other, and protecting the world we share will we move from our current “century of violence” to a new “century of dialogue” in which individual efforts create a mass movement toward a world of lasting peace and freedom.

HASTEN SLOWLY: the journey of Sir Laurens van der Post

1996

(62 min)

Author, soldier, explorer, filmmaker, anthropologist, statesman, and visionary, this evocative and award winning video biography weaves together stories from his extraordinary life. Interviews, historical footage, and dramatic stills reveal the depth of Sir Laurens’ spiritual sensibility and moral courage. His ability to derive meaning from experience is a gift to us all. Details his life up to the BBC expedition to the bushmen shortly after World War 2.

HEALING SPIRIT: Bernie Siegel

(57 min)

This film explores the human journey through life and death, illness and healing. It poses the idea that wellness is more than just the absence of disease; that healing goes deeper than simply curing symptoms. The film shows women and men suffering from ailments as diverse as depression and AIDS, and physicians practising both conventional and holistic medicine. An award winning film.

HEALING TAPE, THE

(55 mins)

An anthology featuring Dr Deepak Chopra, Dr Bernie Siegel, Dr Bob Baer and Alison Strickland. The film is a combination of the best sequences on meditation, medical hypnosis and visualisation from a number of other popular productions. It is extremely beneficial for people with insomnia, stress-related disorders and for those who simply want to effect a change in their lives.

HEART OF TIBET: portrait of the Dalai Lama

(60 min)

This intimate portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama during a visit to Los Angeles reveals His Holiness as a man of simplicity and humour dealing with highly complex ideas and sensitive issues. The programme gives a real insight into this remarkable personality, augmented by interviews with the Dalai Lama himself, Robert Thurman (Professor of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University), John Avedon (author of In Exile from The Land of Snows), journalists and others. He appears as a spiritual teacher and a leading intellectual, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate explaining the importance of the human heart, and as a political leader speaking of the continued occupation of Tibet. "Everyone has the responsibility to shape the future of humanity. So let us try to contribute as much as we can. Be a good human being with good heart. That gives you energy, peace, tranquillity and also inner strength. Simply, you see, by being a good person." - H.H. the Dalai Lama.

HINDUISM AND THE SONG OF GOD

(30 min)

A modern interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita. The physical beauty of India is the background for the Hindu concepts of self‑realization as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita, or Song of God...our purpose in life, the four yogas, the law of Karma, the four stages of life. Through the dialogue between Arjuna, a young prince, and Krishna, the charioteer and incarnation of God, a guide to life emerges: a guide that is both spiritually profound and eminently practical. The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the best known and most influential of all Hindu scriptures, and has been translated into every major language.

HUNDREDTH MONKEY, THE

(28 min)

We all want to know what we can do about peace but few feel we can really make a difference. The Hundredth Monkey phenomenon proves we can. The film reviews the research that shows how the thoughts of individuals affect the world. While feeding monkeys sweet potatoes on a Japanese island, a group of scientists discovered that when a critical number of monkeys learned a behaviour, all the monkeys in the tribe began exhibiting the behaviour ‑ without being taught. Ken Keyes brought attention to this research in his book, The Hundredth Monkey, and he introduces the concept in this film. Both the book and the film support the notion that when awareness of an idea reaches a critical level, this awareness spreads exponentially and becomes universal.

IINDAWO ZIKATHIXO: IN GOD'S PLACES

(52 min)

Iindawo Zikathixo traces the Bushman (Khoisan) cultural legacy in south‑eastern Africa against the backdrop of the Bushman rock art. It is a unique, visually‑powerful record of a rapidly vanishing cultural heritage, and highlights the Bushman cultural legacy as it is expressed through rock art, music, oral history, traditional rituals and rainmaking. The video also features the present lifeways of Bushmen and their descendants who subsist variously as spiritual leaders, farm workers and as tourist attractions. It was filmed in the Drakensberg foothills of South Africa's north‑eastern Cape, former Transkei, and in Lesotho. The documentary exposes the merciless force used by European settlers to conquer the Bushman hunting and gathering grounds. Some Bushmen escaped the genocide, and Iindawo Zikathixo explores the traces of their culture in African communities that intermarried with Bushmen in past times. A film by Richard Wicksteed.

INDIA AND THE INFINITE (See World Religions)

 

INNER ART OF MEDITATION, THE:Jack Kornfield

1996

(90min)

Meditation is a doorway to freedom; a doorway that is open to anyone, at any time. This instructional video introduces you to this ancient art, and shows you, step by step, how it can help you feel truly alive and connected with the treasure each moment brings. Jack Kornfield teaches four complete meditations that you can practise at your own pace: awareness of the breath; working with body Sensations; awareness of thoughts and feelings; and the practice of forgiveness and lovingkindess. Jack Kornfield, Ph.D, is a therapist, author and meditation instructor. After returning from Asia in 1972, where he lived as a Buddhist monk for five years, Kornfield co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock near San Francisco.

INNER VISION: Bernie Siegel

(40 min)

This film illustrates the many uses of visualization, from fighting cancer to improving reading skills. In a Siegel workshop participants learn the symbolic meaning of the pictures they draw of themselves and their illnesses. Siegel guides the participants in two extended visualization exercises.

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID BOHM, AN

(52 min)

David Bohm (1917‑1992) was one of the world's greatest quantum physicists and philosophers of science and one of the most influential theorists of the emerging paradigm. Bohm brought together a radical view of physics, a deeply spiritual understanding, and a profound humanity. Bohm discusses his groundbreaking theory of wholeness and the implicate order in which he proposes a new model of reality that is a revolutionary challenge to physics. In the implicate order, any element contains enfolded within itself the totality of the universe. Bohm's concept of totality includes both matter and consciousness. He saw the universe as an undivided wholeness enfolded into an infinite background source that unfolds into the visible, material, and temporal world of our everyday lives. Thought can grasp the unfolded, but only something beyond thought ‑ intuition, unmediated insight, intelligence ‑ can experience the unfolded. Our challenge is self‑transformation, living in both the timeless, and in time.

LABYRINTHS, THEIR MYSTERY AND MAGIC

1997

(60 min)

This ‘how-to” video, taped at the National Labyrinth Conference, held at the Omega Institute, features world recognised labyrinth experts: Jeff Saward, pre-eminent historian, presents their mysterious origin to their various uses today; Richard Feather Anderson, Geomancer, Director of the American School of Geomancy, shows how to recognize nature’s underlying patterns and appreciate the mystery and power of the labyrinth; and Robert Ferré, Labyrinth Builder, shows how we can all build them. You will learn the history,


mystery and magic of labyrinths; how to walk and use the labyrinth as a sacred prayer and tool for growth and healing; how they affect us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually; profound chakra meditations inspired by labyrinths; the differences between the 7 circuit and Chartres labyrinth patterns; and various methods for building labyrinths.

LIFE AFTER DEATH

(35 min)

With Drs Lawrence LeShan, Kenneth Ring and Robert Munroe, pioneers in the study of survival after death. The film brings into focus the question of persistence of consciousness after biological death. Dr LeShan presents the scientific view. Dr Monroe (author of Journeys Out of the Body) leads us to the realisation that we are more than physical bodies. Dr Ring interviews four people who were clinically dead. An award winning production.

LONG SUMMER OF HERMANN HESSE, THE

(59 min)

The one thing you dreaded: letting yourself fall, taking the step into uncertainty, the little step beyond all the securities that existed. And whoever had once surrendered himself, one single time, whoever had entrusted himself to fate was liberated.’ Leaving behind his wife and children at the age of 42 to seek out a new life in Montagnola, Switzerland, Hermann Hesse, one of the most original thinkers of this century and winner of the Nobel Literature award, began a new life of personal and creative rebirth. Hesse was to remain in Montagnola from 1919 until the end of his life. A committed pacifist, his home became a stopping place for anti-fascist writers, including Brecht. Here he produced his most important novels, including The Glass Bead Game, Siddhartha, and Steppenwolf. As Hesse was convinced that his external experiences were only essential if they coincided with phases of his interior or psychic evolution, the video takes account of the external circumstances of Hesse's life, yet focuses on his soul.

