Saturday, April 13, 2019

Alyson Moon Interview Part 2, By Chris Zisi

Last January I posted an interview of actress, film maker, artist, author, etc... Zhang Hanyun. To see that interview click on this link ( Moon interview Part 1 ). Immediately evident was that one interview would not suffice of this very dynamic and talented individual. Hence Part 2 of the interview (and hopefully a Part 3 in the future). As Alyson Moon's new film is about to roll out, "Circus," I figured this was a great time to speak to her again. Today we will discuss "Circus" and also delve into the paranormal.
First allow me to put forth an administrative note. "Circus" is an exciting project that will see the light of day soon. Unlike the big budget bore-a-thons that will hit the movie houses this summer, "Circus" still needs some more funding. We're not talking millions, but this film needs to be seen and even a dollar here or a dollar there would be so significant in speeding up the release date. Join me and help fund "Circus" and be able to claim you were part of this magnificent film. To donate a lot or a little (there is actually no such thing as a little) please click here ( Circus Go Fund Me ).

CJZ: Welcome back Alyson, thank you so much for gracing me with another opportunity to get to know you better. “Circus” is coming out soon, your latest film. I have spoken with you a little about it. This isn’t a light, frothy comedy about animals doing cute and funny things. Alyson Moon’s circus is a bit more probing into the human condition I assume. I know there won’t be animals in this one, but when you say “circus,” and then make a film, what are you hoping your ever-increasing audience gets out of it? 

     Alyson Moon Well, first of all it is important to say  that animals in the common circus are never a cute spectacle to see: this is a horrible thing that fortunately is disappearing, after so many years of battles and signatures to abolish this crime. After this introduction, let's talk about Circus, my movie.

        The circus, with its dreamlike atmospheres is full of magic symbols. And his eternal and infinite circular track always embraces us with sweetness to immerse us in adventures and unimaginable dreams.   In the circus there seems to be an illusion of something hidden and impossible to achieve, however, the circus is a space of freedom and absolute truth: no one can play the role of an acrobat, it is something to be implemented and that's it. The circus  conveys different existential situations, it is a kind of mirror in which culture is reflected, condensed and at the same time transcended. The clown is the most ancestral of the figures present under the circus tent, and has always aroused fascination and fear at the same time, and this is precisely the salient point of this movie: the spectator meets his deepest fears and it is this reversed perspective that the puts its own projection before itself. And there is no greater fear, just as it happened in Fellini's films, when the protagonist felt a mixture of wonder and terror. But Circus is not a horror movie in its most classic sense: it is above all a "journey" in search of the roots of this art, in a sort of unconscious psychoanalytic session. The clown refuses to re-enter the schemes and conventions of the world, representing another type of reality. In Native American culture there is a the figure called Heyoka, also known as "Contrario" or "Pagliaccio Sacro", a personality charged with expressing - and therefore preserving - the balance of the cosmos through behaviors that are apparently contrary to the rule. The Heyoka looks like the one who walks and rides on the contrary, wears clothes on the contrary, speaks in reverse, laughs when it is sad and cries when it is happy, it covers itself when it is hot and it turns out when it's cold. All this not because of mere exhibitionism or for the sake of theatricality, but because its apparently absurd behavior has the task of keeping the two opposite sides of reality in balance. Taking advantage of an apparent lack of logic, he not only makes fun of the conventions of the world, but engages in a duel with the minds of his disciples. And this is frightening to the people, who feel displaced, confused and destabilized by this which considers an imbalance. It is precisely based on this mechanism that the figure of the clown is often seen as threatening.

      CJZ:     What inspired you to create “Circus”? Are you just an observer of the world around you, or are your hopes and ambitions bubbling to the top with an important batch of wisdom for us?

            Alyson Moon:  I was inspired by the Shakespearean clowns, these fools who make their first appearances in the courts of the medieval aristocracy during the twelfth century, William Kempe ,and Jodorowsky's grotesque cinema which is based on the narration of absurd and surreal events through the deformation of certain aspects of reality.  symbolic acts with a certain matrix of surrealism just mentioned, never too obvious. The key elements in this movie are many: the clown as a dreamer poet, the jester who makes a mockery of society and the careful and never detached gaze of those who observe everything from afar. Yes, i am an observer of the world around me, but it is not a passive observation: on the contrary, it is above all a "study", a research. Observing the world from a certain distance helps to better understand people's hesitations and hiding.

