One of humanity's most mysterious and pondered questions is, "What happens when we die?" Astral City poses the answer in an extremely unique and bold way, using the notion of spiritualism. With spiritualism, spirits of the dead have the ability and inclination to communicate with the living. Anyone may receive spirit messages, but formal communication sessions are held by mediums who provide information about the afterlife. If you're ready for a wild, mind-opening and thought-provoking ride that's based on a true story, Astral City is your ticket. Here are the highlights:
Communication From Beyond
Astral City sets precedent before you even press the play button. It's important to understand how this movie works: A spirit named Dr. Andre Luiz communicates his experiences in the afterlife through one of the world's most renowned mediums, Chico Xavier. That's right, this movie is formed strictly around the teachings of a dead man, transmitted from the great beyond. Xavier uses a form of spiritual communication known as psychography, whereby the spirit dictates to the medium the words to be written, essentially making the medium a reporter of the spirit realm. Through psychography, Dr. Luiz uses Xavier's abilities to communicate his experiences, lessons and transformations in the afterlife.
Death Becomes Him
Dr. Luiz describes his entire experience in the spirit world in great detail, from waking in another dimension -- a dark, tortured purgatory -- to being transported to much more healing, peaceful surroundings. As one of the most thought-provoking highlights, Dr. Luiz learns he didn't die in the manner he originally thought. He also receives lessons on how to visit others in the spirit world, and how to send messages to loved ones still enduring their earthly experience.
Dr. Luiz has many transformations and realizations through the course of the film. A few favorites:
• Our minds have greater potential than we know
• All forms of serving are a blessing
• Our feelings and thoughts rule the direction our lives take
• Fretting doesn't solve problems
During our time on this planet, we are all here learning and hopefully growing. It's a good practice to keep ourselves in gentle check, and to make the adjustments necessary to continue to live as vibrantly and authentically as possible.
While Astral City's portrayal of the afterlife may not coincide with your own beliefs, it's an amazing movie that inspires you to look at your own time on Earth with an insightful, reinvigorated framework. All you have to do? Simply allow it.
GaiamTV.com Ambassador Alyson Charles is a television and radio host and producer. She lends her passions, inspirations, and self-help knowledge to her readers on www.InAWEwithALY.com, supplying you with the freshest secrets and tips for creating your most magical life.