Discover the Gift

review by Sydney L. Murray

“If you are not aware, you can’t make choices. What we must do is be aware of our thoughts and thought processes because there are no neutral thoughts.” —Marianne Williamson

“Discover The Gift,” the movie, book, and movement began over four years ago in a moment

of illumination when Demian Lichtenstein asked himself why he was here on Earth and how he could discover his true purpose. A family schism had divided him and his sister until he took the step to ask for forgiveness and to tell her he wanted to be in her life. Lichtenstein said, “‘Discover The Gift’ is my way of sharing that I am completely 100 percent going for my dream. I am sharing that dream with my family, with my friends, and with the extraordinary teachers that I have met, and will meet, on this journey. I’m on my own journey; I’m learning something every day. I am transforming in ways I never thought would be possible.” He is producer, director, co-author, and co-creator of “The Gift,” with his sister, Shajen Joy Aziz, who is an educator, co-author, and co-creator. She said, “‘Discover the Gift’ is the kind of work I always wanted to do—work that creates possibilities in our lives and especially in the lives of our children. This work has a global impact as well as a personal one– on you, on your families, your communities, and on the next generation. Let’s all go and discover our Gifts. Let’s share them with the world. The World is waiting! Everyone is waiting. I’m really excited to see what we have to offer.”

This remarkable feature-length documentary celebrates the basic but vital reality that there are gifts within each of us that may have gone undiscovered or unrealized. This film is a clarion call to discover your own inner gift because truly that is why you are on this Earth. What is your passion? What is that inspiration
within you that will take you where you need to go in life?

Aziz’s husband Cherif Aziz who is the co-producer offered, “When I started valuing my own self, my heart, my time, my dream, it was like I came out of a cave and I finally, finally started living in light. I just started having another level of relationship with everyone and everything around me. It was amazing.”

Framed by the touching personal narrative of these two siblings, Lichtenstein and Aziz, as they describe their own journeys toward joy, power, fulfillment, freedom, and unconditional love, “Discover The Gift” offers powerful lessons from authors, educators, activists, artists, and icons including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Jack Canfield, Janet Attwood, Terry Tillman, David `Avocado` Wolfe, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Mark Victor Hansen, and Niurka—and a host of other equally inspirational teachers.

The gift is within you and found now, in the present. Not in some unrealized past or future but in the power and energy of who you are right in this moment. What are your gifts to the world? How are you going go transform from the mundane to the transcendent this amazing power that is within each one of us?

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