Please join us every Tuesday for Integral Movie Night:
Tuesday’s 6:00 PM UTC (10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET, 19:00 Central European Time)

José Soutelinho from Portugal gave us wonderful suggestions for movies for stage referencing. I (Martin) added the movies with an *. You also find other movies that fit our modules.

Some Movies are multi-level, some show characters at different levels clashing with each other, some show how characters are transforming from one level to the next over a longer period of time (e.g. “Groundhog Day” and “7 Years in Tibet”).
You may also recognize if characters do better integration by becoming healthier at their level, e.g. Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets”, or if they truly go through a transformation which usually takes many years.
If you have additional suggestions, please share them with me in the format below (and say why you suggest them).

If you only watch two Movies I suggest “Cloud Atlas” (also a great book) and “American Beauty”.

American Beauty

This is one of the most integral movies and highly recommended if you want to understand levels of consciousness development. On the surface, it is about the breakdown and disintegration of a middle-class American family. We will see how people with five different worldviews (magical, egocentric, conformist, rational, and pluralistic) get into irresolvable conflicts with each other, and how an Integral person critically embraces them all.

Cloud Atlas

The movie plays in six different time periods from 1849 to 2321. The main actors change gender and race throughout the movie, and some move from Evil to Neutral to Good (and back). The main protagonists in each epoch are connected (through their deeds, souls, or re-incarnations??) indicated by their birthmarks. What makes the movie interesting and challenging is that it jumps around between the time periods every few minutes to show the connections and similarities e.g. of enslavement, epic battles, and liberation. I will give a brief introduction so that we can watch the movie through the lens of stages of development and transformations from archaic to transpersonal, and the good, true, beautiful, and functional, as the characters good (heroic), neutral, and evil words and deeds, and soulmate love connections ripple through the centuries.
In a more subtle way, we will also notice that Robert Frobisher’s Cloud Atlas composition will be heard as an (1) initial piano performance, (2) a symphony, (3) a rendition by a jazz sextet, (4) nursing-home Muzak, (5) futuristic Korean street music, (6) a solemn hymn sung by a hoard of clones.
To quote Sonmi 451: “To be is to be perceived, and so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time.” “Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.


Close to the beginning, a voice asks a “simple question”.
“Who are you? What can you be? Where are you going? What’s out there? What are the possibilities?”
They then introduce the first artificially intelligent operating system, an intuitive entity that listens to you, understands you, and knows you. It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness. It’s OS1.
Subsequently, the main protagonist Theodore, falls in Love with the “intelligent” computer voice (Scarlett Johansson) who becomes increasingly conscious and (spoiler alert!!!!) eventually exceeds his level of development.
Synopsis: A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though “friends” initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.

The Red Pill

The Red Pill chronicles the journey of feminist filmmaker Cassie Jaye from San Anselmo, CA (near Santa Rosa, CA were I lived for 20 years), following the mysterious and polarizing Men’s Rights Movement, that was Godfathered by my friend Warren Farrell, author of the “The Myth of Male Power: Why Men are the Disposable Sex” (1993) and several other related books. The Red Pill explores today’s gender wars and asks the question “what is the future of gender equality?”
For a detailed article see:

Little Miss Sunshine

Let’s watch a comedy with elements of the Fear-Shame spiral. In Little Miss Sunshine, a somewhat dysfunctional multigeneration family is determined to get their young daughter into the finals of the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant. They embark on a 800 Mile (1300 km) trip in their yellow VW bus from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Redondo Beach, California.
On one side, this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. On the other side, it shows the struggle of the men, including their shame, to succeed professionally, and the fears of the two female characters in the movie around safety and beauty.

Same Time, Next Year

In Same Time, Next Year, a married man and a married woman end up sleeping with each other, and decide to meet at the same place every year on the anniversary of their one night stand. As the years go by, they observe changes in each other and their relationship.

I Heart Huckabees

This chaotic, funny, and thought-provoking spiritual/philosophical comedy will give us much food for introspection and discussion. The plot follows a pair of “existential” detectives (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin), who are hired to investigate the meaning of the life of their clients (Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg, and Naomi Watts). It is in the widest sense reminiscent of integral theory and evolutionary enlightenment with its psychospiritual developmental ideas. As the different investigations cross paths, their rival and nemesis (Isabelle Huppert) tries to drag their clients into her own “nihilistic and cynical” views that life is nothing but “cruelty, manipulation and meaninglessness” and is to be lived by surrendering to the now (reminiscent of Eckhart Tolle). At the end of the movie, the potential of a synthesis of these two opposing views emerges. There are interesting “behind the scene” videos on youtube.


Bliss (1997) totally mesmerized me, as it touches on so many issues that we already covered and will address going forward in our training, including sexual development, tantra, sexual abuse, shadow, trauma, personality disorders, jealousy, anima/animus, healing, growth, awakening, and the 7 chakras. At times it felt that the script was written just for us. Thank you Jose for suggesting it.
Bliss tells the story of a couple that is in love but has many challenges, especially with their sex life. Within six months, they’re telling their problems to a therapist (Spalding Gray), who uses a traditional psychoanalytic approach. In addition, Maria (Sheryl Lee) is sneaking to secret sessions with a sex therapist named Baltazar (Terence Stamp), who “operates on the edge of the law.” Her husband Joseph (Craig Sheffer) finds out. After an initial hostility towards Baltazar that discloses that he is better at hiding things than his wife (go figure), he also becomes a client to learn about sex as bliss (which is nine on Baltazar’s personal scale) and not orgasm (which is down around four). Eventually, the two therapists meet and gain important information that validates each of their approaches Maria and Joseph heal and deepen their relationship.

