While this particular “episode” was specifically written for the Movies & Mythology YouTube channel, it is also a great new Season 3 Introduction to Think Spiritual Podcasts in general.
Hi, my name is Mark and welcome to season 3 of Think Spiritual podcasts.
But, wait a minute. Isn’t this YouTube channel called Movies & Mythology?
Why, yes. Yes, it is. You’re absolutely right!
What I talk about eighty percent of the time on this channel and podcast has to do with movies and/or mythology.
It didn’t really start out that way. When I began my podcast I was talking about spiritual awakening and personal spiritual journeys. I then began a series about the spiritual aspects of what is known as the Hero’s Journey.
And that Hero’s Journey series essentially took over and became the primary theme of Think Spiritual Podcasts. At that point it was too late to rebrand and rechristen, so here we are with what may be some slightly confusing branding.
So, with that explanation out of the way I can now tell you what you will be seeing on the Movies & Mythology YouTube channel.
I talk about what is known as the Hero’s Journey and I review movies.
Now, that is nothing new or original, but my particular point of view is not common on YouTube.
Most people view the Hero’s Journey as a story-telling motif that is getting pretty grey and tired by this point in history.
I view the Hero’s Journey as something that is ingrained in the very fabric of creation. We can’t avoid telling it over and over and over again because we still don’t fully understand it.
You are the Hero of your life. Your life is a multitude of Hero’s Journeys. I am here to encourage you to be your own Hero and to tell you what kind of trials you can expect to face along the way.
This makes the Hero’s Journey something far more than a story-telling motif. This makes it something profoundly spiritual.
When it comes to movies, I am far from a typical reviewer. I believe that the large majority of movie reviewers are watching and relating to movies far too literally and intellectually.
We – an all inclusive “we” – are forgetting that movies are, first and foremost, art. And art is intended to speak to the emotional centre of our being, not to our intellect.
I review movies from that emotional standpoint. I care more about how a movie makes me feel than about whether it’s “good” or not.
Look at every movie review I’ve completed thus far and you will find a lot of “bad” movies in the list that are definitely not bad when viewed in their emotional context.
And, trust me, in current Western society, we need our emotions. Our emotions are the windows and doors to our soul. Our emotions are the gateway to spirituality.
We need to understand our inner workings so we can genuinely understand what is happening in the world today.
The outer world is merely reflecting what our – that can be an individual or a collective “our” by the way – the outer world is merely reflecting what our inner world plays on its stage.
So, I hope you will join me here on Movies & Mythology and on Think Spiritual Podcasts as we explore the emotional depths of movies, as we delve into our personal mythologies and as we focus our thoughts on our inner spiritual workings.
Because the purpose of this Hero’s Journey we’re all on is to change our Self so we can ultimately change our World.
I really hope to see you on future episodes of Think Spiritual Podcasts.