This month’s Conscious Movie-of-the-Month is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and the entire Star Wars Saga
Join us this month as we explore perhaps the most successful consciousness-raising cinematic work of all time, the nine+ theatrical film Star Wars saga, which finally completes its major storyworld arc with the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars is unique in the history of cinema on so many fronts; that one cinematic work could have such a deep and expansive impact on individual and collective consciousness as well as major effects at the cultural and social level is truly mind-blowing. A small sampling of its impacts include:
- The rebirthing of mythology for the modern and postmodern age;
- The introduction of numerous technological advances in both filmmaking and the movie watching experience, advancing the fields of special effects, animation, sound design, and theatrical projection and sound systems that all increased the capacity for more immersive and consciousness-raising experiences for all cinematic works;
- The introduction of the “hybrid” genre, which integrates multiple cinematic genres into a meaningful whole and which has contributed to the penetration of an integral structure of consciousness into the popular entertainment domain;
- And of course, the introduction of the idea of The Force and the exploration of the very nature of individual/local consciousness and collective/non-local consciousness and their intersection, as well as exploring various evolutionary dynamics of consciousness and its relation to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of being and becoming.
The Rise of Skywalker is currently in theaters. We recommend watching the film at least twice, the second time with the intention of seeing any patterns of consciousness you had not seen before. You can increase the transformative potential of the second viewing experience by reading the upcoming article and watching the podcasts. As always, you are also invited to share your thoughts, reflections and musings about the movie in our group's online discussion forum.
If you have not seen any or all of the three major trilogies of the Star Wars Saga (Star Wars 1 - 9) you can still participate in this exploration by reading the Wikipedia overview of all the films, reading our articles and viewing our podcasts on the saga, and joining us for our virtual discussion. If you are really ambitious and want to binge watch some or all of the series you can now stream every major work of the saga (excluding The Rise of Skywalker, which is currently in theaters) on Disney's new online streaming service, Disney+ (a free trial is currently available).
Happy New Year and New Decade to all...and...
May the Force be with us!