While the best spiritual movies for your awakening journey will always depend on you as an individual, we’d like to suggest 10 of our favorites! Below are some reviews of these movies, and we have highlighted the key themes in each movie so you can better tune in to which ones will be most helpful to you now. Strap on your seatbelt and open your mind to these spiritual movie reviews…
Themes: Projection, Attack, Separation, Face of Innocence, Mighty companions, Split mind, Discover True Identity, Miracles
This movie is a powerful demonstration for seeing that the only way to totally undo the ego, which was made to take the place of the true Self, is to pull the entire ego projection back to the mind.
Kevin Flynn is a video game developer who believes he created a digital world and is trapped in it. Fast forward twenty years, and we see Kevin’s son, Sam, looking for his father in the digital world that has degenerated into competition, hatred, and death.
Themes: Special Relationship, Purpose, Letting go of individuality, Holy relationship, Metaphysical, Power of Thought, Fear, Psychic Abilities, Collaboration
Spiritual Awakening is the recognition that love is beyond the form of a body. Identification with the body is what holds the construct of the ego thought system of separation in place (wrong-mindedness in ACIM). This movie takes the mind right into the formless.
The desire of Evelyn’s heart is to heal and change the world. Her husband, Will (Johnny Depp), desires to understand the nature of the mind as a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (A.I.). When Will is poisoned by anti-technology extremists, he and Evelyn stay joined in one mind and purpose, transcending the need for Will to be in a body.
To supplement these top 10 spiritual movies, we’ve also included below some profound teaching videos of mystic David Hoffmeister, the author of The Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment. Enjoy diving deep into these spiritual teachings while watching movies to help bring teachings to life!
Themes: Awakening, Holy Relationship, Time, Mighty Companions, The Script is Written, Real Sight, Awareness of Dreaming, Enlightenment, Forgiveness
Who you are is from before time was. Time is a concept, made to measure and therefore “give reality” to man’s existence within an illusion. Matter is held together by thought, and the belief in (and the need for) a bodily identity.
All that is blocking the awareness of Self and total freedom are obstacles: beliefs and thoughts. At a certain point in the spiritual journey, all obstacles fall away—they can no longer be believed as real when there is awareness of Self, because “nothing real can be threatened;” who you are cannot die.
When Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) finds herself caught up in a drug trafficking nightmare, it appears to be the worst situation imaginable. A package of drugs is surgically implanted in her stomach and when they begin to leak, she experiences a transformation of consciousness that takes her all the way to total transcendence from human consciousness to pure awareness.
When she is ready to let it all go completely, she gives herself over to the experience, with no desire to hold on to anything of this world.
#7: The Truman Show
Themes: Self-concept, False Perception, Awareness of Dreaming, Metaphysical
The world was a show produced and directed by the ego. It employed many actors, used many sets and events on a time-loop, and depended on sales and labels and product placement to sustain itself. The show aimed at drama, repetitions, distractions, pretense, and ultimately resorted to fear to perpetuate itself. For being make-believe it had to be believed as real to seem to continue.
An insurance salesman/adjuster (Jim Carrey) discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
Learn more about David Hoffmeister and the Living Miracles Community at livingmiracles.org
#6: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Themes: Heal Past Associations, Special Relationship, Letting Go, Metaphysical, Letting Go of Specialness, Forgiveness
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a spectacular movie about memory deletion, surrender, and forgiveness. Love transcends all of the perceptual memories, though the ego believes the memories are the love. The light that shines beyond all perceptual memories is blazing with eternal love in a spotless, divine mind.
In the end, there is a surrender to the divine eraser of past associations and meaningless private thoughts and only a recognition of seeing the Self anew remains present. Staying present, all relationships reflect the innocence and purity that transcends the lies of the ego. Freed from specialness, the holy relationship emerges as a testimony to the glory of God and true love.
When her relationship turns sour Clementine undergoes a procedure to erase the memories of her former boyfriend.
