How Knowing That We Are All Connected Will Improve Your Chances of Making Your Film
By Carole Dean
Every other Saturday morning at 10am, From the Heart Productions conducts a Film Funding Guidance Class for our fiscally sponsored filmmakers. As the class title suggests, the purpose of our meeting is to keep filmmakers on track to raise money for their films. We offer them some very unique advice and lessons.
There are not only suggestions for improving loglines and creating a great pitch, but we work to keep them inspired and motivated. Because it’s not just important for them to know how to increase donations. They need to believe in themselves that they can do it.
I open the class by discussing the work of one my favorite authors that highlights how using the power your mind can create your success. Then, Brieanne Pryse, a natural healer and intuitive contributes her insightful comments. Carole Joyce, the Director of the Roy Dean Grants offers ways to keep moving your film forward. She is followed by Jason Smith, writer/director/producer of the award-winning documentary I Voted? who takes questions from our filmmakers. We close the class with a filmmaker pitching us their project and getting feedback.
(You should join us some Saturday morning if you are one of our fiscally sponsored filmmakers, we created this class just for you.)
In the last class, I dove into The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena by Dean Radin. It is a great example of what we teach here at From the Heart Productions.
I want to share with you an excerpt from the class as the information in it is important to all filmmakers trying to get their films financed and finished.
Notes from Dean Radin’s brilliant mind
We are starting with the section on new metaphysics. This is Willis Harmon’s proposed wholeness science with the basic assumption that the universe is a single whole within which every part is intimately connected to every other part.
He writes that “The entire spectrum of states of consciousness, including religious experiences and mystical states, has been at the heart of all cultures. These states of consciousness may be an important investigative tool, a window to other dimensions of reality.
“The question is not; how can we explain telepathy? but rather, how can we explain why our minds are not cluttered by all that information in other people’s minds?
We need to think, not how can we explain this psychokinesis? But rather, how can we understand why our minds have such a limited effect in the physical world.”
We are all connected, to each other, to the stars, to the universe
“Human beings are part of the whole and there is no justification for assuming that drives such as survival, belongingness, achievement, and self-actualization or not also characteristics of the whole.
Similarly, since we experience purpose and values, there is no justification for assuming that these are not also characteristics of the whole. The universe may be genuinely and not just apparently, purposeful and goal oriented.”
I like this concept Mr. Harmon proposes because it tells us we have been doing the right thing all these years by setting goals and focusing on achieve them. We create our to do list and are daily working on it.
This also supports our daily visualizing our positive results. Now our understanding that achieving success is interconnected with the universe which is even more empowering. Plus, realizing that the universe hears and supports us and perhaps actually helps make things happen. This is excellent news for goal- oriented people like filmmakers.
I am sure you have found that sometimes when you were not able to achieve your goal, that too was part of the plan of the universe. Have you ever found that the times you did not get your desired goal was because it would have brought you problems or it was taking you off your path?
I bet you always found that not getting a goal was sometimes for your better good. I know I have. I always say the universe knows more than I do and if I don’t get this, I will understand that what I want is not for my highest good.
Metaphysics is shifting towards a mystical worldview
Dean Radin says that “Harmon’s information reveals the new metaphysics is shifting towards a mystical worldview. Some scientists will be suspicious of this interpretation, and yet what else are we to make of the writings of Nobel laureate physicist Erwin Schrodinger who says: I have no hesitation in declaring quite bluntly that the acceptance of a really existing material world, as the explanation of the fact that we all find in the end that we are empirically in the same environment, this becomes mystical and metaphysical.”
Dean continues, “Some of the suspicions that scientist have about the concept of the mystical almost certainly derive from its close association with religious doctrine. But that is not what Schrodinger, Einstein, James, and dozens of other eminent scientists meant. They were talking about the nature and experience of interconnectedness.”
This takes us back to astronaut Edgar Mitchell and his Epiphany when he was returning home from Apollo 14 and he felt that “moment of connection” to all the stars in the universe, to all the people, to all life on the planet, to space its self and he immediately knew that we are all connected.
We need to thank Edgar for being bold enough to admit what happened to him. He spent the rest of his life working with physicists to prove that we are connected. Dean Raiden is running the company that Edgar Mitchell started, The Institute of Noetic Sciences. Dean has spent most of his life working with psychic phenomena which has been beneficial to all of us. He is working at the forefront of science in understanding our interconnectedness.
