Cloud Atlas

Chocolates !!!

“Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”
(Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump)

box of choclate

I was watching the movie “Cloud Atlas.”  It’s a strange, unusual movie I think.  It was difficult to patch the six-ages stories together so I started over from the beginning to get a foot hold on the events.  The first scene opens with Zachary (Tom Hanks), as an old man.  As he is thinking aloud I felt an image bubble up from my subconscious.  I saw us as chocolates in a box.  With each succeeding box we never knew who we were choosing to be.

It is a subconscious metaphor.  That happens once in a while when I am in a particular state of mind:   relaxed, intrigued, curious, mentally free but striving to understand.  As I listened to Zachary’s monologue that is a review of his present life, I thought of my friend who wants to die and whose family is angrily struggling to keep her alive.  She has been telling me about her method of slow suicide which she hopes will go undetected by her family and doctors.  In the middle of this reverie I saw the chocolates.  I wondered about the connection.  Then I felt it – our unawareness of truth most of the time – what Zachary calls “The True True”.  We think this box we fill is all there is.  We don’t see beyond it into the distant future and then beyond that.  We don’t reverie about the distant past and beyond that.  We think, and believe, that this life’s pains and joys are the true-true.

Zachary, year 2350

Zachary, year 2350

But when I had a glimpse of the box with its chocolates I feel the surreality of life on this planet.  We come here, we leave here, we come here, we leave here.  It was an ingenious idea to use the same actors playing people who interconnect with each other in each new age.   The heavily scarred Zachary feels an excruciating pain when he witnesses, some years before, the violent deaths of his brother-in-law and nephew, but we have seen him before over and over like God sees us.  And we know that his life is not what it seems to him.

The chocolates will be eaten.  Then a new box will appear with new chocolates.  For a moment I was looking down on this box from above as I imagine God and the angels do.  This ‘knowing’, as my sister-in-law describes it, benefits me when I get caught up in a thinking that is a believing that this time is all there is and every choice matters and every outcome matters.  I have difficulty with making decisions because of my upbringing where any mistake was met with derision and drama.  I have difficulty letting go of things that I feel I cannot live without.  But this is a fog that I create because of my belief that my place in this box — that is my present life — is all there is.  In a way, each decision and outcome do matter but only to the extent that they walk out of the past and travel into any of an infinite number of futures which I will eventually be a part of again.

If you have read any of my earlier weblogs you know that I feel a special connection to the Universe.  So as I was writing this I received a phone call from my brother’s wife.  We rarely talk (though we enjoy it when we do) but only because neither of us reaches out very often.  So as I am in this surreal place the Universe has nudged her to call me to work out a problem she was having with my brother and their oldest daughter.  We talked for hours – it takes us a long time to run out of things to say and an ear to listen.  The topic was exactly what I had received from the movie.    We talked about conscious and subconscious motivations, family history, emotional and relational difficulties, and trying to make the present make sense and secure a good future.

And none of this would have happened as it did if I had not woken up with a pain in my knee that was causing me to lay in bed with my leg on a pillow and watching this movie, Cloud Atlas.

There are forces at work that we cannot perceive because we cannot help but limit ourselves mentally and emotionally to our box.

jackie

ps:  it is now August 21, 2013, and I am happy to say that my friend has given up her suicide attempt.

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Music Video: Aerials by System of a Down

Feb 11, 2013

Hello Viewers,

Being of a certain age (58 3/4) i don’t have much knowledge of heavy metal bands. But MAL suggested i check out this song and i really really like it.  The lyrics and melody are soulful and moving.

It fits in my blog because its content follows my content which is to take a look at ourselves and see how conscious, or unconscious, we are at this moment in time and space.

lyrics are below the video.

want to know more about this song ?  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2652

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Poem: Twenty Years

Twenty years (is not long enough)

Our tall handsome man stands outside the casino –
.     his job is to welcome the guests as they pull up
.             in their shiny new cars.

An ancient pick-up truck slows to a tired stop,
.    the old expressionless driver slowly rolls down his window
.              for a chat.

“I’m going to see your mother…
.        wanna come?”

“Sorry, I can’t today –  maybe some other time.”

with a nod from the driver – the well-worn truck rolls away.

“So what was that about?     What did your father want?”
.          his fellow hostess asks him.

Oh… he’s going to the cemetery to visit
.        my mother’s grave.

.                   She died twenty years ago

.                                 and my father has never moved on.

(3/8/11)

What this poem means to me:

Around 2003 or 2004 a TV show scene  inspired me.  I wrote this poem 7 years later.    I saw this scene while channel surfing about one and a half years after my husband’s death.  The scene had a special meaning for me and I had an epiphany.  I felt as though the Universe was communicating a message to me –  “This will be you in twenty years if you don’t find a way out of your grief.”

Sound crazy that people on TV were talking directly to me?    Sorry if you think that, but I don’t put any limits on how God and the Universe send messages.  I was watching a lot of TV in those days, so getting a message through that medium makes sense to me.

Fortunately I felt no doubt that I was being told something important.    I wrote this poem in March, 2011 after I’d recovered and was alive again.