I’ve just come back from watching Cloud Atlas, a two hour and forty four minutes long film that seemed to go by in a flash. Yes I’d been sitting still for a long time but it was only at the end that I noticed my bum was sore.
I won’t say I was gripped from the beginning, more like puzzled, but as the story developed I was completely drawn in. I haven’t read the book, but I’d watched the trailers and read a couple of reviews so I knew it was a film about reincarnation. Watching each of the main actors play six different characters was challenging at first but I soon got used to it.
Throughout the message was one that we that we do not meet anyone by accident, and that we have a duty to those around us. As one character says ‘from womb to tomb our lives do not belong to us. We have a duty to everyone we’re connected to,’ or words to that effect.
I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but I wanted to mention it because it encapsulated so much of my recent learning about ancestors, slavery, truth and the compulsion to follow a certain path. Again, when a character asked another, ‘how do you know when you have to do something?’ She replies, ‘when you know you cannot not do it.’ Even if it means your own death.
I’m not looking to die anytime soon, but if that’s what it would take to live my truth I know I would do what I could not not do. Sorry about the double speak, but as A Course In Miracles student I’m used to it.
I urge you to go and see this film. Let me know what you think. One to buy and watch again I think.