Marriage Story

In Marriage Story, a stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

The Tree Of Life

This is one of these slow and at times confusing movies that I could not get out of my head after I saw it the first time, and I have watched it several times since then.
After some thought, I decided to offer it for movie night, because it fits our Anima-Animus and other Modules.

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man’s childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the known universe and the inception of life on Earth. The eldest son (Jack/Sean Penn) witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.
My biggest take-aways from the movie are how our childhood experiences, especially in relationship to our close family, forms who we are as adults and the existential questions that is raises.
It also shows conflicts between the Mythic Blue/Amber and Rational Orange stage, and a “patriarchal marriage”.

Love Actually

Let’s have some fun with this classic by identifying the Love Languages and guessing the Enneagram types (I know we are normally not supposed to do that in real life), as we follow the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales, all set during a frantic month before Christmas in modern London, England.
My perspective on Love Actually has changed (or matured) over the years. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a fun, entertaining, and at times touching movie.
But it also painfully shows the misguided shallow notion that all it takes to enter into a happy relationship is to muster up the courage to say “I love you”. Similar to “He’s Just Not That Into You” and other similar movies, the protagonists have nothing visibly in common such as values, interests, or passions, beyond having a (hormonal) crush on each other and being in a rational stage of development. Other things that I more critically notice now are the objectification of women, sexist references to the people’s weight, suggestions and attempts to repress feelings, and the strange “relationship” between Peter and his best friend’s new wife. The movie is also subtly Anti-American.

Good Will Hunting

In Good Will Hunting, we see that knowledge without experience is blind, and how unresolved shadow and attachment issues limit our ability for empathy, intimacy, and living our transcendental purpose.
In the movie, the young immature genius (Matt Damon) lives in a small world where he can seemingly solve any problem with his mind, but lacks any real-life experiences outside his bubble, and struggles with his unconscious daemons.
After getting into trouble with the law again, he is assigned to a therapist (Robin Williams) to deal with his anger and emotional dissociation issues. After he falls in love with his “soul-mate” he is further challenged to overcome his anxious-avoidant attachment issues. As Williams works with the young man, he is transformed as well.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Our movie this week is about Module 20 “States of Falling in Love” with a person who has a “Personality Disorder” (Module 21) and the stages of decline of such relationships.
We see introverted and anxious Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) falling in love with free-spirit Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet).
Though she’s never given a mental health diagnosis in the movie, Clem is a good representation of a person with a borderline personality disorder. As the movie progresses, we see that some of the “free-spirited” behaviors she exhibits are indicative of some deeper issues.
The central conflict in the movie arises from the existence of a procedure that can erase memories — a procedure Clementine and Joel undergo to forget about each other.

As Good As It Gets

Fitting with our current modules on “Personality Disorders” and “Love” in Training #1 and “Communication” in Training #2, join us to watch the Oscar winning “laugh out loud” classic “As Good As It Gets” with Helen Hunt (Carol) and Jack Nicholson (Melvin).
See how bonding with his neighbor’s dog and falling in love with Carol transforms the obsessive-compulsive, egocentric, cynic, manipulative wordsmith Melvin to become more compassionate, let down his guard, and confess to Carol “you make me want to be a better man”. In turn, we see how she struggles with setting healthier boundaries and communicating her needs.
Let’s discuss the states (from lust/desire to commitment), forms (intimacy, passion, dependence), and capacity to love that they experience, and if we think their romance has the potential for a healthy love relationship.

Groundhog Day

In this transformational movie, we see Phil (Bill Murray) growing from his Egocentric to a Mythic/Greenish level of consciousness, awakening from the gross to the subtle level of spiritual awareness, and advancing from only living his biological purpose to identifying and enacting his transcendental purpose of creating more beauty and goodness (not truth and functionality) to win the heart of Rita (Andie MacDowell).
Join us for new insights during, and discussions after the movie. 

Inside Bill’s Brain

Let’s watch and discuss a Netflix documentary about passion, purpose, and making the world a better place in partnerships with others/with a partner. No matter what we may personally think about Bill Gates, I find this series utterly inspiring. We will see how Bill lived his calling early on (to solve problems or absent absences), how he co-created with others, how he seemingly became more compassionate, how he met his wife Melinda, how they co-create in their foundation, and how he is now driven to make the world a better place. We will see his triumphs and even more so his failures and how he deals with both. Utterly fascinating and inspiring (to me).
Join us for new insights during, and discussions after the movie.


When Harry Met Sally

Join Martin to watch and discuss this classic, beautiful, brainy, touching, and revealing romantic comedy. We will see college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) discuss whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends, and 10 years later trying to form a friendship without sex becoming an issue between them.


In Idiocracy we see why co-creation and procreation in healthy Integral love relationships not only matter for our own well-being and development, but even more so for a peaceful and sustainable future for humanity. Unfortunately, we now increasingly see that this movie is not a joke, but becomes reality in front of our very eyes. Let’s discuss the political, social, and ecological implications of people at postconventional levels of consciousness procreating much less than people at earlier levels and how it impacts our future.


Stage 5 -> 1 – 127 Hours by Danny Boyle

Stage 2 – Quest For Fire by Jean Jacques Annaud

(Netflix) * Stage 2/5 Room by Lenny Abrahamson (Cognitive Prison)

Stage 3 – Natural Born Killers by Oliver Stone

Stage 4 – Rabbit Proof Fence by Phillip Noyce

(Netflix) * 3 -> 4 – Seven Years in Tibet by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stage 5 – The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorcese

(Netflix) Stage 6 – Into the Wild by Sean Penn

Stage 6 – La Belle Verte by Coline Serreau

Stage 7 – Ted talk

Other suggestions from Participants
Stage 5 – The Beauty Inside by Jong-Yeol Baek

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