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blown cherry So many blathers about it (lucid_dream, fear_or_laziness etc) but no blather for it? How can this be?

The most beautiful movie I've ever seen in all its aspects. I want to be this movie, I want to live it every second of my waking life. I want to have a reel of it being projected constantly in the eternal now around the wall s of my room, around the walls of my head.

I have to go see it again.

What did you think?
What did it make you think?
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frAnk i know EXACTLY what you are saying, blown cherry. i'll never forget coming out of the forward ave. theatre in squirrel hill and stepping into my waking life again. "that was the shit," fyn said, and all greta, katie, and me could do was shake our heads. we walked to 61c afterwards and talked over macchiatos for two hours.

linklater is an artistic genius.

i think "waking life" is the film version of blather. if someone could put our indigo world on celluloid, this is how it would appear, a surrealistic collaboration of artists, writers, poets, thinkers, and dreamers all uniting to share our intimacy, our expression in a lovely mosaic of individual, humanistic commuication.

the soundtrack is stunningly beautiful. it is as stark as the lonely pulse of blood to the heart and as cacophonous as the returning birds to robin hill.

it is a must see for all blatherskites, required viewing.
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pralines&cream I love the little duck in the guy's car ... the guy talked, and the duckie's beak moved ... yeah, that movie was pretty .... hmm ... 020315
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blown cherry Even if reincarnation of the soul exists, why must it be temporally linear?

They talk about old souls and young souls, and souls having to be created to account for the population boom, surely such things go beyond physics.
I don't see why people always assume that their 'past' lives must be in the 'past', they may well be in the present.


I met someone once, and from the time I met them I felt as though I'd been present for every moment of their life up until that moment when we parted. I wondered if perhaps they were me.

And another person i was 'friends' with I thought might have been me too. We mirrored eachother perfectly. He thought I was his alter ego for a while :)
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jane this movie changed my life. i remember i went into the bathroom in the theatre after i saw it and calculated the approximate number of dots on the ceiling...some kind of exersize to keep my mind busy while the rest of my body was absorbing the impact. 020513
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freakizh eww. i don't wanna wack life. 020513
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silentbob amber recommended it 020513
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eklektic anybody notice how a lot of the characters in this movie were in slackers? and has anyone been able to turn the lights off in their dreams yet?... 020528
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suburbia all of Linklater's characters are slackers 020528
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silentbob we tried watching it but were too distracted by each other and decided to give it the chance it deserved when we actually wanted to think about heavy things 020529
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jane i saw it again with my cousin....
word of advice: don't stop it in the middle and try to get something to eat.
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no reason i just saw it two nights ago, and went to see if there was a blather on it...and went to see a play version of suburbia tonight...figures... 020607
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jane i bought the soundtrack today...some of it is a little too "out of tune" - as they put it - for me, but the rest is mind-blowingly beautiful and surreal. 020619
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squint waking life
fucking beautiful.
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burned-mad frequently i feel as if i am somewhere between the raging man in the jail cell and the guy who points out the creepy underside of the world as we know it and then sets himself on fire.

this crossroads
the intersection of evil_intent and futility.
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squint to say yes to one instant is to say yes to all of existence. 020725
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paste! frequently i'll feel similar to the amped-out, apolitical taxi driver mixed with the girl walking down the staircase through with being just another ant with feelers. or contrarily, being the guy clasped to the telephone pole who is "all action and no theory". and i find myself turning light switches on and off more than usual. 020725
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cheer-up-emo-kid is it better to be all action and no theory, or all theory and no action?
they are both as bad I think.
Im the second one.
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phil is it
more important

to know what's important

or

to know it's important
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eklektic after watching this movie 5 times, i still get blown away everytime someone speaks. and it still strikes me as suprising when the guy sets himself on fire. 020728
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phil today 020729
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jane the idea is to remain in a constant state of departure while always arriving. it saves on introductions and goodbyes. 020808
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jane there's no story. it's just people, gestures, moments, bits of rapture, fleeting emotions. in short, the greatest story ever told. 020808
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jane they say that dreams are only real as long as they last. couldn't you say the same thing about life? 020810
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birdmad i don't know, i keep discovering that sometimes not even life is real.

that sometimes when we think we are making the logical progression from point A to point B, we are in fact chasing_mirages

we_wake_to_find_ourselves_locked_in_a_dream
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jane the worst mistake that you can make is to think you're alive when really you're asleep in life's waiting room 020812
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jane when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think we're understood, i think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion...i think it's what we live for. 020905
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waking freakizhs life weird.
i blathered about this topic, but not about the movie at all.

