02/23/2012 05:10 pm ET

Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment: A Conversation With CEO And Founder John Raatz

On February 4th, Hollywood gathered at the Saban Theatre for GATE 2 -- an event hosted by the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE).

Charitable celebrities, authors, artists and spiritual guides joined together in a conversation titled, Only a New Seed Will Yield a New Crop: New Entertainment and Media Values for a New World. The evening celebrated transformational entertainment, media and arts.

GATE founder and CEO John Raatz welcomed an eclectic and notable crowd with attendees including the likes of Frances Fisher, Dyan Cannon, Lindsay Wagner, Cary Elwes, Michelle Rodriguez and Sally Kirkland.

Eckhart Tolle, Jim Carrey, Barbara Marx Hubbard, don Miguel Ruiz, and Marianne Williamson were among the panelists who spoke about the messages we receive from media, how that affects world views and how to move forward in a positive way.

After the event, the Huffington Post spoke with John Raatz to learn about how he believes spirituality can revolutionize the current state of media.

"We are talking about helping people deepen their own experience of who they are in the most essential or fundamental sense," says Raatz. The GATE mission is not only about "teaching people about how the business functions or how to write a business plan for your feature film."

"When you have set foot on a spiritual path, you want to bring that into your work you want to infuse or imbue your work with that," says Raatz. GATE believes that the artist on a spiritual path will "also want to share that with the world -- that they will want to help make the world a better place." That is what GATE has set out to encourage in the Entertainment community.

John Raatz, after being introduced to Transcendental Meditation in the 1970s and letting the seeds of spirituality grow within him for decades, has created this acclaimed non-profit. GATE is maintained Board of Directors, a GATE Leadership Circle, and Advisory Board and a Wisdom Council. Members of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment now span over seventy countries.