I think this information is most important to all of us. For example, when you are in a meeting and start to pitch someone about your film with the intent on getting funding or production benefits, I want you to realize that you’re already connected to this person.
The Conscious Universe is connected by the Quantum Field which records everything
That’s what this book, The Conscious Universe, is teaching us, we are all connected to each other. We are living in a conscious universe that hears our thoughts, knows our mind, knows what is in our hearts.
So, please, keep this in your mind when you’re creating your pitch. Perhaps you don’t look at someone as a wealthy person or as the acquisition’s manager. Perhaps you see them as another being on the same path as you with their own set of hopes, goals and dreams just like you. Perhaps you think of them as a mirror of yourself. Would this be a good move for them? Is so, why? Work, create, live knowing that we are all connected. You are not separate; you are part of the whole and so is this person. What is best for both of you?
Find what you feel are the most important parts of your film and outline what is extraordinary about your film. What is the real essence of your film that this person will understand? Tell them how it benefits society and share this information with great pride and sincerity from your heart of hearts. Make it personal. You are speaking to another human on a journey with goals just like you.
Live with the knowing that you will find the right person to fund your film and in fact you’ll probably find many people who will fund your film. You want to relax in the knowledge that “We are all connected.”
Dean goes on to say “Underlying the isolated world of ordinary objects and human experience is another reality, an interconnected world of intermingling relationships and possibilities.
This underlying reality is more fundamental in the sense of being the ground state from which everything originates.”
We are constantly sending and receiving information
Dean share the following: “The Buddha compared the universe to a vast net woven of countless varieties of brilliant jewels, each with a countless number of facets. Each jewel reflects in itself every other jewel in the net and is, in fact, one with every other jewel. Everything is inexplicably interrelated. We come to realize that we are responsible for everything we do, say, or think, responsible in fact for ourselves, everyone and everything else, and the entire universe.
“We are those jewels, each of us reflects out to others who reflect back to us and we are all in this net together. We are not separate; we are all inner connected.
“The deep interconnectedness revealed by modern science and described in ancient doctrine suggest a racially connected network of physical variables interacting like a shimmering weavers loom as both modern physics and ancient Buddhist doctrine suggest, deep interconnectedness embraces everything, unbound by the usual limitations of time and space. Sir James Gene said the universe begins to look more like a great thought then like a great machine.”
Dean goes on to say that, “the information about deep interconnectedness brings up the possibility that mind and matter in our action may have been misconceived. That we’re probably not dealing with interaction between two dissimilar entities but with the single phenomenon. Meaning then when we set a goal and focus on it that action is part of who we are and fully accepted by the universe because the universe is goal oriented we are goal oriented so when we visualize what we want it’s a natural thing to do, the universe is part of us and hears our thoughts and knows our hearts. Perhaps even, that mind can cause matter to conform to mind’s vision.
Are we Co-creators of our future?
Perhaps we are creating our future on a daily basis. This is what the physicists are telling us. I’m looking for everything I can find to support these statements so that all of us feel comfortable when we set goals and create our to do list. When we achieve our success, perhaps the universe celebrates with us! Perhaps it is as happy for us as we are for reaching our goal. Wouldn’t that be nice to envision?
Science is inferring that the universe is goal oriented. So, when we’re asking for something that is a natural expansion for us, something that takes us to our goal, then the universe sees and acknowledges this. When we are working with the universe things should come to us as a natural event. That is a given, we should be supported.
Let’s use this information and start realizing that this is who we are, this is how the world works. The scientists are trying to tell us this, in fact some of these men are spending their whole lives trying to prove that psychic experiences are natural, and we are the ones that are saying … really? Well, I’m not so sure.
I am suggesting that we jump on board and say, “OK I can play this game, so, let’s give it a try. I’m going to interact with the universe, show them what I want, then make every effort to receive it and then relish in the delight of my success.”
Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers the Roy W. Dean Film Grants and fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcast, The Art of Film Funding, interviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film production. Her new class “How to Fund Your Film” is available on Vimeo on Demand. She is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts. See IMDB for producing credits.