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Summer Book Review: The Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment

Do you like movies?

Usually I observe my thoughts and experiences as if they were part of a movie. As I become more conscious, I want to see what I can do to serve the greater good—to heal myself and others.

Since I had a life changing experience of awakening, this life as a human is some times very surreal. What IS most real is being connected to All-That-Is.

I have learned that everything is happening perfectly for each soul including me. I is all in order to awaken us to greater wholeness. I quit thinking that I should be doing something else other than what is right in front of me to do. Life is so much easier when you just enjoy the show.

Accepting What Is

My job is working as a seasonal long-haul truck driver, driving food cross country. I surrendered feeling disappointed that I was not doing something more grand or “meaningful,” (as my ego self-talk likes to say.) As a result, I had a more joyful experience this year.

One of the great things about constantly driving is being able to listen to many videos and podcasts using my earbuds during my 11-hour shift. I could listen to spiritual growth material all day long.

Enlightenment Through Movies

I began to ask, “If my life is like a movie, then why can’t soul growth happen through movies?” I loved mind blowing movies such as the Terminator, Star Wars, The Matrix and Avatar. My latest favorite movie is “Lucy.”

Movies with a spiritual message can be used as a way of expanding consciousness and experiencing the depth and meaning of the Inner Self. Movies display in minutes what we often live through for years or lifetimes.

I was delighted to discover David Hoffmeister and his book, The Movie Watcher’s Guide to Enlightenment – Waking Up with the Movies. (It is available for free on his website)

He says, “Movies are an excellent way to watch your mind, to pay attention to your emotions, and to help you discover what your unconscious beliefs are. When you react emotionally to a movie, it’s the same as reacting to people in your life. It’s the same dynamics: if you have issues with people, it’s a projection of your mind. If you have reactions to a movie, it’s coming from a projection of your mind. Watching movies in this way accelerates healing.” — David Hoffmeister

I discovered David Hoffmeister while listening to “Buddha at the Gas Pump” interviews on YouTube. Which was another good find. There are over 500 interviews with spiritually awakening people.

Hoffmeister is recognized for his practical application of spiritual principles, and his clarity about the function of forgiveness in spiritual Awakening. As a modern-day mystic, his messages point directly to Source, he is a living demonstration of the non-dual path of A Course in Miracles.

On his web-site he confirms what I suspected, that: “Watching movies is a way of stepping back and remembering that what we see on the screen is not real. In fact, life itself is a big projection. What we see is not real but rather the out-picturing of our mind. There is a method to watch movies in an enlightened way that leads to observing the events and scenes and scripts of the world—with forgiving eyes. These spiritual movies can be used as a way of expanding consciousness and ultimately experiencing the depth and meaning of the Inner Self.”

I couldn’t agree more, and I recommend finding the deeper understanding that is available while enjoying your “down time” watching movies with family and friends. I am excited to share with you David’s book and movie gatherings website as a brilliant guide for anyone seeking the truth within.

In the end, we want to create an award winning movie for ourselves. We begin by living life consciously. Consciously choosing our thoughts, mindfully choosing our feelings, and then taking appropriate action to create the life we want to live.


Check out this interview on “Buddha at the Gas Pump.”


Lindsay Godfree is a successful author and teacher who was struck by a supernatural experience of transformation and awakening. Her mission is to inspire others with her story and guide them on a journey of authenticity and consciousness.
Read her story here.