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"People who are in tune with God are found in all walks of life."


Raymond Teague is the author of Reel Spirit: A Guide to Movies That
Inspire, Explore and Empower
, from Unity House. 

He is an award-winning
journalist, an editor of spiritual publications, a popular New Thought
speaker, and a lifelong movie buff. 

His book is available by clicking the "Buy the Book" link above or by clicking here.

  Raymond Teague, 
"Reel Spirit" Movie Reviews

The Green Mile
(1999, 182 minutes, R)

Shakespeare, echoing the sages throughout history, said in Hamlet, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Some years later Bob Dylan told us, "the times they are a-changin'." 

Spirit-inspired movies are putting the two together more and more during our times, and helping us to understand that there is more to reality than we generally acknowledge. 

A walk through The Green Mile reminds us that the energy of Universal Spirit is within us and available to us, but that our hearts must be open to receive.

The Green Mile, written and directed by Frank Darabont, is a strong, riveting adaptation of Stephen King's novel about remarkable events on Death Row in Louisiana during the Depression.  John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a towering black man who has been found guilty of the murder of two girls, is awaiting his time to walk the "Green Mile" corridor to the electric chair. 

Without divulging the story line, it can be said that John Coffey is discovered to be one of God's "true miracles," a person who can look into the hearts of others and work healing miracles.

For whatever reason -- a reason that perhaps only God knows -- John Coffey, a rather simple but seemingly good individual, despite his sentence, is in touch with the presence of God within himself. He doesn't know why he has the abilities he does or why he knows the things he knows, but he knows that he has unusual powers. 

People who are in tune with God are found in all walks of life - from walking the "Green Mile" to walking the corridors of monasteries. As they do in the movie, people often react with astonishment and fright when healing powers are demonstrated, but they should understand that, as miracle workers have indicated, we can all work miracles when we are in the consciousness to do so.

Death Row supervisor Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), a truly decent man who respects the human dignity even of people on Death Row, says that he doesn't think God would put a gift such as John's in a murderer's hands. As does the movie Powder, The Green Mile gives viewers an outcast who at some core level is so steeped with the knowledge of human "good" and "evil" that he reaches a breaking point.

All John wants to do is to help people, and he is immensely saddened by the hurt and sadness that he feels throughout the world. "You can't hide what's in your heart," John says. Feeling the burdens of the world on a physical as well as an emotional level, John says that he is "tired of people being ugly to each other."

Those who become aware of John's God-given gifts surely count themselves blessed for knowing him. It is the image of John that stays with us from the movie, more than the depravities, injustices, and callousness of life, so graphically portrayed within and outside the prison walls. 

John looks beyond appearances to the presence of God, and when he sees separation, he wants to create unity and wholeness, and he wants "just to help, just to help."

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