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A lifelong movie fan and longtime student of metaphysics, Brent Marchant is the author of Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies,(2007, ISBN 978-1-930491-12-0), a reader-friendly look at how the practice of conscious creation (also known as the law of attraction) is illustrated through film. His additional writing credits include contributions to BeliefNet and to Library Journal magazine. Brent also maintains an ongoing blog about metaphysical cinema on his web site, . He’s a frequent guest on a variety of internet and broadcast radio shows and a presenter at various conscious creation conferences. You can follow him on and , and you can reach him by email at . Brent holds a B.A. in magazine journalism and history from Syracuse University and resides in Chicago.


‘Shadow Dancer’ exposes the perils of deceit

Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough in Shadow DancerBRENT MARCHANT: When we seek to deceive others the consequences of such actions can be devastating for us and for those affected by our schemes, results that become all too painfully apparent in the gripping new thriller, ‘Shadow Dancer.’

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‘Man of Steel’ shows us how to soar

Henry Cavill in Man of SteelBRENT MARCHANT: Those of us undeterred from becoming who we aspire to be, won’t allow potential obstacles to hold us back, especially when we avail ourselves of guidance and inspiration on how to proceed - concepts that are superbly showcased in the new summertime action adventure, ‘Man of Steel'.

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‘Now You See Me’ works magic on screen

Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher & Woody Harrelson in Now You See MeBRENT MARCHANT: We’re all familiar with magic tricks that have entertained us for ages, prompting enthralled onlookers to wonder how such supernatural feats are accomplished. But simple stunts are nothing in comparison to the grand creative exploits successfully executed in the new release, ‘Now You See Me.’

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‘Frances Ha’ applauds the virtues of responsibility

Greta Gerwig in the quirky new indie comedy, Frances Ha.BRENT MARCHANT: Time can pass us by and day can get behind us faster than we thought possible. So, when are we going to start making the effort to realize a nebulous goal? At some point we must take responsibility to concertedly move toward achieving that aim, an idea explored in the quirky new indie comedy, ‘Frances Ha'.

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‘Star Trek’ boldly goes ‘Into Darkness’

Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness'BRENT MARCHANT: Those seeking an enlightened path for themselves often gravitate exclusively to ‘the light,’ casually ignoring or even actively eschewing ‘the shadow’ side of things. But is this a wise course? Are there things that ‘the dark side’ can teach us?

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‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’ implores us to see ‘the whole picture’

Riz Ahmed in The Reluctant FundamentalistBRENT MARCHANT: It’s easy to grow accustomed to seeing our existence in compartmentalized snippets. Such conditions cause us to lose sight of the bigger picture. But, if we’re to truly understand the world around us, we need to take a broader view of things, an argument eloquently put forth in the gripping new drama, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist.’

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‘No’ showcases the power of ideas

Gael García Bernal in ‘No’ BRENT MARCHANT: When an idea takes root, it can spread like a weed. Such was the case in one Latin American country 25 years ago, when an innovative notion took off and drastically changed the nation’s character, an endeavour compellingly depicted in the unusual, fact-based comedy-drama, ‘No.’

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‘Kon-Tiki’ successfully navigates the depths of creation

Kon-Tiki -IconBRENT MARCHANT: There are those courageous souls who don’t shy away from their challenges, revelling in the adventures that await, unexpected escapades and all. Such is the example provided by the fact-based historical drama, ‘Kon-Tiki.’

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‘42’ celebrates the glory of a hero’s journey

Chadwick Boseman & Harrison Ford in 42, The True Story of an American Legend.BRENT MARCHANT: Our life is often fraught with setbacks. These events may seem so overwhelming that we might be tempted to throw in the towel. Carrying forth with determination can be quite difficult without a little inspiration, but, fortunately, that’s something to be found in ample quantities in the moving new sports drama, ‘42...

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The Benefits of Going Deep

Wide ReceiverBRENT MARCHANT: Most of us are probably familiar with the football term 'going deep', but it’s a notion that can be applied in more than a sports context; it can be employed as a metaphysical practice for personal growth as well. So what does it mean?

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‘Disconnect’ shows what’s missing in life

Hope Davis, Jason Bateman, Haley Ramm in DisconnectBRENT MARCHANT: Feelings of detachment are all too prevalent these days. Many people believe themselves to be so removed from one another that they wonder whether they’ll ever be able to get those feelings back. Correcting such failings may require drastic measures, too, as becomes apparent in the compelling new drama, ‘Disconnect.’

