Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pay It Forward-Calling All Angels!

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3] ~ Marianne Williamson

My dear friend Catherine Wishart(please make sure to check out her video on it here.) was the one who guided me to the movie Pay It Forward starring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, and Helen Hunt. I just saw it tonight after putting off watching it for a few months and all I have to say is I am asking that each one of you not only watch it, give it as a gift if you can, and also follow through on doing just as this film suggests even if it's one person, organization or action step.

In the movie Haley Joel Osment character's Trevor McKinney begins his first day of 7th grade and his new Social Studies teacher Mr. Simonet portrayed by the extraordinary Kevin Spacey gives an extra credit assignment to challenge his students which is the following:

"Think of an idea that will change our world-and put into ACTION."

He wasn't expecting his students to actually do anything on a grand skill but Trevor takes it to heart because he truly wants to make a world that he knows can be a sorrowful and tragic existence into something more hopeful. Thus, he begins Pay It Forward.

It begins with Trevor as the first person to do giving acts to three other people as he explains to each individual how it works and for them to follow the same request making it possible for good deeds to continue pouring forth from one person to another.

Trevor gets discouraged and wants to give up after it seems his project is not helping at all despite his persistent dedication, but in actuality it's spreading further than he could have ever hoped for.

There are many learning themes in this movie including changing our self-sabotaging beliefs, realizing that not everyone judges you as harshly as you do yourself, being open to love no matter where you are, who you are, or what you look like, that all people have the potential to impact humanity, take life affirming risks over fearful ones and that although tragedy is not something one wishes for it is sometimes through this avenue that one comes to the realization that love and unity are very much alive in a world where this can seem like a false promise.

The angels are calling us to be more like them.

Practice this today and make sure to Pay It Forward.

Don't you want this earth to be flooded with an overpopulation of angels?
I know I do.

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