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Youth Inspired Faith Walks


Youth Inspired Faith Walks

With Malayna’s excitement over the release of the inspiring film Little Boy in theaters, and Stacy’s return from a Faith Walk-themed Youth of Unity event, we are reminded that “a little child shall lead them”…or rather, us.  How can we let our inner child lead the way in our own lives?  Pop Conscious will explore the ways we are reminded to let go of our jaded, pessimistic viewpoints and become like a child in order to enter the Kingdom of all possibilities!

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Stacy’s faves:  Little Prince, Little Princess, Under the Same Moon, Red Balloon, Cinema Paradiso

Malayna’s Notes:

Little Boy –  beautifully made from every possible aspect!  Brilliant writing, beautiful cinematography, great cast, wonderful actors, and on top of it, it offers such depth of feeling and inspiration!

Inspired just from their intro trailer! (below)
“I hope Little Boy will inspire you to love more and judge less…to forgive more and complain less…
and to rediscover that little boy or little girl inside of you who still believes in miracles… experience a movie that not only entertains you but also lifts your spirits and inspires you to be a light in the world.” – Eduardo Verástegui

“I think that this movie will make everybody love each other.” – Jakob Salvati

Watch this!

Metanoia Films – Metanoia — an Ancient Greek word (μετάνοια) meaning “changing one’s mind” — may refer to:

Paranoia = early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from paranoos ‘distracted,’ from para ‘irregular’ + noos ‘mind.’

Pronoia = Pronoia is a neologism that is defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia: having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to help the person, or as astrologer Rob Brezsny says, “How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings”.

Directed and co-written by Smithsonian Institute Award-winning director, Alejandro Monteverde – who met his wife, Ali Landry, at a church Bible study.

Executive Producers:

  • Mark Burnett – Mark Burnett – British television producer, based in Los Angeles. Burnett is currently the executive producer of five network television series with seven hours of network programming. He has produced over 2,400 hours of television which regularly airs in over 70 countries. His current series are Survivor (2000), The Voice (2011), The Apprentice, Shark Tank (2009) and People’s Choice Awards….
    Burnett has been named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME Magazine. He has won five Emmy Awards and four People’s Choice Awards. In total, Burnett’s projects have accumulated 98 Emmy nominations. In addition to his work as a producer, Mark has authored eight books.
  • Roma Downey – Mark married Roma Downey on April 28, 2007 at their home in Malibu. The ceremony was officiated by Della Reese. They have three children.
  • Eduardo Verástegui – toured the world as a singer in the Mexican pop sensation Kairo and as an acclaimed solo recording artist, performing sold-out concerts in over 13 countries. Starring in five highly-rated “telenovelas” (Spanish soap operas) for Televisa (broadcast in over 19 countries), he has also been featured on hundreds of international magazine covers including People En Español which voted him one of 50 Most Beautiful People. Verástegi has appeared opposite Jennifer Lopez in one of her most famous music videos “Ain’t it funny!” as well as in an international television commercial promoting her self-titled commercial fragrances. In 2001, Verástegui was on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles when he was approached by the V.P. of Casting at 20th Century Fox for the studio’s first ever Latino-driven film “Chasing Papi” and won the starring role. He subsequently co-starred in an indie film called “Meet Me In Miami” and has appeared in such primetime television series as “CSI:Miami, ” “Charmed,” and “Karen Cisco”. In 2004, following an inspiration to transform his image, Verástegui left his agency and management and teamed with director Alejandro Monteverde and producer Leo Severino to form Metanoia Films, a company committed to projects that entertain, engage and inspire.


  • Jakob Salvati
  • Emily Watson
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Michael Rapaport – red headed new Yorker (Phoebe’s cop bf)
  • David Henrie
  • Ben Chaplin – Latest Cinderella as her dad, Remains of the Day, Truth about Cats and Dogs, (Jeneane Garofalo/Uma), Murder by Numbers (Sandra Bullock),
  • Eduardo Verástegui
  • Ted Levine – Buffalo Bill, the capt on Monk, (Chatted with in the elevator at Barb’s hotel!)
  • Abraham Benrubi
  • and Tom Wilkinson
  • Kevin James – King of Queens,

Other Youth-Led Films

Golden Child – (1986) Eddie Murphy!

