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Review of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and Ascension Parallels

Yes, dear friends, at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, May, 19, 1999, I was in the crowd with my prepaid ticket to see the new Star Wars film 'The Phantom Menace' at the first possible minute of linear time on Earth that anyone other than the media was allowed to see it. After all, this was and is a major cultural event, the new first installment in perhaps the most well known movie series of all time. George Lucas certainly had some big shoes to fill, and I was very eager to see how he did with it. The late opening-night crowd was almost 100 percent college-aged students, as with the drive home the whole thing lasted until at least 2:30 a.m., a sacrifice that the average workaday person simply could not make. The movie guys had told me that I was "guaranteed a seat, although not necessarily a good seat." When I got to the building about 40 minutes early, there was indeed a line that wrapped around the side of the building for about 800 feet. I humbly resigned myself to the back of the line, not knowing what I was in for.

As I stood in line I noticed that the "kids" had really decked themselves out for this. Women all around me were dressed in very appealing attire, and there were an overwhelmingly great number of red eyes - probably from sucking in too much air (…)

Anyway, a gawky young kid ran up and asked if there were any "12:01's" still in this line. I and the people immediately around me raised our hands. He then informed us that far from having to stay in this terrible-looking line, we were able to join another, much more friendly-looking line at the front of the building. So, we went over to this line to "hurry up and wait" some more. I tried to make small conversation with a young glassy-eyed guy and was almost catastrophically ignored by him; I let it rub off of my shoulders. I had bigger fish to fry, and now I know that if my "mission" to others fails the first time, don't rock the boat by continuing to press the person with it. That does take a measure of temperance, let me assure you. I was one of those glassy-eyed guys at one point some seven years ago, too, but I was still friendly to everyone else around me no matter what. Thank God I have gotten past the awkwardness and fear, where I would have taken his actions as somehow being a negative reflection on myself. I was able to see his folly and bless him for that, knowing that I too have been in similar positions in the past.

Finally the crowd started lumbering forward through its felt-lined corral, and we went through three different "check-points" where we were inspected to insure that we did have the precious 12:01 a.m. tickets. The manager of the theater talked in a moderately frantic tone to his minions over his walkie-talkie, and he looked more excited than I usually remember him being in the past. Over by the bathroom was a baby-faced cop who was ready to intervene in the event of any social collapse, gatecrashers and the like. I certainly wouldn't be willing to take a bullet just because I wanted to see a movie, but perhaps others with the "Phantom Flu" (and front-loaded with alcohol and pot) might have gone a little too far!

 

After the three checkpoints it was the dash to the theater in the hopes of securing a seat in the 'stadium' section in the back. I went to the far side and upon quickly scanning the lay of the land, I saw a single seat, halfway in the middle of the stadium and all the way to my far left side. A young college couple was directly to the right of the seat and cuddling, so I figured that there was an extremely high chance that it was not taken. I had an advantage in that I came by myself, and thus was able to still get a good seat that others might have passed up since it was only singular. And furthermore, my father taught me to covet aisle seats, since you can stretch out and also leave the theatre quickly at the end.

So, there I was in the stadium where I could get a good look at the madness. Indeed, almost everyone there was from college, giving the whole thing the feel of a giant frat party. Almost everyone seemed to be on some form of intoxicants, just from a quick look around, and a whiff of smoke revealed that someone actually had the nerve to sneak a few puffs on a cigarette right in the middle of the theatre. But the cop wasn't around for that part of the deal; just like when I said that the glassy-eyed young fellow rejected my friendly overture, the baby-faced cop had bigger fish to fry. Besides, a drug bust would be a lot more exciting than a cigarette bust any day, and realistically they just didn't have the staffing to handle something like this. He could have probably searched just about anyone coming in and gotten that bust; it really was that bad.

