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Time is Art 2015 Trailer




For the past two years our small team has been pouring our hearts into this transmedia project. The feature documentary film weaves a tapestry of inquiry and meditation; awakening us to how interdependently connected to each other we really are.

Synchronicity opens a portal through which we journey to discover life itself leading us back to the harmony we seek. We are empowered to reclaim our world to be in balance with all the rhythms of life, as a joyous dance; an interconnected play where each one of us becomes the conscious artist and mindful co-creator of our own reality. If we choose to, we can live a magical existence where we see time unfold as a collaborative masterpiece, a work of transformational art.

Conscious Filmmaking

When I think of conscious filmmaking,  I hark back to when I was initially exposed to the word conscious. In high school I was mostly listening to conscious hip-hop, which was in the mainstream at the time (now that’s clearly no longer the case).  In 1993 artists like Queen Latifah had songs like “U.N.I.T.Y.” with lyrics like “love a black woman/man into infinity”. You’d never hear that in today’s mindless pop music. During the “Golden Era of Hip-hop”, groups like Poor Righteous Teachers rhymed about seeing with your third eye in almost every song. At the time I didn’t know what it really meant and had never heard of the pineal gland, but had a vague idea as if it was some long lost memory.

So what does it mean to be conscious? For me at the time, well before my official “awakening” moment,  it simply meant caring.

Rawkus Records was once a successful indie label that put on artists rapping about social injustice and empowering yourself by standing up against oppression. They were big proponents of activism as opposed to apathy, preached in pop party music. Sure, celebratory music has its purpose but it does not heal our wounds rather it medicates and numbs them.

I remember seeing Common (called Common Sense back then) at a show with KRS-One in college in Austin, Texas (Quentin Tarantino was drunk in the VIP section ironically) which at the time had a well organized conscious hip-hop scene. They were rapping about being vegetarian and I was blown away. It was cool to be vegetarian in Austin in the 90′s and there were many restaurants catering to the healthy “hippie” population. I always wondered where the rappers got this information from; I assumed at the time it was from Rastafarianism whose diet consists of Ital food (organic “vital” veggie food). Many of the artists were also into ancient Chinese philosophy, Buddhism and even Sufism. Early on I was fascinated by their wisdom but like many people, got pulled into the style of hip-hop that sonically blew my mind, but had extremely negative messages. I was programmed aka brainwashed and as a result I had to uninstall that program.

In college I was also exposed to Richard Linklater, an Austin based filmmaker who made films that were (and still are) expanding consciousness to say the least. Waking Life is the primary inspiration for our feature film, Time is Art (imagine a true to life documentary version). Scanner Darkly is also a powerful film which follows the prophetic storyline in which our poor choices lead to a joyless post apocalyptic world. We stand at the apex of that choice point now like many civilizations before. The plot becomes extra thick when high technology meets a blatant lack of ethics.

I don’t prefer to hide from humanity’s dark side.  I’m fascinated by the poor choices we continue to make as a society (over and over again). There would be no Daily Show if Fox/CNN weren’t making shit up everyday, 24 hours a day and lying to our faces. We can choose to laugh at them (or cry).  Watching Abby Martin’s show on RT, Breaking the Set might be depressing but this is how I choose to stay informed. It’s no secret we have been lied to for years about 9/11, JFK, the UFO phenomenon and whistleblowers continue exposing corrupt factions of the CIA, DOD, NSA, the DEA’s drug and arms trafficking, corporations dumping radioactive waste, the continue genocide of native peoples, mind control programs like MK ULTRA, secret meetings by the Occult Elite at Bohemian Grove. I could go on and on and on.  The truth is a lot more stranger than fiction. It’s very easy to get caught up in the dark stuff. Darkness does not hide, but the truth is abundant. This makes for lots of ideas for “fictional” films.

I am also inspired by the transcendental film movement. This film movement, as my screenwriter instructor once informed me, includes films like Cloud Atlas, the Matrix, Memento, and Inception, where they play with time, showing alternative timelines of reality in which we make “service to self” choices as opposed to “service to the greater good” of the planet and universe. The movement was also probably inspired by “transcendentalism“, especially writer/director Terrence Malick’s notorious wide angle landscape shots. His latest film in post-production is called, Voyage of Time; An examination of the birth and death of the known universe. If you are interested in studying these ideas, David Lynch, filmmaker and transcendental mediator, also teaches a course on “consciousness based filmmaking”.

Terry Gilliam is also a huge inspiration. Classics such as Brazil, The Fisher King and his new film, Zero Point Theorem, (logline; a computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him) are completely outside of the box.  His work is both cheeky and brilliant, always pushing the envelope and taking major risks to make his films transcend time.

Entheodelic storytelling (a term co-coined by Benton Rooks, Graham Hancock, Rak Razam, and Jeremy D. Johnson) is a new international transmedia paradigm led by many important scholars and artists interested in shamanism that recalls a time in which fables once served as specific symbolic reminders to initiates who were to undergo trials leading them to the spirit world. Our film, Time is Art, is very much inspired by these concepts.  Through an abstract narrative journey, the audience is immersed in a dreamlike world, acting as co-creator of a beautiful tapestry of inquiry and meditation, awakening us to how interdependently connected to each other we really are. Narrator and writer, Jennifer Palmer, once an atheist and skeptic,  is now a student of life, expanding her consciousness through books, street art and plant medicine ceremonies as well as working with her dreams and spirit guides.