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‘Jurassic Park 3D’ instils respect for the power of creation

From Steven Spielberg’s - Jurassic Park 3DBRENT MARCHANT: The power behind acts of creation is tremendous. The process of bringing forth an idea into manifestation is truly miraculous. But, when we treat this notion casually, we run the risk of paying a high price. Such is the message of a recently re-released screen classic presented in a new format, ‘Jurassic Park 3D.’

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Sparkling ‘Sapphires’ reveals how to shine

Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens in The SapphiresBRENT MARCHANT: Stepping into the spotlight is something many of us have likely fantasized about, but how many of us actually follow through on that dream? There are steps we can take to achieve success, many of which are outlined in the delightful new comedy-drama, ‘The Sapphires,’ a story inspired by actual events.

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‘Dream Team’ scores big on inspiration

Team photoBRENT MARCHANT: Movies with sports themes are often some of the corniest and yet also most inspiring films. Their outcomes seldom come as any surprise, but we watch them if for no other reason than the ample good feelings they fill us with. Such is the case with the Olympic basketball documentary, ‘The Other Dream Team,’ now available on DVD.

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‘Oz’ depicts how to become great and powerful

A hot air balloon swept up in a Kansas tornado in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful'BRENT MARCHANT: We may be capable of the things we contend, but it won’t matter a bit if we don’t believe in that possibility. That principle lies at the core of the conscious creation process and, in turn, of the realities we each manifest. It’s also at the centre of Oscar’s odyssey.

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'Sound of My Voice' asks "What do we believe?"

Christopher Denham and Brit Marling in Sound of My VoiceBRENT MARCHANT: Every so often we undergo profound experiences that prompt us to examine our beliefs and how they form the basis of our reality, a notion explored in the intense independent production, ‘Sound of My Voice,’ now available on DVD.


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‘Surviving Progress’ seeks solutions for a new human paradigm

Louisiana, A chimp at the Cognitive Evolution Group research centre in New IberiaBRENT MARCHANT: ‘Progress', in all its forms, is something meant to be revered, cherished and worshipped, is it not? Could we survive without it? But, then again, given the state of things today, might it be possible that we’ve got things backwards...

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'Side Effects’ underscores the perils of unintended consequences

Rooney Mara in 'Side Effects'BRENT MARCHANT: “The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry, and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy!” Such disappointments can indeed be devastating, but they can be that much worse for those who rely on insincere intentions and artificial means of assistance in seeking to achieve their goals...

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‘Compliance’ reveals the danger of deference

Dreama Walker in the gripping independent film, ‘Compliance’BRENT MARCHANT: Think you know how you’ll react when the reputations and well-being of others are threatened by the unproven accusations of those in positions of power? Will fairness and justice prevail? Or will self-serving interests and cowardice take precedence?

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‘Quartet’ celebrates living in the moment

Maggie Smith in 'Quartet'BRENT MARCHANT: Many of us regrettably spend large parts of our lives chasing ever-elusive impressions of what was or what we hope might be. But, in doing so, we tend to neglect who and where we are in our lives, missing out on the joys of what they have to offer...

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‘Amour’ illuminates the power of love

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in ‘Amour’ BRENT MARCHANT: Love encompasses such a vast array of embodiments that it’s difficult to grasp, all that it makes possible. Nevertheless, the daunting nature of that task has not deterred those who would pay proper homage to the subject in the latest offering from director Michael Haneke, ‘Amour’.

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‘Les Misérables’ envisions hope for a world of our dreams

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in Les MisérablesBRENT MARCHANT: Daring to dream a world better than the one that we have takes foresight and vision. But, above all, it also takes courage, the fortitude to picture an existence that breaks the chains of limitation and embodies the notion that things don’t have to be as they are.

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‘State of Illusion’ reveals the reality of reality

J.B. Tuttle in People v. The State of IllusionBRENT MARCHANT: We all know how reality works, right? Or do we? Many of us like to think of our existence as an easily definable, quantifiable experience governed by readily identified laws that apply across the board. But is it really that simple, or is there something more subjective at work...

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‘The Impossible’ reveals how beliefs beat the odds

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The ImpossibleBRENT MARCHANT: Under trying conditions, reconciling oneself to seemingly obvious inevitabilities might look like the only option available. But is it really? What if another choice were possible? And what would it take to materialize it?

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‘Rust and Bone’ examines reinventing oneself

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and BoneBRENT MARCHANT: No matter how seemingly cruel circumstances might appear, beginning anew is essential to our continued exploration of physical existence, as two lost souls discover for themselves in the edgy new French romance, ‘Rust and Bone.’

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Truth and deceit take centre stage in ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo BRENT MARCHANT: Navigating the minefield of truth and deception is one of the tasks put to the characters in – and the audiences of – one of this year’s most anticipated releases, director Ben Affleck’s historical thriller, ‘Argo.’