MAHABHARATA, THE: produced by Peter Brook

1989

(180 min)

Based on the RST/CICT stage production adapted by Jean-Claude Carriére, The Mahabharata is an intimate film journey to the very heart of Indian mythology, religion, history and thought, directed by the outstanding theatrical innovator of our day. Based on Peter Brook’s celebrated stage production, this 3-hour film tells a sweeping tale of heroes and gods, demons, blood feuds, jealousies, madness, magic, murder, greed, comedy and betrayal. It is an epic, retelling of the sacred 2000-year-old Sanskrit poem, “The Great Story of Mankind”, that forms the basis for much of Hindu culture. In bringing to life the saga of two feuding royal families, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, as they wage genocidal war, bringing their civilization to the brink of doom, and eventually find redemption, Brook has created an allegory that speaks directly to the concerns of contemporary audiences.

MAKING OF A MODERN MYSTIC:

Andrew Harvey

(59 min)

Andrew Harvey, the youngest ever Fellow of All Souls, reveals in this documentary his spiritual journey from childhood in India to best-selling writer, novelist, poet and mystic. Harvey's first book, A Journey in Ladakh, charts his inner development under the guidance of his Tibetan lama and the beginning of his relationship with the ancient wisdom of Tibet. He later worked on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying with Sogyal Rinpoche, a Tibetan master who appears in the film. Harvey is very frank about his homosexuality, his obsession with his distant, glamorous mother and about the private schools he went to in England. He discusses how his encounter with Mother Meera, the subject of his book, Hidden Journey, changed his life. He describes his experience of mysticism in an accessible way, as he is helped by interviews with friends such as novelist Iris Murdoch, biologist Rupert Sheldrake, analyst Anne Baring and the Dalai Lama.

MEDITATION - The Art of Meditation

(28 min)

Alan Watts leads us to the calm that stops the chattering in the skull. The video is not academic - it is experiential. You are led step by step in the disciplines of posture, breath control and concentration. Watts claims that most of us are too hung up on the past and future. Through meditation one loses oneself in the eternal now, devoid of goal orientation.

MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN: Gurdjieff’s search for hidden knowledge

1979

(108 min)

Based upon Gurdjieff’s book of the same name this is the story of his search through the Middle East and Central Asia for answers to the question of the meaning of life. The film, directed by Peter Brook, was made on location in the rarely photographed forbidding mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, and has been widely acclaimed for its unique visual beauty.

MEN & WOMEN - TALKING TOGETHER:

Robert Bly and Deborah Tannen

(58 min)

Two popular, eloquent writers at the forefront of men's and women's issues bring an informed perspective on gender styles, how men and women approach each other and conversation itself. Bly and Tannen agree that it is crucial to describe both the differences and similarities, so that men and women can respect each other. They present a model of how that is done. With her analysis of the 'asymmetries' in the way men and women talk, their miscues and cross purposes, Tannen strikes a sensitive nerve for most people. She says that she has received letters from people saying they saved their marriages by reading her books. Bly, a poet fascinated with myths and rituals, has spent the last decade studying the plight of men. He says they tried almost desperately in the wake of the feminist movement to show their feminine sides, their feelings. Together, this pair of best-selling authors examine how ‘gender dialect’ works and reveal disturbing truths about the male power elite.

MERTON - A BIOGRAPHY

1984

(57 min)

A comprehensive and compelling look at this remarkable 20th Century religious philosopher, Thomas Merton. Hailed as a prophet and mystic, censured for his outspoken social criticism, monk of the austere Trappist order for nearly 27 years, Merton was a warm compassionate writer as well as an anti-war advocate and witness to peace and interfaith dialogue. This critically acclaimed film examines Merton's life and work through insightful interviews with those who knew him, including the Dalai Lama, musician Joan Baez, monks he lived with and friends with whom he shared his deepest emotions. Merton offers an engaging profile of a man whose presence in the world touched millions of people and whose words and thoughts continue to have profound impact and relevance today.

METAMORPHOSIS:

Terence McKenna

Rupert Sheldrake

Ralph Abraham

(88 min)

"The flutter of the moth's wing can trigger the hurricane. This is not a poetic statement. This is the fact of the matter within this kind of description of nature. Very small changes create cascades into where whole states shift and are perturbed." - Terence McKenna. McKenna, shamanolgist and ethno‑phamacologist, Rupert Sheldrake, biologist and originator of the theory of "morphogenetic fields", and Ralph Abraham, mathematician and leader in the new science of chaos, trialogue on the relationships between chaos, creativity and the imagination. McKenna points out anomalies and connections in nature, physics and deep psychedelic experience. Rupert contributes his theories of memory and habit in nature and Ralph speaks about chaos as the birthplace of order and creativity. Together, they challenge the assumptions of contemporary science and suggest that things are not what they seem. The concepts expressed in the video are made dazzlingly visible with stunning fractal visuals, images from the world of nature, and computer‑animated graphics.

MINDFULNESS IN MEDICINEwith JON KABAT-ZINN

(54 min)

An important document on how and why mainstream medicine in the US is now paying more and more attention to complementary therapies. Subtitled: Regaining Control of Your Life and Your Work this film is of value to all people although scripted for medical practitioners. Viewers learn to utilise mindfulness strategies to reduce burnout and live fully - regaining a sense of balance, control and creativity. If you are facing the challenges of practicing medicine today, you will learn how to educate patients about mindfulness and make appropriate referrals to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs offered at 16 Kaiser Northern California medical facilities – and also now in Cape Town. Moderated by Vince Pasquariello, MD (Director, Physician Health), this program features guest speaker Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, (Exe Dir, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Univ of Massachusetts School of Medicine).

MOTHER TERESA

(82 min)

An award winning definitive portrait of Mother Teresa which was shot over five years in ten countries on four continents. The film illustrates how this great person transcended political, religious and social barriers with her works of love based on a deep faith.

MYSTERIES OF THE PYRAMIDS

(50 min)

Unlock the mystic secrets of ancient Egypt in a journey with Omar Sharif down long-forgotten passage-ways into never-before-seen inner sanctums of the Great Pyramids of Giza. You’ll discover famous treasure-filled tombs and centuries-old mummies. You will meet the experts that, to this day, spend their lives trying to uncover the secrets of the pyramids. How were they built? What was their purpose? Did the Sphinx hide a secret passageway to a library from a long lost civilization? Enjoy this video, beautifully filmed in Egypt, and marvel at the majesty of the greatest of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Let the power of this past civilization convince you of the ability of humanity to work for a social order that is a meaningful way of living in this modern world.

NATURAL STEP, THE:

Dr Karl Hendrik Robert

(52 min)

Karl Hendrik Robert is the founder of The Natural Step and one of the world’s leading environmental thinkers and activists. In this lecture given at the Schumacher College in the UK, he details the obvious environmental crisis that faces the earth, and outlines an approach to move towards sustainability, which he calls The Natural Step. In essence The Natural Step is two things: a simple way of judging the desirability of particular projects using ecological criteria; and a powerful method whereby people concerned about the environment can reach a consensus. Criteria for ecologically sound projects include: Will the project make less use of underground mineral deposits? Will the project produce less alien, artificial, persistent substances? Will the project lead to greater ecological diversity? Will the project lead to a reduced need for energy and materials? (Video made at Schumacher College - quality fairly poor.)

