Memoirs of a Former Mystic - Documentary film on an ex-New Age guru
This is a film where a former spiritual leader dares to expose what she once taught and believed in so fondly.
After 10 years of being a New Age guru and iconic Crystal Child, Jessica Schab, aka Jessica Mystic, chose to quit her ‘mission’ and started de-conditioning herself from the esoteric ideas that had ruled her life for so long.
This documentary takes us into the mysteries of gullibility, fantasy and self-deception, and makes us question why we give them so much power over our thinking. Through an unusual story, we discover how well-meaning beliefs so often lead to unsuspected dramatic consequences.
Using self-irony and offbeat humour, Jessica challenges us to be more sceptical and to detect the numerous psychological pitfalls we don't think we are susceptible to.
Be prepared for both a warm embrace and a slap in the face!
Why is it that increasing numbers of people are turning to pseudoscience and existential self-help leaders? And where is this leading?
Our film presents a unique insight into a global trend.
Walking away from life as a spiritual leader is rare and courageous; talking about it publicly is even more so. Yet, never before has an ex-guru told their side of the story on film by offering a critical analysis of the mechanics of becoming one, and then leaving.
This visual tale is a sceptic's response to the popular pseudoscientific films ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?!’ and ‘The Secret’, both promoting the existential shift underlying the acceptance of New Age ideologies. Here, we want to show Jessica’s inner process from deep psychological confusion towards rational thinking; her sobering up from illusions that had virtually become a drug that removed her from reality.
In the documentary ‘An Honest Liar’, the wold-renowned illusionist and sceptic James Randi exposes the fakers. In 'Memoirs of a Former Mystic', Jessica exposes her fake self. She debunks her teachings and the mindsets that led to a great deal of trouble in her life. She does it in a playful way, showing the therapeutic value of blasphemy to our ideologies of self.
Although this story is one of a kind, the mental mechanics it uncovers highlight universal psychological patterns, structures and conflicts.
With this film, we want to show how easy it is to fall into the trap of gullibility, and propose means to reflect on our biases and the many lurking chances for self-deception. Viewers are invited to identify their own beliefs, separate assumptions from facts, and ask themselves: are my beliefs thinking for me, or can I think without them?
The film is at pre-production stage.
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