In September, school really gets going again, so I wanted to highlight some movies that really got the wheels turning for me. In previous weeks, I highlighted Bully, which scrutinizes a common social problem and makes us think about how we can deal with bullying. I Am examines the big existential questions like “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” The final documentary I chose really made me think about the nature of reality and my own spirituality.
Wake Up follows Jonas Elrod as he deals with a strange condition: the ability to see things in other dimensions. After a close friend of his dies, he just wakes up one morning with the ability to see angels, demons, spirits, and auras. The documentary follows him for three years as he talks with a variety of experts to help him deal with this condition. The psychologist he sees does not believe he suffers from any mental illness. Doctors perform scans of his brain and never find anything wrong. The most help he gets is from people who 1) have similar abilities or 2) are spiritual leaders. For instance, Jonas experiences a sweat ceremony and vision quest with a Native American guide. Jonas meets an Italian photographer who uses a special camera to document energy forms. During the session, the photographer captures a human/alien looking figure over Jonas’ shoulder. It’s a compelling picture!
When you watch a thought-provoking film like this, you realize that we don’t know everything. Look at all the possibility that rolls out for us when we open up to the expansiveness of our world. The universe is a big place and I, for one, enjoy all the messy and exciting mysteries that reality can throw at me.
PS–You can watch Wake Up on Netflix.
How about you? Do life’s mysteries excite you or scare you?