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Spiritual Movie Review: “The Shift” from Ambition to Meaning by Wayne Dyer

April 27th, 2009 by Ryan

Is it possible to achieve our dreams of success without a spiritual practice?

Can we be both spiritual and successful? Or are the two mutually exclusive?

Wayne Dyer the shift movie review ambition to meaningI remember growing up I started developing ambitions about the future of my life.

I fantasized about having a successful business, having lots of money, and being cool and confident in social situations…the usual aspirations for a young man.

Yet deep down, I felt a small and subtle but ever-present longing for becoming more "spiritual".

Whenever that feeling would come up, I would usually brush it off and say to myself, "I'll study spirituality when I'm older" or "Once I get my life together and achieve most of my goals, then I can spend time on spiritual stuff."

I've come to realize the irony in it all because without the "spiritual stuff", it becomes pretty tough to achieve anything in life and truly be happy.

Sure, you can achieve anything without being spiritual, but in my own experience, to truly find fulfillment, one must begin to focus inward and reconnect with their source.

At that point, everything changes quality and fulfillment is experienced not through achievement but by alignment.

Because of this, many of the old ambitions fall away and are replaced by new ambitions, ones that are created out of a new paradigm of reality; a new understanding of the world.

Instead of the cycle of reaching for a goal and suffering until it is reached, one aligns oneself with a deeper purpose and all action arises out of that purpose.

The fulfillment comes from the purpose itself, rather than in the achieving of any particular goal or action.

In this way, one is happy when they start a new project or goal, they are happy while it is in progress, and they are happy when it comes to fruition.

This way one lives in a state of constant fulfillment – every moment is full and complete just by the fact that it is happening.

Sounds good doesn't it?

This is the basic premise of Wayne Dyer's first feature film, entitled "The Shift" (originally it was titled Ambition to Meaning: Finding Your Life's Purpose).

Wayne Dyer is a widely known and well respected author and speaker in the area of personal development and spirituality.

He has created many video programs centered around his various concepts but this is his first full-on movie with actors, a plot, and more.

I really like the way they created this film.  It's a new and unique approach to film making. 

The movie follows 3 separate story lines that all weave together at a retreat center in Northern California.  One story follows a woman as she handles the pressures of being a loving wife and mother while coming to terms the feeling that something is missing from her life.  

Another story follows an ambitious young filmmaker who is on the verge of making his breakthrough film that will launch his career into the big league.

 The third story follows a young corporate executive who's drive to succeed at work has taken a toll on his relationship with his wife, and with himself.  

Interspersed throughout the movie, Wayne Dyer narrates with words of wisdom that describe the transition from the ambition phase of our life, where success is "out there", to the meaning phase of our life, where success is "in here".

Wayne is also part of the movie, since the filmmaker character is supposed to film Dr. Dyer as a mini project before his big movie deal.  So in this way Wayne is actually a character in the movie, even though he plays himself.

As the 3 story lines start to culminate, the various characters start to see parts of their lives breakdown or transition as they make the critical shift.

Although to them it seems confusing and frustrating, when viewed from the context that Wayne provides, we see that life does have a deeper meaning and when we connect with our own inner calling and align ourselves with this purpose, we find an unending source of joy, love, and guidance.

I especially liked this film because it sheds new light on one of the biggest sources of suffering and misunderstanding in the western world – the confusion between a needy, longing desire for something and the steadfast, accepting path to actually realizing it

So many of us, myself included, confuse wanting something really really badly as progress toward attaining that thing.

As discussed in the post, Fulfillment is Found Not Through Attainment but by Letting Go, we can see that by letting go of something we want in advance, we actually make it much easier to bring into our lives.

Another reason I like this film, besides the powerful body of wisdom presented throughout, is the living and breathing example of a man who has integrated his yin and yang side (his masculine and feminine parts), which is Wayne Dyer of course.

Wayne Dyer creates out of a deep connection to his innermost purpose and lives life with an open heart.

Rare is a man who expresses both truth and love in such a way as him.

Here is an excerpt about the movie:

Best-Selling Author and Renowned Spiritual Teacher, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Presents His First Feature Film—The Shift (formerly titled Ambition to Meaning).

What is The Shift? It’s the story of the most important moment of your life—when you stop striving and start arriving! It’s the choice you make to move toward a life that gathers up the pieces of your best, most fulfilled, most loving self. It’s the moment when you start living a life rich with meaning and begin playing the music you came here to play!

Are you ready to make the shift that changes everything? When will you find the joy, the peace, and the love that you came here to give and to receive?

In this inspiring new movie, you’ll enjoy an engaging, heartwarming and humorous tale of transformation on vacation. You’ll marvel at the beauty of the windswept ocean scenery. Share the characters’ delight as they receive the most precious gift—permission to follow their hearts. Hear Wayne say, “Don’t die with your music still in you” and see everyone set free to join the orchestra!