NEW APPROACH TO SCIENCE, A

Brian Goodwin

(73 min)

Brian Goodwin, former professor of Biology at the Open University, suggests that life science has reached the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

NUCLEAR COVER-UP – CHERNOUSENKO

(30 min)

Russian physicist, Vladimir Chernousenko, describes what actually happened at Chernobyl in the worst accident in human history. He maintains that authorities in Russia and at the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) are still seeking to deny and suppress the true story told in this gripping video. Chernousenko explains how nuclear radiation contaminated vast areas of Russia and much of Europe. He warns that the long-term impact will be felt throughout the world. He also warns that nuclear power is inherently dangerous and should be abandoned. He concludes by urging scientists around the world to join together in an effort to save the planet from such disasters in the future. At the time of making the video he was dying of radiation sickness from exposure at Chernobyl.

ON THE NATURE OF LOVE: Krishnamurti

(58 min)

A talk given by Krishnamurti in 1982 under the oaks in Ojai, California. It presents a deep psychological and spiritual examination of love, suffering and death: "We are going to talk together about the nature of what we consider love ... So we ought to inquire very deeply ‑ can all things which are false, like pride, arrogance, attachment and the desires, pleasures and so on which are obviously not love ‑ can all that end? Because without love in our life, the perfume, the passion, the depth of life is lost. Life becomes very, very superficial." Krishnamurti asserts that loving and living in clarity without conflict are possible only if fear ends, and that this is made possible by the death of attachments and by daily regeneration. "This means you are ‑ the mind is ‑ incarnating afresh each day. That is creation. This is a mind that's creative."

ONE LIGHT HEALING TOUCH: Rod Lavin

1997

(60 min)

Internationally respected hands-on spiritual healer who works with doctors, hospitals and has Healing Schools in Germany and N.Y., presents his healing workshops, teachings, techniques and postures. The video explores the nature of spirit, illness and healing. Rod draws on teachings from Native Americans, Sufis, Rosicrucians, Tibetans, esoteric traditions and cutting-edge, present day holistic and medical practitioners. He demonstrates how to access, strengthen and apply healing light from the Source; the process of hands-on healing; how auras and energy centres connect us to life: and exercises and practices including movement, soundings and visualisations for balancing, harmonizing and healing.

OPENING TO ANGELS

(60 min)

Contacting your Guardian Angel and being receptive to the Angelic Realm in your daily life. Through rich, often poetic dialogues with well known authors and spiritual teachers like Alma Daniel, Timothy Wyllie, Karyn Martin-Kuri, Jane Howard, Dorothy Maclean and Karen Goldman, we learn how to attune ourselves to the higher frequencies of Spirit, to be more aware of angels and nature spirits, to communicate with these messengers - our playful guardians - and to develop a deeper appreciation of our own place in Creation. Derek Partridge hosts this celestial journey of exploration, coloured by well known visionary artists and musicians

OTHER LIVES, OTHER SELVES: Dr Roger Woolger

(47 min)

In a workshop with psychotherapists, Woolger, a Jungian analyst, employs his past-life regression techniques with several volunteers - with dramatic results. While accepting that these past life stories could all be fantasies, Dr Woolger feels that if the unconscious mind believes them, it doesn’t matter whether they are true or not. He looks at the way the person is reliving this story in his or her own current life. This is where past life regression becomes present life therapy.

PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY, THE

(30 min)

Music, dance and poetic narration are used to present the six major religions - Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, and Islam. Shots from around the world show the great variety of religious rituals and practices, with emphasis on the underlying philosophy similar in all. The Perennial Philosophy is the inner core of all the great spiritual traditions - “The Father and I are one, Look within, thou art the Buddha, Atman (individual consciousness) and Brahman (universal consciousness) are one, The kingdom of heaven is within, He who knows himself, knows God.” At a time when creedal fanaticism is rampant he Perennial Philosophy speaks importantly in the name of peace, goodwill and world unity.

PERMACULTURE CONCEPT, THE:

 Bill Mollison

1989

(50 min)

Bill Mollison believes that the single most destructive force on the planet is modern agriculture. It is destroying our soils, poisoning our water and producing toxic food. Instead, he has proposed a designed system of agriculture that uses the engineering principles of nature itself. He combines hundreds of species, plant and animal, into a fertile, self-regulating ecosystem. These Permaculture systems can be applied to the city as well as the country, and can work in any sort of climate. Once matured, one of his systems can provide most of the food for any household. The implications are far reaching. Bill Mollison’s Permaculture systems are currently in place in many developing nations, where environmental degradation and food shortages are greatest.

POWER OF MYTH: LOVE AND THE GODDESS, THE

(58 min)

A journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, Joseph Campbell, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers. Campbell made the mythology of love and its interpretations one of the great passions of his life ‑ from the erotic mysticism of India, to the old testament Song of Songs, from the life of Christ and the teaching of Ramakrishna, to William Blake and Thomas Mann. "When you are awakened at the level of the heart to compassion and suffering with the other person, that is the beginning of humanity...it is the suffering that evokes the humanity of the human heart. Love, you might say, is the burning point of life and since all is sorrowful, so is love. And the stronger the love, the more that pain ‑ that pain bears all things. Love itself is a pain, you might say ‑ that is, the pain of being truly alive." - Joseph Campbell.

PSYCHOLOGY OF BUDDHISM – ROB NAIRN

(100 min)

The essence of the Buddhist worldview is contained in the Four Noble Truths. As introduction Rob Nairn explores basic Buddhist concepts such as samsara (relative, conventional), nirvana (ultimate) and no-self. Then with his eloquent clarity Rob guides us through the Truths. First Noble Truth: How to identify the causes of our difficulties and suffering in life (dukkha). Second Noble Truth: How the process of confusion and delusion arises in our minds and is unwittingly sustained. Third Noble Truth: The teaching on cessation of egocentric suffering (nirodha) which leads to nirvana Fourth Noble Truth: The path to freedom—the Middle Way. If we apply these truths we start working with the world in a spacious, expansive way. We start seeing how we keep ourselves on the treadmill of samsara and how a change of view reveals nirvana, the totality of our true nature.

"A clear comprehensive discussion of essential Buddhist teachings. Rob Nairn's experience and understanding shine through."Joseph Goldstein, founder Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts

PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDITATION– ROB NAIRN

(100min)

 “We embark upon a mystery—meditation’s process takes us beyond our human boundaries.” Learning to meditate sets in motion a process beyond the comprehension of the rational linear mind, and will reveal depths and potentials of ourselves as human beings. In the great schools of Buddhism meditation is taught in a sequential way, known as the ‘graduated path to enlightenment’. The first stage is training in mindfulness.

With his eloquent precision Rob Nairn guides us to understand the psychological dynamics of the mind, how to recognise, unravel and grow beyond our habitual patterning and reference points, growing into freedom. Happiness arises within us through this process.

What does it mean to be a human being? This is the crucial question of our lives and meditation is a basic component of the lifelong search for an answer. Rob Nairn invites us to embark on this exciting adventure in a meaningful and enriching way.” Prof Johan Degenaar, philosopher, Stellenbosch

QUANTUM HEALING: Toward Perfect Health: 40 min

Deepak Chopra

(40 min)

Dr Chopra examines the partnership of body, mind and spirit in obtaining and maintaining complete well-being. He explains his compelling, innovative concepts in clear, simple terms. Featured are videos with other pioneers in the field, including Bernie Siegel (on healing), Elmer Green (on biofeedback) and Delores Krieger (on therapeutic touch). This program ends with a special “guided meditation” that will help you apply these principles in your own life.

