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What the Bleep Do We Know!? - 2004 Film Version - Paper Assignment

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***** Do Not Watch the "What the Bleep - Down the Rabbit Hole" Version!!! *****


“In this infinite sea of potentials that exist around us, how come we keep recreating the same realities?” – Dr. Joseph Dispenza

“Quantum Physics, very succinctly speaking, is the physics of possibilities.” – Amit Goswami

“Your consciousness influences others around you. It influences material properties. It influences your future. You are co-creating your future.” - William Tiller, Ph. D.


What the Bleep Do We Know!? is a new type of film. It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.

She is literally plunged into a swirl of chaotic occurrences, while the characters she encounters on this odyssey reveal the deeper, hidden knowledge she doesn’t even realize she has asked for. Like every hero, Amanda is thrown into crisis, questioning the fundamental premises of her life – that the reality she has believed in about how men are, how relationships with others should be, and how her emotions are affecting her work isn’t reality at all!

As Amanda learns to relax into the experience, she conquers her fears, gains wisdom, and wins the keys to the great secrets of the ages. She is then no longer the victim of circumstances, but she is on the way to being the creative force in her life. Her life will never be the same.

For the What the Bleep Do We Know!? assignment, please consider the following "bleep" of insight from Dr. Joseph Dispenza, the doctor who creates his day using the power of thought, choice, and perception:

     "We are so conditioned to our daily lives, so conditioned to the way we create our lives, that we buy the idea that we have no control at all. We have been told to believe that the external world is more real than the internal world. This new science, Quantum Physics, is the opposite – what’s happening within us will create what’s happening outside of us. The way our brain is wired, we only see what is possible. We match patterns that already exist within ourselves through conditioning. Example: Native Americans couldn’t see Columbus’ ships because they had no knowledge that these ships existed. The average person considers their life boring or uninspiring because they’ve made little or no attempt to gain knowledge and information that will inspire them. They’re so hypnotized by their environment – through the media, through television, through unattainable ideals of physical appearance, beauty and valor that everybody struggles to become but cannot – that most people surrender and live their lives in mediocrity. And they may live those lives, and their souls, their desires, may never really rise to the surface. In this infinite sea of potentials that exist around us, how come we keep recreating the same realities? Why can’t I change? What am I addicted to? What will I lose that I’m chemically attached to? What person, place, thing, time or event, that I’m chemically attached to, do I not want to lose, because I may have to experience the chemical withdrawal from it? We bring to ourselves situations that will fulfill the biochemical cravings of the cells of our body. We have to formulate what we want, be so concentrated on it, so focused on it, and so aware of it that we lose track of ourselves, we lose track of time, we lose track of our identity. The moment we become so involved in the experience that we lose track of ourselves, we lose track of time, is the only picture that’s real. Everybody’s had the experience of making up their mind that they’ve wanted something. That’s Quantum Physics in action. That’s manifesting reality."


For your written analysis, I want you to intentionally create one "day" of your life using Dr. Dispenza's model: (Before you begin, please consider how the character Amanda struggled and eventually succeeded in "re-wiring" her thought processes as she proceeded through her day.)

1. After you wake up, settle your mind -- go to a quiet place and do some deep breathing!

2. Examine all the things you need to get done on this day -- write them down!

3. Intentionally create the way you want your day to go. Visualize yourself going through your day. Visualize your interactions with others and your desired outcome of events and relationships. Do this for at least 5-10 minutes! Remember to write your visualization on paper so you can refer to it at the end of the day.

4. Pay attention to all the "little things" and "surprises" that occur throughout your day.

5. Pay attention to your attitude during the day. Are you keeping with your plan? Are negative thoughts creeping in?

6. Remain steadfast in your intentions for the day! Keep returning to the positive, the intentional plan. Feel how your brain is trying to re-wire itself and/or trying to stay the same. Notice any change in attitudes or feelings at the end of your day.

7. At the end of your day, spend 10 minutes writing down your reflections. Include any empowerment you feel and any incentive you feel to continue to "create" your own days, your own reality.

Write a 1000 word essay reflecting on your day's events. Please post your paper via our Turnitin link on our Moodle page by the deadline listed on our schedule page.

Your analysis should focus on your attitudes, goals, revelations, successes and not-so-successes of the day. This is a personal, reflective paper, but please include several references to Amanda's experiences as you discuss your own (note any similarities with Amanda's struggles to keep positive!). DO NOT INCLUDE AN OUTLINE LISTING OF YOUR DAY'S EVENTS IN YOUR PAPER! Focus on your reflections, reactions and revelations, and compare and contrast them to specific experiences of Amanda!

In order to earn a grade higher than a C, you must specifically relate the events of your day to Amanda's experiences! Your overall Bleep grade will also reflect the quality and quantity of your responses in the whole-class forum in Moodle.


BLEEP LINKS

What the Bleep Do We Know!? Official Film Site: http://www.whatthebleep.com/

I Create My Day: http://www.whatthebleep.com/create/

What the Bleep Do We Know!? Study Guide: http://www.whatthebleep.com/guide/

Humanities 101 Discussion Guide: http://www.csun.edu/~pjs44945/bleepdisc.html