Embracing the Grace of Change

Embracing the Grace of Change – A spiritual contemplation using the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

About the course:
The third edition of Archetypes & a Movie examines what happens when our old story has reached the end of it’s shelf life and how we can embrace the grace that change brings us.  Using the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as contemplation on the choices and opportunities that lead us to an unexpected next chapter of our lives.

This self guided audio workshop is comprised of lecture and commentary on the film plus a full color illustrated workbook with supplementary information.

People of all ages can learn about moving from crisis to re-birth, discovering a secret chapter to our lives, aligning with grace through chaos, navigating the unexpected and finding beauty and love at any age.

Join spiritual director and archetypal counselor, Jim Curtan in a virtual adventure that will touch your heart & inspire you to claim the beauty of your one wild and precious life!

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Embracing the Grace of Change

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What you will receive:

  • Audio Part 1 A live recording with an introduction to the film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Audio Part 2 A chapter by chapter commentary on the archetypes and spiritual insights seen in the film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that you can use as a guided contemplation while watching the film in the comfort of your own home.
  • Audio Part 3 is a live recording of Jim’s follow up lecture with class Q&A from a day long workshop held in Pasadena, California.
  • An Illustrated Workbook with instructions, supplementary information and exercises.

About the film:
BEstThe unexpected popularity of the 2011 film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may be due to the way it crystalizes a Zeitgeist moment in Western culture: more and more lives are beginning to have a third act when most of us have been, at the most, prepared for two.

The paradigm of a single course in life is all but gone and many of us who have lived through a mid-life crisis are beginning to suspect there may be another one ahead.  We are waking up to the realization that our world is less and less predictable and a whole new set of opportunities and challenges are at hand.

The stories we’ve been living in for most of our lives are no longer relevant. Our stories have outlived their shelf lives.

The characters in this film are in just such a predicament. They are called upon to craft new myths and new stories.  In so doing they discover new lives of renewed meaning, passion and purpose.

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Thanks for the Memories

Fame, as they say, is a fleeting thing.

“Thanks for the Memories” was comedian Bob Hope’s theme song from the time he introduced it in 1938 until his death at the age of 100 in 2003. It played as comforting, entertaining musical background music throughout my childhood, adolescence and, even, through a great deal of my adulthood. The bittersweet undertone of the music and lyrics kept it from being nostalgic because, just below the surface, it addressed loss—irreparable loss. What had begun as a love song, over the course of at least a half-dozen wars—declared or not—became a kind of requiem.

Simultaneously, it became a hymn of thanksgiving. The memories being, sometimes, the only thing we had to sustain us through loss. For sixty years Bob Hope, regardless of his politics—barely remembered now—reminded us to keep the memories fresh, to keep them alive.

In 2003, four years before his death, the Hollywood-Burbank Airport was re-named Bob Hope Airport. Bob Hope Airport is still the airport’s legal name but in 2016, less than 20 years after Hope’s death, the branding name of the airport (whatever that is) is once again the Hollywood-Burbank airport. This news saddened me. Hope was a hero in our household.

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