QUEST: DISCOVERING YOUR HUMAN POTENTIAL

(60 min)

Six of today’s most prominent and respected thinkers give invaluable healing insight into the deeper issues of our lives. Deepak Chopra, internationally respected pioneer in mind/body medicine; Thomas Moore, distinguished theologian and author of numerous New York Times best sellers, including Care of the Soul, and Soul Mates. ; David Whyte, prominent poet and author of The Heart Aroused and The House of Belonging; Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and First Things First; Bernie Siegel, author of How to Live Between Office Visits, Love, Medicine & Miracles, and Love, Peace & Healing; and Marianne Williamson, internationally recognised for her insightful teachings on A Course in Miracles; author of A Return to Love and The Healing of America.

QUEST: ECSTASY

(60 min)

The mythical hero’s journey to passion & ecstasy. The most magical of all journeys, through the archetypes of your being, from innocent to magician, where you discover your unique path to ecstasy to live the life of your dreams. We can take the step into the true ecstasy of union with another human being or on our own spiritual journey. Deepak Chopra, Barbara De Angelis, John Gray, Thomas Moore, Caroline Myss, John O’Donohue, Marianne Williamson speak with authority and insight

QUEST: ENERGY, POWER AND SPIRIT

(60 min)

In this video Sarah Ban Breathmach, author of Simple Abundance, demonstrates how to enrich your soul with what it cherishes most. Caroline Myss, medical intuitive and author of Anatomy of Spirit, and Why People Don’t Heal and How they Can, presents her breakthrough views on energy medicine. Bernie Siegel, author of How to Live Between Office Visits, Love, Medicine & Miracles, and Love, Peace & Healing, inspires us to fully live our lives with passion. David Whyte, prominent poet and author of The Heart Aroused and The House of Belonging, touches the true essence of our individuality, creativity and humanity. Thomas Moore, distinguished theologian and author of numerous New York Times best sellers, including Care of the Soul, and Soul Mates, uncovers the eternity and enchantment in everyday life Stephan Rechtschaffen, founder of the world renowned Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, is the highly acclaimed author of Timeshifting.

QUEST: LOVE, PASSION AND SOUL

(60 min)

Six of today's most influential thinkers share their views on love and relationships. Personalities featured are Barbara de Angelis (The Secrets Every Woman Should Know About Men), John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus), Harville Hendrix (Keeping the Love you Find), Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty, Inventing Memory), Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul), Marianne Williamson (The Healing of America). The human yearning for love and fulfilment, and our thirst for passion, not just sexual, but to feel vital, alive and free to be who we are, is explored. The video includes guidance on how to embrace our sexuality, the keys to living a passionate life, why we are attracted to certain people, overcoming the hardest challenge to making relationships work, and how living in a sacred, dynamic marriage can take us to our highest emotional and spiritual goals.

QUEST: THE SPIRITUAL PATH TO SUCCESS

(60 min)

Seven of today's influential thinkers reveal their key insights to mastering the laws of success. It features Stephen Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, First Things First), Mark V Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul, Soul Mates), Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love, The Healing of America), Bernie Siegel (Love, Medicine & Miracles), Gabrielle Roth (Maps to Ecstasy), and David White (Heart Aroused). These deeply moving, simple yet profound spiritual principles, invite us to move into a period of achievement and fulfilment. The practical steps include releasing fear and recovering vitality, cultivating abundance mentality, and acquiring the discipline to be a free spirit.

RAMAKRISHNA: a documentary

1990

(78 min)

Ramakrishna’s life was his message. This unique Indian saint (1836 – 1886) experienced Truth in his own faith as well as in other religious traditions. He taught, “As many faiths, so many paths.”

Ramakrishna: A Documentary serves equally well as the perfect introduction to this remarkable saint or as a fresh and enhanced experience of his presence…this skillful assemblage of rare images of Ramakrishna, combined with a 1928 motion picture and a 1936 audio recording of some of his disciples, is surely as close as we will get to seeing him.” Better World Magazine

REMEMBERING JUNG –
LAURENS VAN DER POST

(90 min)

Sir Laurens van der Post found himself seated next to Carl Jung at a dinner party in Zurich after World War II. Immediately a deep contact was made between the two and a rich and intimate friendship developed. On the anniversary of Jung’s 100th birthday, Van der Post published a biography on Jung unique in its personal anecdotes and clarity of vision. Van der Post, world-renowned author, achieved wide recognition for his efforts to save the vanishing Bushmen of the Kalahari. Sir Laurens died in London in 1996.

“It was one of Jung’s great achievements that he restored the dream to human beings as the word of God which, if properly read in a four-dimensional way, will show us where next to go.”

This conversation with Suzanne Wagner a Jungian analyst practising in Sausalito, California, was filmed in London at Sir Laurens’ home in December of 1978.

REMEMBERING JUNG -
MARIE-LOUISE VON FRANZ

(90 min)

One of the most profound writers to follow Jung in the field of Analytical Psychology, Marie-Louise von Franz began analysis with Jung at 18, and worked with him on research until his death in 1961. Her first major publication, Aurora Consurgens, is the companion volume to Jung’s last major work, Mysterium Coniunctionis. Among her other publications are C.G. Jung, His Myth in Our Time and On Dreams and Death. Here, she talks about the shadow, about her work completing Emma Jung’s book on The Grail Legend, and on problems in relating to the psyche for modern people.

“A depression is a blessing of God… In the individual it’s the greatest blessing somebody can have. Jung always talked about the blessing of a neurosis because it’s the only way you are tempted to look within.”

This conversation with Suzanne Wagner, a Jungian analyst practicing in Sausalito, California, was filmed in 1979 at Von Franz’s tower retreat in Bollingen, Switzerland. Dr von Franz died in 1998.

REQUIEM FOR A FAITH (See World Religions)

 

RIVER OF FREEDOM:

Gangaji

(63 min)

River of Freedom documents a transmission of Self-realisation from one of the few westerners who is fully able to pass on the essence of the sage Ramana Maharshi’s teachings. It is the story of an American woman who receives that transmission and offers it to others. The lineage starts with Ramana Maharshi, reportedly one of the greatest enlightened beings of our age. Using rare archival film and photos, Ramana and his teachings are documented. One of Ramana’s devotees, H.W.L Poonja (Papaji), a Self-realised teacher, received this transmission from Ramana in 1942 and has since been passing it on. In April 1990, Antoinette Varner (Gangaji) travelled to India. At the banks of the holy Ganga river she met Papaji. She is a strikingly peaceful and powerful woman. ‘You are that which you are searching for’.

RUMI POET OF THE HEART
(58 min)

I am so small I can barely be seen.

How can this great love be inside me?

Look at your eyes. They are small,

but they see enormous things.

A celebration of the preciousness of human life and human joy, this presentation by Coleman Barks, the preeminent contemporary translator of Rumi’s poetry, enchants with its live performance of poetry, music and intimate conversation. Joining Coleman to celebrate the earthy and spiritual passion of Rumi’s poetry, are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith. Jelaluddin Rumi, born in 1207, was a famous scholar and popular teacher. He forged an extraordinary and esoteric friendship with Shams, a wandering dervish. After the mysterious disappearance of Shams, Rumi transformed from scholar to mystical poet. Seven hundred years later Rumi is a best-selling poet in America.
SADHANA – to come
 
SECRET EGYPT

(50 min)

A trance journey to the heart and soul of modern day Egyptian people, Secret Egypt is a passport to the timeless rituals of a culture where the fires of an ancient wisdom still burn. Enjoy a musical and visual experience, an impressionistic journey delicately infused with the ecstatic Sufi poetry of Rumi. Accompanied by exquisite photography and hypnotic rhythms and melodies that soon become eerily familiar, you will experience the long ago rhythms of black Africa that slowly moved up the Nile, merging with those of the Bedouins, who drifted in form the surrounding desert and were absorbed into the Arab culture of Islam. Out of this blend, a land of mystery was formed where trance still survives as a way to merge with the cosmic beat of the universe – a way to heal, to release emotion and awaken the spirit.

