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Thursday, December 1, 2011

A New Movie and an Old Book for the Holidays



A movie that you might want to put on your list to see this winter -The Way  starting Martin Sheen and directed by his son Emilio Estevez- had a short viewing in movie house in October and November. You can purchase the DVD on Amazon.com.  Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life.

Sounds familiar? You may want to read The Camino: a Journey of the Spirit by Shirley MacLaine (2000). She actually walked the Camino de Santiago in thirty days at a rate of twenty miles per day. Her book is about the many grueling challenges she faced on the journey and the spiritual insight she gained. What a courageous woman. But as you might know from her first book, Out on a Limb, she is one who thinks out of the box and follows her spirits.  I thought about how I followed my spirit to walk in crop circles in the southern part of England and how it changed my life. I would have to think deeply about walking the Camino de Santiago. Right now the crop circles and the Chartres labyrinth in France are calling me. And I have to answer that call. What’s calling your spirit?   What if we are already superhuman but our thoughts have created a false identity that we actually believe we are merely human?  What i we are already superhu

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