This is a beautiful story demonstrating the ways of the Spirit in contrast to the ego thought of fear and separation. The Spirit, represented by Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, is steadfast and gently reminds that everything works to serve the greater good. In comparison the ego frets about its goals of status, money, power, and control, which is represented by A.P. Kirby, owner of Kirby & Company. Grandpa heads a fully spontaneous loving home where members follow their inspiration, find joy in collaboration and trust in Spirit to care for their needs. This home becomes a symbol of invitation to join with Spirit as a worker at Kirby & Co., Mr. Poppins leaves his unfulfilling old job to move in with the Vanderhofs and follow his heart.
Tony Kirby Jr., A.P. Kirby's son and Vice President of Kirby & Company, falls in love and wants to marry his stenographer, Alice Sycamore, who is Vanderhof's granddaughter. This union appears to be directly against the will and interests of Tony's parents. As these two families (different thought systems) come together, what follows seems to be what the ego might interpret as "chaos" yet it reveals that the ego is no match for love and spontaneity. Grandpa Vanderhof beautifully demonstrates, "In my defenselessness my safety lies." (W-153.1) The wisdom and power of Spirit shines through the ego's thoughts to reveal a deep desire for union in truth and love.
This movie is a helpful tool for learning to discern the Voice for God that leads to the Kingdom of Heaven within.