JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL REVIEW
BY: SUNNY ORLY COFFMAN
JULY 4, 2006
As I began watching the movie and seeing all of the “Flock” following a fishing troller and fighting over food and then seeing them fighting over food at the garbage dump… words kept coming to me – and all I could think of were those that were still buried behind the walls of RELIGION – having no understanding of a personal relationship with CHRIST.
Some of these words were: Scavengers – blood suckers – no source of supply except garbage for food and they fight each other over that! A melody began:
“You may find Him – if you may find Him…
You may know Him — The One God
Singing is a song in search of a voice that is SILENT.
The One God will make for you a way!”
As I listened to the dialog and absorbed the spiritual significance written into this movie, I thought: Let the teachings of your ancestry go – fall away from you. Dare to be who you really are? Don’t settle for being one of the “Flock.” Wouldn’t it be great if seagulls could fly faster than 62 mph? – Jonathan’s initial goal of flying faster than any other gulls. How high can I really fly? Dare to know your own limitations. He reached the highest altitude, so far, and he spoke, “I can see everywhere!” How can I tell my Mother, my Father? I’ve found things that will change our lives.
The Elders of the “Flock” did not want Jonathan to fly alone. His Mother was filled with FEAR. She wanted him to “Take His Place” in the Flock instead of daring to be so different.
The “Flock” was eating in the garbage dump [false teachings] Jonathan had a new creative idea to accomplish his new flying goal. He tried to fly 50 mph with fixed wings. But FEAR attacked him. He decided that he had to try again or else go back to the “Flock” and live in FEAR like all the others.
This next try proved successful. Jonathan flew 70 mph – but he made a bad landing in the water. His landing knocked the breath from him. He would have drowned if a floating pallet had not drifted by him just at this exact time – so he could climb up onto it and REST. [provision of God]
As he drifted, he HEARD HIS NAME. And hearing his name seemed to give him new purpose. He decided that he could die there on the pallet or he could force himself to fly. He determined himself to fly, so he could get back home.
I saw that “THE POWER TO DREAM IS REAL.” He said, “At last I can just STOP THINKING and FLY TOWARD THE DARKNESS.
His next flying feat was to dive using only his wing tips – like a Falcon. He knew he would fly faster than any other seagull had ever flown. He wanted to excel at flying so that he could teach others to fly fast, too.
I saw: “THE JOURNEY to PERFECTION is lonely.”
Jonathan was able to achieve a speed of 170 mph in a short dive. He realized that he would only provoke jealousy in the others. But he pushed on to dive 190 mph. He knew there was much danger, but he took off anyway.
The whole “flock” – even the Elders came together to JUDGE Jonathan – because he turned his back on the traditions of the “Flock.” The Elder said that their “Brotherhood was broken and Jonathan was OUTCAST by his flock.” A second Melody Began:
“Lonely Looking Sky
Makes You Wonder Why
Lonely Looking Night
Glory Looking Day”
Out of nowhere came an ugly, mean, dark-colored Hawk-looking bird and attacked Jonathan, saying: “MY SKY – NOT YOUR SKY!”
Jonathan was able to escape the clutches of his attacker and sought refuge and refreshing in the cold waters of a mountain stream. Standing in the snow, he put his head and the fronts of his wings down into the water and washed off the blood and the cold water revived him.
He was even more determined to fly where no seagull had ever flown – to know all there is to know about this life. He spent a season taking a vast tour of his planet. As he flew alone – greater heights and greater distances – he became more and more sure of himself. Now in the midst of a bitter snowstorm… A 3rd melody began:
“Dear Father – we dream
While we wait.
Oh, Father, we lean, we lean
While we wait!”
I had the thought: IS DREAMING A FORM OF PROPHECY?
Jonathan, continuing his flight alone – now encounters his “New Flock.” 4 Come to Greet Him. I saw this as a sign of him moving into the 4th DIMENSION.
Jonathan told them that he was old, tired, and couldn’t fly any higher. I saw him “laying himself on the altar – coming to the end of himself.”
But the leader of his New “Flock” told him that he had come to the finish of one school and now it was Time for another school to begin. Yet another melody, a 4th began:
“Gloria, Holy, Holy…”
Jonathan felt alone – wondered if he were an OUTCAST in this new place also.
Maureen, a female seagull came to take him home – introduced herself as his Instructor. Jonathan said, “Your name came into my mind before you spoke it.”
Living for the Moment – Many Lives – lives to find the same perfection. Jonathan was learning that “PERFECTION IS BETTER THAN FLYING WITHOUT LIMITS.”
