In February 2009, a new documentary was released to inspire and encourage personal growth and evolution. Excitement was in the air, as it seemed another life changing documentary was in the works. The Compass helps us examine our lives from a wider and deeper perspective that stimulates growth, learning and change. It moves us “from where we are, to where we want to be” – literally!
This film is packed with world renowned speakers, authors and coaches who are experts in different areas of personal development. No matter where you are on your personal life journey at this time, The Compass has something to offer you, whether it be motivation, inspiration, hope or a new perspective on things. You can enjoy the whole film for free above, and read below for my overview and review of the film.
Overview of The Compass
The movie The Compass was produced by John Spencer Ellis. John Spencer Ellis is a leading expert on fitness, personal development and healthy living. John has been studying human achievement for over 20 years now and has been helping people attain their personal goals. Despite numerous achievements in his life to date, John felt he had to do something on a grander scale to make a positive change in the world, and thus the movie and book The Compass was born.
The movie starts off in a beautiful log cabin of an old man who is writing on a typewriter “his story”. He begins with “I was lost until I found…” It is at this time that we begin to meet the many expert speakers featured throughout this movie that explain to us the concept of The Compass.
In fact, the movie features 23 expert teachers in the areas of personal development, spirituality, life coaching and more! Some of the most notable names include Bruce Lipton, Joe Vitale, John DeMartini, Marie Diamond, John Assaraf and John Spencer Ellis himself, just to name a few.
We shortly thereafter, meet “the traveler” – a man who represents the old man writing his story, and any one of us as we trek through our own journey of life. From this point on, the focus is on “the traveler” and the challenges and experiences that he encounters along his path. While “the traveler” is on a literal journey of various paths through hills, valleys and forests, the symbolic nature is for all of us to connect this to our own “journeys” that take place each day, in each of our lives.
As “the traveler” treks on, the speakers randomly, present material that is packed with wisdom, love, inspiration, encouragement and many, many tips for a more joy-filled, successful, abundant and peaceful life.
The movie covers and is thus divided into 16 segments that address various areas in our lives and along the paths of our own journeys.
The 16 sections and areas for growth of The Compass are as follows:
- First Steps
- Stimulus & Response
- Giving Back
- Wrong Directions
- Authentic Self
- Endless Journey
- The Peak
The movie also features 4 inspirational stories from:
Charlie Gay – an ambitiously successful man, who overcame chemical and emotional challenges to live out his most fulfilling life ever by being of service to others.
Marilyn Tam – a successful business woman, who overcame racial and familial profiling and abuse to grow up to become one of the most renowned entrepreneurs of our time.
Burton Roberts – an educated and highly motivated man, who not only was featured on the Survivor show, but who believed in following one’s bliss and doing in life completely what one loves, not what society dictates.
Jeff Lewis – a man who survived and overcame 2 near death experiences as well as body amputations, to continue to live life fully and with much passion for the service of others.
The above stories alone, are sure to move one to a deeper sense of being and feeling, as well as possibly to tears, as they motivate and show what the human body and spirit are truly capable of.
In conclusion, The Compass hits on many personal development key messages that are so crucial to all of our lives and so applicable, and explains them in short, easy to understand and mind moving segments!
Personal Review of The Compass
My first thoughts during and after watching the movie, were of pure delight! Delight because I love that more and more material like this is coming through on our planet. So many of today’s wise teachers are saying the same messages over and over again, each in their unique way, in order for us to hear those messages.
What are those messages? Well they all boil down to one thing – we have within us all the answers that we need, we all have our own guidance system to be, do or have anything we want. We simply need to tap into that and watch life explode right before our eyes in more blissful and rewarding ways than we could have ever imagined.
It is no doubt that “our compass guides us to our magnificence.” We simply need to tap into this space and allow it to guide us, without fail. Of course this is easier said than done for many of us. That is why I am so appreciative of all the teachers, writers and speakers who continue to come through today in so many ways, so that as many people as possible can have access to their material and the help and guidance that they offer.
The opposite side to all this is that today’s teachers are not telling us or teaching us what to think or believe, instead they are teaching us how to think. Something that all teachers should be doing for their students, in my opinion. The time has come on our planet where more and more of us realize that “right” and “wrong” or “good” and “bad” are nothing more than subjective terms. Only we ourselves know what it right or wrong for us, and the only way to find that out, is to tap into our own guiding system.
As long as we live for others and based on the rules and ideas of others, we will unfortunately almost always struggle. Why? Because often we are going against our own guidance system and it hurts – whether physically or spiritually, it hurts.
It is not hard to spot the people in society who have tapped into their own “compass” and use it daily. They are happy, resourceful, at peace, fulfilled and most importantly not bothered by the limitations that others or society places on them. They are compassionate, but they know well enough who they are and what they want, to not step off of their own path and get lost on someone else’s.
In terms of the specially featured inspirational story tellers, their stories are all so incredibly moving. For me personally though, the stories of Marilyn Tam and Jeff Lewis stood out above all else and they moved me deeply. It would be hard not to hear their stories and be without tears in your eyes.
Overall, the movie is packed with wisdom, reflection, enlightenment, contemplation and some humor as well as some warm, heart wrenching moments. No matter what though, it is a movie that makes one feel good, uplifted and empowered and in my opinion, that is one of the biggest strong points of The Compass. It does not give any negative statistics, or focus in any way on how we lived our life “wrong” up to now. It looks at today, makes us think deeper and gives many practical examples of how to tap into that sacred guidance system within each one of us.
It is also a very easy to understand movie for everyone, as it is not packed with any “hard” science that some may have a hard time relating to. Thus it is excellent for both teens and adults alike, as no matter how young or old we are, it is never too early or too late to get to know oneself and our life’s purpose better.
I found the quality of the movie to be superb in terms of graphics and coordination of the speakers and places.
Finally in conclusion, I have to tell you, I personally love to support material like this, as I know that it not only raises our own personal consciousness, inner peace and life satisfaction, but also raises the collective consciousness of our world. Today we are moving into an era where we are learning and realizing just how powerful we are as creators of our own life and reality, and movies like The Compass help get us there even faster!
To learn more, visit the official page of The Compass.