Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Studio

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119: 105

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1: 4-5
I love television!

I can't understand how people say they can't watch television because it can be negative. Hello! The Love and Light of God is everywhere present and that includes television, in the news, in those "violent" films and dramas, and even in those "tacky" Reality TV shows some people like to disparage. As I see it, television is simply another way God expresses Self.

While I like watching television, I am also curious about how they're produced. As a media and cultural studies student I went to see several audience discussion programmes live to see how theory is put into practice. I've also been to see chat shows, game shows, comedy, the news, and entertainment shows being produced.

The first time I went into a television studio, I was struck by the intense light everywhere. Light is emanating from the ceiling, the floors, the walls; you name it, there's light. Even though actors and television presenters have makeup artists and stylists to make them look good, without the studio light they would appear dull and ordinary. It is light that gives them presence.

A television studio represents Reality, the Kingdom of God. In Reality there is nothing but God/Light. Light has no beginning or end; Light has always been and will always be; Light is everywhere present.

A slight digression...

A few days ago, my mother asked me to look up a poem called God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop on the Internet and print it out for her. She said she studied it at school and has always wanted to read it again. I vaguely remember reading the same poem at school so I was curious to read it.

In Robert Southey's God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop many people are starving because bad weather has affected their crops. The starving poor are hanging around Bishop Hatto's house because they are hoping he will share the food he has in his granaries. One day the bishop invites the poor to his house to feed them. He leads them into his barn. As soon as the barn is full of people, he runs out, locks them in, sets fire to the barn, and burns them to death. The bishop believes society should thank him for getting rid of the poor whom he regards as "Rats that only consume the corn." The next day Hatto is horrified to discover rats have eaten his picture out of its frame. One of his workers tell him rats have eaten all the corn in his granaries. Hatto is terrified and runs for dear life but thousands of rats are in hot pursuit. The final scene, where the rats are entering the tower where Hatto is hiding, reads like a horror movie:

"And in at the windows and in at the door,
And through the walls helter-skelter they pour,
And down from the ceiling and up through the floor,
From the right and the left, from behind and before,
From within and without, from above and below,
And all at once to the Bishop they go." Hatto by Robert Southey
Aaargh! No close-ups please!

Actually, Southey's description of the way the rats entered the tower reminds me of Divine Love's presence. Love is gushing from everywhere. A while back I was inspired to write the following mantra as a fun reminder of God's Love:

Up and down
Back and front
Left and right
Inside and out
All the way round
All the way round A Fun Reminder
Just as light emanates from all corners of a television studio, so is God's Light everywhere present, right here and now. There is, therefore, nothing to fear. Only when you forget Light's omnipresence do you believe some places are safe, while some are unsafe; or that there are times when you feel fearful and other times when you don't. God/Light/Love is in all time and in all space.

The universe is the largest studio ever that is full of Light. It is the Light of God that animates me. Without the Light I am an ordinary actor trying to make it big in Dulliwood and failing miserably.

God is Light; God is camera; God is action!


Related articles: Light is All and in All; Canned Laughter; You are the Light of the World; Lights, Camera, Action! Even More New Joy; Aha! I See the Light; Let Your Light Shine; In the Presence of Love; The One is a Media Junkie