Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale

Metaphysics and the Movies

A Beautiful Mind

The media is introducing the general public to metaphysics, (the expansion of our views of time and space to beyond the physical) and to healing. Each time I view a movie like "The Green Mile", "Phenomenon" or "The Sixth Sense" I have an urge to write an article explaining my perspective as a healer. Most recently, "A Beautiful Mind" rouses me to the pen.

This is the story of a brilliant man who suffers from optical and auditory delusions. In his mind, the images are most real. As his condition progresses it becomes more difficult for him to discern the difference between his delusions and what is considered the "real" world. The course of treatment for his dis - ease or his lack of ease in the physical world or others' lack of ease with him, is shock treatments and medications. When these fail to contain his hallucinations it seems the mental institution is the only alternative. The most amazing thing about the movie is the writer's own brilliance in the final scene when Dr. John Nash's acceptance speech of the Nobel Prize exclaims the virtue of love as the most powerful healing tool; this was his saving grace. In the modality of energy healing, love is truly the healing force.

When we suffer pain as young children, our minds find ways to avoid further pain. This pain can usually be traced back to feeling separate from others or from oneself. Dr. Nash's hallucinations of his "best friend", the "big Brother" and the illusory niece may well have been created by his mind to fulfill roles that were missing in his life or that were painful. Nash felt he was not liked by people; he had no friends or family. He had himself be the odd man out and this isolation caused him great pain. His delusions were his constant companions; in a way this was a way his body soothed his pain.

The human energy field consists of energy centers called chakras and corresponding energy layers in the auric field. When the energy system is balanced, there is good health on the mental, emotional and physical levels. However, when there is imbalance or distortion in the energy field (or aura), symptoms of illness will present.

The third chakra is the home of the mind's intellect. This is also the focal point for our sense of self in the world, who we are in the world. And thirdly, it is the center of our intuition. Dr. John Nash, in the movie, was a brilliant mathematician. Though this was his gift, it also proved to be his greatest liability. His third chakra became grossly distorted as he operated primarily from his intellect. An imbalance between the mind, his emotions and his personal will resulted. The overuse of his mind effected his sense of self in the world as he learned to assume that others would dislike him, even if this wasn't actually the case. His delusions were the epitome of a distorted sense of self since he could not delineate who he was in relation to others. He lost his sense of what was "real" in the physical world and what he created as real in his emotional world in order to defend himself from pain. We also can see how his "intuition" was distorted as his inordinate ability to see patterns, to sense beyond the physical. His mind had to do something with the inundation of figures, of patterns, of obscure information. The imbalance created by his masterful intellect eventually led to a state where he was fully compensated in all aspects of the third chakra and thereby quite mentally ill.

A number of times we saw Dr. Nash move his hand in circles in front of his forehead when he was nervous or excited. It was as if he was outlining the chaotic disturbance in his 6th chakra. Interesting that this energy center relates to one's extrasensory perceptions of sight and sound. The distortion of the chakra in his forehead relate to the visions and sounds he was hearing that were beyond the "normal" physical reality.

The human heart , related to the fourth chakra, is the home of relationships. It was through relationship with others that Nash was able to employ his mind to serve him. His love for his family and the love for and faith in him that others held, facilitated his ability to recognize the delusions as such without relying on them to fulfill his faulty beliefs about being pursued and eliminated (or separated). It is the feeling that we are separate from others that creates pain in our lives. It is through communion with others, relationship and love that we can come to see ourselves, and heal. His delusion was top secret - his faulty belief was that he was isolated and alone in his suffering and in his mind. Once he learned that his family and friends were not abandoning him, he could begin to heal and function in society again.

Today, healing techniques have been developed to balance the chakras and energy field to prevent such imbalances but also to work with existing illnesses. When qualified healers work with the energy field the faulty belief system can be brought to consciousness and shifted; the distortions in the chakras can be repaired and the person's inherent drive to be balanced and in communion with himself, with others and with the divine is restored.

These movies are providing educational as well as entertaining human stories that are not as far fetched as they may appear. Though they capture our interest because of our fascination with oddities, they are also expanding peoples' minds of contemporary issues that are not as outside the norm as was once deemed. When we see our own pain reflected on the big screen, perhaps we will begin to grow compassion for ourselves and others.


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