Down in the front, several times in a row, a rugged-looking jock-type of guy wearing a baseball cap postured in front of the entire audience in a very physical communication to his friends, who were seated in the far back row of the stadium section. In a thick Long Island accent, he yelled obscenities loud enough so that everyone could hear him and was the epitome of overinflated male bravado in almost every conceivable way. He was already indulging too much into drugs and alcohol and possibly steroids as well, as he was carrying some obvious weight and a great deal of facial acne. His once-youthful body was already crumbling under the abuse. The thought ran through my mind that this guy was used to being in the spotlight for his athletic achievements, and quite naturally asserted himself into that role upon his entrance into the theater. A few people laughed at his antics, and he might have even attracted the roving eye of the media cameraman who was there to photograph the event.

After what seemed an inordinately long time of watching people mill about in their seats, the lights started to dim. The crowd soared into a cacophony of cheers and howls usually reserved for a rock concert (I should know, having been the receiver of those cheers for my drum solos in the past.) With the mass blindness of pure group attribution, the crowd would pass judgement on the various movie previews that ran through, and just like the Roman coliseums, there only seemed to be two options - thumbs up or thumbs down.

The first movie preview, featuring Jodie Foster in a Chinese setting, was essentially booed at the end - the crowd had spoken. On the other hand, the preview for Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" was met with uproarious, explosive laughter. It was different from the other previews for the same movie, having some of the same gags but also featuring a lot of new ones as well - including a scene where the child was urinating on the wall and some old women were staring at him. Sandler chided the women for staring and asked them if he wanted the child to write their name on the wall, and the crowd just about went nuts. And then there was the standard movie theater plug, with the rollercoaster ride that took you past all the poisonous products of death that they wanted you to buy, such as popcorn, soda and candy. (See the other new article I just wrote for more on this.)

It was funny when the "20th Century Fox" logo showed up, along with the attendant Star Wars musical jingle tagged on at the end of the typical five-measure phrase that starts with the heavy marching drums. The crowd cheered wildly at first, and then abruptly hesitated and died off into nothingness in a surprising moment of clarity. They all came to the simultaneous realization that they were essentially cheering for a giant media corporation, and no one wanted to be implicated in supporting such a notion. From this collective reaction, it was clear that the modern twentysomethings of this generation are well aware of the damage and havoc caused by the corporate systems upon our planet. However, just a few seconds later we had the expansive black starscape with the yellow logo "Star Wars," and the crowd just about went into hyperspace. But as soon as the movie itself got started, a hushed silence fell over the crowd that did not kick up again for almost the entire rest of the movie (but I would give it away if I told you why it came back so vigorously at the end.)

So, first things first. Although many other movies have had computer graphics of increasing complexity and perfection, (including the incredible flop "Godzilla,") this movie would still have to be classified as revolutionary. Everything that you saw was rendered with such incredible precision, beauty and attention to detail that it really did boggle the mind. Not a single scene was anything less than a masterpiece work of art, and the only other movie that I have seen recently that can also fall into that category would be What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams. And that would have to be my first comment about the movie and its connection to the mass mind of humanity and the Ascension that we are all about to head into. I have already found that the incredibly beautiful content of the movie has translated directly into a wonderful night of dreams - great food for the subconscious mind.

Extraordinary attention to detail was put into the special effects of the movie. As I continued watching it, I could see that there were just an incredible amount of subtle touches that obviously required extra work, and in a lower-budget movie they simply would have never spent the time to put in all those flourishes. The fact that they were there in such consistent numbers only made the movie that much more impressive. You can sense that Lucas pulled out all the stops and did not hold anything back; every scene was considered, studied and worked on with great care. The overall effect of this consistent degree of care was totally outstanding, as you really were able to completely enter into this new universe and completely leave behind your doubts that you were seeing a movie.

