The Celestine Movie
More than a decade after his book caught the attention of spirituality-hungry Americans, James Redfield's 'Prophecy' is a film.
BY: Interview by Michael Kress
More than a decade after its publication, James Redfield's "The Celestine Prophecy" is being released as a movie. Not that the story--an allegorical adventure about the intrinsic connectedness of all beings--and its nine insights into human nature and spiritual reality have been out of the public consciousness: The book remains a steady seller, with more than 20 million copies in print, in 50 languages. In addition to writing and overseeing the production of the movie, Redfield is a popular lecturer; his wife, Salle Merrill Redfield, often opens his talks with a guided meditation. The Redfields recently visited Beliefnet's offices for a video interview, at the end of which Salle offered a guided meditation.
Read the interview below, or watch the video:
- What is synchronicity?
- How is humanity progressing spiritually?
- What will happen in the next 50 years?
- How is experiencing "The Celestine Prophecy" different today than 10 years ago?
- Salle Redfield's guided meditation
For those who haven't read the book or who read it a long time ago, can you explain synchronicity, one of its key concepts?
"Synchronicity" was coined by the psychiatrist Carl Jung years and years ago. It means the perception of meaningful coincidences. What it refers to is times when maybe we sense a direction we want to take in our lives and then maybe the next day in the subway or at the table next to us in a restaurant, we meet someone who just happens to be in that career or happens to have those skills, or happens to know how to open a door for us.
It's those kinds of coincidences that seem beyond chance--we used to call it luck, we used to call it just being fortunate--but really what we're beginning to believe and validate experientially is that this is a force in the universe that works to open doors for us to be the best we can be and to fulfill a kind of inner destiny. Because that's what it feels like when these coincidences happen, and really expand our lives in some way or bring information to us at just the right moment, we think our lives are on a path that feels destined. That's what it is. It's a key perception in one's development of a deeper spirituality.