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#1838 - Thursday, June 24, 2004 - Editor: Jerry
This issue is dedicated to Jacques Mayol and the movie based upon his life, The Big Blue.
In Power Vs. Force, by David R. Hawkins, the author analyzes the spectrum of levels of human consciousness and creates a map of consciousness, shown below. Each level is assigned a number from 20 to 1000, progressing logarithmically. Calibrations are done through kinesiological testing which is based upon the theory that your body 'knows' what is true at any instant and reveals it through muscular response. The complete methodology of testing is explained in the book.
About The Big Blue, Hawkins writes: "We have made calibrations of various kinds of redords of athletic achievement, including movies. Of all of the movies about sport studied, the French film The Big Blue produced the highest calibration. This is the story of the world's deep-sea diving champion, Jacques Mayol, the Frenchman who for many years, until very recently, held the world record. The movie calibrates at the extraordinary energy level of 700 (universal truth). The movie itself has the capacity to put viewers into a high state of consciousness; the manager of one movie-house which showed it described audiences wandering out of the theater lost in silence or crying with a joy which they could not describe.
"The movie achieves an accurate depiction of the world's greatest deep-sea diver in elevated states of consciousness through the use of slow-motion photography. A subjective sensation of slow-motion, beauty and grace is frequently noted in higher states; time seems to stop and there is an inner silence despite the noise of the world.
"We see throughout the film that Jacques Mayol maintains this state by the intensity of his concentration, which keeps him in an almost constant meditative condition. In this mode he transcends ordinary human limitations, enabled to achieve great feats through altered physiology; the deeper he dives, the slower is his heartbeat, and his blood distribution concentrates almost entirely in his brain (as does that of the porpoise). ...
"The subjective experience of effortless bliss also occurs in other types of exceptional physical performance, such as that of the world-famous Sufi dancers known as whirling dervishes, who, through, discipline and exhausting practice, become able to move effortlessly through space over long periods of time with dazzling precision."
Editor's note: I watched the dvd of The Big Blue yesterday and confirm that at the end of it, one is left in a state of simply being and flowing. The movie also happens to very entertaining. There is a review below along with links to others.
The Dolphin Man
Jacques Mayol, holder of a dozen world breath-hold diving records, was the first man to descend to 100 meters (330 feet), a feat he accomplished in 1976. He followed this with yet another record breaking drop to 105 meters (346 feet) at the age of 56.
Jacques born in 1927, died in Italy in December 2001 bringing to an end a life-long passion for diving and becoming one with nature and the sea. He split his life between Italy, the West Indies on the island of South Caicos and Japan. He also collaborated in the writing and production of many documentary films. His physical performance was enhanced by his knowledge and practice of Yoga, other oriental disciplines and his study of philosophies. Jacques Mayols life was the subject of Luc Bessons film The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu). In that film, actor Jean-Marc Barrs character was based upon Jacques superb physical performance in deep breath-hold diving and his remarkable bond with dolphins.
The Guru of the Free-dive
"To hold the breath effectively, even though it seems paradoxical, its best not to think about holding it. You need to do it without thinking; you need to become the act of non-breathing itself."...
From: "Homo Delphinus, The Dolphin within Man"
HOMO DELPHINUS: The Dolphin Within Man
by Jacques Mayol
in the Caicos Islands knows Jojo the dolphin, from the humble
lobster fisherman to the American multimillionaire who built his
luxury home at the edge of the magnificent beaches along
Providenciales and Pine Cay.
He even enjoys popularity among the dogs, including those who do not hesitate to jump into the water from the beach to go and take a closer look at him. There was that white terrier who used to keep Jojo company for hours. Just to play together along the Pine Cay beach or even go far from the coast, swimming alongside each other.
I spent a long time admiring them, meditating on the "pure" relations between species. I told my friend and Japanese painter Shomei Yoh about it. He too is a great lover of nature, dolphins and the canine species. His books, with few words and a very simple style, with illustrated images that make people stop and think, are widely read in Japan.
Even though he never visited the Caicos Islands (but I told him so much about them and Jojo, it's as if he were there), his philosophy on life, nature and "ten thousand things from Tao" is such that I was unable to resist including a few of the drawings in the book. I consider them to be absolute gems.
Read more: http://www.thejacquesmayol.com/dolphin.htm
The material below is from http://www.soka.nu/filmer/bigblue/index-e.shtml
Maybe one of the best movies ever made? My favorite director, Luc Besson, and one of the best composer of moviemusic, Eric Serra, makes this movie something spectacular. When you have seen The Big Blue you also want to swim around with dolphins
This cult classic har been famous for its gorgeous photography (both on land and underwater) and dreamy ambiance feeling mostly created by the fantastic music, so just float away and see it!
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Movie facts: The Big Blue / Le Grand Bleu Released in 1988 by Gaumont French version: 132 minutes long European version: 118 minutes long US Version: 119 minutes long Long version: 168 minutes long Produced by: Patrice Ledoux/Gaumont Directed by: Luc Besson Story written by Luc Besson Screenplay by: Luc Besson & Robert Garland Music composed by: Eric Serra Cast: Johanna Baker: Rosanna Arquette Jacques Mayol: Jean-Marc Barr Enzo Molinari: Jean Reno Doctor Lawrence: Paul Shenar Novelli: Sergio Castellito Uncle Louis: Jean Bouise Roberto: Marc Duret Duffy: Griffin Dunne
About the different
Important places to
Jean Reno Luc Besson
Luc & Mayol Mayol & Enzo
These are all excellent links:
Le Grand Bleu Good pictures and soundclip. Grade 4
Big Blue Script The script to the movie; French & Italian
Home of Webring Le Grand Bleu Webring
One of those moments when you know you're watching a special movie. It is a brief dialogue between Jacques, who had just completed a challenging dive, and the woman who becomes the human love interest:
- I know you...
- We just met a few minutes ago
- In the lake?
- No, in the hut!
~ ~ ~
this movie you too may not be separate from the lake.
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