Reversing Effect & Cause – INTERACTIVE Video
Posted by Amanda Gray on March 22, 2013
Here’s my latest video creation – an INTERACTIVE video. YOU choose how you want the story to go!
I began with an interest in exploring cause and effect ideas from A Course in Miracles. It was, simply, the topic that was showing up with the inspiration for a film. I also wanted the project to be light, fun and easy to video. The interactive aspect arose because I’ve always loved old school text adventure games, like Zork, and the next generation graphic interface games, such as Myst. For EVER, I’ve wanted to create something along those lines.
In my last post, I said that the project encompassed more sides of my abilities than I ever thought possible. The plot, acting, filming, editing… sure… but then, as the simple 4 part story expanded to 22 parts (ACK!), I referred to my past programming experience to flow chart the scenes. It’s been a long time since I put on my programmers thinking cap! But it was SO MUCH FUN! I forgot how much I love solving logic problems!
I don’t claim to have ‘figured out’ the ACIM passages I contemplated for the film. I looked long and hard at:
- Chapter 2: The Separation and the Atonement, VII. Cause and Effect, and
- Chapter 28: the Undoing of Fear, II. Reversing Effect and Cause
I got a few extra tips from David Hoffmeister and Adyashanti along the way too. (I love how the dream witnesses to whatever’s bouncing around in consciousness. It was apropos for the project, that’s for sure!)
As far as I can understand the theory: the ego view is that there’s something that happens out in the world that’s interpreted as a ’cause’, and then a correlating reaction – emotions, thoughts, etc. – that would be the ‘effect’. Reversing the ego viewpoint for the Holy Spirit view would recognize the ’cause’ as the MIND (fear thoughts or love thoughts) and the ‘effect’ as the witness (to fear or love) that’s projected out to the world. So this is the understanding I worked with in the film.
The Course also says:
Actually, ‘Cause’ is a term properly belonging to God, and His ‘Effect’ is His Son.
This is, currently, outside of my experience. I include this quote in the film, because it’s such a clear, absolute statement, and somewhat startling to the ego, but I doubt one could develop much of a story around it. That, or it would be a very different film from the one I made. Haha!
So, here it is! Click the link below, watch, click your choices in each section, and enjoy the journey! (And keep an eye out for the hidden Easter egg too!)
Oh, one other thing – you can’t use the links from your tablet or phone – they only work on your PC or laptop. Sorry!
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