i saw it a couple of weeks ago.
and i loved it.

now everything makes sense.

i lived the aleph in my dreams once, like that guy, who was trying the 360° vision.

so many possibilities.. and the control to twist them as you like.. weird.
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omni-freakizh try it now: aleph. 020912
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distorted tendencies Artistic, philosophical floating insanity. Fucking brilliant. 020913
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daxle It has blather written all over it. 020915
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jane reincarnation is just a poetic expression of what collective memory really is 021217
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stork daddy i really concur to the degree of wowness. that hardified my wang. and karma is just the word we use for the collective consequences. 021217
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phil putting_life_back_in_a_coma 021217
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jane beware......
and
beware......
and
beware......
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jane kierkegaard's last words were,
"sweep me up"
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Piso Mojado im going to add it to the bunch of movies that i get cravings for and watch at regular intervals.
it shook me "awake" the first time i saw it. and since then i have told every person i know and converse with to go rent it immediatly.
yah, tons of the same people are in it who were in 'slacker', and isn't the main character the kid from 'dazed and confused'?
go play with the coloring book
www.wakinglifemovie.com
im glad so many people have seen it
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eatpaper the night after i saw this movies i had my one and only lucid dream. once i realized i walked over to the nearest light switch and began flicking it. i found i could control the light like being in the real world. it confused me because now i wasn't sure if i was dreaming or not and i woke up. damn. 030801
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ferret that's strange, a study was done on frequent lucid dreamers to see like, how lucid they could become and for how long, and one of the tests was the light switch test, surprisingy, of the hundreds of lucid dreams i've had, i've never flicked a light switch. i've even STARTED a dream lucid, now that's the shit. and it's off the hizzle fo shizzle (^_^) 030802
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ashmanzhou my waking life is spent in waking dreams
my waking dreams are all too real

i see thou walking
in thou waing life
i see thou i approach thee not
my waking life doth not allow
our souls to compare
though i do dream of thee
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Webley this way out escaping velocity not just eternity but infinity 031118
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nocturnal ya know the professor that talks about sartre? yeah, that was Bob Solomon, MY existentialism professor. jealous? you should be. AND that building was Waggener, MY building...well, only the third floor really cuz that's where the philosophy department is. but still, I'm there every day. I'm cooler than all of you, but I believe that was established long ago. oh, and by the way, I got an A in solomon's class. 031118
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magicforest WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!

is freaking out, man!
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jane speed_levitch 040331
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nemo saw it, bought it, boyfriend stole it, my cat is purring 040401
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hsg u can be aware that ur dreaming as u dream. and then u can control it. just keep trying. please trust me when i say its worth it. ive flown for hours over oceans and experienced some of the greatest bliss ive ever heard of.

simple way: drink more iced water throughout the day. each and every time u sip and pee and fill ur cup, and pour and do anything, just ask yourself sincerely and humbly, "am i dreaming?" eventually u will do this in your dreams. thats just the way it works. momentarily, think to yourself "ok im going to try and fly now." "will" yourself up into the air. if thoughts arise that its impossible to fly just tell yourself "no its not because obviously i AM flying!" this is the most effective way ive learned. ive been lucid dreaming for 11 years now. ive been controlling my dreams for 4 years before ive even heard of lucid dreaming or that others have done it too. it is a special experience to fly. or just think "i want to go and walk on the beach" and soon you really will be picking up sea shells and smelling salty air. hearing laughter and the crystal clear sound of waves. you go anywhere u "think" yourself to because all dreams are -are thought, the stuff dreams re made of. you can spend hours and hours with wise sages, or with more practice on humbly paying attention, you can learn to read in your dreams. you can write books. solve incredibly meticulous math problems, come up with creative solutions to problems in everyday life, just b/c the rules of thought are different. creativity is unresticted by any law other than what you think - is real. if u think you're einstein or leonardo da vinci you manifest that and can really see things thru their eyes.....bc all they were doing is thinking too. just like the thoughts of focus in an olympian's mind. some thoughts u need to be willing to be comfortable with -just be more open and accepting- and you can access deeper realms of what you are willing to see. it is all there. all of time does exist in a single moment. its unfolding is dependent only on your willingness and therefore skill to witness it.

just keep trying. i am begging you. it is worth the effort. a million fold. an infinite fold.

