“A Single Man,” Colin Firth plays George, a gay man in the early 1960s who must hide his grief over the death of his lover.
At this point in my movie watching career, Mr. Firth feels like honorary family to me — along with the rest of the cast of “Mamma Mia!”
Sure, I loved that movie in the theater, especially Colin’s guitar and voice solo — my favorite part, along with “Dancing Queen.” But during my last trip to Tokyo, I re-re-re-watched every bit of that DVD on my computer, clutching it like a lifeline.
You might think that by Trip #10, spending a month at a time as I have for years, and loving Tokyo and Japanese people A HUGE LOT, I wouldn’t get so homesick for English each trip. Even as I make baby steps of progress at reading Japanese alphabets and the other language study, I turn the TV dial like a language addict.
Bring on the fourth-rate movies and dopey Larry King interviews — nearly anything, really, on the two cable stations that I’d get in my sweet Tokyo condo. Yes, I turn to, and tune into, any TV mouth speaking English. Hence my extreme gratitude to Colin and all the cast of “Mamma Mia!”– even that very weird singer Pierce Brosnan.
Okay, you already knew that Colin Firth acts in the English language, so let’s investigate his nominated role already.
Energetic literacy research as film criticism — the background
Yes, no matter where I happen to live, there is 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. The George character’s photo is to the right. More background needed? 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 Colin as himself and of Colin as George. 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 Colin: Bliss! And I don’t just mean my personal reaction to reading Colin Firth’s aura for the umpteenth time, “Mamma Mia!” and all. I mean, get ready, Blog-Buddies — Mr. Firth has long been on my Life List of the spiritually Enlightened. Here he is, somewhat subdued in this photo, but even so the bliss lifts one up, like riding a big ocean wave.
- As George: Life is small, nearly claustrophobic. Reality can scarcely be seen, the character feels so lonely. To the extent he makes contact, such dinginess!
- Chakra Change Point: 1, of course.
Belly Chakra Databank for Sex Appeal
- As Colin: Movie star caliber sex appeal is here, but in a rather un-show-off-ey way. FWIW, this is a decidedly heterosexual brand. Except that Firth, like so many stars, has androgynous qualities that certainly help with box office.
- As George: Circuits of guy-style feminine energy are on display, only puny amounts and in mourning.
- Chakra Change Point: 1, and I consider changes to sexual orientation among the most courageous for any actor. Don’t you?
Solar Plexus Chakra Databank for Using Power
- As Colin: A signature quality of this actor’s personality is diffidence — a very British combo of intelligence, wit, shyness, modesty, and the need to have a private life. This very Colin quality colors his “Power in Relationships” databank shading the forcefulness as if he really hopes he never has to show all that power openly. Sure he can, he’d just rather not.
- As George: You’ve seen this quality portrayed a zillion times by female actors. This year, for instance, little Carey Mulligan did it for her nominated role: “I’m so vulnerable, wouldn’t know how to push for myself if my life depended upon it and, besides, I’m such a sad, hopeless victim.” Surprisingly, there it is, during this part of the movie anyway, in the male actor. It’s a small, hopeless showing at his solar plexus chakra.
- Chakra Change Point: 1 is given, along with several cheers — cheers because I would so much rather observe a powerful actor turn into a defeated character, than watch the opposite.
Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Awareness
- As Colin: Emotional self-awareness is unflinching. It’s honest. It’s complete. However, it isn’t over-emphasized.
Partly, that’s the diffidence showing. But also, in Firth’s case, there is that matter of Enlightenment.
(One of the things I most look forward to, personally, about moving into that more evolved kind of consciousness than I have at present is having NO emotion EVER feel bigger or more important than the spiritual connection.)
- As George: Oh, gak! This character is such a wallower. Everything about his feelings, right now, is over-ripe. Emotions have turned full color in an inner experience that contrasts garishly with his greyed-out objective reality. Also, the size of this chakra databank is way out of proportion with the rest, some 20 times bigger that any of his other chakra databanks read so far.
- Chakra Change Point: 1 point has been won the hard way. Seems to me, given that diffidence thing, it must have been extremely challenging for the actor to become this a quietly histrionic wallower.
Throat Chakra Databank for Communication Charisma
- As Colin: Positively delicious, isn’t it? To combine big charisma, such an ability to fill any auditorium, regardless of size, yet at the same time to have a quality of “Oh, don’t bother to notice me, really.”
For Firth, this is no affection, not a way of playing hard-to-get. Instead, this is what happens when an extremely reserved person, and mega-talented movie star, gets caught in an aura reading.
- As George: Charisma is available only for his beloved. So now, that communication databank is shriveling up, like an unwatered flower.
- Chakra Change Point: 1, and I’m so touched noticing the huge contrast between the man and the role.
Third Eye Chakra Databank for Connection to Spiritual Source
- As Colin: Kindness and civility add flavor to the purity here. As in every other chakra databank I have read today in Colin Firth, there’s the twinkling yet serene presence of God, actively being experienced. Pure heart, pure consciousness!
- As George: Love for one particular man is George’s spiritual path. And, at the time of this photo, the character mourns partly because of the spiritual implications of his human loss. It’s as though he can’t evolve spiritually any more — that’s how he feels. On top of having his human life wrecked by the loss of his major love in all of life, this removal of spiritual connection is the most harrowing grief of all.
- Chakra Change Point: 1. And wow!
Every year, Academy Award Nominees are chosen for Best Actress where at least one glamorous, confident star plays “ugly” or “victim.” At least one Best Actor is nominated, like the Jeff Bridges role we’ve read recently, where a man has become a victim and tries to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of the world.
What a refreshingly different concept from either of these! Here we have a confident, though diffident, man in the role of a heartbroken victim. To have that role played by an Enlightened man makes the experience even more educational.
When Colin Firth wins those 6 Chakra Change Points out of a possible 6, he’s demonstrating that despite all his spiritual attainment he understands very vividly what it means to suffer in life.
If I’m correct, that the next decade will include having large numbers of people shifting into Enlightenment, much like Firth, I’m sure we’ll remember that, too. Meanwhile, those of us who still suffer emotionally or suffer from power limits or sexual problems or communication issues — it’s encouraging that in this very lifetime we might very possibly wear unshakeable bliss, just like Colin Firth.