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Emotion/Theme: Time, Purpose, Guidance, Holy Relationship, Collaboration, Magic, Quantum Physics, Fear of Sacrifice, Assignment, Awareness of Dreaming
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Year: 2007
Duration: 96 minutes
Country: USA
Director: Lee Tamahori
Actors: Nicholas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel


What if everything that seemed to play out was just hypothetical? What if every possibility could be seen and then the mind could zoom in and select which scenario to play out? Cris Johnson has a psychic ability that allows him to do this, and yet without any real sense of purpose, his life is one of hiding and pretense. The Holy Spirit uses attraction and a relationship to get his attention and open him up to seeing that, through joining, he can go beyond his fears and expand his perception and abilities.

The individual concerned for himself will always end up with the same result (pain and loss). Following the Spirit leads to what is best for the whole. It deletes unnecessary drama and saves time. Cris hides his function, or light, under a bushel because he is afraid of what will happen. This is symbolized by the limited attempt to use his abilities in a cheap magic show. He can see two minutes into the future, but has not learned to give it over to the Spirit, which would use it to benefit the whole. He is given a glimpse of his communication ability as he starts to pair up with others and follow prompts, but it still must be given over. When he is fully engaged in the Spirit in the scene by the warehouse, Callie Ferris trusts him and links up completely. It is a classic scene for following guidance and trusting a brother or the Holy Spirit, who can see everything from all angles.

It is a great movie to remind us that no matter how many ways we look at trying to change the future, we must find out that only a change of purpose is the answer. The whole world is hypothetical and when this is seen, there is surrender. The script is written and there is no point in trying to figure it all out. Just rest and join with your brother to end the past. It is all forgiven and at any point we can choose again for the plan of the Holy Spirit.

Metaphysical goodie quotes:

Cris Johnson: Here is the thing about the future. Every time you look at, it changes, because you looked at it, and that changes everything else.

Cris Johnson: Every once in a while what we think is magic is the real deal hiding behind a $50.00 trick, because the alternative is impossible for others to live with.

Cris Johnson: Did you hear about the zen monk who ordered a hot dog? He said he had one with everything.

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Anything perceived as happening in the world need not be judged. You cannot have a better life or a worse life in form. You have no control over the world. The script cannot be changed. The script is the past— it is written. There is great release in knowing this, giving you full permission to be happy. It is really very simple.


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