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‘Hitchcock’ portrays a master creator at work

Anthony Hopkins as Legendary filmmaker Alfred HitchcockBRENT MARCHANT: It’s always a joy to watch a master creator at work, no matter what endeavour is being pursued. The passion for producing one’s heartfelt desires is indeed something to behold, not only for the one ensconced in the creative process but also for anyone fortunate enough just to watch...

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Noble intents, practical thinking join forces in ‘Lincoln’

Daniel Day-Lewis as LincolnBRENT MARCHANT: Bold moves often pay off in big rewards. Thinking through one’s aspirations, and then following them up with practical, inspired action, yield tremendous benefits, not only for the initiator, but also for all who are touched by their realization. It’s a concept made plain in the sweeping new historical drama, ‘Lincoln.’

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ seeks a game plan for living

Bradley Cooper as Pat Solatano Jr.  in the new romantic comedy ‘Silver Linings Playbook’BRENT MARCHANT: As any sports enthusiast can attest, it helps to have a game plan to achieve victory. The same is true in life, a challenge made all the more onerous when hampered by extenuating circumstances...

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‘Life of Pi’ looks for meaning in the unlikeliest of places

Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in ‘Life of Pi’BRENT MARCHANT: The search for the meaning of life is as old as mankind, and countless thinkers have devoted innumerable hours pondering it. But not all of those seekers have been scholarly intellects residing in ivory towers; some have been average, everyday folks thrust into the unlikeliest of places or circumstances...

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‘The Sessions’ probes the beliefs underlying sexuality

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in The Sessions

BRENT MARCHANT: It’s been said “We are what we eat,” an observation that frequently proves right on the money. But, in my experience, I’ve found that we often are everything we do in our lives, especially the acts that comprise a part of our existence that many of us are averse to talk about, sex.

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Plotline turbulence bogs down incomplete ‘Flight’

Denzel Washington in FlightBRENT MARCHANT: Frequent flyers have no doubt experienced their share of bumpy flights. Even under the best of conditions, there are times when turbulence can make these journeys a little difficult to get through. Such is also the case, metaphorically speaking, with the latest offering from director Robert Zemeckis, ‘Flight'.

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'Cloud Atlas' showcases the connectedness of all things

Halle Berry & Tom Hanks in Cloud AtlasBRENT MARCHANT: 'Cloud Atlas' is an incredibly ambitious project, well executed in virtually every respect. The performances are terrific across the board, an amazing feat considering the demanding multiple characterizations involved...

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About Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies

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Movie Reel BRENT MARCHANT: I believe it really is possible for life to become what you make of it and I’ve come to discover that movies can be organized into a sort of roadmap or outline for explaining the key concepts of conscious creation.

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Abundance: Creation’s Yardstick

Measuring TapeBRENT MARCHANT: Achieving ample degrees of success, in no matter what field of endeavour we engage, provides a clear measure of our materialization effectiveness. Such outcomes, in turn, help to shed light on the important role that abundance plays in the conscious creation process.

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Worthiness Begins at Home

Big White house with Heart Shaped clouds and rocks surrounding itBRENT MARCHANT: Those who were raised in conservative religious and moral traditions may find that embracing worthiness for ourselves is challenging, having been taught that it’s a form of exaggerated pride or undue self-importance (never mind the fact, of course, that those preaching such notions were themselves often doing the same thing).

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Integrity as a Way of Being

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon Integrity is one of those revered traits to which many of us aspire. There's a mystique about it that suggests an implicit purity, a pristine authenticity untainted by the corrupting influences of an allegedly vile secular world. Some even look upon integrity as a sort of Holy Grail, a lofty, divinely inspired attribute to be nobly pursued but rarely if ever achieved... Read more >>>


Conscious Creation’s Balancing Act

Girl doing a hand stand with trees behindBRENT MARCHANT: The triumph of the intellect has largely occurred at the expense of the intuition, with its emphasis on things like emotions, feelings and psychic capabilities. In fact, in the face of the ostensibly almighty intellect, the intuition has often been relegated to second-class status, dismissed as something irrational...

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Commitment, Passion’s Powerful Companion

Passion-Equasion times CommitmentBRENT MARCHANT: So why does commitment make the conscious creation process work so effectively? For starters, commitment has an unfettered clarity about it, leaving open no doubt as to the objective being sought.

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The Passion Equation

Chalk board with equation - clear intent + sincerity + passion = successBRENT MARCHANT: Ever see a successful venture get launched with a hefty dose of ambivalence or a dearth of enthusiasm? My guess is probably not. But then who would be drawn to an undertaking whose originators aren’t even interested in it? That’s because the key ingredient to make it work is missing – passion.