CJZ:      Will this be a frolic into some fantasy land, or into the human psyche? Perhaps this question is a great segue into the next round of questions. Will the paranormal be touched on here and will we see some classic Alyson Moon themes about spirituality, nature, art, and an importance for humanity to reach for creativity and the aforementioned spirituality?

Alyson Moon:  Normality is an invention of those without imagination. If you think about it, what is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. Creativity and spirituality must not be achieved: they are something that floats in the air, in an imperceptible way, and a person can choose to see them, grasp them, but they will continue to be there anyway. The problem is the "blindness" of those who refuse to "see". From a certain point of view creativity and spirituality can be considered in the same way. And here we return to the previous discourse: The non-adherence to a limited or fixed model of ego allows us to open ourselves to a more complete range of experiences. Just like the classic buffoon characterized by contrast, opposites and eccentricity. Without a fixed role. Turning into any identity is the ancient wisdom of the madman.

CJZ:     Have you always been interested in the paranormal, and if so, was there an event or episode in your past that signaled to you that there may be more going on around us other than what our eyes initially see?

Alyson Moon: People have always been interested in astrology, clairvoyance and palmistry, because it is part of human nature to try to probe the mysteries of nature. Superstitions have always existed, but here we talk about something else: the paranormal exists, just as there are ghosts, aliens and spirits. But they do not always manifest and do not manifest themselves at all. In my past there has been more than one event attributable to unearthly entities, but this is a very long and complicated matter and it would take a long time to probe it thoroughly. A very important thing to say is that everything that "works" in harmony with nature is good, just like the propitiatory rites performed to have a good harvest in the fields, the rain and so on. In this case, spirituality flows naturally, like a tuned instrument that plays the right notes. If instead we enter the realm of magic, we must be very careful because it is a minefield on which to walk on tiptoes. The real magic is to let nature take its course, flowing smoothly, without forcing, like the water flowing between the rocks.

CJZ:    You are a spiritual and creative person. As a paranormal investigator I would profile you as someone who is more likely to be in tune with paranormal influences. The “right brained” folks are relationship orientated as opposed to the “left-brained” math and technical people. Can anyone be in touch with the paranormal, and if so how can one change their way of thinking, or attune themselves to the paranormal?

Alyson Moon:  It is interesting to answer this question. In reality, a person cannot tune into the paranormal, but it is the paranormal that tuned in to some people. It's not about changing the way you think or tune into the paranormal: it's like a friend who comes to visit you and knocks on your door. He came to you, and you can decide whether to open the door or not. The important thing is to be "receptive", to be ready to welcome the mysterious part of life. Even the stars contain a mystery. The constellations, the nebulae, are not just piles of gas, and cosmic dust, but much more. Our ancestors have found the most useful knowledge for survival: they have learned to orient themselves in deserts, to build clocks and calendars. Enchanted by the movements of the stars and planets, awakened by unexplained phenomena such as eclipses or comets, they also established the enigma of the gods and heroes who explained these mysteries. There are also ways to tune into nature, but it is usually something very spontaneous.  It doesn't take much: a meditation session at dawn, listening to the sounds of nature, observing the stars, a song or a collective dance. Meditation can be approached in various ways; some techniques are related to spirituality and millennial religions.

Meditation is also good for the body; it is not an abstract and dubious form of asceticism, but a path that is built day by day. I personally love going to the park and hugging trees. As Osho wrote: "What I do is very simple, common; there is nothing spiritual or sacred. I don't want to make you saints, I just want you to be healthy, normal, intelligent, joyful people, dancing and celebrating. " This is the meaning of meditation. To meditate one must not believe or believe in something, everyone can meditate, everyone has significant benefits.

CJZ:   Your interest in the paranormal isn’t an accident. Do you believe divine influence has enabled you to be sensitive to the paranormal for a reason?

