Edie | Film Reviews | Films

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you have been.”
— Madeleine L’Engle in On Women Turning 70 by Cathleen Rountree

Edie (Sheila Hancock) is an 80-year-old woman who laments that she has spent most of her life taking care of an irritating, ailing, and controlling husband. There had wanted to do so many things, visit so many places, and have so many experiences. Now that he has died, can she finally do what she wants to do?

While sorting some things, Edie comes across a dusty postcard from her father who years ago had invited her to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland. Thinking about that awesome mountain, she recalls what a brave and free spirit she was so long ago.

“Aging is a moral and spiritual frontier because of its unknowns, terrors, and mysteries”
— Thomas R. Cole in The Journey of Life

Convinced that she can take on and fulfill this dream of her younger self, Edie journeys to the west coast of Scotland. There she reveals her cranky side at a climbing gear shop when the clerk, Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) doesn’t believe she is up to the climb. Eventually, she is convinced to take him along as a guide. As she embarks on this daunting challenge, Edie is forced to come face-to-face with the unknowns, terrors, and mysteries of her private pilgrimage.

“Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and restless you become, but your view becomes more extensive.”
— Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film director

Writer and director Simon Hunter makes the most of Sheila Hancock’s sturdy performance as an elder who yearns for an experience that will test her and take her deeper into herself than she has ever been before. She hopes that all the physical effort and spiritual strain will pay off with an extensive view.

“Aging is a stage in life that’s especially ripe for us to get free.”
— Ram Dass in One-Liners

For many elders, one of the exciting things to discover is the fire inside them. Edie recalls: “I was a wild child, difficult to believe now. I used to have such fire … and then I got married.” On her pilgrimage, she seeks to regain that early fire. Freedom, precious freedom — isn’t that what we all yearn for?

Get Quiet – Ignatian Spirituality

The modern world, for all its marvels, is simply too noisy for our own good. We cannot think straight with the cacophony of competing values presented by advertisements, the media, politicians, and the people around us. In order to hear the sound of God’s voice, we must turn down the sound of the world.

We must come to a place of stillness within by separating ourselves from the noise outside. Even for an experienced discerner, the movements of the spirits are simply too subtle to detect without quieting down for a little while each day.

It took a cannonball to quiet down Ignatius’s life enough for him to consider an alternative from that of soldier and womanizer. We hope that quieting down ourselves will not require such a drastic event! All we need is a small commitment to pray every day and the internal self-discipline to keep that commitment.

—Excerpted from God’s Voice Within by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ

Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash.

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Law of Attraction Method That Really Works!

I’m excited to share with you my absolute favorite and effective method for manifesting which is manifesting while you sleep!

This simple law of attraction method actually works for manifesting money, love, creativity, happiness, and more…

This is an incredibly powerful and transformative technique, and honestly, part of what makes it so powerful is how well it works with reprogramming your subconscious mind.

Use Your Subconscious Mind To Manifest In Your Sleep

When you’re laying down in bed for the night, there is a natural transition between your conscious waking mind into your subconscious realm of dreams and intuition.

It’s actually your subconscious mind that directly interfaces with the Infinite. And yet your subconscious is controlled and programmed by past beliefs and conditioning, and often by past limiting beliefs and negative conditioning.

So by reprogramming your subconscious, your subconscious can then interface with the Infinite to call forth what you actually desire into your experience instead of manifesting more of what you don’t want.

There are a number of ways to access the subconscious mind in order to reprogram it. Prayer and meditation are some powerful ways. Affirmations can be another powerful way through the consistent return to the focus on what you want, in order to reprogram your subconscious. However, there is one of the most powerful, and honestly the easiest way, which is during your sleep.

Manifesting In Your Sleep Tip #1: What Do You Desire?

The way that manifesting in your sleep works is when you’re laying down at night to go to sleep, start to ask yourself, “What is it that I truly desire? “

And it’s really best if you focus in on one BIG thing.

So if you’re wanting to manifest abundance in your life, focus in on that.

If manifesting love is the most important thing to you right now, focus on that.

If aligning with your true soul work and highest calling is the most important, focus on that.

But as you’re laying in bed, focus in consciously on the most important thing that you want to manifest into your life experience.

Manifesting In Your Sleep Tip #2: What Would Your Desires Feel Like?

And then allow your awareness to drop down from your mind into your heart center. To bring that desire into the realm of the heart.

