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Last night I watched “Act of Valor,” a largely forgettable action film starring real Navy Seals in a story about a Seal unit rescuing an agent and then saving the world from a psychotic terrorist and his minions.  There was, as you might expect, plenty of good action and war stuff – the team parachuting into remote locations, helicopter and drone support, aircraft carriers and submarines with lots of scenes which seemed lifted straight out of a computer game like “America’s Army.”

In a final shoot-out with terrorist about to unleash the unthinkable on America, one of the seals pays the ultimate price, falling on a hand grenade to save his buddies.  His funeral is the last scene of the film, accompanied by a voice-over which suggests what it takes to be a Navy Seal, the key being the ability to take your emotions and feelings and put them in a box and bury it where it will never disturb a Seal’s ability to fight, kill and complete the mission, no matter the odds, no matter the cost.

The trouble with pro-war propaganda films like “Act of Valor” is that the “enemy” is always someone dead set on killing as many Americans as possible in big, splashy terrorist attacks and it is always up to one or two good guys who rescue us poor defenseless civilians at the very last second.  Exciting.  Exciting.  Hero work.

But not the real world.  There is a long line of experts who have dedicated their professional lives to the study of the effects of suppressing our feelings and emotions (putting them in a box and burying it in an unaccessible place).  Wilhelm Reich described the results of this suppression in terms of “body armor.”  Reich and those who came after him, most notably Alexander Lowen (BioEnergetics), studied the human body and its relationship to the mind.  There are volumes dedicated to this research and study.  I am, obviously, leaving out a ton of vital information in this brief peek into the work of Reich and Lowen, but let my brief insight stand as a reference to a door behind which there is a world filled with the promise of Heaven on Earth.

For all our talk of boxes into which feelings and emotions need to be placed in order to protect the world from evil, it is exactly the opposite which is true.  For every painful experience in our lives, from the earliest moments including birth and before, our amazing minds and bodies lock away the pain without our having to ever think about it.  As we continue locking our feelings away, the painful experience is locked away, not in a box, but in cellular memories residing in the muscles affected by the experience.

It shouldn’t be difficult to recall a painful moment – a fight with a spouse, a punishment by a parent, humiliation by a teacher or an employer.  Bring one of these experiences to mind and see if you can recall what your body was feeling – the tension in the face and arms, your stomach, or legs.  These experiences of a lifetime are delivering memories into the very cells of our bodies, head to toe, every minute of our lives.  The more pain and suffering we’ve experienced in our lives, the greater the resulting body armor, and the more body armor we carry, the more the anger there is locked in our bodies, longing to be expressed.

The anger locked in our bodies isn’t restricted to terrorists, folks.  We’ve all got it in varying degrees, depending on what we’ve been through in our lives, and the more we are able to understand how it works and how our lives are affected, the more compassionate we may become – understanding one another more completely and able to lead lives filled with peace.

Our film, “Purple Mind’ is an expression of this understanding.  Next time you’re tempted to watch a pro-war film like “Act of Valor,” I invite you to take a look at a pro-peace film instead.  “Purple Mind” is only a click away.

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