In “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a washed-up country western singer whose meeting with a young journalist may help him turn his life around.
I’ve heard this second-generation performer interviewed on the radio on “Fresh Air,” and he’s a remarkably intelligent man. What will our aura reading research turn up, though, about his resourcefulness as an actor?
Energetic literacy research as film criticism — the background
As you may know by now, having chosen your favorites from this series of pre-Oscar mystery solving, I have an annual custom of comparing auras of top-nominated actors with their auras in roles; it’s a way to show that deeper perception can be practical.
Use this Energy Spirituality Aura READING link to learn more about my method of using energetic literacy. Also, you’ll find a lead-in to this year’s sequence of research on Academy Award nominees at this Aura Reading Film Critique blog post.
Read along with me, using photos of Jeff as himself and Jeff as Blake. Or, if you simply saw the movie — which I haven’t, incidentally — comment away, please.
Note: Over time, links can go bad. And legally I don’t have the rights to show celebrity photos, so I can’t display them here other than providing links. But you can easily go over to Google, type in the person’s name and the blog post date, then search on images. Click on a good image, preferably current with the time of the reading here at this blog.
Root Chakra Databank for Presence in the Room
- As Jeff: Sweet guy! He knows a lot about pain, including some first-hand experience with substance problems, if I’m not mistaken.
Definitely, he’s an empath, and it shows all the way down to his core reality.
For most empaths, talent as an empath doesn’t necessarily take up such a large share of personal identity that it informs the very texture of reality. And the fact that this happens for Jeff doesn’t mean he’s more talented than most empaths so much as the structure of his personality and interactions at the time of this photo.
In case you’re wondering, the gifts I particularly notice in Mr. Bridges, as an empath, are Physical Oneness, Emotional Oneness, Spiritual Oneness and being an Animal Empath.
- As Blake: This is an alcohol-tinged, confused reality. People in his world are like shadows.
- Chakra Change Point: 1, and it was won the hard way. It takes such courage to enter the world of alcoholism, moving into the experience. And Jeff has fully gone there, right into the hopeless, confused, half-conscious horror of it. Wow!
Belly Chakra Databank for Sex Appeal
- As Jeff: Oh so luscious, this is the special quality of sexiness that appeals to those of us who adore sensitive men. Both masculine and kind, aware and strong — and beyond the quality of Mr. Bridges’ particular version of sex appeal, the quantity is movie-star big.
- As Blake: Fun! Here’s the bad boy version of sex appeal, someone who promises a fun time but heartbreak and drama and jaunty little dips into self-contempt alternating with being “The Greatest.”
- Chakra Change Point: A definite 1, and I’m so glad to report that the actor’s way of living is way more fun. Yet again, he has made a courageous artistic choice, changed thoroughly for the sake of the role.
Solar Plexus Chakra Databank for Using Power
- As Jeff: As himself, the man definitely has issues related to power. At the time of this photo, so much STUFF is still here that he tends to weasel out of confrontations, saying he’ll do things that he has no intention of doing. But he just hates to argue or risk having someone else scold him.
- As Blake: Powerful, confident, verging on bully — this is a huge chakra databank on the fictional character. In terms of the change, the energetic display here is about 7 times bigger than the one on the real actor in this same chakra databank.
- Chakra Change Point: 1, and what fun to find somebody who normally struggles with power do a complete, but nuanced, flip into major power confidence.
Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Awareness
- As Jeff: Very aware of his own emotions, this actor has grown a lot in his life. At one time, he wallowed. Now he doesn’t. He feels but doesn’t only feel. Caring about others, and showing it, has been a huge growth area, supported by what I call “scar tissue” in this part of his aura. (And in other heart chakra databanks, as well.)
- As Blake: Opposite attracted. The actor chose to play a man with closed-down emotions, little interest in emotional honesty.
Fascinating to me, this character doesn’t fit the cliched — and common in real life — syndrome where the alcohol addiction goes along with being emotionally numb. Instead, this character has loads of back story built into his ways of being cemotionally closed off. This problem dates from childhood and would limit his life whether he drank or not.
- Chakra Change Point: 1 indeed. Wow!
Throat Chakra Databank for Communication Charisma
- As Jeff: Big charisma is mingled with sensitivity and personal reserve. Jeff is not a man who likes to show off. As an actor, he’s serious about being an artist and probing into a character. Communicating for his own sake, to win popularity points, doesn’t ring his chimes.
- As Blake: Charisma is conspicuously absent. The quality of enticement to listen, at this chakra databank, is small-to-average — more what you’d find on the man in the street, and definitely not what a man would need as a professional singer.
- Chakra Change Point: 1 awarded for yet another creative, and brave, shift for the actor to choose.
Third Eye Chakra Databank for Connection to Spiritual Source
- As Jeff: The spiritual connection is huge and hard won. It is as though he has placed scar tissue — the traces of great struggle and an emotionally difficult life — onto the altar of God. Humility and true seeking characterize this man’s spiritual connection at the time of this photo. And the energetic projection in this chakra databank is HUGE.
- As Blake: Small and scared — this really is the spiritual connection of someone struggling with a drinking problem. I remember a client like Blake who kept telling me that his intention for sessions was for me to “Take away his demons.”
- Chakra Change Points: 1, of course.
If you follow the Oscars year after year, you’ll notice roles that always are represented. There’s the woman going through torment, this year played by Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan. There’s the glamorous star who stretches herself artistically to show some depth, attempted this year by Sandra Bullock.
With guys, there’s the sex symbol acting sexy. (I just have a hunch he’ll be showing up in this assortment, as I get through the rest of the Best Actor nominees.)
And there is always, always, a man fallen on hard times who tries to pick himself up.
With the economy as it is now, the need for catharsis on the theme of failure and resurrection couldn’t be stronger. Of course, we need to watch and admire movies on this theme. In my role as Aura Reading Film Critic, I’ve read auras of multiple versions of “Bad Blake” over the years. But I can’t say that I have ever found a more nuanced, artistically interesting version.
That modest powerhouse of an artist, Jeff Bridges, hasn’t just won 6 out of 6 possible chakra change points. He has truly earned my admiration.