The Reality of Truth—a New Documentary by Mike “Zappy” Zapolin and Deepak Chopra—Examines Perception and Reality

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This highly controversial film will explore the concept of “reality” as people’s chaotic daily lives and the existence of a quieter, happier alternate reality.

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Deepak Chopra & Mike "Zappy" Zapolin

In the history of mankind, we have tenaciously sought out gateways to spirituality and found them in meditation, prayer and the consumption of natural substances.

There is an expanding shift in consciousness taking place right now, and people are looking for a new understanding of life, according to Mike “Zappy” Zapolin and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, creators of the upcoming documentary “The Reality of Truth.” The film, set for release this summer, not only identifies the perception problem plaguing society today, but also analyzes specific techniques to break though to a new reality—one that is more peaceful, tolerant and, when looked at properly, amusing.

“Transcendence is the key to taking off the filters that separate and blind us, so that we can see things as they actually exist,” said Zapolin. “There are many techniques people use to transcend—meditation, prayer, dance, music, even psychedelics—and for this film we set out to explore the effectiveness of these different techniques.”

Highly controversial in nature, “The Reality of Truth” introduces audiences to the modalities people have used throughout history to transcend into an alternate reality, and suggests these techniques may be the breakthrough humankind needs to move into the future. The film features top religious gurus, thought leaders and scientists, who discuss the prevailing understanding of reality and the methods they invoke to transcend into an alternate reality.

These conversations include a panel discussion with Dr. John Hagelin, PhD and Fred Travis, faculty members of the Maharishi University of Management, and Dr. Norman Rosenthal, author of New York Times Bestseller “Transcendence.” The panel was held in Fairfield, Iowa, where thousands of people in the transcendental meditation community meditate together each day. The team also traveled to Maui to speak with legendary spiritual leader Ram Dass, who was with Timothy Leary during his infamous Harvard experiments.

“The Judeo-Christian religions, Vedic traditions, and Shamanistic rituals all incorporate techniques for transcending,” said Zapolin. “In the history of mankind, we have tenaciously sought out gateways to spirituality and found them in meditation, prayer and the consumption of natural substances.”

Some of the plants that have documented transcending capabilities, according to the film, are: ayahuasca, a giant vine native to South America, noted for its psychotropic properties; ibogaine, a hallucinogenic compound derived from the roots of a West African shrub, sometimes used as a treatment for heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine addiction; the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin found in certain mushrooms, especially liberty caps (aka magic mushrooms); and marijuana.

“When we ingest these naturally occurring substances, we taking in their energy, and it combines with our own,” said Zapolin. “When we observe things at the energy level, we realize there is no separation between us and nature. It can help to show us that we are all the same, and that realization is completely liberating.

“In sum, we are all living in a ‘fake’ reality, but we have the tools to break through and see an alternate reality. This film is aimed at increasing worldwide awareness of transcendence, so that audiences can break through the ‘illusion of reality’ and move forward toward a more meaningful and peaceful future.”

Zapolin noted, “One of the more provocative scenes of the film documents me with actress Michelle Rodriguez and MacMillan Publishing’s Dan MacMillan participating in a life-changing ayahuasca ceremony with a shaman. It was a mind-blowing experience that I think audiences will truly appreciate.”

“The Reality of Truth” is being produced by Kurt Engfehr, who co-produced “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 911.” The film includes interviews with Marianne Williamson; Ram Dass; John Hagelin, PhD; Bruce H Lipton, PhD; Foster Gamble (who recently released the documentary “Thrive”); Charles Grob, MD; Peter Coyote; Lior Suchard; and Ravi Zacharai. Executive producer is Wall Street icon and just capitalist Peter Janssen.

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About Mike “Zappy” Zapolin
Mike “Zappy” Zapolin is the visionary behind such Internet brands as,,,,,,,, and He has been featured multiple times on NBC's "Today Show" and other major media outlets.

Zapolin is the creator of the Harvard Business School elective "eBusiness" and was recently a speaker at The Economist Magazine's "Global Branding" conference in Shanghai. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert, later becoming one of the youngest vice presidents in the 100-year history of investment bank Bear Stearns. After leaving to start his own direct marketing company, Z.T.V., he and Deepak Chopra co-authored "Ask the Kabala."

Zapolin is also an enlightened serial entrepreneur who seeks to help a population suffering from widespread hopelessness and chronic depression recover by returning to ancient spiritual customs and beliefs.

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