Hanspostcard has a movie draft challenge. This is my Round Five pick.
Film: The Ninth Gate
A French/Spanish Roman Polanksi vehicle (director & producer), he co-wrote the screenplay with John Brownjohn and Enrique Urbizu. Loosely based on the 1993 book El Club Dumas, a Spanish language novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez, the Polanski/Brownjohn script removed a sub-plot, changed the two main characters’ names and altered the finale. Filmed in France, Portugal and Spain, it stars Johnny Depp (Corso), Frank Langella (Balkan), Lena Olin, Barbara Jefford and, Emmanuelle Seigner (mysterious woman & Polanski’s wife). Actor Allen Garfield suffered a stroke prior to filming and Polanski incorporated Garfield’s paralysis as part of the character. Released August 25, 1999, in Belgium, France and Spain (premiere), and November 1999 at the Stockholm International Film Festival, it wasn’t released, widely, in the US until March 10, 2000.
I would have to describe the movie like this…:
“[It] is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…”
October 1, 1939
Dean Corso is a bit of a sleazy rare book dealer from New York with questionable ethics. Boris Balkan, a wealthy collector, hires Corso to determine if a book he owns (the book to the left/above) is authentic. The author, supposedly, wrote the book with help from the Devil and only three copies of the book are known to exist after the author was burned at the stake during the Inquisition, along with his works. Corso must find the other two to complete his investigation. Balkan believes that the owner of the book would have the power to summon said Devil. As the skeptical Corso travels and searches, he is followed by a mysterious woman. He eventually becomes obsessed with his task and desires the complete truth. The movie twists and turns to it’s bizarre ending. Depp is a strange cat but, he makes really interesting movies. Visually, Polanski intended for Corso to resemble Philip Marlowe. ~Vic
In November of 2015, Patrick Dougherty of Stickwork was commissioned by the Hillsborough Arts Council to craft a sculpture for our Riverwalk. The saplings were sustainably harvested from the Ayr Mount Historic Site. In December of last year, the heavy snowfall damaged the original piece and it was finally taken down. I’m glad I got some photos of it. ~Vic
A Blog Post From: The Chris Thomas Files
Quote from Chris Thomas:
∞ First of all, I would like to pass on the gratitude expressed by the Earth Consciousness to all of those who expressed their love and support towards Her on the morning of Tuesday the 20th of March 2012. Much was achieved and a great deal learned. ∞
Over the years, I have spoken to a great many people about the change of consciousness that is occurring on the planet. I always asked the question:
“What is the best way of achieving soul re-integration?”
Whether in groups or individuals, the most common answer was:
“Somebody will come in and do it for us.”
It was only on very rare occasions that the correct answer was given:
“We need to work on ourselves and work with Mother Earth.”
Why is it that we look for help outside of the Earth? Could it be that we lack confidence in ourselves? Could it be that we have adopted the scientific materialistic view and see the Earth as an inert lump of rock? Could it be that we have forgotten that
everything that we are, whilst human, we owe entirely to Mother Earth? Or, all of the above?
Humans live on a free-floating planet whose very soul has dedicated Her existence to our nurture and well-being. If it was not for Mother Earth, humans would not exist and, yet, the majority of people never acknowledge Her existence, let alone realise that everything that we are, or ever could be, is totally dependent upon Her and the abundance She has provided us with. We, as a soul, have chosen to come to Earth in order to take on a human life. In order to become human, our soul receives permission from the Earth and, then, connects to the Earth consciousness. This is why the first chakra is also called the “root” chakra as our soul connects itself directly to the Earth’s soul in order to take on physical, human form. In order to become human, we, literally, connect our soul to the Earth’s. This is how it has always been.
Throughout the whole of human history, we have needed to become integrated with the soul of the Earth in order to take on human form and, yet, we seem to have forgotten this fundamental fact. We also seem to have forgotten that our soul is much, much bigger than the portion that inhabits the physical body. The soul of a human is immense and, for reasons discussed later, we divided it into two portions: the higher self, comprised of three-quarters of the total soul and, the physical self, comprised of the remaining one-quarter. We are currently very close to the time where we will be able to fully merge the two aspects of our soul back into the physical body. But, instead of remembering that, in order to achieve soul re-integration, we need to work very closely with the Earth, we look to something or somebody from outside of our solar system. Why?
Spring Equinox 2012
Since 1996, every soul that has chosen to take on human form has made a series of choices. The primary choice has been whether to proceed to re-integrating the whole of the soul back into the physical body or not. This was a free choice, nobody stood in judgement of us. This was a decision made by both the higher self and the physical self together. In the period since 1996, other choices have been made and each human alive on the planet, today, is very different to what they were in 1996. The last major decision we individually made was in November 2010 when the opportunity to raise our personal energies was available to us. By raising our personal energies, we would reach frequency parity with that of the Earth.
The reason for the need to achieve frequency parity with the Earth involves a long explanation and is covered fully in my books and, previous essays but, essentially the story is this… The soul is pure energy without any physical density. In order to become physical, we needed to slow down the lower frequencies of the soul to match those originally chosen by the Earth. The frequency originally chosen by the Earth was 7.56 Hz and all of the life on Earth resonated at that frequency. When humans first came to the Earth, we had the whole of the soul within the physical body and we modified our root chakras to also resonate at 7.56 Hz. However, this frequency proved to be too low to maintain the whole of the soul within the human body and we decided to work with the Earth to find out what this “base-note” frequency needed to be raised to in order to be able to maintain the whole of the soul within the human body.
The Human Plan
The Human Plan was begun 7,000 years ago and all that it was intended to do was to work out what the new base-note frequency was needed to be in order to maintain the whole of the soul within the human body. This is why it was called The Human Plan. It only really applied to humans. All other forms of life on Earth were very happy with the original frequency and experienced no problems. A time limit was set, on The Human Plan, so that if a new satisfactory base-note frequency could not be found, humans would leave the Earth and return to their place of soul origin.
This is the purpose of human life over the past 7,000 years and, with a great deal of help from Mother Earth, that new frequency was discovered. On the 30th of May 2000, the Earth altered Her base-note frequency to the new frequency of 3.5 kHz overnight. All of the life on Earth, apart from humans, also changed their energy patterns on that day. Humans being humans decided we needed a little more time to think about it.
The final date that humans could make their decision was November 2010 and, so, began an acceleration of human root chakra frequencies that took a year to complete. Finally, on the 28th of October 2011, humans once again achieved frequency parity with the Earth and the human root chakra now resonates at 3.5 kHz. This was the very last date that could be accommodated within the Human Plan. Remember, this change of frequencies was solely to benefit humans. Every other form of life on the planet did not need to make this change. This is a prime example of how Mother Earth provides for us, nurtures us and gently guides us to help us achieve our goals.
The 28th of October has another significance. It was the actual end of The Human Plan, allowing us the time between 28/10/11 and 21/12/12 to get our act together and undergo our completions. Those who are familiar with the Mayan Calendar will know that the date 28th of October 2011 was when the Calendar completed all of its “rounds”. On that date, the Mayan Calendar registered a date of 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.13. signifying the end date. On 21/12/12, the Calendar resets itself to 0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0. signifying that a new set of rounds is beginning and nobody knows how long the new “Sun” will last but, it will be an absolute minimum of 5,000 years.
To continue reading, download the PDF version (it’s 13 pages) HERE.
[Note: This PDF was originally posted on The Spirit Guides UK Network Forum Blog Post on March 25, 2012.]