Chris Soria & Jennifer Palmer, still from Time is Art
Chris Soria & Jennifer Palmer, still from Time is Art

“Within this framework, contemplative traditions and a multitude of spiritual paths are equally at home with the plant path. Those of us who are Western European in descent are also well aware of the sensitive issues and dangers surrounding the appropriation of indigenous cultures—and neocolonialism in general—and therefore make a conscious act of deriving material for art from the European witchcraft tradition (ayahuasca may have been brewed in the “witches cauldron”), in addition to the pop-culture of the West” Benton Rooks writes. To be perfectly honest, most of the people in our film are of western decent, due to limited time and resources, we’ve been able to feature those connected to our direct inner circle. This movement is once again lead by mostly white males. We’ve worked extra hard to feature many women in the film however.

Dreamworker, Toko-Pa with Jennifer
Dreamworker, Toko-Pa with Jennifer

My own spiritual life has been greatly enriched by partaking in traditional Lakota sweat lodges, and regularly visiting a Cherokee Peace Village, just as much as partaking in plant medicine. Another part of our journey toward awakening is to remember that past life time(s) when we were once Shamans ourselves. Although my husband Joel is often overwhelmed with all my ideas, he admits that he is down to help make my latest web series idea which involves past life regression sessions. He can’t help but be utterly fascinated with the recently deceased (but forever in our hearts and minds) Dolores Cannon‘s work. The process of being hypnotically regressed is itself a metaphor for coming out of the darkness into the light. In my recent session I asked how I could heal from my leg/hip pain and they said to help people more.

Being conscious is caring about the world around you, about injustice in your community and making your art work for the greater good, as opposed ego driven ideas. One of the lyrics in one of our new songs is “the mystery is not the enemy”. We are driven to understand the mystery of the universe. We may never have all the answers but we can be sure that life will never get boring as long as we continue seeking the truth.  This is what conscious filmmaking is all about for me and why we created our production company, Things Are Changing,  “for seekers of conscious media”.

Dreamwalking with Toko-Pa

An authority on Dreams, Toko-pa blends the ancient, mystical traditions of Sufism with Western psychology in her approach to dreamwork. Following a three-year internship at the Jung Foundation of Ontario, she returned to her roots to study mysticism, mythology and shamanism. She founded the Dream School from which hundreds of students have now graduated and wrote Awake and Dreaming, a documentary series forVision TV. Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News and BBC Radio and has over 40,000 online followers. She is currently working on a series of Dreamwalking books exploring the dynamic reciprocity between waking and dreaming. Sometimes called a “midwife of the psyche,” Toko-pa’s work focuses on healing personal & ancestral trauma, reconciling paradox, and facilitating sacred grief & ritual practice.

The film crew was also blessed to be able to feature Toko-pa in the documentary film, Time is Art. The scene is a powerful dream interpretation. Jennifer and Toko-pa talk about a reoccurring nightmare and since their session, Jennifer has not had the nightmare.

Enjoy this preview of her presentation from the Synchronicity Symposium in Joshua Tree this past September. Support the event by purchasing the full length video – the most popular video from the symposium!

The Time is Art Creators at Gratitude NYC Oct. 4th

Gratitude*NYC returns for their 5th year, bigger and better and in a huge new location and earlier date, just in time to decompress from Burning Man. The creators of the film, Time is Art, will be speaking about conscious filmmaking Oct 4th in Brooklyn. Get there early to support the crew! Here are the details:

SPEAKER EVOLVER Workshops:

3:00 – 3:55pm – Joel Mejia, Katy Walker and Jennifer Palmer – Conscious Filmmaking
4:00 – 5:15pm – AT Mann: A Dynamic Vision of Astrology
5:20 – 6:20pm – Ingmar Gorman, Oriana Mayoga, Stephanie Jones: MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy Q+A
6:25 – 7:25pm – Dan Kittredge – Soil, Nutrition and Climate Change
7:30 – 7:55pm – Debra Tillinger – Mitigate, Adapt or Suffer: Living With Climate Change
8:00 – 8:55pm – Daniel Pinchbeck and Jim Clark – Planetary Collapse, Planetary Initiation: How We Co-Create 

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We Are All Explorers of Higher Dimensional Space

The following is excerpted from Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, published by R.L.Ranch Press

At each moment of time — the Now — you stand at the gateway to an infinite number of possible futures in higher dimensional space. This gateway is the Choice Point.

Some of these futures are more likely to occur than others. If you do nothing, one of these probable futures will play itself out in a fairly predictable, even mechanistic way.

But as a conscious being, you also have the ability to affect how the future unfolds. Your experience of this ability is the sensation of free will.

One of the ways you can exert a force upon this unfolding is to use explicit action. Another way is through the subtle force of Active Consciousness, which allows you to enable unlikely unfoldings to occur.

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, a field is a “region throughout which a force may be exerted.” Back in the 1800s, chemist and physicist Michael Faraday developed this concept in order to explain the mysterious properties of magnets. People at the time were perplexed by the way magnets could exert instantaneous forces upon metal objects when nothing seemed to be transmitted between them. Faraday hypothesized that magnets are always emanating an influence or force; we just can’t see it. And because a magnet’s sphere of influence—its magnetic field—is ever-present, it seems to exert a force instantaneously, without any form of physical contact or obvious mode of transmission.

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