Kundun – (1997) – The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as ‘Kundun’, which means ‘The Presence’. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. Written by Deki

Goonies – Sean Astin

Imdb – Greatest child actors of all time

Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Lukas Haas (Witness, Amish boy),

Fandango’s list of 20 great performacnces from child actors (http://www.fandango.com/movie-photos/20-great-performances-from-child-actors-219)

  • Henry Thomas – ET (with Erika Eleniak!)
  • Haley Joel Osment – Sixth Sense (Pay it Forward too – Dave Venghaus)
  • Freddie Highmore – Finding Neverland
  • Daniel Radclife, Harry Potter
  • McCauley Culkin – Home Alone
  • Dakota Fanning – I Am Sam
  • Kirsten Dunst – Interview with the Vampire
  • Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
  • River Phoenix – Stand By Me (Wil Wheaton, Jerry
  • Leo DiCaprio – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Christian Bale – Empire of the Sun
  • Chloe Moretz – Kick Ass

Metaphysical interpretation of bible verses metioned above – from TruthUnity.net

Isaiah 11: 6

11:6And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.

Meta Interpretation (paraphrased from Charles Fillmore,found on TruthUnity.net):

Having partaken of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a dual consciousness was set up in our minds. Some things we pronounced good and some we called bad. Now under the new law of Oneness in our hearts, we see things in their true light, and we see now that “bad” is just undeveloped good.  Like a little child who knows no fear, we trust in the power of the omnipresent Good. When we are positive to the Good nothing external can hurt the Truth of us.

Mark (Not paraphrased, cuz I’m lazy…but edited down…)

10:15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter therein.

We can attain the childlike mind by making ourselves receptive to the inspiration of Spirit. We must empty our minds of accumulated wisdom, and like little children believe the marvelous things of Spirit. In the childlike mind we are not suspicious or critical, but we believe and trust, and are joyous, free-hearted, and in all ways like children.

The unquestioning faith of the little child makes contact with the spiritual realm and attains its gifts.

Why does the kingdom of God belong to little children? Because … they are free from the self-righteousness that prevents the material-minded person from accepting Truth.

How do we “receive the kingdom of God as a little child”? By believing in the reality of the ideal qualities of Spirit, faith, love, goodness, beauty, and the like.

 See Malayna singing “Greatest Love of All” on Who’s the Boss:

See the Labyrinth on the cover of Malayna’s novel,  Echoes Across Time, here:

Stages of the Hero’s Journey

Original air date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Episode Description:

Life is full of graduations, transitions, endings, and new beginnings, which are all phases and stages in life’s journey. In this episode, Stacy ponders graduations and season finales, while Malayna  gushes about Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey. Together they discuss how these resonant themes from world myths and folktales have found their way into Pop Culture. Then we’ll apply them to our own life stories, where we are the heroes of the tales!


Supernatural, Metaphysical, and Spiritual – with Sherry Hursey


Click here to listen to this episode: Supernatural, Metaphysical, and Spiritual

Original air date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Sherry Hursey in Lilly's Light

Sherry Hursey in Lilly’s Light

This week, Malayna and celebrity guest Sherry Hursey will talk about the different ways that spirituality can be interpreted and portrayed in the media.

From vampires to angels and shows with a penchant for the positive, we look at TV shows and films that will give you reason to examine your beliefs and also help you find inspiration!

And we even find a way to connect April Fool’s Day and The Hero’s Journey, all with the help of their celebrity guest, actress Sherry Hursey!


Sherry Hursey:

o   Sherry Hursey (born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina)[1] is an American actress best known for her recurring role as Ilene Markham on the sitcom Home Improvement and her 1988–1989 stint as Paula Carson on the soap opera Days of our Lives.

Supernatural defined:

1:  of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially :  of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil


a :  departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature

b :  attributed to an invisible agent (as a ghost or spirit)


metaphysical, otherworldly, paranormal, preternatural, transcendent, transcendental, unearthly


Metaphysical defined:

1:  of or relating to metaphysics

2 a:  of or relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses

   b:  supernatural

3:  highly abstract or abstruse; also:  theoretical


Spiritual Defined:

1:  of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit:  incorporeal<spiritual needs>

2              a:  of or relating to sacred matters <spiritual songs>

b:  ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal <spiritual authority><lords spiritual>

3:  concerned with religious values

4:  related or joined in spirit <our spiritual home><his spiritual heir>

5a:  of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena


Supernatural Googled:

The TV Series on CW – The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester Brothers continues with the ninth season of “Supernatural” on The CW. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent the last eight years battling the things that go bump in the night. Over the years, with the help of the fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins), and the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the Winchesters have straddled the line between good and evil.

http://sidroth.org/ – Sid Roth, a Jewish believer in Jesus, hosts It’s Supernatural! TV. He has spent years investigating the supernatural of God.

