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01/17/2013 02:23 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2013

Success Clues From the Movies

Awards season is upon us. Like it or not, for the next few weeks we'll be hearing a lot about movies. So I might as well pitch in.

From time to time I am asked what makes a "spiritual" movie. I would love to hear from anyone who can offer an answer. Until then, I hope this will do. For all of us learning to generate magical lives, do movies reveal a clue?

If the primary reason we are here in the first place is to remember who we are -- to ourselves, to each other, to the whole she-bang -- then maybe it is our destiny, I hope, to understand and achieve success. To learn to consciously create it.

Here then, some clues to the mystery that I found in the dark.

From action heroes, I get what it means to live every moment as if it is my last. To be engaged, involved and committed to a cause. To participate with honor. And the importance of get up and go.

Love stories unfold in enchanted pockets of gracious giving and receiving. They foster my compassion for the loss and hurts of others: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Very different from opportunism and entitlement. They tease open my heart and mind.

Space operas and sci-fi help me see past the world of form. Beneath the veneer of every alien civilization and dimension await shared universal tests. How do I make a difference? What maps do I make to ease the way for myself and others? To be more. Live more. Stretch more. Forgive more. And what am I prepared to move beyond (or leave behind) to access the force within. To go boldly into the unknown.

From drama, I connect with the feelings of others. How do I deal with my own relationships: spouse, children, friends, boss, colleagues? With myself? Higher self? God/Goddess/All That Is? When I can recognize myself in another person it increases my response-abilty.

Comedies always force me to wonder why I take myself so seriously. Funny movies remind me to laugh. To find humor in the frantic dance I do for love without remembering I am loved all along. To shrug off mistakes, and lighten up.

Horror movies and war films have lots to reveal about what is dark in me as well as what is light. Often pointing to judgements or emotions that are not fully expressed, or I am denying altogether. Movies that arouse strong feelings of antipathy in me are always a sure sign of resistances, fears, and blockages to my growth that persist below the waterline of my awareness. What I resist persists.

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