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Hello, enlightenment seekers and welcome to the Soul Train. And today is the first of our recurring segments called The Magic in Media. Well, what does that mean? Well, what I like to do is every month I’d like to have a different movie, TV show or novel that is inspirational. That’s almost spiritual, and we’re gonna talk about it, and we’re gonna look at ways of why this is a spiritual film, TV show or book, and we’re going to find the magic within that piece of art.
So, I hope you enjoy it. And welcome to the first segment of The Magic In Media. I think most of you enlightenment seekers and people who are just enlightened already know that artists, all types, filmmakers, musicians, painters, they are more connected to the spirit than most. So it’s not surprising that artists are always touching upon spiritual issues. And there are some novels, films that are not blatantly spiritual, like biblical films or what not, but somehow or another, there’s an underlying spiritual context. So you can find this in books like The Alchemists, which is the story of a simple boy searching for treasure. But yet it is such a spiritual journey, people say, and will touch upon that at a later segment.
But today, what I’d like to talk about is the 1994 film Forrest Gump. No matter who I speak to, that’s seen the film. The reaction I get from them is immediate, just adoration like “ahh Forrest Gump. I love that film.” They can have no connection. They can have no connection to the story or to the history. But the film to them, touched them so deeply that it qualifies for this segment, which is the magic within the film. So Robert Zemeckis directed, Tom Hanks is the star in the film, Sally Field. Robin Wright. Um, it’s about 2.5 hours long, but I can say this personally, I don’t know about you guys. No matter how many times it comes on TV, I always feel compelled to watch it, and this is kind of funny, like if I’m watching in the middle of it and then I turn the channel, I kind of feel that, like I actually am being disloyal to the film. I know it’s a little crazy. But spiritual films that have an emotional connection that is so deep can make you get loyal to it. You become loyal to the film, as most of you know, the film Forrest Gump follows this young man through his life. Now he’s what we would call in my language, which is do-sha-lea, which is translated to so many things, but in this case means faulted in some way, and the PC way of explaining his position is he’s intellectually disabled. But despite his faultlessness, he still lived an extraordinary life.
We as the viewers, no matter how many times we watch it. We want to go through this journey with him and an amazing life. He did live. I mean, he went to the White House three times. He ran a major shrimp boating company, made millions of dollars and actually got to be with the woman he actually loved. So I believe it’s all due to his mom. He had an amazing mom, played by Sally Field, and what she did is she never made him believe, if you guys remember the film when he was young, that he was different from anyone else. And what his mother did was instilled at him a very strong spiritual power called confidence. So much so that it made him believe that there was nothing he couldn’t do. So think about that for a minute. There was no doubt, and I often talk about this guy named Jesus. You got my guys might have heard of him. He didn’t have any doubt of the things he could do. For example, I’ll make you guys laugh when he rose from the dead. As it reads in the story, you never see him surprised, like “Oh, my God. Did you guys see that?” I just didn’t believe that he was not surprised when the dead walked and the blind could see. And Forrest Gump had that magical confidence.
Without doubt, I think about that. Enlightenment seekers, without doubt. Now that can convey and inspire powers that are beyond earthly laws. Like time and gravity and all of the earthly laws we know about. So from that, how can he have such confidence? With such low intellect? Well, we believe that the mind and the spirit work together in the mind. Knows things of this world. knows the dangers of this world. Yes, it could be argued. It also knows the wonders of this world. But it knows the dangers and the more intellectual a person is, it will calculate those dangers. Now, Forrest, I didn’t have that high intellect, that high calculator. So to him if his mother, who he loved and loved him would tell him that. Then why would she lie? There was no confusion, For example, when Jenny told him, When you get into danger, if you see danger, just run. He didn’t think twice about it. He loved Jenny. Jenny loved him. Run when you’re in danger and that’s what he did. And look what happened. He became a hero and visited the White House as a result.
So let’s look at the underlying message about forest’s confidence. It actually created power for him. It pulled things to him that he believed, because he had no doubt. Now for us, we actually have our intellect and doubt gets in the way. But guys, if we can just just dim our doubt just a little bit, even just a hair. We can still create magical things in our life. Consider this. The moon is something like 209,000 miles away, and the moon creates a lot of our functioning here in New York. But just move it 10 miles closer, which is just a hair in reference to like 209,000 miles away, will have catastrophic events. So here’s the message we can get from Forests point of view of the film. Our confidence should be greater than our doubt.
