Gywneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s breakup news had barely dissipated through the gossip columns, when another high profile Hollywood celebrity flooded the airwaves. This time, the story is one of union. Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard are reportedly engaged. Since there has been no mention of the nature of this union, similar to Paltrow’s nature of separation, until now, public apparently has not had a chance to judge whether this engagement can be considered “conscious coupling.” Last week, a Guardian Liberty article discussed conscious uncoupling to show how one can see things from Paltrow’s point of view. However, comparisons do make it easier to grasp new and strange concepts in greater detail. Therefore, this article will discuss whether Depp’s union with Heard could be considered a “conscious coupling.”
Because there has been no earlier reported instance of conscious coupling, the reader is requested to take the opinion on Depp and Heard lightly, albeit consciously. For those readers who have still not clicked on Paltrow’s story above, a brief explanation may be helpful to appreciate this article in the proper light. It is discussed further below.
Fortunately, there is nothing mysterious about the term “coupling” in this context. It is the opposite of uncoupling, as shown by Paltrow and Martin. Therefore, effort here can be focused on just the consciousness part. It may be worthwhile, for now, to set aside these complicated terms, and simply judge the situation the old-fashioned way.
At 50, Depp is 27 years Heard’s senior, having been married once, for two years, and another 14-year liaison with the French model and actress Venessa Paradis that bore them two children, a boy and a girl. He has had well-publicized relationships with several other well-known models and actresses. Heard, on the other hand, prefers not to label her relationships, whether it be with a man, or a woman. “I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love, it’s the person that matters” she told Metro back in 2011.
Johnny Depp, when it comes to religion, said in a 2011 interview with Larry King, “Yes. I have faith in my kids. And I have — I have faith, you know, that as long as you keep moving forward, just keep walking forward, things will be all right, I suppose, you know. Faith in terms of religion, I don’t — religion is not my specialty.” Heard appears to have a similar views on religion, and influenced by Ayn Rand, the late novelist and philosopher who is credited with developing the Objectivism philosophy. Objectivism is a guide to living, with all individuals understanding the world, and knowing their place in it. To be their best while allowing others to achieve their full potential and happiness as well. Rand said in an interview “If you know that this life is all that you have, wouldn’t you make the most of it?”
It appears that Heard is making the most of it with Depp, when it comes to romance. He is an accomplished and admired artist with a free bird aura, which sounds very similar to Heard’s personality type. From Depp’s point of view, it would be difficult to see any flaw in Heard, so he also seems to be moving forward.
Finally, coming back to the “conscious” aspect of this relationship, it would be helpful to restate the key difference in the term “consciousness” as understood in the eastern philosophies of India, to that of western interpretation. In the west, consciousness is considered to be something one possesses. For example, a person was asleep, and now he is conscious, or, he lost his consciousness after the 10th shot of vodka. In the spiritual sense of the word “consciousness”, as used in Paltrow’s case, consciousness is what you are, and not what you have.
Based on these facts, one can be certain that both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s union, when seen from the western point of view, is undoubtedly a conscious decision. However, there is no sure way to know this from the eastern perspective, for even though the two spirits clearly exist, since they are alive, only their spirits know whether the coupling is happening with them, or with what is covering them, i.e. the body. Fortunately, if this coupling is not spirit-deep, there is always conscious uncoupling.
Opinion by Amit Singh
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