I was pleasantly surprised by this uplifting, thought provoking movie. Directed by Michael Goorjain this full-length feature film incorporates the teachings of Dr. Wayne Dyer in parallel to the conflicted lives of several key characters. It is one I highly recommend.
Dr. Dyer has been called the “father of motivation”. He has authored 30 books, created audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. A few are Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and The New York Times bestsellers: 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration and Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life have all been featured as National Public Television specials. He transitioned in 2015, after showing the world how thought can create physical change and health.
The plot is that Wayne Dyer, playing himself, is making a film. During which, the fictitious director and film crew ask thought provoking questions. The blend of Dr Dyer’s philosophic answers and appropriately meaningful true life stories gave me new ideas and insights. His manner was filled with patience, an appreciation for life and a readiness to acknowledge that he hadn’t always been perfect. His charm is and wit were framed against a variety of landscape and interior settings.
The characters, including Dr. Dyer and film crew, have come to an enchanting picturesque resort on the Monterey Peninsula in California. The scenery alone would have held my attention. A rustic two-story lodge with acres of wind swept trees. The rough and tumble California cost added to the beauty of Asilomar.
The attention to detail included a sound track of unique and imaginative songs. Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra are entwined through out the plot through music and character acting. Many of the actors and actresses will be very familiar. They include Michael DeLuise, Shannon Sturges, Ed Kerr, Portia DeRossi and a cameo performance by the celebrated motivational author Louise Hay.
Beyond the scenery, the secondary stories offered a relaxed and happy contrast to the main story lines. The joy of a simple wedding, the relaxed resourcefulness of the staff and others let the viewer glimpse possibilities for those of us caught up in the current rat race.
The main characters are leading hectic lives that almost everyone can relate to. They arrived expecting this trip to be an extension of the lives they had been leading harried and stressful. At best they hoped for brief moments of relaxation. But as they interact in this serene setting and mingle with those who enjoy the moment fully, each character shifts.
I discovered that I too was reflecting on my life. I gently, was being shifted and re-motivated. Weeks later, I am finding that I am living more in the moment and enjoying small pleasures. I am able to release the things that once seemed so important but really do not matter. The home page for The Shift quotes Carl Jung:
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
The Shift is a least thing that carries great meaning and potential. I highly recommend it.