American Mystic: Uniquely American Spirituality
Kublai is the person I felt I had the most in common with. He is the youngest person featured and his searching and hunger for spiritual depth and connection reminds me of the teenager I was, and the spark of yearning that still lives within me. While I felt disconnected from his values and some of his statements, I had a lot of compassion for his yearning. Yearning for something better, higher, more authentic in young people is something to encourage and support.
I was surprised to find that my reaction to Morpheus was very different. Being Pagan myself, her path held less mystique for me, yet I appreciated her unique vision, commitment and style. My tradition and practice is not Feri but I have a lot of respect for that tradition, and I felt she represented that tradition well. In typical Pagan fashion, I felt myself wanting to add disclaimers to some of her statements, as we tend to have this feeling that any Pagan who speaks publicly should speak for all of Pagandom, and not simply from their own heart. I relaxed though, and let that go, and settled in to "visit" with her and hear her story. I am proud that she shared her story in such an authentic fashion and I admire her work. I am grateful she was part of this documentary.
American Mystic is a great film for any religious group to view and discuss. The themes of commitment, engagement, and integration affect us all, regardless of affiliation. I think everyone will find things that resonate with them in this film, and things that induce wonder and longing. Particularly for minority religions this is an important film. This is a documentary I will watch over and over, and I will certainly purchase a few copies at the upcoming Pantheacon conference to give as gifts.
American Mystic is not yet available on DVD, but there will be a special screening and DVD release at Pantheacon. For more information on the film visit the official website and follow the film on Facebook.
A hopeless movie junkie, Star Foster believes that good movies are the mythic narratives of our times.