The Spirit of the Beehive


Why did the monster kill the girl and why did they kill him afterward? They didn’t kill him and he didn’t kill the girl. How do you know? How do you know they didn’t die? Everything in the movies is fake. It’s all a trick. Besides, I’ve seen him alive. 

EL ESPÍRITU DE LA COLMENA (The spirit of the beehive) 1973, dir. Víctor Erice.


“I once had a dream, or a vision, and I imagined that dream to be of importance to other people, so I wrote the manuscript and made the film. But it is not until the moment when my dream meets with your emotions and your minds that my shadows come to life. It is your recognition that brings them to life. It is your indifference that kills them. I hope that you will understand; that you when you leave the cinema will take with you an experience or a sudden thought–or maybe a question. The efforts of my friends and myself have then not been in vain…” – Ingmar Bergman

An ancient philosopher once said that the bee extracts honey from the pollen of the flower, while from the same source the spider extracts poison. The problem which then confronts us is: are we bees or spiders? Do we transform the experiences of life into honey, or do we change them into poison? Do they lift us, or do we eternally rebel against the pricks? Many people become soured by experience, but the wise one takes the honey and builds it into the beehive of his own spiritual nature.
—  Manly P. Hall - Excerpted from “The Occult Anatomy of Man”

5/100 days of productivity || sat, nov. 26, 2016 || Submitted my university transfer application today! Two whole months early! Also I journaled again for the first time in a while while I watched a movie for my Film and Lit class. I’m obsessed with this quote from North & South:

“She had a bracelet on one taper arm, which would fall down over her round wrist. Mr. Thornton watched the replacing of this troublesome ornament with far more attention than he listened to her father. It seemed as if it fascinated him to see her push it up impatiently, until it tightened her soft flesh; and then to mark the loosening – the fall.”