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THRIVE: WHAT ON EARTH DOES IT OFFER?

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THRIVE: WHAT ON EARTH DOES IT OFFER?

Over a million people have seen the film, Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take, since it launched on 11-11-11. It is becoming a global movement.

Yet some organizations and individuals remain critical of the film. Several New Thought churches feel that the film should not be shown to their congregations because it contains “too much negativity.”

In my opinion, Ernest Holmes, founder of the Science of Mind Church, and the filmmakers of Thrive appear to be in philosophical agreement.

 “Success and prosperity are spiritual attributes that belong to all people.” Ernest Holmes. The Gambles wondered how more of us might thrive.

The Gambles and Holmes desire that all human beings discover the rewarding awareness of their own human potential. I have shown the film three times to more than 300 people followed by group discussion.

Here is my personal review: It would be difficult to find a more positive story or better news.

As a spiritual teacher, intuitive consultant, visionary type I’ve been aware of the basic content of this film for decades.

In 1980, when such things seemed crazy and weird, I received dreams and visions of airports set up with what looked like security checkpoints, and a vacant Wall Street stock exchange setting.

I eventually began teaching on topics such as climate change; the controlling and misleading powers behind the government; and the shortcomings of traditional religion. I suggested we share responsibility in allowing these circumstances to occur and, even though it has happened, we still have a voice - a right to speak openly and to invoke change.

My teachings were always to very small groups and I wondered how that could be since the information is so very important. Support and the formation of groups helping each other with resources and individual skills are equally important. I ended every teaching with encouragement to stay, discuss and connect. Some participated in discussion, yet the connection between individuals and groups just never clicked. I had decided to stop teaching on this not-so-well-received-topic when my husband and I watched Thrive at home one evening.

Dinner and watching a movie in our pajamas (a favorite Friday night activity) turned out to be more than expected. Something stirred inside me after watching the film. Why? Sharing this movie might be a way I could contribute.

If the people were not that interested in my teaching about the state of our world, I was quite sure they would listen to this film ~ beautifully described in an organized, coherent, compassionate, even playful style.

(The audience laughs out loud at times. These producers know how to lighten up the heavy in truth).

Thrive is quite simply the story of us ... how we got to this place in time and what we might do about it.

I wanted to support this film because, as humanity awakens to the truth, we are going to need each other. Showing the film, then moderating discussion afterward ~ contributes far more to the masses than my small classes and is a way for individuals to make the very important supportive connection. Informed people make wise decisions.

Judging by the discussions after Thrive, many others are aware of the deceit, injustice and need for change in our world. Some shared the same dreams/visions as I had.

We just had not found each other quite yet.

Others don’t yet know what a solar flare is, that the grid could fail, what fiat money means or the connection between patents and cancer cures.

This is why we need connections and shared knowledge. How else will we create change?

As to the attitude about the negativity in the film ~ I get it. The information, especially the first time you become aware of it, is tough. Kimberly Gamble said the first time it hit her, she felt like she had the flu for about two weeks.

This is the reason for the discussion and support option after the film.

How can anyone dismiss the film as only negative, the latest in new age propaganda or that it is full of hidden agendas? Did we watch the same film? Did they skip over parts or not watch the entire movie? Makes a person wonder.

How could any film with such inspirational and admirable speakers such as Catherine Austin Fitts, former Secretary of HUD and Vandana Shiva, environmental justice advocate and leader, get dismissed so easily?

The metaphor of the caterpillar and the butterfly by Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD., is so wonderful, beautiful and hopeful. Guess the critics missed that.

Other reasons to explore the Thrive movie:

* All information is fact checked by independent sources. The content, though we may not like it, is true. The sources are listed on the website for anyone to investigate (http://www.thrivemovement.com/fact_checks).

In my line of work, I feel too many spiritual types never bother to credit the source of their information, or too much of what they have to say is based on personal opinion and personal revelation alone.

* Fact based research from scientific communities. The film has received appreciation, papers, and offers of collaboration from scientists all over the world.* The segment about the Federal Reserve, central banking and fiat money alone makes the film worthwhile. Never have I seen so deeply serious and complicated a topic portrayed more clearly. Each time I show the film I see light bulbs of awareness going off here and there over people’s heads in response to this topic. There are solutions, success stories, and resources, combined with critical mass actions and everyday actions all available on the website. So why do some persist in downplaying the importance of the truthful current world information coming from not just Thrive movement, but from so many courageous voices all over the planet?

Here is my conclusion:

“My desire to be well informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.” Unknown.

Perhaps our desire to be well informed is also at odds with our desire to preserve the status quo. We like our comfort zone, even though most of us know that the magic only happens when we leave that zone.

We humans seem to run into denial when faced with challenges of great proportion. Some of us get past this level right away. Others do not.

 Yes, denial can serve a compassionate protective purpose but it is only a temporary comfort.

Is there some kind of hidden message behind the Thrive film?

Yes, there is. It is a call for transparency, for a veil to be lifted. For open discussion, mutual support and civil debate.

Does it really matter if we agree or disagree? Truth is truth.

The bloggers can criticize. The intellectuals can analyze. It is of little consequence.

We are thinking. We are asking questions. We are waking up.

At last.

“There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” - Henry David Thoreau

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