one of the nicest trails is just once you get a fair handle on lucid dreaming to dream yourself into meditation. just visualize a simple thought of sitting quietly, looking at the openness and simplicity of your quiet mind. here you can knowingly and easily "walk" in and out of waking life and your dreaming self. as easily as getting up right now and walking into the next room -even easier though because you just think yourself awake and think yourself into dreams trusting that they too are of equal value. think them equally real. the ultimate freedom is to accept that this waking life is ultimately no more legit than your dreams. that there is no death, that all dreams are in fact bs in a way and the only realness is meditation, the sitting point of attention where you look in all directions at once, u readily choose where you want to go. what life u want to live, what thought patterns you want to manifest, the risks ur willing to take, the trip you're willing to journey through, sometimes we get lost in a thought loop considering that this is all that’s real, you forget how to leave. Thus through humbleness which leads to recosideration, repentence, fasting etc. u learn to remember how to dream. It’s a place of limitless doubtless hope bc it is entirely evident to you that what u choose to think/believe/witness becomes your reality. U actually see thought itself in all directions at once. U don’t get confused bc theres no lapse in time in your mind to let u forget all/any angles. So long as you don’t get too distracted or rather addicted to any one or cluster of sights u can remain somewhat “omni potently sober” all that really is, is remembering that it is all up to you. You don’t need to be caught in a loop if you’re completely willing to let go of your “in”-securities. The thing we hold onto, ironically the thing which we think make us feel secure are the things which we are most afraid of doing without. I feel this is the basis behind the approach to enlightenment thru the many religions method of abstinence. “moderation in all things” supports the idea that a balanced view gives you freedom from become too absorbed in as one thing or “set” and seeing that as all there is. Again, “what is” seems to be determined by what is held important to the traveler. Light travels fast ya know? The less stuff you have the sooner and clearer u see what lifes about. Abstain from excessive stimulation, as usual: food/sex/drugs/worries then its easier to loosen up those objects that are blocking your view. As their importance approaches zero and correspondingly your fears about anything including death do subside, you are no longer limited to what’s possible and achievable.
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ofsuch watched it with hunter after you left 040913
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andru235 a fine film, indeed

perhaps it will help the others of our species awaken

upon his death begins his waking life!

ZA!
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pete i think the film has cheapened the term, which i've used in writing countless times though never really knowing there was a movie by the same name...

that is to say now the term will have connotations that it didn't, and those it did will be faded in comparison...

so not exactly cheapened, but i won't use it if i can avoid it, its like losing a word out of its abuse, or the over playing of a genuinely good song...

it wasn't bad...

it screamed NEOPLATONIC a bit too loudly...

even if the writer didn't know that...

it left me with this thought: if you boil dune messiah down to barebones plot all you need to know is who is going to throw the knife, rest is filler...

i don't like that thought...
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pete that is my overtired perspective on it atleast...

i'll likely thing something else when i wake up...

*really doesn't think as harshly about the film as the blathe reads*
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falling_alone i'm afraid to even whisper an idea so no one else can take it. 050929
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ImperfectionCaught I subscribe to the premise that this flawed perfection is sufficient and complete in every single ineffable moment. 060627
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z please elaborate. 060627
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dipperwell It's a quote from the film, preceded by "For I do not await the future anticipating salvation, absolution, not even enlightenment through process." and followed by " The venerable tradition of sorcerers, shamans and other visionaries who have developed and perfected the art of dream travel, the so-called lucid dream state where by consciously controlling your dreams, you're able to discover things beyond your capacity to apprehend in your waking state.

A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage from which to view this experience. And where most consider their individual relationship to the universe, I contemplate relationships of my various selves to one another.

While most people with mobility problems are having trouble just getting around, at age 92 Joy Cullison's out seeing the world."
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martin_c Super profundo on the early eve of your day 100730
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unhinged double_life


and the common denominator of both is worry, the feeling that i am not good enough, that i don't do enough. i think they call that compassion fatigue.
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lostgirl should it seem peculiar that this film was just recommended to me? what about the fact that arrived in the mailbox from netflix just yesterday...

and this shows up on blather today?!

spooky weird.

(actually i'm not all that surprised...my life seems to be filled with karmic_entanglement lately.)

what a cool, beautifully artistic, well done film...i devoured it voraciously then watched it again.
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unhinged we do that around here....

blather_synchronicity (sp?)





i have been here for almost ten years and the amount of times something has coincidentally shown up on the recent page and out in the world is too numerous to count
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IGG brilliant film 120107
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h|s|g starring_clowns 120107
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hssg:// www.american-buddha.com/waking.life.109.htm 120107
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h|s|g "And as one realizes that one is a dream figure in another person's dream"
-waking life

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