An in-development documentary by director Jean Fen Yu. Production is currently halted due to lack of funding.
By Jean Fen Yu, Director
The Ranch House is more than a story of rare celebrity encounters and the restaurant's historical roots. The film is a form of contemplative meditation that functions to pull us back from the distractions of everyday life, and focus on who we are, and what our spirit yearns for. We are all born into this world with a unique genetic signature. These variations affect our physical characteristics, our behaviors, and our risk for developing certain diseases and disorders. And yet despite our differences, we collectively share an insatiable hunger. An emptiness and void that cannot be assuaged by prosperity, fame or physical pleasures. For most of us the natural instinct is to transcend such urges, attempting to obtain the wholeness at the heart of contentment through compulsive, moralistic means. But, although we exert an incredible amount of psychic energy in this endeavor, our efforts for purification are invariably futile – partly because we are engaged in a vicious cycle of complementary opposites at war with each other. Like an ill-advised serpent trying to devour its own tail, we strive for contentment by prevailing over discontentment, unaware that reality must involve both polarities, for they are mutually arising and inseparable sides of the same coin.
In surrendering to the harmonious interplay of opposites, the mirage of an isolated self evaporates and the mind no longer has the stronghold to tell a story of conflict. Our identity shifts from the character in the story (who has skin in the game so to speak) to the awareness experiencing this whole event we call life. We find there is a fluidity, presence, sensitivity, and curiosity – without the mirage of an isolated self evaporates and the mind no longer has the stronghold to tell a story of conflict. Our identity shifts from the character in the story (who has skin in the game so to speak) to the awareness experiencing this whole event we call life. We find there is a fluidity, presence, sensitivity, and curiosity – without a storyline that is personal. And even when the imagined entity aches from hunger, we effortlessly arrive at a freedom in form where awareness is present, loving in the foreground and indifferent in the background. It is in this state of awareness that hunger finds its true origin. The mind quiet enough to notice that while the expression of hunger can vary – be it the craving for scrumptious fare, the need to acquire spiritual knowledge, or the longing for companionship – the energy behind the hunger is ultimately the same. It is a hunger that has prevailed throughout the history of mankind. As if engraved on the human heart while in the primordial womb. It is the hunger to return home. The hunger to be reunited with the Source that gently whispers in moments of stillness.
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