People v. The State of Illusion Hot
This feature length documentary/drama is set in the notorious Old Main Prison of the New Mexico State Penitentiary, and tells the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father who is arrested and tried on charges following an incident that also results in his daughter being sent to a state home. While there, an attorney learns of her plight and the story of her father, and decides to represent her in an innovative and surprising case against the State.
Written and produced by Austin Vickers, this movie explores the science and power of perception and imagination and the prison walls of habitual thought and behavior that we all create, and documents the evidence that answers the central question of this provocative film, can we really change? Featured in the film are 9 of the nations leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, sociology, and consciousness theory including Dr. Thomas Moore, Dr. Candace Pert, Debbie Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Robert Jahn, Dr. Peter Senge, Brenda Dunne, and Dr. Michael Vandermark. It is an inspiring and compelling movie that will enlighten your mind and elevate your spirit.
A Potentially Life-changing Film
Stress, exhaustion, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness - these are the main sources of the ills that man is heir to. Starting in earliest childhood, their foundation is laid as, thought by thought and emotion by emotion, the layers are added to create the habits of perception that imprison us today. In this brilliant docu-drama, attorney Austin Vickers puts our whole system of self-inflicted pain on trial. The film moves between the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father jailed for manslaughter after a traffic accident, and explanations of how our thoughts and emotions create our experience of reality laid out by some of today’s leading scientists and teachers.
Vickers is a world-class corporate lawyer who wrote this film to share the fruits of decades in the field of leadership training. It is based on incidents he experienced working for and on behalf of women, children and the homeless - often pro bono. He brought together leading lights in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, sociology, and consciousness theory like Dr. Thomas Moore, Dr. Candace Pert, Debbie Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Robert Jahn, Dr. Peter Senge, Brenda Dunne, and Dr. Michael Vandermark.
At a time when more people die of suicide each year than from all the armed conflicts in the world combined, and when 50% of marriages end in divorce, we cannot ignore the magnitude of the psycho-spiritual dysfunction rampant in our world. The core message delivered by the film is that our inner world of thought, feeling and emotion - what I think of as our spirit - is under constant attack from the stressors of today’s society. Our response is to distract ourselves from our pain with things like alcohol, drugs, sex and shopping. And like any addictive substance, we find we need more and more to get the high.
This doesn’t have to be our story... The film shows us how to change it through what we choose to focus on. The combination of drama and science works particularly well here, because you get the visceral impact of the story, which is then reinforced at the intellectual level through the science of how changes in body chemistry and neurophysiology affect emotion, perception and behavior. The science is vitally important here, because our left-brained society is quick to pooh-pooh anything that smacks of New Age, and the messages in this film are so important and empowering that they need to go mainstream.
There is so much in the film to take in that you will want to see it multiple times, so I hope it comes out soon as a DVD - ideally with a workbook to go along with it. My husband is a hypnotherapist and runs a school of hypnosis. He will make it part of his curriculum. I would like to make it required viewing for every student of psychology and all the therapeutic professions, including doctors and nurses - it’s that important.