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I watched an amazing movie last night, entitled simply I Am. It is a film made by a director named Tom Shadyac, who is famous in his own right, having directed such films as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty and other successful comedies. It tells the story of his journey after suffering head injuries following a biking accident, causing him to reevaluate his life and lifestyle, as well as asking the questions: What’s wrong with our world? and What can we do about it? He talked to and interviewed a string of great minds, from scientists to poets to religious leaders. And the underlying theme that I got out of this film is that we are all connected, all life here on this earth is connected, in a way that cannot be scientifically measured or proved in that way. And that connecting energy is love! This film also brought forth the knowing that our innate nature is that of compassion, but we have buried that under the guise of competition in our modern day societies. Yet the final message that came out of all this is one of hope; that as humans we have the power within us to change our world to one of cooperation and sharing, making sure that all are taken care of. As Tom Shadyac worked on this film and started to question his own lifestyle of excess, he eventually began to heal. He then took steps to simplify his life; selling his huge mansion of a home to live in a mobile home park, selling his private jet, and becoming an instructor at a nearby university, teaching screenwriting. Another message I garnered from this is that we are not meant to give up all our comforts of life and live in near poverty. But so many of us have so much more than we truly need to be happy and comfortable in our lives, at the expense of those who are living lives where their most basic needs are not met.  And as I reflect on the main thing that I got out of this wonderful film, it all comes back to this: Love is the most important thing.

Comments on: "I Am – a movie we all need to see" (8)

  1. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been eager to see this movie, and have had it in my queue on Netflix for months, waiting and and waiting for them to have it available. Will probably have to buy it someday!

  2. I havent seen this yet and I need to…I missed it the day it was on OWN, maybe she will reshow it : ) xoxo

    • You may be able to find it at your local library, that’s where I was able to find it – it really is a great movie and story behind it – hope you get to see it 🙂

  3. It is such a great movie!! My husband went to college with Tom, so I have been hearing stories about him for 25+ years! I went to a showing of the film last spring in DC, and Tom was there. What an amazing guy!

  4. If you ever see Tom again, let him know what a great movie he made – it really left me with alot to think about and I just wanted others to know about it.

  5. I will! That movie and his website (www.iamthedoc.com) got me reading a lot. One of the best was The Field by Lynne McTaggart. Also got me reading The Essential Edgar Cayce.

    Glad you found me and I found you ! 🙂

    • I’ve read some Edgar Cayce stuff years back and it really resonated with me. I’ll have to check out The Field – glad to have you visiting and connecting 🙂

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