SCIENCE & the POWER OF PRAYER

(55 min)

Does prayer actually “do” something? Can its impact be measured in a lab? Does it have the power to affect physical change? The answer, incredibly, is “Yes!” Join today’s most cutting-edge scientists and physicians – including Larry Dossey and Joan Borysenko – as they reveal startling new scientific facts about the power of prayer. Test after test reveal that even common bacteria in a petri dish respond to prayer. Skeptical doctors enlist the prayers of Buddhist monks half a world away as part of a surgical procedure… and are stunned to find post-operative disorders reduced by over half. A minister suffering painful injuries turns to prayer-fueled healing touch – with results that astound his physician. These are just some of the incidents fueling one of today’s hottest areas of clinical research. Why does prayer work? How can it be made even more effective? Does this “energy medicine” work even when the subjects are unaware of it? Does distance or religious practice matter?

In this thought-provoking program from renowned filmmaker Elda Hartley, see for yourself why the science of the 21st century will incorporate practical tools with the higher consciousness found in prayer, and what it will mean to your life.

SCIENCE OF THE SOUL: A Jungian Perspective 1997

Sessions with Dr Edward F Edinger

1:The collective unconscious

(40 min)

2: The structure of the psyche

(41 min)

3: Social implications

(43 min)

Are we living in a mythless age? Is orthodox religion bankrupt? Using religious texts, mythology, modern dreams and the concepts of depth psychology, Jungian analyst Dr Edward Edinger presents a new myth, a new “world-view”, that he sees emerging from the work of C G Jung – a creative collaboration between the scientific pursuit of knowledge and religious search for meaning. Presented in three sections.

The outline of the “new myth” – a psychological standpoint from which to understand and verify the essential meaning of every religion. Topics include: An Age of Transformation; Depth Psychology; Jung & Freud; Dreams; The Creation of Consciousness; Is there Consciousness in the Unconscious?

A discussion of the dimensions of the psyche along with practical examples of how elements of it can be integrated. Topics include: Ego; Shadow; Anima & Animus; Self; and Individuation.

A description of the social ramifications of Jung’s new myth and how Depth Psychology can facilitate a relation to what has traditionally been called God in an individual’s experience of the Unconscious. Topics include: Self; Transformation of the God-Image; Is Christianity Doomed? An antidote to the Apocalypse.

SECOND COMING OF SCIENCE, THE: Brian O’Leary

(90min)

Former astronaut and Princeton physics professor Brian O’Leary Ph.D. fuses science with the paranormal – exploring psychokinesis, telepathy, crystals, dowsing, UFOs, the Face on Mars, crop circles, free energy and the manifestations of Sai Baba – in a credible, entertaining and visually-filled video. An articulate proponent for the expansion of humankind’s scientific pursuits beyond the “box” Newtonian physics has drawn around our universe.

SEEKING THE STONE: mind & time, spirit & matter

Terence McKenna

(105 min)

A unique perspective by Terence McKenna on the idea of a spiritual path for all and an impending transformation of the human world; the role of hallucinogenic plants in shamanism and their general impact on the evolution of human cultures and social forms. He discusses making choices about spiritual development and techniques, the historical foundations of modern spirituality and the roles that each person plays in the unfolding of the future. McKenna argues that substantial shifts in perception are urgently needed if we are to change the current course of western society - which is speeding towards disaster. He suggests how this shift could be achieved.

SELF MASTERY with DEEPAK CHOPRA

(52 min)

Exploring our Ageless body, Timeless mind.

This in-depth interview with one of the most renowned mind/body healers of our time, explores the latest anti-aging research on how and why the effects of aging are largely preventable. Learn the ten concepts of this self-mastery and the keys to retard or even prevent the aging process. Chopra, MD with books in 25 languages, speaks with clarity and authority on how to harness the power within to achieve stress-free, healthier lives.

“Who might have imagined that the secret to conquering this universal mystery lies not in our physical bodies but in our consciousness.”

SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS, THE:

Deepak Chopra

(80 min)

According to Dr Deepak Chopra, success is a universal desire to experience the "progressive expansion of the state of happiness". This video version of his best selling book provides viewers with a front row seat to this "in person" talk by Dr Chopra, in which he weaves the basic elements of his philosophy into seven easily comprehended laws, or principles. This video offers Dr Chopra's magnetic presence and skill at discussing spirituality and consciousness. This is his step‑by‑step description of a system for developing one's "pure potentiality" for happiness, not a guide to making piles of money. Physician, philosopher, teacher, sage, Chopra is able to communicate with clarity and impact. “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” make wonderful guiding principles for anyone attempting to create a productive and satisfying life or human organization." - Ken Blanchard, Co‑author, The One Minute Manager.

SEX AND THE SACRED:

a conversation with Sam Keen

(90 min)0

At the heart of sex is something intrinsically spiritual, the desire for a union so primal it can be called divine, says philosopher Sam Keen in this new provocative production. Keen lights the path to deep relatedness through knowing who we are, and honouring the individuality of the loved one. Breaking Taboos: The movement from religion to spirituality involves rebellion in the spirit of Jesus, Mohammed and others. The search for answers is a quest that leads to the breaking of taboos set by our family and society. The Erotic Life: There are no sexual techniques. There is only treating that other person as a marvel, as someone to be delighted in, to be cherished. Loving the Imperfect: The shared spiritual journey toward unconditional love involves openness, struggle, trust, and accepting a real person with all his or her gnarls, mystery and green, growing edges. Sam Keen was a professor of philosophy and religion before becoming a freelance thinker. Keen is also the author of a dozen books, including best selling Fire in the Belly.

SOUND OF WISDOM, THE - a Festival of Sacred Chant

(60 min)

A dynamic record of the historic meeting of musical practice of East and West, ancient and modern. Eleven Buddhist monks, practitioners of the Tantric arts of Tibet, perform their ritual chanting accompanied by Tibetan bells, cymbals, trumpets and long horns. The monks are joined in concerts and symposia by American composers whose work is inspired by the sacred music of the East - Philip Glass, David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, Terry Riley, and Pauline Oliveros. The Sound of Wisdom explores the universal attributes of sacred music and its transformative power in human life.

SPEAKING WITH YOUR ANGELS - A Guide

(60 min)

According to Time magazine, almost 70% of the U.S. population believes in angels. All four major religions recognise angels as messengers from God whose purpose is to guide and teach human beings. Speaking with your Angels: A Guide is a video that teaches how to communicate directly with angels through writing. The program features a workshop conducted by Trudy Griswold and Barbara Mark, sisters and co-authors of Angelspeake: How to Talk with your Angels. They teach that we can receive angelic guidance by following a simple seven-step method. Speaking with your Angels: A Guide is a practical and inspirational program, teaching that reaching our angels is as simple as reading a recipe from a cookbook.

SPONTANEOUS HEALING: Andrew Weil

(72 min)

Best selling author/physician, Andrew Weil, M.D, has travelled the world investigating health and healing. In this video he shares his vision of the human body's innate healing abilities, and counsels us to cultivate the resilience and balance which are the essence of health. As a medical doctor trained in botany, Andrew Weil laments that conventional medicine has moved away from nature, and that its focus is on material structure rather than function. It is these conceptual limitations that are the root of the health care crisis, he tells us. His integrative approach to wellness is based on informed scepticism about suppressive Western medicine, and a deep appreciation of the healing power of nature.

