Let’s face it, there comes a time when we are in the meaning phase of life (when we search for meaning and life’s purpose). No matter how enlightened we feel we are – we still question from time to time ‘the meaning of why we’re here’.
Like many, I felt the time it will take to sit down and read a good book on the subject was limited and yet I and many others will often sit down for a movie. So, rather than sitting down and watching another mindless movie, I decided (after seeing it promoted for years) to watch the movie ‘Ambition to Meaning’ where Dr. Dyer explores this phase of life.
I had seen the phrase “this compelling film, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning” so many times in the marketing paraphernalia for this movie that I thought it either has to be a very good movie– or just very good marketing.
Needless to say I found it to be ‘an exceptional movie’ and the compelling film did just what it promised. – Dr. Wayne Dyer explored the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by our parents / society — which ultimately promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation, is then shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. It certainly goes a long way in helping us to understand the old adage ‘The Purpose of Life Is To Live a Life of Purpose’.
The movie follows three stories (as well as some other characters) of guests checking into a beautiful resort along the California Coast. The cinematography is simple yet at times breathtaking and Dr Dyer’s deep and soothing voice engages you easily in the dialogue throughout.
Through the intertwined stories of an overachieving businessman and his wife (played giftedly & superbly by Portia De Rossi) a mother of two seeking her own expression in the world, (many mothers can relate to this) a director trying to make a name for himself, (played intensely by Michael Deluise) and Dr Dyer who plays himself, this entertaining film not only inspires, but also teaches us how to create a life of meaning and purpose.
In essence, all of the key characters in the film experience what Dr. Dyer describes as a “quantum moment”. This quantum moment opens the door to transformation for each as they recognize and begin to live “the music inside” and dare I say it ‘live in the moment’. In a nutshell, Dr. Dyer conveys very simply that we were all born with this music inside but too often push aside while we are busy living our lives or more aptly put – when EGO gets involved.
One of the key points in the movie is ‘What if we come to the end of our life and discover it was all wrong?’
There were many key phrases and one liners that will stick in your mind after viewing, such as a simple explanation of when EGO begins and the stages of EGO and what does EGO stand for – Edge God Out…
“Ambition to Meaning” is expertly written, directed, acted and produced and I don’t believe it would disappoint those that seek wisdom towards meaning and life’s purpose. Yes, I would even go so far as to say – even those who already hear their music will still get something from this film.
What I do wonder however is, if we seek this wisdom for self (as adults) why then wouldn’t we seek to encourage our children to ‘find the music’ too…rather than to have to lose it and find it again later in life – when we seek our Dharma?
Maybe I’ll have to read a book by Dr Dyer to answer this question as there are certainly no movies sharing this wisdom for children that I’m aware of.
Finally, I believe Ambition to Meaning is well worth sitting down for a couple of hours and being inspired…but be warned you’ll want to watch it more than once.
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