After responding to the Caveman's posting on breaking the Da Vinci code (not to confused with "Breaking the Code," which was a marvelous stage play in London performed by one of my favorite actors, Derek Jacoby, back in 1979), I got to wondering . . .
What ever happened to "The Celestine Prophecy?"
Sure, you remember that book that came out about 1995 and dealt with ancient scrolls found in the rainforests of South America that were written by Pope Celestine V. I never read the book, as it immediately became suspect when the DigiSpouse's ex-wife, who has gone through more interpretations of spirituality than Courtney Love has with a dirty syringe, gave us a copy and proclaimed it to be "the one book that has opened [her] eyes to the truth about God!"
Anyway, I googled it and lo and behold - it's now a movie! Starting last Wednesday, April 19th, it began a successive "theatrical release" in select cinemas. Its Los Angeles premiere is May 2nd, where the author will appear. Now, the L.A. "theatrifcal debut" is being produced by a group called "Hollywood's Master Storytellers," which at least reminds the simple-minded that it's fiction, which Dan Brown seems to have a hard time admitting and does so either grudgingly or obliquely.
Yet, looking at the movie's official website, once again a reader can link to a second web site called "The Celestine Messages" and there be able to get a free poster of "The Nine Insights" and view a flash presentation that asks, "Is the success of this story a coincidence or is there something more to the message within?"
Here are "The 9 Insights":
1 –We are discovering again that we live in a deeply mysterious world, full of sudden coincidences and synchronistic encounters that seem destined.
2 -As more of us awaken to this mystery, we will create a completely new worldview - redefining the universe as energetic and sacred.
3 -We will discover that everything around us, all matter, consists of and stems from a divine energy that we are beginning to see and understand.
4 -From this perspective, we can see that humans have always felt insecure and disconnected from this sacred source, and have tried to take energy by dominating each other. This struggle is responsible for all human conflict.
5 -The only solution is to cultivate a personal reconnection with the divine, a mystical transformation that fills us with unlimited energy and love, extends our perception of beauty, and lifts us into a Higher-Self Awareness.
6 -In this awareness, we can release our own pattern of controlling, and discover a specific truth, a mission, we are here to share that helps evolve humanity toward this new level of reality.
7 -In pursuit of this mission, we can discover an inner intuition that shows us where to go and what to do, and if we make only positive interpretations, brings a flow of coincidences that opens the doors for our mission to unfold.
8 -When enough of us enter this evolutionary flow, always giving energy to the higher-self of everyone we meet, we will build a new culture where our bodies evolve to ever higher levels of energy and perception.
9 -In this way, we participate in the long journey of evolution from the Big Bang to life's ultimate goal: to energize our bodies, generation by generation, until we walk into a heaven we can finally see.
Hmmm . . . sounds like a Scientology Operating Thetan to me, mixed with some Al "I [Heart] Gaia" Gore's dire predictions of global warming and how we need to make mankind subservient to the Earth, with a few crystals and Yanni soundtrack thrown in for good measure.
Cultish? Well, I found a website that seems to be sponsored by the author, James Redfield, called "Celestine Vision" and on it he posts the following:
"Interested in a Celestine association/web community? We'd like to hear from you! I believe that it’s time to actively build a kind of community — an association, if you will, of those who see the vision. If you find yourself reading this, and you feel the same way, email us, and we will tell you what we have in mind."
Is this how L. Ron got started? Excuse me, I'm late for my auditing session/life coaching/chakra realignment/Rolfing session/Kabbalah Shabbat/past life regression . . . (gets up, goes to kitchen, pours herself a cocktail).