Supernatural TV shows:

Believe – Alfonso Cuaron’s new supernatural tale,

Touch – evolved humans

Heroes, Mutant X, – mutated humans

X-Files –

Sci Fi ? Doctor Who, Lost, Twilight

Soap Operas – Dark Shadows, Passions – Passions debuted in 1999 with major fanfare. Creator Reilly had been credited for a large surge in the ratings for Days of our Lives years before, thanks to innovative storylines like that of heroine Dr. Marlena Evans being possessed by Satan that drew new viewers, but also tended to alienate stalwart fans. With Passions, Reilly was able to start with a blank slate and no pre-existing fan base to please.

Check out this article called Writers, Know Your Archetypes: The Fool — here are some highlights:

1. Don’t assume “fool” is interchangeable with “stupid.” While some fool characters may be stupid, that’s not the essence of the archetype. Elizabeth Bennet’s mother in Jane Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice is a very silly woman, but she’s smart enough to know her daughters must marry to avoid ending up in poverty.

4. That doesn’t mean they never experience fear. Guy Fleegman in the movie Galaxy Quest is in a constant state of terror, but never thinks not to join in with the rest of the characters on their dangerous missions.

7. Fool characters tend to be astonishingly lucky. A perfect example of this would be Forrest Gump. Forrest becomes a football star by accident (a coach sees how fast he can run while trying to evade bullies) and survives

Vietnam unscathed, while others around him are killed or injured. He also becomes an Olympic ping pong player, millionaire and pop culture phenomenon without trying very hard to accomplish any of those things.

12. In spite of causing havoc, fools can be a last resort for problems the main characters can’t solve. An example would be Delly Cartwright from The Hunger Games series. In Mockingjay, Peeta has been so damaged by torture he thinks Katniss is out to kill him. Their childhood friend Delly, who has such an optimistic and honest demeanor it’s difficult not to take what she says at face value, is brought in to convince him otherwise.

15. Don’t be afraid to twist the archetype a bit. Joss Whedon did this for two characters in his TV series Firefly: Jayne Cobb is hardly optimistic or innocent (on the surface, at least) but he fits the archetype in other respects. For instance, he is worshiped by the residents of a town called Canton as a savior when he actually meant to steal from them. On the other hand, the character Kaylee is optimistic, but also competent at her job.


Global and Generational Pop Consciousness – with Erika Eleniak


Listen to: Global and Generational Pop Consciousness
Original air date: Monday, February 24, 2014



Episode Description:

This week, with celebrity guest Erika Eleniak, the Pop Conscious gals will be discussing pop culture that goes global and what captures the attention of young people. Do movies like E.T., (in which Erika was a cast member) still resonate with young people today? What subcultures and conventions have been built around various pop influences? And how are younger generations experiencing the interactive quality of today’s pop culture? Listen in and we’ll share our insights!

Erika as Elly May

Erika as Elly May

What we talked about:

  • The deeper meaning and themes behind the TV shows and movies she’s been in…
  • Erika’s on-screen kiss at age 12, directed by Steven Spielberg…
  • How Baywatch evolved from Movie of the Week and Pamela Anderson’s intro being Erika’s swan song…
  • William Shatner as her dad…
  • 6 Degrees of Separation (and of Kevin Bacon)…
  • The transformations (Hero’s Journey) of each of her characters, from Under Siege to The Opponent…
  • The archetypes represented by her roles…
  • Favorite Bible stories, from a spiritual and metaphysical perspective…
  • Her roles in life as a mother, wedding celebrant and children’s book author
  • The importance of influences on youth – pop culture and spiritual principle…
  • The global influence of pop culture and how it differs around the world…does it get lost in translation?
  • Perspectives from Sri Lanka, where Malayna was broadcasting from, and Bollywood actresses as spokespeople for multinationals…
  • How to tell what season of Castle you’re watching by the length of Beckett’s hair
  • Themes of love and paying it forward.

Image of Erika above is a screenshot from The Beverly Hillbillies video trailer on YouTube.