Alice Green, a school counselor, is married to Michael, an airline pilot. What appears to be a happy couple who have everything is actually a cover over for deep desperation and fear. One method of expressing desperation appears to be an addiction to alcohol, yet the call for love takes many forms. Love can only be experienced through honest exposure of what is not love to the light; hidden thoughts of guilt and unworthiness. This movie beautifully lays out a practical demonstration of the movement to expose what is hidden in order to allow love to bloom fully in awareness. The ego thought of separation would hold on to hidden thoughts in attempt to protect fear based feelings, whereas the Holy Spirit stands ready to offer peace though the power of forgiveness as private thoughts are handed over through exposure. Thus the willingness to expose everything that is believed (no private thoughts) rather than hiding thoughts is an essential step to freedom and peace of mind.
 
It takes great trust to release the desire to fix what is on the screen and to simply focus on exposing thoughts for healing. Yet through this essential dedication to be honest about emotions (feelings) and exposing thoughts that are untrue, true honesty, which is a consistent state of mind, can be experienced. Jesus says in the Course that the one right use of judgment is, "How do I feel?" This is the barometer that helps to determine whether there is alignment with the Holy Spirit (a feeling of peace) or with the ego thought system (a feeling of fear).
 
This movie is a helpful example of how partners who serve in purpose are a mirror for each other to bring fears into recognition and thus help to clear away the darkened thoughts through which the ego falsely interprets the world. What appears in the story may look like physical separation, new friends, or even drama and the Holy Spirit uses it all for the healing of the mind.

 
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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