SUFI WAY, THE (See World Religions)

 

SUKHAVATI: PLACE OF BLISS: Joseph Campbell

(80 min)

Joseph Campbell traces the mythological symbols left to us by the ancients, revealing a drama played out across the screen of the universe. Primal mythological images filmed around the world evoke a sense of the experience as well as the spirit of the great story that so excited Joe. This is a journey of transcendence and illumination. Whether peering through the mists of the Bronze Age or relating the myriad aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, whether we stand with him pondering the mysteries of the ruins of Ajanta or Elura, Eleusis or Stonehenge, or contemplate the spiritual presence of an ancient forest; Campbell reminds us that the human soul has always walked the same path in search of the place of bliss. In the beginning and throughout this drama of revelation, it is the Mother Goddess in her many transformations and aspects who appears again and again. She is the primal closure of the mythological form, the womb; all is within her. She is time, space and causalilty, the transforming and sacrificial fire. Her light illuminates the path which Campbell walks.

TANTRA – Indian Rites of Ecstasy

(40 min)

Tantra is the science of ecstasy. Although it remains today as advanced practices in Buddhism and Hinduism, Tantra originally influenced much of Eastern spiritual thought. It is simultaneously a philosophy, an artistic discipline and a religion.

Tantra is an impressionistic video experience that forsakes all language, plunging the viewer without explanation into the sounds and visual splendour of Tantra art and ritual. The result is a hypnotic manifestation of faith and experience in poetic form, an interwoven fabric of sound, colour, form, emotion and feeling.

Part 1, Invocation, begins with contemporary images of gods and goddesses of the Tantric pantheon as representatives of natural archetypal forces: the terrible Kali (consumer of all), Durga (the pacifier), Saraswati (giver of knowledge and understanding) and Vajrayogini (the selfless one). The symbolism of Tantra is here used to awaken dormant forces within the human psyche, aided by the ancient chanting of primordial mantras recorded live in India. Symbolism indicates the location of our inner centers (chakras), inviting the kundalini (‘serpent energy’) to rise up and open the third eye of awakened consciousness.

Part 11, Initiation, introduces the living world of Tantric practice and its present-day practitioners, depicting an initiation carried out by Tantric brotherhood, from ritual preparations through the devotional practices.

Part 111, Union, depicts the Bhairavi Chakra, the most potent of all Tantric rites, the union of matter and spirit and the transcendence of all duality. A Yogi and Yogini commence the ritual gestures, the mixing of the elements, the partaking of sacramental food and drink, and the alchemical marriage, transforming into two whirling ecstatic figures, indivisible….. [check on cover]

dancing the dance of life.

TANTRA OF GYÜTO ‑ Sacred Rituals of Tibet

(52 min)

Tantra of Gyüto is an account of the Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies by monks of the Gyüto Tantric College. Through ritual and mantric power, the Gyüto monks use sound to effect a specific change in the individual and his environment. By their sheer inherent potency and disciplined execution, these concentrated essential energies bring about direct spiritual phenomena. It is only in this exceptional time, an age of massive world changes, that the lamas have reversed their traditional practice of secrecy and allowed certain chants to be heard. These rituals were filmed by authorization of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who introduces the ceremonies. The film is prefaced by an account of Tibetan history, narrated by Francis Huxley, and incorporates rare historical footage from the 1920s to the 1950s.

TAOISM

(25 min)

In the Chinese language the word Tao means "way," indicating a way of thought or life. In about the 6th century BC, under the influence of ideas credited to Lao‑tzu, Taoism became widely adopted in China. Like Confucianism, it has influenced every aspect of Chinese culture. John Blofeld, a highly respected writer on Eastern religion and culture, and an authority on Taoism, takes us on a journey of contemporary China to give a fascinating and penetrating insight into the thought of one of the world's greatest philosophies. All Chinese philosophy and culture tend to be 'Taoist' in a broad sense, since the idea of Tao is, in one form or another, central to traditional Chinese thinking.  Thomas Merton

THE SMALL SCHOOL: Education & Spirituality Satish Kumar (See Schumacher College videos at end of this list)

(70 min)

Fireside talk on vision of spirituality in education and experience with the small school and Schumacher College. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

THREE LEVELS OF POWER & HOW TO USE THEM:

Caroline Myss

(70 min)

Shows how power and the loss of power is at the root of every health issue. The video reveals how the nature and inherent energy of power can strengthen and invigorate our lives. Caroline discusses how the Three Levels of Power (external, internal and symbolic) and the seven energy centres in the body relate to one another. Through riveting stories from those who have undergone the transformation from illness to health, she unlocks the secret role that honour, faith and forgiveness play in the healing process. She provides the key to preserve your power, enhance your creativity, and infuse your cells with vitality for a more wholesome life.

TIBETAN MEDICINE: a Buddhist approach to healing

(35 min)

Tibetan medicine heals both the physical and psychic being, treats the patient rather than the disease. The three poisons of ignorance, passion and aggression are considered the cause of disease. Medicines of animal, vegetable and mineral substances, gathered in the surrounding mountains as well as acupuncture and moxabustion are used by Ama Lobsang Dolma, the first lady doctor of Tibet. An award winning film.

TIBETAN SPIRITUAL MASTERS

(90 min)

The Lion’s Roar

(50 min)

Karmapa – The Lion Begins to Roar

(40 min)

The Karmapa heads the Karma Kagyu, one of the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. As such Karmapa is equal in spiritual status to the Dalai Lama, head of the Gelukpa. The Tibetan tradition of enlightened reincarnation began in the 12th century with the Karmapa lineage and continues to this day. Karmapa, the Black Hat Lama of Tibet, has been honoured as a Living Buddha in his seventeen successive incarnations. The coming of the first Karmapa fulfilled a prophecy made by the Buddha that this emanation of compassion would appear in the world in order to alleviate the sufferings of humanity in the dark ages of materialism. Karmapa is recognised as a bodhisattva – one who voluntarily comes into our world to help relieve the sufferings of beings.

Two unique films capture the essence of two of these great spiritual masters. Featured here are the 16th Karmapa - the first to travel extensively in the West – and his successor the 17th Karmapa, now 15 years old, who escaped from Tibet over the millennium and resides in India, having just been granted refugee status. The Kagyu lineage has many meditation centres over the world. The biggest centre in the West is Samye Ling in Scotland with centres in Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Harare and Chitungwiza.

The Life and Times of His Holiness Rangjung Rigpe Dorje the 16th Karmapa

narrated by James Coburn

“This video speaks with uncommon clarity on the nature of Buddhist life and thought … Offers a compelling accessible account of eastern teachings … captures in vivid and often haunting imagery the theme of impermanence that is a key tenet in Buddhist philosophy.”

The First Years of Urgyen Trinley Dorje the 17the Karmapa -Part 1

narrated by Ward Holmes.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa lived at Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet from 1992 until his escape to India in 2000. This precious digital footage documents the 17th Karmapa’s fascinating childhood life in Tibet and also his first dharma teaching given at age 14.

TO THE TUNNEL AND BEYOND: Raymond Moody

1994

(55 min)

Dr Moody, author of Life After Death, Reunions and best-seller Life After Life, who has pioneered work in one of life’s most serious questions…human mortality is regarded as the ‘Father of Near Death Experience’. In this documentary he tells us how he became interested in the hereafter and what led him to write Life After Life and after exhaustive research how he found a way for us to spend a few more moments with the departed. The programme explores how to cope with grief, discusses conversations widows have had with departed husbands, shows how past cultures dealt with death and presents compelling methods that show us how to visit with our departed friends and relatives. We are shown how the ancient Greeks developed the technique of visionary encounters and visit Dr Moody’s research facility where he has replicated this method.

TO WAKE UP ONE DAY DIFFERENT

(35 min)

John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and conducts Councils of All Beings and other re-Earthing rituals around the world. He co-authored Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings and produced the film Earth First! for Australian TV. Ram Dass, noted lecturer and teacher, has co-authored numerous books including Be Here Now, How Can I Help? and Compassion in Action. Recently, he hosted the Reaching Out course, ten sessions focused on cultivating community service, as a spiritual practice for which this interview was originally conducted.

