Jim Henson has long been an inspiration to me for what he was able to achieve in the world of film, television, and puppetry...literally treading where no man had gone before, and succeeding against what the average person would deem "extraordinary" odds. His philosophical approach always seemed to have been a sophisticated one, as evinced by the following quotes:

A driver was talking to me today asking, “Did you ever, in your wildest dreams, think you would have success like this?” The honest answer to this, which I do occasionally admit, is that yes, I’ve always known I would be very successful in anything I decided to do—and it turned out to be puppetry.


I believe that life is basically a process of growth—that we go through many lives, choosing those situations and problems that we will learn through. I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best. I know that I drive some people crazy with what seems to be ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked for me. I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, and toward my work. I think I'm here for a purpose. I think it's likely that we all are, but I'm only sure about myself.

In the book "The World of the Dark Crystal," which was compiled from Henson's notes, it is also written, somewhat enigmatically:

There is power in the Universe that is there to be used by those who dare control and shape their destiny.

Now, recently I was surprised to read the following article, published a few months ago by the screenwriter who collaborated with Jim on The Dark Crystal:

He [Henson] was also a spiritual searcher. He had developed his own ideas that seemed to combine a little bit of theosophy, Hinduism, Taoism, and various new age philosophies. Before we started work on The Dark Crystal, he insisted I read a book called Seth Speaks. He had a lot of copies of this book and gave them away to people. (He also gave a copy to Brian Froud.) I was flattered that Jim wanted me to understand his spiritual insights before we collaborated. The book was written by Jane Roberts, a science fiction writer, who one day began channeling "Seth." Seth was a multi-dimensional male being, outside time and space, who dictated monologues on metaphysics through her when she was in a trance, while her husband wrote them down in shorthand. One of Jim's favorite lines that I wrote in The Dark Crystal script was when Aughra asks Jen where his master is, and Jen says he's dead. Aughra looks around suspiciously and mutters "He could be anywhere then." I couldn't have written that if I hadn't read the Seth book.


In a 1982 interview, Henson also said,

A number of years ago I became quite interested in Seth, if you know anything about Jane Roberts' books. Jane Roberts wrote a series of books from an entity called Seth. Those are the Seth books, which I particularly love and enjoy all the concepts in those.

This has got me interested in reading the Seth books, which I rememer being mentioned in the introduction to one of the Abraham Hicks books (Ask & It Is Given, I think).

Does anyone else know of any high-profile individuals, any big "success stories" that were inspired by channeled teachings (besides our own personal "success stories" here at IQ, which we already know about :) ).

Thanks to all.

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asked 24 Jan '13, 12:06

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edited 24 Jan '13, 12:35


This is very interesting @lozenge123 - I love Jim Henson, I think he made the world a better place. His work makes me happy, to the point that when I feel down I could pull a youtube video of his muppets and feel joy again... looking forward to some answers here

(24 Jan '13, 12:30) MoonWillow

@lozenge123, Super interesting question! Thanks! I'd like to know too :)

(24 Jan '13, 12:46) figure8shape

The Force is obviously with George Lucas.

(24 Jan '13, 12:51) Fairy Princess

@MoonWillow, @figure8shape - Thanks, and agreed! @Fairy Princess - Definitely, and I'd like to find out more...the general philosophy is there in Star Wars ("Let go, Luke" seems like surrender), but he didn't quite include all of the details...I'd love to know his candid take on metaphysics.

(24 Jan '13, 17:52) lozenge123

@MoonWillow you took the words right out of my mouth. Love Jim Hensen, and all he created. @lozenge123 thanks for sharing - I didn't know this about him, but it figures, doesn't it?

I can't resist.. Remember Mahna Manha? I grew up with the Muppets, and this became a standard joke in my house. You just never knew when someone was going to put their head round the door and... http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=8N_tupPBtWQ&feature=related

(25 Jan '13, 00:58) Grace

@Grace - I learnt a lot from the muppets... including how to be cocky-lol. It's surreal even now - takes me to a place where there's love, joy, innocence and most of all sillyness... I love the muppets. I can actually differentiate between a 'child of the muppets' and an 'ordinary' child... children of the muppets are 'smart mouths'... if you know what I mean

(25 Jan '13, 07:55) MoonWillow

@Grace - Yeah, I love all the songs...here are my favorites (all with a metaphysical bent, of course): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSFLZ-MzIhM ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wzWctYVLT8 ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF0-jHSsgpE

(25 Jan '13, 20:29) lozenge123
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Yes The Dark Crystal was an excellent movie but here is one you missed.

The Labyrinth, another excellent movie that seemed to be more based in spiritual.

I remember the two guards, this was based on a very old real riddle. One always lies and one always tells the truth but you may only ask one question to one of them.

One door leads to death and one leads to the castle but you need to find which is which and the only people there, are the two guards.

Riddle from movie

Actually as I look at the comments about George Lucas, him and Jim Henson did the movie The Labyrinth together.

LOA quote from the movie...

This is a conversation between the Goblin King and Sara.

: Sarah: Give me the child. Jareth: Sarah beware. I have been generous up till now. I can be cruel. Sarah: Generous? What have you done that's generous? Jareth: Everything! Everything you have wanted I have done. You asked the child be taken, I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous? - Sarah and Jareth

Think on this, who has power over who? Who is who's slave? Who controls who?

Replace Jareth with the devil or the world and ask those same questions.


answered 24 Jan '13, 12:43

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Wade Casaldi

edited 25 Jan '13, 10:34

Oh Wade you naughty fellow , lol, I clicked on the link , started reading and felt like you had pushed my mind into a spin dryer !

(24 Jan '13, 18:49) Starlight

@Starlight yes it is very hard to understand, Jai actually figured it out herself! It is an amazing movie!

(24 Jan '13, 21:40) Wade Casaldi

Oh I loved the Labyrinth!!!

(25 Jan '13, 07:57) MoonWillow

@Wade Casaldi - Agreed, Labyrinth is a great one too. Love that one.

(25 Jan '13, 20:24) lozenge123
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