Maureen told Jonathan that he was “ADJUSTING TO HIS NEW BODY VERY WELL.” Now Jonathan met his New Flock. No more competition – no more jealousy – only a FAMILY SPIRIT!
Jonathan met CHANG – his new instructor. He flew better than anyone else Jonathan had ever seen.
CHANG told Jonathan that this world isn’t HEAVEN. He told him that HEAVEN IS PERFECTION. We practice it.
Jonathan said – “I can fly 276 mph – but not fast enough.
CHANG asked Jonathan “What is perfect speed – 1,000 mph – more? He said “PERFECT SPEED ISN’T MOVING FAST – IT IS BEING THERE!” You can go to every place in every time and in every space.
LISTEN TO YOUR TEACHER: “TO FLY AS FAST AS THOUGHT… BEGIN BY KNOWING YOU HAVE ALREADY ARRIVED… NOT LIMITED BY TIME OR SPACE – THE PERFECT EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM… determined to do this – no matter how long it takes. YOU DON’T NEED FAITH TO FLY – TO LEARN THINGS YOU CANNOT SEE.
Jonathan said, “I REALLY AM A PERFECT IDEA.”
CHANG SAID: “WHEREVER YOU THOUGHT IS – THERE YOU WILL BE! THINK ON THE THINGS YOU LOVE – SO MUCH OF LOVE IS GIVING – JUST THINK LOVE AND SEE WHERE YOU TURN UP.”
Jonathan practiced what he heard CHANGE SPEAK… AND HE WOUND UP AT HIS OLD “FLOCK.”
CHANG went on to say: “THINK LOVE AND BEING IN THE PLACE YOU ARE TO BE – THE PLACE THAT IS BEST FOR YOU TO BE. JONATHAN, KNOW THE MEANING OF KINDNESS AND LOVE. YOU ARE BORN TO BE A TEACHER – TO HELP OTHERS BREAK OUT OF THEIR LIMITS! KEEP WORKING ON LOVE!”
Jonathan said: “I have to go back to my old “flock.” Somebody has to care. Maureen said “Go with my love.”
The Elder of the flock had just been pronounced FLETCHER LYNN SEAGULL: “Henceforth and Forever More – an OUTCAST.”
Jonathan comes along side to assume role of teacher and says: “There’s more to flying than going from A to B.
Fletcher says: “I’ll show them!”
But his teacher had come to teach him how to fly. And shared with him that “CHAINS of LIMITATION are broken off YOUR BODY as OLD THOUGHTS ARE BROKEN in YOUR MIND.” A 5th melody begins:
“Sky Bird – make your soul
Song Bird – make your tune
Make Your Song Heard, Sky Bird.
Night Bird – Find your Way
Let Your Song Be Heard!”
JONATHAN and FLETCHER go back to the “Flock” and begin to speak to those willing to listen. “We are free to go where we wish – soar across the sky – free – but how often we don’t want to!
ONLY TRUE LAW SETS US FREE!”
The Elder of the “Flock” knows he is being threatened and he begins to scream over a loud speaker to the entire “Flock:” “Ignore them – They are OUTCASTS – anyone who listens to them – who follows them becomes OUTCAST, too!”
Along comes a small bird with a broken wing. KIRK MAYNARD is his name. Jonathan and Fletcher continue to speak to the “flock.” “HAVE FREEDOM TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.” Jonathan spoke specifically to KIRK MAYNARD: “The “Flock” says you cannot fly – that you have been crippled since birth. But I say to you, KIRK MAYNARD, ‘FLY – FLY’”
And KIRK MAYNARD took off flying. Jonathan simply DECREED a thing – and it happened. KIRK MAYNARD flew into a rock cliff after a baby bird flew near him – but he revived. Jonathan told him: ‘FLYING THROUGH ROCKS COME LATER IN THE PROGRAM.”
Jonathan told him that he had the CHOICE of staying with him near the New Flock and learning on a higher level or going back to the flock.
Jonathan said: “OUR BODY IS NOTHING MORE THAN THOUGHT ITSELF.”
The Elder of the Flock said, referring to Jonathan: “HE’S THE DEVIL – HE WILL DESTROY THE FLOCK. KILL HIM!”
FLETCHER SEAGULL was now ready to lead the flock.
I saw that “THE WAY TO PERFECTION IS WITHIN YOU!”
As the final melody is again playing, in addition to that haunting melody, I also kept hearing the theme song from the “Man of LaMancha” – “The Impossible Dream.”
JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL [Sunny Orly Coffman] 7-4-06 ~REVIEW 1