Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts. The documentary WAKE UP follows this fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions. Physicians gave him a clean bill of health and were unable to provide an explanation. What was it? Why was it happening to him? One thing was certain for this 36-year old man - life as he had known it would never be the same. With his loving but skeptical girlfriend by his side, Jonas crisscrosses the country as he searches for answers and delves deeper into this thrilling world of the phenomenal and spiritual. Along the way, he encounters an amazing group of religious teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers who help him piece together this intricate puzzle. The film shows how all of us can search inward for our own peace and happiness while contributing towards a positive shift in global consciousness. WAKE UP is a call to consciousness to everyone who sees it; an invitation to accept that there is more to this life than meets the eye.
This is a film about a young man named Jonas who is just an ordinary struggling filmmaker one day, and the next discovers he can see energies, entities, spirits, geometric patterns of light, auras and so on. Six years later, he is still seeing light energies and spirits, and has learned a lot about what he is experiencing, and what it means for his life and his purpose in life. Wake Up follows highlights (and lowlights) during the first two years of his journey, as he initially rules out brain anomalies or psychiatric disorders, then tells his parents, and continually navigates his relationship with his girlfriend, Mara, amidst this roller coaster ride of new capacities. He visits with diverse wise people: a Sufi mystic, a healer/acupuncturist, researchers, academics, an enlightenment teacher, a Buddhist Roshi, and Native Americans, all in an effort to understand what is happening. And although Jonas acknowledges that he is still learning, one thing that becomes clear to him is that this gift/curse is an "awakening"--and that he can never "un-awaken."
I really liked that this film showed Jonas' process of adjusting to a radical and sudden shift in perception, didn't hype it up with "big names" in the spiritual movement, and didn't try to push any spiritual precepts down our throats. I also appreciated that it was low-key; these are not actors acting, this film is a documentary with actual events and ordinary people. I personally had some challenges with the sound, particularly the dialogues between Jonas and his girlfriend, where the volume sometimes dropped off or the conversation wasn't clear. And since the filming took place over a period of time, the transitions on occasion were a bit choppy. But overall this film is definitely worth watching and may appeal in particular to people who are ambivalent about the whole idea of spiritual "awakening" and conscious evolution.
Perhaps most significantly, this film is a welcome and worthy addition to the groundswell of spiritual awakening that is undeniably occurring in myriad ways, and shifting the consensual paradigm of "ordinary" human consciousness.
-- Julie Clayton
One of the interesting things I've observed in the books coming our way of late is a wall-to-wall explosion of spiritual awakening. It doesn't matter if you're rich or homeless, a businessman or a check-out clerk, a religious person or total skeptic, a 20-something or retired - you're equally likely to get a wake-up call.
The "call" comes in many forms - visual, auditory, synchronicities, healings, and just plain miracles. Typically those receiving it think it has to be their imagination or they're afraid they're "losing it" and resist until they can't deny it any more. The "it" in question pretty much boils down to a realization that we are much more than our physical bodies, that our souls are in communication with something greater and that we are all a part of this One consciousness. The perception that what connects us all is the overpowering love of the One, seems to fill people with such joy that they are compelled to share it through their books, films, talks and what they do in the world.
One remarkable film that just came out is called "Wake Up." It is about Jonas Elrod, a young artist who suddenly started to see and hear angels, demons, ghosts, lights and auras that scare the $#!& out of him. This is an extraordinarily down-to-earth documentary that follows him around for a year as he sets out to understand what is happening to him. It records his visits to teachers around the world, and the gradual transformation within him as he comes to terms with the gift he was given.
So there you have it. You can believe that there is an epidemic of otherwise sane people suddenly going collectively mad ... or you may be ready to consider that something wonderful and magical is happening on a grand scale. You might even be ready to allow some magic into your life...hmmm?