Remember Andrew Keegan from “10 Things I Hate About You”? So cute, right? Well, now he’s cute and the leader of his own spiritual religious movement called Full Circle. According to a story in Vice, Keegan operates Full Circle out of a building in Venice Beach, CA, drawing in followers who want to get involved with the movement’s “advanced spiritualism,” according to one member of Full Circle’s “inner circle” (a circle within a circle?). The group considers themselves “artivists” using music, visual art, dance, etc. to promote their beliefs. Their beliefs being …?
“Synchronicity. Time. That’s what it’s all about,” Keegan told Vice. “Whatever, the past, some other time. It’s a circle; in the center is now. That’s what it’s about.” Yeah, I’m confused too.
Full Circle followers throw around words like love and energy and synchronicity with abandon, and like many new age spiritualists, see a lot of power in crystals. The Vice writer describes attending a Full Circle meditation focused on ending the conflict between Israel and Palestine, in which participants focused their energy on water crystals. “We’re very much scientifically, spiritually, and emotionally aware of how it works, meaning that there’s power in the crystals, there’s power in our hearts, there’s an alignment, there’s a resonance… and it transfers through water,” said Keegan.
Keegan was moved to start Full Circle after he and a few friends were jumped by gang members on March 11, 2011 which, according to Keegan, “happened at the same time the tsunami hit Japan.” Hmm, I wonder what I was doing on that day…
Perhaps I am not in a position to judge, as I may have fallen asleep last night clutching a hunk of amethyst, but when I hear about celebrities spouting new age babble, I cannot help but laugh. Keegan’s “religion” sounds harmless enough, though aside from throwing some fun hippie-dippie parties with ayahuasca and cool jams, it doesn’t sound like they’re doing much that I would consider helpful either. [Vice]