A wonderfully-inspiring movie based on the relationship between the late 19th century Queen Victoria and an Indian servant named Abdul. Abdul is sent from India to deliver a small gift to the Queen as part of a ceremony. He was ordered not to even make eye contact with Victoria; to simply deliver the gift and then depart with head bowed.
 
The Spirit, however, has other plans for them. Abdul's momentary upward glance toward the Queen is enough to ignite a spark in the desperately-lonely monarch. This spark flourishes into a flame and soon the two become trusted friends and mighty companions for each other, sharing a beautiful intimacy and timeless bond beyond the vastly different forms.
 
The budding relationship between the two is not supported by the monarch's family or staff. Abdul is a demonstration to the whole lot of what it means to be of true service and support to the queen. As those around the queen get increasingly vicious and demanding that the queen stop interacting with Abdul, the queen must step into her certainty against the doubt thoughts and attacks from her so-called supporters. 
 
In much the same way when we take our steps on the spiritual journey, old friends and family may loudly protest our decisions, but it is in these moments that we can think of Queen Victoria and her need to stand firm in her conviction to have Abdul by her side. It was as if her life depended on it. And it did. There is something within us that feels dead when we compromise or just go along with the games of this world, doing things only because we think we ought to.
 
This is a movie about equality and seeing beyond appearances. Victoria is drawn to Abdul because he sees her as she really is: without her past or her self concept as a queen getting in the way of a true connection. There is something in our souls that is really drawn to seeing beyond the concepts, and it just lights up with these unexpected holy encounters. 


Movies are an excellent way to watch your mind, to pay attention to your emotions, and to help you discover your unconscious beliefs.
 
Go here for more info about Movie Watching as A Spiritual Practice. You will find tips, tools and links to movies to go deeper in your journey.

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David Hoffmeister

Modern-day mystic, author, and a living demonstration of A Course in Miracles.

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