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12 Dates of Christmas (2011), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Dear Santa (2011)

This holiday season finds the world still reeling from the pandemic amidst major polarization and conflict between ideological perspectives. The limits on our social interactions have amplified the psycho-dynamic separation and tensions of the growing ideological divide distancing us from each other mentally, emotionally and sometimes even spiritually. Many of us are seeking new ways to celebrate the holidays that honor and respond to the present moment.

I myself have been feeling a need to find solace in the holiday season spirit while also wanting to keep a clear head about the world situation. How can we combine the holiday…


Tools to Help Self, Other and World Evolve through Transformative Media Reception and Creation

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During our research into the co-evolution of the moving image, consciousness, culture and society we discovered various perception practices that appear to help stimulate vertical development of an individual’s structure of consciousness.

There are two primary domains of consciousness: states of consciousness and structures of consciousness. States of consciousness are temporary shifts within one’s structure of consciousness. Imagine consciousness as an ocean. The structure of that ocean is its boundaries, its size, shape, depth, and the contours of its shores. The ocean also has various constantly…


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We are in a profound moment for our species. The evolutionary challenge many of us have been talking about has now kicked into high gear and we are entering what anthropologists and systems theorists call the liminal phase.

This moment is the chrysalis phase, the stage where the caterpillar turns to liquid inside the cocoon but the butterfly has yet to begin to emerge. This is a moment of pure possibility…and also extreme danger.

All our systems are in flux across all domains of existence — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, cultural, social… We are in what Integral Theory refers…


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In honor of this month’s #climatestrikes across the planet I believe it is important for us to take a moment and look at the climate crisis from as many perspectives as possible and also find a way to communicate the issue over a broad spectrum of worldviews in order to reach those who are asleep to the potential threat.

For some of us, we may get the message by reading about the science and seeing the interconnectedness between ourselves and our environment and the complex systemic nature of the crisis.

But for many others, this perspective may not resonate with…


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As we explore the movie Avatar (2009) as our conscious move-of-the-month, we have the opportunity to use it to more viscerally learn about the different stages of human adult development and how the structures of consciousness of each stage co-evolve with human cultures and societies. We have this opportunity because Avatar masterfully gives us clean and clear examples of each stage and structure through the consciousness of the characters and the cultures and social structures that relate to each stage.


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She has been called a New Age Guru and made fun of by political pundits and droves of online trolls following her performance in the democratic debates, but one thing is for sure, Marianne Williamson is stirring things up. The night she was on the debates she was the top trending candidate and many ordinary Americans who had never heard of her were suddenly curious about this best selling inspirational author, spiritual teacher and social activist.

While the powers-that-be tried to give her very little air time, she took those few moments and smashed open the Overton Window causing everyone…


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“Game of Thrones” Series Finale (2019)

For those of us who have been watching Game of Thrones (2011–2019), this is a special week…the week of the series finale. For many viewers, outsized expectations combined with mixed feelings about the final two seasons make it difficult to see the finale in a clear and deep way. Many viewers online are expressing disappointment at how the show finally turned out, while others have decidedly mixed feelings. Part of this may be due to the show’s need to wrap itself up before the book series on which it is based has even been completed. While author George R. R…


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John Singleton at the Premiere of “Selma” (2014)

As part of the Conscious Movie-of-the-Month Club hosted by Conscious Good Creators Network, we are viewing the film Selma (2014) as our monthly selection. I was struck by the news of African American filmmaker John Singleton (1968–2019) passing away just a few days before we started. I noticed some synchronicities or resonances between our choice of film and the life, work and passing of Singleton. Selma is the work of African American filmmaker Ava DuVernay who is part of a whole new movement and consciousness within African American cinema that most likely would not exist without Singleton’s groundbreaking work.


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Awakening the Eco-Child (MAK)

When I was a young boy my parents took me on my first summer vacation. On the drive out of the city of Chicago where we lived, we had to drive through Gary, Indiana. As we approached Gary, I noticed what I thought was a bad storm on the horizon. As we got closer, I saw a giant wall of black smoke filling the atmosphere in front of us. Suddenly I saw a sea of smoke stacks billowing out black smoke as far as the eyes could see. There must have been hundreds of them with some also shooting out…


Or, taking the Red Pill and waking up to the coming of Winter: Reflections on meta-perspectival storytelling, The Matrix, Game of Thrones and our current global situation

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“The Matrix” (1999)

According to my research into the potential co-evolution of the moving image, consciousness, culture and society, The Matrix (1999) helped to introduce a higher form of cinematic consciousness* into mainstream pop culture. The foundation of this higher form of cinematic consciousness could be called meta-perspectival storytelling.

Meta-perspectival storytelling refers to stories that unfold through both major and minor shifts in perspective that often reveal whole new ways of understanding and experiencing the storyworld unfolding before us. Think of the red-blue pill moment in The Matrix, or the self-as-ghost revelation at the end of The Sixth Sense (1999), the shifting realities…

Mark Allan Kaplan

Media Psychologist and Transdisciplinary Artist, Filmmaker, Researcher, Consultant, and Educator (www.markallankaplan.com)

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