Sometimes when you need it most the right teacher just comes along. Creation was one of those teachers and an outstanding movie. I can highly recommend it and one might wish to set aside two times to watch it and realize the depth from the story.
The movie is a biographical drama about the life of Charles Darwin for the year before he wrote his book the Origins of the Species. The movie is a 2009 BBC production and has all the grace, charm, and skill they are known for putting into period pieces of work. The cast is excellent and one sees the wife, the scientist and the clergy and not Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bethany, and Jeremy Northam, although their names are what drew me to choosing to watch this piece.
The family is struggling with the death of their beloved 9 year old daughter. This event is the catalyst for Darwin and his wife to see clearly their differences in belief systems. They are deeply in love, but Darwin’s work in evolution and science has allowed for the release of his belief in the church’s doctrine, whereas the opposite has occurred for his wife, who has become more deeply religious and fears that her husband’s new beliefs will not allow them to be together forever and ever, including the afterlife. She knows that she will be reunited with her child in that blessed state; she is comforted by her beliefs.
The scientific community is pushing Darwin to publish his work and take the Church to task, which will allow their studies, work and efforts to move forward and progress the thinking of the nation. Darwin is made physically ill by his mourning, his releasing the belief, his love for his wife and his drive to reveal his knowledge to others and create understanding. He is in a painful neutral zone of change.
He stops trying to understand it and focuses totally on healing his physical self. He is able to hear what he needs to hear, and he opens himself to understanding FAITH rather than just believing. He recovers and he and his family are able to communicate and find their connections; opening to the love they have for each other.
We are witness to a dramatic change process as found within an individual who changed the world’s beliefs in a dramatic way. I found this profound and enlightening.
I have been struggling with making change in my life, and it has meant the loss of many of my belief systems and finding new behaviors and expressions. Susan of Today’s Path emailed me about Gregg Braden’s book The Spontaneous Healing of Belief and I have read this book several times.
Two things began to stand out for me from this book and they are: How can we be instantly healed? And secondly, why do so many people wish to avoid the struggle and effort that may be involved in the neutral zone of change, when it is only through this effort that we can progress into our greater self?
This movie helped me to understand that a belief can be healed in a second – how one proceeds with living after that healing is whether or not the change will have a lasting effect or be hidden away or even masked by physical symptoms and distress.
Braden, also a scientist, reminds repeatedly that we are hardwired to seek comfort and that a situation usually has to become extremely painful for any lasting change to take place. We like to stick with what we know and not take on others problems or challenges.
Change does not happen without discomfort.
Darwin did write his book and I read it in college and found new things to believe in from the reading. Now I read Braden’s book and am finding new things to believe in from studying it. The movie opened the door of my understanding and it was beautiful story telling.
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