The movie operated on several levels at once. Some of them work to shed light on Disclosure, which the movie calls “First Contact,” and some work to bond the audience to the film (eg., the cathartic scenes), ensuring that its message will stick.
These are its contributions:
(1) It cast “aliens” in a favorable light, as benevolent, patient, slow to anger … well, they didn’t anger at all, really. Anger did not exist for them in the higher dimensions they haled from.
They even held back after American forces exploded a bomb inside their ship. And they persevered in their mission of peace.
(2) It used phrases like “First Contact” repeatedly.
OK, thank you very much. Catalogue that in the collective consciousness please?
Do you know how liberating it is for a writer to now know that he can quote a Hollywood movie on the subject of (what the movie Arrival called) “First Contact,” where quoting an exotic being with a strange name won’t do it? That offers me another tool in my toolbox that I can use to reach an audience who might be skeptical of an extraterrestrial source.
Aren’t we here to introduce our star family to our Earth family? To ease the way for an intergalactic reunion of parent civilizations and offspring, they being the star families who seeded the Earth in the first place?
(3) It showed how easy it would be for terrestrials to misunderstand galactics.
The “aliens” used a very clever and subtle example. What they said could have been a Zen mantra. And in fact I think they intended it to be one. It was like their calling card.
When linguist Amy Adams was trying to find a common language with them, two of the things the star beings said, to practice communication, were: “There is no time” and “We are one.”
Oh my. Hollywood presenting extraterrestrials as enlightened beings? The galactics were saying to Amy that there is no linear time, such as we believe it to exist, and that their civilization exists in a state of Oneness – and I suppose, implicitly, comes in Oneness to, with, and for us.
However, when Amy reported the comment to the military, the military heard it through their defensive filter as: “You’ve run out of time; we will attack” and “we are unanimous in our resolve to defeat you.” They fell into a low vibration of fear and turned to a well-disciplined, conditioned response, guns drawn, and missiles at the ready.
To promote understanding and comprehension, Amy later wrote a book on the universal language, derived from her study of the information the star folks left. Sound familiar? Wingmakers?
The movie certainly will help make Disclosure universally comprehensible when the latter arrives.
(4) It depicted higher dimensionality in a very subtle and clever way.
To solve the mystery of what the galactics’ message meant, Amy had to see things from their perspective and their perspective was shown to be wise, deep, and peaceful. For me, watching Amy reach up to their higher-dimensional perspective cut a really useful and inspiring groove in my impressionable mind.
In what other film have you heard higher dimensionality being depicted in so palatable a way? It went down like ice cream.
I had to watch closely to see that one open up my heart towards the depicted galactics. “Oh, these are wise beings, whom the military has completely misunderstood,” I heard myself say.
This is a foundation that others can build on, just as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET were.
(5) It presented channeling and made it a critical event in the film.
The critical moment in the movie (you said you wouldn’t read if you were going to see the movie; moviegoers, disembark here please) comes when linguist Amy calls the Chinese leader directly, on a secure line. He’s about to go nuclear and cannot be reached in any other way. The whole world is going to follow him.
Amy, a linguist, suddenly breaks out in Chinese, channeling his dead wife. (She’s a linguist.) Military guns are pointed at her demanding she put down the phone but she continues.
The Chinese leader is so taken aback that he listens. His wife tells him to stand down; the “aliens” are here in peace. And he does.
I know. I know. Who the heck cares? Well, channeled communication is how the galactics choose to communicate with us. Channeled communication is pooh-poohed in wider society.
The representation of channeling as being critical to saving the planet from its worst mistake – bombing the aliens, even though we couldn’t hurt them – and the sincere portrayal of the Chinese general so that the action became that much more believably presented represents a sea change in attitude toward channeling.
The representation of channeling in this film as providing the information that saved the day will leave a positive imprint on the collective mind..
I hear that channeling is going to spread in the next while rather than decrease so this boost contributes to the acceptance of it.
(6) It introduced the subject of precognition or future vision.
Half the images that Amy was seeing turned out to be not of the past – as we the audience thought – but of the future. Whoa, what a conceptual flip that was when that secret was revealed and sorted out.
That was sure to cause anyone paying attention an “Aha!” moment and lock in their acceptance of a psychic gift like future vision.
The star folks kept saying “Use your weapon” to Amy. At the sound of the word “weapon,” the military cocked their rifles. But Amy’s “weapon,” they explained, was her future vision.
Amy was sure that there had been an error in translation and that they meant “tool” rather than “weapon.”
Following their mentoring, she recognized her future vision for what it was – her “weapon” – and that again reinforced the image of the ET’s wisdom. So the ETs got a very good press, even if there appearance was … rather hard to fall in love with.
But it wasn’t something you’d be afraid of either. They looked a little … cuddly.
The star beings were not human in shape. The world may not be ready to accept as credible that they look like us.
No, they were cuddly … heptapods.
What’s a heptapod? Well, they looked like octopi who walked on their seven tentacles; hence, heptapod.
One or more heptapod tentacle had an opening at the end, a little like an elephant’s trunk.
Their writing was beautiful, Zen-like (see below, right). Their gift to us was their language and what we discovered in it when we finished translating what they left with us.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find that a lot of what was left was pretty much similar to what is being beamed down to us regularly in our own channeled sources. Ooops. I’m forgetting. It was just a movie.
OK, so that’s channeling and future vision validated, And the existence of peaceful and wise extraterrestrials, a tear-jerking contextual flip, and I haven’t said anything about the excellent quality of the film as a film.
(7) It locked in the impact of the movie by providing tastefully-handled catharsis.
Amy’s daughter dies of a rare disease.
The same film that posed so many interesting questions to us also took us tastefully through Amy’s decline and death. The appeal to the emotions promoted bonding with the movie in me. I immediately flashed on my mother’s death and was sobbing away in my seat.
(8) In the course of the film we heard the star beings say that they were here to help humanity.
Human beings follow trends. The trend with “aliens” so far is for them to say “we’re here to eat you alive.” Or as an alien of similar shape to the heptapods said in Independence Day: “We will destroy you.”
Now, all of a sudden, along comes a really-well-done film that portrays “aliens” as here to help us – which they are of course. More truth presented on the screen, something we haven’t come to expect in recent years.
The only thing more I could ask would be to actually be in that scene. Which is exactly what the film promotes – what it calls “First Contact” and what we call “Disclosure.” With Disclosure comes First Contact and with that we’re in the scene, in the picture.
The entire message of the film has now entered the collective consciousness. Anyone want to print a T-shirt saying “We are Here to Help Humanity”? How about “There is No Time” or “We are One”?
This is useful stuff for a new view of our star family.
This is not the Cannes Festival. This was cinematic work on behalf of a world that works, by welcoming our major partners in the transformation of Planet Earth. Representing them that way is, I think, closer to the truth. And it promotes the Divine Plan for the reunion of civilizations at the end of the age.