While there are numerous resources today for adults who are pursuing a journey of personal expansion, growth, evolution and spirituality, it is not yet common to have the same abundance of resources for children. One outstanding resource to help children expand their consciousness from a young age and connect with their spirituality is an animated film called *The Little Soul and the Sun”.
This title may sound familiar as this movie is an animation of the famous and best-selling children’s book from Neale Donald Walsch called The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God.
In this essay I will share with you about this movie, and introduce you to one of the best ways to teach your children from an early age about what precious and magnificent beings they are, the nature of the soul and forgiveness. Not to mention, you may just find great and enlightening value in this movie yourself, through the messages it holds for all of us as adults as well.
Background of the Little Soul and The Sun
In 1998, after writing several of the “Conversations with God“, author Neale Donald Walsch, thanks to inspiration and overwhelming feedback from his fans put together a children’s book called The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God.
A few years later Neale was approached to have the story transformed into an animation by producer, Patrick Cheh from Waking Up Media. And four years later, in 2008, the animation movie “The Little Soul and the Sun” was born.
Neale Donald Walsch was one of the executive producers, and as well he is featured in the movie in several ways.
Overview of the Little Soul and the Sun
The DVD of The Little Soul and the Sun includes 3 parts:
1. A 3 minute introduction by Neale Donald Walsch
2. A half an hour animation movie for kids, and
3. A half hour reflection by Neale Donald Walsch for adults
The story is about a little boy who encounters a bully at school and wonders why bad things happen to good people. A conversation with his mom, takes him on a journey into a world where he gets to understand the nature of his existence and that of other souls. Through this fable, the little boy gets to have his own conversation with “God”, from whom he learns about the nature of souls, love and what forgiveness is really all about. The next day at school, the little one is put in a tough situation where the actions he takes, allow him to put into practice some of what he has learned.
Being a huge fan of Neale Donald Walsch and his work, I had no doubt that I was going to love this story – and indeed I did!
This animation is adorable! The animation settings for each scene are terrific and dreamy. The colors are vibrant and the characters are so cute – especially the little boy. It will leave you giggling at times, and perhaps also like me with tears streaming down my eyes due to the strong and beautiful messages expressed in it for all of us. And I personally really liked too, that the packaging it came in was made from environmentally sustainable paper products.
I think children will really enjoy this animation, as it will not only entertain, but really make them think too and make sense of the world and people around them. I can see some adults thinking that children might not “get it” – but I think we have to give more credit to our children, as they get some things much better than we do as adults. Also, I can see this movie being played over and over many times, if the little one encounters a problem, or just to remind them of the wonderful story and messages.
As I have learned many times, children’s movies are not only for children, and this movie was a perfect example of that again. Usually children’s movies have amazing lessons for us as adults, and this animation holds that truth to a whole new level. I have heard of many people buying this for some children in the family, only to keep it for themselves, and have to get another copy.
This movie is designed for children who are about 4 to 10 years old. I would not show this to children younger than 3 – for no other reason than, that I am not a fan of children under 3 watching any kind of television. The older ones, above 10, can still learn a lot from it, and maybe you can even talk your teen into seeing this one if a younger sibling is around. Either way, adults of all ages can be entranced by the loving messages of this film, and don’t for a second underestimate the emotional power of this film and what it may bring out in you.
This film will leave the whole family talking about some very deep and important lessons where love and forgiveness are concerned. And what better time to do that, then around the holidays. If you don’t have any little ones in your life at this time, you may still be interested in this film, as it will really make you think about your own life, and how you live out the messages of love and forgiveness. Ultimately this message is eternal.
The basis of the film revolves around talking to”God” – but the movie is non-denominational and should be suitable for all faiths. I would love to say that everyone will love this movie and see the amazing value in it that it has, but I know that is just not going to be the case. So naturally, this movie will not sit well with people who are perhaps not comfortable with Neale’s work of a Universal and loving God.
The underlying message of a bully at school, rings all too close to home for many kids and parents alike. If you know of a child who is struggling with a bully, this is that much more of a fantastic movie to share with them. However, for those of you who are not facing that and have little ones, don’t wait till they encounter problems like that in their life. Help them understand today their own magnificence and the purpose for all sorts of souls out there. Help them understand and come to know love, kindness, forgiveness and compassion today. This can only help and empower them, as they go through life and meet all sorts of souls.
The only downside of the film as I found was that if it is not properly explained in a talk as a family afterwards, it can leave the children with some false messages. For example one of the main scenes is where the little boy does not tell his teacher the truth about what happened with the bully, but rather covers for him, since they found a peaceful solution. This can definitely be argued as far from the right way to go, and so is something parents or guardians should pay attention to and then discuss with the child as they see fit.
As for the message Neale shares with adults – it is brilliant! In about half an hour, Neale explains the most important I would almost say, topics from the “Conversations with God” trilogy. If you have found yourself suffering in your life, whether you think it is because of others, or your life situation, allow yourself to hear this message. It has been the age old question “why do good things happen to bad people?” – and the truth is they don’t have to. It really all depends on how we see ourselves and the other person in any situation.
For more information, you can visit the official site of The Little Soul and the Sun here to learn more about the film. However, as of January 2013 the site is down, so the film may be coming out with a new version.
Don’t forget however, that there is also the original book that can be purchased for children, which is highly praised for it outstanding content to help children connect spiritually: The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations With God
Here is a trailer of the film to get an idea of what it is like: