Category Archives: Creativity as Spiritual Practice

Games Make Us Better, Even Super!

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Original air date: Monday, October 05, 2015

A listener suggested this topic, which makes it even more fun and interactive! Video games are often blamed for negative changes in youth and society, but what if they could be used for good? What if they could help us become better? Dr. Jane McGonigal is a video game developer and champion who has created a free online game tool to help us become our best selves. We’ll take a look at the positive contributions video games make to society and humanity, and it’s backed by science! Join us and learn how to be your most super self!

Links for more info:

http://www.superbetter.com

http://showmethescience.com/

From Malayna’s Pre-Show Notes:

BOOKS about Games and Life:

  • Mastering Life’s Energies: Simple Steps to a Luminous Life at Work and Play by Maria Nemeth — “A game worth playing and a goal worth playing for”
  • The Game of Life and How to Play It – Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Games People Play – The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis by Eric Berne

History of Board Games and more from diceygoblin.com

Within the past few years board games have gone through an explosion of growth. In 2012 The Guardian went as far as dubbing it “A Golden Age for Board Games”, stating board games have seen a growth rate as high as 40% year over year. That’s higher than Google, which sees about 20% growth year over year.

The budding interest has also inspired Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day to start a popular Youtube series, called Table Top. This series pits internet celebrities against each other and garners several hundred thousand views per video.

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Disney Animator Shares Creative Alchemy

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Disney Animator Creative AlchemyOriginal air date: Monday, September 21, 2015

Episode Description:

Where does one go from Disney? Malayna welcomes former Disney animator Dave Zaboski to learn about creative living! A classically trained painter and illustrator, he has co-created several national children’s books including one with Deepak Chopra. He has created concept art for film and game projects, and travels and teaches creativity and innovation as a public speaker. Spirituality and creativity infuse everything he does, so join us to learn tips on seeing your own life as an evolving work of art!

To learn more about Dave, visit these links:

Awesome August on Pop Conscious

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Original air date: Monday, August 03, 2015
Episode Description:

Malayna welcomes Sezín Koehler to discuss cultural identity and the pop culture transcending it. Sezín is of mixed descent and is a Huffington Post blogger, novelist, and Third Culture Kid who has lived in 13 countries and 18 different cities. Her pop culture fandom ranges from mermaids to Maleficent, Gilmore Girls to Guardians of the Galaxy, Labyrinth to Love, Actually, and Hannibal to Harry Potter. Her spiritual beliefs are just as diverse and expressive. Join us as we explore pop culture’s global influence and how it inspires our lives, whatever our cultural influences may be!

Original air date: Monday, August 17, 2015
Episode Description:

These terms are familiar to anyone who has traveled, as both Malayna and Stacy have recently, but they are also ideas that can be used in connection with summer’s end. Whether it means beginning a new school term or reflecting upon your career and life goals, we’ll examine pop culture depictions of these concepts. Join us in looking at the destinations we choose, how we make departures from our routines to get there, and how to know if we’ve arrived. Travel outward and inward with Pop Conscious!

Original air date: Monday, August 24, 2015
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We are all in the school of life, so as summer ends, we’re beginning to gear up for getting down to business! Whether in school, work, or just life, our business may include classes, writing assignments, deadlines, and tests to determine if we’ve “made the grade.” In so many ways, school never ends. So join us as we look at pop culture expressions of schooling, and find fun ways to keep learning about ourselves!

Original air date: Monday, August 31, 2015
Episode Description:

If you had to learn everything you knew about the world and its people from movies and TV, what would you know about prayer, ritual, and sacred celebrations in other cultures and lands? What could you learn from their depictions? And would they be accurate? These are the questions we’ll try to answer and discuss in our Pop Conscious preparations for Unity World Day of Prayer. Tune in for our recommendations of alternative spiritual observances with pop culture flair!

Pop Conscious in July

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Pop Conscious Topics from July 2015

Pop Conscious topics from July 2015

Spirited Advertising and Pop Culture – with guest co-host Michele Coles

Inspired by Michele’s visit to the creatively playful Duck Tape Festival, we talked about how Summer’s animated features, Minions and Inside Out seem ominpresent in advertising and merchandising. Then we looked at advertising aimed at kids, and the rise of action figures.

Then we made it spiritual too!

Looking at advertising with a critical eye can tell us about our culture today and help us experience nostalgia of days past. But looking at ads with your third eye, or through a lens of spiritual awareness, can help you see what’s important to you and what isn’t, and maybe even understand what’s important to someone else. In this episode, Malayna Dawn and Michele Coles will discuss how to use Unity principles to make the most of what we can’t avoid! We’ll talk about how to be in the world, but not of the world, play with what’s fun, and ignore what isn’t useful.

Unity Youth and Rewriting History

Throughout the past few weeks, Stacy has been busy in her role as the Southwest Unity Region’s Teen Consultant, overseeing Uniteens Camp and then accompanying our older teens to the International Youth of Unity event at Unity Village. Malayna has been reminiscing about her own youth in Unity, and thinking of movies and TV shows where characters get to do it all again. If you could go back, would you do things differently? What might we learn from such forays into our imagination? Can it make life better today? We’ll explore these questions this week on Pop Conscious!

Busting the Lone Hero Myth – with guest co-host Michele Coles and companion piece on Beliefnet.com (coming soon…)

There is a certain individualistic ideal which seems to tell us that it is possible, maybe even preferable, to do it on your own—whatever it may be. But if we look closely at our favorite heroes, most of them have backup—sidekicks, family, love interests, butlers, and the like. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto! He wasn’t alone after all! Join Malayna and team member Michele Coles as they scan pop culture for supposed heroic loners and their sidekicks or support teams. Then we’ll bust the myth and refine the ideal of individual empowerment to include supportive connections, because we know that “oneness” doesn’t mean being alone, but joined in Unity!

Sci-Fi Spirituality of Firefly and Serenity – with returning guest Dr. Tanya Cochran!

When you’re a fan, you have a passionate reverence for the subject of your fandom that is not unlike a spiritual experience. We welcome back our favorite scholar-fan, Dr. Tanya Cochran, to share insights found in the TV series Firefly and it’s follow-up film, Serenity. We’ll look at the resonance we find in the archetypes of the crew members and how belief plays a huge role in this space cowboy adventure by Joss Whedon. And we can’t forget the fans. There’s not a power in the ‘verse that can stop us!

Hear Dr. Tanya’s previous visit from June 2015 when we discussed Channeling the Devotion of Fandom !

Channeling the Devotion of Fandom

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FB Banner Scholar 6-1When people are fans, they are passionate, devoted, and engaged. It makes fandom the perfect vehicle for riding a wave of devotion to create a more engaged life—one in which passion informs all the choices we make. We welcome author and scholar Tanya R. Cochran, who will tell us how she has channeled her passion for the works of Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams into her career, and as a means to deepen her inner journey. Join us and learn to follow your inspiration!
We so enjoyed our talk with Dr. Tanya Cochran!  We touched the work shown above, but also spent time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which featured heavily in her dissertation, and the latest controversy surrounding how Black Widow is portrayed in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.
If you’re not well-versed in the works of Joss Whedon, check out our companion piece on Beliefnet.com, “The Spirit of the Whedonverse“!
Here are a few excerpts from Tanya’s dissertation:

p 26 – But little has been written and published about finding God where we might least expect — in songs by Eminem, in sitcoms such as The Simpsons (1989 – present), in films such as Crash (2004), or in teen horror/action/science fiction/fantasy/comedy/dramas with campy titles like Buffy the Vampire Slayer .

Detweiler and Taylor { A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture -November 1, 2003} argue that Jesus himself set the precedence for ‘shaking things up‛…[he] flipped the script on people’s understanding of power, life, and religion’ (8).

And flipping the script is exactly what Detweiler and Taylor intend to do by claiming that ‚God shines through even the most debased pop cultural products‛ (8). I was skeptical of their claims at first, but as I more fully realize what story it is that I find myself in, I take their words more and more to heart. My experience tells me I must.

Pg 27 – No more guilt, only critical curiosity. This whole person sees striking and moving metaphorical connections between the Bible ’s Gospel and Buffy ’s “good news.” This whole person makes meaning for herself that deepens and enriches her religious, spiritual, and academic experience. She hears a universal tune humming through both obvious and obscure texts.

P221 – Mark 9.15: “As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him” (New American Standard Bible). Wonder, a state in which one wants to learn more about something. The people are amazed by this person, curious about him. They want to know more.

I want to know more even as I believe that Jesus, as God, is infinite. And because he is infinite, he cannot be fully known. To know more is to know that knowing never ends. To know is to seek, to wonder about him, to wonder of him.

This seeking, this wondering is a conversation, a dialogue with truth and love embodied. There is no monologue. Monologues lead to guardianships. Dialogues, however, lead to searches, to journeys, to paths of wonder. Years ago when I was swallowed by intellectual crisis and depression, I could have chosen any one of many paths. But if I had chosen any other journey but the journey of wonder, I may not have ended up here at this moment because wonder gives birth to ever – increasing wisdom.

We also talked about our shared love of J.J. Abrams works, which include the much beloved TV series Alias, Lost  and Fringe.

And there is plenty more to talk about!  We’ll have to have Dr. Tanya back!

Exploring Depression: Finding Our Way

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Listen now to Exploring Depression: Finding Our Way in our archives at Unity Online Radio

or download the podcast from iTunes

The Dark Night of the Soul – how can Pop Conscious Unity people use practical, positive principles to navigate it? Our tools include comedy, music and cartoons as ways to observe, connect and understand the metaphors and metaphysics. Team member, Michele Coles, who has been known to use spiritual stand-up comedy as a map, joins us in an honest exploration of our shadows as we make our way to the light.

Great stuff from Rosalarian.com, found on Buzzfeed - Frustrations of Depression

Great stuff from Rosalarian.com, found on Buzzfeed – Frustrations of Depression

Disclaimer:   We are fellow spiritual seekers, sharing our experience, we are not licensed therapists nor do we claim to have any answers, but merely suggestions, ideas, theories, stories that might help others feel less alone, or give them clues to move forward on their own paths.

Malayna’s Notes:

HOLISTIC HEALTH – Neuro Emotional Technique – acknowledges the relationship between emotional health, environmental toxicity, nutritional balance and structural integrity – physical correction

http://netmindbody.com/

HALT – Don’t let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.

Reasons for depression:

Exhaustion, overwork, overgiving, pushing

Hormones – surges or drops,

Thyroid

Blood Sugar

Loss/change/ Grieving

Tools I’ve used before:

Spiritual Madness by Carolyn Myss – http://www.myss.com/catalog/spiritual-madness.htm

Today, spiritual seekers are faced with conflicts no monk ever faced, leading to a “dark night” unique to our age. This deep and rich “madness” is an inescapable part of the contemporary mystical journey.

Spiritual Madness is a unique and daring session that reaches to the borderland of spiritual experience, where the inner mysteries of the divine are fully opened in the outer world of career and family.

— Listen to what you feel, what is it telling you? Unity principle – turn within

Escapism, immersion into something comforting, allowing, not pushing away

What do you want to be doing?

—Time to make a plan and find the energy to pursue it – Unity principles say everything is created twice

— Pets! Unconditional Love and acceptance, caring for another

Celebs who have been public about it

  • Brooke Shields and Gwyneth Paltrow – PostPardum
  • Anne Hathway
  • Ashley Judd – “No one had ever validated my pain before,” she said. “It was so profound.”
  • Jim Carrey – Speaking on 60 Minutes in 2004, the flamboyant funnyman said, ” I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything’s just OK.”
  • Alicia Keyes – “I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn’t shake it,” she said. “I started burying my feelings, and it got to a point where I couldn’t even tell my family or my friends, ‘I’m twisted,’ or ‘I’m exhausted,’ or ‘I’m so angry.’ … I became a master of putting up the wall so that I was unreadable.”

Bollywood Beauty, Deepika Padukone – But in a candid opinion piece for Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, Padukone writes: ”I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn’t go away….over a period of time, it got worse.” After intervention from loved ones, she went to see two psychiatrists, and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

Padukone addresses the taboo in South Asian society that surrounds mental health concerns, and calls for more “support and understanding.” She also writes about the urgency to address this issue by citing a World Health Organization statement that depression will be the most widespread epidemic in the next few years.

“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton, “Cutting Loose,” Liberation Now!, pp. 39-55. This essay was originally published in Esquire, July 1970,

[And used on Criminal Minds, Season 6, Episode 15, ‘Today I Do’, spoken by Rossi, and used in the show’s promos]

Jon Stewart on quitting Daily Show: “I Live In A Constant State Of Depression”
Decreased professional fulfillment, fatigue from covering elections with seemingly identical narratives, and plain old  depression, it’s clear he’s plain exhausted.

Rev Molly – News watching requires spiritual mastery

Sezin’s article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sezin-koehler/healing-is-a-process-not-_b_6044650.html

13 (Non-Pharmaceutical) Ways to Deal With PTSD

Inner Mean Girls Tea Party

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Original air date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Mean Girl Party

We are so excited to welcome the authors of Reform Your Inner Mean Girl, Amy Ahlers and Christine Arylo to chat with us at Pop Conscious! They’ll share steps to help us stop bullying ourselves and how to get to know our inner mean girls and what they want so we can bring them over from the dark side. Identifying these archetypes for transformation can be creative and fun. Party over here!

Just like we used to have tea parties with our imaginary friends, today on Pop Conscious we’ll host a tea party for our INNER FRENEMIES, our shadow selves, refereed by the authors of Reform Your Inner Mean Girl, Amy Ahlers & Christine Arylo, we’ll learn how to work together for wholeness and happiness.

Malayna’s FAVORITE BITS:

Inspire instead of torture ourselves with comparisons

The end to outer mean girls has to also include an end to inner mean girls.

… where science & spirituality meet, we find superpower!

Bitstrips are just too fun!

Bitstrips are just too fun!

 

Malayna your highest scoring Archetype is:

Comparison Queen with a score of 19.

Fixer and Rescuer with a score of: 17

Perfectionist with a score of: 17

Achievement Junkie with a score of: 16

Overly Optimistic, Partying Cheerleader with a score of: 15

Invincible Superwoman with a score of: 14

Good Girl with a score of: 13

Doing Addict with a score of: 12

Mean Girls in movies and TV

  • Mean Girls (2004) – Lindsey Lohan / Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfriend = “The Plastics” (Tina Fey wrote screenplay, was in it with Amy Poehler, and a great “grown up” cast)
  • Heathers (1988) – Winona Ryder + Christian Slater/ Shannon Doherty
  • Easy A (2010) – Emma Stone + Penn Badgely / Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, (Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci, Thomas Haden Church)
  • Never Been Kissed (1999) 0 Drew Barrymore + Michael Vartan/ Jessica Alba “The ones that even as you grow up will remain the most beautiful girls you’ve ever seen close up.”
  • Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997) –
  • Clueless
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gossip Girl
  • 90210

“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” -Sally Kempton

Attend their Los Angeles book launch event on April 25th!  Find out more at

http://www.innermeangirlworkshop.com/

 

Outlanders, Outliers, and Outcasts

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Original air date: Monday, March 16, 2015
S & M like it Scot!

S & M like it Scot!

Your hosts became intrepid reporters, getting in on a Q&A with the creators and stars of the OUTLANDER series on Showtime, and are always happy to find ways to make their obsessions useful for personal and spiritual growth for themselves and others. Since the one-word title refers to people from another land, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the sense of being an outsider. We’ve all experienced it, and yet we have also seen that special something that an unknown entity brings. Join Malayna and Stacy as they share their insights on outsider-ness!
Outlander - Season 1B - Promotional Posters
Notes from Behind the Microphone, the mere seeds of the conversation!
Malayna and Stacy attended PaleyFest’s Outlander preview and panel discussion, which included cast members, producer Ronald Moore and the author of the book series, Diana Gabaldon.  They shared what they learned, and a few connecting pieces.
“Ironically, when you do something honestly, it becomes a female point of view.” – Ronald D. Moore about the wedding episode
Wikipedia describes the Outlander Series thusly:

The Outlander series focuses on 20th-century nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th-century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser. Set in Scotland, France, the West Indies, England and North America, the novels merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

Outliers a book by Malcolm Gladwell,  was described by Wikipedia as:  a journalist for The Washington Post before writing for The New Yorker.  The subjects for his articles, usually non-fiction, range from “infomercials to computers that analyze pop songs”.

His familiarity with academic material has allowed him to write about “psychology experiments, sociological studies, law articles, statistical surveys of plane crashes and classical musicians and hockey players”, which he converts into prose accessible to a general audience and which sometimes pass as memes into the popular imagination.

  • Gladwell noted that “the biggest misconception about success is that we do it solely on our smarts, ambition, hustle and hard work.
  • When asked what message he wanted people to take away after reading Outliers, Gladwell responded, “What we do as a community, as a society, for each other, matters as much as what we do for ourselves. It sounds a little trite, but there’s a powerful amount of truth in that, I think.”
  • Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule“, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
Outcasts
This follows nicely on the heels of our previous episode about Spock, and why the character resonates with people across generations.  We didn’t plan it!  It just happened that way!
To view the Paleyfest panel we attended, just do a YouTube search!  You have many choices… we are not alone in our love for Outlander!

To Live Long and Prosper

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Original air date: Monday, March 09, 2015
Episode Description:
Thanks to Emily's Quotes for this...

Thanks to Emily’s Quotes for this…

This week, as a tribute to the long and fruitful life of Leonard Nimoy, Pop Conscious will discuss the impact of one character, namely Spock, on pop culture, and on fandom. He taught so many of us about the importance of listening to both logic and the heart, and about the true meaning of friendship. What is it about this character and the Star Trek universe that has moved so many to a sort of religious devotion? And is there really any such thing as a final frontier? Listen as Malayna and Stacy, along with team member Michele Coles, take the discussion where no man has gone before!

 Notes that spurred the conversation – which often goes directions we can’t predict…

From CNN

Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the re-booted feature film incarnation of “Trek,” is excellent in the role. (Nimoy himself said so.) Quinto must know that however much he brings to the role, he will only be its custodian. Spock is Nimoy. Nimoy is Spock. It is, as Spock himself would intone, only logical.

Nimoy often insisted otherwise, especially as the show went from canceled outcast to global phenomenon. He even wrote a book with the title, “I Am Not Spock” (1977) that was bought by millions of readers who didn’t buy the title for a nanosecond. By 1995, he cried “uncle” by publishing a followup autobiography, “I Am Spock.” In the years before and since, he carried his character’s legacy with the grace and class he exhibited in other areas of his life.

And the life of Leonard Nimoy, irrespective of Spock, was a rich and varied feast. Those two “Spock” books weren’t the only things he’d published. A couple of books of poetry are also credited to him as were a collection of photographs celebrating what he termed “the feminine aspect of God.”

Which reminds me. Nimoy had a hand, so to speak, in creating one of Spock’s most indelible traits: The “live-long-and-prosper” split-finger salute that Nimoy had borrowed from an approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, the first letter in the word Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

Roddenberry didn’t think of that. Nimoy did. And in doing so made an implausible character as much a part of our waking dreams as members of our own family.

He also directed movies, two of which were part of the “Trek” franchise: 1984’s “The Search for Spock” and 1986’s “The Voyage Home.”

I got to meet him when the latter film opened. It was at a press conference that was part of the promotional junket in Los Angeles and Nimoy was very un-Spock-like in his jocular, freewheeling enthusiasm for the movie (which was, in fact, one of the very best, certainly the warmest, of the big-screen “Trek” iterations.)

TREKKIES – the documentary film – http://www.trekdoc.com/ 1997

Not every idea is worth a TV series, and of these only a few are hits, spinning off sequels and eventually movies. Rarest of all is the TV show that somehow reaches beyond mere entertainment, creating some kind of looking-glass in which we see ourselves.

Why this particular show? What meaning has this show had in these people’s lives? What kind of spiritual or psychological impact does it have? Does the show’s message hold some kind of utopian ideal for the future? Does the show somehow create a way for people to feel they “fit in?” How has it inspired real life scientists, doctors, astronauts, and engineers?

The subjects profiled in the documentary span the entire spectrum of fans, from non-uniform wearing doctors, scientists, and teachers to Trek-uniform-wearing Dentists, Jurists, mothers, kids, and others.

  • One was Gabriel Koerner is the fourteen-year-old from Bakersfield, California, who has attended 28 conventions so far. He and his “Star Trek” club are planning to shoot their own “Star Trek” movie. And Gabriel is creating special effects on his home computer that make some of Hollywood’s best work pale by comparison. Now 32 yrs old and a visual effects artist nominated Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects – Series
  • a dentist in Orlando, Florida, who has trademarked the name, “Starbase Dental,” and whose office has a “Star Trek” theme. He, his wife Shelly, and his entire dental staff wear “Star Trek” uniforms while working on their patients.
  • A woman who rarely leaves home without her rank pips, tricorder, phaser, and communicator badge, even appearing for jury duty dressed in uniform.
  • Joyce Mason hosted a radio show called Talk Trek, starting every episode by saying “Hello, Gentle Beings.” Cable Radio Network with nearly 2.5 million listeners from about 1990 to 1998. Both Joyce and her co-host Evelyn de Biase were featured in the documentary Trekkies. She ran the Wm Shatner fan club and helped create his “Wells Fargo Hollywood Charity Horse Show” which William Shatner runs each year.
  • David, Laurel, and Tammi (their poodle) Greenstein, of Woodland Hills, California share a love of “Star Trek.” David wears his Starfleet uniform on a regular basis, and has a house full of “Star Trek” memorabilia. He is so enamored of the Vulcan approach to life, he has even considered plastic surgery to give his ears Vulcan-shaped points.

