9 Spiritual & Self-Development Shows To Watch On Netflix
Netflix was pretty much a staple of 2020 life for many – I mean, how often were you asked for boxset recommendations or if you thought Carol really did feed her husband to the tigers?
Netflix for many proved to be a form of escapism for many, and as we move into 2021 I wanted to expand on the inspiration and education it can also bring, sharing some of my favourite alternative documentaries, series and films.
With that said, here are 9 spiritual shows to watch on Netflix that I’d recommend adding to your watch list for the months ahead, starting with…
I couldn’t talk about spiritual shows to watch on Netflix without mentioning The Secret. A film adaptation of the infamous book, this film brings together a host of experts in the Law of Attraction to explain how manifestation works, led by the author and producer, Rhonda Byrne.
Throughout my career as a coach and master manifestor, I’ve been fairly vocal on my distaste for certain elements of The Secret. It can often come across as victim blaming, while the focus is on sitting back and waiting for things to magically appear rather than meeting the universe half-way. However, I would recommend anyone and everyone to either read, listen or watch The Secret for a basic understanding of the law of attraction. Watch The Secret here.
The Goop Lab
Now, after hearing about Gwyneth Paltrow’s recommendations on the Goop website – plugging rose quartz love eggs in your vagina and selling a candle that smells of actual vagina (is this woman vajayjay mad at this point?!) – I wasn’t sure how to feel about The Goop Lab series.
I couldn’t have been more wrong, with 6 episodes which are informative, touch on topics rarely seen on mainstream TV and actually showed a side of Paltrow I really liked.
The episodes focused on topics such as cold water therapy, taking magic mushrooms to facilitate psychedelic psychotherapy, and the power of energy healing. Some of it is very, how do I say this…LA…but it’s a great series to watch all in all. Watch The Goop Lab here.
Brene Brown: The Call to Courage
I have a confession. In the self-development world, Brene Brown is quite the icon. But until 2019 when I watched this show, I’d never been lucky enough to hear of her work.
A friend recommended The Call to Courage on an Instagram story and I settled down for the evening. If I say that hour went too quickly and I could have sat through that three times over, it still wouldn’t explain the levels of how much I loved this talk.
Brown talks about what it really takes to step out of comfort zone in life, while society is defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
One stand-out moment was when the research professor talks about how she was swimming with her husband, and while she tried to connect by talking about how amazing their swim was, he was short and didn’t react in the way she wanted. When they got back to the shore, Brown had created a number of scenarios in her head, all leading to her husband not finding her attractive in her costume, not feeling the same way about her anymore – when in fact, he was trying to hold off a panic attack and it had nothing to do with his wife. It was the story she was telling herself. What story are you telling yourself? Watch Brene Brown: The Call to Courage here.
Headspace: Guide to Meditation
Whether you’re looking to kickstart your meditation journey or you’d like to learn more about the science behind it, this new Netflix series in collaboration with Headspace is the perfect watch.
Animated rather than filmed, this 8-part series covers everything from how to get started towards a calmer, clearer mind, through to falling in love with life, how to deal with anger, and how to achieve your limitless potential.
Each episode is approximately 20 minutes long, so it creates the perfect midday lunch-break watch to reset and realign. Watch Headspace Guide to Meditation here.
Now, on the scale of 1 to 10 on the spiritual shows to watch on Netflix chart, I’d say Surviving Death is right up there at the top.
Covering subjects such as near-death experiences, signs from the dead and mediumship, the most mind-blowing episode has to be episode six, Reincarnation.
Interviewing children who claim to have lived another life, with incredible findings, it really is one of those shows that you struggle to comprehend whilst watching.
One thing to note, however, is the episode on mediumship; I have seen a number of mediums in my time, some fake, some amazing at their job, and this episode and the ambiguous nature of their statements made me doubt their skills. I’d suggest watching for yourself and telling me what you think. Watch Surviving Death here.
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Author, coach and motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, is quite the figure in the self-development world. With his stature and larger than life stage presence, Robbins is fascinating to watch.
The Netflix show, I Am Not Your Guru takes a look at one of Robbins’ annual week-long seminars, which people pay thousands to attend.
With 12-hour days – sometimes longer – alongside often unorthodox coaching methods, the documentary highlights exactly what goes on behind the scenes during this huge event, including keeping the room in a state of constant coldness to keep attendees alert throughout, and fire-walking.
If you’ve ever been curious about the workings of Tony Robbins, then this is the watch for you – but at close to 2 hours long, be sure to set plenty of time aside. Watch Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru here.
Dare to Dream
Adding something a little more light-hearted to the list of spiritual shows to watch on Netflix, Dare to Dream is a feature film from the creators of The Secret.
Staring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas, the film tells the story of how a widow meets an uplifting professor who tries to teach her about the law of attraction and how her thoughts could change her future.
Without giving anything away, Dare to Dream is romantic, a little predictable and a feel-good family film to watch on a Sunday afternoon. The perfect way, if you ask me, to explain how powerful our thoughts are to little members of the household. Watch Dare to Dream here.
As a testament to Heal, I can say that I have mentioned this show to pretty much anyone that has ever asked for Netflix recommendations.
Featuring stories from spiritual leaders, physicians and those with chronic illnesses, Heal dives into the connection between the human psyche and our physical health.
The mind, after all, is the most powerful computer on earth, but for most of us, we simply don’t have the user manual to be able to understand its full potential.
Heal, however, shows us just how incredible our thoughts are when it comes to overcoming illness and ailments. Watch Heal here.
If there’s one show to watch right now, it has to be Minimalism. The documentary follows Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus – otherwise known as The Minimalists – and shines a light on the incessant human need to buy material things in search of happiness.
The show looks at the lives of people who have rejected the American ideal and have created a life all around the concept that less is more.
An interesting and thought-provoking watch; just don’t blame me if you suddenly have the urge to throw away everything you’ve ever owned. Watch Minimalism here.
So there you have it, nine of my favourite spiritual shows to watch on Netflix.
Have you watched any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me now you know the kind of films that get me hooked? Leave me a comment below or pop over to Instagram @themanifestationcollective and let’s chat.