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!

Listen to Part 1 of the course for free:


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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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“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?”  James 2:15-16

On Sunday March 12, I attended Eucharist at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA. I went especially to hear guest preacher, Reza Aslan, the Muslim scholar and author of Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. (Amazon link to book)

Mr. Aslan preached on the Letter of James (James, a First Century Saint for the Twenty-first Century) and he did not disappoint. You can watch his entire homily here.

A few excerpts:

“James’s community referred to itself collectively as “the poor”. That’s right. The very first term to designate the followers of Christ was not “Christian” it was “the poor.”

“So we shouldn’t be surprised by James’s epistle’s overwhelming focus on the poor. What is perhaps a little more surprising is its bitter condemnation of the rich and powerful.

“Now this condemnation of wealth and power may seem extreme but the truth is that James is merely echoing the words of his brother who said “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.” (Luke 6: 24-25)

Let’s be honest; this part of Jesus’s message has never been all that popular. Certainly not with the wealthy and powerful no matter how much they say the love Jesus. Not this part.

How else to explain politicians like Republican congressman Roger Marshall whose rationale for repealing the affordable care act and thus denying health care to millions who could not otherwise afford it, was to shrug and claim, “Like Jesus said, ‘the poor will always be with us.”

“How else to explain religious right leaders like Franklin Graham who justified the president’s Draconian regulations on immigration into the U. S by arguing that, ‘Well, God also does extreme vetting about who he allows to spend eternity with him, so why can’t the U. S. do the same?’ By the way I have a feeling that Franklin Graham is going to be surprised by the nature of God’s extreme vetting.”

On this point I think Pope Francis is correct when he said that “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee, or someone seeking help, or someone who is hungry or thirsty, to toss out someone who is in need of help. . . . It is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Christian.”  (Here’s a link to Pope Francis’s homily.)

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