Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Using Film to Raise Your Level of Consciousness

The old saying that “the eyes are the window of the soul” may apply in the case of what we watch on our screens. Many studies indicate that the violence portrayed on TV, movies and video games does damage to children and desensitizes them to violence. The more the exposure, the higher their rate of acting out in violent ways when they get older. 

According to the American Psychological Association, the major effects of seeing violence on television include:
  • Becoming less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
  • Becoming more fearful of the world around them.
  • More likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others.

Basically, the level of consciousness is lowered. 

Now, here is an interesting idea: What if the same mechanisms at work when viewing violence would also work in an equal and opposite direction by watching more positive images? What if watching more conscious films could raise the actual consciousness level of those who watched it? Movies like Le Grand Blue: The Big Blue (Director's Cut)-- possibly the most conscious movie ever made--would take on a whole new level of importance. Hollywood would change what movies they consider worth making. 

What media do you watch on a regular basis? Have you experimented with watching higher quality films? What about your music playlist?

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