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Learning to Forgive: A Film Viewing Adventure
Since 1990 Dr. Francis Lu and Brother David Steindl-Rast have led annual 5- or 7-day film seminars at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Films on a particular
spiritual theme (such as Healing Through Gratefulness)
are shown and discussed, focusing on the participants’ personal experiences. "Learning to Forgive: A Film Viewing Adventure" was one of two themes in 2003.
"To err is human; to forgive, divine." We know this quotation from Alexander Pope, but do we realize its implications? All of us carry the divine spark of forgiveness in our hearts. We can neglect and quench this spark; but if we fan it ablaze, it will bring light and warmth and healing into the world and into our own lives. Can you think of a more likely setting for this to happen than an Esalen seminar? Forgiveness is an art that can be learned and practiced. The better we understand ourselves, the more ready are we to forgive ourselves and others. Films have a unique power to facilitate this process.
Our film selection meets two criteria: one, aesthetic and the other, psychological. The films we will see are outstanding examples of filmmaking from around the world, and they feature Enneagram types which model different approaches to forgiveness. You need not be familiar with the Enneagram; this is your chance to get acquainted with it. Nor is it necessary that you are an expert on cinema. All you need is a readiness to embrace the forgiveness of which W. B. Yeats wrote:
"I am content to follow to its source
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