I recently watched the documentary Money & Life and was left awestruck. It felt so refreshing to see a documentary about the economic crisis that isn’t angry or depressing!
The film not only brilliantly and comprehensively highlights what’s dysfunctional about our money system, but explores more tangible and heart-based solutions than I’ve ever seen in any other documentary on the subject.
Katie Teague, the filmmaker, did a wonderful job at reuniting brilliant minds and experts who altogether connect dots and answer questions that I have not seen addressed elsewhere. But aside from the intellectually sound arguments and solutions it gives, I found that the most impactful aspect of this documentary is the incredible and uplifting stories it tells of individuals who have undergone a profound shift within their own lives. A shift in consciousness that caused them to very naturally transform the way they do business, relate with money and relate with life itself.
Have you ever wondered why the world is filled with knowledge of things we could all do to help make the world a better place, yet the vast majority of people don’t act on it? Kind of like when we know we could eat certain foods and exercise regularly to be healthier… yet not everyone finds the motivation to follow through. I find that in the same way, most movies out there fill our heads with knowledge and righteousness about what’s wrong with the world, but lack the ability to spark the inner desire and care to become empowered and inspired participants of this global transformation by how we live our lives and express our gifts.
As I was watching the movie and hearing the stories of transformation of individuals who changed themselves and their own lives as a result, it represented proof to me that world change is more than just intellectually understanding something and using all the right words. It goes much deeper than political debates and philosophizing. It requires a change of heart. It requires us to finally pay attention to our lives, which is continually reminding us what really matters in life. And when we hear what it whispers to us and take it in, our actions and choices naturally become in alignment with our purpose and role as changemakers.
To put it simply, Money & Life creates an important bridge between the needed rational understanding of the societal problems we face, and the very real internal transformation we must go through to begin turning knowledge and wisdom into action. It asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? The film beautifully connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money and life that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.
The world needs more content like this—content that informs about important issues while uplifting and empowering its viewers. So go grab some popcorn and get ready to be inspired!
You can rent the documentary for $ 3.99 or purchase it for $ 7.99. Click here to start watching.
P.S. I am aware that a lot of people in the conscious/activist/spiritual community have mixed feelings about charging for content, and if this is you, I would like to share my perspective. Movies like this take an incredible amount of time, money and resources to create. If the community will not support the creators behind such content—which they need to be able to live and continue doing this important work—they will not be able to continue. That being said, I fully believe that a big part of “funding” a better world is to fund its pioneers and their valuable contributions as much as we are willing to pay for a cookie at the bakery.