#5: The Matrix
Themes: Join in Purpose, Mind Training, False Perception, Metaphysical
You are the One! Free your mind from a world of control that is based on limitations and fear. The matrix is everywhere, for the matrix encompasses all appearances and images you seem to perceive.
What if you were unaware that you were dreaming? What if you could not tell the difference between the dream and the real world? The matrix is your seeming digital “self”, a projected image of a mental construct called ego. The matrix is a construct that can seem loaded with all sorts of erroneous ideas of attack and defense.
No one can tell you what the matrix is. You have to find out for yourself and be led inward to the experience of your true Self.
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#4: Peaceful Warrior
Themes: Mind Training, Purpose, Present Moment, No Competition, Teacher/Student, Assignment, Vigilance, No Ripping of Symbols, Letting go of form,
A brilliant movie about Dan Millman, a young man who meets an unlikely spiritual guide and goes through a rapid awakening that involves facing and releasing the ego while turning to the inner strength and focus that is found in the present moment. This movie is a masterpiece in showing where true healing lies and that all sickness is judgment and faulty perception. Enjoy the simplicity and strength of living with one purpose.
#3: The Island
Themes: Join in Purpose, Metaphysical, Discover True Identity, Injustice, Deception, Perfectionism, Finding Purpose, Following, Awakening
The Island is a fantastic metaphysical movie, showing the awakening process right through from being in a deceived, conforming state to realizing that what was considered to be life was not really life at all. A society of men and women who are deceived from birth need to discover their true identity in this sci-fi action.
The movie shows the ego’s temptation to go off and build a safe haven, and the Spirit’s call to extend love to everyone by going deep into the mind, and flicking “the master switch” that dismantles the ego’s illusion entirely, allowing the light to shine through and free everyone.
#2: Groundhog Day
Themes: Death, Letting Go, Inspiration, Deception, Time
If you have ever prayed that spiritual awakening could be funny, this movie is the answer to your call. Linear time is a loop where the past just seems to repeat over and over. The desire to get something back from others leads us on a fruitless search as we seek to overcome the void inside of us. And all attempts to escape this void seem futile.
That is what makes the movie Groundhog Day such a powerful metaphor. Not only can you see the loop, which is symbolic of the loop that everyone has experienced, but you also see a metaphor for the way out of the loop, which is just to be totally helpful—to completely lose yourself in the urge to be truly helpful.
When that desire awakens, the world is given a new purpose. Instead of focusing on escaping, we simply desire to extend and give love to everyone we meet. And with this change of purpose comes another way of looking at all the world, until we can finally say and mean “I love you.”
Themes: Forgiveness, Power of Thought, Letting Go, Heal Past Associations
This enlightenment movie is a spectacular demonstration of the complete release from all pain and suffering through the process of true forgiveness. Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) is a psychologist called to investigate unexplainable events aboard an isolated research station orbiting the planet Solaris. He discovers that everything that seems to be occurring is merely a reflection of the thoughts in his mind. The planet Solaris acts to push Chris’ unconscious guilt and fear about his wife’s suicide to the surface. Chris realizes that he has “remembered her wrong” and he undergoes a deep forgiveness process to allow the awareness of Love to return to his mind.
The planet Solaris is the representation of abstract love, light, and Oneness. There is no sense of individuality in Oneness. Heaven is death to the ego, because “people” do not exist there. As the spaceship moves closer to Solaris, Chris feels as if he is going to be annihilated. In an intense scene, his personality self crumples to the floor. Surrendering to the Light in the mind is the only option, and although it is terrifying to the ego, once we continue to yield into the Light, an experience of True Love comes to take the place of fear.
This is a stunning movie on taking the steps required for true forgiveness of the belief that you could have existed outside of the Mind of God. Innocence reigns! We’ve never done anything wrong, and everything is forgiven, because it never happened in Reality!
Do not hold onto your seats! You might find yourself being lifted!
For more on David Hoffmeister, visit livingmiraclescenter.org