And then ask yourself, “What would I feel like when this fully manifests in the highest and best possible way? With the most benevolent outcome? What would it feel like? ”

And let yourself evoke that positive feeling.. that joyful expression, that wonder, at the power of existence that you have co-created this incredible blessing in your life!

And when you do this right before you go to sleep, you not only are consciously tuning into that feeling, but you are accessing your subconsciousness and reprogramming it with the language of feeling.

So that when you fall asleep for those 6-8 hours you’re sleeping…

Overnight your subconscious can work with your guides, your angels, the Infinite, the Divine, in order to align you with that which you so clearly desire.

With that, you’ve planted your subconscious with the language of feeling. This is the language of the subconscious and that time between waking and sleeping is a doorway to the subconscious mind you can use for your benefit. By again, focusing on what you truly desire, your highest desire at this point in time now.

Manifesting In Your Sleep Tip #3: Feel As If You’ve Manifested Your Desires!

Tuning into it and then feeling what it would feel like as if it has already been made manifest.

Feel the joy, the wonder, the excitement, the love.

Let yourself really get into this. You’re in the sort of hypnagogic state between sleeping and waking. And so your imagination is heightened and you can really tune into a sort of daydream, a dream, where you’re DREAMING into BEING your true desires and intentions…

By seeing what you’re like, what your life will look like.

By feeling the joy and gratitude and love of these highest possible blessings manifest into your experience.

And then as you just focus on this in a relaxed sort of way and drift into sleep, your subconscious can continue to work for you through the night, manifesting this blessing into your experience.

And when you return to this, night and night again, it really truly works! And so I can testify to this.

I Manifested My Dreams, You Can Too!

I’ve used this method to manifest so many incredible blessings in my life, including Miles, my true love and twin flame, including the beautiful home we live in, including success and abundance, and aligning with passion and fulfillment and creativity and my true soul’s work.

And since I’ve been able to do this, I know that you can too.

So give it a try tonight when you go to sleep. And then one final step is that when you wake up in the morning, begin to train yourself to focus your first thoughts on gratitude.

Manifesting In Your Sleep Tip #4: Wake Up With Gratitude!

Gratitude for another day of being alive on the earth plane. Another day to allow more divine light, creative life force energy and blessings to align with and flow through you. And knowing that you are co-creating new blessings, exciting possibilities, wonder and love and joy into your life.

I have a morning ritual that you may want to check out as another way of infusing the start of your day with divine light and positivity to further support your manifestations.

But even if you only do this simple practice as you go to sleep, it will begin to work for you to manifest positive change in your life because it gets your subconscious mind on board with what you really want.

So then as you go throughout your day to day life, it becomes less of a struggle to stay consciously focused on what you want, because your mind becomes integrated with the truth of what you desire.

And the universe begins to conspire with you to bring your true desire, the highest and best possibilities for what you can experience in your life, into being, into creating, into creation, into manifestation, through the power of feeling, through the power of love.

Feeling Is The SecretSo give this a try. Let me know if you liked this.

If you like simple techniques like this, if you would like to learn more about the link between your conscious and subconscious mind and the role these different parts of your mind have in manifesting, I highly recommend the book called “Feeling is The Secret” by Neville Goddard. He talks about this manifestation technique and so much more.

As always, I love, honor and appreciate you.

Have a beautiful now and enjoy the simple technique for manifesting while you sleep!

Melanie Beckler

Melanie Beckler

Booksmart | Film Reviews | Films

Booksmart is a remarkably assured directorial debut for actress Olivia Wilde, but it’s far, far more than that. Using the template for countless high school comedies that have come before it, filling in those well-drawn lines with a much-needed freshness, and then defiantly coloring outside those lines, Booksmart takes all that has made the genre a lasting staple and pushes it in a vital new direction. Along the way, its stars, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, deliver performances that continuously surprise with both playful flair and genuine empathy. The result is an open-throated and completely authentic glimpse into the lives of young people on the verge who are seeking new horizons while questioning the foundations that have made them who they are.

Molly (Feldstein) and Amy (Dever) have been friends throughout high school, where they’ve eschewed partying and personal lives in order to devote their time and energy to schoolwork, counting on academic success to get them into their top choice colleges. For Molly, Yale beckons. For Amy, Columbia calls (after a planned summer trip to teach Botswanan women to make their own tampons). The two are what many would call “nerds,” though from the film’s start, it’s clear that this isn’t a story of bullied outcasts. Molly and Amy appear to have chosen to alienate themselves. The truth is that they look down on their fellow classmates, and pity the fact that no one else seems to realize that you can’t have fun and achieve success.