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Welcome back enlightenment seekers to our segment off the Magic in Media. So we talked about Forrest and his mom just to recap his mom did instill the confidence in him. The love she had for him was so great and the protection. She truly had a godlike love. But there are other characters in the film that we were lured to, and one of my favorite characters is Lieutenant Dan, Then I mean certainly, you know, played by Gary Sinese. It was my favorite character, and sometimes I didn’t know why. But what was interesting about him is he was confusing his family legacy to his spiritual destiny. And this all came to a climax on the shrimping bolt in that hurricane when he was sort of arguing with God, very similar to what Scarlett O’Hara did on terror in Gone With the Wind, you know? So let’s just recap of what happened with all of his, um, family before him. His father, his grandfather, his great grandfather all died on the battlefield in America’s great Wars. So he was in Vietnam, and he believed that his family legacy, that that’s what should have happened to him. And when Forrest saved his life, he became so dark and so bitter because he was so connected to something that was really just I hate to say it this way, guys, but tradition or or or cause war is not of God. Okay. And you know, I’ll teach that later in more segments, and we’ll talk about it. Violence and war is not of the god of light. So that can’t be what God wants for you. It just, It just can’t if circumstances occur. And our soldiers, who we owe a great deal of debt to, um, fight for our country, they deserve our utmost loyalty and support. But as spirituality dictates, that violence is not of God, violence of darkness, and we should try to avoid it at all costs. So this couldn’t be what God wanted for him or his ancestors, but circumstances has created it that way. So in the film, he got caught up in this and he did it. And he became very, very dark until that fateful day on the shrimping boat when God saved his life again. And I’d like to believe and it’s not in the film. And I don’t know what you guys think. That somewhere he realized that God wanted something from him other than dying on the battlefield. And if we continue the film we see that’s true because he winds up having this huge company invest in Apple and then gets married, falls in love, which is God and then supports all these charities and supports his best friend. And they get this special friendship so close that it is godly, so close that what brings us to the film is we would all love to have a friend like Lieutenant Dan, even though he was insulting you. We felt the love from him. He treated Forrest so horrible. The insults were just, you know, they could tear a person apart, but you actually felt the love. So what we can learn from Lieutenant Dan is that if we follow the attributes of God, which is love, long lasting life, clarity, truth. That dying on a battlefield is not God’s plan for us, it’s just just it’s just not to create unity, to create love, to support others and to continue life. And that’s what I believe is alluring to us with Lieutenant Dan.
The last character I want to talk about in the film Forrest Gump is, of course, Jenny, the Girl Forrest was in love with since he was a boy since that fateful day on the school bus. Um, he obviously loved Jenny dearly, but Jenny had a very complicated life. It’s easy to say. Like Lieutenant Dan, she faced the Devil head on several times in her life. Although the film never never says it directly, it implies that she was molested by her father. So no matter what Jenny tried to do in her life, she always still felt empty inside. What’s interesting is that she was always searching for love and what’s even more interesting. And this is like a phenomenon that really gets me because we as the audience, we feel that that the best person for her is Forrest. We know without a doubt that Forest loves her. So finally, Forrest Gump gets the courage enough to tell her that he loves her, and she replies, Forest, you don’t know what love is. Now the interesting thing is, she believes, because he’s intellectually challenged that he couldn’t possibly know what love is. But like I said before, we, the audience knows that he loves her and We know that he loves her and is very capable of love because his mother taught him that, and as spirituality dictates, that love is emotional, not intellectual. But tragically, she leaves again because she feels it’s not fair to him to be around him and to lead him on when he’s not capable of love. Now we all know that he believes that she keeps leaving him, but on the contrary, she wants to protect him. So let’s look at that protection. Love, truth, honesty, true unity. This is why we are so connected to the love story in Forrest Gump because it’s the purest of love in its most innocent form. And then it brings us to the scene where he does tell her, You know, Jenny, I’m not an intelligent man, but I know what love is, and I think at that moment she believes him. And then they get to spend a year together, and that was such a wonderful scene. And we, as the audience again, are pulled into this, and we want them to be together, even though with all her conflict that she has and the emptiness she has and the intellect he has. We are rooting for them to be together. And in the end they are even in her debt. Even after she has passed. And he buried her under the tree that they used to play on, You could still see that they’re together because love is an emotional thing, not a fleshly thing. We know that the spirits are still connected. So what can we learn from this part of Forrest Gump? What we can learn is love is emotional and not analytical. It is. It is created internally within us. And this is why we are, I believe, we are allured to Forrest Gump. This is why we feel compelled to watch it every time it comes on TV. It reminds us of something impossible can be possible. It reminds us that God does exist and that familiar feeling, creates a kind of settlement in our core. It makes us feel good. It makes us feel familiar. It brings joy, even if it’s only for two hours.
So enlightenment seekers. I hope you enjoyed the first segment of the Magic In Media. Thanks again. To all my enlightenment seekers, remember to exercise your soul by praying, worshiping and meditation. God-bless.
Well, enlightenment seekers. That concludes our lesson. I hope and pray that your soul got a little bit brighter. And remember to give yourself some time to meditate, pray and appreciate every single day. That way, to talk to you next time.