Almost all of the enemies that were attacked and destroyed in this movie were robotic, and that was a great relief to me. I have often railed about the overuse of glamorized violence in movies, but in this case very little of it was directed towards other living creatures. The use of the light saber took on a more profound dimension as well, since the two main Jedi knights were somehow able to effortlessly redirect laser-gun fire back to their attackers with them, never needing to pick up a gun themselves. The light saber also came in handy for Liam Neeson by melting through a very, very thick gate.

A few other minor points of interest included the makeup of the main enemies in this particular movie. I have thought and written before about how Lucas must have been an early extraterrestrial abductee or contactee, since an overwhelming number of the alien creatures in Star Wars had noticeable similarities to the Greys that we now all recognize from the work of Whitley Strieber. The most common feature attributable to the Greys that can be observed in Star Wars is the morphology of the large, slanted eyes. If you watch the movie again with the idea in your mind that this is what you are looking for, you will indeed be quite surprised at how repetitively you will see it. [Some contactees report seeing short robed beings as well, and Lucas also used this theme in the movie.]

Now in this movie, Lucas is definitely aware of exactly what the Greys are and what they look like. That is why it is interesting to me that the major villains in this particular movie are overwhelmingly similar to the Greys in their facial appearance, with the sole exception of having more stylized and humanlike faces. Their skin is completely green and lizardlike and they have no noses, and their eyes are the same size and on the same slant as the Greys, with veins of red interspersed among the black. But perhaps most interestingly was the fact that Lucas gave them the unmistakable stereotyped voice of a Chinese or Japanese man who does not speak very good English. You also have to figure in the fact that their mouths would move in very annoying ways while they were talking - ways that actually did not always match what they were saying.

And so, the net effect of what Lucas appeared to be going for here was to villainize an image of the Greys, while also giving them a familiar context to us. It is obvious that the Chinese / Japanese accent, coupled with the strange mouth motions, was designed to mimic the stereotype of the bad foreign movie with subtitles, where the mouths move differently than what you actually hear and the speech itself is in very poor-sounding English. My take on why he did this was to make the villains instantly familiar and accessible to us, and given the increasingly visible tensions between the United States and China, it is almost incredibly synchronistic - especially since the very thing they were warring over was a trade embargo, a very present issue indeed.

The one alien-looking creature who ends up hanging out with the main characters in the movie was also patterned, I believe, after certain racial stereotypes. In this case, the structure of the creature's head gives it two flippers that have a remarkable similarity to long dreadlocks on a human being. The culture, sound of the voice and overall easygoing attitude of the creature also seemed to tap into the commonly-held notions of what a Jamaican man might be like. The creature's use of English was very limited, and thus it gave us an even deeper layer, looking at the being as if it were from some little-known indigenous culture. And, given the context of the movie, that seems to be exactly what was going on. These creatures had a gigantic, breathtaking and largely unknown city that was beneath the water.

Another thing that I thought was very interesting was Lucas' use of a y2k computer crash theme. Without giving away all the details, something happens at the end of the film to the source that controls this gigantic army of robots, and they all suddenly drop to the ground completely useless. Again I must wonder if there is a conscious or subconscious statement being made here about how this collapse is going to forever change the picture of society as it now stands. The evils of the Machine that we have created will no longer hold sway over us once this happens, and you could certainly discern that theme in that scene at the end of the movie.

 

And now, on to the main focus of this article. Many people are aware that George Lucas had worked the original Star Wars movie theme around the groundbreaking work by Joseph Campbell called "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." What Campbell's research concerned was the unbelievable repetition of the hero archetype in human mythologies throughout time. He showed the amazing, underlying consistency in the "Greatest Story Ever Told." It was Campbell's belief that these archetypes were so near and dear to our collective heart that we will all remember and identify with them spontaneously, since they come directly from our collective subconscious mind. And so, Lucas wanted to pattern a series of movies based off of this concept. By taking the same classical, archetypal themes and phrasing them in a modern, spacey setting, he was able to recreate this timeless myth in a format that was widely acceptable to current movie viewers. And that underlying element is obviously part of the reason why the movie has been so continually successful.