Toward a Rhetoric of Scholar-Fandom – TANYA R. COCHRAN

Office of Graduate Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Georgia State University

December 2009

http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1051&context=english_diss

Trekkies and Joss Whedon fans!


QUOTES

http://www.brainyquote.com

The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have. – Leonard Nimoy

That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence. – Leonard Nimoy

I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing. – Leonard Nimoy

Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it’s not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special. – Leonard Nimoy

My folks came to U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien. – Leonard Nimoy

My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture. – Leonard Nimoy

My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife’s cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious. – Leonard Nimoy

You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. You don’t necessarily know what kind of universal concept you’re tapping into. – Leonard Nimoy

Other times, you’re doing some piece of work and suddenly you get feedback that tells you that you have touched something that is very alive in the cosmos. – Leonard Nimoy

GENE RODDENBERRY from /www.goodreads.com

“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.” – Gene Roddenberry

“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.” – Gene Roddenberry

“I handed them a script and they turned it down. It was too controversial. It talked about concepts like, ‘Who is God?’ The Enterprise meets God in space; God is a life form, and I wanted to suggest that there may have been, at one time in the human beginning, an alien entity that early man believed was God, and kept those legends. But I also wanted to suggest that it might have been as much the Devil as it was God. After all, what kind of god would throw humans out of Paradise for eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. One of the Vulcans on board, in a very logical way, says, ‘If this is your God, he’s not very impressive. He’s got so many psychological problems; he’s so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He’s a pretty poor excuse for a supreme being.” ― Gene Roddenberry

“Ancient astronauts didn’t build the pyramids. Human beings built the pyramids, because they’re clever and they work hard.” ― Gene Roddenberry

If We Gave Out Oscars

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Original air date: Monday, February 23, 2015
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We’re all caught up in Oscar Fever! Of course, if WE were in charge, things might look a little different. Your Pop Conscious pals, Malayna and Stacy, will not only discuss their Oscar-related opinions, but will also create their own categories and criteria, and dole out virtual awards of their own imaginary design! Join in the fun and maybe you’ll even come out a winner.

Malayna’s Tweets and Notes from before the show: but LISTEN for Stacy’s great Pop Conscious Oscar Awards! 

  • “Stay weird, stay different, & when it’s your turn & you’re standing on this stage, please pass the same message …along” ‪#‎ItGetsBetter
    • Graham Moore, winner of best adapted screenplay oscar for The Imitation Game.
  • Gaga just won generations of fans! So touched when Julie Andrews came out and hugged her!
  • “Thank God that lives in us all!” -Common”This Bridge… Now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation & social status” “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion & elevated by love for all human beings.” – Common (Lonny Linn)
  • Viewed around the world, “We are bound together by our fascination and passion for cinema.” Yay! – president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Patricia Arquette – Give Love.org – Community-led sanitation projects to improve public health & create jobs around recycling, Wage equality
  • #‎EverythingIsAwesome !!! I want a Lego Oscar! ‪#‎Oscars Andy Samberg’s been busy! (SNL 40)
  • “The most enduring mystery of the Universe is love.” – Shirley Maclaine
  • “In a darkened theater…differences seem to melt away. We laugh, or cry, as one…because movies…[are] about being human.” ‪#‎Oscars – Nicole Kidman with Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • “The stories that motivate us that remind us to be brave…chase impossible dreams, and to stand up for our rights” #NPH #Oscars
  • “Tonight is for the people who love these movies. Who bought a ticket, who took a ride, who got lost in the stories that inspire us…”
  • Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Oscars! Loved it! @whedonesque @ActuallyNPH
  • “Moving pictures: They may not be real life, but they’ll show you what life really means” #Oscars #NPH
  • “How they move you…and improv you” #oscars opening
  • Mental Floss @mental_floss
  • When Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar 75 years ago, she had to make her way to the stage from a segregated table at the back of the room.

“The Oscar goes to ….Malayna……”!!!  (Melena Canonero for Grand Budapest Hotel)

My friend Chyla sang with John Legend and Common! (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Chyla) “she grew up singing with remarkably talented artists such as Muse, Michael Jackson, P!nk and Alicia Keys.”

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