The Spirit in Denzel Washington

I recently came across the news item of a commencement address delivered by the well-known movie actor Denzel Washington.

Photograph of Denzel Washington at Dillard University Graduation as Guest Speaker

Denzel Washington: Dillard University Graduation Guest Speaker

His message was awesome in its truth, simplicity and straightforwardness. I felt it was worth sharing his speech and the spirit that was speaking clearly through him here.

Here are some of his noteworthy talking points:

  • Number one, put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me and everything you think I’ve accomplished and everything you think I have … everything I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift.

  • You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse.

    Cartoon of funeral hearse pulling a U-Haul trailer.
  • Say “thank you” in advance for what is already yours.

    Gratitude Poster Image
  • Do what you feel passionate about.

    Poster image on failure.

Those are words from a true leader of men, a man after God’s own heart: A real man, an authentic person, with a mind, a heart and a SOUL filled with the awareness of God’s presence and grace in his life.

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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