In the original "Star Wars" movie, Luke Skywalker is designed to fit the hero archetype to a tee. All the classic plot elements were there, including the need to leave home, the resistance to his leaving, the idea that he was too young or not prepared enough, and the courage to press on ahead anyway. Then, there is the betrayal that makes it impossible for him to go back - and in this case, it was the killing of Skywalker's adopted parents by the enemy.

In the second movie, Empire Strikes Back, Luke still retains the hero archetype, and the theme is played around with again through the use of the character Yoda. Luke undergoes training with Yoda and gets the incontrovertible urge to leave before his training was finished. Yoda strongly denounces him for doing this, warning of possibly catastrophic problems as a result, but Luke does not listen. Luke has to face up to Darth Vader in this second installment, and ends up losing his hand in a swordfight / light saber battle with him. And that is when we get the strange twist on the story: he discovers that Darth Vader is actually Anakin Skywalker, his own father.

The movie explains this bizarre plot twist for us by saying that Anakin had originally been a Jedi knight and had been "seduced by the Dark Side," causing him to become Darth Vader. The plot of "Empire" was rich in foreshadowing and depth to lead up to this revelation, including Luke's dream of a swordfight with Darth Vader where he cuts his head off and realizes that it is his own face inside the mask. Then, we head into the final movie installment of the original three, Return of the Jedi. It is safe to say that this last movie did drift away from the central theme into a lot of relatively unrelated Hollywood tangents, but it did come full circle in the end, closing out the entire saga.

Ultimately, what happens in the final movie of the entire series is that Darth Vader is given a heart-rending appeal to renounce the Dark Side by his son Luke. The other character that figures in very prominently in "Return of the Jedi" is the Emperor, the final leader of the evil Empire that Vader had become a part of. The Emperor tries to convince Luke to join the Dark Side at the same time that Luke works on his father to renounce it. Because of Luke's foolhardiness and bravery to face up to the Emperor, he is violently attacked and practically killed. And then, at the last possible minute, Darth Vader completely reverses his position and attacks the Emperor, killing him. The consequences of this attack are very great, though, leaving Vader with very little time alive. He asks Luke to remove his helmet and we then see his smiling face as Anakin for a few moments before he dies.

It is interesting to read the Campbell books that came out after this movie was released. It was clear that he had been involved in personal discussions with Lucas about the meanings behind the archetypes in the film. What we learn is that the entire trilogy, (now soon to be a complete six-part series) is not actually the story of Luke Skywalker, but the story of Anakin Skywalker, his father. It is not very clear in the original "Star Wars" movie that the whole point of the series was to focus on Darth Vader. We don't start to put those pieces together until the second movie, and it is not fully understood until the third, when Anakin / Darth again returns to the good side and we see the celebrations that result.

As was told to Campbell, the evil Empire that Darth became a part of was meant to be a direct parallel to the current corporate media / political hierarchy that we are now steeped in. Everything about Darth Vader and the structuring of the Empire was meant to parallel the current situations surrounding big business and the entrenched world order that is entirely fueled by profits. (Interesting that it was this very Empire that Lucas had to become a part of in order to be able to produce his movies, and the guaranteed success of this movie will only further feed this Machine with profit.) When Vader's helmet is removed, we see a bald head with very fleshy white skin and severely dark and baggy circles under the eyes. According to Campbell this was designed to show how this current Empire has essentially taken each person and turned them into another gear in the Machine, lacking uniqueness or individuality. The effect that Lucas was striving for in the final appearance of Anakin Skywalker was of a "formless man."

So, when Anakin rejoins the positive forces and again becomes a "good guy," there is tremendous rejoicing throughout the entire universe, as it signals the complete collapsing of the Empire (along with the death of the Emperor) and the starting of a completely new chapter of life for all planets. All is made well once we realize that good has indeed triumphed over evil and we get that "happy ending" that we are all searching for. (Remember that the second movie, "Empire Strikes Back," certainly did not have a happy ending, with Luke losing his hand and barely escaping death at the hands of his own father.)

