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Solaris Movie Review
Emotion/Theme: Forgiveness, Letting Go, Heal Past Associations, Metaphysical, Death, Power of Thought, Healing, Metaphysical, Time, Depression
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Duration: 99 minutes
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone
If you were on a desert island and could request one movie, this would be the one to ask for! Solaris is a beautiful illustration of True Forgiveness; it is literally a life raft out of this world. Several lines of the Dylan Thomas poem “Death Shall Have No Dominion” are heard in the movie and capsulize it beautifully:
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
The planet Solaris is the representation of abstract Love, Light, and Oneness. One of the most well-known passages in the Course states, “The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.” (In-1) Since Oneness is realized by looking at and releasing false ego beliefs, Solaris reflects whatever issues are unresolved and unforgiven in the unconscious mind. It pushes up all of the darkness—the blocks to Love’s awareness—so that they may be healed.
Through numerous flashbacks in the movie, we discover that Chris used to be married to a woman named Rheya. The flashbacks show Chris and Rheya’s meeting and courtship, with hints as to her disturbed upbringing and emotional difficulties. They also reveal that Rheya once terminated a pregnancy but did not tell Chris about it. When he finds out he is distraught and walks out on her. Rheya then commits suicide and is later found by Chris when he returns home. The pain associated with Rheya’s suicide is still buried in Chris’ mind. He feels a huge sense of loss, regret, guilt, and inadequacy. He feels like he failed Rheya, and lost his last chance to make things right when she committed suicide.
Solaris is going to give Chris a chance to set it straight! Let’s imagine going to Solaris. What are the unresolved thoughts and issues that are still revolving around in our mind? Because those unhealed areas are what would manifest immediately; there wouldn’t be a delay where the experience would seem to spread out over linear time. The cause of unrest in the mind would be immediately present, it would be right in front of us to be released.
We can think of it this way: If someone gave us a hot potato to hold, we would drop it pretty quickly because the effect would seem to be immediate and direct. When an upsetting issue is projected out over time, however, it seems to be a long and lengthy process because we believe that cause and effect are apart.
Solaris is teaching us that cause and effect are together. If we release the false cause in our mind, we also release all the effects—pain, suffering, and upset—that seemed to be a result of that cause. That is what True Forgiveness really is. When we truly forgive the belief that we could have ever existed outside of the Mind of God, Innocence reigns! We realize that we have never done anything wrong, and everything is forgiven because it never happened in Reality!
Whenever we have a sense of hurt, pain, grief, loss—or any feeling other than joy—it is because we are holding an egoic thought in our mind. Our feelings may seem to stem from an event that happened in the past, or to be a concern about something that may happen in the future, but that isn’t the case; they come from a present fear. To believe otherwise is just an attempt to cover over the present moment, the holy instant, with a false idea. The good news is that a present release is possible. It’s not a matter of time; we have the power to release our mind from pain, suffering, and illusions now. We tend to believe that forgiveness may take many lifetimes of inner work and processing, that it is a huge thought reversal, but it actually requires only the tiniest little tweak in perspective.
Solaris is the ultimate forgiveness movie. It is not forgiveness the way the world teaches it, which is to believe that someone has done us wrong and we have to find a way to bless them. With True Forgiveness, we start to realize that we were mistaken about everything we have ever perceived. This opens the gateway to healing, the gateway to true freedom. Even thinking we were only ninety-nine percent wrong would not do it, because even a one-percent inkling that we might be right would prevent our full awareness from opening to this healing power.
Metaphysical goodie quotes:
"And death shall have no dominion. Dead men naked they shall be one with the man in the wind and the west moon."
Chris Kelvin: Earth. Even the word sounded strange to me now ... unfamiliar. How long had I been gone? How long had I been back? Did it matter? I tried to find the rhythm of the world where I used to live. I followed the current. I was silent, attentive, I made a conscious effort to smile, nod, stand, and perform the millions of gestures that constitute life on earth. I studied these gestures until they became reflexes again. But I was haunted by the idea that I remembered her wrong, and somehow I was wrong about everything.
Gibarian: We take off into the cosmos, ready for anything—solitude, hardship, exhaustion, death. We're proud of outselves. But when you think about it, our enthusiasm's a sham. We don't want other worlds; we want mirrors.
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