So when these upstarts discover, days before graduation, that their classmates have actually struck good balances between schoolwork and social lives and are also going to revered colleges or jobs, Molly and Amy are thrown into a self-doubting tailspin. If these dullards can get into Ivy League schools without having buried their noses solely in school books, the social hierarchy on which Molly and Amy have built their beliefs is a fallacy. So there’s only one remedy: Before they graduate, Molly and Amy need to party. Hard.

The remainder of Booksmart follows these young women as they riotously pursue this new goal, and each scene piles on wacky set pieces, fierce zingers, and plenty of foul-mouthed fun. Feldstein and Dever are agile comedic performers, and Wilde has surrounded them with both newer faces embodying the fully fleshed-out and yearning teenaged characters, as well as familiar and beloved comedians like Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jessica Williams playing the hilariously pitch-perfect and unsure adults.

Even with its wavering characters, Booksmart is itself continuously confident. It delights in undermining and flipping expectations. Even the familiar angst is in a different key than other films of its genre. Tropes that would be played for pathos in past stories are presented as accepted givens. Varieties of sexualities are appreciated and celebrated, without making their existence or exploration the main event.

With so much going for it, the film’s one shortcoming is the fact that the majority of the school appears to be white and apparently rather affluent, a feature that might have been examined in order to give voice to a larger variety of racial and class experiences and add a needed layer. In a film this intelligent, dissecting privilege might have taken it to an even more lasting level.

But, even though it doesn’t plumb every depth it could, Booksmart is a triumph. It continuously surprises, even when it’s not shocking (which it often is). The high school ecosystem it highlights is one in which angst and tentative hope are shared all around, from the jocks to the nerds to the freaks to the teachers, and this shared insecurity both builds connection between the disparate characters and suggests that there is a possible world in which these different people can happily co-exist, each offering their gifts and admitting their weaknesses. It’s a startlingly sincere message mixed in with the rest of the sarcastic, bombastic shenanigans, but it works, and even feels oddly spiritual. What might happen if everyone openly admitted they want to be loved and respected, but have no idea how to actually achieve it on their own? Booksmart asks this simply profound question with every snarky one-liner.

A Different Kind of Souvenir

My husband and I recently took a vacation to a nearby beach and state park, and I returned with a divine souvenir. I was looking forward to spending time immersed in the beauty of nature. There’s something about the simplicity of sun, sand, and water, of park greenery and free-roaming wildlife that easily connects my spirit with God and creation. As I packed a suitcase and prepared for our trip, I felt moved to ask God to travel with me and to deepen my appreciation of creation.

On the first day of the trip, God greeted us with beautiful weather, aqua-blue water, cooling breezes, and relaxation at the beach. That day I thanked God for bringing me to such a grand place to experience nature. As we walked along the beach in the moonlight that evening, we came upon a homeless man asleep on the sand. I said a prayer for him and wondered how he came to this situation in his life. The image of him, alone on the beach, stayed with me the rest of the evening.

Our second day was spent at a state park. We drove under a canopy of oak trees, and I felt as though I was part of a living postcard. As we drove further, two deer crossed our path to search for lunch. Next came a large rabbit, followed by—what else—a tortoise! The simple beauty of the plants and wildlife, all giving glory to God just by being, brought me close to God. How wonderful it was to be caught up in such beauty! God was truly there, answering my prayer to grow in love for creation. As we drove out of the park, we noticed on the side of the road two people who were homeless. I said a prayer for them, and we continued on our way. Again, I noticed that I was thinking about them for the rest of the day.

That night on our way to dinner, we saw several more people who were homeless, some asking for help, some for food. I again prayed for them and thanked God for all I had been given. But all through dinner, the images of all the homeless people I had seen the past two days kept coming back to me. Why were these people constantly on my mind? What was God trying to tell me? And then I realized what it was. God was answering my prayer, but not in the way I expected. I had prayed for God to show me the beauty of creation, which God did. But God was also showing me that the beauty of creation was not just in nature, but also in the people I encountered. God was reminding me that those men and women were God’s creation too and that God was present in them. God was teaching me to look beyond the simple, outright beauty of nature to find God. I was being reminded of the beauty of everyone. As God’s creations, we are all loved with a divine, unbounding love. And it is this divine love that connects us all.

I returned home from vacation with a deeper understanding of what seeing God in all things means, and this is perhaps the best vacation souvenir I could ever have.

Photo by Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash.

Melinda LeBlanc

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