in WATCH | 19 Oct 2016

Inner worlds and outer worlds in harmony. What's the meaning of life?

This profound documentary looks at the energy that connects all things. "It is the common link between all religions, all sciences, and the link between our inner and outer worlds"

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds tackles the big questions: existence and the meaning of life. It weaves together facets of meditation, religion and science illustrated with mesmerising mystical animations.

This documentary is deep. Best watched when in a contemplative mood. It has won several prestigious awards including: Canada Film Festival's Award of Excellence and the Peace Award at the International Festival of Peace, Inspiration and Equality.

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds is divided into four parts. Each sits at approximately 30 minutes, and while they were created to be watched in unison, they all tell their own story. If you're pushed for time the most profound and practical for day to day life is part four, but we'll start at the beginning. 

Part 1: Akasha 
Akasha is the energy that surrounds us. 73% of the universe is dark energy, what we initially believed to be empty space. Einstein realised this was not the case, and it was in fact an energy connecting all things in the universe. When we meditate we too tap into this energy, giving us an inner power and peace we can utilise in our day to day lives.

Part 2: The Spiral 
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious, it is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to stand rapt in awe is as good as dead. His eyes are closed"
- Einstein

The philosopher Plato believed in a golden key that unlocked all the mysteries of the universe. It is seen in the intrinsic patterns found throughout nature. This section reminds us to admire the beauty around us, and appreciate the details of the smaller things in life. 

Part 3: The Serpent and the Locus 
"If you're trying to make something happen, you're creating resistance to what is. It is the removing of all resistance that allows the evolutionary energies to unfold"

This is where yoga comes in. Traditionally the postures and breathing were used as a way to prepare the mind for meditation, and salvage the bond between the inner and outer worlds. It reminds us to have time to be, as "we are human beings not human doings"

Part 4: Beyond thinking 
This section is about life and the pursuit of happiness. In today's commercial world we are slaves to our own desires. Yet this doesn't create happiness. Science and rationality have taken over. We're overthinking everything. We need to listen more to our heart and intuition. If we can reconnect with this part of ourselves it'll help us be happier and more content in life.

Inner worlds, Outer Worlds isn't a watch for the faint hearted. You need to time to comprehend and digest the content. In life we're often too focused on ourselves, and day to day trivia, without looking at the bigger picture of the universe and the part we play in it. This documentary provides an interesting portal to get that thought process started.

"Forgotten wisdom is the way to restore the inner and the outer, the yin and the yang." Ultimately being balanced, wise and at peace with our existence is something we all strive for.