TOUCHING THE PRIMAL FIRE

(47 min)

An experiential guide to the source of the human being. This film is a compilation of various films by talented South African director Craig Foster.

TOWARDS THE END OF HISTORY:

Terence McKenna

(50 min)

World-renowned ethnobotanist, psychedelic-shamanic explorer and thinker extraordinaire, Terence McKenna is the author of five books and the famous software program Time-Wave. Based upon the mathematics underlying the ancient Chinese oracle, the I Ching, he gives his ideas on "The Big Picture", and discusses the implications for us during this unique and extraordinary period of human history. He also covers art, novelty, the Internet, time and the future as he sees it, and how we can align with “The Transcendent Object at the End of Time”. A brilliant mind and clear speaker.

TRANSFORMATION OF MAN:

Krishnamurti, Bohn and Shainberg 1995

(2 x 120 min)

These intense discussions between J Krishnamurti, theoretical physicist David Bohm and psychiatrist David Shainberg look at the delusion, assumptions and wrong thinking that has led human beings to live in turmoil, confusion and anguish. What is holding us back from change? What will bring about a radical transformation in the total consciousness of human beings?

UNDERSTANDING LIFE’S MIRACLES: Richard Moss interviewed by Corinne Edwards.

(30 min)

In this spellbinding interview, Richard Moss M.D., author of The Second Miracle traces the way from separation to the indivisible awareness of our oneness with ourselves, each other and to God. He teaches how to see the divine in ourselves and, finally, in all our relationships. Subjects covered are why meditation is the first step in the journey; how your dreams reveal your reality; about the sensual intuition of your body; to go beyond ordinary ego-consciousness; living fully and with attention – being “God-ed”; and a great capacity for relationships.

VISIONS OF THE ARAWAKS

(70 min)

A visionary journey into the pre-Columbian world of the Caribbean. The mysteries of Amerindia are uncovered by surrealist artist Penny Slinger who has woven together images of her renowned Amerindian series of paintings with evocative poetry. The nearly 100 artworks, realised over the last decade, flow into one another, creating a rich tapestry which envelopes the viewer in any atmosphere of sensuality, mystery and magic. The little known hidden heritage of the Arawak Indians is brought to life in this beautiful and unique work of art, which combines rare live footage of Amerindians with visionary imagery. The specially created music by Franc Menusan using authentic Amerindian instruments, bridges centuries and brings the experience straight to the heart.

VOICES OF A NEW AGE narrated by Richie Havens

(60 min)

With Bernie Siegel, Baba Ram Dass, Jean Houston, John White, David Spangler, Pat Rodegast, Chungliang Al Huang, Peter Russell, Ken Ring and Judith Hollister. A number of today’s foremost spiritual teachers are brought together for the first time on a single production, sharing their ideas about creating a better future. This wide-ranging film explores the frontiers in health, science, spirituality and human consciousness. It will challenge and maybe shape your vision of the future.

WALKING BETWEEN THE WORLDS:

Gregg Braden

Part 1:

(120 min)

Part 2:

(120 min)

Gregg Braden, author, lecturer and guide to sacred sites., Based on his book of the same name, this is a journey between the worlds of outer technology (our inventions and material achievements) and inner technology (our highest potential as human beings). Braden leads our journey through this unparalleled time of human evolution and brings us to a view of life based on compassion and enlightenment. Videos may be seen separately or as a series.

Braden explains how ancient teachings and the modern sciences of biology, geology, astronomy and physics are converging in our current Shift of the Ages. Drawing on the latest research, he documents how our emotions programme our physiology – from our metabolism, hormone levels and immune response down to the structure of our DNA. The result is an opportunity to redefine our greatest joys and deepest sorrows, and awaken to inspiring possibilities of health and forgiveness.

Braden further explores the wisdom of ancient traditions that reveal the Seven Essene Mirrors. He demonstrates how these powerful spiritual tools, reflected in diverse cultures throughout history, still have relevance for us today. By understanding and embracing these truths, we can begin to develop our physical, mental and spiritual natures. Braden offers us the opportunity to create a life that welcomes change, growth and compassion as pathways to greater self-knowledge and the full potential within us.

NEALE DONALD WALSCH ON ABUNDANCE

(90 min)

The author of Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch, talks on one of life’s most essential and sometimes baffling subjects: abundance and “right livelihood”. He speaks about the life-changing experience and insights discovered in the creation of his best-selling book. This intimate conversation between Neale and an audience is filled with insight and inspiring advice. He shows us what blocks us from experiencing true abundance in every aspect of our lives, and gives us practical steps to take, to create both abundance and “right livelihood” for ourselves. The end result is – just like his books – touching, memorable, and extraordinarily beneficial in helping us create positive change in our lives.

“Be the source! Be the source of that which you would choose for another.”

NEALE DONALD WALSCH ON RELATIONSHIPS

(90 min)

“The purpose of relationship has nothing to do with what you think you can get out of it, and everything to do with what you choose to put into it.”

This video features a great speaker of our time, Neale Donald Walsch, on one of life’s most important subjects: relationships This program is wonderfully uplifting, filled with warmth and humor. The end result is – just like his books – touching, memorable, and extraordinarily beneficial in helping us improve the quality of our relationships and our lives.

WEB OF LIFE, THE - Fritjof Capra

(33 min)

The vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra's ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought. In his international best-sellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality. In The Web of Life, Capra takes yet another giant step, describing interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena - the "web of life." In this video he comments on The Web of Life and discusses how his surprising findings stand in contrast to accepted paradigms of mechanism and Darwinism and provide a new foundation for ecological policies that will allow us to move towards sustainable practices. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

WHAT IS THE SOUL? Thomas Moore

(See Schumacher College videos at end of this list)

(56 min)

Thomas Moore, the renowned psychotherapist and author of the best-selling Care of the Soul , is interviewed on the lawns of Schumacher College. This is an intimate encounter with an articulate, original mind. Revealing personal questions covering music, sex and spirituality are probed and discussed. (Video made of talk at Schumacher College: quality not very good but material excellent)

WHERE EAGLES FLY

31 min

An account of the life of Nadia Stepanova, a present day shaman in remote Buryatskaya.

WHITE HOLE IN TIME, THE

by Peter Russell

(27 min)

Music by Vangelis. In the sequel to The Global Brain, Peter Russell explores our ever-accelerating rate of development and how we’ve arrived at our global crisis. To navigate our way, he says we must awaken our spiritual inheritance, inner space, which is our next great frontier. “Spell binding. A spectacular and beautiful synthesis, full of wisdom and clarity. Alarming yet hopeful.”

WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?

Thomas Moore

(60 min)

How do the world’s spiritual traditions answer these two questions? From a beggar in Calcutta to a high powered executive in a New York high-rise, the same question arises at some point in both of their lives. In this enlightening video, Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul, and Soulmates) shows how the great religious traditions of the world strive to solve these mysteries. This video probes the spiritual quests of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, Sufis and others. Travel inside a Christian Monastery where the monk leaves the distractions of the world behind to reconnect with God through undisturbed silence. Talk with a former Catholic who sees no difference between his new identity as a practising Buddhist monk and his ‘day job’ in the business world. Jews discuss the sense of a God involved in everything they do, the Agnostic struggles to define an interior life unsupported by any particular belief, and the Taoist advises ‘lighten up’. What is the reason behind the Sufi ‘whirling dervish’? How do Tibetan Buddhists use their unusual chanting methods? The video explores the many fascinating pathways people use in their ultimate journey towards a single goal: enlightenment.

