After a serious accident, director Tom Shadyac, who had it all, wondered if he had it all “wrong?” For those who are not familiar with the name Tom Shadyac, perhaps you are with some of his films such as Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty.
The documentary was released February 2011 and after watching the trailer, I’m looking forward to seeing it
“I AM is an engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?“
People seldom question the origins of their beliefs or why they believe in them. Rarely are beliefs that were taught to us as children investigated once we are old enough to think for ourselves. We want to belong, be a part of, to be accepted, which makes us willing to accept something as truth, without our personally investigating or experiencing it for ourselves. There is a Jesuit motto that states, ” Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
We each need to search and find truths for ourselves. That is how we gain knowledge that we can trust and believe in.
The following video shows how this works.
Quest for Truth: Belief
I love to read. Reading gives me the opportunity to see another person’s perspective on any given subject. I don’t read novels much and when I do, they are more in the category of fantasy/science fiction, which inspires my imagination to visualize what it might be like being in the scenes described by the author. I mostly like reading autobiographies/biographies and self improvement books, the later being the most of my reading focus the past year or so.
I’ve learned though, that no matter how much wisdom a book contains, it’s of no use to me if the wording of the book is rambling, instead of smooth and flowing, leading me, the reader, easily through the authors perceptions, perspectives, experiences, knowledge and so on.
Another is when I have problems relating to the concepts being discussed. One example could be Westerners reading books based on Eastern religious or spiritual concepts. Personally, I can grasp the concepts, but can’t relate to the native names for chakras, the various levels of the mind, bodies, whatever. So when I hit the names and titles that are foreign to me, it isn’t a smooth and easy read for me. It’s more like hitting speed bumps. Don’t take me on a tour of your entire mind and knowledge. I just want to get to the heart of what the author was motivated by when they decided to write a book.
I’ve also discovered that spiritual authors sometimes make it sound as though the techniques or methods for a practice are rigid, meaning they believe that it has to be done a certain way with little or no modification. One thing I’ve learned during my life is, I am not a peg that can easily fit into peg holes created by someone else. I can use their instruction as a guide, but in the end, I must adjust it to what is comfortable for me and what works for me. Thus my discovery that there’s several ways to reach one particular goal.
Right now I’m 3/4 the way through reading the book called, the Three “Only” Things, by Robert Moss. I read some customer reviews before buying the book, most of which were good. From the reviews, I got the impression that the book used simple language, was easy to read and understand. I’m relieved to say that my impression is correct.
What I like about the Three “Only” Things is, the three only things are about topics I’m interested in, believe in and have experienced at one time or another, but didn’t appreciate as fully as I am beginning to since I started reading this book.
What are the three only things? Robert Moss gives special attention to how dreams, coincidence and imagination can and has benefited people, including famous people in history from around the world over the centuries. Mr. Moss devotes a chapter or more to each, discussing why and how they are beneficial to us and how we can be more open to their messages. Then he uses his own experiences and experiences from those attending his workshops, as well as the famous from history as examples.
One thing I’ve notice is that I have been remembering my dreams more often after waking in the morning, than I did before starting this book. And I’m not doing anything noticeably different. I’m also focusing on stimulating my imagination again and paying more attention to coincidences instead of passing them off.
What books have you read or are reading that stimulated or inspired you?
As Don Henley so aptly sings in his song, The heart of the matter is “Forgiveness, even if you don’t love me anymore.”
If we look deep enough into ourselves, beyond the frustrations, anger, rejections and pain, we will find love is still there, only it’s relationship with the other has changed.