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Movie Review: The Shift

A break from all the reading we've done lately, let's watch a movie. Available at the library, or to stream online.

From the creators of You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie comes a compelling portrait of three modern lives in need of new direction and new meaning. In his first-ever movie (written by Kristen Lazarian and directed by Michael Goorjian), Wayne Dyer explores the spiritual journey in the second half of life when we long to find the purpose that is our unique contribution to the world. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society—which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation—are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.
Filmed on coastal California’s spectacular Monterey Peninsula, The Shift captures every person’s mid-life longing for a more purposeful, soul-directed life.

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.” - Carl Gustav Jung

The Shift explores the intertwined lives of an overachieving businessman (played by Edward Kerr), a mother of two young children seeking her own expression in the world (Shannon Sturges), and a film director trying to make a name for himself (Michael DeLuise). Also starring Portia de Rossi. The Shift not only inspires, but also teaches us how to find the path to our spiritual purpose and therefore our greatest joy.

“I am 68 years old and I have a new career,” Dyer explained. “When I was asked to do this film, I didn’t think ‘I’m too old to do something I’ve never done before.’ I thought ‘I am open to everything. I am willing to change and to learn.’ I’m more proud of this film than of anything I’ve ever done before.”

Wayne Dyer appears in the film as himself. Special appearance by Louise L. Hay.

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  • pam

    I cannot believe I am about to miss THIS one! I am so sorry for the late is school graduation time and things are ...uummm.CHAOTIC!!! I look forward to seeing you all at the next one.

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If everybody shows, there's no way we'll fit in the room. Would it be a good idea to bring a chair in case it's not raining and we can convene in Dundonald Park, less that a block away? I will, anyway.

    June 24, 2013

  • Rick C

    I would like to make it to the movie review, but I'm double booked that night, so I probably can't.

    June 22, 2013

  • Christa M.

    Not able to make this meeting because it conflicts with my graduation ceremony. Will attend the next

    June 21, 2013

  • Hana

    So how do we get a hold of this film? Is it on Netflix? Youtube?

    June 2, 2013

    • Hana

      sorry...just read your comment about it being available at library or online..

      June 2, 2013

  • Carrie

    We won't be watching the movie together but will be discussing it. Thanks for the tip regarding the book

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will we be watching the movie together? Or is this just a meet-up to discuss it...(Just to be clear) BTW: There is a companion book (also called The Shift) that explains the movie..

    May 19, 2013

  • Laurraine

    Looking forward to it, I have read several of W.Dyers books.

    March 4, 2013

  • Bruce

    Hey Carrie when & where is this ?

    March 4, 2013

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