TOP "TEN+" BEST HOLISTIC HEALING MOVIES
"All of Life is in the Movies"
1> Groundhog Day (with Bill Murray and Andy McDowell)
This amazing movie, using humor and unerring spiritual truth, takes us on Soul's journey through multiple life changes. A cynical, heartless news weatherman, clearly mired at the "root" of his existence (being primarily focused on sex, money, and power) works his way through the chakras by reliving the same day over and over again. By the time of his last replay of that fateful day, he has become a true CoWorker with God. This movie points out the profoundest truth of all: since the world never changes, the only way we can grow is by changing our response to it. From bitter cynicism to abundant charity, we become what we choose to be.
The Truman Show
(with Jim Carrey and Ed Harris)
As the creator of the "Truman Show" said: "we all accept the reality that we are presented with… If Truman (the man unknowingly living in a world created for him to televise his actions) really wanted to leave, then there is nothing that we can do to stop him." And when Truman was ready to go, nothing did stop him. Even in the worst of circumstances, one always has a choice which is not to accept "the reality one is presented with". As in the case of Andy DuFresne, the "innocent" prisoner in Shawshank Prison who was told to forget about improving the prison library and to cease hoping that he would ever leave there. And yet, he found a way to do both.
Back to the Future 1, 2, & 3
(with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd)
In the universe where all time is now, the past is the future and the future is the past. The "Back to the Future" movies showed how fragile the threads of existence really are. How it takes so very little for those with the power to transcend time to manipulate circumstances for the better or for the worse. Even where the goals of manipulation are well intentioned - as in "Frequency" where a son seeks to save his father's life - there are always unforeseen consequences. For example, was it worth it to save your father's life when that unexpectedly resulted in enabling a serial killer to murder your mother and 8 others he was never meant to kill? Time is fragile.
What Dreams May Come
(with Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr)
"With love all things are possible". In "What Dreams May Come", when a man is killed in a car accident and his wife commits suicide because she cannot live without him, he is told that she is doomed for all eternity. Yet the power of their love is so strong , that they are able to pull off a mission impossible. Just as in "Far and Away", when an immigrant is fatally wounded, the power of his love for the woman of his dreams pulls him back into his body and into their life together.
(with Charlton Heston)
Ever wondered what it is like to be in the presence of the spiritually powerful? When "Ben Hur" is dying of thirst and despair, Christ comes to his aid… giving him water, hope, and the will to go on living. When the "Resurrection" healer unbends the body of a horribly crippled woman, her spirit expands to sustain them both. The powerful spirituality of Christ and the healer in these scenes can only be understood by watching them. I cannot watch them without crying for the love I feel there.
Man of La Mancha
(with Peter O' Toole and Sophia Lauren)
"And the world will be better for this. That one man, scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable star. This is my quest to follow that star no matter how hopeless, no matter how far. To fight for the right without question or pause. To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause…" Those are the lessons that the lives of Miguel de Cervantes, who faced down the Spanish Inquisition ("Man of La Mancha") and Thomas More who opposed the bloodthirsty King Henry VIII ("Man for All Seasons") have to teach us all. Countless generations have been inspired by the stories of their lives, these movies are even more inspirational.
The Sixth Sense
(with Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, & Philadelphia!)
Consider Shakespeare's words: "There is more in heaven and earth, than is dreamt of in your philosophy." Existence is not just confined to the linear physical realm. As the movie, "The Sixth Sense" shows us, learning and experience continue on even after death. That is how a recently deceased child psychiatrist was able to help a gifted child come to terms with his extraordinary talents. While in "Sliding Doors", a woman temporarily lives parallel lives as she puts an unfaithful lover behind her and "opens the door" to a new, more caring and loving partner. It is a universe of boundless creation… do not blind yourself to the infinite possibilities.
(with Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis)
As Thomas Carlyle said, "Everyone is my superior in that I may learn from them". Sometimes this learning comes from the most unexpected places. In "The Ref", an affluent couple whose marriage is on the rocks learns from a thief holding them hostage to appreciate all that they have, especially one another. In "Captain Ron", an uptight Chicago executive learns lessons in resourcefulness and courage from a scatterbrained, down-on-his luck sailor. While "Forrest Gump" teaches all those around him to experience the thing he knows best - "what love is" - by watching him live it daily. There are golden nuggets of wisdom to be found in everyone's hands. If you stop yourself from enjoying the nuggets because you consider the people holding them unworthy… you are the one losing out!
Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home
(with the Classic Star Trek Cast)
As any General worth their salt will tell you, the only time you are certain to lose a battle is when you believe that the odds are overwhelming and you give up without even trying. During the "Voyage Home", the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise find the Earth on the brink of destruction. In a desperate and daring move, they travel back in time to bring back from the past what is needed to save the future. The entire time their mission seems doomed by one obstacle after another… and yet their "never give up, never surrender" attitude saves the day. That same spirit in "Independence Day" allows us mere humans to defeat aliens with superior strategy, technology, and resources. While the same spirit in the religious fantasy "Dogma" goes one step further… by saving all of existence from being obliterated.
Gone With the Wind
(with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable)
"Experience is all you take with you". That is what makes Scarlett O'Hara such a formidable heroine in "Gone With the Wind". Even before the war, it was clear that in the event of a nuclear holocaust, she would be the last one left standing because she was headstrong, stubborn, and brave. And that is what makes Eleanor of Aquitaine such a dangerous enemy in "Lion in Winter". Even though she was a prisoner under arrest and constant surveillance, it did not stop her from carrying out her elaborate schemes of revenge. And she serves us all a powerful warning about the brutality that lurks beneath the surface of everyone. "Bodies lie rotting in field and stream because we are the pestilence, we are the disease… The disease is the hate that we carry inside ourselves and cannot let go!"
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