Recently I was fortunate enough to stumble across this breathtaking, life changing documentary featuring philosophers, theorists and astronauts who have experienced and understand the ‘overview effect‘.
The ‘overview effect’ can be explained as a new self awareness – a complete emotional, spiritual shift in perspective on humanity. From planetarycollective.com;
Astronauts who have seen the Earth from space have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it, and enabled them to perceive it as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species.
Throughout the film our planet is referred to as ‘spaceship earth’. It is pointed out very eloquently, by some of the worlds greatest intellects, that we all ride spaceship earth together as one species – and should be acting like one species with one destiny – in order to survive.
The images of earth as viewed from space are nothing less than spectacular. Unbelievable, incredible and surprisingly moving. I was left wishing I could reach out to mother earth, give her a hug, beg for the forgiveness of my species, and never let go.
I was effected by what they call ‘Salvacofus Omadi’. A religious like experience that can happen when exposed to the overview effect. It is discussed at minute 11 of the film.
“You see things as you see them with your eyes, but experience them emotionally and viscerally with a sense of ecstasy and total unity and oneness.”
It made me long for a togetherness – a sort of loving, understanding, brotherhood that would encompass all of humanity – a global community that has not existed here on earth before.
I was very moved by the documentary, which re-solidified my own focus and belief. It also made me cry. The incredible views of the earth from above, our fragile life upon it – our beautiful, sparkling, electric world that we all are guilty of taking for granted.
Take the 19 minutes out of your life to give it a view. You can find the link below. I promise you will be blown away, and may even experience your own ‘Salvacofus Omadi’.
- The Overview Effect (planetarycollective.com)