Sunday, December 03, 2006

A Beautiful and Hypnotic Film

THE FOUNTAIN is an artistic masterpiece. This stunning, elegant movie co-stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as characters representing eternal love and the struggle between death and immortality. Because it highlights such esoteric elements as mysticism, spirituality and symbolism, this unique film may not resonate with some viewers. But I found it hypnotic and almost painfully beautiful.

Delivering the most memorable performance of his career, Jackman plays three different roles here, although these men have the same soul and are all tied to the character portrayed by Weisz. Tom, the main role played by Jackman, is a research scientist trying desperately to find a cure for his wife Izzi, a woman dying from cancer.

The film jumps back and forth among the 15th, 21st and 26th centuries, so it takes a bit of patience to figure out what is going on, which involves a book titled THE FOUNTAIN that Izzi is writing and wants Tom to finish for her. Fortunately, that posed no problem for me, mostly because I was completely amazed by the incredible visuals while trying to connect the storyline dots.

Should we fight death or calmly accept our mortality? Is it more important to spend time with our loved ones than working to save them? Can love conquer all? Heavy-duty questions, for sure, and not ones we expect to see explored all at once in a movie. But THE FOUNTAIN takes them on with artistry and grace.


  • Can you use hypnosis and self hypnosis to improve your health?

    Well in 1958 the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association and The British Medical Association concluded that hypnosis was indeed a viable therapeutic tool and approved its medical use.

    Although there are many theories, no-one really knows how or why hypnosis works. However, the benefits of its use are clear. It has been used successfully in all manner of treatments from IBS to pre-surgery relaxation and post-surgery pain relief.

    Olympic athletes, footballers, basketball layers, golfers etc., have known about the power of the mind for some decades now (perhaps the elite knew even further back). It has been shown in medical studies that when you visualise yourself performing a task your muscles respond in exactly the same way as they would if you were actually doing the task. Sports psychologist have used this to their, and their clients, advantage for years now.

    The power of the mind is becoming more evident to the medical establishment as well. Everyone knows about the beneficial effects of using a placebo. It seems that if the mind is convinced that something is true then it will make it true even if the situation appears to be the exact of opposite in the 'real world'!

    It seems that the quickest way to get the mind to accept a new belief is through hypnosis and self hypnosis. Phobias can be eliminated in one session now and new beliefs planted in the same aount of time.
    The use of hypnosis as a weight-loss tool is well written about as its effectiveness in quitting smoking! It has been used very effectively in non-surgical breast enhancement and treating erectile dysfunction. So it is not very hard to believe that it could be used to convince the mind that health is abundant or that a particular unhealthy situation is reversing itself.

    Once the mind becomes convinced that an unhealthy situation no longer exists and that health is abundant then just like the visualiser who makes his/her muscles respond to a mental image the person in discomfort or dis-ease can make his/her body begin to repair itself. Makes sense right!
    No-one can predict the scope of hypnosis for healing. However, everyone knows of miracle healings that have taken place when a sick person has visited a spiritual healer, bathed at Lourdes, prayed etc. If these healings can take place then I see no reason not to believe that hypnosis can have the same effect.

    Unfortunately, no large scale studies have been undertaken, to my knowledge, that have tested the power of hypnosis to cure chronic or terminal illness but I do believe there is enough evidence to suggest it is a very beneficial tool in recovery. self hypnosis

    By Blogger cylon, At 9:48 AM  

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