Monday, April 13, 2015

Mr. Hashimoto: brought to life in "Walk Talk Dance Sing"

The illustrious "Mr. Hashimoto," whom you now see referenced often by many thyroid sites, actually made his debut in "Walk Talk Dance Sing."

Born entirely of my imagination, he is the personification of this autoimmune response, crafted and carefully presented as a metaphor in the film. By personifying this illness, it allows us to better understand the dynamics and layers to this "affair."

Here is the signature Mr. Hashimoto tune, brought to life by our film sound composer and hashi-gal, Jean Tejkel. This tune gets toes tapping, and definitely raises awareness.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

This thyroid disease film moves us forward...

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

If you have watched "walk talk dance sing," the acclaimed thyroid disease film, you might have noticed that I created two distinct sections in the film. The first half of the film deals mostly with "what is" and the victimization aspect of this "thyroid disease story," with the many symptoms, and struggles, and highlighting the corruption and ineffective treatment from "the system."

This was a conscious choice knowing that the viewers (many of whom would be non-thyroid patients) would need to understand the seriousness of this dis-ease in order to get energized and start paying attention to this important issue. It would also offer some solace and vindication of sorts to patients.

It is very real now. The world now knows.

The second half of the film looks at "the future" and "what shall be."  It was NOT at all helpful for me at this point to continue to belabor the rampant corruption and dysfunction of the medical/pharma system....although I really wanted to hover there for a long time.

However, from my years of experience, and that of the many I have spoken with, I have absolutely zero belief that the medical system is at all interested in, or capable of, my wellness, now or ever. It simply would not be a wise use of my valuable energy to continue in that direction.

I mean, do I seriously think this highly-intelligent collective of individuals is unaware of its actions? If so, will that staggering degree of ignorance and arrogance ever solve anything?

And beyond that, aren't we really interested in NOT CREATING all this "dis-ease" in the first place, and giving up the antiquated belief that this system has anything at all to do with health?

So my journey in the "more colorful" 2nd half of the film explores the modalities and concepts and beliefs I have adopted to unravel aspects of this affair in order to regain my vitality--putting me, "the former patient/victim," back in the driver's seat.

Here is what I have discovered in talking with viewers:

Those that connected most passionately with the first half of the film are still very much identifying with the victim, and all the suffering. While those that are connecting deeply with the second half are at a place where they are ready to let go of the victim and create a new story...and have in fact started to take new action.

To be clear, I was definitely stuck in the sufferer mentality for a long time.  I spent a lot of time being indignant and upset and enraged--emotions probably  not too uncommon to me pre-diagnosis. In fact, it was only while making this film and committing to the story as it "unraveled" before me that I was finally able to let go of my focus on "them/ IT/ the system," and started focusing on me and what I can do.

It took me some time to realize that my focus on corruption begets more corruption, suffering begets more suffering, "what's wrong" begets "more of what's wrong"...and the loopiness continues on and on. 

To put this into perspective, while editing the earlier sections of the film challenged my health and well being, I was relieved and actually felt better while editing the 2nd half of the film. I was "dropping the fight" and integrating the messages of loving kindness to build strength and vitality from within.

Neither of these sections of the story are "better" choices. They are just really good guideposts for understanding where we are at on our path. The first half indicates a "stuckness" in the role of victim, focusing on pathology--deeply ingrained for many with chronic issues. Whereas a strong emotional connection with the second half indicates a willingness to move forward now, and focusing on wellness. It is a distinct shift.

My guess is that if you are reading this right now, you are connected to wellness.

The world now changes.

And this is why the film is titled "walk talk dance sing": It is all about an evolutionary process from illness to wellness, victim to empowered being, silent to free.

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