The movie Senna is a striking and somber essay on the high octane sport of Formula 1 motor racing. It is infused with the youth, beauty and vigour of the great Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna who died while racing in 1994 aged 32. What is surprising is the character of Senna that emerges in his own words and the thoughts of his family and friends. He was a truly authentic person who lived life in the fastest lane on earth but did so with deep awareness of what it took to stay at the pinnacle of his sport and stay grounded in the realities of ordinary life.
In many ways his life typified the 7 Qualities of Authenticity which are at the core of the philosophy of Adaptive Freedom. The Quality of Congruence is found is how he described the role of the unconscious mind in taking him around the Monte Carlo circuit at break-neck speed only to crash when he became incongruent as a message on his radio brought him out of the zone and into his conscious mind again.
The Quality of Control is shown in his remarkable ability to maintain control of his vehicle at such speeds, especially in the wet, which is an example of exceptional focused and attentive awareness. The Quality of Compassion is shown in the deep acceptance of what life threw at him or what Artyon saw as God's will in his life. His strong, simple and unaffected spirituality permeates the movie.
The Qualities of Commitment and Competence shine forther in his courage, honesty and transparency. He never hesitated to stand up for his values even when it cost him to do so. The profound identity he shared with his fellow Brazilians and the close and happy relationship he had with almost everyone he came in contact with typify the Qualities of Connection and Congeniality.
Ayrton Senna may have felt freedom most profoundly at 200mph but his authentic free spirit shone true off the track as well in his battle with officialdom to be treated fairly and in the loyalty and support he showed for his fellow Brazilians. This movie has profound messages on spirituality, the power of the nonconscious and what it takes to live authentically.