"Only a New Seed Will Yield a New Crop." That was the repeated motto at GATE II, 02/04/12. The star-studded event had one goal in mind; planting thoughts of enlightenment in the global mind of entertainment that will grow a new crop of media messages focused on the Hero’s Journey rather than the victim’s downfall. Focus is the key to change.
Much of our world, news, self-image and values are shaped in large part on the messages we receive from the media. Those messages can either interest the audience by spotlighting the hero’s transformational journey, or it can center on the victim’s downfall with gratuitous blood and guts. The Hero’s Journey is a popular form of structure derived from Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth from his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
GATE is a global version of Kevin Costner’s 1989 hero’s journey in the movie Field of Dreams with the message: Build It and They Will Come.
They came! GATE was a major venue for networking between industry people and movie stars like GATE hosts and founders actor/activist Jim Carrey, author/spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle and media professional John Raatz—all with transformational values. Comedian Louie Anderson MCed the event and introduced speakers.
Peter Canova said, “No work of art can be personally transformative unless it engages both the heart and mind of the viewer. To be touched intellectually is to be affected; to be touch emotionally is to be moved. To be touch by both is to be raised to a new perception of being.” Barbara Marx Hubbard said, “We are all agents of the Consciousness Evolution that never stops. I’m 85 and still evolving. So, don’t die-because if you want to carry a vision through you must stay alive.” Wise words indeed.
The line to gain entrance to the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, stretched around the block. The theater that exemplified old world beauty was filled to capacity by new existential ideas for a sustainable planet. This fitting venue demonstrated the goal to plant new within old— a fresh mind/body/spirit market within the established media. It is a global undertaking that must begin with the fourth-dimension thoughts of writers and manifest in the third-dimensional movie industry. They came, they listened and the new seeds left enlightened.
We are all connected to the Greater Oneness of Existence. We can create a future of dreams by conscious choice. Plant them and they will grow.
Resources: http://gatecommunity.org/what-is-gate http://gatecommunity.org/gate2 http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00800/journey.htm
About the Author- Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos www.survivingcancerland
is an agented author and has penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND