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HBO Home Entertainment, $26.98
Nominated for 15 Emmys and starring Clare Danes, this feature-length biopic portrays a young woman’s perseverance while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still largely unknown. Chronicled here is Temple’s early diagnosis, her turbulent development during her school years, the enduring support of her mother (Julia Ormond) and science teacher (David Strathairn), and her emergence as a woman of reknown with an amazing sensitivity and innate understanding of animal behavior. Called a “tour de force” by Variety. 109 minutes
SERPENT AND THE SUN
Tales of an Aztec Apprentice
Victory World Films, $19.95
Extraordinary and inventive, this “hybrid documentary” was filmed on a month-long trek through the mountains of Mexico. A powerful visual feast with dreamlike panoramic landscapes and memorable characters, it explores the roots of an Aztec medicine man and his apprentice, Tachi, a 21-year-old from Mexico City who is searching for his roots. Heart-warming stories combine with adventure as this unlikely duo travel on a journey of epic proportions. 92 minutes.
ACT OF GOD
Meditations on Lightning, Life and Chance
Zeitgeist Video, $29.99
Is being hit by lightning a random natural occurrence or a predestined event? Accidents, chance, fate and the elusive quest to make sense out of tragedy underpin this “thrillingly strange journey through the wide and beautiful world of lightning.” – New York Magazine. Using seven stories from around the world, Act of God explores these profound questions while keeping the sky and its output a central visual metaphor. Dazzling and seductive, it captures the harsh grandeur of powerful storms and the lives of those who have been forever changed by their fury. 75 minutes.
TAPPING THE SOURCE
Waterside Productions, $19.95
Happiness is a skill, and anyone can acquire it by “tapping the Source.” Could the true star of this film be you! A journey of new awareness and joy awaits you, and it could be life-changing. Among the scores of notable people in this powerful presentation are Mariel Hemingway, Dannion Brinkley, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsch and Bob Proctor, each with fascinating insights on how to shift one’s consciousness to become the person we most want to be. 96 minutes.
Deepak Chopra and others
RETURN TO WHOLENESS
A Mind/Body Approach to Healing Cancer
Pure Potential Media, DVD, $39.00
Become a part of your own healing process with this first-of-its-kind visualization and meditation video. Led by world-renowned wellness doctor Deepak Chopra, neurologist Dr. David Simon, and psychologist Dr. Stephanie Simonton, Return to Wholeness uses a three-step approach that combines science, state-of-the-art immune-response animation, and guided meditation to tap into the power of thought to mobilize your body’s restorative power. Being aware of the important “players” on your immune team will help you learn how to enhance their performance.
Don Miguel Ruiz and others
A Journey into Your Consciousness
Wirewerks Films, DVD, $24.95
This provocative film takes us further down the quantum rabbit hole in a quest for answers to illusive, age-old questions. Since the dawn of thought, we have pondered where we came from, why we are here, and what happens to “us” after we die. Spirit Space grapples with reincarnation, the spirit world, and the nature of the human soul, affirming that our existence is not limited to the boundaries of our mortal flesh. Commentators include Don Miguel Ruiz, Edgar Mitchell, and Fred Alan Wolf. 82 min.
Open Sky Press, DVD, $29.95
The life of Sri Ramana Maharshi was a reflection of the one Eternal Light. He was one of the greatest sages known to humankind. This film presents Ramana Maharshi’s most important teachings, offered by three of the master’s most notable disciples and authors: Premananda, David Godman and James Swartz. Film of the Ramana Ashram, beautiful footage of Arunachala, and archive material of Ramana himself are among the highlights of this fine documentary. 75 min.
John Spencer Ellis
Spencer Media, DVD, $24.98
Life is meant to be lived in abundance. Here is a film that gives you the tools and resources to make real progress in that direction. Join the Traveler, along with the world’s leading authorities on personal success – Joe Vitale, John DeMartini, Bruce Lipton, Debbie Allen, John Assarae, and many others – as they set a course that will rejuvenate your spirit and help you reach new heights, taking you from where you are to where you want to be. Numerous bonus features included also.
SOUND OF THE SOUL
Alive Mind, DVD, $29.98
This powerful documentary is a compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. Beautifully photographed during the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, it presents unforgettable performances from groups from Morocco, Ireland, Russian, Afghanistan, Mauritania, the USA, Portugal and France, transporting you to the “hearing of the heart:” the essential Oneness at the core of all religions and faiths.
WALKING BETWEEN THE WORLDS
Understanding the Inner Technology of Emotion
Gaiam, 2-DVD set, $14.95
In this fascinating two-part series, Braden explains how ancient teachings and modern science are converging in our current Shift of the Ages. As he documents how our emotions penetrate and program our physiology, he guides us in developing our physical, mental and spiritual natures to new levels of awakening, and to new possibilities of health, forgiveness and self-knowledge. This film is based on Braden’s book of the same name, bringing us to a view
THE LIVING MATRIX
New Insight into Our Bodies, Minds and Health
Beyond Words, DVD, $19.95
We showed this brilliant film at one of our Living Light Cinema screenings, but once is never enough when there is so much powerful case-study information to share. The future of healthcare is shifting rapidly, owing to remarkable discoveries about the intricate web of factors that determine our well-being. From the quantum physics of the human-body field to heart coherence, this film reveals innovative ideas and knowledge on the cutting edge of self-healing medicine. Learn from more than a dozen leading experts, including Dr. Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart, Eric Pearl, Peter Fraser. Highly recommended.
YOGA FROM THE HEART
Yoga Journal and Active Interest Media, $18.99
Filmed live at the 2009 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco, this 90-minute class captures the charisma and soul of Seane Corn, one of yoga's great instructors. In this heart-pumping vinyasa flow practice, you will experience 32 poses, awakening to your own intuition and higher awareness. Stand-alone chapters allow you to start or stop at any point, and teachers will find this an invaluable DVD too. Poses include sun salutations, standing asanas, hip openers, shoulder and spine stretches, and more.
On the Serious Business of Happiness
An instant classic, this film features insights and tools for enlightened living from many of today's most celebrated figures in the fields of spirituality, self-help, social change, and higher consciousness. Eckhart Tolle, Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith, Gary Renard, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Matthew Kelly are among the many who make this 90-minute DVD a film to see again and again, and to share with others who seek empowering wisdom and inspiration.
THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
Alive Mind, DVD, $29.95
Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this exceptional two-part film explores the sacred text that remains the essential teaching of spiritual cultures of the Himalayas.
Part 1, A Way of Life, shows footage of the rites and liturgies of a deceased Tibetan elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama on the book’s meaning and importance.
Part 2, The Great Liberation, follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife. The soul’s 49-day journey towards rebirth is also envisioned using groundbreaking animation.
90 minutes plus 20 bonus minutes.
YOGA FOR EVERYONE
Acacia, DVD, $14.95
Fitness star of the bestselling Bollywood dance DVDs, yogini Hemalayaa offers two 20-minute yoga programs that are playful and fun, yet highly effective. The first workout relieves stress and opens the heart, while the second strengthens the core. These can be done separately or together, leaving you feeling uplifted and renewed, strong and flexible, calm and grounded. You’ll want to do this lighthearted series of postures over and over, proving that stretching and toning can be most enjoyable.
2012: SCIENCE OR SUPERSTITION
The Disinformation Company, DVD, $19.95
December 21, 2012 has been widely reported as the end date of the ancient Mayan Calendar, prompting two theories of meaning: an apocalyptic end of time or a coming rebirth of consciousness. In this film – highly touted as the best yet – leading researchers and scientists tell us precisely what this date means to them and what we should expect. Featured authorities include John Major Jenkins, Daniel Pinchbeck, Alberto Villoldo, Walter Cruttenden, Graham Hancock, Dr. Anthony Aveni and numerous others.
Running time: 78 minutes plus bonus features.
Secret Places of Splendor and Magic
Third Planet Productions, DVD, $19.95
This magnificent film is sure to create an emotional experience of the natural world around us, taking us on a journey of discovery to the American Southwest, whose landscapes endure extreme conditions yet re-emerge richer and ever more splendid. Obvious parallels are drawn to our own lives as we grapple with transformation and both the beauty and fragility of the human spirit. This film features the exceptional talents of Emmy Award-winning director Nickman, Grammy-nominated composer David Lanz, Academy Award winner Linda Hunt, world-renowned flautist Gary Stroutsos, and ballet soloist Caroline Richardson.
Running time: 45 minutes plus artist interviews and other special features.
The Life and Times of a Modern Legend
Kultur International Films, DVD, $19.99
Renowned and revered, the diminutive Gandhi was indeed larger than legend. Here, in dramatic archival film footage, rare photos and informed commentary, discover new insights into his life as a major political and spiritual leader in India's struggle for independence. Gandhi's use of civil disobedience and passive resistance against the forces of oppression were pivotal not only in gaining his country's freedom, but also in serving as the blueprint for America's 20th-century civil rights movement.
Esther and Jerry Hicks
REVEALING THE SECRET!
The Law of Attraction in Action: Episode V
Hay House, 2-DVD set, $19.95
The answers and inspiration from the non-physical entity known as Abraham, channeled through the Hickses, may be the most illuminating yet. He talks about what "true medicine" is all about; offers a treatise on AA's Twelve Step Program; discusses what it means to be a "blended being;" defines the concept of soul mates; talks about autism as an expression of freedom from control; discusses relationships and finding one's career path; and emphasizes that "nothing holds you in bondage other than your own contradictory thought to what you want."
Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath
WINGS TO FREEDOM
Babaji's Mystic Revelations
Alight Publications, $24.95
We often wonder: Where did we come from? Where do we go after death? Who are we, and why are we here? Meditating yogis realize that the answers lie within the depths of one's own consciousness. Join award-winning documentary filmmakers Som and Rita Bakshi as they follow a yogi's mystic journey through the Himalayas. Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath is a living master of India who has met with Babaji, the eternal Yogi Christ, and in whose presence he was transformed. Yogiraj brings to light the closely guarded secrets of the Himalayan yogis.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
PEACE AND PROSPERITY
National Geographic, DVD, $20.00
In an historic event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the DalaiLama addressed a sold-out audience on how to cultivate virtuous qualities withinthemselves and bring about peace and prosperity in today's world. This DVD includesan introduction by Richard Gere, a question and answer session with candid responsesfrom His Holiness on such topics as achieving inner peace amidst the chaos ofmodern life, the difficulty of converting the practice of patience from theoryto reality, and the challenges of remaining hopeful despite the violence of today'sworld.
Esther and Jerry Hicks
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION IN ACTION
Hay House, 2-DVD set, $19.95
In this exceptional Episode IV of their Law of Attraction Workshop Series,these renowned authors and teachers offer more channeled answers and inspirationfrom the non-physical entity known as Abraham. The range of topics includes howto speed up the manifesting process, how marijuana affects one's ability to connectwith intuition and instinct, how to improve relationships and keep from makingthe same old mistakes, and even the art of weight-loss Abraham-style! Discoverwhy Esther calls Abraham the "infinite intelligence," and why Jerry refers tohim as "the purest form of love."
A ZEN LIFE
Japan Inter-Culture Foundation, DVD, $39.95
In this award-winning documentary, with images and recordings from the DaisetzSuzuki archives, producer Michael Goldberg offers us an array of impressive interviewson the life of the man who introduced Zen Buddhism to the West. Gary Snyder callsSuzuki "the most culturally significant Japanese person, in international terms,in all of history." Snyder is among an illustrious host of people whose insightsand commentaries add to the qualities of this film. Huston Smith, Robert Aitken,Thomas Merton and John Cage are among the many others to celebrate Suzuki's lifeand contributions.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
SIMPLE QIGONG EXERCISES FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF
YMAA, DVD, $29.95
Qigong (chee kung) means "energy work." It is recognized worldwide as a highly effective healing therapy, utilizing the mind and body to naturally develop the body's Qi (energy) for improved health and longevity. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a world-renowned author and teacher of Qigong, involved in Chinese martial arts since 1961. Included on this DVD are ten exercises to loosen and strengthen your back, which will gradually recondition and heal your spine, tendons and muscles. Dr. Yang also offers a number of self- and partner-massage techniques that work quickly for pain relief, increase blood circulation, promote relaxation, and stimulate long-term healing.