Early in life, we follow the path mapped out by ego, a path of ambition, competition, and striving. When midlife dawns, we too often find ourselves stranded in a lonely and desolate place we never intended to visit. Our feelings of sadness and frustration tell us we took a wrong turn. Like a shift in the wind or a change in the tide, the yearning we feel at midlife is a call to renewal. The Shift shows us the path home, the path to rediscovering our true self, our purpose, and the life of meaning that is our true calling.

“When you get it—that you don’t do things because of what somebody else is going to do for you, but you do them because you’re living your life’s purpose—you can light up the whole world with that kind of love. That’s how it works for me.”
—Wayne Dyer 

To view the trailer and view or purchase the movie, visit Wayne Dyer's The Shift: Ambition to Meaning

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18 Responses to “Spiritual Movie Review: “The Shift” from Ambition to Meaning by Wayne Dyer”

  1. Carol Post Says:

    Ryan, thanks for the great information. I’ll have to watch some of these video programs. Keep up the great work!

  2. aznable Says:

    hi thanks for sharing this story haven’t watch it yet … and yes your right on “Fulfillment is Found Not Through Attainment but by Letting Go”. It’s hard in letting go of something that you don’t have the kind of confidence around it this is were eft training will enter. It is the building block for low esteem of confidence in our selves. Well keep up with a great article

  3. smith Says:

    Life is meant to be abundant in every field whether its our married life, personal life, or professional life. by possessing millions of dollars cannot guarantee you that you will be happy & i think spirituality is the best way be happy and being still

  4. Sue Ann Edwards Says:

    Hi Ryan!

    I know I can always count on you to share something insightful and interesting!

    The differences are subtle yet profound. Like the difference between ambition and aspiration. What is spoken of I find similar to the view of an artist.

    As an engineer, it was the idea-izing, the planning, the stages of construction and completion that were all stages of creation in action or “creativity”. As a sculptor, the actual experience of creativity was the same.

    It is in being Creative that we find ourselves and our fulfillment, regardless of the end results of that creativity. See our lives as a canvas, colored by our own creations.

    What the “Divine Feminine” would say regarding material ambition is this:

    Man with hand in pocket is feeling cocky.

  5. james Says:

    amazing info

  6. james Says:

    I would love to see this movie. I know the movie medium is the best for Wayne Dyer’s concepts and ideas to be presented. This way, his thoughts and teachings do not stay as some vague theories in our minds like they do when we just read them from printed books. They become three dimensional truths that you know can be applied to yourself too.

  7. Brian (I am Yeast Infection free) Says:

    Interesting article, where can I see the film

  8. stacy Says:

    I have never had a interest in spiritual matters however, reading your article has cause me to think about the subject. Now I am very interested in seeing the film and eploring the idea of spirituality in my life even further.

  9. Simon Wilby Says:

    Wayne Dyer is one of the best spiritual adviser/writer. I remember sometimes that when I read his creations, I felt something strange about me.

  10. James Says:

    I have seen this movie and it is wonderful, Dyer is very much a role model of mine. Thank you for sharing this film with your readers. It takes trusting that the universe wants you to suceed to release your need to control everything and drive home your ambitions. It’s both scary and exhilirating.
    .-= James´s last blog ..Art on the Go! =-.

  11. Ryan Says:

    Carol, thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed it.
    Aznable, yeah good point, and I definitely agree that Eft is a great way to help develop healthy self esteem and confidence.
    Smith, good points, yeah I think when we approach making money as simply a part of living a good life based on sound spiritual principles, everything will work a lot better.

  12. Ryan Says:

    Lol, Sue Ann, good one! Yeah its definitely about using our work to connect to that creative Source within us, that is where the joy arises from, not the results necessarily.

    James, good point. Yeah Wayne dyers message and his energy really come through in film and video and helps us to see him living these principles rather than just talking about the.

    Brian, the link to see the film is in the article, right at the end.

    Cool, good to hear Stacy.

    Simon, yeah dr. dyer is one of the best around.

    James, yeah well said. It’s an interesting dynamic of both honoring what our instincts are telling us but not getting caught up in the need to control or satisfy them but to tap into higher truths and align with sound spiritual principles.

  13. Benita Deppen Says:

    You have written a nice review. However I do not like these kind of movies. It would be nice if you can write more about Animated Movies. The Toy Story 3 is about to be released soon and I just can not wait! 🙂

  14. Bailey Singh Says:

    married life is a bit exciting but you will have lots of responsibilities.;-,

  15. capillary viscometer wikipedia Says:

    It was an alright movie. last night with my wife. She loved it way more than I did.

  16. Ann@ invest in verna Says:

    I’ve heard Wayne Dyer is really a great writer but I havn’t read any of his works yet. That film sounds interesting. Do you know where I can get it?

  17. Rose@ 10megapixeldigitalcameras Says:

    Well, I have read some of his books and they really changed me! I wish to see this movie too, I am sure that this will have much effect that on his books.

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