Alyson Moon: Well, it's not about divine influence: all paranormal phenomena usually occur to the people who consider them more "receptive". Anyone who has suffered particularly dramatic episodes during his life, the incidents, become predisposed to feel occult phenomena. Almost all shamans and curanderos during their life they were struck by lightning during a heavy storm, or they suffered an accident due to electric current. This event strengthens the thaumaturgical qualities of those who are affected by it, giving it the power to heal, telepathy and sensitivity. And this is a fact, as it is not possible to become a true shaman by merely studying a few books, since its power derives precisely from the phenomena just explained. And just as the paranormal exists and the forces of nature, with all their explosive impetus, there are also extraterrestrial life forms. In his posthumous book Stephen Hawking, the most important theoretical physicist, cosmologist, mathematician and astrophysicist of the last century, speaks of multiple forms of intelligent alien life and warns the world about the dangers of an invasion as aliens might regard humanity in the same way as bacteria, since they would do so hypothetically be considered very advanced beings.

CJZ:    I know this is an oversimplification of an important word, but let us talk briefly about ghosts. Have you seen or experienced one and are you aware of the reason you have been contacted? As a spiritual person, do you believe that your experiences with ghosts are for some purpose either to impart a wisdom among those you influence or something more selfish on the part of the ghost? 

Alyson Moon: Yes, I had contact with spirits three or four times. Often, the soul of deceased persons feels the need to contact  someone on earth because they need to communicate something, and they do not always turn to a family member  or relative, very often a spirit "chooses" a person in based on how receptive it is, in the same way as a person would choose a suit of the right size or a pair of shoes that fits perfectly. Usually spirits choose good-natured, sensitive and  empathetic people, and only do so when they have to communicate a message or make a request. When this happens,  it means that the deceased person has not yet finished his "journey", he has left something unresolved, incomplete,  and then puts himself in communication with a living person to express his need. Sometimes they are spirits of people  who have died violently, and in this case they usually try to communicate their desire to forgive those who have harmed  them, or, in other cases, they are people who were carrying out their lives when they were alive. an important mission  or they have had to suddenly interrupt something great for the world, and in this case their soul cannot rest because  they have not "completed" what they were supposed to complete, as an important scientific discovery for the humanity,  a person much loved by the whole world and who at the moment of passing away was in full swing, or, simply, it is a spirit  that feels that it still has much to give and say. In any case, however, it is always and exclusively "good, peaceful, loving spirits"  who always communicate a positive message with their requests. These spirits communicate with the chosen person giving signs of their presence: in some cases, they move some object in the house, so that the owner notices and catches the message that is transmitted to him. In other cases, instead, the spirit that wishes to communicate something insistently faces the mind of the chosen person, in a gentle but continuous way, as if to say: "Hey, listen to me, I have something  important to tell you!" there is nothing scary, in fact it is an emotional, moving feeling, because the spirit is telling you that you are the most suitable person to receive his message. As far as reincarnation is concerned, he dead people who were  particularly charismatic, active, productive when they were alive reincarnate very quickly because their souls do not know  rest, they want to complete their mission, because they feel that with death a very strong flow of energy was interrupted,  rich in energy, just like an electric current, and therefore the spirit cannot "rest" and reincarnates in order to continue its "work", even if, of course, in a different way, with other modes. I would like to point out that also in this case, as mentioned  before, we are always talking about good people, with strong personalities, who always have noble, honest and positive goals.  We must not be influenced by horror films that offer evil ghosts and vengeful spirits, because it is true that demons exist, but  this is a very different matter and has nothing to do with the spirits we are talking about here. So, if in your life you happen to  be "visited" by a ghost, don't be afraid but be happy and try to stay tuned to what he is trying to tell you or ask you. If he has  chosen you, it means that you are a special person.

CJZ: This concludes my second interview with Alyson Moon. Soon "Circus" will premier, but only with our help. In the near future I'm hoping Alyson Moon graces this blog with a third interview, as there is so much more to discuss.  Thank you Zhang!


  1. Great interview!!!

  2. I love this amazing and talented actress! I hope to see others interview very soon!