Is Platonic love the agent of transfiguration?

June 3, 2013 in Essays

After making love to a man for the first time, heretofore “I’m the straight stud, you service me” Doug discovers he is happily empowered.  Where his “stud” self thought men on the street could guess his shameful secret, his “new” self feels confident and completely unselfconscious.

He looks forward to seeing his girl friend Gita something he had previously dreaded. And she embraces him as if seeing him for the first time.

What happened?  Doug has undergone a transfiguration.

The ‘transfiguration scene” is a favorite with movie makers.  Charlton Heston as Moses in CECIL B Demille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS climbs the mountain with the weight of the world on his shoulders but returns with a divine gleam in his eye.  Gina Lollabridgida in SOLOMON AND  SHEBA, her face a bloody mess from stoning, undergoes spontaneous healing before our very eyes as the music swells.

Because the T word is usually associated with exalted, supernatural changes associated with saints and other luminaries most people fail to see transfiguration as a practical way to effect in their selves, as the dictionary defines it, “change in appearance or form.

Transfiguration can be the result of something as pedestrian as someone choosing to go on a diet to trans-figure their body, or as with DOUG in JUST SAY LOVE, someone who chooses to follow Plato’s advice to sublimate sexual desire with a sublime relationship.

In so doing, Doug has given a facelift to the trillion or more cells of which his body is composed.

Those cells worked efficiently as possible, but their demeanor was that of members of a football team that had never won a game.  Now they are alive with optimism; eager to greet every day.  Doug not only feels different, he looks different.  Where his ‘smile’ cells used to part his lips in a ho-hum, obligatory kind of smile, now they beam as if an inner light has been turned on.  Admit it, you know the difference between the token smile, the one you have to force and the  “I just can’t stop smiling smile” which lights up the world with your pearly whites.

It is not hyperbole to bring the whole world into this discussion.  Doug’s trillion cells, Guy’s trillion cells, Gita’s and yours and mine are each cells of the one big cell called humanity.

To get the picture, imagine people in a very crowded elevator.  One cell shuffles, the others have to shuffle too.  The world is like that jam packed elevator.  If one cell does something stinky, well, we all suffer don’t we? And when the stink lingers from one generation to another we call it a crime against humanity.

So if you have to shuffle, remember to make it a positive move that benefits the one big human cell, which by the way includes you.  And to help you remember, JUST SAY LOVE.

David J Mauriello


Just Say Love and Infinite Happiness

December 3, 2012 in Essays

We all hope to find happiness and there are many subcategories and different kinds of happiness. But it has occurred to me that there are two overarching major types. There is finite happiness and there is infinite happiness. Finite happiness, as the word finite is defined can change, is limited and ends.

Infinite happiness is just the opposite, unlimited, everlasting and constant. What I have discovered is that if you go for finite happiness the chances are slim that you will ever experience infinite happiness. However, and this is the interesting point, if you go for infinite happiness, finite happiness comes with it. This is what Guy and Doug find in Just Say Love. As Doug says, “It’s like having your cake and eating too.”

D J Mauriello – Nov 29, 2012


The Seductiveness of Platonic Love

November 16, 2012 in Essays, Home Page

Is “spiritual’ love the hottest love of all?

Literature and legend are replete with tales of the alchemist attempting to discover the formula that will turn base metal into gold. And many of us remember the story of Ponce de Leon and his quest for the fountain of youth.

“AS I SEE IT” our Stagewright Films’ premier production JUST SAY LOVE exposes both tales as metaphors for the truth that we are both “golden” and “ageless” , not in body but in spirit.

And this should be great news because even the most beautiful of bodies have their bad hair days and grow old while our spiritual selves enjoy endless good health, beauty and
sexual vigor.

Before you say “aw shucks” to the connotation of dry, pedantic philosophical wisdom and whimsy that the word “spiritual” might elicit, take heart. JUST SAY LOVE is a lusty yet sublime story of love and the law of attraction that portrays “spirit” as a muscle, real and practical as our biceps, pecs, heart, you name it and yes our sexual organs.

It’s common sense that all muscles need exercising and we have no problem in seeing when the afore mentioned body parts are calling for a workout. Problem is that we forget to exercise our spiritual muscle because we can’t see it; we have to experience it.

JUST SAY LOVE tells us exactly how to do that in this parable-like story of
Guy, (Matthew Jaeger) a student of Plato and Doug (Robert Mammana) a hunky construction worker who is looking for more than a stroll in the park to blow off some steam. From their first fiery encounter that would make one believe that their relationship can never move beyond physical addiction alone, to the sublime “you’d be my wings if I had them” the film becomes a how- to manual for finding joy and fulfillment and challenges us to consider that helping each other to grow spiritually is the paramount ingredient in and the real paradigm for personal relationships.

David J Mauriello
September 30, 2010

“See The Movie, Say The Mantra” – Experience the Infinite/Just Say Love