The Metaphysical Meaning of the Movie Sister Act
If you are not familiar with the movie Sister Act you should check it out. If you are familiar with the movie, perhaps after my metaphysical analysis you will see the movie in a different light. On the face of it, Sister Act is a well produced, comedic film. In fact, it's now a classic to be enjoyed for years to come.
The film first aired in May 1992. That's over two decades ago and it's still refreshing as ever. At least in my view. The plot centers around a secular singer named Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses her mob boss boyfriend (who happens to be married) commit a murder. Under the police protection program the singer hides in a nunnery until it's time for her to testify, and this is where the action begins.
In order to keep the singer occupied, the Mother Superior at the convent gives Deloris the job as choir director. As Deloris already had singing skills, this fit in perfectly with her talents. However, things don't run smoothly. Still, faith wins out in the end. Both the nunnery and Deloris prosper beyond anything they could have imagined. So, what is the metaphysical meaning of the Sister Act movie?
-Let's take the character Deloris first. Deloris is a symbol of the conscious mind. This part of the brain goes only by appearances. However, the conscious mind continuously sends signals to the subconscious mind who obeys without question and causes you to act, feel, and think certain ways, even against your will. The subconscious instills habits good or bad within our psyche.
For example, if you consistently with deep feeling and without doubt believe that every time you drive to the grocery store you won't find a parking spot, your subconscious, who knows no difference between fact and fantasy, will try to make sure every time you drive to the grocery store you don't find a parking space because you are putting forth an energy of defeat. The subconscious only understands "I don't want a parking space when I go to the grocery store." In large part, "you get what you prepare for."
Deloris is the conscious mind, unaware of the power within (her subconscious) and looks without for the answers to her problems. This in turn causes her to act in tactless ways, thereby resulting in some pretty hairy situations. She compromises her integrity and reinforces a belief in a lack of abundance by dealing with unfit characters, which are really her negative thoughts about her self worth reinforced in the subconscious mind that have manifested in her real life experiences.
-As Deloris, the conscious mind, has no understanding of "reality" she is forced, by witnessing the murder of her boyfriend," to wake-up so to speak, and do something about her situation or delusion. The saying goes "good judgement comes from experience; and experience, well, comes from bad judgement." When we don't "wake-up" on our own through wisdom, we are thrown into situations that give us a jolt. These situations are repeated until we decide to use our will to go in the direction of the good or the Higher Power. Unfortunately, some people, even til death, never comprehend the magnificent life force within and are forced to come back to earth again-and-again until they finally get-it and choose the way of enlightenment.
-The Creator can turn any curse into a blessing. This is exactly what happened to Deloris when she was forced into the convent. Though circumstances "appeared" unfortunate, it was a period of growth for her, even though she wasn't aware of it. Which consequently turned into a tremendous blessing for her. The nunnery symbolized her opportunity disguised as lack and limitation. .
-Deloris hated the convent and at first resisted its teachings, as many of us who can't see opportunity in the most difficult circumstances tend to do. However, because it was time for her to karmically pay her dues, she had no choice. Remember, "for every action there is a reaction" nothing is left undone. It may not take place right then, but eventually all of our thoughts and actions will come back to bless or curse us. Therefore, this seemingly "bad situation" was really Deloris's road to freedom. However, her subconscious had to be "reprogrammed" for the good of herself and others.
-After entering the convent, which was a symbol of the good and enlightenment, Deloris hated it. Yet, this was her only way to reach higher realms of consciousness. The subconscious holds all of our experiences, and those that we feel deeply, are those that will manifest into our earthly experience. The convent represented the Soul and the goodness that resides within when we allow it to manifest it's "true nature." In a way, the Soul and the subconscious are one-and-the-same. Our true Soul expression is one of goodness and prosperity, though a person doesn't have to be good to have "material wealth" one has to be good in order to know how to be happy and use that prosperity for the good of themselves and others.
-The battle begins. It's a fight between good and evil. The conscious mind (Deloris) can't see the blessing for living in the convent (going within the subconscious mind) to clear out all the negativity and fears. She will fight and resist, as we usually do when we resist change, and can't see the blessing down the road.
-After suffering (she had to clean floors, get up at very early hours and eat bland food) her negative thoughts began to change as it was the only way for her to survive. The suffering gave her time to think. Seeing that her thoughts began going more towards the good, she was offered a position to lead the convent choir. In other words, she was beginning to see the light. This represents the conscious mind going towards "truth" and "beauty" the way God intended us to view his creation of abundance and wonder.
-After remaining in a positive state of conscious, Deloris commences to experience a new reality. Not only that, her newfound energy vibrated throughout the community and others were inspired by her. Allegorically this means that her negative thoughts were replaced with more positive thoughts and she began to receive better results in her life experiences. The people (who never stepped foot into a convent) coming into the church to hear the newly enriched choir sing represent those new thoughts coming back to bless her.
-However, it wasn't over yet. There was still more work to do to reprogram the subconscious mind. As a consequence, the negative thoughts came back with a vengeance (the last hurrah) in the form of the mobster and his goons trying to murder the good that Deloris had tried to manifest. Many times it's like that when we try to demonstrate a more enlightened life. When we try to change for the better. Those old habits come back to haunt us and try to wield their power one last time. It can be anything from changing our eating habits to eradicating the habit of insecurity. This is when you are at the crossroads. Deloris ran, but those negative thoughts chased her, they were determined. At the end they caught up with her and with one last push, she was saved by the "Grace of God." Our efforts will not go in vain. Seeing that Deloris did not want to deal with the negative energy any longer and was persistent, she was saved and rewarded with prosperity beyond her wildest dreams.
So, that's it folks. What Deloris went through is not necessary if we "consciously" follow and listen to our true "spiritual" nature within. Unfortunately, most of us won't grow or turn to our true home in spirit unless we suffer. Don't be mislead, this is just the beginning for Deloris (symbolizing the conscious mind). "The road to redemption is filled with uncertainty until we master ourselves." In fact, Sister Act II offers a metaphysical paradigm of the good that can be accomplished once the subconscious mind adapts to new waves of thought. Still, suffering has a multitude of godsends if you comprehend the lesson. The Creator is trying to enlighten you. Use your free will to "stay true to the positive light of beauty within."