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Supercharging the Power of Perception

Motor Cycle Racer CloseupBRENT MARCHANT: Those of us who have 20/20 vision, perfect pitch or a keen intellect probably think we have great powers of perception. But do we? Are our perceptive abilities all they can be, or can they be improved?

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Rebirth and the Pregnancy of Possibilities

Black & White Butterfly on Small Purple BloomsBRENT MARCHANT: Rebirth signifies the emergence of new opportunities brimming with great expectations and novel qualities, elements that frequently give rise to conceptions never before dreamed of.

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Getting to the Heart of the Heart of the Matter

Multiple Blue HeartsBRENT MARCHANT: We’ve all no doubt heard about “getting to the heart of the matter,” the core underlying cause or reason behind something happening. And I’d like to believe that, over time, many of us have become rather adept at pinpointing these causes and reaching such realizations. 

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Spreading Joy Through Creation

Fortune Cookie - Joy is in CreationBRENT MARCHANT: While creation’s role in spreading joy is perhaps most apparent during the holidays, it certainly need not be limited to this festive time of year. I remind myself of this daily with a simple but profoundly uplifting expression that I have taped to the top of my computer monitor: “The greatest joy is in creation.”

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When Timing Is Everything

 Many ClocksBRENT MARCHANT: It's been said that "timing is everything," and the concept of synchronicity would certainly seem to bear that out. The trick, however, is recognizing a synchronicity when it happens.

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Leaving Ourselves Open to Receptivity

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon Many of us probably believe that we're readily open to receiving what comes our way in life, especially its many bounties and blessings. But, at the risk of sounding like a killjoy, I have to ask, are you sure? Read more >>>


The Persistence Paradox

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon In today's culture, persistence is often viewed as a revered virtue, one to which many of us are encouraged to aspire. And, to be sure, persistence has its place, both in everyday matters and in elements of metaphysical practice. However, it's a dual-edged sword that can easily cut both ways. Read more >>>


Operating From a Position of Personal Strength

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon One of my favourite expressions is "Fortune favours the bold." To me, it's such an uplifting saying that, whenever I hear it, I can FEEL the energy of empowerment surging through my body. And that kind of empowerment is crucial if one wants to approach life by operating from a position of personal strength. Read more >>>


Tapping Into the Quiet Power of Stillness

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon In a world as busy as ours is today, with its myriad elements competing for our attention at seemingly every turn, stillness often seems like a rare commodity. The distractions that pervade our existence make the pursuit of this elusive state of mind quite a challenge indeed. Read more >>>


Spring Cleaning Your Consciousness

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon With the recent arrival of the fairest season, our thoughts now turn to the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Armed with brooms, mops and feather dusters, many of us are readying ourselves to tackle closets, floors and cabinets in need of purging and polishing. Read more >>>


New Year's Resolutions Review

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon In my last post, I wrote about New Year's resolutions from a conscious creation/law of attraction perspective. I specifically addressed the importance of examining our beliefs and how such an analysis applies to setting and carrying through on our hoped-for resolutions. And, now that a month has passed, it's time for a status check. Read more >>>


Be It Resolved...

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon It's that time again, when many of us are grappling with the issue of New Year's resolutions. Should we make any? If so, which ones? How likely are they to succeed? And what will happen if they don't? Read more >>>


Learning To Trust

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon Reaching our goals can be challenging at times, but I've found they're generally easiest to accomplish by making use of conscious creation/law of attraction principles, the practice whereby we combine the power of our beliefs with the energy of All That Is to manifest what we desire. Read more >>>


The Flow of Consciousness

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon Anyone who's an artist-regardless of the medium in which one works - KNOWS that getting into the flow of one's consciousness is essential to successfully create finished works. Tapping into this rich resource of inspiration and knowledge provides access to the makings of all sorts of completed materialisations. Read more >>>


The Art of Listening

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon While growing up, most of us probably played the much-loved childhood game 'Telephone'. For those unfamiliar with it, the game basically involves someone whispering a story into another player's ear, who then whispers it into another player's ear, and so on and so on until the tale reaches the last player, who then recites it for the entire group. Read more >>>


Honouring Our Inner Voice

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon We've all experienced it at some point or another - that soft-spoken inner voice that quietly sneaks into our consciousness and whispers something in our inner ear. Read more >>>


I Exist, Therefore I Create

BRENT MARCHANT: Article Icon French philosopher Rene Descartes made a name for himself in 1637 when he put forth the notion "I think, therefore I am". This simple observation succinctly encapsulated, for the first time in an easily understandable way, the sense of self-awareness that we've all embraced as self-evident. Read more >>>