Recently I watched the movie “The Yes Man” with Jim Carrey. His character, a guy whose default was to say NO to most things, choosing to spend his life at the same job or at home numbed out watching a movie until he went to a YES seminar where he promised to say yes to everything! Though far-fetched and over the top (which JC does brilliantly) it triggered me to look at where I default to NO in my life. I said Yes to being in a friendly chef competition…something I never would have done before.
To make it even more powerful, I watched this movie with the brilliantly insightful commentary of John Mark Shroud, downloaded from his website. He pauses at various times to point out how Spirit sees what is happening on the screen and of course, this gives the story a whole new meaning. This has been a remarkable tool in John Mark’s awakening and he stresses how it can be that for us too.
On this journey of awakening, everything is used by Spirit to teach us the Truth, to help us see things differently. “They are our modern day parables.” says David Hoffmeister who has also been using movies as a pathway to enlightenment at his retreats for many years. He has a book, website and library of movies listed by the issues they address.
In my own life, I’ve been watching movies with Spirit even before I realized that I was doing so. Watching a movie I could clearly see where the character needed to forgive, trust, love; where her feelings of unworthiness were holding her back from truly living; where his attachment to being a success in the world was keeping him from being present with his family; thousands of scenes in which the characters choose fear over love.
With the teachings of John Mark and David, this practice went deeper. I was taught to watch where I judged the rage of a violent man as evil or the promiscuity of a woman as wrong; where I wanted to look away or blame the bad guys; where I reacted emotionally to the story.
Viewed with Spirit, movies are a way to be in and have experiences that we may never (thank God) have in the bigger movie of our lives. Movies allow us to experience the emotions triggered by screen and release the rage, violence, judgement, blame and beliefs that lay unconscious within all of us.
Heck I’ll take Hollywood over Hell any day!
How about you?
What are your favorite movies where you’ve received guidance from Spirit?
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