But then, we also have to remember that Lucas completely redid all three movies recently as a preparatory step to get people ready for the new "prequels." All of these movies were released within a relatively short time of each other back in 1997, now two years ago. A lot of the work seemed to be almost more of a gimmick than anything else, as the new embellishments only added hints of color to what had already been done. Especially with "Star Wars," it was very interesting to see the movie technology of the late 1970's clashing with the slick, ultra-realistic computer graphic effects that we have now come to expect in the late 1990's. Indeed, the computer graphics have become so incredibly well done that it is almost impossible to tell what is "real" and what is illusion in movies anymore. You can never be sure whether what you are seeing is actually the real thing or a computerized mockup - including many scenes in "Titanic" where the ship was completely rendered with computer graphics.

Lucas himself admitted that the primary motivation for redoing the movies was to help out "Return of the Jedi," which simply did not originally have the budgetary muscle and time necessary to be a truly finished product in the sense that he would have liked it to have been. And so, the greatest effort was put into revamping this particular movie. Also, the ending was doctored so as to make the new "prequels" fit in to the overall picture. Originally, the ending of "Jedi" simply featured Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi standing side-by-side in Ascended form and waving. Now, the new characters must be covered as well.

And so, with the advent of "The Phantom Menace," we now get the official beginning of the story, Episode One. We see that the main plot does indeed focus around the discovery of young Anakin Skywalker by the two Jedi knights. Due to an extremely interesting series of events, Anakin must win a very fast race in order to help free the two Jedi knights, the Princess and their ship from the planet Tattooine, ruled by Jabba the Hutt, who makes a cameo appearance in the film. After successfully doing this, Anakin is brought before a Council of Elders by Liam Neeson's character. Neeson was proposing to the Council that Anakin be trained as a Jedi, and the unilateral reaction was a big NO.

The reason for Anakin's brilliance had to do with a naturally-occurring microorganism in the blood that allows people to be able to use the Force. Neeson does a blood sample of Anakin and realizes that he has a count of 20,000, which is apparently higher than even the highest masters in the Council. And so, Neeson comes to realize that Anakin must be "The Chosen One," a role that certainly has all the trimmings of our own Christian mythology of the Messiah. George Lucas only adds to the Christ connection when we find out early along that Anakin's mother did not claim any father, merely stating that she just became pregnant and had no idea how it happened. (Yeah, I know, we've all heard that one before.)

And so, if we didn't already know the whole story, we are left at the end of the first episode with the idea that Anakin has a bright and promising future ahead of him. And yet, at the same time, we see that Yoda and the Council have sternly warned that Anakin is too old to become a Jedi. He has strong feelings for his mother and great fear, and the fear is what concerns them the most. They feel that it is too dangerous to train Anakin, as he might well be "seduced by the Dark Side." And in fact, we already know that this is what is going to happen. Lucas himself has stated that the third and final movie to complete the six-part series, Episode Three, will be by far the darkest of the entire series. In this third episode, we will have Anakin completely surrender himself to evil and become Darth Vader. Knowing that this is going to happen already does give a certain measure of sadness when viewing the first episode, only tempered with the knowledge that Vader does eventually renounce the Dark Side in the end.

And so, the bigger questions are how this movie and its contents relate to ourselves. After all, we can see that this movie series is a very major feature of our culture at the close of this present solar cycle, and we have to ask ourselves why that is. By the first movie filling in the more crucial details, we can now see exactly what Lucas' overall point is. The story of Anakin Skywalker is actually the story of all of us as human beings. With Lucas' propensity to use well-known archetypes in his work, it is no wonder that we see the Adam and Eve theme coming into play here.