WHY PEOPLE DON’T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN: Caroline Myss

(70 min)

Caroline Myss takes you inside the human body’s energy network, and the vast data banks which store our thoughts and feelings. She investigates the three levels of evolutionary power, and how they hold the keys to our ultimate development as human beings. This video covers the psychology of wounds and power, using sacred energy for spiritual and physical healing

WISDOM OF THE DREAM, THE (Series) 1989

Carl Jung

PART 1 - A LIFE OF DREAMS

(53 min)

PART 2- INHERITANCE OF DREAM

(53 min)

PART 3 - A WORLD OF DREAMS

53 min

This series deals with Jung’s approach to the world of dreams and the unconscious, offering those familiar with the work of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung a new depth of understanding and introducing his concepts to the beginner. Interviews with Jung followers illuminate his ‘user-friendly’ psychological approach to life. The Wisdom of the Dream captures the essential spirit of Jung: a gentle man, a psychiatrist and scholar, painter, world traveller, and above all, a healer and a dreamer.

Viewers follow Jung’s life from his childhood, through his years as a hospital psychiatrist, to the initial influence of Freud and their disagreement and split. Former pupils and leading Jungian thinkers talk about Jung’s ideas and reveal his impact on their lives.

This programme focuses on Jung’s conception of archetypes - the stories and symbols that are shared by different cultures and make up the collective unconscious. Analyst John Beebe identifies archetypes emerging in current society. Rare footage traces Jung’s travels to Africa, Britain, and New Mexico.

Interviews with advocates of Jung’s theories reveal his enduring influence on modern life. Analyst John Beebe considers a key scene in Hitchcock’s Notorious in Jungian terms. Dr Harry Wilmer explains his remarkable research into the ‘healing nightmares’ of Vietnam veterans.

WITH A SILENT MIND: Krishnamurti

(104 min)

This richly detailed biographical film follows J. Krishnamurti’s life story, beginning with his discovery as a young boy in South India by the Theosophical Society, who believed him to be the vehicle for the awaited world teacher. In 1929 he courageously renounced his role as a messiah and broke with the organisation. His own deep insights are blended with the impressions of scientists, authors, educators, students and friends. Extraordinary archival footage from India, England and America provides a rich background for Krishnamurti’s story..

WOLF NATION

(30 min)

For the Northern Arapaho Wolf Society, the grey wolf is nature's greatest teacher. "The wolf is not just an animal but something inside you that makes you want to fight back, to come back, to be whole again." Inseparable from this is the message of the wolf: we have lost the sacredness of our way of life. But to hear it, people must first change their fundamental attitude toward the natural world. Wolf Nation includes rare archival photographs documenting the Northern Arapaho Wolf Society's history on the Northern Plains, including images of the last performance of their Wolf Dance recorded near the turn of the century. By granting permission for the telling of their story in this programme, the elders of the tribe are breaking a century of silence. They do so in honour of their ally's return and in fulfilment of their ancient prophecy that the teachings of this animal must someday be shared with the world.

WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES:

1. GODDESS REMEMBERED

(54 min)

2. THE BURNING TIMES

(56 min)

3. FULL CIRCLE

(57 min)

This award winning series investigates women’s spirituality from ancient times to the present, tracing the current environmental crisis and prevailing attitudes toward women, to the loss of the ancient goddess culture that encouraged respect for the earth and the female.

An exploration of the goddess-centred religions, this film looks at women’s spirituality beginning in pre-historic times when women were respected as the source of life, wisdom and justice.

The Burning Times explores a phenomenon that, until recently, has curiously remained unexamined: the great witch craze that swept through Europe only a few centuries ago. This rivetting film explores many factors that led to this women holocaust and points out how its effects can be seen today in widespread violence towards women and neglect of our environment

This final part of the Women and Spirituality trilogy explores the many manifestations of contemporary women’s spirituality in the Western world. The authors, social activists, teachers and feminists featured in this film discuss the challenging of patriarchal boundaries. At the centre of these discussions is a reverence for the Earth - a sacred circle which we must protect. Drawing on the customs, rites and knowledge of the past, Full Circle envisions a sustainable future where domination is replaced by respect.

WOMEN OF VISION AND POWER

(53 min)

We are the first generation of women in history that has the opportunity to transform the quality of life for ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation and our world. United in heart and spirit, we can use our collective power to give birth to the kind of world we want to live in.’ Women leaders from all fields came together at the lst Women of Vision Regional Conference to launch this new world. This empowering video, shot at the conference, features: Louise L Hay, world-renowned speaker and author, Sidra Stone, Ph.D., noted psychologist and author, Elizabeth Herron, M.A., relationship expert and author, Rama Vernon, conflict resolution expert and diplomat, Carol Rosin, expert on banning weapons, Tina Allen, sculptor, Eleanor LeCain, environmental business analyst, and Barbara Marx Hubbard, visionary, futurist and author. They discuss topics such as how to be empowered in community with men, the financial secrets of successful women, the necessary new role for women, and being a creative force for a positive future.

WORLD OF BUCKMINSTER FULLER, THE

(85 min)

Dubbed by Marshall McLuhan as "The Leonardo da Vinci of our times," Buckminster Fuller was an architect, inventor, scientist, teacher and philosopher. He advocated intelligent use of the earth's resources to gain the maximum return for the minimum of material and energy expended. He produced numerous models to show how it could be done. This comprehensive and up‑close documentary of this great teacher shows not only the man and his motives, his ideas and inventions, but also illustrates his belief that the Utopia he envisioned is now within reach "on our beautiful little spaceship called Earth". Conceptualised by Einstein, the metaphysical can now really master the physical. Although Utopia may inadequately describe the extraordinary new freedom of man in a new relationship to the universe, the alternative is easier to name: Oblivion.

WORLD OF THE GODDESS, THE:

Marija Gibutas

(103 min)

‘The message here is of an actual age of harmony and peace in accord with the creative energies of nature which for a spell of some four thousand prehistoric years anteceded the five thousand years of what James Joyce has termed the 'nightmare' (of contending tribal and national interests) from which it is now certainly time for this planet to wake.’- Joseph Campbell. An absorbing view of the culture, religious beliefs, symbolism and mythology of the prehistoric, pre-patriarchal cultures of Old Europe, who revered and celebrated the Great Goddess of Life, Death and Regeneration in all her many forms - of plants, of stone, of animals and humans - by the scholar who has made the exploration of these cultures her life work. Marija Gimbutas, Ph.D., is professor of archaeology at UCLA and the author of hundreds of scientific papers and a dozen books, including Language of the Goddess. This video of Dr Gimbutas' lecture is illustrated with numerous images of figurines and painted artefacts from these cultures.

WORLD RELIGIONS:

3 films with Huston Smith

1 THE SUFI WAY - Islamic Mysticism (30 min)

2 REQUIEM FOR A FAITH

(30 min)

3 INDIA AND THE INFINITE

(30 min)

Huston Smith, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and religion at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for fifteen years, has written many books on world religion. His most famous, “The Religions of Man”, has sold more than two million copies.

Dr Smith narrates this in-depth study of Islam and its mystical core, Sufism. Shot on location from India to Morocco, this award winner covers Muslim rituals, the teachings of the Koran, whirling dervishes of Turkey, and the Sufi way to God.

This classic film tells the story of Tibetan Buddhism, alive today in a remote Indian refugee camp. Dr Smith’s poetic narration guides us through a world of ancient rituals, continuous meditation, deep compassion, and a profound faith in the divinity of man.

India, with her paradoxes and extremes, and her many religions is explored. Images gathered from Kashmir to Benares, from Bombay to Bangalore, combine with the poetry of Dr Smith’s words to produce a visual essay of lingering beauty.

ZEN: THE BEST OF ALAN WATTS

(60 min)

Rare footage of a great teacher who helped introduce Zen to the West. Alan Watts is widely considered the West’s foremost interpreter of Eastern thought. This video covers Zen’s basic teachings through to meditation. It can help change your life, whether you know nothing about Zen or have studied it for years.

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