Friday, March 20, 2015

Spiritual Movies That Inspire

Movies have been a passion of mine ever since I was young and dreamed of becoming an actress. My favorite movies are message movies, especially if they involve anything having to do with spirituality.  I’ve learned from so many of them as many are full of so much spiritual wisdom.

One of the very first message movies I saw was “Billy Jack” released in 1971 and then the following sequels.  It was because of this movie that I went to live on an Indian reservation in British Columbia and lived with the most remarkable people who remain family to me to this day.  It also started my journey with Native American Spirituality.  One bit of wisdom that has stayed with me all these years is when Billy said “What’s going to happen is going to happen and all the worrying in the world isn’t going to change a thing.”

Since then, I’ve seen many spiritual message movies and I would like to share some of them here, all of which I highly recommend.

“What Dreams May Come” starring the beloved Robin Williams.  It was considered a fantasy drama about what one might experience in the afterlife.   It opened my mind to the possibilities of what we could experience after we leave the earth plane.

“The Way” starring Martin Sheen.  Sheen’s character has a son (played by his real life son Emilio Estevez), who dies while starting his walk on “The Way of St. James” (Camino de Santiago in Europe).  Instead of returning home immediately, the father decides to finish the walk, and along the way, he finds himself and discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.” 

The “Peaceful Warrior” based on a best-selling book (true story) written by Dan Millman about the power of the human spirit.  After a life-changing experience, he meets a man named Socrates, and an elusive woman, both who teach him the secret to overcome incredible odds and learn the wisdom into new worlds of strength and understanding.  There were several sequels that continue the story and/or are along a similar path of wisdom, which were just as intriguing.

“The Celestine Prophecy,” based on a best-selling novel and philosophy by James Redfield, is about an out-of-work teacher who embarks on an amazing adventure to the rainforests of Peru in search of nine ancient scrolls known as the Celestine Prophecy.  These nine insights predict a worldwide awakening that gives a new definition to human life and gives him a glimpse into a deeper level of spirituality on earth.  Through many coincidences and an intriguing plot, he learns the meaning of each insight.  There were also several sequels, all just as spell-binding as the first.

“Conversations with God” based on the book series by Neale Donald Walsch, is very inspiring and based on Walsch’s own life.  After a reasonable amount of success, Walsch lost everything, became homeless, experienced a debilitating injury, and looks for meaning through it all.  Since then, he has become an author of numerous successful books (translated into over 34 languages).

Other movies I would highly recommend are “Ambition to Meaning, Finding Your Life’s Purpose” by Wayne Dyer about his spiritual journey.  “I AM” by Tom Shadyac asking “What’s wrong with our world and what can we do about it?  “What the Bleep Do We Know” explores the spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.  “You Can Heal Your Life” based on the life and work of Louise L. Hay and about the many ways people can heal their own lives.  “The Wayshower” and “The Mystical Traveler” based on the spiritual journey of John-Roger.

Of course, there are many more that I would love to recommend.  The key is to watch the ones that resonate with you.  And if none of them do, that’s fine.  The important thing is to be sure we check what we’re learning with our own inner spiritual consciousness to see if it rings true for us.  If not, then ignore it, but let’s not criticize or find fault just because it’s something we might not believe. 

The wisdom and knowledge from God (Life, the Universe, the God of your understanding) can come through many sources and many teachers.  As Eckhart Tolle stated, “I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already.  All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten. Living knowledge, ancient and yet ever new, is then activated and released from within you.”

Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper March 20, 2015.

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