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Seeing Beyond the Surface: Lessons from "Miracle on 34th Street." (2 min)

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In the realm of cinema, the magic of storytelling often mirrors profound spiritual teachings. One such teaching is found in "A Course in Miracles" (ACIM), which encourages us to see beyond appearances, harness the power of belief and embrace forgiveness as a path to healing. In this cinematic exploration, we delve into the timeless holiday classic, "Miracle on 34th Street," comparing the 1947 and 1994 versions. These heartwarming tales not only entertain but also offer valuable insights into the principles of ACIM.

    1. Seeing beyond appearances.

    In both versions, characters initially doubt the existence of Santa Claus based on external evidence, but later learn to see beyond the surface and embrace the belief in his presence. This mirrors ACIM's teachings on looking beyond the illusions of the physical world to recognize the truth that lies beyond.

    2. The power of belief.

    In both versions, characters experience shifts in their beliefs about Santa Claus, which in turn impact their lives. For example, in the 1947 version, Kris Kringle's unwavering belief in himself as Santa Claus inspires others to believe, leading to positive changes in their lives. This aligns with ACIM's emphasis on the power of belief to create our reality.

    3. Forgiveness and healing.

    In both versions, characters experience healing through forgiveness. For instance, in the 1994 version, Susan's belief in Santa Claus is restored when she forgives her mother for her skepticism. This illustrates how forgiveness opens the door to love, understanding, and the experience of miracles, as emphasized in ACIM.
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