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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“I refuse to be intimidated by reality. What is reality anyway? Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.”

From “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe,” written by Jane Wagner and performed by Lily Tomlin

In the book “Sacred Contracts,” author Caroline Myss describes the archetype of the Saboteur as the Guardian of Choice. The challenge of making a good choice is governed entirely by the clarity of our perception. If our perception is sabotaged by projection, prejudice, pride, fear, anger, distortion, insufficient information or insufficient reflection, the likelihood of making a wise and clear choice is severely diminished, hence: sabotaged.

I spent much of last Friday at the Norris Cancer Hospital at the University of Southern California. I had fasted from 8:30 AM in the morning in preparation for both a PET-Scan and a CT-Scan which were scheduled for 2:30 PM.

When I was ushered into her office, the lab technician and I recognized each other. She said, “I remember you.” Then, as she poked a needle in my arm in preparation for an IV line, she said, “We have to stop meeting like this.” I loved her for that.

As Joan Crawford once famously said, “This is not my first rodeo,” and yesterday was not my first scan. I’ve been getting them annually for several years.

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