Saturday, January 28, 2012

Twin Souls Movie, Part 4

     You can't talk about Twin Souls movies without mentioning Wuthering Heights.  Moody, suspenseful, and maddening in some ways, it is based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Her novel, however, was influenced by a poem by Shelley, "Epipsychidion," which alludes to some Twin Soul concepts.

     Back to the movie.  I don't have a preference between the 1939 one with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier (those cheekbones!) and the 1992 one with Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes.  Either way, the story is a cautionary tale about Twin Souls who haven't mastered their mortal/divine elements enough to be together.  Cathy is more interested in her comforts and security and Heathcliff is unable to control his passions.  The tragedy is that their lack of balance and mastery affects everyone in their lives, even after death. 

     My usual reaction to watching this movie is to want to smack both of them and say,

     "Better luck next lifetime."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twin Soul Cords

     In the last post, I referred to Twin Soul cords, and then later realized that perhaps that needs some explaining.

     One way to think of it is to recall what the ancient Hawaiians called the aka cords, which they described as threads of light which connected people to each other.  Some people, like us empaths, are very sensitive to what we receive through these cords.  We can receive all kinds of things -- emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts, mind-pictures, songs, recurring ideas, and so on. 

     Now, imagine --- with whom do you think your aka cord would be the strongest?  For many people, it is their immediate family or dearest friends, their spouses, their children.  For others, once they reach a certain point in their soul's evolution, it is their Twin Soul. 

     Whoa -- that sounds like spiritual snobbery, doesn't it?  That isn't my intention.  Rather, I look at it as whatever stage the soul has reached in terms of the lessons it needs to learn.  For many, it is learning how to deal with survival, or working through relationship issues, or mastering self-discipline; really, there are myriads of lessons to be learned.  But one lesson we all eventually need to learn is how to balance our male/female sides with our mortal/divine elements so that we can some day reunite with our Twin Soul. 

     And if you've felt that tug from your Twin Soul cord, perhaps that's your lesson this lifetime.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 and the Mayan Prophecies

     First of all, I'm no expert in Mayan culture or their concept of time.  However, like you, I've heard all about the supposedly dire predictions that the ancient Mayans made about this very year -- 2012. 

     Before you think I'm going to add to the hysteria, let me assure you that I'm going to offer a word of -- I hope -- common sense.  Yes, the Mayan calendar ends this year, but many people forget that the Mayan calendar is cyclical -- and by definition, that means there is no beginning or end. 

     Second, I read an account of what the present-day Mayans are doing this year.  They're partying!  They are looking forward to all the tourists who are going to come to central America this year to see the Mayan ruins and modern Mayan villages.  They're looking forward to a little prosperity!

     Third, I think it unwise to get caught up in the fear-based thinking that seems to accompany much of the talk about the Mayan predictions.  Face it, the people who are doing the scary talk right now are either selling books or TV programs, or are trying to find a way to overpower weak people for the purpose of taking advantage of them.  Don't buy into it. 

     Last, if we live in fear, we are transmitting that fear to our Twin Souls, and they in turn are transmitting that fear to the people in their lives.  It's like a virus epidemic via the Twin Soul cords!  Rather, let's choose to stay grounded, walk in love, and keep our minds clear and open. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Twin Soul Movie, Part 3

     Another movie I like to think of as representing Twin Souls is, perhaps surprisingly, Something's Gotta Give, with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.  I know, I know, she's so -- flighty -- and he's so, well,  -- devilish -- sometimes, but hear me out.

     If you've read The Gemini Bond, you will remember how Trey describes that Twin Souls need to balance the male and female parts in themselves before they are ready to join.  I think that is what this movie shows. 

     For example, Nicholson's character needs to become vulnerable to understanding his own faults and open to being hurt.  In one scene, he is crying on a Paris bridge, saying, "I guess I'm the girl now." 

     For Keaton's character, she needs to find her strength, not in building a wall of resistance to being hurt, but rather in overcoming her pain to find her true voice.  When she completes her play, she transforms pain into triumph.

     It's a fun movie, and besides, you get to see some gorgeous beach property and -- oh, la, la -- Paris in winter.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Another Twin Soul Story in the News

     I just read another heart-touching story about a Pennsylvania couple who died within twelve hours of each other.  The couple, Richard and Nancy, had been married 61 years. 
     Nancy had died in her sleep while Richard was in the hospital recovering from a fall, among several other health issues.  Once his children broke the news of Nancy's death, he relapsed.  Some of his final words were, "Pull me up," and "Hold me tighter now." 
     I'd like to think that she was helping him in his final moments so that they could one at last.  Blessings be upon their soul.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Twin Souls Movies, Part 2

     This movie goes a few years back, when Christopher Reeve's star was still ascending, and Jane Seymour's young beauty was luminous and haunting.  Somewhere in Time begins its tale with a white-haired yet elegant woman approaching a successful playwright, handing him a note, and whispering, "Come back to me." 

     This is the story of the power of the mind and the heart over the rules of normal reality, and how two souls call each other over the distance of time.  The beautiful story, beautiful settings, and beautiful music combine to touch your soul.  Highly recommended.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Woo-Woo or not Woo-Woo, that is the question

     A few days ago, I was talking about one of my latest research projects with someone who knows me rather well.  I was trying to explain to her how I needed to prove to myself why certain things are claimed; I couldn't just take some one's word for truth.  That's the sceptic in me, I guess. That's one vote for not woo-woo.

     This person looked surprised.  She knew me and my book, and thought I was totally woo-woo.  I then explained to her that my book was based on personal experiences about my Twin Soul that I couldn't completely discount, or even chalk up to insanity (well, most days).  The sceptic in me needed to research how my experiences fit in with science, mystical writings, and other references.  My logical mind needed to understand my woo-woo experiences.  The result of that, as you know, was The Gemini Bond.

     So am I woo-woo?  I would say I've had some extraordinary experiences (woo-woo) that have been balanced and analyzed by a sceptical mind (not woo-woo). 

     I guess that makes me woo.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Twin Soul Movies, Part 1

     Just so we're clear, I don't think that all twin soul relationships are about big, romantic, Hollywood-ending, swoon-worthy, kissy-face couplings.  Nope, sorry.  (Read The Gemini Bond to find out why).  (Yes, that was a shameless plug).

     Still, there are some movies that remind me of a twin soul relationship in the way they portray two complete individuals who don't need the other person, but instead find that they are better people with their other half.

     One of my favorites is Ladyhawke, starring a young Michelle Pfeiffer and a gorgeous Rutger Hauer. Matthew Broderick, looking not even twenty, is along for laughs (and it's not only for his 'here now and gone later' English accent). 

     In the movie, Isabeau (Pfeiffer) and Captain Navarre (Hauer) are victims of an evil spell cast by the Bishop of Aquila (John Wood).  By night, the Captain becomes a black wolf, whose howls echo the loneliness of his soul, and by day Isabeau is a hawk who is cared for by the Captain.  Eventually they manage to overcome the spell (I won't say how, but it's really cool), and confront the evil Bishop.  Their reunion as two complete people is one of the most joyous I've seen. 

     Oh, and did I mention Rutger Hauer is shirtless?  Yummers!