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30 Nov 2002 @ 21:09, by Craig Lang

I finally saw the second Harry Potter movie tonight. It seems to have a wonderful emotional appeal to it. While the first movie was an excellent introduction to the series, the second movie does a great job of bringing out the deeper themes.

It seems to tickle an archetypal desire in the soul to do wizardry - to transcend the rationalistic constraints that seem to bind us to a material lifestyle. It's as if, deep in our memories, there remains the knowledge of how to do something just a little bit beyond - how to transcend just one little physical law.

Watching that movie was reminiscent having a dream where you could fly, or of having some form of extraordinary power. And when the dream is over, one is left with the feeling that if you wish it, if you do the right thing, and if your aim is pure, the gift could be within your grasp.

I've heard it said that prehistory is analogous to the subconscious of humanity. Most historical legends do seem to trace back to times before this cycle of written history - back into our civilization's collective subconscious. And so, perhaps buried deep within our collective soul, there is that little glimmer of the extraordinary, just waiting to be awakened again.

And I think that movies like the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings, etc. take us, if only for a while, back to that wonderful realm where magic is the true way of the world.

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30 Nov 2002 @ 21:51 by sharie : I had the same feeling...
that the popularity of wizardry and magic (Bewitched tv sitcom was number one for six years!) was as you said, "as if, deep in our memories, there remains the knowledge of ... how to transcend ...

to be the master of matter.  

1 Dec 2002 @ 01:28 by shawa : Going tomorrow...
... in a family setting. That´s exactly it, a lingering memory... of the FUTURE? Maybe ?... When we´ll be able to do these things, matter will have revealed its Mastery to us, at long last...  

1 Dec 2002 @ 10:54 by spiritseek : Banning
Some people are still in the dark ages and fear this movie and wish to ban it along with the books. Book burning was used many times in our history to prevent others from adopting different views other than the church's or main stream public. It's fear like this that keeps us tied to where we are. I for one love this movie and so do my grandchildren,imagination is wonderful to cultivate and experiment with.  

1 Dec 2002 @ 16:21 by craiglang : Fear and Forgiveness
Hi Marie,

I couldn't agree more with what you just said. The burning of books is, at its core, the fear of the message contained in such books. And further yet, persecution becomes the ultimate experession of fear.

I remember two of the finest Christian teachings:
"Pray for those who persecute you"
"Judge not lest you be judged"

What this means to me is that while we can deplore what someone does, it is not ours to judge - their own karma will catch up with them. I see the role of a pacifist as being a light in the darkness - shining the light of truth on the darkness of fear. In the end, love triumphs over fear - but it can take a long time... 8^)

Those who reject the light - well, that's their choice, but any dark actions create their own karma...


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