So again, what we need to do is to see how each one of us fulfill the pattern as given through the story of Anakin. As an extremely gifted child, God's "Chosen One" who was divinely conceived, we came to the Earth in its Edenic state. In order to do this, we had to leave behind our own Mother Light that had sustained us in the past. Given the spin on the story that we learn from the Cayce Readings and other sources, we find out that in the beginning of our time here on Earth, we were able to move in and out of the physical and spiritual realms at will. We were not "stuck" in our bodies but could return to the life that had supported us in the past.

Then, the real "apple" of temptation was when we fell from grace, or became hardened into our physical bodies. At this point we forgot our true heritage, forgot the spiritual lives that had sustained us, and became engrossed with the physical world. We no longer even remembered what we had given up and left behind in our state of blindness. We can see this obvious metaphor coming through as the entrancement of Anakin Skywalker into the Dark Side of the Empire, becoming Darth Vader. This is the actual "fall" that Lucas is using as a point of comparison for us.

My own sources have told me that a very important piece of data was removed from the library of Cayce Readings - namely that Jesus and Lucifer, the fallen angel of light, were opposing reincarnational pairs of the same, multidimensional being. Now at the time that this reading was conducted back in the 1930's, you can imagine the incredible fear that everyone felt about the possibility of this ever getting out. But now, it is nowhere near as grievous, and in fact it helps us to better understand the Law of One. Since all is One, Jesus and Lucifer HAVE to be part of the same One Being. There truly can be no duality in Oneness, and there is a Jesus and a Lucifer within each of us. The Cayce Readings have already covered the story of Christ in great detail, revealing that the Christ is in all of us; it IS us. And so, Amilius or Adam was the "First Man" who came on a rescue mission to save the "fallen" entities that had become entrenched in the physical world. What we can now see is that Lucifer represented yet another aspect of this Christ self, which is all of us, in its original state of having fallen from grace - before Amilius ever came into view as part of the rescue effort.

And so, even though I do not believe that Lucas understands all of this on the conscious level, the story of Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker is even more interesting in light of this information. In true yin / yang fashion, he has all the qualities of Jesus, with the immaculate birth and having been the "Chosen One," while simultaneously embodying the qualities of Lucifer, as God's fairest angel of Light who falls from grace. In the Cayce scenario, Jesus was the first to complete this pattern of falling into materiality and then escaping from it again, and with the story of Anakin Skywalker we have just that.

So, what concerns us now is the repeated reference in the Cayce readings to the "Christ Pattern." Since we are all a part of the Christ, or the One Infinite Creator, so too must we all follow the Pattern that was set forth by Amilius (or Adam) through a long series of physical incarnations, including Enoch and Melchizedek, and culminating in the life of Jesus. Now that we are at the end of the Solar Cycle, it is time for each of us to fulfill the Christ Pattern within ourselves. What we probably could never have imagined was that the Ascension would be real, and that we would actually be able to come back to Earth in an Ascended form to appear before those who had not yet "made the grade," so to speak.

And thus, we must keep reminding ourselves that this is the true meaning of the Second Coming of Christ. This is the big surprise that we all have in store for us once the first wave of Ascension hits, whenever it actually turns out to be. We are not simply talking about one singular Messiah who returns to Earth in an Ascended form - rather, we are talking about possibly millions and millions of entities returning to Earth all at once in their Christed forms. And, as Jesus also stated, "As I do these things, so shall ye do them, and greater things." So, we can fully expect that when we return to the Earth in our Ascended forms, we will have all the "Jesus tricks" up our sleeves, plus a whole slew of new ideas that were never tried out before.

The rational mind of the Ego keeps getting stumped at the idea that all of this is really going to happen. Even though we can explain the physics of the event and get into the symbolism of the how and why, it is still hard to put ourselves in the position of what it will be like once we have actually been through it. To help prove my point, I was talking with a good friend of mine about my worries of being in my new apartment. In order to get this apartment, I had to sign a year lease, which puts me well into May of 2000 - only five days before the second major "event horizon" that I have targeted as being a possibility. Since there are increasing signs that this August could have something very major in store for us, including the recent "Solar Eclipse" series of crop circles that have shown up, I was worrying about what would happen to all my stuff if I Ascended.

After all, I thought to myself, I really need to start thinking seriously about all this. If I were to just disappear one day, would the landlord eventually seize my possessions? Would all the readings and information that I have gathered on my computer simply end up being auctioned off somewhere? Would any other family members who might not have Ascended be forced to deal with the possessions that were still here in the apartment? Most importantly, could I come back in the Ascended form and possibly teleport my stuff to the right places for the people who can make the greatest good out of them?

What my friend said to me was pretty amazing, and based on all the information I have gathered, entirely possible. He said that once I come back in an Ascended form, the possibilities are so limitless that I am only indulging my Ego to assign any limitations to what I might be able to do. And thus, there is no reason why I could not teleport myself into the old apartment and simply transform the physical matter of my belongings into energy, or possibly into other things that people could use. I might well have enough stored energy to make a series of appearances and get the readings and information to the proper sources where the greatest good could be done with them.

Now I know that all of this must sound like idealism of the worst sort, of simply indulging the Ego in unwarranted fantasy. However, when we are confronted with the UFO phenomenon more and more every day, we must start accepting that there is a major multidimensional bleed-through going on in our present environment. Knowing and believing that there are indeed extraterrestrials visiting us is to only just barely scratch the surface of the true power of information that can be attained about the "Big Picture" in the multidimensional universe. Through my readings, where I give these forces a voice that is as clean and unfiltered as possible, coupled with my scientific investigation of the evidence for Ascension in "Convergence," the whole situation starts to make a lot more sense and become far more familiar. The only reason why such a scenario seems to be so outrageous to us is that we do not have the proper degree of knowledge and imagination to visualize what the truth really is. One of the most interesting things that the extraterrestrials told me in the beginning of this work was how limited we are due to our lack of imagination. That was a very interesting thing for them to say, as they implied that we haven't even begun to imagine how fantastic the truth really is.

And so, we must first start to make a place for Ascension in our minds through imagination. It is not important whether we "really believe" that it is going to happen or not at first; we must start by at least allowing ourselves to fantasize about what it would actually be like if it did happen. My own fears about what might happen to the stuff in my apartment simply showed how my own imagination had not expanded enough to consider all the possibilities. I often finding myself giving similar advice to others when they say that they would not Ascend unless the rest of their family was also going with them at the same time. The point is that once you have Ascended, you have such vast spiritual abilities and resources at your command that you simply cannot indulge the Ego in thinking that you are going to do the right thing by "holding back" from Ascension for any reason. But, my own readings have repeatedly stated that if we do decide to "blow off the Ascension" for any reason, we will forget that we ever had a choice afterwards. If this were not the case, we might well become extremely desperate and upset with ourselves for not going. That is one of the reasons why there must be several waves of Ascension instead of one sudden moment where it all just happens at once.

Due to the constraints of a pre-existent storyline and the utilization of many archetypal themes, we do not see any immediately obvious Ascension metaphor in the new "Phantom Menace" movie, other than the typical Hollywood triumph over evil and gorgeous celebration thereafter. However, the timing of this major movie event, perhaps the largest-selling movie of all time, is truly impeccable, given where we are right now. This movie is tremendously stimulating to our imaginations, allowing in some very multidimensional concepts of reality. When we have so much disease and death surrounding us in the media right now, it is truly wonderful to see a movie where the Jedi knights are working with a scaled-down version of the same abilities that we will all have after Ascension. And so, I recommend this movie as yet another in a long series of "training films" to prepare our imaginations on the subconscious level for the Earth-shaking event that we are about to go through. Peace be with you in the Light of everlasting Love.

 

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