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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Shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 1997, I was introduced to Lewis Mehl-Madrona’s work by my therapist, Jim Fain, who had recently heard Lewis speak at the annual Creativity and Madness Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Jim suggested that I get a copy of Lewis’s book, Coyote Medicine, that it might be helpful in discerning the most appropriate response to the cancer diagnosis.

I was inspired and reassured by the book, especially by Lewis’s insistence that healing necessitates the integration of spiritual practice, complementary medicine, and allopathic medicine. He also stressed the importance of story in the work of healing. One of the first pieces of intuitive guidance I had received after my diagnosis was that “if I could keep my story interesting, God would let me live.”

I made arrangements to spend the first week in January, 1998, a quiet time at work, at the Center for Complementary Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh where Lewis was Medical Director.

I arrived in Pittsburgh in the midst of a blizzard and below freezing temperatures. The storm had delayed Lewis’ return but he had given his staff instructions for an immersive week-long nine-to-five healing intensive which included a physical, acupuncture, meditation classes, shiatsu massage, sessions with a nutritionist,  sessions with a psychiatrist who practiced hypnotherapy, and with a woman who practiced energy medicine and was a psychotherapist.

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