Will Trainer's active and adventurous life changes suddenly when he is left a quadriplegic after an accident. He becomes bitter and angry, and longs only for death, no longer wanting his new life with all its physical and emotional pain. He makes an agreement with his distraught mother that he will give it six months to find a reason and desire to live. His mother tries various caregivers in the hope that one of them will be able to reach her withdrawn son.
Identity and self-concept disguise who we truly are. Sometimes confusion arises and a belief in changing the external: the body, form, or gender is thought to be a solution to the amnesia of this dream world.
Ira needs a miracle. He is unhappy; bound by uncertainty, unable to make decisions or complete his college dissertation and in a general state of confusion. Dumped by his therapist who suggested he “get unstuck and try something else,” he follows an inner prompt to enter a health club where the poster in the window asks, “What are you waiting for?”
This is a classic tale of the seeming fall from grace. As the film opens we see Lexi happily figure skating on the pond by her home. She is truly happy and in need of nothing; at Home and one with God, she is a symbol of innocence and wholeness.
We need our brothers. The ego’s deep commitment to remaining separate is healed through joining and interacting with others. When we turn in this direction, things can at first seem disorienting and upsetting, but with determination and perseverance, we begin to experience shifts in the mind as our hearts begin to open and we face our deep fear of intimacy.
Those who are destined to meet will meet. The script is written and there is nothing we can do to change that. Our struggles and upsets arise when we think we can control what plays out in the world of form.
Nothing in this world will satisfy you. When you forget this and pursue things in the world, the result is always the same. There can seem to be a temporary satisfaction, but the end result is always pain, guilt, and death.
Following the advice of his dying father, Hal only dates women who are physically beautiful. Hal however, wants to see women for their inner beauty, and his preoccupation with physical beauty has become a defense against true intimacy and connectedness.